This is Cody and Tasha.  She looks like she's born to be pregnant.  Like it hasn't affected her body in anyway except for a ball in her belly.  Her walk, her sitting, her energy - all just like no bun in the oven.  Me on the other hand - I looked like a huge HUGE hippopotamus about to birth an elephant.  I walked like a was riding on a horse and needed a few assistants to help me get out of a car.  Im exaggerating a little bit, but that's at least how I felt.  no fair.  

Eating Clean

While surfing pinterest (LOVE pinterest) I came across the website He & She Eat Clean, and was inspired.  So, Luke and I decided we were going to encourage each other to cut out processed foods and basically eat clean, natural, whole foods that haven't been modified or altered.  We aren't going to be anal freaks about it, just try our hardest to eat God given foods.  Today was day #1 - I ate watermelon, eggs, corn, chicken, and nuts.  I think the hardest part was not having butter on my corn and creamer in my coffee. But, I love feeling good and healthy more.  I'm journaling through the process to document how I'm going to feel 4 months from now (end of summer).  Hoping to get back in those clothes I fit into when we first moved back to Austin 3 years ago.  20 lbs ago.

Mommaerts Maternity

I love this pic.  Holly had been on bed rest for months, but being that this was her first baby she really wanted some maternity pics.  I wanted to grab some shots capturing what she does all day.  She said she reads, gets on her laptop, sleeps and then does it all over again.   I would go insane.  I was on bed-rest with my 4th for 1 week.  1 VERY LONG week.  And, let me tell you - I laid on the couch and stared at all the dirt in the carpet.  After 45 long minutes of bed rest I was up vacuuming.
Back to pic - they cracked open the book and the title was "Why does your boy have an erection?".  HA! Baby Mommaerts is a girl, so no worries.


I'm reading a book that a friend recommended, Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow.  So far so good.  It's all about learning to be content.  No matter what your circumstances.  
Here are a few quotes I've come across that I want to share with you...

"I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God's thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking." by George MacDonald (who C.S. Lewis called his mentor)

"They took away that should have been my eyes,
(But I remembered Milton's Paradise)
They took away what should have been my ears,
(Beethoven came and wiped away my tears)
They took away what should have been my tongue,
(But I had talked with God when I was young)
He would not let them take away my soul,
Possessing that, I still possess the whole" by Helen Keller

"Two women looked through prison bars
One saw mud, the other stars" - Unknown

Choose to give your anxieties to God
Choose to pray specifically
Choose to be thankful
Choose to dwell on the positive.