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Getting braver everyday

Our little Katie Mae has recently started walking around holding on with just ONE hand instead of both. She has been a very cautious ‘cruiser’ so to see her doing this all of a sudden is exciting. This past weekend we had a quick visit with my dad and stepmom (Ginni). She and I had a conversation this summer about KM wearing a ‘tu-tu’ type outfit for her 1st birthday…and Ginni MADE one and had it ready this weekend with an adorable customized onesie to go along with it. It never dawned on me that KM may not be walking by her 1st birthday until I saw the tu-tu and we discussed how it may get on her nerves if she’s crawling around at her party instead of walking…

This thought combined with the fact that with me returning to work she will be in someone else’s care within a few weeks…I’m thinking about working really hard to get her comfortable on her own 2 feet so that I will be around for those first sweet steps. I have REALLY not pushed her to reach any of her first year milestones simply because I knew she’d reach them at her own pace and I am trying to ‘let her be little’ as long as I can… AND I did the exact opposite with Avery who grew up way too quickly.

So, I may have an exciting post in a few weeks to let you know that we have mastered the art of walking. Until then, for myself and for the sake of documentation, let me list what has been accomplished so far:

Rolled over-July 8-3 1/2 months old
Sat up- 6 1/2 months (w/out any prep!)
Bouncing to music-7 months
1st 2 teeth came in at the same time-8 months
Crawling and pulling up-9 months
Cruising-10 months
Stayed in the sanctuary(at church) with us until 10 months! (such a quiet, sweet girl)
1st overnight stay away from mommy and daddy—oh yeah, mommy hasn’t wanted that to happen yet! Maybe we’ll get to that one in year #2. ūüôā


Living My Dream

It all hit me on my 30th birthday…Let me set the stage a little…I have ALWAYS wanted to stay at home with my children. I never realized how important it was to marry someone who desired that as well¬†until Kyle and I had some¬†discussions before and after we got married and¬†his fear¬†of being unable to¬†live on¬†one income was more overwhelming¬†for him than me staying home with our sweet ones. Seven months into our marriage we were pregnant and this became a pressing¬†issue since there was now a time frame set. We had many discussions, tears, and prayers¬†(both together and separately). His desire was¬†for me to stay home as well, but the financial aspect of¬†it wasn’t making sense to him. (Which I completely¬†understand).¬†When little Kathleen Mae Williams arrived in March, we still had no idea what we were going to do. I scheduled to take 12 weeks off from work, which I thought was such a¬†blessing in and of itself. Through the millions of conversations I’d had with the Lord about staying at home he began to show me that I didn’t know I was going to be able to stay at home with Avery until he was 3 months old and that’s how long my maternity leave was this time, so I changed my perspective and soaked in each day I had with my newborn and trusted God for an answer within the next 3 months. He also led me to Exodus 2:1-10, the story of Jochabed, Moses’ mother, who hid her baby for 3 months and the Lord saved him from death. I read this passage almost everyday of my maternity leave. We had a few plans in place to allow me to work from home, but¬†those¬†“doors were closed” and we were left at square one with¬†less than 3 weeks left of my maternity¬†leave.¬†Kyle came home for lunch one day and said he’d been throwing around the idea of going back on the road. He’d gone over the numbers¬†(probably a million times in his head) and he thought¬†we could¬†live off one income if he were to do that. The¬†fact that he was thinking in this direction was¬†a HUGE answer to prayer and an example of his servant heart because when he’s on the road he¬†works long, hard days with very¬†few¬†breaks in between. It would definitely be a sacrifice for him. We talked about all of¬†us traveling with him and homeschooling Avery¬†(because he was not going to be on the road with out us…we’d been there and done that and none of us could take it.)¬†He quickly dropped the conversation and said it was something he was only THINKING about and probably wasn’t a good idea. My heart¬†felt like it had been on a rollercoaster within the course of 30 minutes and I was about to lose it! I¬†held it together¬†enough to let him know I thought it was a great idea, that the Lord had brought his heart SO far for him to even be thinking that way and that I would support him¬†no matter what he decided. Within an hour of him leaving from lunch, he called and said, “Are you serious about this? If¬†so, I’m calling the office to get the ball rolling on an out of town job.”¬† I couldn’t hold the¬†tears back at¬†that point. I thought to myself, “Is this really happening?” We discussed it when he got home and the following day. An out of town job was not available immediately, so we had some time to reconsider.¬†It was going to be a scary move, I understood that,¬†but we’d also seen the¬†Lord provide for us a thousand times over and we both felt¬†Him tugging our hearts in this direction. A day or so later we were sitting in the den one night and I was thinking about having to put our little girl in daycare. Kyle looked across the room at me and said, “What are you thinking about?” I responded with, “putting her in child care.” He looked at me and said, “Turn in your two weeks notice. I cannot handle you being like this with just the thought of her being in daycare, much less actually having to go through it.” OH MY GOODNESS. I cannot even tell you how my heart lept that night. The next day I had¬†my 2 weeks notice typed out and set up a day to go to my office to turn it in. It happened¬†that¬†fast.¬†It hadn’t crossed our minds at this point, but we truly believe the Lord¬†closed the¬†door on the options for me to work from home because they¬†would not allow us to travel with Kyle. Kind of neat how we can see the Lord’s hand it things¬†when we look back. I was scheduled to return to work June 15th which was exactly one week after my 30th birthday. I turned in my notice on May 28th and breathed a HUGE sigh of relief. My eyes were now filled with humble tears to see God’s hand work all this out.

