Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Week 26 ♥


Gideon is about 14 inches, and between 1.5 and 2 lbs.♥

How far along? 26 Weeks!

Maternity clothes? Yes, Please! Still loving my jeans from Motherhood, and my skirt from Amber’s closet. ☺ I also really enjoy the free-flowing, long skirts I wore pre-pregnancy. I’m so thankful for this warm weather were I can enjoy spring-time clothes! Oh, and if you haven’t seen the maternity dress I made, check it out!

Best moment this week: *Going on a date with the hubby!*
Also, Sleeping, I think. ☺ I haven’t been getting too much sleep, but this weekend I slept a lot! Also, finishing my dress was a pretty big accomplishment. ☺  

Miss Anything? Still has to be moving…I CAN move around a lot, but it is a little inconvenient and uncomfortable at times. Also, going to the movies and being able to sit in the chairs comfortably. ☺

Movement: He was going crazy until yesterday…I think I grew, so he’s not as cramped. Also, he likes to get up when I do…so if I have to take David to class at 7am or go to the restroom at 4am, he thinks, “Oh, mommy’s awake…I am too! Time to parrrrtay!” It’s fun to feel him, but I want to sleep!

Food cravings: Finally had my bologna and sour cream chips. Yum! Of course I still love fruit, all kinds. Especially anything pineapple! I bought orange and pineapple juice instead of regular OJ this week and about fell in love!

Belly Button in or out? Sticking a little farther out, but still in for the most part.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, Happy! I am so energetic!

The Story Behind Gideon

Then the angel of the LORD came and sat under the oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press in order to save it from the Midianites. The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior.” Then Gideon said to him, “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” The LORD looked at him and said, “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?” He said to Him, “O Lord, how shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.” But the LORD said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat Midian as one man.”

This is a story of a warrior, who doesn’t know it at first. God uses him to defeat the enemy and deliver God’s people. This is our prayer for our son. That God allows him to be a warrior and be used of God to help deliver God’s people from the enemy. ♥

Friday, January 27, 2012

Maternity Dress


Since I’ve moved to Fort Worth, I’ve been surrounded by crafty people. I’ve always been so envious and intimidated by them. I have since found Pinterest! I know I talk about Pinterest in a lot of my posts, but I have since found seemingly ordinary people who make extraordinary things…with tutorials! I can follow directions…mostly. I found, like with cooking, I’ll glance at the directions or recipe, then do it sort of like it says. “The code’s more of a guideline…” (Yes, I’m a pirate.)

Sorry, I got off track. Where was I? Oh, yes, the journey of being crafty.

Since I found Pinterest, and since I’ve been pregnant, I have really wanted to try to make some of the cute things I’ve found. So I started with the makeup board, done a wreath, and re-vamped a shirt to a maternity countdown. Fairly small and simple. Lately, I’ve been feeling adventurous. I’ve seen several posts and blogs about DIY dresses and clothes. I got a sewing machine for Christmas from my grandparents. My first project: fixing holes in my hubby’s jeans. Mindless. Simple. Next, I tried a nightgown. Loved it! Although there are several flaws, I wear it at night when nobody else can see. Now for the biggie: a dress. I know what the old me would be thinking. “That project is too big for you! You’ve barely started sewing, there is no way that will be presentable!” But not the new, “I can make anything with a sewing machine” me! That me thought, “Easy as pie!” So, I went to Jo Anne’s and bought a simple, cheap pattern. 

The Dress


I wanted to use knits because I’ll be my most pregnant during April. While that’s not too hot, I want to be comfy! Knit is cool and stretchy (most important when thinking of maternity wear!) and comfy. Also, I chose the long sleeve, modified to just about the elbow, because I want to wear it now (while it’s supposed to be winter!) and after I give birth. An all-season dress. The major thing is the runching on the waistline. This allows for a perfect fit throughout pregnancy!

As I read yesterday (after I finished all the cutting out and piecing together), quite often the pattern sizes don’t match your “size”. So while my measurements said 16-18 on a few pieces (I’m preggo, quit judging!) I still had to make tons of fitting adjustments! (Mostly, it was too big, thank you very much!) But it worked out quite nicely. One thing, though, (you can’t tell from the pic that well), the neckline on the dress is a little lower than I like. I meant to adjust it, but forgot.

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Thank you, Amber, for taking such marvelous pictures! ☺


I also made the headband and the neckline from some jersey I had left over. (I got a little over 3 yards of this fabric, just because I loved it so much! Also, I didn’t know how much I needed…I’d never made a dress before! I have about 1yard left over…probably more.) I took scraps, cut them into three pieces, (1/3 in for the neckline and 1/2 for the headband, maybe…) and braided them. I sewed the edges of one side before I started so I would have a little more stability when braiding. When I braided the stretch of fabrics together, I either tried it on my head, or fitted it around the neckline. I then sewed it and cut the edges off.

