Monday, February 25, 2013

life lately + the awesomeness of faith


ruby proud to share her daddy with her cousins

hot tub nora

busy creating

pwincess hair, naturally

the spent the first few minutes in ruby's bed just giggling with delight to be together. 


speaking of delight...nora, you rock my world, girl.

somebody sat up in the cart at the grocery store for the first time this month! milestone! 

some things never change
ruby 2010 - ruby 2013

oh my gosh i love her. she is purposely making an "in the zone" game face like "this workout is killer, man" face.
and she's wearing my sports bra.
hahahahahahahahaha.


we've been doing lots of living room yoga poses because it's just down right fun. it's a challenge to see IF you can get into the pose and then how LONG you can hold it. we do not like or affiliate with the weird, unrighteousness of the yoga world, but for the exercise part, i rather enjoy it.

go daddy!

over at our friends. i try to make people do yoga any chance i get because, like i said, it's so fun!
nora perfects the plank pose

another day, another craft
nora reveals the secret to getting a body like hers.

my sweet girl, my library lover.

i love when i walk to nora's side of the car to get her and see this.

my mil gives me these wonderful old navy coupons and then also gave me $20 to get something. janet- you're awesome. not because of that, but that also helps.

i have the cutest personal  trainer ever.

hello, my name is nora truth. i make people smile for a living and i have a 100% success rate.

showed up to ecclessia and this happened. WHAT?!
rejoice, rejoice. and again i say rejoice.

we love valentines day. did a "heart attack" this year and wrote things we love about each other and read them aloud as we posted them all around the house.


cousins! love living by family.
ruby, nora, thompson, serenity, and naftalie

a turtleneck is no match for nora's cheeks.

Life has been amazing lately.
Kevin got a promotion and a raise! His responsibilities have greatly increased and he is humbly stoked. He LOVES his job. It's weird to call it a job, because he would do everything he's doing for free. That's when you know you're doing what you're called to do and meant to do.
His raise means that I no longer have to work Fridays! Just Tuesdays. Such a blessing. The ultimate goal is that one day I won't have to work at all and he will be the sole income. And I know we are getting there.
For now, working isn't the worst thing in the world (although it is often a great struggle for me. Trying to be all things to all people, all inside of this home) but I can imagine once I start homeschooling, spreading myself too much just won't work. So one day a week? I'll take it! THANK YOU YAHWEH!!!

We wouldn't be where we are today had we not have decided to step out and live in a great deal of faith. That's our life's anthem. We live in and thrive in FAITH. Trusting God to do what He says He can and will do and taking our hands off of it.
In August 2011 Kevin was working two jobs and I was working as well. Because WE could control the fact that we were making enough to feel safe. We were mental and physical DO-ERS. We didn't know what it looked like or felt like to be BE-ERS, just dwelling and abiding in Yahweh. Kevin was miserable. He haaaaated UPS because it had absolutely nothing to do with his purpose. I believe there is a time in life where you are qualifying yourself for more, that you have to do the hard things, and you have to put in the work. But we had to be very keen to when the spirit wanted us to shift from that servant/learning time into the son/blessing mode.
Yahweh released us to leave UPS and just work part time ministry, with very much part time pay and no heath insurance. You better believe that was a step of faith. But we had peace like you wouldn't believe about it. We didn't want to be in control anymore. We just wanted to do what we were being called to do. To trust Yahweh and follow the path He was leading us on.

And that decision has led to so many amazing, amazing things. We have learned the faith walk of not holding on to anything, not being scared of anything, KNOWING Yahweh will provide in every area for every need. We went from getting $50 and of course tithing on it and giving an offering from it, but what was left over with it, we held onto with white knuckles because WE worked hard for it, and WE had to budget everything just SO perfectly because we were in control and we humans can only do so much. Our income has changed only slightly, but now, since choosing the Yahweh's in control, life in faith, we get $50 and we gladly tithe, give a good chunk for offering and then honestly, it doesn't mean much to us after that. If Yahweh says give it all away, we're like "sweet! ok!" if He says put it all towards ______, then we do. The point is, we aren't a bit worried about whatever that $50 is used for because we know it's God's to begin with, and as we mature and get to the place where money doesn't mean anything to us, He ironically gives us more, because He knows we can be trusted with it! It's amazing. We are getting to do our dream jobs, remain completely family-centric, and we are making leaps and bounds in the Kingdom by what He is teaching us.
Life is so amazing when we give it ENTIRELY over to Him! It's a total adventure!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

life lately

(Pictures from my phone, and actually, all this is hardly lately. It's all from a month or two ago. I'll try and catch up!)

