family

the exponential impact of mothering

2:00 PM

[ an excerpt from a journal entry I wrote a few weeks ago.  I needed the encouragement then, and I needed it again today as I reread it.  I'm six months in and still trying to grasp the enormity of the role I've been given as Judah's mommy.  Here are just a few very unedited thoughts on the matter... ]

"Fruit is a vehicle for seeds.  I love this.  It is so true that as we work to bear fruit,
we are also bearing the seeds of a lot of future fruit."
- r. jankovic


I am the product of parents who disciplined, loved, and sacrificed for me for 18+ years.  I'm now raising the first of hopefully many littles, who are going to grow up & Lord willing invest in others lives... and so it will go on and on and on.  This is what motherhood is all about.  The gospel in action--laying down my life for them so that Christ is honored and they're equipped to then go out and lay down their lives for others.  The results are exponential.  The effect of one life laid down is one that could never be calculated.

Susannah Wesley (one of my favorite mothers in history) gave birth to 19 children, 9 of whom died very young.  Her husband spent much of their marriage in debtors prison, leaving her for months and years at a time as a single parent who home schooled all 10 of their remaining children.  There must have been many long dark days for her during those years.  But the work of her hands does not go unnoticed because thousands have been brought to Christ through the teachings of two of her sons, John & Charles Wesley.

Judah may never preach to thousands, or pen words that continue to be read hundreds of years after his death--but Lord willing I will be used to bring him to Salvation and then if he is even one persons "John Wesley" my work will be multiplied over and over. ...Motherhood is an incredible opportunity to impact the world for Christ.

52 week project

the utterly mundane || 8/52

12:21 PM

There simply are not many grand moments of life, and we surely don't live life in those moments.  No, we live in the utterly mundane.  We exist in the bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and hallways of life.  This is where the character of our life is set.  This is where we live the life of faith."
paul david tripp

(For those of you who will be horrified that I let my child play with a plastic bag: I know they can be hazardous, but I was with him the whole time he was merrily crunching away on it and really, you just can't beat the crackle of a plastic bag;)

52 week project

the utterly mundane || 7/52

8:52 AM

There simply are not many grand moments of life, and we surely don't live life in those moments.  No, we live in the utterly mundane.  We exist in the bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and hallways of life.  This is where the character of our life is set.  This is where we live the life of faith."
paul david tripp

Your daddy had the day off, and that coupled with the amazing 70 degree weather we were having seemed like the perfect opportunity to introduce you to one of our favorite things.  Picnics have been our favorite kind of date for several years now... our alltime favorite date before we were married was the day we spent a sunday afternoon at white rock lake, picnic-ing, throwing the baseball, and dreaming about life together.  We went back to that same lake a few months later for a picnic + kayaking date, your daddy planned a picnic for us on the day he asked me to marry him, and we went on several picnics while you were busy growing big in my tummy.  Needless to say your first picnic will be the first of many, and we loved getting to be out on a family date, flying a kite, playing washers, and laughing at how terribly terribly cute and funny you are.


52 week project

the utterly mundane || 6/52

8:39 AM

There simply are not many grand moments of life, and we surely don't live life in those moments.  No, we live in the utterly mundane.  We exist in the bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and hallways of life.  This is where the character of our life is set.  This is where we live the life of faith."
paul david tripp


You're almost sitting up on your own, you pop your little head up, smile, and wiggle when I walk in to get you up from a nap now, you love to "drink" out of my water bottle like a big kid, and are fascinated with my hair.  You play with your feet, blow bubbles with your spit and suck on your lip all the day long.  Happy 5 months little buddy.