Sunday, January 10, 2010

Life Before Parenting

My parents-in-law volunteered to take Elliana for the day today. Although Caleb and I have had many dates without her, I haven't been away from her for an entire day since she was born.

We both agreed that an afternoon together would be good for us.

When we got home from church empty handed (no diaper bag, no baby on the hip), we instantly noticed how empty and quiet the house was. We both looked at each other like what do we do now?

It's amazing how quickly your life changes after you become parents. How your life and all of your time becomes completely consumed in taking care of, and playing with your child(ren). Sometimes you complain that you don't have any free time to do what you want, when you want.

Then, the moment your child(ren) isn't/aren't there, you realize how empty and "naked" you feel.

All of the craziness, all the time you spend with/on them is totally worth it. Our lives are so much fuller because of Elliana and I know that some day I'm going to miss taking care of her and being with her every day like crazy.

Don't get me wrong, I was so thankful for a day alone with Caleb, but I also can't imagine life without Elliana now.

How could I live without seeing this smile every day?

On a completely separate note, I'm stoked because this is my favorite TV time of year. It's that time of year when all of my favorite guilty-pleasure shows are on. These are the shows that I feel like I shouldn't be interested in, or enjoy watching, but I can't help myself and I love them.

I love The Bachelor and American Idol. Caleb hates The Bachelor, and he tolerates American Idol.

The Bachelor cracks me up. The first episode is the worst (and best) because the claws are out and some of the women make the most pathetic, embarrassing attempts to get attention.

The season started last Monday and I already know who I'm rooting for. Tenley and Ali are definitely my favorites. I'm already looking forward to watching tomorrow night. ;)

And then there's American Idol. Since I love to sing, I like to watch and dream about being on the show myself some day (won't ever happen). Seriously though, I really enjoy watching talented singers become great entertainers. It will be really interesting to see what Ellen adds to the show. I'm sorry to say this, but I don't think I'll miss Paula too much. ;) The new season starts on Tuesday and I can't wait!

Yeah, it's going to be a good week.


Courtney said...

Can you pleeeeease put her in that outfit for Valentines Day?

Mindy said...

She is so cute!
On a side note, I was looking at the blogs you follow and noticed that you still have my old url. I had to change it because of a glitch in blogger that wouldn't let me change my settings for some reason. So, if you are still interested in following me (and listing me on your page) go to

Timmarie said...

I love The Bachelor. It's my guilty pleasure as well!

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I am a daughter of the King. Saved by grace. Follower of Christ. I love my God and I believe that he is faithful and true to his word! I'm still figuring out and trying to follow his plan for my life. I am a wife to my best friend Caleb, a mother to my miracle babies (they are my greatest joy and challenge), a sister and best friend to 3 passionate women, and a daughter to 2 amazing parents that continue to teach me what it is to be real and faithful to God and his word. I am lucky to get to be a stay at home Mom (thanks to God's provision). I love music, singing, coffee, cooking, baking, traveling, our beautiful state of Colorado, and mostly being with the family and friends that I love!

Husband, Caleb

Husband, Caleb
Caleb is an amazing husband and father. He is always so good to me. He is my best friend. He is the romantic one. We love to laugh and spend time together. We've been married for 7 years and I just love that I get to spend the rest of my life with him.

Our 1st Miracle

Our 1st Miracle
Elliana Faith... God blessed us with our first miracle little girl in December 2008. She is sweet, smart, spunky, funny, strong willed, precocious, extremely outgoing, vocal and so full of life! She brings us so much joy.

Our 2nd Miracle

Our 2nd Miracle
Ethan James,.. God blessed us with our little boy in March 2011. Ethan was a bit of a surprise and an even bigger miraclle. Ethan is ALL BOY! He is very active, into sports and running around. He is also sweet, introverted, affectionate, and laid back. These days he often has us laughing, he's starting to show a little bit of "clown" in him. He makes our hearts happy too. :)

Our 3rd Miracle

Our 3rd Miracle
Emsley Jeannette... Our surprise baby girl was born on June 11th, 2013 and came into the world 4 weeks early. Her first 2 weeks of life were spent in the NICU, but due to God's hands and the prayers of many people, she grew quickly and came home to join our family! She is an easy, sweet baby and we are enjoying getting to know her personality.


We fight one day and then the next day we're fine. We're always loud and crazy when we get together. We're very passionate. We've been through it all together, lots of ups and downs. We're eachother's biggest supporters.


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