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Presenting… Jedidiah!

So, if you’ve been reading my posts, you’ll know that Trent and I traveled to Minnesota over the Christmas holiday.  Minnesota is where I am from and where all of my family still lives (minus a few defectors).  None of my immediate family had met Jedidiah yet.  This would be a special trip indeed!

We arrived in the afternoon and after a nice lunch with my old co-workers in the MSP airport, we headed “home.”  All of my family was waiting for us at my parents’ house, excited to see us (Yeah, right!  They just wanted to meet the baby!).

And here you have it… presenting Jedidiah!

If you already read my post Bubba’s first plane ride, then you’ve already seen these photos of my parents seeing him for the first time, but I’m sharing them again because I love them so much!  They got to meet him in the airport before everyone else did.


Lots of smiles for grammy and grandpa!

Then he met his uncle Derek.  #sessibonation.  Uncle D couldn’t stay long because he had an important dinner to attend in honor of his best friend’s mother who passed away a year ago.  So he got to meet his little nephew and then bounced.

Next was my youngest sister Jackie.  Jedi loved watching her make silly faces at him.


I love this one!  So sweet.

And then of course, Auntie Jackie showed him off to Uncle Billy!

Then my grandma and grandpa got a turn, since they couldn’t stay long.  These are Jedidiah’s GREAT-grandparents!  I’m so thankful that they have been blessed with health and long-life and that they could meet their great grandson, whose middle name, James, is after my grandpa.


Look at how adoringly they look at him.  Ah… be still, my heart!

Before they left, we got the Settle men and the Logsdon men together for a generational shot.  I absolutely love and treasure these.  (I don’t know why we didn’t think to do a women’s one, with my grandma, mom, me and him… maybe next time we’re up there, we can do one.)



After my grandparents left, my sister Christie got a turn.  She is also expecting a baby girl mid-January.  She more graciously shared little Jedi, since we would be staying at her house over the course of our trip.  She knew she’d have many other chances to hold and love on our little Jedidiah.


I also decided to take some impromptu belly shots for her, since the Christmas tree was so pretty and I absolutely LOVE her bump (and of course, my little niece inside).

My little sister’s boyfriend, Billy, was next.  He had never held a baby before and was quite nervous.  It was actually pretty hilarious to watch him.  He robotically held little Jedidiah for about… 30 seconds, and then said, “Okay, somebody take him!”


But Trent wasn’t going to let him get out of it so easily, he took him and with a little Jedidiah booty shaking, re-positioned him so that both he and Billy would be more comfortable.

We tried one more position and this one looked good on him.

Aww, they’re going to be great parents someday.

When Billy finally gave him up, he made us all laugh so hard.  Look at his, “Wow, thank God I didn’t break him” face.


My little sister’s best friend, Kat, stopped by (she’s basically another sister of mine) and also, for the first time EVER, held a baby.  I’m honored that it was my baby she got to hold.  🙂

Last, but certainly not least, Jedidiah’s uncle Ryan got to hold him.  It was good for him to get some practice in before his little girl arrived.

They’re going to be great parents!

christie and ryan

This was a trip unlike any other one we’ve ever taken to Minnesota and it took on a whole different meaning.  It was truly amazing watching all these people that we love so much hold, adore and love on this other little person we love so much.  It gave us such a sense of pride to sit back and observe as our little miracle was passed around and loved so well by so many people.  I’m not going to lie, we may have even been overwhelmed to tears at some moments, and they are moments that we will treasure for years to come.

Leaving was harder than it’s ever been this time around, too.  It is hard living so far away from family and it hurts to know that the next time they see Jedidiah and get to hold him will be at a very different stage in his life.  Until then, I’m so thankful for technology and Skype will have to suffice.  I’m thankful that we had the opportunity to present our little Jedidiah.  It was an awesome and memorable trip!

Here are some other memorable shots that I love from the night.

Thanks for reading!  XOXO

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Posted by on January 24, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Newborn Photo Shoot

Lucky for me, some of my best friends are photographers!

About a week after Jedidiah was born, we headed over to my friend Traci’s house to do a newborn photo shoot.  She’s got a huge house and lucky for her, she has a photo studio upstairs.  We had brought a few changes of clothes and were hoping for the best!

Jedidiah wasn’t quite as cooperative as we might have hoped.  He was WIDE awake, and even after nursing him, he wouldn’t go to sleep!  This made it a little bit tricky to get the typical “cute” newborn shots.  When they’re this little, their faces do all sorts of weird little things, so sleeping is preferred.  It’s also much easier to pose them once they’re asleep.  Anyways, little man did not want to sleep, so for the first part of the session, we did our best to work with what he was giving us.

