5 Months

Little man is 5 months old.  I can't believe it.  He has changed so much this past month.  

He now rolls over, he talks non stop, he can hold his bottle by himself for a good amount of time, he has great head control and is pretty excited about beginning to eat real food.  He had some bananas on Sunday.

He weighs 15 lbs 2 oz.  I haven't measured his length but he is getting tall.  His hair is curly, soft and oh so dreamy.  

A Simple Thank You

A little over a year ago I watched as tears filled your eyes.  The joy filled your face within seconds and I could tell in that moment that something was different.  In that moment you realized that you had a new name.  It was one of those moments that I know I will remember.  Our bodies were exhausted but at the same time they were rested and ready to tackle whatever came next.  

Over the next several months I watched you.  I watched you have moments of fear, moments of questioning how this would work and moments of true excitement.  You watched me as I threw up, as my body changed and as I tried to figure out what all was happening.  There was not much you could do, at least that is what you told yourself.  Boy were you wrong.  You did more than you probably know.  You were there.  You held my hand, you read more articles than I care to know, you told me about more articles than I wanted to hear, but you were there.  

On November 20th you took me to get Mexican food.  You watched me experience sharp pains and you sat there knowing there was nothing you could do.  You drove me to a hospital where we walked up and down the halls for over an hour to see if anything would change.  You then drove me home because nothing happened.

November 21st came and I was determined to make something happen.  You obliged.  You took me to every store possible and let me walk and walk and walk.  You walked with me and encouraged me.  You took me for lunch at Zaxby's and little did I know that I wouldn't eat again until the next day or I may have ordered more Texas Toast.  You went to church and I know your legs were worn out but you had rehearsal and then you played drums for service.  It was then that you walked out to my car that had towels and trash bag sitting on the seat and you sprung into action as you heard the words, "I think my water broke."

You were a trooper, you didn't drive as fast as I thought you would and I am thankful for that.  Over the next couple of hours you were there.  You told me to take the drugs a few times.  You watched and just sat there as we slowly progressed.  

It was time.  It was time for you to hold my hand and help me as we welcomed a new little person into the world.  Once again the tears filled your eyes because in that moment you met your new little buddy.  

So thank you Greg.  Thank you for being there every step of the way.  Thank you for everything that you did that you thought didn't matter.  It did and it still does.  Thank you for being the Daddy that God has called you to be.  Thank you for being the Husband that God has called you to be.

We love you!

Am I Doing This Right?

These past few months have been some of the most interesting months of my life.

I have never had to think so much about every decision I make.  Greg and I are different in a lot of areas but we are also similar in a lot of areas.  We both are the oldest child in our family and it is funny to me how that has played out so far in raising Carson.  I am a planner.  I make lists and I use my planner all of the time.  I am not a free spirited person, I am not a spontaneous person.  I think through decisions for a long time and question myself often.  

While I was pregnant, we received more advice than I ever thought possible.  I thought I heard a lot of advice when Greg and I were getting married but boy was I wrong.  It was amazing to me how many people wanted to give us advice and we received advice from people we barely knew.  I remember there was one time that I was a little overwhelmed with all of the advice we had been given.  I was getting frustrated that we were getting conflicting advice from people.  I remember that I hit this point of being overwhelmed.  I had read way too many articles and began doubting myself.  In that moment the Lord clearly made it known to me that he had created Carson and he had specifically chose Greg and myself to be his parents.  He would equip us to take care of Carson and to raise him how he needed to be raised.  

Do I still have moments where I question what I'm doing?  Yes.  I know some people may think we are doing it wrong.  That is okay.  I know that I'm doing the best I know how to do and so far Carson is the biggest blessing.  He is learning, growing and changing every day.  I'm just thankful that I have the honor of being along for the ride.  Thank you Jesus for allowing me to be a Mommy to the little buddy. 

Life Lately

Life lately has been a mess.  Yes, a real life mess.  I'm talking stuff all over my house.  It is spring cleaning time people and spring cleaning at my house means it has to get messy (extremely messy) before it can get clean.  There has been lots of piles made, lots of pictures snapped for Buy Sale Trade posts and too many times of saying just throw it all away.  

