Friday, September 30, 2011

Look whooo's turning ONE!

Selah Grace's birthday is just a few short days away!  I almost have every single thing done for her party and for all my company coming into town.  It's almost like Christmas!  I decided that Selah was going to be an owl for her costume party.  She is the little owl who is turning one... seemed appropriate to me :)  I finally finished her costume this morning and in celebration of what took me forever to pull together.. we had a little photo shoot.
So here are a few sneak peek pictures (they will be displayed at her party) for all of the out-of-town family that can't see her in person on that special day. 

While taking her pictures, I kept having to tell her to stop pulling her feathers off.  Apparently, they are not supposed to be there.. according to Selah.  And when I would tell her to smile she would blow me a kiss which caused half of my pictures to have her little hand in front of her face.  Gotta love my one year old.  So independent and quite cute.  I did manage to sneak in a few good shots among all of the booty shots of her running away from me. 

Enjoy :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Once Upon A Pie

Good Morning! 

Here is a post for all my North Dallas friends... My Mom just started a business called Once Upon A Pie and has numerous goodies for sale this holiday season!  Check it out and order some treats for you and yours.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed :)

xoxo, Terra

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Birthday prep

This week I have been quite the busy bee.  Lots to do and only two weeks to get it all done!!  Selah Grace's BDay party is coming up in the next couple of weeks and I am starting to get super excited about all the games, decor, food, and of course the costumes I am preparing.  Andrew has still not completely decided on an outfit for himself yet....  it's about to kill me!  I am super OCD and want this thing to go off without a hitch.  I want my house to be fall-tastic and for everything to be in place.  Can you tell my heart is racing just talking about it!?  I can't wait to show you the pictures once it is all said and done.  It's going to be a blast!
SO... I have been bombarded by autumn pictures online.. obviously everyone is as ready as I am about the change of seasons.  Pinterest is hopping right now with "autumn love".

Here are some of my favorites from this week to help inspire you :) Bring on the cold fronts!






xoxo, Terra

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

One small task, One great reward


"Selah!  What did you do?"


and the crying contiues...

This is one of the sounds that fill my day.  Now that Selah is walking, my days look a lot different than they used to.  Many more messes, many more boo-boos, and much much more joy.  Selah is a little clumsy.  I am going to blame it on her incredibly small feet.  She is still wearing size 2 shoes and has a hard time putting her brain and body together without falling.  While walking, she tries to curl her toes around the floor beneath her to stabilize herself.  All that ends up happening, is that her little busy body get so carried away, that her tiny feet cannot keep up and she goes head first into every single piece of furniture that I have. 

Her feet are so small that she has to waddle-walk to keep her balance.  Oh my goodness... it is the funniest thing ever!  She has this crazy hair, and is constantly squealing with excitement while waddle-walking 90 mph anywhere she goes.  I pray that my mind never forgets the joy that I have in the moments of watching her waddle-walk. 

When adjusting to being a stay-at-home-mom, you really change many things in your world.  Your child becomes your world in all circumstances.  They are your ministry, your job, your life.. and you are exhausted by the end of the day.  But, even though I am four months pregnant, and chasing a one year old around I can still find the strength to fall asleep smirking at the funny things she does during the day.  Knowing that Jesus could have taken her to Heaven to be with her other siblings, I am overwhelmed with joy to think that God said, "Selah Grace, you are going to do some great things in this world", and he let me bring her into this world and experience the best gift ever.

I am reminding myself also that I have to refuel myself each day to be able to pour into my kids.  The one of the outside and inside of me.  Many days, are laundry days in which we may or may not make it out of our pajamas.  It may look boring to some people but to me, I am learning that I am making a difference in my area of ministry.  At times it can be hard.  Being 24 and quite the busy body, I still feel like I could be in college living off of Taco Bell burritos.  I think that Satan tries to attack women that stay home with their babies as equally as he attacks working moms.  When you stay home, he tries to feed your mind with insecurity... that you are not worth much and that being home is not a real job.  And when you work, he creeps in to feed you lies that you are a bad mother and then may list the reasons to plant insecurity in your heart.  Hear this you beautiful godly woman, no matter if you are a mom at home or a mom at work, you are loved and important and valuable.  The other night I went to bed thinking, "I feel so small!"  I immediately told Satan to get lost or I would shove a baseball bat in an unpleasant area.  I realized that I was letting the lies get to me and that I had to guard my heart and my mind from that destructive mentality. 

Esther... was just a small Jewish orphan girl who God chose to raise up and make Queen of Persia.  She aided in the deliverance of the Jewish people.  She knew that if she went to the king unsummoned and begged for her life and the life of her people, that one she would be exposing herself for her she really was and two that she could be killed.  She obeyed the small task that was given to her and ended up saving all of God's chosen people.  One small task, one great reward. 

"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14

Take your task, as small as it may be today, and curl your little toes around it.  Waddle-walk if you need to!  I won't judge :)

Here is my reward for being obedient in carting my child off to church...
Selah Grace's first Sunday School artwork
One small task, one great reward.

You are loved,
Terra XOXO

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

13 weeks and counting!

Being pregnant with your second child is so drastically different than with your first.  Especially if you have had numerous miscarriages.  I am just now starting to get excited about the second little Wagner that is coming.  For some reason, I was really really afraid to go to my doctors appointment last week.  Not quite sure why I was so worked up, but once I heard that strong heartbeat combined with the loud sounds of the kicks and jabs, my heart settled down. 

Naturally, while having the best job in the entire world of chasing Selah around all day, I have not had time to worry or stress about baby no 2.  But one thing is for sure, people can't stop with the giving of unwanted advice about second babies.  Lord have mercy on my soul... it is never-ending.  When someone starts a conversation with me that begins with, "Well, you know..."  My brain goes into auto-shut-off mode.  No matter how many times people say to me... "good luck, it's gonna be hard"... I am eager to remind myself that each child is a gift from God.  Ladies, you can be destructive with your words... lighten up, please. :)  There are many many women who cannot have children and would give anything to have a child of their own.  I remember them when my thoughts carry me away with fear.  Think of them before you open your mouth.
I am now 13 weeks and counting!  Have been so sick that I have lost 14 lbs instead of gaining anything.  But baby is healthy and I am not as sick as I once was!  Which I am VERY happy about :)

13 weeks with baby no 2

16 weeks with Selah Grace
Now, onto a different subject.  Selah... she is so cute and just turned 11 months old.  I am working hard to make sure her BDay party is one for the history books.  I am just so excited to celebrate her healthy little life.  She is such an incredible blessing to everyone she meets!
Andrew and I took Selah to the park this past Saturday night and let her swing until her heart was content.... or until the sun went down.  The sun beat out the content heart and there was lots of kicking and screaming on the way back to the car.  Just about broke her heart!  Andrew and I couldn't help but chuckle.  She was happy again once she got "Dind-uh", formally known as "Ginger", back into her little dirt covered hands.  When "Dind-uh" hears her squeal and sees her wobbly run across the living room... she starts running herself.  My little 7 lb terrorist of a dog has now become a personal pillow/slobber rag/and best friend.  She is very patient with Selah and only Selah. 
Here are some pictures of our evening at the park:
This is an Andrew face

This is a Terra face

This is an Andrew face :)

We are still working on getting the straw in her mouth :)

keeps her eyes on her Daddy at all times!