We started him out in this cute little outift with a vest and tie… but, he ended up peeing through it.


So we changed him and let him be naked for a while for the next few photos.  However, he peed again… all over everything.  So then we kept him naked BUT with a diaper on.  Then we did another wardrobe change (thankfully we brought a few outifts!).  We also took some family shots- I absolutely love these ones.

Here is Traci ( working her magic.

Below are some of my favorite photos that she took (it was hard to choose, I love them all)!



Thanks Traci!  I love these photos!!!

I’d love to know, which ones do you like best?


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Posted by on January 18, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Tiny fingers, tiny toes…

Babies are the best.  They smell so good… and their skin is so soft… and they’re so warm and cuddly!  I wanted to document my little man’s littlest features in his first few weeks of life.  So here we go… tiny fingers, tiny toes…

We’ll start with his tiny little hands and fingers.  I love this picture of him holding on to Trent’s finger.


Little toes… and little feet!  I can’t get over how cute his feet are (and how big)!


His belly, before his umbilical cord stump fell out.  You can see his little belly button after it fell out in the picture (above) with his legs and little feet.  He’s got the cutest little tummy!

His sweet little body.


Lastly, his face.  I love all his little features.  I can’t get over how precious this little guy is!


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Posted by on January 18, 2016 in Uncategorized


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The Jedidiah-ries (diaries)- month 2


Well, I can hardly believe that my baby boy is already 2 months old! He’s changed so much already since he was born and he amazes me and delights me every day with the new things he’s learning and doing! Here’s how he’s doing.

Weight: 12 lbs. 3 oz. (50th percentile)
Height: 24 inches (85th percentile)
Head circumference: 39 cm. (50th percentile)

General observations: This month Jedi has been smiling so much more!  My heart skips a beat and my world stops every time he flashes his little toothless grin at his momma (or daddy).  Jedidiah started making lots more sounds! He is trying to communicate with us and I love hearing all his different coos- he has become much more vocal. In addition to being more vocal, he has learned the art of bubble making… and drooling. He is our little bubble man and drool monkey! We’re going to have to start putting bibs on him just to save his cute little outfits! He has developed a fascination with lights and fans, he loves to look at them.  🙂  Jedi’s eyes seem to be lightening up a little more, but I still can’t quite tell what color they will be.  For now, they look like they mjght be light like daddy’s!  Jedidiah loves to move, which makes it a bit difficult to get good photos of him.  He is constantly flailing his little arms and legs, and sometimes looks like he’s ready to fight.  One thing that Trent and I find hilarious is that, when he gets tired, he flails with his hands all balled up in fists, and he sometimes punches himself in the face.  He gets this surprised look and then he does it again.  It is so funny to watch!

So many smiles!!!


Mr. Bubbles!

Health: We just had our two month check-up and Jedidiah is doing great! He is growing appropriately and meets all of his developmental milestones. He even had smiles for our doc. He still holds his head up so well and when our pediatrician lifted him up, he held his head upright, which usually doesn’t happen until about 4 months, he said. I’m so thankful that he is healthy!  He did get some baby acne on his cheeks, unfortunately right before we went to Minnesota to show him off.

Eating: Wow, this boy loves to eat. Thankfully, feedings have slowed down some and we are getting more and more time between feedings- now he’s eating every 2-2 1/2 hours (longer than that at night). This allows me a little more time to get other things done. We are still breastfeeding and pumping a little bit. It has gotten much easier (not easy) and much more enjoyable. Now I treasure the time Jedidiah and I get to spend together breastfeeding. Daddy got to feed Jedi his first bottle early this month, right before we headed to Minnesota to visit my family for Christmas. We wanted to make sure that he would take a bottle when my sister and her boyfriend babysat! He took it like a champ, and daddy really enjoyed feeding him!

He has started spitting up now (he only spit up once during his first month), so we always have to be prepared with a burp cloth.


Sleeping: His sleep patterns haven’t so much changed. He still sleeps pretty well at night and likes to sleep in in the mornings. Sometimes we get to lay there together until 10:30 or 11:00… it’s amazing! So even when he doesn’t nap during the day, at least I feel rested! He has been taking more naps lately, probably because he had a bit of a growth spurt, but I still don’t think he gets the 16 hours a day he’s supposed to. I still don’t feel like I get much done during the day, but I can tell that he’s happier when he’s well-rested.


Napping with mommy after a jog outside.