However, there is also a little boy that just about makes my heart leap.  He is so funny and his personality is the best.

He is getting into his little cars.  Just like his Dad and Uncle Josh. 
  We are working on holding our own bottle. 
Kaleidoscope Carson 
Everyone, meet Porkchop.  Well, that is the name that we have for our neighbors pig.  Not sure if he has a name or not.  

Umm, yes Dad.  I would like a cookie.  Thank you for asking.  

Happy Thursday everyone and if you need me, I'll be buried under a pile of stuff somewhere.  

Slow Down Time

10 days.  In 10 days, I will have a 5 month old.  I do not even know how that is possible.  I feel like it was yesterday that I even learned that I was pregnant.  Sweet little Carson is growing up before my very eyes.  I just looked through the hundreds of pictures of my phone today and was in awe at how much he has changed.  He looks so different than he did on that Sunday morning in November.  He now has so much personality, smiles for me, and we can't forget about all of that hair.  

He is growing up.  He brings so much joy to my life.  I am beyond thankful that God chose me to be his Momma.  

You are loved little buddy!  I am thankful for the time I have had with you and plan to enjoy each day with you. 

Friday Favorites

There are weeks that feel like Friday was never going to come.  Thankfully this was not one of those weeks.  However, I am happy that is Friday and ready for Friday Favorites with Andrea, Erika and Narci.  I'm also sharing some cleaning and organizing tips today on Friday Favorites for Show Us Your Life over on Kelly's Korner

This goes without saying but my Erin Condren LifePlanner is probably a favorite every week.  I use it all of the time.  I know they are a little pricey, but they are worth every penny for me.  I am already giddy thinking about ordering my next one.  If you don't have one and would like to get one, check out my referral code here.  I promise you will love it.  

Greg and I have been asked several times in the last few weeks what our one must have baby product has been.  We both have several items that we really love but I think both of us were so surprised how much we loved our Boppy Lounger.  It was one of the best things we were given.  I was sad when Carson was in it the other day and he looked as if he has got too big for it.  I think we still have some time left in it, but probably not much.  If you don't have it and you have a little one, I highly recommend it.  Carson looks so little in that picture.  Slow down time.

It is Show Us Your Life day over on Kelly's Korner Blog today and today is all about our favorite cleaning and organizing tips. 
For cleaning with little ones, we have loved using the Dreft Stain Remover.  It is the best for all of that dirty baby laundry.   I just ordered a few more bottles.  Trust me, you will use it.  

My biggest tip with organizing is to LABEL everything.  I don't mean just write Christmas on your storage bin and put it in the attic.  That does not work.  If the box is Christmas lights and ornaments, that is what your label should say.  If you are like me you have at least 10 storage bins of Christmas stuff.  Just writing Christmas on the box is not sufficient.  

I also use a lot of folders in my organization.  I have folders for all of our bills.  I have a paid folder, a to be paid folder, folders for each company that each receipt eventually gets moved to and so on.  For me it works and when I have to go back to find things during tax season or if something comes up, I know exactly where to look.  I also have folders for each one of us in the house.  Carson's folder has some of his ultrasound pictures, some of his cards from our baby showers.  Greg's folder has letters that I wrote to him or various things that are important to him.  It has been a fun way for us to keep things that are special to us.  It is fun for us to read our letters to each other from when we were dating.  
Here are two ideas that I think will help you on your organizing journey.  
One: Give everything a home.  Everything in your home should have a specific place.  If you put your extra batteries in different places every time, you probably will have no clue where to find them.  That is a big problem when your power is out and your flashlight has no batteries.  
Two: Spend 10-15 minutes a day organizing.  You don't have to take your entire weekend to organize your house.  If you simply take a few minutes a day, you will be amazed how organized your house will stay.  

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Life Lately

Life at the Harrisons has been starting to calm down lately.  Hallelujah!  

Other than allergies for Greg, sniffles for Carson and myself not feeling well on Monday we have all been staying busy with our normal schedules.  Greg is busy at work and will continue to get busier each day as warmer temperatures arrive, my schedule at work is getting busy as the semester hits peak time, and Carson is rocking it at daycare.  He knows that his teachers love him and he works it.  

