Monthly Archives: August 2011

My prayer for Abbie

I’ve been thinking and praying a lot about Abbie’s life and the kind of person I hope for her to be, the beliefs I pray I can instill in her, and the things that she will someday hold dear to her heart. I thought I’d share since so many of my loved ones read this blog..feel free to join me in praying for my daughter’s life!



I pray that, even now, as you are knitting Abbie together in my womb that You would be instilling a spirit of joy and peace within her. I pray that you would be instilling in her spirit a desire that longs for you from a young age. Lord, I pray that you would guard her heart and her steps. Let her always run to You in both times of happiness and also in the tough times when it is most difficult to come to You. Show Justin and I how we can teach her Your ways and be examples to her.

I pray for a life of purity. Not just physically, but in all aspects of her life. I pray for Your protection over her. Protect her from others and wrong her to a higher standard, God. A standard that glorifies You. I pray those same things for her future husband. I pray that You would be guiding her future husband’s parents wisdom as they raise a man of integrity.

Lord, thank You so much for entrusting us with Abbie. She is fearfully and wonderfully made. You chose her for us and we thank You for who she is and who she will be. I pray that You would fill her with all things that are noble, true, just, pure, lovely, of virtue, and anything praiseworthy…let her think on those things just like Your word instructs.

We thank You in advance for the gifts that you will bless her with. Please help her realize those gifts from a young age and let her always use them to glorify You name, Jesus.

Father I pray that you would fill Abbie’s life with good relationships, first with You Lord. Help her seek after Godly things.  Please bless our relationship with her as her parents. Help us show her and let her feel our unconditional love just as You show that to us. May she rise up and call us blessed.  We ask for friends for her that she would feel accepted and be influenced by good kids.

We ask that You would keep her path straight and that You would prepare and lead her way. I pray all of this in Jesus’ name…Amen.

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3


The love of a mother

“A mother’s love is instinctual, unconditional, and forever.”- Unknown

“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother”- Lin Yutang

I have been thinking a  lot lately about what kind of mother I desire to be. The more I’ve been thinking about this, it has really begun to sink in just how important the role of a mother is. Until a child is old enough to understand God’s love , have a relationship with Him, and be independent the mother is viewed as the protector and provider. Her opinion weighs heavily on your heart and the decisions you make. The sound of her voice and her presence brings a sense of peace to the child that no one on this earth could replace. Having her support and knowing that she would go to the ends of the earth for you makes you feel like you can do anything.

That being said, I sense this huge responsibility and calling on my life. Since I became pregnant, I have been doing a lot of self- reflection and I am trying to spend a lot of time with God praying. I want to have a really good sense of who I am, my faults, my strengths, etc so that I can use all of that to help build up Abbie into the young woman that God is calling her to be. Even now while she’s still growing in my belly.

Thinking about all of this makes me think of my own mom. She was that for me. A support who built me up and always encouraged me. Even when I messed up and was rebellious (which I was. A LOT. ) she was there guiding me and helping me along the way….always having my back. (My dad was this for me, too. But I’m just focusing on motherhood today)

I love my mom so much and I am so excited that Abbie gets to have her in her life as a nana. I’m also excited because I can continue to learn from my mother and have her support in this life- altering season of mine.

My beautiful mamma 🙂


Last week I went to visit my mom in Kansas City. We had originally booked the plane tickets because Justin was planning on going with our church to El Salvador on a mission trip. Long story short, his work wouldn’t let him take the week off. So I had a week of vacation and Justin had a week of working late and getting more done than he normally would on his “side project” websites (I’m such a distraction lol).

It is always a great time visiting my mom. I can’t wait until the day when we live closer to each other. We bought baby clothes, looked at nursery decorations, and she even treated me to some maternity clothes and a pedicure:) Moms just know what you need more than anyone else on the planet…I love it.

I have yet to upload my pictures…but I’ll get around to it 🙂 There aren’t many great ones. I love taking pictures of my trips but it seems every time I go to Kansas I forget! Guess I’m having too much fun 🙂

It was a great time with my mom and I am hoping she will be able to come in October for the baby shower:) But I am glad to be back….the  “to-do before baby comes” list continues to grow with my belly!