With the neckline, I tried sewing the braid to the dress via machine the first time…please don’t! I had to take the whole thing off after I was done. It changed the shape of the top, the braid flattened, and there was too much thread. So, after I took it off, I made another and hand stitched it. I ended at the shoulders. I did machine sew the edges on the dress, just to make sure it didn’t fall off, and to press it down more.


(sorry about the color, I wanted there to be a definition…)

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I hope this encourages some of you to try sewing! It’s not nearly as difficult as you think it is!

When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
Proverbs 31:21-25

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

These are a few of my favorite things…


 Fruit Salad
So Much easier to put in a pitcher and pour out.
Looks prettier, too.



    •  Tea
      Chai with milk and sugar
      Fruit with honey or sweet-n-low
      Of course sweet iced tea. ☺ I am from the South. 





Gideon Edward Barker♥
Feeling him move, like after I drink my tea or eat my fruit.
Anticipating what he looks like, what his personality is, what he’ll be when he grows up. 




Of course I will say Pinterest!
It has gotten me addicted to crafts, DIY, and sewing!
(Hopefully I will start a dress or shirt sometime this week!)

Maternity Pants! 

I got these pants from Motherhood.com, and love them! It’s so nice to have cute jeans that fit again! Without having to wear a belly band!






♥Kisses from David Barker♥







Knowing that My Jesus Loves Me




And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:15-17

Week 25 ♥



Gideon is about 13.5 inches, and about 1.5lbs.♥

How far along? 25 Weeks!

Maternity clothes? I bought 2 pair of maternity jeans from Motherhood! I really like them! They make me feel pretty. :-)

Stretch marks? Not from the pregnancy. ☺

Best moment this week: Starting school. Sounds weird, I know, but I like learning. Also, this will give me a schedule, and I do better with schedules and order. Plus, I get to see friends (like Amber) and learn.  

Miss Anything? Getting off the couch w/o grunting. HA! It also feels as though I have a basketball in my stomach, so I can’t move like I once could. My posture has gotten a lot better!

Movement: Yesterday, after a big glass of OJ in the middle of class, he was going so crazy, I could actually tell that he was kicking w/both legs. Also, when I bent over the other day, he kicked me in the ribs. Ouch!

Food cravings: Not really. Actually, a bologna sandwich with sour cream and onion chips. Yum!!!

Belly Button in or out? I can push it out! But mostly it’s in…for now.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, Happy! I am so energetic!

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
(2 Timothy 3:14-15 Holy Bible ESV)

Friday, January 20, 2012


I just added my blog to Bloglovin.com
This site allows you to search for blogs and read all your blogs on one site.
It seems pretty neat, and a little more accessable than Google Reader. It reminds me a lot of Pinterest, but for blogs. :-) You can divy up all your blogs into groups (DIY, friends', Inspirational, etc). It is also full screen, which makes it so easy to read! You can also search for random blogs that might interest you by category. I'm really excited, as I love getting ideas and patterns through other people's blogs. (My favorite right now is this one! She created her own wedding dress and bride's maids' dresses! Can I be like her when I grow up???)

Follow my blog with Bloglovin, through blogger, or email. This way, you'll know when I update my blog and put neat stuff on here without having to find out through Facebook. ☺ It also gives me a boost of confidence to see that I'm not writing this thing for nuthin'! ♥

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Fav Pizza!

My husband and I are nerds, and we love watching cooking shows! Me, because I love to cook. Him, because he loves to eat! ☺ Makes for a lovely relationship. We were flipping through channels one Saturday morning, and found a cooking show! We were going to a friend's house that night (it was New Year's Eve), and needed to bring something. The host was making pizza! We both looked at each other and said, "Let's make that tonight!" This is the recipe he used.

I vary his a little, but it comes out delicious every time!

My Ingredients:

  • 4-5 Tomatillos ($0.50)

  • Pizza Dough (I buy mine from Central Market) ($2-$3)

  • 1-2 Serrano Peppers ($0.06)

  • Chorizo (1-2 links) ($1.50/link)

  • White Onions, Diced (Have always)

  • Feta Cheese ($2.50)

  • Cilantro ($0.50?)

  • Olive Oil (Have always)

  • Red Onions, Sliced (Have always)

This pizza cost around $10 this time to make...but it's so much better than Dominos or anything like that. (I'm sure I could get the cost down if I made my own dough or bought cheese other than feta, but this is still cheaper than going out. Plus, I'm making up for it by cooking beans and cornbread tonight. ☺) We've eaten this pizza 2-3 times since New Years. It's sooo good!