Diapers: This month we started using cloth diapers. We aren’t using them all the time, but we are trying to use them when we’re home at least. I find that I’m not quite proficient enough to use them when we’re out and about, but I’m sure I’ll get better at it. So far I like using them. There is an obvious learning curve, and they can be a bit of work (laundering, drying, and re-stuffing them), but they are so much better for the environment and we save lots of $$$$$. Little Jedidiah’s body is still pretty small, so when he’s in cloth diapers, he looks like he’s got a bubble butt… sing it with me now, “Baby’s got back!”

Clothes: He is just barely squeezing into some of his newborn clothes. He is too long for his sleepers, but some of the other onesies still fit him. On to 3 month clothes! Crazy how fast he is growing!

Social: We got out more this month, as we’ve gotten more and more comfortable with getting everything prepared and getting out the door.

  • We went to several holiday parties- one at DeVoir Fitness, where I do zumba, another with my Bible study gals at our annual white elephant gift exchange.

DeVoir Christmas party

My Bible Study gals

  • We visited Trent at school and went to Hope’s wedding shower.
  • We went to Minnesota for Christmas and met lots of family, friends, and church folk!  (a separate blog post shall follow about this trip)
  • We spent New Years Eve (and several other evenings) with Trent’s best friend Casey and his wife Shala
  • We have been active at church as greeters (yes, even Jedi) and have had a lot of fun with this current Star Wars themed sermon series.

#revyourlife “Forces that Form your Future”

  • I spent a day at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens with my friend Abby and the 6 kids under 6 that she watches (3 are her own).

Likes:  Being outside and going for walks, looking at lights and fans

Memorable moments and firsts:

  • He had his first bottle! Daddy finally got to feed him.
  • This month was the first time mommy and daddy got out and left him with “babysitters” (my sis and her boyfriend). We went and saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • He saw and got to play in snow for the first time!
  • He had his first Christmas(es) with both sides of our family.
  • He had his first plane ride (you can read about that in my January post Bubba’s first plane ride)
  • He met his Minnesota family (my side): his grandparents, aunts, uncles, soon-to-be-cousin and great-grandparents.
  • Pictures with Santa- we had our photo taken at Revolution church with Santa, and then both Trent’s dad and my dad dressed up as Santa for some photos with our little guy too. (Trent was also Santa last month for our initial “Christmas” photo shoot)
  • He had his first blowout diaper. It was the first day I tried using cloth diapers, but I didn’t realize that they needed to be much tighter around his legs than they were. We had a leak after that, and then I found the right settings on the elastic and we haven’t had any issues since.
  • He got to meet his cousin, Evelyn Joy, born 1 day before he turned 2 months old (via Skype).


What about mom?  I am doing good.  I had lost most of the baby weight but then came the holidays… I’m a sucker for Christmas cookies!  Anyways, I think I’ve just about recovered from that, but I’m still not where I’d like to be yet.  I have started running again and I’m up to comfortably running a mile.  I’ve really missed running!  Other than that, I feel good!  I’m loving my new job as a mommy!

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Posted by on January 18, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Upon our arrival at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport over the holidays, we headed down the concourse to a familiar place, TGI Fridays, for lunch.

Many of you may know that I spent many of my early years working at Fridays– I began working there during high school and worked there all throughout college until a year after I graduated.  It actually turned into a bit of a “family business” as my mom has worked there for years, then I began working there, and during different times, both my brother and my youngest sister worked there as well.  Now my dad works there as his second job.  Anyways, every time we fly home, we try to pass through there to see old friends and to eat food… after all, “In here, it’s always Friday.”

I actually quite enjoyed this job.  I have to say that I truly believe that every person should have to work in a restaurant at some point in their lives.  It teaches you a LOT of things: problem solving, people skills, how to bite your tongue when people are acting a fool, how to calculate percentages, how to carry four glasses in one hand or 5 plates at once… you know, life skills.  😉  My co-workers were cool, we got to meet lots of interesting people from all over the world, and I made good money there.  In fact, had I not been called to teaching, I may have been a “lifer.”  The hours were good (since we were in the airport) and we made minimum wage as well as our tips (I didn’t realize how vital that was until I moved to Texas and only made $2.00 an hour…).  Anyways, it was a good gig.  Fun fact, Trent also worked at Fridays for a while in Texas, and when I moved there, we ended up knowing some of the same people.

Some throwback pictures from years ago (the middle one is my brother).

Anyways, it’s always fun to visit, as most of the people working there have been working there since I started (or even before me), so there are always lots of familiar faces.  This time was even more exciting, with our new baby boy in tow.  My parents carried him and showed him off to nearly everybody!  It was so cool to watch everyone “ooh” and “ah” over our little one.  Here is a glimpse at the scene.

Anyways, we enjoyed lunch together (I still really enjoy their food) while people stopped over one-by-one to see or hold Jedidiah.

