Friday, January 31, 2014

A special day for Charlie

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Charlie with my parents and his cousins.
My mom and dad are proud grandparents of three grandchildren!
 
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Little cousins!
I'm so glad Charlie has cousins. They will be such good friends as they grow up!

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My dad and Charlie <3
"Bunicu" which means Grandpa in Romanian

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Both Grandparents!
Charlie is blessed to have both grandparents in his life.
(My parents on the left and Jason's parents on the right)

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My good friend Olga had her son Ethan's dedication on the same day.
PS: She has an adorable blog here.

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Jason's siblings.  Diana is Charlie's babysitter while I am at work. She is awesome and Charlie loves her!

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My siblings! Family is the best!
I love all of my siblings (and siblings in-law).

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Charlie has lots of Aunts to spoil him:

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Prayers of blessing over Charlie:

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We love you so so so so so very much Charlie!

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What a special day!
It was all about Charlie!
We spent the day with family and friends showering Charlie with love and prayers of blessings.
It's amazing to know that the Lord has amazing plans for his life.
As a parent our deepest desire for Charlie is that he would grow into a man of God who is full of love, compassion and a heart for serving others.
 
My dear sweet Charlie:
You are a child of God.
You are wonderfully made,
dearly loved,
and precious in His sight.
Before God made you, He knew you...
there is no one else like you!
 
We love you so much and we are so happy you are ours!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

weekend celebrations

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I did lots of celebrating this past weekend!
On Saturday night I went to a friends 25th birthday party and then on Sunday we had Charlies dedication at our church.
It was a weekend filled with celebration and joy with the people I love - my favorite kind of weekend!

This is the outfit I wore to Charlies dedication on Sunday - I will share lots of pics from his dedication later this week!
I don't always have time to get dressed up and curl my hair with a baby these days so when I get the opportunity I really enjoy it!
I recently got a new large barrel curling iron and I can curl my hair so much faster with it!
With a baby around things just need to be done faster than they used to!
I am loving skirts lately and with spring and summer around the corner I will be wearing them more and more.

What are some of your favorite wardrobe items right now?

Happy Monday

Monday, January 20, 2014

touches of spring in my home

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Yellows, blues and greens.
Billy bobs and fresh flowers.
Love birds on my mantle.
Spring candles and colorful pillows.
The warm sun shining through my sheer white curtains and warming up the room.
 
These are all a few things that make my living room full of spring.
I know it's only January - but I'm ready for spring.
I'm ready to plant flowers in my pots and see nature begin to bloom.
 
The beautiful sunny weather we had this weekend got me spring cleaning.
I've been going through closets, drawers and spaces in our home.
I pulled out my spring décor and did a little redecorating.
 
These photos make me happy.
In a few months spring will be here in full bloom.
Here's to warmer weather, longer days and more time spent outdoors.... coming soon.

💕,
Denise
 
 
 

Monday, January 13, 2014

something new

 
For a  few days last week, I was in the mood to go shopping. You know how sometimes you just get the urge to buy something new, but you don't really know what you want? You just know you want something.
 
Instead of rushing to my favorite stores; I decided to do a deep cleaning of my closet and get an inventory of everything I have and then if I need something, I can go shopping for those items.
 
I stood there and looked at my closet after it was all clean and color coordinated and realized I had multiples of every color item imaginable. Multiple color blouses, sweaters, coats, pants, skirts, dresses, shoes, purses etc. Even after purging two whole suitcases full, I still barely had room for all of my clothes. I also realized that I had items I bought before I was pregnant with the tags still on that I had completely forgotten about. They were brand new, never worn.
 
I was so convicted.
Why do I feel the need to always buy something new?
 
Last night at church we were asked to evaluate our lives and figure out what our "One Thing" is. That "One Thing" that you live for, that you love most, that you can say drives your life. If someone were to look at my life, what would they say my "One Thing" is?
 
I was convicted yet again.
This feeling to always have something new, is really a consumeristic and selfish desire. It is a desire for me to fill a void in my life. To fill my spare time with something. Whether that something is a new clothing item, or a new decor item for my home, or even a new place to eat around town. It is still a want to be more fulfilled.
 
I have a happy marriage, a beautiful healthy boy, a beautiful  home, a safe and reliable car to drive, food on the table and everything I could ever need.
So why do I want more.
 
The answer for me is simple. I don't have enough of Jesus in my life.
I have failed to make Him my "One Thing" lately. To follow his example for my life.
He was generous, a true servant, selfless.
 
I have been selfish lately. I'm so busy with a newborn and all the things that life brings that I justify my consumeristic lifestyle by saying "I needed that" or "I deserve that after working so hard." What ever happened to helping those less fortunate? To being a servant and using my spare time to bless others?
 
I had lost sight of this in the past year and to be honest, the conviction felt so good. I'm tired of trying to keep up with society and how it tells us we always need something new to be a better person. It leads to a vicious cycle of always wanting more. To feeling more empty and like the next best thing will make me happier. Wrong. That "next best thing" will soon become old, and the want for something new will return.
 
I want to be grounded in Christ. In his values. In his life as a mirror for my life.
I want to be a better wife, mother, sister and friend.
A better neighbor.
A more kind stranger.
A more generous, loving person who has the heart of a servant.
 
These are the somethings that should consume my mind. The somethings I should be passionately chasing after.
 
So here I am in these pictures. Wearing this new hat that I got last week. Excited that I got it in exchange for some items I took to Crossroads Trading Co.
 
Yes, I love this hat and I don't regret bringing it home. It is a one of a kind in my closet. It will serve as a reminder that I too am one of a kind. Created in God's image with talents, gifts and many blessings from Him and that all of these are to be used for His glory. He is enough. He is my something and my everything. He is my "One Thing"
 
 
Have a blessed Monday!
 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

four months old

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Charles just turned four months this week!
This past month has been so much fun!
His personality is really starting to come through and I can already tell he will be just like his daddy: funny, goofy and full of life.
He is always smiling and giggling and isn't shy around anyone.
Recently he started sucking on his hands and discovered his little feet.
He has also been picking up his toys - one of his favorites right now is Winnie the Pooh!
Here's a little video of him talking to Winnie - it almost sounds like he is scolding him! Poor Winnie :)
 
 

I love him so much!
My heart just wants to burst whenever I think about him.
I am so thankful he's ours!
2014 is going to be such an amazing year to see him grow and continue to bring so much joy to our home.
 
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