Friday, December 28, 2012

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! We spent the holidays down in the bootheel with all of our family. We had our normal routine of switching houses and visiting with everyone. It's always the most hectic trip down trying to get everything in and getting to have time with everyone.

Before we left for Christmas we did our own little thing at home and had dinner and opened up a few gifts. We gave Olivia her ornament for this year as this is going to be a tradition we start with both kids.. Each year they will both get an ornament to represent something that happened throughout the year this year we got Olivia a soccer ornament since she had her first session of soccer and loved it. She was so excited to get it and put it on the tree.  (Will upload a picture SOON)

#1 Dad's House
We had dinner and got to visit with my grandparents and with my sisters. We opened gifts and had lots of laughs. Jeff was pretty happy about that signed Cowboys picture ;)

#2 Grandma and Grandpa Muses's house with all of the Muse side minus a couple people who didn't get to come (We missed yall!!) Santa showed up to say hi before his big night of delivering gifts and it's always so fun to see all the kiddo's faces! 

#3 My Mom's House 
This was Christmas Eve night so we got to put out Santa's fav cookie Oreos and milk and it was SO much fun to see Olivia actually understand this year and was SO happy when she woke up and noticed there was a bite out of each cookie... 

#4 Rawson Christmas 

AND we even had a white end of Christmas Day and snow day the day after Christmas and Olivia LOVED it!! 

And a Happy New Year :) Love this life I'm living and i'm looking forward to an awesome New Year in 2013! <3

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

No Words

I'm TOTALLY in LOVE with this little baby lady... and her dad isn't too bad either. Gosh how did i get SO blessed. 

Thank. You. Jesus! 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Love The Weekends

We had a great weekend visit with my parents we went to Branson and it was my mom's first time to see the lights along with my sister and step dad. Olivia LOVES SDC this year and LOVES Santa! It's a BIG change from last year when she did not want to even be close to him! 

Here's a few pictures from Saturday :) 

Taking her picture with Santa and telling me what she wants for Christmas <3 

We have been working on getting some traditions for the holidays all together of stuff we will be able to do with both of our kiddos next year I'll have to share those ideas and fun things we have been doing this year so far! Kids make life so much fun!! :)

Hope everyone had an awesome weekend <3

Friday, December 14, 2012

Every Shooting Star Needs a Wish

Last night was a moment I hope Olivia treasures for a long time, I know her daddy and I sure will. We decided to go lay out a blanket and watch the meteor shower... After laying out there together we decided to come in and get Olivia. It's SO amazing the LITTLE things God's gives us to show us the PRECIOUS things in life... Olivia was AMAZED by all the shooting stars and how many wishes she got to make... She was in AH... and it was such an amazing moment to just sit and reflect on how much she has grown and how PRECIOUS our time is with our babies because they grow up oh so fast.

After last nights event and just listening and watching her with her daddy and taking in the moment I shed a few happy tears of how blessed we have been since the day she was born my little miracle baby who is now sooo smart and kind and growing TOOO fast.

Today's tragedy in the elementary school really made my night I had last night that much more special to me we are never promised tomorrow. I can NOT even begin to imagine the feelings the aching the mourning that is going on in Conn. It breaks my heart into pieces thinking of each precious baby who lost their life today. Innocent children who just wanted to learn and go home to play and love on their parents have gone to heaven to be with our amazing God...  Just like that it happened. Where are we safe anymore? It's scary and really makes you spot and think.. I held it together today at work until i got home and started listening to some of the news stories especially from other teachers and it just broke me down and all i could do was cry and hold my sweet Olivia and pray to God to keep her safe always.  And to provide comfort for the families who have lost an innocent baby :(

I'm very heavy hearted about this situation and I'm praying and praying for this country.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Martha Vs. Mary Preparation Vs. Purpose

This past weekend was full of fun. I went to my annual DC Christmas Tea party with all the girlies. I got to get all dressed up, be served, and listen to some funny improv and Tosha speak. I look forward to this night all year long just a night to myself to chit chat with friends and forget about all the crazy Christmas stuff that needs to be done although this year has seemed a lot less stressful.

