Friday, March 28, 2014

And now he's 5...

It's hard to believe that my little man is now 5 and heading into kindergarten next year.  How is that possible?!

I'm not sure how to sum up Titus is a little blog post because but here's a few things....

So here's a tidbit.  He's strong willed, witty, and a love bug.  He's a people person and perceptive, yet a little mouthy at times too.  He's a little creature of habit and loves to be outside.  His days are good or the best ever!  His favorite activities include riding his bike, digging in the dirt or playing with legos.  The boy has energy coming out of his ears! He loves to spend time with Ryan, and for that I'm so thankful!  He hasn't been super interested in school but he's been pretty pumped to start learning to read.  We have a workbook we use each night and he is working hard!  Since he hates bedtime, he will do anything to avoid it a little longer so our lesson is perfect during this time!

Titus is the best big brother to Maeve and really has become my little helper.  She's wild about "bubby" by the way.  These two play really well together (mostly) and I hope will continue to have a sweet relationship over the years.

I often hear people say Titus looks like me (and Maeve Ryan) but who knows.  He has his Daddy's build, even now, which is pretty awesome for him! :)  As he approaches kindergarten, here's really no place I would have rather been the past 5 years than home with him.  I'm so glad we took the minialist approach with preschool and many other activities.  Our time has been such a blessing!  Happy 5th (a little late) smoochie pants!  You're my fav little boy in all the world!


Monday, March 3, 2014

Six years later....

This past Saturday we celebrated 6 years of marriage.  I'd have to say this past year was a really good year in our marriage.  Quite possibly my favorite.  Maybe it's the lack of transition we got to enjoy.. no babies, no moves, no major life stressors or maybe that it's that we are growing in our understanding as what a team looks like a bit more.  Who knows, but it was a good year and I can only thank God for his goodness.  Six things I've learned....

1.  You can't be proud, unforgiving or selfish and have an awesome marriage.  It just doesn't work.  It makes things pretty ugly pretty fast.

2.  Transition makes things a bit more challenging, but will make you stronger after the growing pains.

3.  Kids take lots of $, add stress, and take away less sleep but the joy they bring is unmeasurable.  Def a precious gift and so worth it.  We've def grown from becoming parents.

4.  Decisions should be prayed through and talked through together, however, as a wife it's freeing to know that Ryan has the final say.  I trust his love for us to make the best decision considering our family first.  (This has been one of the biggest things we'd say hindsight is 20/20 on).

5.  A Marriage will never be what it should without the love and support of a local church.  I repeat.. Your marriage needs JESUS and the support of a thriving local church.  I say this with the encouragement to leave the "consumer" mentality behind and get your hands dirty serving and committing to a church that is biblically sound.  Our pastor hit it out of the park talking about this here   from 3/2/2014

6.  Bring your sense of humor.  Laughter with your spouse is life-giving.

Now.. let's walk through memory lane....

Year 1- married, pregnant 3 months later followed by a 3,000 mile move to Portland.  Lots of transition that year!

March 11th of year 2 we met our first baby!! 

Year 3 Ryan went away to a 3 month Army school.  He flew in to celebrate our Anniversary and Titus' 2nd Birthday!

Year 4 we got pregnant again (Maeve) and said our goodbyes to friends and family in Portland and moved to NC

Year 5 we met Maeve and bought our first home!
Year 6 we began some fun home projects and started a small group in our house!

present- Disney World