Us Lately.

April 04, 2017



I told Chris today, I'm going to miss this season of life so much someday. Bouncing babies, braiding hair, dance parties, silly fun. It's literally what I've always dreamed of. ❤❤❤



My sunshine girl Ainsleigh is almost done with Kindergarten, how is this even possible? She is reading and doing tennis and ballet and still lighting up every room she walks in!

She literally oozes light, friendship, love, confidence, kindness and sunshine. 

She has a confidence about her and this deep love for people yet also a tenderness that is so unique. She loves big and blesses my little heart on the regular. I constantly look at her and think, wow she's six years old and inspires me like crazy. 




I was thinking last night in the quiet of the night how lucky my kid's future spouses are. How I pray for them now, I pray that they love and cherish and adore my babies the way that I do each of them.



As they get older and our conversations get deeper, the more and more proud of these people that we are raising. Their sweet spirits, their hearts.... The Lord is so sweet to trust me with these precious souls.

My Aiden. Almost a third grader!!! He is still so incredibly tender, kind, precious....besides growing taller, his sweet spirit hasn't wavered a bit. I love hearing the things his teachers say about him and the notes that come home in his bag from kiddos in his class...basically a 100% confirmation that everyone else sees in him exactly what we cherish and adore about him so very much. You're one of a kind Aiden Wiegand! 



So much has been going on, its such a sweet season over here! 
Something I have been meaning to share for any mamas of tiny ones that has been such a blessing to me in this season..... since so many times a day is spent rocking my sweet Adelaide and also throughout the night...I put a good playlist on my phone. 

Mellow music, worship music....put it on softly while you're in this quiet moments and its so sweet. I also have my bible study on my phone to just take that time to slow down, pray over my kiddos, let the sweet music wash over us. Its really great.



8 months yesterday!!! What in the world?! She is such a precious pumpkin that we are all literally obsessed with! I truly can't imagine our world without yet...and yet after such a long season of losses....daily I look at her and say- I still cant believe you are here! 

She is so so incredibly loved and cherished! 




My sweet Apple, born such a nurturer. 

Sometimes I will hear dishes clanking and Im like "Apple!! you do not need to be going in and putting away dishes! go play!"- she literally just has it ooze out of her.... serving her family with the sweetest, softest spirit. She LOVES to help, love, give. She'll over-heard someone say something and already be sprinting to go and get it for them. 

I read a bible study this morning about "making room".... hospitality in the bible and making room for others. This is my Apple. She LOVES to watch over and protect and take care of her baby sis. Oh and her kitty Simon gets "mama-ed" all.day.long- THE sweetest. 

My little Appie girl. I know she'll always look out for all of us, it's just in her from such a young age.




Hope everyone has a beautiful week! 
Counting the days to summer over here! 

Eight.

March 27, 2017



Eight. ❤😭 

At 11:32 on this day our eyes met for the first time- I'll never forget the way in an instant my heart changed forever. Our eyes locked and I realized that day my heart would never be the same, there would always be a piece of it with you. You are the most tender, precious, caring, amazing person and I literally can't believe that I get to be your mama. 

You light up every room, you change people's hearts, you touch people's lives. I've told you for years that you were created for something special and i cannot wait to watch and see. I love you something fierce. Recently your class wrote you letters and one of them said " you are the sweetest, funnest, kindest person I have ever met"- I couldn't agree more. 

I love you sweet boy.... You've forever moved me and changed me❤❤❤


SOAR.

February 10, 2017



For the past few years I have chosen a word for the year. 
It's something that means a lot to me...it's just one way I see God tangibly moving and working in my life...I see the constant theme of the word coming up over and over again throughout the year. The word is a symbol for so much. 

Here are two posts ( here and here ) from 2015 when God was moving and using my word FREEDOM. 

Then last year 2016, was absolutely everything ABUNDANCE. I mean it was a life changing year in so many way. Abundance in life, abundance in redemption.... it was literally the perfect word for the year. There was an entire life switch into abundance. 

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us."

I pray and pray and pray and think about what word He is pressing on my heart. Each time I can look back at the year and the word and see EXACTLY why He gave me that word. Each year I have needed that word, it has been a theme, it has defined the year. 

I know I am posting this late but this year it took me bit to clearly hear what my word should be.

for 2017, SOAR

Soar:
fly or rise high in the air.
increase rapidly above the usual level.

Incredibly excited to see what 2017 holds. Excited to see how SOAR is a theme for this year and the beauty in looking back and seeing it weaved perfectly throughout.


Little snippets from previous years:

2015. FREEDOM. 

"Little did I know how much I would need to embrace the word brave this year past year. So many things happened, so many hard roads, so much heartache. 2014 taught us much and I believe with my whole heart that 2015 is the spring after the long rain. It is the year of FREEDOM. My words for 2015 are BELIEVE & FREEDOM. I am going to claim them and let them take over every bit of me. I am claiming it now so that a year from now I can look back and say wow, those words were perfect for 2015.  

2014. BRAVE

For the past few years I have chosen a "word" for the year. 2014... my word is BRAVE. My whole life I have basically been the opposite of brave. I have been careful and I have been anxious. Ever since this post  I have been praying that I would be brave. I want my faith to be strong and to rest in His plan above my own...no matter what it holds. I have a feeling in my gut that this year is going to entail trusting Him a lot. 
I want to be brave. 
I want to take this one, beautiful, precious life and I want to live it well. 
I want to literally run towards the plans that He has for me. I don't want to hesitate, I want to soar... arms spread wide open. 

