Dreaded Sleep Regression

I think I saw somewhere that babies have sleep regressions at nine months. In the earlier stages, I remember crying because Silas would not wake up. I would have to put a cold rag on him, and still he would not wake.

Literally nothing would wake him, and as a mom parenting after loss, I was extra paranoid about him not eating every three hours.

Silas has since woken up since then, but for the most part he has been very good about taking his naps until now. Now, he is down to taking one nap, and just wants to party the rest of the day.

I know this phase won’t last long, but I like to reflect on how we pray for some changes, we get what we prayed for, and then pray for more changes. Silas is making up for all those times he slept the days away. He’s too focused on playing with his toys or knocking his books down.

Maybe it’s the dreaded sleep regression that I hear whispers about. I’m not entirely sure as I don’t spend too much time looking into that kind of information. I’ve just been going with the flow so to speak.

What I do know, is that I’m so grateful for the bouncer we were gifted for Christmas, and that we now have a back yard to let the dogs run around in.

Have you ever prayed for a situation to change and then had to pray through that change?

Trusting In God’s Timing

For the past month or so, Ben and I have been looking for a home. We have looked at 6 or 7 homes thus far. We made a pretty decent offer on a home that had everything we were looking for, only to be beat out by a higher bidder.

We found another home that was even better, and still had everything we were looking for. The only difference with the second home was that we would need to install a privacy fence. We were told by a realtor that someone offered cash, and so they went with that offer instead.

My motivation at this point was pretty low. I was seeing on our active listing page that there were no homes available in our area. My body was tired, and I started looking at all the weekends I signed up for with dread. I started leaving early from work and essentially giving up all the hours I worked on Sunday. Wednesday night I scheduled for a 2 am call in. Normally, I would try to get out of this and ask for a more reasonable call in time, but it made more sense for the other worker to do the evening tasks.

Because I was just so unmotivated from losing out on those homes, I went to my boss and told her that I would be staying home Thursday. Now, I don’t recommend that anyone just go up to their supervisor and tell them they won’t be in to work, that may not go over well. But I had nothing scheduled for Thursday, so I would have been sitting there extremely tired from being there at 2 am, and I have over 90 hours of PTO that I have to use up before the new year.

Backing up just a bit, on Wednesday, my mother in law sent ben and I a link to a home that was not in the school district we wanted. Ben and I kinda ignored the message at first, but I kept being drawn the house. On Thursday, I informed Ben that the house was actually in my cousin’s neighborhood. Ben suggested that we should go take a look as something to do.

The home is about 5 minutes walking distance from my cousin. It has a decent sized backyard with a privacy fence. This home actually has an upstairs. It has everything we were looking for except the school district. So we put an offer in, and within 30 minutes our offer was accepted!

I’m constantly in awe of the way God sets things up. I truly believe that He wanted me to rest. I actually felt pretty sick yesterday, so I think I just needed to slow down. But we went to look at this home with no expectations, and we didn’t have to go through any hoops like we did with the last two houses.

In this digital age, we get so caught up with instant gratification that we forget that sometimes we have to wait. We have to trust in our Lord God. I think one of the reasons why He makes us wait, is to see how much we trust Him.

Thankful Thursday

It’s Thursday, guys! which means today we should all stop and reflect on all of the blessings that have happened so far. Today, I am thankful for the unexpected increase in my bank account. I only had enough money to put gas in my car, which I very grateful for that as well, but I was pleasantly surprised when I got an alert that somehow there was more money than what I should have had. I am thankful that I actually got some rest last night. Silas for the past few nights has been wanting to party until 10 pm, and then refuses to unlatch from me. Last night, he only wanted to be fed once, so I got some uninterrupted sleep. My husband also put away the dishes, and he took the dogs out so that I could just rest when I got off of work. Most importantly, all of my needs have been met. My family has lacked for nothing, and even with my bank account being on the lower end, I still was able to put gas in my tank for work, my bills are paid, and I have food.


So, what I am thankful for may seem trivial to some, but my point is, that you should make a record of the small wins. Stop focusing on all the negatives aspects in your life, and look at the smaller things that made your day.

Testimony Thursday

August 28th, I was in first car accident. It was around 9 pm when I was travelling home from working the late shift. I had my phone on speaker, so that I could listen in on a master class. I have a 40 minute commute to and from work. I had everything set up before I even drove off of campus, because a distracted driver is a dangerous driver.

The master class had just begun as I was merging into the far right lane. I stayed back a bit in case the semi that was in the southbound lane needed to go northbound instead. After a minute, it seemed as though the semi was truly going southbound, so I felt comfortable speeding up. I was almost up the ramp, when the semi changed its mind, and merged into my lane.

I was terrified, but so thankful to God that my son was not in the car, and that I was not hurt. My car was deemed a total loss by insurance, and while I had gap insurance, my car had previous damage to it, so gap informed me that they would not be covering the difference.

I was distraught.

Not only was I shaken up by the ordeal, but I now had to get a new vehicle with no money to put down. I also still owed money on my old car. I could dwell and dwell on this, so instead I made the conscious decision to take my problems to the Lord. My circumstances were telling me that I was in a worst position than before. The enemy was trying to stop me from getting the message from the master class. The enemy took my car, but my cousin had a spare that I was able to use. I stayed prayed up, and God blessed me with a better and safer car for my family. God allowed me to get a much better deal on the car loan than my previous one. God pushed me to sign up for the program that resulted from the master class, and I’m already seeing results. I put in some more hours at work to cover what was left to pay on my old loan, and to my surprise, God blessed me again.

I received a letter from the car loan company telling me that my account was closed and paid in full. Hallelujah! I thanked God because I knew it was by His will. This was all a couple of weeks ago, so I had thought that the previous car loan was done. This morning when I checked my mail, I had a note from the loan company. One letter was telling me that my account was paid in full, And that they owed me money! The second letter was a check from them. I began to weep as I was reading the letter because it was so unexpected, and I am just so grateful for our Provider.

Today, I urge all of you to stop and give thanks to Him. He takes care of all of our needs, and makes sure that we are not without.

I just wanted to share with you all, that staying steadfast in your faith, is the greatest peace of all.

Pray First

Yesterday I wrote about the importance of giving thanks. I encouraged everyone to pray before leaving their home. Now, you do not have to spend hours praying as some people may have convinced you. All you need is just 5 minutes , it could be 2 minutes, but the important part is that you take time out of your day to connect with God.

Wednesday’s are considered my late nights, I work about 13 hours, so I do not see my son on Wednesday’s. By the time I get home, he is already fast asleep, and honestly it kills me that I’m missing out on quality time with him.

But per my habit, I prayed to the Lord first thing, and you know what? He made it so that I could be home. My coworker took my later activities, so that I could be home.

This may not seem like a lot, but I did not ask my coworker to do this for me. Because I put my faith in God and trust Him, He looks out for me.

So, try to make it a habit to spend time with Him. And I want you to write down small wins of the day to remind yourself that He is with you too.