Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Three Months

Life is busy with a sweet little three month old.  Her updates are almost the only things I get up here on this ol' blog.

I just never knew I could love a little baby this much! I may have said so before but I always thought having a little newborn might be a little boring.  But I could stare at this little one all day!
She found her hands this month and loves sticking them in her mouth.  She is just starting to figure out she can use them to reach the things she wants.


I don't really understand why people assume she's a boy.  She looks pretty girly to me, but because it happens I have been putting a lot more headbands on her lately.  This one is a little big, but I love it.  ;)


During tummy time Shirley is just starting to lean to one side.  She may be rolling not to far off from now!


She is just such a sweet baby!  She doesn't cry much unless she is tired or hungry and she is smiling all over the place now.  Although it's still hard to catch on camera.  This week she produced her first real belly laugh!  I was holding her on my lap and she was standing and kind of bouncing.  Once she bounced really hard and kind of fell and I started laughing pretty hard and then she started laughing really hard!  I thought I would die!


She kinda looks like she's conducting or something here.  She loves to kick and move her arms.  She's also "talking" a lot more.  I love how her little personality is shining through.


Oh little Shirley Lindi, we love you!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Eureka!

Yes, I've found it.  When you discover something amazing, don't you just want to tell everyone?  I mean that's how it should be with the gospel, right?  As most people know, it means "good news".

Side note: If you are reading this and don't know the good news about Jesus, (who He is and what He's done for us), PLEASE email me and ask! acsimwaka@gmail.com.

Anyway, today's good news I'm sharing with you is amazingly less important.  I mean the two can't even be compared.  But it's still pretty great.  It's just a recipe and it's my new favorite thing.

The Oatmeal Cookie Dough Smoothie!



Originally found here, I've made very tiny changes.  It just amazes me that something can taste so much like oatmeal cookie dough without any added sugar.

So without further ado, the recipe:

1 frozen banana
1/4 cup raw oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Throw it all in a blender and blend until smooth.  Like the original author says, it's best when you have to eat a smoothie with a spoon, right?  ;)

This smoothie is filling enough (and healthy enough) to stand in for lunch.

Enjoy!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Shirley at Two Months

I've become one of those moms.
I thought it might happen.  My instagram is filled with photos of Shirley.  When friends ask me about life I talk about Shirley.  I make silly faces to try and get her to smile.  I make animal sounds to try and get her to laugh.  (She hasn't yet.) And now I'm going to write about what Shirley is like at two months.  I think I've reached the pinnacle of obsessed mommy hood.  Maybe.


Though you can't tell from these pictures, Shirley is smiling now.  My favorite is her "crinkle eyed" smile, especially when she has her mouth open.  Her prime time for smiles is right after I feed her. And I can't help but give the biggest smile in return.  I never knew baby smiles could fill me with such joy!


Shirley is sleeping about seven hours consistently every night.  She has her last feeding around 10 and wakes up around 5.  It's nice to have a long stretch of sleep!
She just had her two month doctor's appointment on Tuesday and she is about average in length, and a little below average in weight.  But the doctor says that's fine and that she's healthy.  We thank God for that!  We'll see if she takes after her Aunt Jelita in height!

Below is a picture of Shirley with her first Bible and first doll from sweet Aunt Pat.  :)


And a little silly face for you.


We adore this girly!  We can't wait to see her personality develop even more and we pray that God gives her a love for Him at an early age.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Just Three Things

At the young, tender age of five I knew that I wanted to get married and have kids one day.  I pretty much always had a "crush" after that.  So I did not think that dating and everything that comes along with it would be so difficult and confusing, as I've written about previously.
Nothing that I am now going to say will be new to you most likely, but I still hope it will be helpful.  Just because I'm married doesn't mean I have all the answers now, but it has given me a fresh perspective on what really matters.


Obviously it's important to marry someone you can have fun with!  This is a random stranger that decided to jump in the picture with us.  ;)

There are many things that I thought were SO important to look for in a potential spouse when I was still single.  But being married, I now realize that there are really only a few basic things that are really needful.  

