A summary of 2013

You could not possibly believe how many changes and amazing blessings Taylor and I have gone through this year. You know how if you haven’t talked to someone in a long time you ask them “hey what’s new” and the typical response is something like “nothing really” well this year my response would be “pretty much everything.” The list of things that haven’t changed is probably much shorter the the list of things that has.

Let’s see here…

The list of things that have not changed

We’re still very happily married

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We still have an amazing family support system

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We still love and serve the almighty God

We still have Taylor’s trusty 1997 Toyota 4runner

That’s pretty much all I can think of.

At the beginning of the year we were living in California, part of an awesome Lifegroup and Church Plant, one of us was a student and one was a teacher, we were considered ‘a young married couple’ we lived in a tiny one bedroom guest house on an avocado grove.

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Now we are living in Texas, part of a new awesome Lifegroup at a great church, Taylor is a paramedic and I’m a stay at home momma, we are now considered a young married couple with kids, and we own a 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home.

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Top five blessings of 2013
1. Obviously the biggest and most wonderful blessing of the year was the birth of our sweet baby girls on October 28th 2013.

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It was such a blessing to make it to 38 weeks. And the girls were both born big and healthy. They didn’t even have to be taken to the NICU and we were able to leave the hospital after 3 days, which is all very rare for twins. Such a blessing. God’s hand was over our family and truly blessed us. They are only 9 weeks old but have already brought us the most insane amount of joy. I feel incredibly blessed that God chose Taylor and I to raise these sweet babies and I am determined to listen to His every word and to teach them to follow His plan for their life. I can’t wait to watch them grow and yet I want them to stay small forever.

2. Taylor’s new job. Many other blessings in our life stem from this major blessing. For example his work schedule. Since he’s a paramedic he works 24hr on and 48hr off. The fact that he gets so much time off is a blessing because we get to spend time together and the girls get a lot of time with their daddy. Another blessing that stems from his new job is the people he works with. From the day we moved here everyone has been so nice, they even offered to help us move in (since I was in my third trimester with twins and couldn’t really help much.)

3. My jobs. I have had 3 wonderful jobs this year. My favorite is being a stay at home mom. I feel very blessed that a get the gift of being able to stay home with my girls. It is a crazy, beautiful, chaotic, messy, poop filled joyful job that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Until June 2013 I was working at Calvary Christian School. I had many hats including, art teacher, PE teacher, cross country coach, soccer coach, cheer coach, girls bible study leader, softball coach and asst athletic director. It was such an amazing job for many reasons. I loved the people I worked with, I loved my students and I loved the ability to teach student about The Lord as well as about sports and art. I will forever be grateful that The Lord placed me there and for the friendships I made. And finally up until about a week before we moved I nannied for the most wonderful family. What a lovely blessing they have been in my life. I never knew I could love kids that I was not related to as much as I love those children. I truly feel that nannying was great practice for becoming a mom. Nothing can really prepare you completely but I think nannying is great training.

4. Our adventure of moving from California to Texas.

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The move itself was a fun road trip. Taylor and I love traveling and love road trips. We have been very blessed in our 7 years together to have gone on some amazing trips. Since I was 28 weeks pregnant with twins when we moved we new this would be our last road trip for a while. Also my dr told me I shouldn’t spend more than 5-6 hours a day in the car. So we decided to take what would normally be a one or two day trip into a 5 day trip. We spent a night at a swanky hotel in Phoenix and spent the day at the pool, we went to Carlsbad Caverns, and we had a blast.

5. Living in Texas. This last one is a hard one because I dearly miss my friends, our cute little house, living near my little sister, being able to go to the beach any day of the year, driving by the place Taylor and I got married on a daily basis, our Lifegroup and our church and there are many other things I miss. However, living in Texas has been full of wonderful blessings. For example if we lived in California we would not be able to afford for me to stay home with the girls. The cost of living in California was way to high for us to live the life that we feel God is calling us to live. Living in Texas not only can we afford for me to stay home with the girls but we were also able to buy a home. A beautiful, modest, cozy, 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom home. We knew God was calling us to move and since we were obedient to listen to Gods calling he has truly blessed us beyond belief.

This year has been truly amazing and I am continually stunned by how God blesses us on a daily basis. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in 2014.