library date with my big girl

best big sister EVER

nora before/after a walk. ha! "exhausting!" she says

grabbin' some eggs

mama having a much needed coffee break


yeeeeehaw y'all!

nora solos are always a hit

tired of sobbing at every dinner prep, i tried this, per Kevin's suggestion.
best thing ever. NO TEARS AT ALL!

had no idea ruby loved bowling so much. she was beating several of us at one point.

daddy's girls!

i could and do get lost in these eyes

amidst the diaper changes, screaming requests, sleepless nights and unshowered days, i remind myself
 "it was always him, i adore this man"

ruby helps with laundry and nora goes with the flow

how awesome is my life?
60% off all homeschool supplies on the square! i was like a kid in a candy shop.


our little artist, doing her thing.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

lookin' good


My, what a lovely family I have!
Ha!
Love you guys...

Saturday, February 2, 2013

nora 6 months




Half a year! I can't believe it!
I have SO much to write about, and I am behind in what seems like everything lately, but today I am focusing on this jelly roll - Nora Truth, 6 months old.


You have no teeth yet, and still 100% breastfed. I have tried to give you bits of food while I'm cooking or whatever, but as you start gagging on it, Dad picks you up, pats you hard on the back, and gives me the stink eye. And then I remember "oh yeah, she's 6 months" Sorry, Nor Nor.


Speaking of Dad, he continues his reputation of magic-strength arms that allow him and him alone to be able to get our babies to sleep. The only sleep trick I can bring to the table is breast milk, which IS a hit, but sometimes you like you be swaddled and swayed and these weak bird arms just can't handle your girth, darlin'.

You spent your first night in the crib last night and it was WONDERFUL! I slept better, and I know you did, too. We moved Ruby over at 6 months as well. Ruby is an awesome and heavy sleeper and sleeps right through your cries. (Bless you, R!)

You woke up 3 times to nurse. Down at 8:30pm, woke at 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30, then up for the day at 7:00am. Not bad considering you nursed like all the time when you slept with us. I would eat more often if I slept directly next to my food source, as well. Eventually I'll cut out the 2:30 feeding and slowly the others. I have to pick my jaw up off the ground when people tell me their babies are sleeping through the night at 4 months. Not my chunks.


You are HILARIOUSLY passionate. You "snap". Like, instead of a little bit of a frustrated cry, you cry like the worst thing ever just happened to you. I particularly love your "double time" cry as we call it. You'll be normal crying, normal crying, and then - you've had enough and you pick up the rhythm/pace and it's double time. That's when your problem always gets solved by a mommy or daddy, quickly.
(You're smart.)


You are fun and explorative. You are a total observer. You are a great listener and love people watching. In the same breath, you want to be in on the action and preferable always holding or doing something with your hands.


You are sooo snuggly and so, so sweet. I have said before what a hard time I have with the whole dynamic of first borns vs. second and subsequent children. It's just so sad to me that so much gets forgotten about you! I have forgotten SO MUCH about newborns and sleep patterns and needs of babies because I've been in toddler world for so long. (Remember? I fed you sourdough pizza...) With Ruby I felt so much more purposeful and educated. With you, I feel like each day I'm being swallowed by tidal waves of things that need me that I can't get to or handle. I didn't drink caffeine while I was nursing Ruby and with you? Every single day. So sad! I know it's my own choice...I'm working on it.  I had a big talk with Daddy and we're really working on getting our mind wrapped around your schedule. Today we were purposeful about nap times, watching your cues for hunger and sleep, etc. and it's been so much better. I know that you sleeping in your crib will help too.


I think you're beautiful. I think you're eyelashes and eyes are the prettiest I've ever seen. I think you are HILARIOUS because most things with rolls of fat and a big innocent grin like yours is hilarious.
You have a hearty, contagious chuckle and we all desperately take turns trying to make it come out. I think you laugh more than Ruby did. Probably because there are many more things to laugh at now than when it was just us three. Although things are kinda sloppy and imperfect, Nora, I know you know we love you so, so much. You think your life is perfect and that's all that matters. Momma will get the hang of this two-kid thing soon, honey:)

I think you fit so perfectly in to our family. Thanks for joining us, sugar booger.