Thaw your dough. I let mine sit at room temp in a bowl with olive oil drizzled on it all day.

Shuck your Tomatillos, and wash all the sappy stuff off.

Pop the stem off your peppers. (I used 2 last night, and it made the sauce HOT! I will prob stick with just 1 from now on...but David liked it!)

Place the tomatillos and peppers in a baking pan and broil for 5 min on each side.

Let cool to room temp.

While that is happening, you can kneed your dough. Mine's not ever pretty, but it's always edible! (Except the time I tried de-thawing it in the microwave!)

Brown your chorizo sausage. It will come in a link, but you need to remove the casing and brown it in a skillet...like you do regular beef. Yum! (Don't forget to drain it!) I usually use just one link, but last night I used two. (David likes it meaty, but this might have been too much!)

Hopefully, your tomatillos are room temp by now. Place in food processor and mix. (On, Pulse, and food processor...I didn't know until the show told me.)

Stir in chopped cilantro, white onion, and salt. (I forgot to add the cilantro and onion last night, but it was still good!)

Spread the sauce on the pizza dough.

Then, add the chorizo.

Crumble the feta cheese, if not already crumbled. My favorite is the Israeli sheep feta that I get at Central Market. It's about $5-6 per container. I just use one block for the pizza. (There are two/container.) The rest I save for snacks w/crackers or for the next pizza. I like this cheese the best because it is soooo creamy! And it melts perfectly on the pizza.

(I forgot this step, but it's still yummy!) Add the sliced red onions on top...the thinner, the better!

Put in oven @ 420 for around 25-30min, dep on your oven and the dough.

Add cilantro on the top and Enjoy!

Final Product!

Monday, January 16, 2012

My Sewing Experiment

So, I've been looking at all these cute blogs about making your own dresses using your own patterns. OK. I'm game. I had gone to Hobby Lobby and scanned their orphan fabric pile. I got all the jersey material they had. There was one that was lime green I really, really liked. (My hubby says my fashion sense is, well, non-existant at times...) I got it for about $2 for 7/8 yd.

I saw a nightgown I really liked at Dillard's for about $30! Wow...It didn't look too hard to make...So, I thought I'd give it a go.

I measured myself...How long did I want the straps to be? How long did I want the gown to be? Where did I want it to hit? How big is everything, and how big did I think I'd get?

I drew a pattern with the measurements on freezer paper. I made sure to label all the pieces with the measurements...just in case it turned out cute and I wanted another one.

I cut out the pattern, placed the material on the pattern (held with pins), and cut it out.

Then, I sewed all the pieces together. - I doubled the bust and the straps - the straps are about 1 in wide.

Sounds simple, right? HAHA!!!

This was one of the most frustrating projects I've ever done!

First, Jersey Fabric is so hard to sew! It rolls up, even after ironing, and never stayed in place. That's why all my lines are so crooked and there are so many creases.

Also, my freezer paper was about 4 in short in the width of the bottom, and I forgot to add them when I cut out the material!!! So, I added 4 in to one side. grrrr...

Then, I forgot about the sides of the dress. I wanted to start the back where the sides stop. But, I forgot. Yet again. So, the sides are not bare in between the bust and the back strap.

Last, I wanted to have a fairly fitted waist, just so I could have room to grow in my belly area. And I wanted to use elastic to do it. However, I have no idea how to do either one of those things. I did get the fitted waist. And I used elastic thread. Yay, me.

Saying all of this...I love my nightgown! It is so comfy! And I really like the color. (It reminds me of Tinkerbelle!) It fits really well, too...I might make another one now that I know what NOT to do. :-)

Week 24!

Gideon is about 12 inches, about the size of an ear of corn.♥ And to accomodate him, my uterus is the size of a soccer ball. ☺

How far along? 24 Weeks!
Maternity clothes? Haven't worn the belly band in a while...might try to this week...Although I love skirts!☺
Stretch marks? Not from the pregnancy. ☺
Best moment this week: Running a whole mile without stopping! Also, waking up one morning without acne. YES! I think this is the first time since I got married that's happened.
Miss Anything? Not feeling cramped. I miss
Movement: He goes three or four days moving nonstop, then takes a break and moves a little. I think it's the fruit I eat during the week. If I slip on the weekends, and get junk food, he becomes lethargic. :-(
Food cravings: Just apples and oranges...I have to have one a day. Oh, and I have developed a love for chai tea. MMMM...
Have you started to show yet: You tell me!
Weight Gain: 10 lbs, as of today
Gender: We're having a boy!!!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Belly Button in or out? Still in...for now!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty much happy, but I have my moments. ☺

