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Life on Sundays

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Do you have a day of the week that stresses you out more than most? It can fluctuate, since most of our schedules do that these days. For a while now that has been Sundays for me. Stephen leaves before the girls and I, and for a huge chunk of our lives we only had 1 car, so me getting there was always changing and adding car-time. That lead to less getting-ready time and with 2 toddlers and a closet that morphs my clothes to fit weird only on Sunday mornings, it was far from my ideal start to a day. Thankfully I’ve found the 2 pair of pants that consistently semi-fit and just slowly swap out shirts. Can’t help but be thankful for a church full of people that enjoy wearing jeans as much as I do ;)

Moving closer to the church last Spring definitely helped with saving us time, as well as getting a 2nd vehicle back when Stephen worked with Bayer. He used to be the associate pastor and youth leader, then that changed and Stephen became the worship leader. He leads us in praise on some Wednesdays, and then both services on Sunday.

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He has been asking me to help with music on Sunday evenings for a few months. Months upon months, really. The girls usually go to bed at 7pm, so going to the 6pm service seemed like far more work than my brain could handle, especially since Sunday mornings are a bit nutty around our house. Well, I finally caved and started helping him a few months ago, and, surprisingly, I really like it. It isn’t consistent, but it’s been a really special time to me. Getting to practice and worship our Savior together, it’s such an amazing and new way to love our God together. And thankfully, after a few trials, we have figured out a little bit of a groove.

 

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I love singing with Stephen. For the past 8 or 9 years it’s always been behind closed doors, in a vehicle, or me harmonizing softly while he plays a guitar. Into a microphone was 100% away from my comfort zone. I decided I’d try it out one Sunday evening (most because attendance is much lower) and quickly discovered that worshiping with him in front of our church family, a lot of very dear friends and fellow believers, wasn’t as uncomfortable as I thought it’d be. Still not my scene, per say, but it’s worth the mild discomfort if it means getting to praise the Lord along side him.

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The girls had to adjust also. Sarah sits or stands in the pew pretty easy, either with a friend or by herself. Elanor took a few weeks to get used to it. The first 2 times she came on the stage and sat in my lap, which I loved. It probably didn’t help that she took a 5:30pm nap just before church, and woke up in a pew instead of her car seat where she fell asleep. Now she sits with Sarah and waits for me to join them after we’re done. It’s usually just a 4 song set, so it doesn’t take long.

 

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I have a few photos that sweet friends from church snapped and sent to me. I’m so thankful for our church family. The Lord knew over 5 years ago that I would sit on a stage and sing with my husband with our little girl in my lap, and I couldn’t imagine a better life.

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Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre!
He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills.
He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!

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Saturdays are always so random for us. Usually we try not to have plans so we can just relax and the girls can get lots of dad time. This one started with some projects, then we went to our church yard sale where the girls played for a bit and then two of the gals from church, Eli and Halie, came over to hang out afterwards. Stephen and Eli worked on music for Sunday’s service and Halie played with the girls in the backyard and in their room. It was a nice chill day. I got the lawn mowed while Halie played with the girls. They are both such quality time kids. They can be so skiddish and shy, which they get from both their introvert parents, but once you invest some good time with them they are all for playing and talking. Halie may regret that later ;)

Dinner and Comedy

Just to give you a heads up, the title of this post is pretty exciting. Why you ask? Well that’s simple, it sums up two of my favorite things: Food & Laughter. When I add in that the food was delicious and we were with great friends AND got to hear a hilarious comedian, all of those things combined made for a majorly awesome evening!

It isn’t often that Stephen and I have a free night out, so it was fun to dress up a little and sit at a table with fellow adults. We were attending a fundraising banquet for the Pregnancy Resource Center. Our church does a lot with them and it was actually the first time I had really heard the information and details about the organization. I know I really look forward to visiting their center and would love to get more involved. Being there and hearing everything they do in our community, it really brought up the social work degree in me.

Anyways, here are some phone pictures I got during the evening.

