Hello Sweet Cheer: April 2017


Finding Joy in Routine

Happy Thursday, friends!

I'm realizing I haven't posted anything here other than a monthly update on Titus since November....oops! I really underestimated my ability to stay consistent while also fulfilling all my mama duties. No excuses, I just haven't done a great job of managing my time! So here's to new beginnings... I won't promise anything other than an effort to post more often!

Over the past few weeks I've been dwelling on the thought that ROUTINE is a JOY. Some of you spontaneous people are probably thinking I'm crazy but hear me out! We've been studying the book of Exodus at church since last August and one thing my pastor has been saying the last few weeks that has really made me think is this:
"Most of what God is going to do - He will do over a long period of time in a whole lot of ordinary." 
It's so true! We pray in faith for the extraordinary, for the Lord to do miracles and move mountains, and all the while he is sanctifying, growing, stretching us over a long period of time in a whole lot of ordinary. I love it! There is so much beauty in that. That little bit of truth then led me to begin reflecting on all the things God has done and the ways He has grown me in the ordinary. I have learned more of his character, his love, his grace, mercy and justice. He has drawn me to himself and it's been through the consistency of presence and prayer. God has been PRESENT in my life, He has shown himself to me and been leading me in the everyday, nitty gritty of life. And I have met with him in PRAYER. My relationship with the Lord is stronger each day that I spend time with him.

Okay, lets get onto the JOY in ROUTINE part! I'm a stay at home mom, which naturally comes with a lot of the same things every single day. I want to paint a picture of my day for you, that might help you understand how I'm finding joy in what can sometimes become mundane.

I usually wake up around 6am. I shower, put actual clothes on (instead of staying in pajamas) and I sit at my kitchen table with coffee, my Bible and my journal. Of course I'm sleepy but this routine has made ALL the difference in my joy. When I spend time with the Lord before my whole house is awake - I am better equipped as a wife and a mama. Later on in my day I am reminded of what I read or what the Lord showed me. And that causes me to be a more patient, loving mama. And a more gracious, helpful wife.

When Titus goes down for his first nap of the day, I do a quick 10-15 minute house cleaning. I pick up toys, wipe food up off of the floor, do a few dishes, sweep the kitchen, make our bed... and these things bring JOY to my heart because they are a part of a routine. And that route brings order which causes me to look toward the Father with thankfulness and a desire to know Him deeper.

I cook dinner most nights. And while I'm doing that, Titus usually crawls around and plays in the kitchen. I LOVE the normalcy of cooking a good meal for my family with my baby playing at my feet.

All of the things I've listed are so. so. normal! And I could've listed a million more. We all have things we do every day, or almost every day! They are routine and without viewing them through the lens of the gospel, they are boring! They aren't fun, they don't bring joy or help us feel closer to Jesus. But when we look at the work of motherhood - whether you're staying home or working outside the home - through the lens that Christ died so that we can find joy in the Lord, we are so much better equipped to see the utter joy in our every day, predictable, usually repetitive routines.

What helps you to find joy in your routines? I'd love to know in the comments below!


Titus Matthew | 10 months

Wow! Another month has passed and I've yet to get another post up other than monthly updates. Yikes. Mom life is in full force these days! I will get back on a blogging schedule soon!

A G E: 10 months old

W E I G H T: No update on weight - he was 20 pounds 6 ounces at his 9 month appt!

L E N G T H: No update - 28 inches at his last appt!

S I Z E: He is still solid in size 4 diapers and wears mostly 12M clothes all dependent upon brand and fit. We still have a few 9M items that work and a few 12-18M items that he's already wearing.

E Y E S & H A I R: Dark brown!

S L E E P I N G: Instead of talking about his routine this month (since it's the exact same as it's always been) I'll list some different sleep things he's been doing this month! First off, he's woken up before 7am more times that mama would like, lately! It doesn't seem to be related to how early he goes to sleep at night but I will admit we've put him down a smudge later since he started that just to be sure he sleeps as long as possible in the mornings.

He also plays in his crib before most naps and usually before bed at night. It's funny because he'll have his eyes closed and seem super sleepy when he's taking his bottle. Then after we lay him down and leave the room, we check the monitor and he's sitting up playing with his stuffed animals and making sounds!

E A T I N G: Titus is growing up fast! I'm no longer breastfeeding... which I plan to write a separate post about. But the summary is that he just lost interest. And that's okay! So his normal schedule goes about like this...

Wake up, breakfast (usually eggs, bacon or sausage, fruit, sometimes bread or pancake)
2-4 ounce bottle, nap
Wake up from nap, play
Lunch (leftovers, PB&J, turkey & cheese, etc.)
Play, run errands, go to the park
3-5 ounce bottle, nap
Wake up, play
Dinner, (same as lunch, usually leftovers or whatever we're eating)
Bath, 8 ounce bottle, bedtime

M I L E S T O N E S:
-Bear crawling
-Pulls up on EVERYTHING and all the way to his feet in his crib
-Still has 6 teeth, starting to cut a 7th on the front left
-Pushes his play table around...sort of uses it like a walker!
-Has started taking 2-3 hour naps at least once a day! Instead of 1-1.5 hour naps, PRAISE!
-Waves and claps like crazy!
-Says bye bye while waving, so cute.
-Babbles constantly
-Tried a pickle for the first time
-We started brushing his teeth and he LOVES it

O U T I N G S: We went to the zoo again, the San Antonio Zoo! He got to spend a weekend with his cousin Easton, and we all had a blast! We also celebrated Grandad's birthday at Hard Eight BBQ. And this isn't really an outing but both Grandpa Sammy and Grandma Dela came to visit him this month!!

F A V  T O Y S/A C T I V I T I E S: Loves his shape sorter and knock knock blocks!

W O R D S/S O U N D S: Still saying Mama and Dada! Squeals, laughs, babbles, etc.

N I C K N A M E S: Titus boy, Love bug, Titus Almightus, Sweet boy, Titer, Titer Almighter, Buckysmith, Buckwheat Smith, Silly goose bug, Goose

F U N N Y  M O M E N T S: He has such a huge personality now! He is getting more and more fun every day. He laughs at the silliest things mama and daddy do!

Outtakes... I underestimated how hard it would be to get a 10 month old to sit still....

Most of the time he wasn't even on the quilt.

Aaaaand, here are some photos from the past month!

xoxo || meredith