The Bushes

A few weeks ago I got to take some family photos for some great friends.

Sara, Jordan and their two kiddos, Jairus and Evangeline are currently living here in Pensacola while waiting to relocate to Uruguay. They are going to be serving with a team to share the name and love of Jesus in not just a new location, but a completely different country with a foreign language. The Lord has called each of His disciples to share His name with all nations, to the ends of the earth, and this amazing family does not take that role lightly. They are on fire, the way God desires each of us to be, and they are an inspiration and encouragement to me and my family.

Here are a few shots of their beautiful family.


The Bush Family


I am so glad that God placed this family in our lives. Sara and I met back in college and we have hit many milestones together. We had our first and second children within 2 months of each other, both times. We missed one another’s baby showers because the other was in labor. The very thought of going through a pregnancy without her along side me is a sad and weird thought.

Join me in praying for them. From traveling to raise funds and the patience and joy in awaiting the Lords timing in their move. To continue to use them in their current placement, sharing the love of Jesus in their neighborhood. They are people you don’t forget once you meet them and you know you are blessed to have a relationship with them. True friendships are hard to come by, and that is something I know not to take for granted.


They have had a very busy and prayer filled 2013 and I look forward to seeing and hearing how the Lord uses them in this coming year.

A Doctor Visit

On Thursday we took Elanor to see her doctor. She’s had a runny nose and a cough that quickly grew since last week. With all this changing weather, cold one day, hot the next, we’ve been running a humidifier in their room to give their respiratory systems some balance. A humidifier can only do so much though.

Feeling like something just wasn’t right I made an appointment and all 4 of us made the visit. Sarah hasn’t been to the doctor in a long time, so she was excited for the trip. I think Curious George helped her fascination grow bc any episodes with a doctor are her favorite.




Elanor was a lot more relaxed with having Sarah there. I will remember that for future visits.




Our wait was really short and our doctor came in pretty quick.




We had Ella’s 1 year appointment just one week before and she clearly remembered that she was just there and had gotten some boosters. She is just like most little ones at the doctor, not her favorite place… She didn’t even want a sticker from the Dr. Sarah, however, loved getting a Christmas Tree sticker!


We found out that Elanor has both RSV and a double ear infection. Poor girl must have a high pain tolerance bc she has not acted anything like a sick baby. She’s been a little extra cuddly and wanting to be held, but that isn’t abnormal for her tender personality.



I’m so glad that we took her in “just in case” something was wrong. On Friday she was definitely showing signs of being uncomfortable. I am so thankful for family and our small church family. Our friend Melissa came and got Sarah so I could give Elanor some extra attention. Sarah got to go decorate cookies and play her heart out.



Melissa asked if she could have her for the afternoon without me ever thinking about asking. My independent and quiet, introverted personality doesn’t ask for help, or even think about asking (except from my mom, haha). It is truly a God blessing to have people like that in your life.


(they went to the store and Sarah got spoiled for a bit)

This morning Elanor woke up in good spirits and she and I have had a quiet morning cuddling in the couch while Stephen and Sarah sleep in. I love quiet slow weekends.

Please pray our little one has complete healing and that she doesn’t get any more ear infections. She had just gotten over having one 2 weeks ago.
Also, thank you to my husband for teaching me to openly ask for prayer. I am not good at asking for things, especially prayer, and he is continually teaching me how to be a better servant and to open my heart to others. To be real and true.

I hope you all have a great weekend and that your Christmas shopping is compete. And if it isn’t, good luck


Tea & Teeth

Earl grey tea. That’s been my evenings. Every evening. For two weeks now. Why you ask?

This girl

and this girl

They are both teething.

Sarah’s two-year molars and Elanors front 4. It has been a whole new parenting experience. My patience has been tested and I’ve failed. Failed miserably. Failed on more occasions than I want to recall or ever admit. Short to no naps, only one lap for two crying & attention craving wee ones, teeth clinching orajel-avoidance at it’s highest level, and lots (and lots) of curious george episodes.

Guys, parenting is hard. So hard. The most difficult and rewarding thing I have ever done.

It’s awesome. Awesome. Amazing. Wonderful. Beautiful. Awesome, again, and then Hard again. Teething however, not so awesome.


Cold Season

You wouldn’t guess it from this picture, but our little Sarah has RSV.


RSV is basically a real nasty upper respiratory infection.

This is the first time Sarah has been sick, other than a small episode with pink eye, and this momma is NOT a fan of her being ill. It’s horrible not being able to fix things when your child is uncomfortable and in pain. I don’t even like typing about it. Thankfully for us, The Itsey Bitsy Spider helps cure all ailments with this one.

We are so thankful that she is almost over this nasty bug. Sweet girl misses playing with her friends and being allowed to love on her baby sister.

Say a prayer for her and that her body gets back to 100%.

Thank you.