Blessings From Above

Blessings From Above

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A White Family Update...

We have been doing well and keeping busy at the White House.

Jason is always working hard for our family, the way he cares for us always blows me away. He got to switch things up these past two weeks attending a crazy case of jury duty and he continues to be the best daddy and husband anyone could dream of. 

Our Laylie J is flourishing at homeschool and is always weeks ahead of schedule, enjoying tons of art, learning the Cats Cradle game, Chinese jump rope, playing with her siblings, loves to be in the kitchen - baking or cooking, and her favorite thing to do is to have a baking competition. She is always a great friend at school and continues to be the greatest helper every single day. Those few times I just can't keep my eyes open she joyfully offers to care for the other two while this Mama naps quietly. I am so thankful for this awesome girl and she amazes me everyday with her heart. 

Our Rael - the funniest, spunky and cutest 4 year old there is. She is loving preschool, building legos, doing art, playing dolls, riding her scooter, and doing pretend school. She had her first very big boo-boo this week with a fall from the monkey bars at Preschool. We took her straight to the doctor and a few x-rays later showed she had fractured her elbow. She was so brave, strong, and took every moment like a champ. All the nurses and doctors wanted to take her home because of her cuteness. Rael picked a pink cast for four weeks and we are thanking the Lord there is no surgery needed. She is now back to herself learning to navigate with one arm while staying away from sand and water. She is our champ! 

Holton Peter, our handsome boy, he is our constant fun and the one who gets loads of physical touch all day long. He has vocal cords like every 1 year old, with two settings - loud and louder. He loves to go through all the cabinets in the kitchen, pulling every little thing out, getting a snack on his own anytime of the day, playing with play doh, puzzles, reading books, drawing, and hanging out with his sisters. He loves to sing, enjoys being outside, and runs pretty much everywhere. He got his first haircut by Grandad who used to cut Jason's hair when he was a little boy. He calls both of his sisters Rael and it makes us giggle each time. We can't get over his cuteness and big brown eyes.

This Mama - living and tackling every day that comes my way. Waking up each morning happy and so grateful for this life - my dream! With that - I am always playing with the kids, keeping up around the house, homeschooling, making sure people are fed, noses are wiped, getting on time to places like school and appointments, running errands, doing piles of laundry, enjoying play dates, cooking, and pretty much doing what all mamas do. I wouldn't have it any other way! We are getting excited as our baby #4 is growing so much more. I have hit 33 weeks and everything is going smoothly. I feel his/her movements more and more every day, we re-decorated all the kids' rooms and got the nursery all ready for this baby to come home to. We are counting down the weeks and waiting for this bundle of joy to join this adventurous family. That's all for now and we will continue to keep you posted with more events from the Whites soon. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

28 Weeks

Our beautiful baby #4 has hit a big milestone - the 3rd trimester. My belly is getting rounder and tighter each and every week, but I am loving every second of it. The movements of an elbow poking out or a heel kicking my side is a sweet reminder that I will be missing this time when it's I will count it as a blessing. My body is changing and things are happening quickly around me so much so that it is so thrilling to our whole family that in just 12 short weeks we will have a little newborn in our home. A baby to hold, kiss, cuddle, and train. Our walk-in closet has a new dresser filled with a few creme outfits, cozy blankets, and a changing pad laying on top. Jason and I are getting in the full swing of things in order to be ready to care for this next treasure. As that time draws near, we have picked out baby names and are day-dreaming about our life changing once again with a tiny one in our home. Sleepless nights, tighter schedules, and taking it one step at a time in survival mode when necessary. Every time Jason and I have a baby, we feel blessed beyond belief and pray that we can raise all of our children to be amazing people who completely fear the Lord as He guides us through each and every step. Holton is now pointing to my belly and saying "baby!" Laylie and Rael talk about how they will help take care of their newest sibling and look forward to finding out if they have a brother or a sister. Thank you God for such a sweet gift! We feel so excited as April draws closer and closer.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Best Days in Colorado

Laylie and I spent 5 days in Colorado visiting our close friends the Clarks. It was such a special time for Laylie and I to be together, and she was the greatest travel partner! Together we walked through the airport, hand-in-hand, navigating our way to the gate. On the plane we read magazines while snuggling in our tight plane seats, and when we arrived we got to hanging out with one another and our dearest friends. We had the best days spending each moment with the 6 Clark kids and the mamas soaked up our much needed friendship time. Kacy and I laughed lots, encouraged each other, gave each other Godly advice and sat on the couch together sipping hot tea and one time eating a whole Costco chocolate cake. I feel God has blessed me beyond measure with this friendship with my sweet friend and having so many memories throughout a decade of time makes it that much more special. From marriage to becoming home-school moms to having many small children, it is such a blessing to walk through life with her. While in Colorado, we had so much fun going on adventures to the mall with our girls, swimming at the indoor pool, watching Laylie help feed all of their farm animals, playing in the snow, going to a country Rodeo in Denver and even watching a movie in their perfectly cozy home. Laylie and I enjoyed seeing snow fall for a couple days and we really got to experience what winter days look like somewhere other than the little bit of rain we get in California. We really enjoyed and treasured all the time we got with their 6 kids. We are already missing our friends dearly and are looking forward to the next time the families will get together. Until then, we will keep remembering how joyful it was spending 5 days with them and how special of a time Laylie and I got to have just the two of us.

Jason had lots of fun with the two little ones keeping busy while mom was away...