All that leads me to what I’ve attempted to post several times, but it either didn’t come out right, or I became so overwhelmed while writing it that I ran out of time and just erased it. I want to preface this by saying that there are some things I would “tweak” if I could,like how tight our budget is, but its where my heart is that I want to express. Even our budget has brought out good things in me that I didn’t know were in there.

¬†Iwoke up on my 30th birthday (almost 3 months ago), looked around our humble abode, with my 2 1/2 month old sleeping in her bassinet beside me, my 8 year old in the den playing his Wii, my soul mate of a¬†husband at work and I was officially a stay at home mom. My thoughts were…I am married to my dream man, I am the mom to 2 “dream” children, I live in a precious home (not my dream home only because of its size), I have my dream vehicle, my family is healthy, I have food on the table, clothes on my back ( and cute ones in my closet for when my body recovers from having a baby!), and now I have my dream job. It was already a great birthday and I hadn’t even gotten out of bed yet!¬† It was one of the MANY times I’ve said:

“Be at rest once more,¬†O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you” -Psalm 116:7

What a privilege to be their Mom.

What a privilege to be their Mom.

Thankful for Tuesdays

I just wanted to post a quick update. We’ve discovered the place where we’re staying serves dinner on Tuesday nights for the ‘residents’ for free! They put a snack on our door each Tuesday afternoon to remind us.¬†It’s a double treat for me to eat a free meal and not have to cook¬†or clean up afterwards! There were a few other residents there tonight. As we got to talking we discovered that every child at the table was being homeschooled…an 11th grader, 6th, 3rd (Avery) and a 1st grader. The 6th grader was the most recent recruit. Her mom said almost 150 students at the public school had been absent with swine flu so she pulled her daughter out since she was already homeschooling her son (1st grader).

The church we attended this weekend is directly across the street. So close that we were able to walk. Also, they have a Saturday evening service. We went to that one so Kyle was able to join us. We’ll attend that one while we’re here so Kyle will be able to be with us each week. The Lord has blessed us with another great church to be a part of while we’re here. They have a homeschool blog and a mom’s small group that meets once a week (with their children) starting in September.

The YMCA here honors our membership with the Augusta YMCA, so we’ve been able to use their facility and pool. They have homeschool P.E. once a week starting in September as well! We’ve been to the library several times. Avery has quietly read and Katie Mae napped while I copied recipes. We’ve also discovered a NEAT park next door to the library. This picture really doesn’t do it justice. Avery and I were amazed the first time we went. It is HUGE and is set up like a fort around the outside.

This was supposed to be a quick post, but since its turned into a rather lengthy one…why not add some pictures of my sweet youngins!

CIMG0718CIMG0711We are so thankful we were able to give Avery a sibling. He’s a

wonderful big brother to Katie Mae. She lights up when he’s around!

Toes and Thumbs

So…Katie Mae has found her feet…and toes…Katie Mae's Toes…and much to my chagrin…she may be a thumb sucker! I was until 11 or so…I went through SEVERAL retainers that were supposed to make me stop. We painted yucky tasting polish on my thumb that smelled like bananas…Nothing worked and I had the bucked teeth to prove it. ūüė¶ Hopefully she’ll stop long before I did, but for now…it’s kind of cute!

Thumb Sucker