God bless you and Happy New Year!!!

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2 months old

2 months old… Oh my goodness time flies.

Abigail Lynn
Weight: 10 lb 14 oz

Harper Grace
Weight 11 lb 5 oz

What the twins are wearing
Both babies still fit in most newborn clothes but are also starting to wear 0-3 month. They are getting so big!

Eating
Both babies are rock star eaters. They have each almost doubled in weight in two months. I am exclusively breast feeding. They eat about every 2-3 hours during the day. And every night is different. Typically they will eat around 9 and sleep til about 1-2am and then eat again around 4:30am and then 7am and then again around 9:30am. But for the last 48 hours the have eaten every 2 hours, I’m hoping they’re having a growth spurt and that theywill go back to their normal eating and sleeping habits soon.

Sleeping
I have been noticing they are spending a lot more time awake lately. Most days, after the 9:30am feeding they are wide awake and love looking at the fan, chatting with momma and daddy, laying on they activity mat, etc. and they will normally stay awake til the next feeding around 11:30am. After that feeding they will usually be awake for a little while and then fall asleep til their next feeding around 2pm. After their 2pm feeding they normally are awake for a little while and then fall asleep again. Until about 5, after that feeding they usually are awake and want to chat again or look at pictures on the wall, or listen to daddy play guitar. Once I feed them around 7pm they usually sleep and that begins our night. The babies are still getting in a rhythm for night. Each night after the 9pm feeding we rock them to sleep and put them in their Rock and Plays next to our bed. They will sleep in those til the next feeding. After each night feeding, I try to put them right back into their rock and plays, but sometimes one baby wants to be rocked and then put in the rock and play, sometimes both babies want to be rocked and then put in the rock and plays, sometimes one baby will only fall asleep in bed with us and sometimes both babies will only fall asleep in bed with us. At this point my husband and I feel this is what works for us. The plan is to move them to their cribs when they are 3-4 months or if they start sleeping 6 hours straight at night, whichever comes first.

Favorites
The babies love when daddy talks to them. They always smile and giggle at him. It totally makes my heart melt. They love staring at pictures on the wall, the fan, the blinds, pretty much anything. They love cuddling with momma and daddy. And they love rolling from tummy to back.

Accomplishments
You may not believe it because they are so young but both babies have started rolling from tummy to back. Harper was first, and I guess the twin competitiveness has already begun because within a few days Abbey started rolling over too! Ever since they were born the Dr has been impressed with how strong they are, at their 2 week apt the Dr kept saying ‘oh wow look how strong they are they can hold their head up.’ So I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that they started rolling over so early. Abbey really impressed me the other day when we were at my parents I laid her down for tummy time on a blanket next to the table while we ate dinner, after a few minutes I looked down and she was asleep. It was great because normally the babies need to be held or rocked to sleep, I was so very proud.

Behavior
Most of the time when the babies are awake they are very smiley, which is incredibly adorable and so fun to be able to interact with them. They definitely know their momma and daddy’s voices and will turn their heads to see us when we talk to them. There are also times when the babies are awake and seem rather pensive, they just look around and I can tell they are observing what’s going on around them. Harper is always very interested in what’s going on around her when there’s people around. She loves watching people. And it’s so fun to see her soaking up all the love around her.

Since this is the first monthly update I’ll post all the weekly and monthly pictures since they were born.

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Twins First Christmas

This year has been full of many firsts.
First big move, first babies, bought our first home, but possibly my favorite of all the firsts is the twins first Christmas.
Growing up my family had lots of Christmas traditions, such as making candy cane cookies, going Christmas light looking, having a scavenger hunt on Christmas Eve to find PJs, and many more. I am so excited to start having family Christmas traditions with our little family.
My husband is a paramedic and had to work on Christmas. Therefore we celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve. Taylor and I woke up around 10 and then once I fed the babies and we put them down for a nap we went down stairs had breakfast and opened our gifts to each other. Then when the girls woke up we opened their gifts. It was a lovely relaxing morning. Then we cleaned up and got the house ready for the family to come over. Around 4pm my parents, little sister, older sister, her husband and their three kids came over. We had a potluck of appetizers and desserts. We then opened gifts for the whole family. After that my wonderful husband played guitar and lead us all in singing Christmas carols. It was a perfect evening.

