Wednesday, March 30, 2011


We purchased our first set of UNO cards at the beginning of the year, as I started planning Timothy's UNO themed b-day. The kids learned to play, and LOVE it!

For Micah's birthday, his Aunt Shannon and Aunt Megan sent him UNO Attack, which (in Micah's words) is UNO with a machine.

We've played it a few times, and were able to enjoy a fun game with Papaw and Memaw when they were in town a couple weeks ago.

Benjamin's face as he played a draw 2 card.

Micah's sneaky face

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, March 27, 2011


This morning, I was blessed by an amazing sermon. So thankful for Pastor Wade, and his ability to share about God's power and grace. This verse also fits in with the previous post.

"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
2 Corinthians 12:9 and 10


Hi! My name is Kierstyn, and I like to have control. Some might even say that I have control issues.

Hi, Kierstyn!!!

The first step is admitting you have a problem, right?

This is not a new revelation to me. Struggling to be the one in control of the events in my life is something I've been doing for well over a decade. And just when I think I have this control issue under control, something out of my control happens.

Though I'm still struggling, I like to think that I've made some progress in this particular area of my life. Recently, what I've found interesting is seeing how I handle the events in life that are out of my control verses someone who is not a believer, struggling with an out of control event.

This past week, a discussion on a FB page that I'm a part of was started. The conversation revolved around the possible causes of craniosynistosis. It was interesting to hear the lengths that some parents went to (blood tests for the entire family) as they sought the cause of this deformity. Though Curtis and I have recently learned that the cause of Benjamin's cranio might have been a drug I took during pregnancy, we've had to wrestle with the fact that something like this just happened. It was a very hard struggle for me to realize that sometimes, these things happen with no particular cause. I wanted to know how this had happened, who was at fault, and what I could do to prevent it from happening to any other children we had. But after talking with several doctors, we realized that most of the time, these things just happen. There's nothing we could do to prevent it. There was nothing we could have done differently.

That's a hard pill for a momma to swallow. This was what I saw in the discussion of other cranio moms. Some of them just HAD to have an answer.

I, on the other had, swallowed that hard pill, knowing that I might not know what caused Benjamin's cranio, and I moved on. Though I still don't understand why God chose that road for us, I see his loving hand, guiding us while we walked it.

I naively thought that I was done. God had grown our faith, pushed us, and shown us his love and faithfulness. Check! Done.


When Timothy was born at 35 weeks with a cleft lip, I again struggled with being out of control. Last spring, God and I did a lot of communing. Mostly, it was me, whining and complaining about how hard things were, and how I didn't understand, and how it didn't make sense, while at the same time being thankful that it wasn't any worse, and thankful that things were working out.

Once again, I was brought to my knees.

And that's where I need to stay. Not because I'm afraid that God will bring another event into my life to show my lack of control, but because that's what He asks me to do. To trust, obey, pray, and seek his will.

Though I'm not there yet, I'm thankful that God is working in my, growing me, and helping me to relax..... just a little.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The birthday bike

A couple weeks ago, I went to several garage sales with my friend, Christi. I told myself that I only had $20 in cash, and that I would be spending that money on clothes for the kids. At one of the last stops that we made, I found a Spiderman bike that I knew Micah would love. Since I had my hands full, I quickly wrapped my legs around it and started yelling for Christi. I spent my last $10, and started texting Curtis with my exciting news.

When he looked at it, he noticed that it would need a little work. Despite that, he too thought we had a steal of a deal, and was very excited to fix it up for Micah's b-day.

As we got further into the process of bike repair, we realized it wouldn't be as cheap as we originally thought. The repairs ended up costing just over $40!

We spend a total of $50 on this b-day present, which was a bit more than we were planning on.

The kicker came when we found out that we could buy a brand new bike for only $25 more. Bummer!

Despite the fact that the bike wasn't quite the steal of a deal that I was expecting, Micah was still really excited.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Happy birthday, Micah!

Sweet Micah,

I can't believe that you are five years old!! I clearly remember the day you were born, and how joyful your Daddy and I were to be welcoming our first son into our family. You were such a big baby, and now you're such a big boy!! My prayer is that you will continue to grow and be strong, that you will be a godly man, who loves the Lord and his family.

I'm so thankful for you, and for the how God chose me to be your Mommy. You are such a blessing to my life. I'm thankful for your quiet, sweet, caring personality. I love the joy and light that you bring into our lives. You are a sweet boy, and I love you!!

Happy birthday, Micah!!!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Cute Jammies

My mom got these adorable jammies for Micah and Benjamin, three years ago. I love matching my kids, especially in matching jammies! So I was really excited to put Timothy in the same jammies that his brothers wore.

And for old time sake, here's a pic of the big boys, three years ago, in their airplane jammies.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011


Curtis: I don't think we should let Elizabeth fill up the bunny's water.
Me: Uh Oh.
Curtis: The lid was off and there's water filling the bottom of his cage.
Me: Well, in her defense, she filled up the water bottle at the same time Benjamin tried to catch the bathroom on fire, so she was a little distracted.
Curtis: True!

Oh, how crazy my life is!