As we were getting ready to leave, low and behold, who walked in?  My friends Becky and Eric, who both used to work there (and in fact met while the three of us and another friend were on a camping trip), and their one year old son.  They were just coming back from a vacation in Mexico.  It was just happenstance that we ended up being there at the same time.  They were doing the same thing we were… stopping by to say hi to old friends.  Anyways, it was so cool to see them and to get to catch up a bit!


Throwback picture: Me and Becky used to be “work twins”

After saying hi to them, we had to go.  The rest of my family was at home eagerly awaiting our arrival (well, probably not our arrival so much as Jedidiah’s).  I’ll tell you more about that in my next post.

*We also got to swing back through on our way back to SA and see a few more people.*

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Posted by on January 11, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Bubba’s first plane ride

Trent and I had the privilege of going back to my home of Minnesota over the holidays.  This is where the majority of my family lives, and all of my immediate family is there.  None of them had met Jedidiah yet, except through Skype.  We were really looking forward to this break, not only to travel and spend time with my family, but also for me to have Trent home for two weeks!  (Yay for Christmas break!)

We left on Sunday the 20th, EARLY in the morning.  Our flight wasn’t until 6:00am but we wanted to make sure we left with plenty of time since flying over the holidays can be unpredictable.  Our aim was to be at the airport by 4:30, which meant that we needed to be at Trent’s mom and dad’s (who were driving us to the airport) by 4:00, which meant we needed to leave our house by 3:30am, which meant that I needed to get up to feed the little man around 2:45 so that we would still have time to pack our last minute items.  Yikes.

Anyways, we did all of the above things and Trent’s parents drove us to the airport.  They dropped us off and we hugged goodbye.  I put Jedi in the sling and then our journey began- our first time flying with a baby (a 6 week old)!  It was a good thing that we arrived early- the lines were getting long and even with plenty of time, we only had a short time to wait once we finally made it to our gate.  We decided not to bring Jedi’s car seat, since my sister is close to having a baby and she had one in Minnesota for us to use.


We ended up flying through Houston (I don’t think we’ve ever had a direct flight right to Minneapolis), and then on to Minneapolis St. Paul.  It’s a short flight from San Antonio to Houston- only about 40 minutes.  Thankfully, he slept for this short flight.  I nursed him on takeoff and he fell right asleep (nursing during takeoff and landing is supposed to help their sensitive ears so they’re not in too much pain).


We had a three hour layover in Houston, so we ate the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and apples we’d brought along and then found our gate and chilled out.  Baby boy was awake for a little bit, and chilled with daddy.


We decided that it would be wise to eat a little something before our 3 hour flight to MSP, so I went off and found us an egg and sausage bagel that we could share.  It was delicious and just right to hold us over.  Eventually we boarded our second flight and were on our way to the cold, barren wilderness that is Minnesota in the winter time!

Jedidiah did equally well during the second flight.  He slept the entire time!!!  Even momma got a little cat nap.  Thank you Jesus!


Geesh, thanks Trent… not my best look

Actually, there were tons of babies on that flight and there wasn’t a peep out of any of them.  Initially we felt bad for the guy wedged in the window seat in our row because there was our baby in his row, and then another baby a few rows up, another one a few rows back… there was the potential for this to be a LOOOONG flight, but when we got up to leave, we saw that his jacket was advertising a school for the deaf, so maybe he wouldn’t have cared anyways!

When we arrived in Minnesota, both of my parents were waiting at our gate.  This is pretty rare since the 9/11 security changes, but both of my parents work in the airport, so they were able to meet us.

It was really cool to watch their reaction to their grandbaby.  They were immediately so in love.


We popped into the bathroom to change him quick and then he got passed between my parents for a while.  We were starving again after our flight so we headed to TGI Fridays for a late lunch (I’ll write another post about this later) before heading home where my entire family was waiting to meet the little man (I’ll also write another post about this).  It was a long day (I’d been up since a little before 3am) but a very special one for us and for our little Jedi.


The return trip:


I was a little more concerned about this part of our trip since we didn’t leave until 10:45 am.  The trip to Minnesota had primarily happened in the morning when he usually sleeps anyways; this time it would be in the afternoon… would he still sleep during the flights?  I hoped so!  When we got to the airport, we swung by my dad’s work to say goodbye before we headed to our gate.


This time the first flight was the long one, and this time I was extremely thankful that we ended up flying through Houston, as there had been some extreme winter storms and even tornadoes that had just torn through the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  In fact, it was snowing in Minnesota when we left and our departure was delayed a bit due to the weather and the need for de-icing.