We are so incredibly blessed.

O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Merry Christmas from the Kelloggs

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Kind words are like honey

“Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” (Proverbs 16:24 NLT)

As I read this verse there’s a million ways this convicts me. Speaking kind words to others is not really my gift. And it’s something I want to work on. There are so many opportunities to do this on a daily basis. It could be telling a friend who’s going through a hard time an encouraging bible verse, it could be telling your parents how much you appreciate all they have done for you, it could be telling the clerk at the grocery store a genuine thank you and to have a merry Christmas. I get a little excited at all the possibilities to put this into daily practice. I am writing this partially to keep my self accountable but also to encourage you that even though it doesn’t seem like much just to say a few extra kind words to some one it can really make some ones day. The other day I read something that said something like,

‘we may be the only glimpse of Jesus that a person sees’

I don’t know it that hits you like it hits me, but man it really makes you stop and think about how what you say and do is a reflection of what Jesus is doing in your life. Better represent him as best as you can.

I know the power of speaking kind words, I experienced it the other night. Being a newborn momma to twins means I rarely get to shower, I’m almost always covered in spit up, my hair is always in a messy bun, I’m rarely in anything other than pajamas. It’s a messy kind of wonderful, and Thursday night my husband looks at me and says

“I have a crush on you”

A crush? How amazing?! I loved that. A crush, like in high school, like when you get butterflies, like that new excitement and giddiness.

Him saying that made me forget that I hadn’t showered, was covered in spit up and wearing pjs. I felt like the most beautiful girl in the world.

Who knew 6 little words could have such an impact.

Therefore this is also great advice for a marriage. It’s easy to say, well my husband knows I love him so I don’t need to tell him everyday. But let me tell you one of my favorite things about my husband is that he does a wonderful job following this verse, and making sure he tells me he loves me everyday.

So today’s challenge is to try and speak kind words to at least one person every day this whole week.

Our First Date

Last night Taylor and I went on our first date since the twins were born. My wonderful mother and sister watched the babies and we had planned a Christmassy night. For the last 7 Christmases we would go on tons of Christmas dates. I totally love Christmas and I totally love dates with my husband so if you combine the two I’m like a giddy little girl. We went ice skating on the roof of Whole Foods in downtown Austin. It was a blast. First of all let me just tell you how rad Whole Foods is. There was like 3 restaurants, a coffee shop, and a bar inside the store. Yes you read that right, a bar! I think Taylor could take me whole foods for a date and I would be more than happy 🙂 Anyways we found out that you could buy a drink at the bar and take it up to the ice skating rink. So we bought a bottle of hard apple cider to share and went up to the rink. We had a blast skating around in circles. It reminded me of when we went to Yosemite in Jan 09 and we went ice skating there as well. After ice skating we went to Taylor and my favorite restaurant, Jack Allen’s Kitchen. Yummy in my tummy. And then came back home to snuggle our little babies and watch the Charger beat the Broncos. It was a great night.

There are tons of books, articles, and blogs about marital advice, but one thing almost all of them have in common is they all agree that even though your married you still need to ‘date’ your spouse. I could not agree more. It’s so easy to get busy with work, church, school, babies, friends, family, (which are all good things) but you have to make sure you make time for just you and your spouse. Taylor’s grandma (who was married for 60+ years and had 8 kids) once told me that she and her husband would spend 30 minutes together everyday when he got home from work, with out any kids or distractions just the two of them talking about their day. I love that. I realize that may not be possible for everyone but you can come up with what works for you and your spouse. It doesn’t have to mean go out on some fancy date it could just be making dinner together and renting a movie after the kids are asleep or having someone watch the kids so you can go on a walk together, there’s a million ‘date-ish’ things you could do, just as long as it’s just you and you spouse spending time alone, remembering all the reasons you fell in love, I promise you it will make you fall more and more in love. Marriage is like any relationship, in order for it to grow and thrive you have to spend time together.

So here’s my challenge. I know it’s the holidays and your busy. But I challenge you to go on a date with your spouse before New Years. At least one more date in 2013. Trust me you won’t regret it.

