Daily Disciplines: Day Two Hundred Sixty Eight

Don’t forget where you started, it’ll give you humility and grace… Especially when dealing with people who are where you used to be. Extend your hand in understanding and help someone get on the right track; I don’t know where I’d be if someone hadn’t done that for me.
[Some teens came by our house asking if they could now our grass for some money. They’re both too young to get a job, but they’re willing to work hard. Adam usually does the grass, and had planned on doing it today, but let the two dudes do it. Adam was conflicted, do we have the cash money to throw at mowing the grass? But I reminded him that he started out doing odd jobs for money. If people hadn’t taken a risk on him and his Lawncare abilities he wouldn’t have been able to purchase my wedding ring! I reminded him today that everyone starts somewhere, practice makes perfect, and sometimes you just need the opportunity to try. I’m glad we have those two guys a chance to earn some money… Prayerfully they’re going to pursue a noble cause]

[Last Sunday I wore another pair of dress pants from like, 2010! Adam took this picture and hadn’t sent it to me till today, sorry for the latergram.] 

Daily Disciplines: Day Two Hundred Fifty Five

Painted my toes, napped, sang and danced with my adorable baby, and ate tacos. Every week should have a day like this.

[Taking pictures is always a good laugh here at Casa de Cook.]

[Also, these pants haven’t fit me since I got them in ’10 or ’11; another case of petite pants being too long and women’s pants being too big. No longer the case since having a baby… Got that lady figure now!]

Daily Disciplines: Day Two Hundred Fifty Two

I can finish what I start.

And isn’t that a great place to start?

[Adam and I have, at times, struggled with finishing projects that we’ve started. So, it’s something we as a family are going to be more intentional about. The Lowe’s trip pictured here is part of this intentionality.]

[Cook boys of all ages love a good Lowe’s trip. Can you all spot the four Cook men?]

Daily Disciplines: Day Two Hundred Fifty One 

Even though my son is a baby, I talk to him like I would an adult. So today I taught him about time, and clocks, and calendars, and numbers and we even touched space just a little bit. Past conversations include: human anatomy, letters/spelling, palindromes/onomatopoeias, and weather. I hope our chats about the world and how things work continue to develop and grow as he does; it’ll be even better when he can contribute! Don’t ever make the mistake that little ones aren’t getting something from you talking to them, it’ll make a difference.

[This guy rocks his tummy time! Also still forever trying to hold that head up. Why he gotta grow up so quick??] 

Daily Disciplines: Day Two Hundred Forty Seven

This s’more made by one of our youth kids is a perfect description for how awesome our bonfire was tonight. Teens are amazing and when you invest in them you get a good return. Want a change of perspective? Spend some time with the young people in your life. They funny too.

[Missed some of our kids a bunch a ton, but we’ll do it again soon!!]

Daily Disciplines: Day Two Hundred Forty Five

Another tough day of crying, spitting up, naps, cuddles, and baby Tylenol. Even if the day seemed to go on forever, I reminded myself that it’s really just a drop in the bucket of life. Tomorrow will come and the worries of today will melt away. Days are long but the years are short, as they say.

[Ummm, yeah, don’t mind Victor here. Just sitting up holding his momma’s hand and smiling at her. Yep, melting my heart.]

Daily Disciplines: Day Two Hundred Forty Four

Remember when I said Victor got some shots and took them like a champ? Yeah, they were fighting him today! But, with a lot of cuddles, prayer, and some baby Tylenol, our little guy was all smiles before bed. Even though today was really difficult, I didn’t feel as overwhelmed as I have in the past. Seems I’m settling into the mom life.

[Adam’s youthful heart is so precious and it makes life so much cuter. While out shopping a week ago he just hopped into this chair to watch the sun set… I love that he just enjoys the simple parts of life. He and Victor are gonna have so much fun!]

Daily Disciplines: Day Two Hundred Forty Three

Great Idea: see Adam for lunch and take a walk to the park

Not Great Idea: carry baby in your arms instead of taking the stroller 

Also Not Great Idea: in addition to heavy baby, have heavy backpack diaper bag on

Best Idea: enjoy the time you can find to be together as a family

[Adam held Victor while I played of the swings. It was heavenly. And made me giggle like I was in kindergarten again.]