 Saturday we did our annual CAC volunteering it's so nice to be able to go and teach Olivia the meaning of helping others and it not always be about us but others. Also on Sunday our Angel Trees at church we got to get two kiddos off of it and Olivia helped Jeff wrap up the kiddos presents and we talked about how we would be helping the kiddos who aren't as fortunate as others and they would love their presents we picked out. She got SO excited and she doesn't even mind we have a ton of presents under our tree and only two belong to her (grandparents spoil her, so we go easy on gifts)

Our sermon at church Sunday stood out to me and I wanted to share a little from what was talked about along with the podcast if you are interested in listening our sermons are posted each week.

The sermon was about Martha and Mary **Luke 10: 38-42

At the Home of Martha and Mary

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Preparations are okay as long as they don't distract you from the Purpose.

Quit telling Jesus what He needs to do and Listen to what He might be trying to tell us.

1. The Purpose is the Presence of Jesus
   * Luke 10:42 "There is only one thing" Matthew 6 "Seek first the kingdom of God"
2. You Control What Controls YOU
3. Prioritize the Presence of Christ

Who are you more like? Are there things we can change?
It was interesting after church to sit down and talk with my husband about how we think our lives are compared to this and how we do with Olivia on prioritizing the things we do. We are def. blessed.


Preparation Vs. Purpose

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Jesus Put a Baby In MY Belly

In the sweet words of Olivia, "Jesus put a baby in my mommy's belly-because we prayed for it" It is the sweetest words that have ever come out of her mouth that she understands that Jesus provided for us. He led me to get a procedure done and gave us the finances to pay for this surgery to only find out the next month we were blessed with a little bitty baby sister or brother. What an AWESOME God!

After trying for almost a year a half and praying and praying in GOD's TIME-- He provided us with the chance to have another little Rawson. I am SO SO thankful.

I found out on October 11, 2012. It was a Thursday and Olivia had been getting sick all morning since we had taken Jeff to the airport to go on a work trip to California. We said our goodbyes and Olivia did not like this much at all, but daddy promised as soon as he arrived he would call. Well in the time it took him to get to California i realized i hadn't started my period for the month (even tho i had taken a digital pregnancy test on Monday and it was negative and I had a huge pitty party and was so upset) I decided since i hadn't started and i was kinda feeling yucky I would take another test just to be sure. Well when i went back to the bathroom I had a flooded of emotions come over me as i read the test PREGNANT. I couldn't believe it I screamed, cried, and laughed and then realized the one person i wanted to call was on an AIRPLANE!!

I couldn't believe it so i went back to the store and bought the ones with lines just to double check and sure enough that test was NOT lying! I thanked God over and over and over for this blessing i just couldn't believe it. When Jeff finally landed in Cali he said he was going to go to the beach and let us see the ocean and how pretty it was so i knew i had to come up with a plan to be able to tell him about the baby while he was sitting on the beach in a beautiful place that God had made.

Here's how we told Daddy even tho Olivia didn't find out then.... We waited to tell her because she's not very good at keeping secrets ;)

On November 13, 2012 we took Olivia to Ultrasona, which is a place other than the dr you can go to to get your ultrasounds done and they allow your children to come in and get to experience the blessing with you. She had no idea where we were and when i got up on the table and she started scanning my belly and our little bitty baby Rawson popped up on the screen the girl explained to her what it was and everything it was one of the MOST blessed times in my whole life just watching her face light up. We even got some pictures of Baby Rawson to bring home and no worries Olivia made sure she carried them and kept saying it's "my baby" As we were walking out of the clinic Olivia turns to me and says "Mommy Jesus put a baby in your belly and I'm not sad no more-- I'm SO happy are you too mommy" and I'm pretty sure I may have shed a tear along with Daddy it was the sweetest thing she has ever said and it is forever in my heart! She is SO excited to be a BIG sister!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