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21 interesting facts about me

I have to confess something… I totally love when people list like 7 random facts about themselves. You know what I’m talking about? Like how that goes around on Facebook where people have to list a certain number interesting things about themselves. I could read those all day long. It’s a fun little snippet into people lives. I love to find out little things about people that make them unique. So instead of writing a long beautiful paragraph about myself I decided to do it in this fun ‘interesting facts’ format. Anyway most people who read this already know me but just in case someone stumbles across this blog and wants to know about me, here ya go. I tried to include some things about myself that most people don’t know. So here they are, in no particular order…

1. I have the most wonderful loving family. Which includes my mom Debbie, dad Robert, older sister Caite, and younger sister Meg

2. I was born and raised in Vista, Ca

3. I lived in the same house from when I was born until I got married

4. Growing up I went to public school, private school, and was homeschooled.

5. I played soccer, pole vaulting, and cheer.

6. I met my amazing husband, Taylor, when I was 16

7. Taylor and I took almost every single class together senior year of high school and all 4 years of college

8. I have my Bachelors degree in History

9. I married my high school sweet heart a month after we graduated college on July 15 2011

10. Growing up I always wanted to have twins

11. In August 2013 Taylor and I moved to Texas. Along with my sister, her husband, their kids, and my parents. (It’s really an amazing story I will write a post about it later)

12. My goal in life is to be a Titus 2 wife

13. Before becoming a stay at home momma. I was a teacher and coach at a private school.

14. I have coached cheer, softball, cross country, and soccer

15. I love leading high school girls bible study

16. It’s pretty disgusting how much I love my husband

17. I hope to one day, if it’s in Gods will for us, to do premarital counseling, God created marriage to be such a beautiful thing and I believe he wants everyone to truly enjoy it

18. I love going on road trips

19. In March 2013 Taylor and I found out we were pregnant and surprise it’s twins

20. I has to be induced at 38 weeks, and gave birth to two beautiful healthy girls (I’ll write a post about their birth story later)

21. I love my life as a wife and stay at home momma

Well hello there.

Hi. So I did it. I decided to start a blog. I did it for a few reasons. Reason one I love reading blogs, especially blogs written by Christian women, whether I know the writer or not I love seeing sneak peaks into what our amazing God is doing in other peoples lives. Reason two my twin girls Abbey and Harper are already 6 weeks old and I can’t even believe how fast time is flying, so I want to have a place to document all the joy they bring us. Reason three I feel as though God is calling me to write this blog. I have absolutely so idea why, especially since I am not a very good writer, I think I got a B- in English in high school, because I do way to many run on sentences, like I am currently doing right now. Anyway, like I said I have no idea why God is calling me to write this blog but I can’t wait to look back in a year or so and see what he can do through me writing it. As I was reading a devotional this morning by Joyce Meyers, the reading was Genesis 13. I’ll admit sometimes I have a hard time getting into reading the Old Testament so when I was praying about whether or not to write a blog i wasn’t expecting to find me answr in Genesis but anyways. In this part of scripture Abram and Lot are parting ways and Lot chooses the more desirable land and God tells Abram to ‘lift his eyes and look from where he is’ I think it is so easy to say ok God I’ll follow you will once I get that new job or once I have everything together but God tells Abram to ‘lift his eyes from where he is’ not where he’s going to be in 5 years but where he is right now. Joyce goes on to say, “After God told Abram to look from that place, the next thing He told him was, ‘Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you’ (Genesis 13:17 NKJV). God could be telling you right now to get up and get on with your dream or vision, your assignment, your life, because He is giving it to you. Your part is to walk it out.” Ok, God I hear you loud and clear.

So here I am.

I am not completely sure how this blog is going to turn out but I will tell you it’s going to be lots of posts about my husband and my twins, lots of posts about what God is speaking to me and doing in our lives, and probably some posts about crafts and recipes. Other than that I am just beyond stoked to see what God has planned for this. If youd like you can follow along with me and see how it goes. I can’t promos to write every day, or maybe not every week even but I’m going to try and write whenever I feel God call me to share. 

Im pretty excited.

Harps and Abs just woke up. So I gotta run but next post I’ll write a little about myself for those of you whI don’t know me.