Minnesota snow on our way to the airport

Anyways, the little man was amazing- he slept for most of this flight in the sling with mommy.

We had another longer layover in Houston- nearly four hours this time.  We sat down and ate a late lunch and then hung out at our gate for a while.  Daddy walked him around and Jedidiah LOVED looking at the lights.  He would lean his head back and just stare, mouth open, at all the lights.  It was so cute to watch.  He, of course, had many admirers as we burned the time.

Finally, it was time to go home.  Jedidiah nursed again on takeoff but stayed awake for the majority of this short flight.  But he was content to just hang out with mommy and daddy.  In fact, daddy was all sorts of entertaining and he got lots of smiles from baby boy.


Trent’s parents were anxiously waiting for us upon our return.  They also missed their little bubba while we were gone.  What a great traveler our little Jedi was!  We’re so proud of our little man.

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Posted by on January 9, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Straining toward what is ahead…


A new year, a fresh start.  2015 is gone and 2016 is here.  Although 2015 was a great year for us, I am looking forward to this new year to try to achieve new goals and reach to new heights.

I don’t explicitly remember making “resolutions” for 2015, but here are some of the goals that I wanted to accomplish that I did:

  • Have a baby- check!  The cutest baby ever!
  • Pay off all our debt- check!  Student loans and car loans gone thanks to diligent saving and spending while we were in China!
  • Read my Bible cover to cover- check!  I think this is the 9th or 10th year I’ve read through the whole Bible in a year.  I think it’s super important for my spiritual walk and I will resolve again to do it this coming year.
  • Travel- check!  4 countries and new cities in China were visited, along with family and friends domestically.

Now, for 2016, I want to write down my goals, not only for me, but so that others (you guys) will try to keep me accountable!  Even though I already had an idea of the things I’d like to change or better this year, we had an excellent sermon this past weekend that posed some questions that I hadn’t thought about yet.  I’ll write more about those at the end of this post.  So, without further ado, here are my goals for 2016…

Physical- My overall goal here is to be healthy, both for the hubs and my bubs.  I want to juice at least 2 times a week and start running again.  Now, I don’t necessarily want to put a number amount on how many times a week I’d like to run.  It’s too easy to fail that way if there’s a busy week or a week where I’m not feeling so good.  Instead, I’d like to put forth the goal to run another half-marathon at some point this year.  That way I can have something to work towards and that should keep me accountable throughout.  I’d like to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and size, if nothing else so that I won’t have to buy new clothes when I already have so many (that I just can’t quite squeeze into).  My main motivations for these goals is that the Bible calls my body a “temple of God,” and I want to make sure that I treat that temple well.  “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Financial- So we are in a bit of a tough spot financially.  Even though we paid off all of our debt while we were in China, our savings didn’t last as long as we thought it would upon our return to the States.  We came back to a house that needed many renovations due to damages our renters left behind that weren’t covered by their deposit (between missed rent and damages, it cost us about $8,000 dollars).  After that, we had to buy a car (we paid cash for a used car), buy stuff for our nursery (all second-hand and at a good price), pay for Jedidiah’s birth up-front (because our insurance won’t cover midwives or birth centers), pay for several vet visits for our cat (two unexpected surgeries), and live off of the rest for the four months we went between paychecks.  We thought that Trent would get his first paycheck in August, but it turned out that he didn’t get paid until the end of September.  We also thought that I would be tutoring at his school sometime during late September or early October… that didn’t happen either.  I didn’t look for a part-time job because I was anticipating this one working out.  Anyways, all that being said, our goal this year is to get back on our feet financially.  I am so thankful that we completed Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University a few years ago at Revolution Church; without it, I don’t know where we’d be!  We’ve burned through our emergency fund and have been on a super tight budget for the past few months but we’re making it work.  God always provides.  He’s blessed us through gifts and gift cards for the baby, unexpected money sent from friends and I trust that he will continue to provide for our little family.

I’d also like to find a way to contribute to our family’s financial situation in this coming year.  My goal is to start offering private Spanish (or English) tutoring and eventually start offering Spanish classes for home-school kids.  This will allow me to work during the day when Trent is at work (so that I’m not missing out on time with my husband), and be able to make my own schedule (that works around the baby).

Relational- I want to be PRESENT in my relationships.  In my marriage, I want to make sure that I put Trent first.  It’s been easy since Jedidiah was born to let him come before our marriage and the time that we spend together, but I really want to make sure that Trent and our marriage come first.  I would like for Trent and I have a date night at least once a month (even though for a while, they will have to be free dates)!

With my son, especially when I’m breastfeeding, I want to make sure I’m talking or paying attention to him. It’s so easy to scroll through Facebook for the umpteenth time or check my e-mail on my phone while he’s feeding, but I don’t want technology to come between me and my baby boy.

