her baptism

Sweet little girl was baptized a couple weeks ago. it was sweet and beautiful that her daddy was the one to do it!

i know there is so much confusion and disagreement about infant baptism, but i really liked what the pastor(ahem, my husband) said that morning. i just thought he explained what infant baptism signifies so well! i wanted to share it with you:

” …baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament, ordained by

Jesus Christ Himself. By the act of baptism, a person becomes a part

of the visible church of God, for it is a sign and a seal of the covenant

of grace for believers and their children. As a sign it proclaims God’s

forgiveness and our redemption in Jesus Christ. And as a seal, God

marks us as adopted children of our heavenly Father. It indicates our

engrafting into Christ, our rebirth, the remission of sins, and our ability

by the power of the Spirit to walk in newness of life. (Book of

Worship 3-2)

For infants in the Old Covenant, circumcision was the outward sign

used to indicate that a child was part of the visible church. However,

in the New Covenant, under Christ, the sign of circumcision is

replaced with that of baptism. When an infant is baptized, it does not

save. It signifies instead that God’s pursuit and work in our lives

begins before we are ever aware of it. And it also seals the infant

within the covenant promises of God, being raised not as a stranger to

the Gospel, but being taught the good news of free and gracious

salvation in Jesus Christ, a privilege to those within the church.”

“It signifies… that God’s pursuit and work in our lives

begins before we are ever aware of it”

i mean, that, right there is where we praise the Lord for God’s pursuit of each one of us. we can not save ourselves. amen?! 

Cora isn’t being raised as a stranger to the gospel. we pray that every day the gospel is evident in our home and in our church. the gospel means that, daily,  we recognize that we are sinners and need Jesus’ saving work on the cross.

in our  home, in our relationships with each other, in our parenting… we are not perfect. we need Jesus. may it be so clear to our girls as they grow up.

  

thank you for letting me share that special day with you all!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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Cora at 4 months

last week sweet sweet baby Cora turned 4 months old. 4 months. i know i’ll keep saying this, but i can’t believe it! it’s going so fast!

my sister, Becca, was here to help me get the photographs. it was fun to share that with her. also to have her help getting Cora to smile was such a treat. can you come back every month for photos? 

let’s just get this out of the way, THIS PHOTO:  

it’s my favorite photo for today. i am so in love with this sweet thing.

Corinne at 4 months:

  • blows lots of bubbles
  • is 15 lbs 14 oz. (77%)
  • is 26″ tall (94%)
  • rocks tummy time!
  • watches her sister with an eagle eye
  • is actually pretty serious and it’s hard to get a smile, let a alone a giggle. but those giggles are the sweetest ever.
  • she is ticklish already!
  • is SO chatty. (put really only in private, she’s introverted i can already tell. lol.) she wakes up and just starts talking and singing and gets louder and louder and louder!
  • plays so well in her little play gym and on her bouncer seat. she is very good at grabbing things!
  • she rolled over last night. (technically a few days after she turned 4 months old, but oh my word, i couldn’t believe it)
  • drool monster

making noises and spitting. ha. so are we done with this thing or what? ok mama, i’m done with tummy time.

i love her happy grin  kick kick kick we are excited!   bubbles! nonstop! 

we love you sweet sweet girl.

xoxo-kimberly renee
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when auntie amy and uncle chris come for a visit!

my sister Amy and her husband Chris came for a visit last week. the little miss has been talking about all the things we did and how “far far far far away” they life. there are just so many fun things that happen when they come!

like we wear our best jewels to Longwood gardens, you know just to enjoy the sunshine: we go for walks in big meadows…and make them take turns carrying us:

 we sit and have long discussions on a bench among the branches:   and smile: and we have photographers to get a family photo. WHAT. oh and the girls just wouldn’t look. too many other people to look at:   and we have someone adoring to smile for:  and stare at:  and someone to dress up:    awesome uncle award goes to: and of course, ALWAYS, our auntie takes us shopping:  and help us with tummy time:

and take us to lots of fun places. don’t they look related in this photo?::  it’s pretty much the BEST when auntie amy and uncle “Criss” come to visit.  and now we have our other auntie becca coming this week and we’re so excited to be spoiled some more! haha.

thanks for coming to visit you guys! you are adored!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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goodness from the other day

 the other day i was reading my bible during our “blanket time” and Sophia made me see something profound.

blanket time is glorious thing. we set the timer for 25-30 minutes and she has to sit on her blanket and “read” her books. i get that time to sit and have a little quiet time and just have quiet in my morning.

sophia isn’t perfect at it. but we’re practicing daily so she’s getting better!

anyway, the other day she walks over to me with a little book in her hand, she says, look mom! i have these! and she points to the other books in the series on the back of the book that she owns. she is pretty proud of the fact that they are hers. she is bragging to me about it.

i just laugh and say yes dear and direct her back to her blanket.

i laugh because of course she has them because we bought them for her. or because someone else did. she did nothing to actually acquire these things. and she seemed so silly bragging about it.

but then i realize. how often do i do that? how often do i say, “look at what i have! look at what i’ve done!”

when NOTHING is mine? when i did nothing to deserve or acquire or earn the gifts that i have?

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:17

EVERY single thing in my life is a gift. my family, my friends, my house, my mind and creativity, my very breath, my salvation. all of it, a gift.