-And just for fun...our beautiful girls at 6 months old - 

same wonderful, wispy, used-car-salesman combover hair! love!!


wearing size 6-9 and 12 month clothes
size 3 diapers
not a big sassa fan, much to my chagrin

Monday, February 25, 2013

life lately + the awesomeness of faith


ruby proud to share her daddy with her cousins

hot tub nora

busy creating

pwincess hair, naturally

the spent the first few minutes in ruby's bed just giggling with delight to be together. 


speaking of delight...nora, you rock my world, girl.

somebody sat up in the cart at the grocery store for the first time this month! milestone! 

some things never change
ruby 2010 - ruby 2013

oh my gosh i love her. she is purposely making an "in the zone" game face like "this workout is killer, man" face.
and she's wearing my sports bra.
hahahahahahahahaha.


we've been doing lots of living room yoga poses because it's just down right fun. it's a challenge to see IF you can get into the pose and then how LONG you can hold it. we do not like or affiliate with the weird, unrighteousness of the yoga world, but for the exercise part, i rather enjoy it.

go daddy!

over at our friends. i try to make people do yoga any chance i get because, like i said, it's so fun!
nora perfects the plank pose

another day, another craft
nora reveals the secret to getting a body like hers.

my sweet girl, my library lover.

i love when i walk to nora's side of the car to get her and see this.

my mil gives me these wonderful old navy coupons and then also gave me $20 to get something. janet- you're awesome. not because of that, but that also helps.

i have the cutest personal  trainer ever.

hello, my name is nora truth. i make people smile for a living and i have a 100% success rate.

showed up to ecclessia and this happened. WHAT?!
rejoice, rejoice. and again i say rejoice.

we love valentines day. did a "heart attack" this year and wrote things we love about each other and read them aloud as we posted them all around the house.


cousins! love living by family.
ruby, nora, thompson, serenity, and naftalie

a turtleneck is no match for nora's cheeks.

Life has been amazing lately.
Kevin got a promotion and a raise! His responsibilities have greatly increased and he is humbly stoked. He LOVES his job. It's weird to call it a job, because he would do everything he's doing for free. That's when you know you're doing what you're called to do and meant to do.
His raise means that I no longer have to work Fridays! Just Tuesdays. Such a blessing. The ultimate goal is that one day I won't have to work at all and he will be the sole income. And I know we are getting there.
For now, working isn't the worst thing in the world (although it is often a great struggle for me. Trying to be all things to all people, all inside of this home) but I can imagine once I start homeschooling, spreading myself too much just won't work. So one day a week? I'll take it! THANK YOU YAHWEH!!!

We wouldn't be where we are today had we not have decided to step out and live in a great deal of faith. That's our life's anthem. We live in and thrive in FAITH. Trusting God to do what He says He can and will do and taking our hands off of it.
In August 2011 Kevin was working two jobs and I was working as well. Because WE could control the fact that we were making enough to feel safe. We were mental and physical DO-ERS. We didn't know what it looked like or felt like to be BE-ERS, just dwelling and abiding in Yahweh. Kevin was miserable. He haaaaated UPS because it had absolutely nothing to do with his purpose. I believe there is a time in life where you are qualifying yourself for more, that you have to do the hard things, and you have to put in the work. But we had to be very keen to when the spirit wanted us to shift from that servant/learning time into the son/blessing mode.
Yahweh released us to leave UPS and just work part time ministry, with very much part time pay and no heath insurance. You better believe that was a step of faith. But we had peace like you wouldn't believe about it. We didn't want to be in control anymore. We just wanted to do what we were being called to do. To trust Yahweh and follow the path He was leading us on.

And that decision has led to so many amazing, amazing things. We have learned the faith walk of not holding on to anything, not being scared of anything, KNOWING Yahweh will provide in every area for every need. We went from getting $50 and of course tithing on it and giving an offering from it, but what was left over with it, we held onto with white knuckles because WE worked hard for it, and WE had to budget everything just SO perfectly because we were in control and we humans can only do so much. Our income has changed only slightly, but now, since choosing the Yahweh's in control, life in faith, we get $50 and we gladly tithe, give a good chunk for offering and then honestly, it doesn't mean much to us after that. If Yahweh says give it all away, we're like "sweet! ok!" if He says put it all towards ______, then we do. The point is, we aren't a bit worried about whatever that $50 is used for because we know it's God's to begin with, and as we mature and get to the place where money doesn't mean anything to us, He ironically gives us more, because He knows we can be trusted with it! It's amazing. We are getting to do our dream jobs, remain completely family-centric, and we are making leaps and bounds in the Kingdom by what He is teaching us.
Life is so amazing when we give it ENTIRELY over to Him! It's a total adventure!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

life lately

(Pictures from my phone, and actually, all this is hardly lately. It's all from a month or two ago. I'll try and catch up!)