But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they were indignant. "Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked him. "Yes," replied Jesus, "have you never read, " 'From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise' ?"
Matthew 21:15-16

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Beautiful Pregnacy...One Hot Momma

In my last post, I wrote about worldly beauty verses godly beauty. As Christian women, we should strive for God's beauty over the world's version. However, I do believe God wants us to feel as beautiful as He made us. All throughout the Bible, God tells us the definition of true beauty is ultimately Him. That is why it is beautiful to praise Him for His beauty above all else. The Bible goes on to say that women are beautiful in His eyes, too. Proverbs 31 woman, the Bible's super mom and wife, had nice clothes (v22)...And I won't go into what Solomon thought of his wife. ☺ Maybe another post.
Here are a list of things I've found helps me when I am feeling helplessly and totally unattractive, especially during pregnancy:

  • Read the Bible. Remember this first and foremost. God wants to love you. He reminds us over and over how loved and beautiful we are in His eyes. I would start there.

  • Eat Healthy! I've found that fast food and junk food, while tasting good, leave me feeling lethargic. (DUH!) There has been so much research on this subject, it should be a duh factor. But with convenience, and taste, I choose the big mac or fries over fixing something at home. I am addicted! Lately, though, I've been eating fruit...lots and lots of fruit! It not only makes me feel better, but it makes the baby feel better, too. I've never connected that junk food can make a baby lethargic. But once I've started eating better, Gideon has started moving like crazy!

  • Work Out! Even if it's just for a nice walk outside. This will help not only your physique, it gets you out of your house. I have begun to run/walk and lift weights again. It has been awesome. I feel accomplished because I know I'm doing something healthy, I get out of my house (can you tell that is a problem for me sometimes?), and I usually meet some really cool people at the gym! Plus, this is really supposed to help with labor: building your core muscles and maintaining/building endurance. If it helps with labor, COUNT ME IN!

  • Don't Judge Yourself! You can't compair your pregnant body with anyone else. That includes non-pregnant women, pregnant women, and even your pre-pregnant self. Your body does not respond to pregnancy the same as other people, nor does it respond to pregnancy the same for each of your children. Remember that you cannot have the world's standard of "beauty"... it's fake.

Now for Some fun ideas!

  • Take a Bath...Not because you stink (although being pregnant has introduced me to odors I've never experienced before). But this give you some alone time with bubbles, music, and maybe a candle. You don't have to think or do...just relax! My husband suprised me with a bubble bath the other night. He decorated the bathroom with a Christmas tree and Christmas lights, and had the movie Home Alone on the laptop in there for me. I watched the whole movie in there. It was wonderful! I've also read books in the tub, too.

  • Craft it up...Take time out for you to do something you enjoy. I happen to love crafts...sewing right now. Creating things makes me feel so accomplished! Plus, a lot of what I do I either wear or put up in my home...so that makes me feel like I'm attractive, or my house is...which is also important to me.

  • Do your nails...It's amazing to me how good you feel after you paint your fingernails or toenails! And with those new products that are self-adhesive, cool manacures (no, not fake nails), I think anyone can take time out to do this. Buy a new shade and get to painting...Or, fenagle your hubby to paint your toenails for you. Some hubbies really want to do something nice for you, but they have no idea what!!! Don't hint, though...come out and ask! Guys don't get hints real well...and they really don't mind us asking...just don't nag.

  • Get a massage...This one is a little pricier. I won two free massages through a radio. However, there are a few massage schools around Ft Worth I found online. One in Arlington is $30/hr. It has great reviews! Your hubby might be willing to give you a massage, too. Just a little baby oil and you're good to go. :-)

  • Buy new underwear...Ok, this will be a little personal, but worth it. Let's be honest, maternity bras and panties are not the most attractive, usually. When I was first pregnant, I went to Motherhood to get sized for new bras. They had a pretty good sale, so I bought a few. (I gained 2 cup sizes at 7 weeks!!!) They are very plain, and they make me feel like a granny. So, this past week, I went in search of pretty underwear. I talked with a friend, and she said she doesn't even use the nursing bras most of the time. So I went to Dillards (who happened to be having their semi-annual sale) and bought a couple of bras and panties that were hott! (Plus, they fit...nothing makes you feel more unattractive than skimpies that are too tight!) This is a practical idea, or a bedroom idea...You and your hubby will both like this... ☺

