Writing Again

12:16 PM

I read a post yesterday on old-fashioned blogging and it reminded me of that time almost 5 years ago when I started blogging and why. I started blogging just as it was transitioning to a much different type of writing. I had no reason of starting a blog other than I just simply loved to write and I was an open book who loved for the story to go on and on while sharing it with the world. I also wanted a place to go back and remember all of the things I had walked through, witnessed, learned, created, etc. A journal could do that, and I still have many prayer journals full of that type of thing, but this was different. It was permanent and that was the thing that drew me to the blogging world. There was an entire community of women (mostly) who were writing for the very same reason while walking through vastly different seasons. As described in the aforementioned post the blogging world has become about pinnable photos and sponsors and advertisements. It's simply something I could never do. Writing is very much my first love when it comes to hobbies but it in no way is it something I would ever want to make a career out of. Props to my sweet friend Sarah for being able to sit down and actually write out an entire series of books.. I just do not have the patience for that. So, here I am trying to revive my passion for words and shutting out the new way of blogging as to help me focus on why I started this in the first place. I'm also reminding myself that in my writing I have a voice that deserves to be heard.

I remember waking up some mornings and feeling like my day could not start until I had drank my cup of coffee and hashed out a blog. Life has moved quickly over the last few years and not just in the sense of kids but jobs and churches and even our city has changed. I've changed. I've grown. And while I don't wake up needing to write like I use to, I do wake up with words on my heart. With a preschooler and toddler though sometimes those words can just take a while to really find their way into actual sentences.

I want to encourage you to do whatever gives you life. Refuse to worry if you're good enough or if people like it (whatever it is), just go out and do it. Do it because the need flows out of you and because you are a better person when you're doing that hobby or activity. I admire my husband so much for this very reason. He finds something he loves to do (drumming, filming) and he just does it. Maybe that's why he's so good at those two things in particular...because he just does them. He doesn't think about whether he should or if anyone cares or notices but he simply does the things he's passionate about. I hope that I can be this way too.


Happy birthday, Abigail

10:59 AM

Abigail. Is. One.

  • 19lbs 6oz
  • 28 in
  • Wearing size 4 diapers now
  • Still in the same size clothing and shoes
  • Definitely interested in trying to walk but not quite there yet
  • Nursing and eating all the food in sight
  • Will not drink from a cup..still
  • Still co sleeping but we are transitioning her to her crib this week (pray for us, yall!)
  • Signs: more, milk, all done, and is currently working on please
  • Says: Mama, dada, bubba, mo (more), yea, Uh uhhh (uh oh)

Dear Abigail,
Well we're here again. Another one of my baby's is turning one and to no avail I am sad that you grew so fast. After I felt like I didn't savor the newborn season with your brother I promised myself I would with you but now you're one and I find myself saying, "No! It went too fast. I need to rock her to sleep again, just one more time. I need to take more videos of the little facial expressions she has that first week of life. Just a little more time please." So, maybe that should tell me that I didn't squander the newborn season, it just goes entirely too fast. I can't believe you're ours, Abigail. It feels like a dream come true. One I didn't know I had until the ultrasound technician said, "It's a girl!" You have like no hair for a one year old yet it looks so long to me because you started out with barely anything. You are small in weight and height but you still have rolls and a full face which makes you look so chunky. We love it! I still listen to your heartbeat when I'm laying down next to you and praise God that He closed that hole in your heart when He was knitting you in my womb. You are feisty and dramatic but you love to be loved.  You want to be held more so because you love being in other's arms than you do just for the attention. You happily fall into the background when people are around talking or other kids need attention but can I tell you a secret Abigail? You'll never be in the background. You're too amazing and beautiful to miss! I can't wait to see what kind of toddler you are and I really can't wait to see all of the developing and growing you do over this next year. Happy birthday, sweet baby. 


Abigail:11 months

5:15 PM

Eleven months old and I can't handle it! Sheesh. One whole month until she is ONE YEAR OLD!

  • New words-Done and Yea
  • Still not walking and really has no interest in trying right now
  • Still co sleeping and taking two 2 hour naps a day
  • Nursing round the clock still
  • Wearing size 3 in shoes and 12m-18m in clothes
  • 8 teeth
  • Eating at least 1 solid meal a day (usually dinner)
  • Personality is starting to show more-chatty and giggly 

The list is pretty short for this month because there's not a ton of developing happening right now but I'm sure after she turns a year old lots of things will be going on! None of us in this house are ready for her to be a year old. Elijah has even said a few times that he thinks she will be a tiny baby forever. We're soaking in her last month as a baby and getting ready for toddlerhood...again. 


