8 Apr 2016

Springtime at the Zoo

Yesterday I took the boys to the Wrocław Zoo. I LOVE the fact that we have zoo passes this year, which makes it pretty much a free, fun thing to do on a nice day when the boys are all home. We found a new place to park and this really fun bridge that leads to the rear exit to the zoo. Here's a glimpse of our day.

The zoo in Wrocław is 150 years old! This building is from the old zoo and is now the back entrance. 

Little Prince... exploring nature. Love how he was so enthralled with these fungi growing out of the tree... at first he thought they were climbing steps just for him!

The first thing Lucas wanted to do after he got out of the hospital this week was pick mommy flowers! They found these wildflowers at the zoo :)

No matter how many times we visit the zoo... this is ALWAYS their favourite part!

These are Indian cows...

The zoo keeper came over to feed them carrots and let the boys help! They were beyond thrilled~!

Inside the "Afrikarium"

Oh he has my heart!

Life with brothers! I like this one better than the one that 'turned out' :)

We visited the Terrarium last and the boys were all about snakes, lizards and turtles this time!

5 Apr 2016

Thoughts on Pregnancy :: 20 Weeks

I was reflecting this morning on the state my body is in... being pregnant. Yesterday marked 20 weeks of our pregnancy, with 20 left to go. We are pretty excited to be at the half way point, and even more excited to meet our little boy!  The way God has created the human body, with the capacity to fully form another human is in itself completely astounding. While being miraculous, pregnancy also carries its share of aches, pains and physical changes that at times can be uncomfortable.  I am so glad to know that this situation is temporary and that these discomforts in light of eternity, last only for a moment. Here are 2 things that i was pondering this morning...

#1- There is something ALIVE inside of me!

Isn't that an absolutely amazing thing? I can already feel him move around and kick. His heart is beating at a rate different to mine. I've seen him multiple times thanks to ultrasound technology.  He is constantly moving his hands, his feet and flipping his little body around.  Last week the doctor gave us his first 'video' in 3D.  Even though he's still dependent on me for life he is fully ALIVE.  For this short moment in time i bear the responsibility of 2 people, 2 lives, 2 unique person-hoods in one body. God is at work "knitting" his body together inside of me, in fact he is already fully formed! The last half of pregnancy is to prepare for life outside of the womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:13-16

The truths of Psalm 139 give me great peace. They remind me that God is in control. Pregnancy has been one of the areas of life that has most tested my faith. My husband would tell you I am a planner. I am the one who books our family vacations at last 6 months in advance, likes things organized and often pre-prepared.  But pregnancy challenges all of that, because it is very much unseen and outside of my grasp of control. But the author of Hebrews tells us, "...faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

So although i would like to plan every aspect of childbirth, i don't have to. Because God knows all the days ordained for my little one (and for me!) before one of them came to be. He is trustworthy and all-powerful and able to bring this little one safely into our arms. When we can't control things, we often tend to worry, but the Bible also calls us out on this pointless task... "Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" Matthew 6:27

#2 - The person inside of me has an eternal soul!

As much as it amazes me that something is alive inside of me, it is even more wondrous to me that this little being is eternal. When people wondered if it was a boy or a girl, my husband used to joke, "as long as it's not a puppy!" But seriously, the little boy growing inside me not only has the potential to impact life here on earth during his lifetime, but to change eternity. If he chooses to trust Christ, he will have eternal life and make an eternal impact on God's kingdom! A friend recently told me that she doesn't want to have kids because the world is such a dark, horrible place. But we believe that God has called us to be a light in the darkness, and that these children he has entrusted to us can also shine like a light in dark places! {Philippians 2:15, Matthew 5:16}

13 Mar 2016

10 on 10 :: March {pregnancy}

This month the 10th came on the same day we announced that we are expecting baby boy #4! We are so very thankful for this little one on the way, his life is the answer to many prayers.  

This past year, in the midst of a busy travel schedule, we suffered back to back miscarriages. Hope planted in us, devastated by death and loss.  We didn't know if the Lord would add any more children to our family. The Lord has done some amazing things in my heart through this journey: he's given me and empathy and compassion for people struggling with infertility and miscarriage. The silent struggle of something society has taught us not to share... these are not the things we post on social media, they are not picturesque or share-worthy. 

The Lord has also taken my desire to embrace another child and magnified it exponentially with each loss. The eternal value of a human soul... we want this baby, we prayed for this baby, and we believe God has amazing plans for this little boy's life. If there was a doubt in my mind about the cost of of having another child, it has all but been replaced with sincere desire and longing to bring forth life, counting it pure gain.

We are entering week 20 of this pregnancy (yes, we waited a long time to share). Please pray with us for the continued healthy growth of baby boy #4. We are humbled and honoured at the task of raising 4 little boys into godly men, who will carry the gospel and hope of Jesus Christ into the world with the next generation.

Here are 10 images from the 10th of March which capture our joy, hope and expectation! Enjoy ~ 

Also check out my friend Sonia's 10 on 10 here!

7 Mar 2016

Portraits of Motherhood :: March

So i was pretty bad about getting in the frame in February... the whole month went by without a single time i got in the frame. So with the beginning of March i pulled the tripod back out and decided to get back in the picture :)

It snowed last week! Seriously, i'm ready for spring, but why not enjoy the snow while we can. We stayed in the yard, since despite the snow covering, the roads were wet and muddy. So thankful that our fence is FINALLY finished!

This little guy is SO busy. He goes from one thing to the next faster than i can keep up with! But he's full of life, joy and so curious about the world around him. He talks a ton for being only 2 and I love spending my days with him!

His room is my favourite place to be. It's so full of light and colour and cute owl wallpaper.  While it's often a a mess it reminds me that our home and my heart is full!

Lately he tells me "no computer" or "no pictures" but it doesn't take long to win him over with tickles and kisses! 

He's my favourite little monkey! He recently found this costume i got for his brothers. They've never worn it, but he wears it every day and calls monkey's 'ooh ah ah'. 

Here are some other great photographers that inspire me with getting in the frame with their kids Wherever I am with you and Summer Murdoch.

17 Feb 2016

our {FEBRUARY} everyday

It's been a while since i pulled out the camera at home. Our youngest is full of energy, and pretty much demands my full attention while his brothers are at preschool. I am thankful he helps me unload the dishwasher, load the washing machine and he loves to help bake! He also loves to read books and play trains... he is seriously a busy boy! As i write this he's jumping up and down on the couch beside me :)

... because even teddy needs his nails trimmed!

signs of spring

valentine's day tulips

curious about what's inside and learning about 'hot' things

afternoon tea time

my blue eyed boy 


who need's a spoon?!