  • Go on a Date...Girls, I know you're tired. However, what makes you get more dolled up than going on a date with a hot guy? (Even if that guy wears sweats and a hoodie...he's yours, right?) Make sure to do it right. Wear a cute outfit. No, a pair of his sweats and his hoodie, while they do make you a matching couple, is not considered cute. Put makeup on (go buy a new shade of eye shadow or new lipstick while you're at it). Take a shower, shave your legs, and wear the new bra and panties...you never know what's for desert, right?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Beautiful You

Pregnancy is supposed to be beautiful, right?
As I've "blossomed" in my pregnancy, I have started to feel blah. I don't feel attractive anymore. My clothes don't fit. I have trouble tying my shoes. I'm not comfortable in any position. Not to mention bodily functions that don't function right or over. Things just aren't the same, anymore. The list could go on, and on, and on. But as I think on this, I realize that I am using feelings and worldly standards on which to base my beauty and even self worth.
Obviously an applicable verse in this context is Proverbs 31:30: Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Also, 1 Peter 3:3-4 speaks to wives : Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
This does not mean that I can't look nice, put on makeup, do my hair, etc. But as a Christian woman, and as a soon-to-be-mother of a little boy, I need to dwell more on God's standards than on the world's. This applies to non-pregnancy, too. I've always compared myself with others. I'm never as pretty, or as skinny, or as...you get the picture. But what I am is made in the image of the Creator, fearfully and wonderfully!
Christians today in the American culture put too much emphasis on outward beauty. We are bombarded by the world's version of beauty with TV, movies, air-brushed models, skimpy clothing, etc. This view of beauty is not only fake, but it is a lie from Satan to convince us that God's beauty is not enough. This idea has not only infiltrated our culture, but it has infiltrated our churches, too. It saddens me when Christian women believe this lie and surgically "enhance" or alter their bodies. Practically speaking, how could I try to teach my son not to value the outward appearance in a mate if I were to have work done on myself? That would be a little hypocritical to me. Plus, I can only imagine having THAT conversation with my teenage son! Or if I have a daughter, how can I teach her her own beauty in Christ while explaining why mommy had a boob job (for example)?
1 Corinthians 6 speaks so well on this topic. After Paul explains to the church at Corinth that even though, through the sacrifice of Jesus, things lawful for us to do might not be beneficial for us. He then goes on to speak against some foods and against adultry. Verses 19 & 20 are a beautiful reminder of who we are: Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Saying all that, I do not believe women should let ourselves go to pot or that we can't do things to make ourselves feel attractive. We are God's temple, and should treat our bodies as such. There's a balance. (Just as long as we don't make our looks an idol.)
Some practical ways that women, especially pregnant women, can feel attractive. I will save this list for the next blog. :-)
Here is a verse that I love!

Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth. As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love.

Proverbs 5:18-19

Who said the Bible's not romantic?! ♥

Monday, January 9, 2012

Week 23! Four Months to GO!!!

Gideon is about 11 inches and weighs a little over a pound!!! Amazing! No wonder I've popped! ♥

How far along? 23 Weeks! I'm Six Months Preggo!!! WOW!!!

Maternity clothes? Thank you Amber!!! She gave me shirts and a skirt that I can wear! Love it. But I can still make due with the homemade belly band around my jeans. Somewhat. ☺

Stretch marks? Not from the pregnancy. ☺
Best moment this week: Well, this last week, I was able to chill. I took a week off work and loved (most of) it. Some was boring. And I definitely let the house go to pot, as well as eating right.
Other than that, I still love the kicks. He really gets after it when I eat fruit! I love sitting still when he moves. I also like picking on him; when he kicks, I poke the spot. And then he pokes back. ♥ It's amazing to just sit and watch him move my tummy. I love our bonding time.

Miss Anything? Bending like I used to. I know, I know, it'll get worse. At least, for now, I can still tie my shoes!

Movement: Me or him??? HA! Yes to both! I have started exercising again. I like being active.

Food cravings: Still just Mexican and Italian. Love fruits! Also, sushi...California rolls for now. :-) We ate at a steakhouse this week with friends, and it was horrible not being able to order my steak Medium rare. Especially for David, who shared with me. Boo! And one weird craving...A Bologna sandwich!!! Sounds heavenly with some sour cream and onion Lays...mmmm

Have you started to show yet: YES!!! I think I'm looking more preggo than pudgy, now. At least I hope so! Plus, I am starting to eat right and workout again, so maybe I can keep the weight gain to the 2-4 lbs/mo. like I'm supposed to. ☺

Gender: We're having a boy!!!

Wedding rings on or off? On

Belly Button in or out? Still in...for now!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty much happy, but I have my moments. ☺

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.(Psalms 127:3-5 ESV)