Apparently he has mastered the ball pit in his room.  He likes to sit in it and kick.  He is something else.  He is also quite alert.  He does not like to miss anything.  He takes after his Momma.

We keep hoping that the cold weather is gone.  I am ready to rework our flower beds and get some spring flowers out.  I have put out my hummingbird feeders and I bought a new bird feeder to hang out as well.  Come on birds.  Come join the crazy neighborhood with the pig, chickens, rooster, and guineas.  It is quite the happening area.

I have slowly been cleaning out some of our closets and rooms as I get ready for our neighborhood yard sale in a few weeks.  If you have anything you are looking to get rid of let me know and I can add it to the collection.

Carson just got some new OBU swag.  He is excited about the possibility of being a Bison. 

He also is a big fan of sleep lately.  It may be time to adjust his bedtime at night.  He is out within minutes every night and is still sound asleep when it is time to wake him each morning for daycare.  Again, he is like his Momma. 

 Carson is ready for the weekend.  He says he will see everyone tomorrow for Friday Favorites. 

New Year, New Ministry

Our student ministry at church is having their Disciple Now weekend in just a few weeks.  I have seen so many posts and reminders about registration.  I am sad because this is going to be one of the few years that I am not a small group leader or a student participating.  I was telling Greg last night that I went to my very first D-Now in 1999.  You heard me, 1999.  Since 1999, there have only been two years that I was not a small group leader or a student at D-Now.  The year Greg and I got married we did not participate.  I mean we were getting married the next weekend and we thought it might be too much.  The next year during D-Now we were in Arkansas celebrating my Mom turning 50.  

I am reminded that this is an entirely new season for me.  I love being a part of student ministry.  I am a firm believer that those middle school and high school years are such a pivotal time in the lives of students.  Greg and I began helping in student ministry as small group leaders at the Creek just a few months after getting married.  There have been many moments when I have questioned us in student ministry but those moments have been few.   Those times have been the enemy getting in my head telling us that what we do doesn't matter.  He is such a liar.  There are times when we can easily get frustrated or times when we want to throw in the towel.  However, there are those times when you get a text from a student and you quickly realize that it's worth it.  It is all worth it.  

D-Now weekends are that for me.  They are reminders that it is worth it.  Every year I'm humbled and amazed that I have the opportunity to take part in the lives of some of the greatest students I have ever known.  I know that we have the greatest student ministry at The Creek and I love being able to have a front row seat as I watch these students learn and grow.  I watch them think about tough issues and I watch them engage their schools and communities in ways that leave me speechless.  I am so proud of them.  They challenge me on a daily basis.

This D-Now weekend is going to look a little different.  This year, my small group is myself and Carson.  I am sad that I won't be able to share this weekend with my sweet middle school girls but I look forward to hearing from them after the weekend.  I know that although I will miss being a part of this weekend in the way in which I'm used to, that I will be doing exactly what the Lord has called me to do.  Greg and I are still involved in student ministry, it just is beginning to look different.  Having a 4 month old has changed things for us.  We are not able to do things the way that we could have in years past.  I know that this is a new season.  It is one that I'm trying to figure out each day.  This is my new ministry and although it is different and scary, I love it.  I love that I can still be involved in D-Now weekend, because I do believe in D-Now weekends.  It is just going to look a little different for me this year. 

Friday Favorites

Hello Friday.  Oh how I've missed you.  I'm linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci today for my Friday Favorites.

Pollen is definitely a favorite.  Oh wait, it is April Fools Day.  I am OVER the pollen.  It hits Greg the hardest in the spring.  Unfortunately, Carson is giving him a run for his money.  Poor Carson looks like he has been crying 24/7.  His eyes are constantly watering.  It is so sad.  

Carson has not lost his ability to have fun in the midst of the spring allergies.  Boy has been having a blast this week after daycare.

Greg has been excited all week about Star Wars coming out today.  He preordered it on iTunes earlier this week.  Tonight is Family Movie Night in our pajamas and pork dumplings for dinner.  That is most definitely my kind of Friday night.  

Have a great weekend everyone!