I am SUPER stoked to be heading home in just a WEEK to celebrate Thanksgiving! I LOVE being able to go spend time with family and enjoy some good ol' food :) YUM-O! I'm SO thankful we are able to travel and go see our parents and get to hang out for the weekend and of course can't forget to the thankful to have a girls shopping night/day on Black Friday.... We are never really after anything particular but always have SO stinkin' much FUN!! And this year my sister is going to come too which is SUPER exciting!!! :)
I have SO much to be thankful for this year as i look back over the year and the last few years things are looking amazing for my little family... The thing I'm MOST thankful for this year is my JOB. Although there are times when it's frustrating and times it's trying... I am SOOOO super blessed to be able to work part time and be a mommy which to me is the BEST job anyone could EVER have. I get to go to work with Olivia and then we also get days we get to stay at home and enjoy each other which is awesome and i am forever grateful that i have this opportunity. There is nothing more important to me than my family and spending as much time with her now is VERY important to me because she's growing so fast and she won't always want to "hang out" with mom all the time. 
I believe in the fall she will be starting Preschool half a day but still thankful i will be able to be with her when she is out and be able to have her around all the time, but at the same time help provide for our family. 
Forever Grateful for this season of life... It's been SO amazing and can't wait to see what next year holds for our family. <3  

What are you most thankful for this year?! 

It's SO nice to be able to sit and reflect and thank God for all of his awesome blessings. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Happy Halloween A little behind

Olivia was a lady bug for Halloween this year and we decided to make our own little lady bug costume because most we seen were either priced to high or weren't very tasteful... 

Here's my little Lady Bug...

Along with Halloween the last few weeks we have been participating in soccer and tumbling and it's SOOO much fun being able to watch Olivia play and enjoy both of these... Soccer ended this past Saturday and she got her first medal and she was VERY excited! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Well I'm a little behind we started tumbling a few Thursdays ago.. Instead of signing up for gymnastics and paying 40 a month I found a Tumbling class offered through our local community center.. It's only 18 bucks for 6 WEEKS! I was super excited to see this deal and there is another session after this one.

Olivia has 2 friends in the class which is super fun to watch her interact with them and learn all at the same time! We have been practicing our bridge, log rolls, and front rolls at home and she is loving it. Here's a few pics to show how good she did.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

She puts a SMILE on my face

This little lady is my little best friend.. she is absolutely brilliant... She's so caring and sweet already... We started tumbling tonight and she did AWESOME! She learned a log roll, bridge, and a front roll... It's SO crazy how fast life flew by and to see her having her own little sassy personality and taking tumbling class and playing soccer which she did AWESOME in her game and practice went even better this week she actually kicked a goal (will download video on another blog) Crazy how you think you love before kids, but they seriously bring a whole new meaning to life... <3 

I Love You O! 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Jordan Essentials October Special and BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS month. We want you to be aware that aluminum and parabens in your deodorant can be a mock estrogen which is found in breast cancer tissues!! 

 Check your deodorant label for parabens and aluminum and if it has either throw it away

Do your own Google search for the effects of aluminum and parabens in your deodorant. We think you will see why Jordan Essentials is such an advocate of safe deodorants. 

Check out JE deodorant in 15 different fragrances including unscented. We use plant based science to control odor in a safe and natural way. Thanks for being an educated group of JE fans. We will donate $0.50 for every deodorant sold this month to breast cancer research. A little pink ribbon sticker on your deodorant will let you know it is a fundraiser. Thanks and God bless. -Nancy Bogart (Founder)

Here's the October Specials Flyer... The new fall scent is out right in time as the weather is starting to feel a little more fall in Missouri! For all my friends outside of Missouri it's a good smell even if the weather isn't quite "fallish" yet! :)

I would LOVE your support in pass along this information so if you come across my blog i would LOVE for you to share. Here's my link to my website where you can purchase anything you might need and it will ship directly to you... :) Want to have an online/book party just let me know and I can get you all the information. 

Our fundraiser is AMAZING you can earn up to 37 1/2% of your funds you make!! How awesome is that and it's something not everyone is doing and our lotion bars are seriously AMAZING and SUCH a cute idea for Christmas gifts!! :) You can do fundraisers for almost anything Just ASK! :)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

First Soccer Game

Can. Not. Believe. My. Baby Big Girl is old enough to play soccer!! How crazy time sure does fly!! But look how adorable she is :) Go Black Hawks!!