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Sunday, February 27, 2011

my sweet sweet child

I came across this "message" from another blog I read and I couldn't help but thing, wow. What an AWESOME God we serve. These words are so encouraging and since I am pregnant, these words have a whole new meaning. I serve a wonderful and merciful God and these words completely and totally confirm that in every way.

My Child,
You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways.
Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image.
Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring.
Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived.
Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation.
Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb.
Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born.
Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented
by those who don't know me.
John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father.
Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love.
Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
Psalms 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you.
Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession.
Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires.
Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
Revelation 21:3-4
And I'll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being.
Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
Luke 15:7
I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is…
Will you be my child?
John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you.
Luke 15:11-32
Love, God

and if our God is for us.....

This is my 200th post.

Last night my daddy and I went to the Chris Tomlin concert at Houston's First Baptist Church. It was absolutely,positvely, hands down, the BEST concert I have EVER been to in my life. We were 4 rows from the front, amazing seats. Chris Tomlin has been one of, if not, my favorite christian artist for many years now. He is also my dad's favorite so when I heard on KSBJ that he was coming, I HAD to get tickets. Well, they sold out. BUT, they added a second show and those sold out within 30 minutes. I sat at my computer at work @ 9:50am to ensure that at 10:00am I would snag 2 tickets for my daddy and I. My dad had never been to a christian concert before so he was excited but also had no idea what to expect. Let's just say I looked over several times at my dad with tears in his eyes, hands raised, praising the Lord. After the first song was sung by Chris, my dad turned to me with tears in his eyes and said " Thank you! This is absolutely amazing and I'm now addicted!" Of course, I got teary eyed and had to look away otherwise I would of been a crying mess ( I cry at MTV shows).

The concert was purely amazing. The worship that happened last night was unspeakable. It was one of the best nights I've had and I got to share that with my daddy. Several times during the night my dad would turn to me and touch my belly and say something cute about the baby. I got tickled every time he did that :) The concert started at 6:30 and ended at 10:00pm. I really thought Chris would only sing for about an hour. Oh no... he sang and sang and sang and sang. We were singing, dancing, raising our hands while praising the Lord which was such an awesome thing!

My dad said he is addicted and well, he isn't lying. We are going to the MercyMe concert in April. I just still can't believe how amazing last night was and how I got to worship like I did. I am so thankful for that daddy/daughter date. :)

I highly recommend that you go to one of his concerts, it will truly touch you in so many ways.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

lemon drops keep falling on my head

This Monday marked week 13 for baby barron and I. I can't believe I am already 13 weeks. I found out I was pregnant when I was 4 weeks. Time really has flown by. Baby B is the size of a lemon this week. I love how with pregnancy, the baby is compared to a size of fruit or vegetables - it's funny. So, as far as I know, baby barron is growing right on track. I go to the dr. next Friday, I will be finishing up week 14 and will soon start week 15, CRAZY! Speaking of going to the dr., I changed my doctor. Same practice, different doc. I really didn't like my previous physician, which I mentioned in a previous post and I was torn between 2 different physicians to go to but I finally chose the one I think will be great. She was my aunt's doctor and she said she loved her! I really want someone who is going to treat me like I am her only patient, who can sympathize with me, who has a great bedside manner - amongst other things. I felt like my other doctor was always in a rush, was very "matter of fact" with me, which is great, but not when I am new to this whole pregnancy thing. There are other things I didn't appreciate so we made the choice to change doctors. I'm excited to meet her and see how things go. Please say a prayer that this one works out :)

Speaking of working out, I've had NO ENERGY to work out. I know I need to be active, which I feel that I am active at work with my kids. We are always on the go, but I also understand that I need to exercise outside of work. When I get home from my crazy day at work, all I want to do is take a nap. Here is what I do when I get home from work..... let the dogs out, feed them, grab a snack, go to the bathroom, turn on oprah ( only if the guests are good) and then crash on the couch for about 45 mins to an hour. I crash to hard that I wake up in a pile of drool. It's true, every since I've been pregnant, I sleep with my mouth open and drool like nobodies business. Rather embarrassing. Once I get up from my nap, I usually find a pile of pee somewhere from Rocky ( sooooooooooooo annoying and frustrating). Brandon gets home, we cook dinner, go eat somewhere or go to his parents house ( live 10 mins away). After dinner, I get back on the couch, check my online class and then watch TV and at 10 o'clock, Brandon and I call it a night. And that my friends, is the exciting life of ME.

Now, if I may, can I ask all of you to say a little prayer for me? Hear me out. Although I LOVE my job and I know this is exactly where I am supposed to be and where God has called me to be, I am struggling really bad with my emotions and certain situations at work. I won't go into details, but let's say that the past 5 months, yes I said 5, I have been tested in so many ways that I didn't know were possible. I love my kids to death. I would do anything for them, I really would. But I have been struggling with understanding some things. Also, being pregnant, hormonal, and emotional hasn't helped. I think my kids have spring fever and they really have been testing me and my partner. Can y'all pray for peace, patience, understanding, wisdom and strength as we finish out the rest of the school year. My partner and I prayed together after work and there is something to be said when you can pray with your co-workers. What an awesome thing. But I also know the power of prayer when there are multiple people praying for the same thing. So, again, do y0u mind lifting me up in prayer?

Annnnnnd, to finish up this post..... here are some pregnancy highlights :) I stole this from a girls blog I read where can I find these little thing anyway?