This morning I woke up and Aiden's arms were around my neck. I pulled back and the sunlight was perfectly shining in on his face. I ran my hands across his forehead to brush back his sweet hair and just  thanked God for him. Then I turned my head and Ainsleigh was there too. They must have crept down the hall in the night and snuck in beside us. Her eyelashes and pouty lips were perfectly still as her tiny little lungs rose and fell. I could hear Apple stirring nearby. My precious Appie. These babies are such a gift.... I mean truly a gift. And having open hands with their precious lives is such a struggle for me.
But this is my year...the year where I am brave. 

2013 was HOPE.

" I have tangible hope in multiple areas. God redeemed my heartache. Sometimes I wonder if we as humans encounter heartache, loss and sadness not only because this is a fallen and sinful world. An imperfect world. But also so that we can truly appreciate the joys as well. On a new level of appreciation. A new level of thanks. To balance out human perspective.This isn't heaven so we can't understand the whole picture. We must have hope to come out on the other side of tasting incredible sadness. I want to matter. and not in the "I am awesome and matter so much kind of way", I want my life to mean something. God has me here for a purpose and I am constantly seeking out what that is and what that looks like. I want my life to matter. I want to give hope. "

2012 was CHANGE.

"I have roots that run deep. 
The old me that I am constantly fighting... insecure, unforgiving, entitled....it's time to uproot and CHANGE.
 So this year I will keep the word peace as a daily mission and add the word change. 
Because it's time. 
Those poisonous roots have been in me far too long."

2011 was PEACE.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 My all time favorite book, "A Beautiful Offering" has a chapter on peace... "When you decide to live out what you believe. When you decide you want peace in your possession, then you will find out what that looks like & feels like. You begin to pray for God to give you peace. You incorporate peace in your relationships. You decide to respond differently. You speak in love. Act in tenderness. You imitate what you know about peace until it becomes a reality for your character & your life." It is so convicting. Dying to your desire. Dying to your flesh. "He restores what has been broken & heals what has been wounded. I don't have peace because I figured it all out. I have peace because I believe in Christ."

Cali Trip.

January 29, 2017



Last week we got back from a fun family trip to California and I wanted to put a few of the photos here! We took the kiddos out of school for a week and met my parents in Dana Point...it was truly such a sweet special time! 



I posted this this week on Instagram and this trip more than ever solidified feelings this in my heart. I often catch myself in moments as a mama almost speechless.... there is no greater gift in my life that I have ever been given. 


Just a mama and her littlest babe. A mama who views motherhood as such a gift. What an honor to walk these littles through the big and small parts of life. The big feelings, the little ones, the in betweens. The tired nights, the chaotic moments, the laughter, the tears. I can't imagine a life without these things. 

I've always said I might not get much sleep but those sweet moments in the middle of the night with my kiddos- when they need me and can find my comfort. The small noises of the wood floors as I rock in the rocking chair. The soft hum of a lullaby. How I will desperately ache for these moments when they have gone. What a precious gift to savor so dearly.



My parents had this whole house for all of January so its was a sweet opportunity to sneak away for a  week. We had 4 bedrooms yet all 6 of us piled into one room and soaked in the sweet moments all close together. That is our favorite way. 


Just last night as Ainsleigh fell asleep in my arms, talking together as she drifted off- I thought...this is exactly what I wanted raising kids to look like. Everything we are doing. It makes me happy. 



In Cali, we spent our days eating at delicious restaurants, exploring California, playing games and just soaking in that time together. Cupcake shops, late night Old Maid, beach trips, dance parties.... I cant imagine a sweeter life than the one given to me with these people. 



Disneyland was obviously a huge highlight for our crew! 

We did 2 days at Disney and then one day at Universal. We did breakfast with the princesses one morning and I will never ever forget the look on the girls faces- it was the best ever!!!



Aiden's favorite part was Jurassic World at Universal! He had been saving up for some fossils and LOVED the Jurassic Ride! Chris and him did this trip last year at Spring Break so it was fun for them to show us everything and for him to get to experience it all with his sisters! 



Full hearts over here. A trip we will remember forever and ever! 

Life Lately.

January 09, 2017




It's been awhile since I have written over here! This Christmas was so special and filled with so many sweet memories and moments that I will hold dear to my heart forever and ever. 


We surprised the kids with 3 new pets! Ainsleigh and Apple got two new orange Siberian kittens ( Arlo and Simon....lovingly named after the Good Dinosaur and Alvin and the Chipmunks) and Aiden got the chameleon he has been asking for! 



Never could I ever forget their reactions when they opened up a box of sweet little orange kittens and when Aiden turned the corner and saw his new tank + lizard. Surprises seriously are the best! 

The kittens have been SO precious- they are always asleep cuddled up with the girls and have the most precious, sweet demeanors.



This little miss had her very first Christmas and smiled the while way through it! She's 5 months old ( which I literally cant believe) and she's just as sweet as pie. We are all literally obsessed with her and I truly can;t imagine our world without her in it! 



We desperately soaked in all the family time while the kids were home for break. All my little chickens under one roof is when my heart is most content. 


All of the Christmas traditions that I grew up doing as a child, we have passed on to this sweet family of mine...Christmas cookies, candlelight Christmas Eve service, stockings the night before, Gingerbread houses, hot coco as we put up Christmas lights, Christmas movies and music, the list goes on...



I will never have the words of what these people mean to me. The love is such a deep-gut love that I know I can never explain to them. My gratitude is overflowing. 



You guys have made all my dreams come true.