I’d also like to have people over to our house more often.  I don’t feel like I can commit to once a month for this one, but I would like to host at least 4 events (game nights, murder mystery parties, etc.) in this coming year.  Look for posts on these events later in 2016.

Spiritual-  I want to read through the Bible again this year.  This keeps me fed spiritually.  I also want to spend more time in prayer.  I participated in several prayer challenges this year through my church (Revolution Church) and they were really blessed times.  I want to get back to that, so I will try to use at least one breastfeeding session each day to pray- Lord knows there are lots of things to pray for (our nation, my family, missionaries, martyrs, friends, etc.).  Lastly, I’d like to memorize more scripture.  My goal is to memorize at least one verse (and its reference) a month.  I can also use Jedi’s feeding time to practice memorizing my verses.

Why am I doing this?  God’s word says: Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children,talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.”  Deuteronomy 11:18-21

Intellectual-  I want to use my Spanish more often (and speak it more to Jedidiah) to stretch myself linguistically.  If I can start tutoring or offering Spanish classes, that will certainly help this goal (although it’s not exactly quantifiable).  I also want to do the things I like to do to stretch my brain- especially reading.  I’d like to read at least one book a month.  I will be keeping a log of the books I read to make sure that I get at least 12 of them in.  I also want to blog more often.  I have so many things I’d like to write about, but with a new baby, I rarely have two free hands to type (Hence this post written nearly a week into the new year).  Too bad I can’t have some sort of device that transcribes everything that I write in my brain!  I’d have a gazillion posts written by then!

“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” 1 Peter 1:13

Personal-  I want to spend at least one day a month doing something creative that I love- digital scrapbooking, blogging, editing photos, etc.


Now I’d like to add to this post the questions that our pastor posed to us: (if you’d like to watch the sermon, you can do so at:

What one thing do I desire from God?  Passion.  I used to have such a passion for people, for serving, for my time with God.  I’ve gotten away from that.  This is one thing I will pray for this year- that God would ignite this flame in my life once again.

What one thing do I lack?  Self-control.  Especially with food…  This is something I am going to specifically pray for in the coming year.

What one thing do I need to release?  Bitterness.  I have to say that I harbored (and perhaps am still harboring) some bitterness towards our renters.  The damages they left us with and the rent they didn’t pay put us in a bad place (both financially and emotionally).  What made it feel even more unjust is that we had already helped them out and shown them grace in a hard time by lowering their rent (by $300 dollars a month!  That’s $3,600 for the year!), yet they were unwilling to return the favor and simply paid what they contractually owed.  They re-nigged on their word to go back up to the agreed upon amount once she got a job, and then ended up not even paying several months of the lowered rent.  Then they had the audacity to be mad at us for giving them a “bad” reference!  The truth is, we didn’t even say anything bad about them, but were obviously honest about money, rent, and things like that.  But I think the thing that hurt us the most is that they called themselves “Christians,” yet this was the testimony that they left.  No wonder “Christians” have a bad name; they aren’t living with integrity.

However, that being said, I’ve been convicted to pray for them.  Since them leaving without a trace (no forwarding address or responses to any of my messages), a man showed up at our door looking for “the man” (who will remain nameless).  He said that “said man” had just gotten out of the hospital and he was sent to provide in-home care for him.  Another time a man and his son showed up at my door with presents for their grandkids, they were sponsored by a church.  We also received a letter to them in the mail from their son who’s in prison.  All these things tell me that they need prayer.  Jesus told us to love our enemies and pray for those who mistreat us (Luke 6:27-28), so I will try to let go of the bitterness and pray for them instead.

What one promise do I need to claim?  “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”  Isaiah 26:3


Anyways, these are my “resolutions” for the upcoming year, what are yours?



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The Jedidiah-ries (diaries)- one month old

Well, I know all parents say this, but I can’t believe how fast time has gone!!!  My baby boy is already over a month old!  I had intended on doing weekly updates during his first few weeks of life, but it was such a whirlwind of everything that I simply did not get around to it!  (Heck, I barely posted this one month update and he’ll be two months in two weeks!)

Anyways, these posts may not interest everyone, but I want to have them to look back on as my baby boy grows up.  Read them if you’d like, don’t if you’re not interested.  Either way, here’s our first month with our sweet baby Jedidiah.

Jedidiah- month 1

Weight: 9 pounds 1 ounce

Height: 22 and a half inches.  I do realize this is the same as his measurement at birth, but he HAS grown.  At birth, he had quite a bit of swelling on top of his head (from crowning for so long) which has now gone back down.  I think the swelling accounts for the difference (or lack thereof) in height.