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 13 weeks 3 days
Size of baby: Baby B is 3 inches long - size of a lemon
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Not quite sure? Maybe gained 2 lbs?
Maternity Clothes: Not yet. Although I use the bella band to keep the pants on, haha.
Gender: Don't know and sooooo anxious to find out!
Movement: none yet, to my knowledge
Sleep: Haven't slept good before I was pregs :(
What I miss: sleeping without interruptions aka - going to the bathroom, middle of the night snack break
Cravings: fresh fruit ( strawberries, green apples, blackberries, cherries, peaches)
Symptoms: I have been feeling great the past 2 weeks! Other than being sleepy
Best Moment this week: When a lot of people at work commented about my emerging baby bump :)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

please tell me i look pregnant and not fat.

After putting on my clothes for church this morning I felt a little different. A little more, well larger in the stomach area. I looked down and BAM! There was a full on pouch! Now, back in my high school/college days, I'm not going to lie, I had a flat stomach - no pouch, and yes, I will brag on myself for a second. :) As those days faded and I hit more of my "adulthood" if you will, my stomach got a little more "soft". No more sports really did me in, haha. ANYWAY..... back to this morning. I walked into the bathroom and said to Brandon " PLEASE TELL ME I LOOK PREGNANT AND NOT FAT! And you better say the first one!" He looked at me which the strangest look on his face and said " Babe, YOU ARE pregnant so you look pregnant, you're not fat". Phew! Good thing he said that because he would have been in the dog house.

So let's talk about this pouch that starts to pop out and makes you feel weird and uncomfortable in so many ways. It's such an awkward thing. If people don't know me, will they think I'm fat or pregnant? I'm also at the point where I can still fit into all my pants except my black trousers and jeans. Let me clarify - I can fit in all my pants but 2 pairs of my jeans I need to wear my bella band and just started wearing the bella band with my black trousers. I'm too small to wear maternity pants so if need be, I will buy a size or two up in regular pants. Another this I was worried about was "showing" too early. I know woman show at all different times, some sooner than others and I think I might be that girl. It's exciting, it's weird and it makes you look in the mirror 25 times a day and most certainly makes you take longer to pick out an outfit. But at the end of the day, it also reassures me that my pregnancy is right on track and everything is happening the way it should be.

And for the record, if you ever ask me how I'm feeling and I say "horrible" please understand that when I say "horrible" I really mean I'm feeling great! I have jinxed myself MANY times the past several weeks. Everytime I either verbalize or think to myself " wow, I've been feeling awesome!" I get sick the next day. For example, we went to dinner with my parents the other night and Brandon and I were talking. I was telling him how good I've been feeling lately. My sensivity to smells has gone away, I've been sleeping better, not going to the restroom as frequent and the nausea has been minimal. Saturday rolls around and BAM! I was sick all day. This has happened many times, not just this weekend. So, like I said, if you hear me say I'm feeling horrible, I'm really feeling GREAT! :)

This little guy is Brandon, can you tell? It's one of those cardboard cut outs.... too cute huh?

Our very first picture together, Minute Maid Stadium - 2005

My Mamie and Grampie on my wedding day

My sweet Nannie and I on her 85th birthday. If we have a girl, she will be named after her. Love this woman to death. There is no better person I know.

Well, I gotta run! It's superbowl sunday and the parents are coming over! Enjoy your Sunday!

Friday, February 4, 2011

ketchup and snow.

(Leavenworth, Washington)

I am so behind on everything! Laundry, dishes, cleaning the house, school work, bills ( bad, I know) but motivation is lacking BIG time. Brandon constantly says how the house is so dirty,well guess what? It is. I feel horrible that is is dirty and trust me, he IS helping around the house, but the guy can only do so much. He works 9-10 hour days ( he's a teacher and stays late everyday, so dedicated) trust me, he pulls his fair share of work around the house but I can't let him do it all. I really hate hearing him over and over again saying how big of slobs we ( actually me) are. But all I wanna do when I get home from wrangling 15 4 year olds is take a nap with my pups. But after next week, I am going to make a true effort to get motivated and help pull my weight around the house because I HAVEN'T, at all. I gotta play "ketchup" especially with house work and school work. I have 18 more hours left and I will be graduated! It's been such a long long lonnnnnnnnnnng journey.

How about the snow in Houston? Oh, that's right, we didn't get any. Wow weather guys, let's not hype it all up and then BAM! it's not going to snow. What a bummer. I'm like a little kid when it comes to snow. If I had my choice, I would be living in a place where it snowed. Afterall, I was born in Wisconsin and lived there till I was 4. That might not sound like a long time, but I have fond fond memories of playing in the snow, making snow angels, sledding and snow ball fights. I have begged Brandon since we've been together ( going on 6 years in July) to move to a place where it snowed. I think he's a scaredy cat to relocate. But we won't open that bag of chips right now. Speaking of snow, when the baby is about 4 months old, we are taking a trip to Leavenworth, Washington Dec 16-24. It's a little German town in Washington and if you know anything about my momma, she is all about her German heritage. She speaks fluent German and goes to Germany every other summer for 5 weeks. In fact, we were supposed to go to Germany as a family this summer but baby barron has other plans, which I am totally O.K. with :) Back to Leavenworth. It's a small town that pays homage to the German culture and is the cutest town ever. It's known for its tree lighting ceremonies, ski slopes and anything German. We have started to buy baby stuff ( warm clothes, neutral - of course) for baby b. It's been fun finding things. So come December 2011, the Schrock/Barron family will actually get to see snow! Wahoo!

(Leavenworth, Washington)

I'm having a hard time with uploading pictures on blogger and adding text, too. It's a little frustrating. Any help or ideas?

Well, I'm off to clean the house a little and do some school work. We are having my parents and brother and his g/f over for the superbowl on Sunday.

I'll be 12 weeks pregnant on Monday!