 

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Some awesome friends:
Bebe, Rene & Amanda

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Amanda & I

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I love this because we are all laughing, but seriously, what am I doing with my hand?!

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We had a real great evening. Grandma and Grandpa kept the girls for the night so after the banquet we headed home and I’m pretty sure I was asleep within 5 minutes. I’m not used to late weeknights, haha.

It was a wonderful event and I’m so glad that we were able to attend. The food was fabulous and the comedian really had me rolling. I told Stephen he was like a white Sinbad, and if you know me you know that’s really saying something!

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I’m cuddling with this sweet girl at church…

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Enjoying this time while I can. I love that our church’s “cry room” is just outside the worship area, with a tv, so I can ‘be there’ and hear the message when Elanor needs to eat. It’s the small things that make a HUGE difference when you have a little one.

I love Sundays.

 

Spreading the Word

A group from our church flew out of Pensacola today on their way to Brazil. They will be there for 10 jam-packed days, sharing the love of Jesus with as many people as the time allows.
Please join me in keeping them in your prayers. Not only for opportunities to share Christ, but for safety while traveling, health, and plenty of energy! My sister and bro-in-law are 2 of the 13 on the trip and we can’t wait to hear all the ways God uses them.

Here’s a picture of them loading up for the airport this afternoon.

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I’ll be sure to report back when I get any updates :) They are currently in a plane to Miami, and then the last leg is the flight to Brazil. Pray the pilots get them their safely!
Thanks!

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Yard Sale Fun

This past weekend we all got to spend some time outside and Sarah had a blast. We are loving this spring weather!

Also, Sarah is officially done crawling. It’s walk, run, or… well there is no other, it’s those 2 or she’s sleeping. There is no in-between with her.

Here are some cute pictures I snapped last Saturday while at our church’s youth yard sale.

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I know you love that onesie-boot combo. She was wearing jeans but it got pretty warm so we let her run wild in her cute boots. Literally, the girl gets some momentum going and gets to running. There were a lot of offers to buy our little girl, but obviously she isn’t for sale :)

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Post BDay Post

Yesterday was Stephens 26th Birthday. The church youth had a special cake for him, which was a sweet surprise. Two of the youth actually got him a gift, both were nerf guns! We don’t have a pet, and I doubt he will be shooting Sarah, so it looks like I’ll need to be extra cautious when I enter/exit rooms and turn corners!

The internet isn’t working at home, so this is all I can give you for the moment… Enjoy!

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Notice a trend in Sarah’s favorite activity?! Eating, chewing, licking… It’s all about her gums (I think someone is teething…)

Hopefully the Internet will get back to working so I can give you some more updates. Until then, Happy September 1st!

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She is just so darn sweet! Love that beautiful smile!!

A Weekend Update

Whenever I hear or read ‘Weekend Update’ I think of the SNL skit. Not the new ones, but the classics where Chevy Chase and Norm McDonald were the anchors. Oh the good old days… [kidding kidding, this is where Stephen would call me old and ask when he can use my AARP benefits].

I truly am here to write a post about our weekend though, so the title to this post does actually have meaning.

On Saturday morning our friends Sara, Jordan, and Baby Jairus came over. We were going to the Blackwater Farmers Market and they met us at our house. It turned out to be more like the Blackwater FarmeR Market because there was only 1 stand, and his prices were not so good: $1 per tomato?!? Yikes! But I did get some yummy peaches, eggplant and squash. There’s something more exciting about fresh and local produce, other than the bonus that it’s hormone-free and pesticide-free. It somehow makes me like vegetables more. Weird, I know. Next time we are going to hit up the downtown farmers market on Palafox St. There are a lot more vendors, which means more options and price negotiating! After we got our goods we parked the cars and got out the jogging strollers to walk around downtown. Turns out downtown Milton is a lot like downtown Pensacola, there isn’t much to do, especially things that are kid/baby-friendly. We ended up going to an Antique Store/Restaurant. Jordan scored some books on sale and we decided to stay to eat some lunch. It was a nice excuse to stay in the air conditioning! After lunch we headed back to the cars to get home before our veggies and fruit melted in the car.

