"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."

Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Car Wash Phobia

With my last two sons, I sought out a better way to give birth. My first two hospital births were long and filled with unnecessary interventions. Thankfully, I found a birthing center here in Houston, Reunion Birth Center, that fulfilled that desire of mine.

One of the most helpful techniques used at the birthing center was the large birthing tub. I almost gave birth to Austin in the water but at the prompting of my midwives, I moved out of the tub for birth. With Evan, there was no way I was moving from the tub to birth him. I remembered the pressure and pain accompanied by leaving the tub and made the choice (even though I wasn’t prepared for a water birth) to birth in the tub. So, my fourth son was my only who was born in the water.

All this to say, he is also my only son who HATES the water! I’m curious if any other moms have had similar experiences with their babies who were born in the water? Evan has never, ever liked taking a bath.  Not when he was an infant, not ever. He tolerates the pool but stays very close to me. He is terrified of the beach and freaks out at the sound of the waves.

Recently, I discovered that his disdain for water even extends to the sight of water. Our car was filthy from a trip to the beach and so I took it to the car wash, only to realize that I had inadvertently introduced my 18 month old to his worst fear.

This is too precious not to share,

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Trip to the Alligator Park


This post is mainly for my sister, who just moved to Texas and doesn’t share our love and acceptance of alligators here in the south.

We have a beautiful national park, not that far from our home, Brazos Bend State Park. I love going there for the long winding trails and quiet. My boys like going there to get up close and personal with some local alligators. Yes, we consider it fun to walk around a pond and look for those large, jagged toothed creatures. Could they cause us serious bodily harm? Sure, but so could riding in the car!

Here’s proof that spotting alligators, in God’s creation, is wonderful!


This guy was just hanging out, not far from the trail.


There are so many beautiful trails, the boys love riding their bikes along them.



See, beautiful isn’t it? And for those who don’t enjoy spotting alligators, the turtles are pretty fun to watch as well.

The babies enjoy strolling along in the stroller but even Austin got out to play for a while.


These photos were taken on a gorgeous day in January. I’d love to go back now that the flowers are in bloom and the trees are full. Watch out Lindsey, I’m planning your next trip soon!