library date with my big girl

best big sister EVER

nora before/after a walk. ha! "exhausting!" she says

grabbin' some eggs

mama having a much needed coffee break


yeeeeehaw y'all!

nora solos are always a hit

tired of sobbing at every dinner prep, i tried this, per Kevin's suggestion.
best thing ever. NO TEARS AT ALL!

had no idea ruby loved bowling so much. she was beating several of us at one point.

daddy's girls!

i could and do get lost in these eyes

amidst the diaper changes, screaming requests, sleepless nights and unshowered days, i remind myself
 "it was always him, i adore this man"

ruby helps with laundry and nora goes with the flow

how awesome is my life?
60% off all homeschool supplies on the square! i was like a kid in a candy shop.


our little artist, doing her thing.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

lookin' good


My, what a lovely family I have!
Ha!
Love you guys...

Saturday, February 2, 2013

nora 6 months




Half a year! I can't believe it!
I have SO much to write about, and I am behind in what seems like everything lately, but today I am focusing on this jelly roll - Nora Truth, 6 months old.


You have no teeth yet, and still 100% breastfed. I have tried to give you bits of food while I'm cooking or whatever, but as you start gagging on it, Dad picks you up, pats you hard on the back, and gives me the stink eye. And then I remember "oh yeah, she's 6 months" Sorry, Nor Nor.


Speaking of Dad, he continues his reputation of magic-strength arms that allow him and him alone to be able to get our babies to sleep. The only sleep trick I can bring to the table is breast milk, which IS a hit, but sometimes you like you be swaddled and swayed and these weak bird arms just can't handle your girth, darlin'.

You spent your first night in the crib last night and it was WONDERFUL! I slept better, and I know you did, too. We moved Ruby over at 6 months as well. Ruby is an awesome and heavy sleeper and sleeps right through your cries. (Bless you, R!)

You woke up 3 times to nurse. Down at 8:30pm, woke at 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30, then up for the day at 7:00am. Not bad considering you nursed like all the time when you slept with us. I would eat more often if I slept directly next to my food source, as well. Eventually I'll cut out the 2:30 feeding and slowly the others. I have to pick my jaw up off the ground when people tell me their babies are sleeping through the night at 4 months. Not my chunks.


You are HILARIOUSLY passionate. You "snap". Like, instead of a little bit of a frustrated cry, you cry like the worst thing ever just happened to you. I particularly love your "double time" cry as we call it. You'll be normal crying, normal crying, and then - you've had enough and you pick up the rhythm/pace and it's double time. That's when your problem always gets solved by a mommy or daddy, quickly.
(You're smart.)


You are fun and explorative. You are a total observer. You are a great listener and love people watching. In the same breath, you want to be in on the action and preferable always holding or doing something with your hands.


You are sooo snuggly and so, so sweet. I have said before what a hard time I have with the whole dynamic of first borns vs. second and subsequent children. It's just so sad to me that so much gets forgotten about you! I have forgotten SO MUCH about newborns and sleep patterns and needs of babies because I've been in toddler world for so long. (Remember? I fed you sourdough pizza...) With Ruby I felt so much more purposeful and educated. With you, I feel like each day I'm being swallowed by tidal waves of things that need me that I can't get to or handle. I didn't drink caffeine while I was nursing Ruby and with you? Every single day. So sad! I know it's my own choice...I'm working on it.  I had a big talk with Daddy and we're really working on getting our mind wrapped around your schedule. Today we were purposeful about nap times, watching your cues for hunger and sleep, etc. and it's been so much better. I know that you sleeping in your crib will help too.


I think you're beautiful. I think you're eyelashes and eyes are the prettiest I've ever seen. I think you are HILARIOUS because most things with rolls of fat and a big innocent grin like yours is hilarious.
You have a hearty, contagious chuckle and we all desperately take turns trying to make it come out. I think you laugh more than Ruby did. Probably because there are many more things to laugh at now than when it was just us three. Although things are kinda sloppy and imperfect, Nora, I know you know we love you so, so much. You think your life is perfect and that's all that matters. Momma will get the hang of this two-kid thing soon, honey:)

I think you fit so perfectly in to our family. Thanks for joining us, sugar booger.

-And just for fun...our beautiful girls at 6 months old - 

same wonderful, wispy, used-car-salesman combover hair! love!!


wearing size 6-9 and 12 month clothes
size 3 diapers
not a big sassa fan, much to my chagrin