The Moments That Matter Most

Monday, October 24, 2016

With the Church Family Clan spread from the northwest clear to the east coast, it makes getting together difficult. About once a year, everyone's schedules miraculously align and the dates are set. Flights are booked, meals and activities are made (mostly by Grandma Church), and the fun begins! From watching family home videos, to wandering around a muddy pumpkin patch, playing wiffle ball or just talking into the late hours of the night, each moment is truly special.

Having been grafted into the Church Family myself, I have come to appreciate the effort it takes for them to get together.  Sometimes I take for granted the close proximity my family is lucky enough to have, and the time I have to spend with them because of it.

With all the shenanigans we face day-to-day in our increasingly busy lives, one staple we have is family. Family is an important constant as everything else around us is in motion and continuously changing. Jobs, school, sports, friends, are all worthwhile ways to spend our time, but there are things that matter more. 

These are just a few of those moments that matter most!

The Moments That Matter Most:

Welcome Little Church

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Well, here goes nothing! I have been hesitant to start this blog for a while now. My main concern was not wanting to present my life as something it is not. For that reason I am going to try and make sure that each post reflects the real of the real. The true life of the Little Church family.

I thought it would only be fitting to start my blog off by introducing the newest addition to our family:

 Landon Bryce Church

I will keep this post brief as I am sure that all the lovely birthing details are a lot more exciting for me to write about and a lot less comfortable for you to read about!

It was exactly a week before the due date, and I woke up early that morning feeling extremely anxious. Up until then I had been patiently waiting for our Little Church's arrival with no urgency to go into labor. At dark thirty one morning, I rolled over to Bryce and exclaimed: "I'm having this baby today, no matter what is takes!" He laughed it off and, unconvinced, he went back to sleep... I, however, was convinced. I got up and made sure that our bags were completely packed in the car and ready to go (cell phone chargers and everything). I spent the day doing anything I thought would induce labor--only safe methods of course. I even found myself looking at different Chinese medicinal got real! Bryce and I went to the gym as I waddled through my workout, trying to stay active.

When the evening rolled around, my anticipation turned to desperation. Sooo when the sensation came that I had sat in an invisible puddle of water, I made sure whoever was within a 10 mile radius knew, by yelling "MY WATER BROKE!" Bryce was in the next room and STILL not convinced, he yelled back, "Ya Right!" With the small manmade pond in our bathroom as my proof, he was forced to believe me. I had the hospital navigation ready to go in our GPS, because we have been known to get lost going to the grocery store.  We jumped in the car and joked about going to dinner and grabbing a movie on our way.

From that point on, everything went very smoothly, and we felt very blessed. Our little man was born the next morning on July 21st at 7:47 am. Making his advent at a whopping 6 lbs 6 ounces and 18 1/2 inches, Landon greeted the world.  

Landon has been the sweetest little bundle of joy and the perfect addition to our family. For the most part, he is a mild tempered baby who loves to grace us with toots and smiles each day.

Answers to FAQs: 
Yes, he has a ton of hair 
Yes, it is red
No, we don't know where it came from :)

The three of us together just feels so right. 

Photos taken by: (@merryhappyphoto)
by mlekoshi