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It never gets old!

No matter if it’s baby #1 or baby #6, there is something so magical about watching them take their first steps and seeing them realize what they can do.  That look on their face just gets me every time. This was taken a couple weeks ago and now we have a full on walker..still a little wobbly but it’s clear her crawling days are over.

This baby has always been on her on timeline. She was the record longest to break out a tooth and walk, both in the same week. Sophie is special to me. It’s not that I have favorites, each kid truly is awesome in their own way and I have favorite things about each of them but obviously love them all the same. Sophie is just different in that I feel like we really went through a hard trial together. I had my stroke when I was about 7 weeks pregnant with her and it was a bumpy ride.  I wonder if all the anguish and fear and the whole gamut of emotions I went through, affected her time and development in the womb in any way.  She has been though, the most sweetest, happiest, truly easiest baby I have ever had.

It’s hard to imagine our family without her being in it. With each baby you think, of course..how could I have NOT had you?

Sometimes the days are long and hard with 6 kids. Sometimes morning comes too early and if I don’t get up before them, I am surrounded by faces staring at me, kids cuddling up to me and being noisy enough to wake up the baby.  I used to think..man, this is not the ideal way to wake up.

Then one morning as I send them downstairs to make their own quick breakfast while I pulled myself together. I pulled the covers over my head, desperately wanting 5 more minutes, and tried to imagine a morning where no kids would wake me up and I could sleep as long as I wanted. I pictured it being with me and Joe much older and all the kids married and out of the house. I pictured waking up with just my internal clock and looking around to realize no one else was home. No little voices, no snuggeling, no baby smiling to see me first thing, no one saying, “Good Morning MOM!” just silence….and then I cried like a baby to be honest. How depressed that made me.

These are the best days of my life, demanding as they can be and I fully intend to enjoy them.

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Favorite Mother’s Day Sermon- HERE

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April Month in Review

April was a really fun and exciting month for us. Some of the highlights included:

  1. Joe getting a new job where he no longer travels YAY! Not only that, it’s a day shift job where he works 12 hour shifts so he has 3-4 days off every week, talk about catch up time and establishing a sense of normal and routine for us! Even better is that it is with a company he  really wanted to work at, so we feel incredibly blessed how it all worked out. Although the traveling was rough at times, that previous job was the job that allowed us to move to Phoenix so we will forever be grateful for it and the skills he learned.

2. We celebrated James turning 3!

3. Joe’s sister visited us from Florida and we had a really great time with her. She even        came to church with us, the kids loved that. We did a lot of fun things like museums,        laser tag, and the Maricopa Fair.

4. We had a blast at the Faithful Word Camping Trip (the previous post I blogged about).

5. We started our Freedom Kids Book Club, something that the kids and I really enjoy.

In no particular order, here are some photos of the month. I am really bad at taking pictures so I may have stolen some of these from other people’s facebook pages ha!

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Sophie is probably wondering why is everybody looking at me?
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Kids activity at the Camping Trip. Sophie is getting heavy, so glad she learned how to walk now 🙂
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My girls have really taken an interest in coding.  I love that our library has free classes.

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At a jumping/dodge ball place, taking a break.
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At the Idea Museum

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Really enjoying this super fun game the whole family can play that our friends sent us!
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Beautiful Phoenix April Weather means lots of Bike Rides!
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Our family celebratory dinner after Joe’s last work trip!

I can’t believe I didn’t get any pictures with Joe’s sister but we did make this video for my other page Saving Sistas. Nobody thought I was going to make it to the end of the foam pit, and too bad nobody recorded me getting to the top of the rock wall. I may seem out of shape but carrying babies and heavy things by myself has helped me achieve Prov 31:17!

You can see some other videos I have made and sermon clips here.

Final Thoughts-

My husband I recently found the clean comic Micheal Jr. We saw some clips on youtube that made us laugh and then I found this. I REALLY enjoyed it. He did some jokes but also explained comedy and how things shifted for him greatly one day. I like how he explained the set up and then the punchline, you need the two.  He talked about how a lot of people today walk around all set up but with no vision, no punchline. They only obsess about the set up and getting more set up…but for what? Very motivating talk, you can watch the VIDEO HERE.

 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22

This is one reason I *can’t*stand* these grandisoso super spiritual articles that are just FLUFF but don’t actually get to a punchline, no charge.

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15

I’m so grateful I go to the church that I go to, where there is a punchline, there is a charge, a goal, a vision rather than to just pump ourselves up more. The world needs less Christian’s who are just working on their set up, and more who take what they have already and go for the punchline. That’s how we can flip this world upside down. I’m looking forward to this next season of life and using the set up God has given me to do all that I can in regards to my punchline “goals”. They are  1. Preach the Gospel every week. 2. Equip my children for the Christian life the best I can (I’m guessing they will have some pretty big spiritual battles to fight in their generation). 2. Help Families see MOM needs to come back home and THEY can make it on ONE income today. 3.Anybody can homeschool and can do it for FREE if need be.

What’s your punchline? I’d love to hear it!