1. A sincere love for God.
I know, I know this one is obvious, but how often have you thought, "Well he's a Christian so that's good enough."  Does he truly live out what he says he believes?  Does he lead you in meaningful conversations about the Lord, and not just because he should, but because he loves talking about Him?  Does his example encourage you to grow in your love for God as well?  
Kwacha's love for God was and is a daily example for me.
Before I was married I said that the top two things I was looking for in a guy were a love for God and a sense of humor.  Yes a love for God was important to me, but if I was honest, the sense of humor deal was really at the top of the list.  Because of that I almost let Kwacha go.  Big mistake!  For one thing, he IS funny.  Maybe a different funny than what I originally was looking for, but honestly he makes me laugh all the time.  The second thing is (and a few people told me this while Kwacha and I were dating) that you and your husband's senses of humor grow together so much.  It's weird but true!  The third thing is, it's just not that important.  When you face a big trial in life, say you lose a baby or a job or a home, are you going to want a husband who reminds you to trust God or someone who can make a whole room bust up in laughter?
And yes I know the two do not have to be mutually exclusive, but which one is MORE important?  Don't just write a guy off because he may not like The Office.  


On our honeymoon.  The forest above Palm Springs.

2. Humility and leadership.
I know those are two things but I put them together because they go hand in hand.  Kwacha is a joy to follow because he is humble.
I always thought I wanted to marry a really confident guy full of swagger and charm.  But hey guess what, the Bible says that charm is deceitful!  And really, it is.  Do you want to marry a guy who's charming now only to find out later that he's...not so charming?  Like maybe all he does when he's home is watch TV and play video games.  I'll tell you what's charming to me now; a husband who helps me chop veggies and clean dishes and change dirty diapers.  A husband who gets home and gives me a kiss and cuddles our little girl and talks to me about his day, willingly!  A husband who likes to go on walks and eat pizza at Topper's because it's affordable.  A husband who corrects me when I sin in the most gentle and encouraging way.  And Kwacha is confident in a humble way.  He knows he's a sinner saved by grace and loved and chosen by God.  And he would probably be upset to know that I'm writing all this stuff about him publicly!


The last day of our honeymoon.

3. Love for others.
I don't know why this wasn't something I thought about much before I was married, but it is so nice to be married to someone who loves my family and friends so much.  When I was first dating Kwacha, I mean like after the first date, I got a little worried one Sunday night that maybe he didn't really like me all that much because I thought he spent the night talking to my sister and friend more than me!  But it's just because he was genuinely interested in them as well.  He wanted to get to know my family and friends.  He even had my cousin, Jeremy, be one of the groomsmen in our wedding.  I love that he enjoys spending time with them!


Up in the Sequoias.

Nerds.


Um, P.S. I'm pregnant with Shirley in this picture.

And that's about it, folks.  That's my new list, looking back.  There are other things that are important.  I'd say that you should definitely be attracted to your husband.  I think you should have some similar interests.  But again, these things grow SO MUCH once you're married to a good one.  If you found a guy with those things I mentioned above, you're going to find yourself more and more attracted to him and when you spend a lot of time together many of his interests will magically become yours too.  I never thought I would enjoy watching soccer, of all things!
Please don't let superficial things bug you when you're dating!  Please please PLEASE!  If you find his laugh a little weird, or you're just not sure about that hair of his or maybe he's just a little shorter than what you imagined...some of those things are going to become your favorite things about him, if you let them.  I'm not kidding!
Besides what makes you so deserving of the perfect man?  So much of that stuff is just so selfish!
I've had nightmares in which I turned Kwacha down and regretted it so much!  I can't imagine my life without him now.
Please don't write a good guy off!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

The "Forgotten" Pictures: Getting Ready

Okay, these are officially the last pictures that I am posting from my wedding.  Again, these were taken by Jessica Waymeyer.  Who is still in high school!  I'm telling you, so talented already!



Another talented friend, Brooke Johnson, did my makeup and a few other girls.  She's very talented too!



My mom and technology.  ;)




My beautiful sister.


Don't know what they're talking about here, but it looks serious.


I had always wanted one of these hangers one day, and a sweet girl in my small group, Lindsey Nardone, got one for me!


Yet another talented friend, Josh Rivas, fixing my hair.


The faithful sister with her bright nails came with.





Our last single sister walk.





And then I fixed her hair at home.











The only picture of my shoes that day!  :(








Sweet friends!







On our way out!


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