General observations:  Jedidiah’s hair is much lighter than I thought it would be.  Both Trent and I have very dark brown hair, so I figured it would be darker.  It probably will be eventually, but for now, it’s a light brown.  He seems to have his daddy’s nose, but no other features that are noticeably “Trent” or “myself.”  His eyes are very dark blue, as most newborn’s are, so we don’t know what color they will end up being, but I keep hoping that they will be like his daddy’s!  (Me and the rest of the world- Trent’s eyes are GORGEOUS!)  Jedidiah is a very observant baby; he loves to look around, quietly taking everything in.  He’s got a super strong neck and was holding it up and looking around even in his first few days of life.


Only 2 days old and already holding up his head!


He also seems to have really good control over his little arms.  He loves to suck on his fists and seems to move his arms and hands with purpose.  Trent and I find ourselves just watching him… for hours at a time.  We love seeing every little expression he makes and hearing all his different sounds.  It’s amazing to think that we MADE this little guy!

Health: Thankfully, Jedidiah is a very healthy baby.  Since he had such a hard time coming out, he sustained some head trauma, and therefore we chose to administer the Vitamin K shot.  Babies that have this shot have a higher chance of getting jaundiced, so we had to make sure that he got at least 30 minutes of sun time every day.  We really enjoyed this time just “soaking in” (pun intended) the time to watch him.

One thing that gave us a major scare was his little tremors.  The first time they happened, I thought he was having a seizure.  His little sleeping body convulsed somewhat rhythmically and it lasted for more than a minute.  I just held him close, prayed over him, and cried.  It happened a few more times within the first week and a half and each time I got more and more worried that something was wrong with my precious baby.  Thankfully, my girlfriend Heather helped me out and looked up his symptoms on the internet and we found that he has what they call “Benign sleep myoclonus.”

From, this is defined as:

• Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus consists of myoclonic jerks of the distal extremities, occurring in clusters during quiet NREM sleep and disappearing during wakefulness.
• Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus occurs in early life, especially the first 6 months of life, rarely persisting during childhood.
• Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus is not associated with EEG abnormalities and occurs in otherwise neurologically normal children.
• Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus may be induced by repetitive sound stimuli and by gently restraining or by rocking the child, especially in a head-to-toe direction.

Anyways, Heather put my mind at ease that Jedidiah was okay and that it wasn’t anything scary or dangerous that was happening.  My midwives confirmed this.

Eating:  This boy is an eater!!!  Since I am breastfeeding, there are times where I literally feel like a 24 hour cafeteria, but he’s happy and healthy so I can’t really complain.  First thing I want to say is that breastfeeding is HARD.  Wow.  I had no idea how painful those first few weeks would be.  I blistered, I bled, I cried… it was terrible.  Jedi also had several nights between 2 and 5 weeks where we thought he might be colicky- he would cry for hours at a time and be otherwise inconsolable- but I think we determined that he just gets bad gas.  He has a REALLY hard time when I eat or drink dairy products, so I’ve all but eliminated them from my diet so that we can all be happier.  When he’s having a tough time, we’ve found ourselves re-making old hip-hop songs and singing them to him.  Two of our favorites are “Push it” by Salt’n’Peppa and “Walk it Out” by Unk (changed by us to “work it out”…”South side work it out”).

At the beginning he was eating every hour or two.  I was feeding him between 14-20 times a day!!!  Talk about a full-time job!  He was eating for 10-20 minutes at a time.  But we learned that newborns have such tiny stomachs that they really can only take in a small amount, and once it’s digested, they are hungry again.  The frequency by which he has been eating has changed as the month wore on.  Now we are feeding every one-and-a-half to three hours and he eats for 20-40 minutes at a time.  It’s much more tolerable now, and since my nipples don’t hurt so bad, it has actually become a time I am starting to enjoy with my little bubba.

What do we call him?  Well, truthfully, I find that we call him little pet names much more often than we use his actual name.  Both Trent and I default to “bubba” or “bubs” for short most often.  I find that when I am talking to him, I usually use his full name, Jedidiah.  But when I am talking about him, I use Jedi or J.J. instead.

Sleeping:  I will say that Jedidiah does a pretty good job sleeping at night.  That’s not to say that he sleeps through the night, but despite the feedings, he seems to know day from night.  After he eats, he quickly falls back asleep, and this tired momma does too!  He tends to sleep late in the mornings, and there are days where he and I don’t get out of bed until 10 or 11 in the morning.  That being said, he wasn’t a good “napper” during the day for the first few weeks.  In fact, he’d hardly sleep at all during the day.  This made for long days once Trent went back to work.  But once he figured out how to take a pacifier, then he started sleeping more during the day.  Now he’s taking one or two longer naps during the day and a few random cat naps.  It sure helps me feel more productive!


