Life Lately According To My iPhone

Earlier I was scrolling through my photos and realized it has been a while since I’ve done a life lately post! And so much has happened lately. For starters, my new nephew was born yesterday! I made it to the hospital in time to hear him be born and it was so precious. I cried so many happy tears. He is absolutely the cutest little thing I have ever seen. I love his little fuzzy head full of hair.

Just two weeks ago we had my sister’s baby shower at the Apple Cake Tea Room. It was such a sweet shower. We shared blessings and gave her fun little gifts. Eleanor came with me! It was her first shower and I’ll admit I was really nervous that she might start making noise during the blessing time, but she surprised me and sat so sweetly picking out cheerios with her little fingers. It was so fun to have a daughter to go with me.

The weather has really started to warm up. Eleanor and I loved that because it meant we could pull out our sandals. One day was so nice that we couldn’t help but go to the park for a dinner picnic. We ate by the lake and then strolled through the woods. It was so nice after so many snow days where we stayed inside.

Lately I’ve had a lot of fun reading. I loved the little book Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax. It is great for anybody who is leading a small group, Bible study, or teaching a Sunday school class. It helps you put into practice something you probably instinctively know: it is Jesus who changes lives, and the goal of your bible study is to continually reintroduce people to him.

And if you follow me on instagram you already saw that I shared a stack of a few other favorites! What are your favorite reads right now? I’m always looking for something new so be sure to share any favorites you have.

On a totally different note, I am having so much fun playing with my clip in hair extensions. I’ve been trying out new braids and new ways to wear them. I still don’t wear them all the time yet, but I love them!

Mark recently had to go to his PhD class for a week and while he was away my parents invited us over to have a fun Frozen party. We played games, watched the movie, built Olaf cookies and of course the baby had to wear a princess crown. It was so fun!

The other day we were playing out back and Elias brought me flowers. I am pretty sure they are weeds from our garden but it was the sweetest thing.

When we came in for lunch I paused when I saw three little soup cans lined up. Suddenly I realized I have three kids and I became overwhelmed with thanks. Each little life is a miracle and a gift.

On Saint Patrick’s Day we did our best to pull out all the green in our closets. I realized that none of us own very much green but we each managed to find something. We ate lunch with a friend that day and seriously almost every kid at the play ground had green on.

Last week I received the sweetest gift from a friend in memory of Emerson. I love what Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

That day God’s tangible mercy came through the encouragement of a friend. as I opened so many beautiful gifts, tears spilled over. A perfect cup of tea to help me relax, a candle to light while I read my Bible (remembering God is near), flowers to plant in remembrance, a book of encouragement, and a butterfly to hang in our kitchen window to remember our little baby who is now beholding Jesus. Thank you still doesn’t feel like enough.

These pictures were taken the day before my nephew was born! It cracks me up that we were all hanging out at Chick-Fil-A and then the next day we are all visiting her at the hospital.