 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

thank you Lord, for your good and perfect gifts. even little reminders of Your gifts through a little three year old.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Psalm 34:8

amen.

xoxo-kimberly renee

 

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things a 3 year old says

she turned 3 and life just won’t ever be the same.

i pull my hair out with this one most days. she’s the sweetest little trouble maker and disobey-er i know. i love her to pieces.

and she says the funniest things that i want to remember for always.

things like:

    • “Baby Cora (or some days Tora) wake up-ing?”
    • “i LOVE pink, Mom”
    • “i LOVE purple, mom”
    • “Reeeeely thirsty mom, time to go inside and drink applejuice.”
    • “having tea time, mama? can i have some hot cocclate?”
    • “marshamallomallows” you really just have to hear it for yourself:

  • “COW CUP!”
  • “poopaste” (for toothpaste. yes, she really does say that… the t must be hard lol)
  • “no! cocclate milk! no water!”
  • “i need my oils.” (because yes, i have taught my daughter that essential oils really do work lol)
  • “let me hold her! i hold baby Cora mom!” two seconds later as she tries to push her off, “all done now! right now!”
  • screaming from back seat, “you are song mom! you are! you are!” (the new song by  jj heller called The Well)and then as soon as i play that she wants “coffee in the morning! coffee in the morning!” over and over and over.  i finally had to take jj heller out of the cd player for my own sanity.
  • “GOSH, mom.” -um ok threenager.
  • “see ya later, mom! going to Nana’s!(or a trip! or vacation! or the beach!)” life must be pretty boring around here.
  •  “i sad. i miss daddy.”
  • “you’re my ffend”
  • “mom, and then?… and then? … then?” the girl wants the WHOLE plan man.
  • “watch somfing?” or “…nap time then i wake up and watch somfing.” -obsessed with being able to watch something. a movie or a show it doesn’t matter. she’s technically only allowed one “somfing” a day during the weekend… unless mama is loosing her mind.
  • “but mom, i luv you!” as she tries to get out of getting in trouble for getting up for the upteenth time after i’ve put her to bed. baby i love you too, more than i can handle right now because you’re so cute and just.so.much. and really you just need to go to bed!!

 

 i can’t stand it. the days feel so long sometimes but i can’t believe she’s 3.  she is so much fun and such a delight and such a treasure. i am SO blessed with her in my life. i know this and thank the Lord.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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catching up on Cora’s photos {month 2 &3}

that time i started blogging again and then stopped for OVER a month.

shoot. yup. that happened.

there are many reasons that happened. maybe i’ll share some of those reasons soon, maybe i won’t. but first things first. updated baby pictures! because, um, yea, that’s the most important thing at the moment.

i am doing a combined 2 &3 month post because i just never got the photos uploaded until now for her 2nd month and also her second month photos didn’t turn out well which I’m so disappointed by.   at 2 months Cora:

  • weighs 12 lbs 13 oz and is 24 inches long (that is 85% and 95%!!)
  • sleeping 5-7 hours at night!
  • wears 3 month clothes
  • is pretty serious. she smiles but it’s so hard to catch it. she has lots of deep thoughts
  • getting rolls!
  • coos and likes to have her belly rubbed
  • talks to her toys on her little play gym. what is that thing called? she is very entertained.

this is as good as i got. she wasn’t in the best of moods, i wasn’t in the best of moods, somehow every single other photo from that day is blurry. sad day!

but then her three month photo shoot turned out a lot better:

at 3 months Cora:

  • is still shy with her smile, but starting to share it more!
  • sings and talks to me… a LOT. she has lots to say when her sister is quiet!
  • has giggled, but only for me. daddy hasn’t heard it yet!
  • wears 3-6 month clothes
  • has the sweetest disposition (mostly)
  • sleeps 6-8 hours at night typically
  • adores her sister and watches her constantly
  • likes pat-a-cake and other songs i sing to her. she really lights up!
  • loves her cloth diapers. i finally got my act together to start using them again.
  • is very LOUD. she screams way louder then Sophia did, but not that often and it usually means she doesn’t want anything except to be swaddled and put to bed. once we figured that out, it’s easy enough. just trying to understand the screams took a while. haha.

Corinne Hope, we adore you. our family is so much MORE beauti-FULL because of you. more full of  love, more full of laughter, more fully joy, just more. and i praise the Lord for your sweet little heart.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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one month of baby Cora

excited because i was SO late in getting back to the blog i wanted to get these 1 month photos up as quickly as possible. i’m going to attempt to do photos every month like i did for Sophia. i mean, we have all the onsies, as long as she doesn’t outgrow them we are good!  (i really want to get back in the rhythm of taking monthly photos and taking more photos with my camera rather then just my phone. i am out of practice though!)

i can’t believe how fast time has flown this time!

smiles-closeup

Corinne Hope at 1 month

  • 10 lbs 8 oz {2 lbs in 1 month! woah!}
  • 22.5″ long.
  • starting to smile
  • stresses mama out with not pooping every day. i was assured this is completely normal but then when we do…it’s an event. apparently this also attributes to why she gained 2 lbs in 1 month! she’s just been soaking up every nutrient she can! lol.
  • wears 0-3 month size clothes…not for much longer it seems
  • loves watching her big sister
  • tolerates being held by big sister
  • LOVES to cuddle!
  • sleeps at least one 4 hour stretch at night
  • takes really good naps
  • is overall just a sweet little thing.

yes a little blurry but had to share that sweet face

1-month-girl 1-month

hi-sister oh hi sister

mama-what-is-that-big-black-thing  not sure about that big black thing in my face

smiles she’s working on that smile!

sticking-tongue-out super-girl what-are-we-doing

love you baby girl. i’m so thankful for all the cuddles this first month of your sweet little life!-mama

xoxo-kimberly renee
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