Look how cute he sleeps!  Always with his arms up.


Diapers:  We are going to be using cloth diapers eventually, but we got so many diapers from our baby showers and as gifts, that we wanted to use these diapers first.  They’ve lasted the entire first month, although I never thought it possible to go through this many diapers!  Disposable diapers also made the most sense now because Jedi’s body is so tiny, I feel like the cloth diapers would swallow him up!  They were also easier to use right away as we were adjusting to everything as new parents.

My girlfriend Catherine had people write little messages of encouragement on diapers at my “Mommy to BEE” baby shower (read about that in my post Showered with love! Part 1).  Those really were a blessing in those first few weeks of parenthood.  Thanks Cat!

Clothes:  Despite being born at 8 pounds, he fit into his newborn clothes. I thought they’d only last him a week or two, but they’ve fit him this whole month!  I’m not sure how much longer they’ll fit him, but we got a good month’s use out of them, so I’m a happy camper.

Social:  Wow, this kid has quite the social life!  (Much like his parents)  He’s had many visitors in his first few weeks of life.  We stayed at home for the first few weeks, venturing out only to “Nana’s” house and for occasional walks.


He went on his first road trip to meet my aunt, uncle and cousin who live in Weatherford, Texas, and then also to meet his “Auntie” Heather and “Uncle” Zach in Georgetown, TX.  You can read about this trip in my post Bubba’s first road trip.

Then he went “out” to Nana and Popo’s house for his first Thanksgiving. This was right after he got circumcised, so he wasn’t the happiest little guy. But he did get to meet his cousin, Cohen, and Cohen LOVES his Jedi!


Jedi’s first “real” public outing was to Revolution Church about two weeks after he was born.

Then in the following weeks we went to a birthday party, Trent’s work Christmas party, the Cibolo Holiday parade, our chiropractor, and out to meet his new cousin!


Hanging with Mickey at Kaden’s birthday party



At the Cibolo Holiday Parade


Trent’s sister, Katey, had her little girl only two weeks after our little guy was born.  Shortly thereafter, Jedidiah got to meet his adorable cousin Audra!

Difficulties:  Like I mentioned before, breastfeeding was VERY hard at the beginning.  Jedidiah really didn’t like having his diaper changed for the first few weeks and would scream and cry every time we’d try to change him.  We bought ourselves a wipe warmer after the first two weeks and that seemed to help a bit.  Now he seems to be getting more used to being changed and for the most part, won’t fuss too much.  We also found that he would fuss during transitions- moving from person to person, in the carseat and out of the carseat, etc.  He still fusses a little bit when he’s moved around, especially if he’s just waking up, but he’s getting much more used to these transition moments.

We held off on giving Jedi a pacifier, since we wanted to make sure that our breastfeeding routines were clearly established first, but when we eventually did try to give him one, he wouldn’t take it.  We tried several different kinds and eventually found ones that he will take.  He’s still figuring it out, but has taken it a few times now.



His first time with a pacifier!


Jedidiah also seemed a bit colicky for the first few weeks, but that has seemed to pass.

Memorable moments and “Firsts:”

  • He took his first walks with mommy and daddy, just around our neighborhood.
  • His first smile!  This one happened on November 23rd and I tried so hard to catch it on camera, but all my attempts came out blurry.  This was what I got…

Now he’s starting to smile more often.

  • First bath(s).  He seems to like the water and it seems to calm him.
  • He hadn’t peed on either of us, but he has peed on himself a few times… once it even got in his mouth!  Gross!  Parenting FAIL!
  • He had his first (of likely many) photo shoot.  My bestie, Traci Lippincott, of Tcup Designs, took some newborn photos for us.  Unfortunately baby boy was not so cooperative that morning and was awake almost the whole time (which makes it much harder to take photos).  We still got some good shots, but maybe not as many as we had hoped.  You can check out her facebook page at  She also took our maternity pictures.  She’s awesome!
  • The first time I brought him to Bible Study, the girls were asking me if he’s had a blow-out yet and if he spits up.  He hadn’t done either, but in that one night, he both peed out of his diaper and drenched my shirt AND spit up what was, to that point, more than he ever had (which was basically not at all).  Clearly, I spoke too soon.
  • He was circumcised- in Dallas… by a rabbi.  You can read about that in my post Bubba’s first road trip.

Highlights of the month:  Trent being home for the first two and a half weeks after Jedi was born!  I love watching him in his new role as a daddy!


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