Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Motherhood is more than just a stage-its a lifelong gift and calling from God. With it He gives us hearts that love more deeply, hands that serve tirelessly, and vision to see His blossoming image in the precious entrusted to our care.

Bumpdate: 20 Weeks!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Today I am officially at the 1/2 way mark! 20 weeks! Wahoo!

Just when I think my belly couldn't get any bigger..........

How far along: I have reached the 1/2 way mark. 20 weeks! Wahoo!

Baby Size: Mango (Weight: 10.58 oz, Length: 10.08 in)

Weight gain: 20 pounds! Wowza!

Maternity clothes: Maternity pants are so comfortable. I love them! Ross is my new favorite store for maternity clothes. Super cute and most of the tops and bottoms that I buy are anywhere from $6-$15

Stretch marks: Nope...at least I don't think so
Sleep: Sleeping all through the night. It's wonderful!
Gender: Sweet baby girl (Hint: I think we have a name picked! Shhhh!)

Movement: Not yet...but can't wait for that. I have a friend who is 21 weeks and she is experiencing lots of movement. I think it just depends. Everyone is different.

Best moment this week: Tackling some more nursery projects to get the room done.
Looking forward to: Finishing up the nursery and 3 vacations coming our way starting next weekend!

Food cravings: Sausage, egg and cheese sandwich (Starbucks), anything starchy, Jamba Juice, Salad
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
What I miss: Bending over without struggling. I can officially not put my own shoes on.
Symptoms: These past few weeks I have been feeling like I'm on cloud nine. My body feels good, I feel sexy, and I have lots of energy.

Nursery: Painted, crib purchased, Josh is putting base boards and crown molding in this weekend. I love my handy man!

Wedding rings on or off? On, and no swelling yet! Hallelujah! 

Mood: Feeling super excited and blessed

Workouts: Yoga and walking

Thoughts For Thursday-Getting to Know God

Thursday, February 26, 2015

There was a time in my life when I struggled with all types of fears and insecurities, constantly worried about the future, my job, my family, money, and what my purpose in life really was. Needless to say, I wasn't enjoying my life. I was miserable.

However, over time, the Lord helped me to change…and He helped me understand an important key to truly enjoying life. It all begins with what the apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:10…something I believe we should all pray regularly…

"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering, being made comfortable unto His death"

I know that when we get to know God—really know Him—it fills us with hope and confidence because we realize He’s greater than any situation we will ever encounter. Understanding God’s character and incredible love for us allows us to relax and trust Him in ever single area of our lives.
I have found that we can learn so much about the Lord by examining His many names found in the Bible. Each one reveals such a unique aspect of His character along with a very specific promise for our lives.

The Bible says He is Jehovah Jireh, which means “Your Provider.” He’s Jehovah Rapha, “Your Healer,” and Jehovah Shalom, “Your Peace.” 

The Lord is also referred to as Jehovah Nissi, “The Lord Our Banner.” This means He is our “victory”: We can expect God to help us win our battles over sin, addictive habits, pain from the past, and anything else that stands in the way of His wonderful plan for our lives.

It is Satan that wants us to think about all the things we can’t do. He wants us to compare ourselves to others and focus on our weaknesses. However, when the Lord looks at us, He sees our ultimate potential! We can do anything through Him. He wants us to focus on how much we can do; He wants us to lean on His strength and ability to do the great things He has planned for us.

Maybe right now the Lord is asking you to step out in an area that seems impossible, or you’re facing an issue that seems way too big to handle. Step out in faith, trust in Him and let Him handle it. He always knows what's best for us better than we know what is best for ourselves.

Whatever it may be, I want you to know that you’re in a great place for a miracle and abundant blessings. The God of all the universe is on your side, and He never loses a battle!

I encourage you to get to know God more and more each day. Read and study your scriptures. Talk to the Lord like He’s your best friend and ask Him to reveal His love and character to you in a greater way.

Because when you get to know Him—really know Him—it releases new hope and confidence in the One who can change every single area of your life.