It was a lot of fun hanging out with the Bush family, it always is. While I’m sure the guys would have preferred staying home and playing video games they were sweet husbands and came with. It was especially great for Sara and I since it involved being outdoors and in the sun, with our cute hubbies and adorable babies to top it all off. Our favorite people and favorite activities, definitely a good start to the weekend!

The weekend was also a fun-filled time for our family. My grandma came down to visit for a few days, so we had a lot of great family time (which also involved a nice amount of delicious food!!) On Saturday my dad BBQ’d chicken and Judy and Uncle Tommy came over from Fort Walton Beach. After dinner, and some delicious cheesecake, we watched “The Green Hornet”.

Our Sunday morning started with our little girl giving Stephen a funny card and new woot shirt. Sarah loves it when her dad picks out her outfits, he always does a great job!

A lot of our church has been in Brazil on a mission trip so our pastor asked Stephen to preach on Sunday. It was his first Fathers Day as a new dad and he was able to share a wonderful message about our Heavenly Father. He did a wonderful job. Sarah was actually content (while awake) through the entire service. Afterwards I realized that I think it’s because she was able to hear her daddy’s voice the whole time, so she was relaxed and calm. My parents, grandma, and mom-in-law came out to FBC Bagdad to hear Stephen speak, it was so nice having them all there.

After church we went to my parents for lunch and then to Stephen’s parents for dinner. In between meals we got to sneak a nap in while my sis-in-law Kelley played with Sarah. It was soooo nice!!!

Here are a few pictures from the weekend:

Saturday lunch at the Antique Store:

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The Bush family at lunch

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Me and our growing-like-a-weed little girl

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It was such a great weekend. Although hot, it didn’t rain. I wish every weekend could be rain-free and family/friend/nap filled throughout the entire summer. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, you should too!

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The Cry Room

Our family has been to church together a few times now and overall Sarah has done really well. Sarah and I go to the youth sunday school with Stephen, and after that we go to the worship center for the service. Stephen sits upstairs to run sound in the sound booth, so it’s usually just me and Sarah hanging out.

Our little girl usually likes to nap through the morning. The first Sunday she slept the entire time while I sat in the pew. This past Sunday we visited the ‘cry room’ about half way through the service. It’s a space the church has setup just outside the back doors. It is so convenient and useful. They have a changing table, rocking chair, and crib. It’s a great spot where I can go and sit to comfort or feed Sarah and still hear the sermon through the broadcast tv they have in the room.

This past Sunday I decided to snap a picture of me and my girl on my phone. I am still learning how to take a ‘self portrait’ with my phone, but this is what I got.

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Actually, this is just one of the 10 or so pictures I snapped. I’m an expert at taking blurry and off-centered photos with my phone. I’m just glad this one worked, and Sarah is actually looking at the camera. Silly girl.

You can see the crib next to me and the rocker behind me. I’m so thankful that our church has this space available. It’s comforting for a mom to be able to escape for a little while when her baby needs some quiet time.

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A Great Sunday

This past Sunday made for a lovely change in the Ringl house, Sarah and I finally made it to church. I was a little worried because I didn’t know how she would act or how we would handle feeding her, but she did wonderfully.

Stephen was INCREDIBLY excited about showing off his little girl and dressed her in a beautiful blue dress (while I scrambled around getting her diaper bag packed and finding a dress that fit me). We took her to the youth sunday school that Stephen leads, and let some of the girls hold her. That is where Stephen snapped this picture on his phone…

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Sarah pretty much slept the whole time (she’s a big morning napper). Our friend Kim came to speak during our ‘Missions Moment’, so I was really glad I was there to support her. I also found out that there is another new mom named Jennifer at our church. Her little girl is a month younger than Sarah, and it’s been real nice to chat with her in the cry room that we have right outside the worship center.

Overall, our first weekend back was fantastic and I could not be more pleased. I definitely did learn that holding your baby in the cradle position through an entire service makes for a numb and tired arm. I guess I’m building some great muscles :)

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