Scheel Family Pictures

1:30 PM

The week before Christmas we went on an awesome trip to Mississippi to visit my father in law's side. We have all been trying to go at the same time since Kaleb and I got married (4.5 years ago) but our schedules never matched up or we just didn't have it in our budget. So, since I knew this might not happen again for a while I proposed we do family pictures. Also, I'm still working on my portfolio so any chance I get to snap some shots I'm all about it! I loved being at Kaleb's grandma's house. It was smack dab in the middle of the sticks...literally. The pictures I took were just a few feet from her actual house and the entire area was just gorgeous. I hope we can take pictures again there for years and years to come.


Abigail:10 months

1:39 PM

Holy moly. We're in the double digits people. Baby girl is 10 months old and growing SO fast. At 10 months old:

  • Wearing mostly 12m clothes
  • Claps
  • Waves
  • Still only says mama, dada, and bubba but has been trying to say bye bye and milk lately
  • Laughs so much and even has a fake laugh now
  • Cruises either while holding onto something or pushing her walker
  • Loves to "dance" (Bounce up and down or move her head back and forth)
  • Still co sleeping
  • Taking 2 naps a day
  • Wakes twice during the night to nurse
  • Eating lots of new foods
  • Signs more, all done, and milk
  • 7 teeth total (Following in her brother's footsteps, he had 8 by this age)
  • Loves to talk and yell
  • Tries to be brave and stand on her own but usually falls on her cloth diapered booty

This past month Abigail had her first Thanksgiving. She had turkey, some roasted green beans, and some cranberries. She loved it and had so much being around family. She was hardly ever put down, everyone just wanted to hold her. We are traveling out of the state for the first time next week to see Kaleb's stepdad's family for Christmas. It will be interesting to see how this trip goes with 2 kids. Pray for us! 


Smith/Hiland/Nichols Shoots

6:49 AM

Smith Family Pictures

The Smiths are so adorable! I mean look at those pictures below. Kinley is also a natural born model. I thought it would be hard to get some shots for her three year pictures because I knew she was pretty tired from a busy weekend but she was posing like it was her job! With every click of the camera she would change up her pose without any prompting from me or her parents. I may have to use her in the future when I need to practice some fun kid shots. Also, Ian and Sarah are so sweet. I'm so glad they left Missouri and came to Texas. Though I know they miss Missouri I am so glad they are here and that God led them to Overflow church.

Hiland Baby Announcement

These pictures were extra special to me because from the moment I met Jenn I knew she wanted to be a mom. I also knew from the moment I met her and we had our first real conversation that she was a very compassionate person. She is the Children's Pastor at Overflow church and her husband Dalton is the Youth Pastor. Watching them interact with my kids and so many others children in the church just proves that they will be amazing parents. I cannot tell you how many people prayed for baby Hiland and even more people will be praying as this sweet baby grows over these next several months. This baby is already so loved and his/her parents are greatly valued and adored. 

Nichols Maternity Pictures

What do you even say about the girl who is basically another sister to you? Jyssica grew up down the street from my family when we first to moved Fort Worth almost 20 years ago. Charlotte and Jyssica made an instant connection in middle school and have literally been best friends ever since. Jyssica spent many, many, MANY nights at our house and vice versa. She has been like a second older sister to me. I had the privilege of standing next to her on her wedding day and then had the privilege of taking her maternity pictures. Jensen is SO close to making his arrival and I can't wait to watch Mikey and Jyssi become parents. Mikey has had a lot of practice with his many nieces and nephews and Jyssica has proved to be an amazing aunt to her nephew and even my babies. They're going to be naturals. 


Abigail:9 months

8:08 AM

I am posting this update right before I type up her 10 month one because I am SO behind. #secondbabyprobs

At 9 months

  • 4 teeth
  • Pulling up on things and doing baby squats
  • Nurses like a newborn still
  • Found her own sleep schedule and has been taking great naps
  • Still sleeps in our bed
  • Wearing 9-12m clothes
  • Still in size 3 diapers
  • Finally fitting into 3-6m shoes
  • Loves to jibber jabber all day long

Shortest post ever because not a ton of developments happened during the ninth month. Abby did have her first Halloween and was the cutest ladybug you've ever seen. She also got pneumonia which seemed to last FOREVER. It was also her first time on antibiotics so our sweet baby had lots of tummy issues for a few weeks. All is well now and we are gearing up for the next round of first Holidays for our baby girl.

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