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I love looking back on a year about to close. I love reflecting on the joys, knowing that the sorrows of the year are behind me (phew!) and praising God for all that He has done through it all. Some years I am relieved to say goodbye to and others I wish would linger a little longer. Like this year for instance…I like to refer to it as “the year of Jake”. We started the year announcing a new life that would be joining our family, God taught us a lot as we once again saw His faithfulness through a pregnancy scare, we welcomed Jake in the middle of the year, and after enjoying all those baby snuggles we ended the year by celebrating Jake’s first Christmas. While there definitely were ups and downs and I am hoping for a little more sleep in 2015, it doesn’t get much better than that. Praise God for a year full of so much life and joy!

Now it is time to look ahead. Honestly, I always kind of dread the start of a new year. All around me there is excitement and talk of fresh starts, resolutions, new goals, a hope-filled word, or dreaming big in the year ahead. But January and February tend to be months that I struggle through. It’s nothing horrible, just a lot of trudging through hard memories and grief that creep back in with the turn of the calendar year. The calendar finally turns to March, I make it through another birthday without my daughter, I see glimpses of Spring ahead, and I feel like I can breathe a little easier again. It’s so hard to explain. And I won’t try. I know there are some of you who will be experiencing new life and great joy in this new year and I am praising God along with you. But others of you are facing this new year dealing with a miscarriage and grieving the little life that should have been, or learning how to do life and move forward without someone you love and miss like crazy, or getting a diagnosis that is threatening to rock your world, or just pulling a lot of hurt and disappointment along with you from the year we just closed. My heart has been aching for you. It only takes a minute to look around and see that this year, this year of new beginnings, is already full of heartache for so many. And while I am not trying to put a downer on the newness that January brings I am reminded that there is so much uncertainty in this world. Thankfully we don’t have to dwell in that uncertainty or fear as we wonder what this new year will hold.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4

I love the verse in John because while it acknowledges the very real pain that most of us will face, that is not the end…praise God! Take heart! There is Someone who has overcome the world for us. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus has conquered sin and pain and death. We can look forward with anticipation because true hope and peace lie ahead because of Jesus. And while this year might be full of uncertainties this verse reminds me of an unchanging God who has overcome the world. Not a God that might overcome the world but a God who HAS overcome the world. Change is hard. Uncertainty is hard. But I am so thankful that I can sink my feet firm and secure in my unchanging God. The Rock eternal. True peace in this crazy world is found in Him alone.

I am right there with you setting goals and longing for growth as we start fresh, but I don’t want to try to “define” what this year is going to look like for me. Instead I want to dig deep into knowing the God who made me and knows me and seek to work alongside Him in His plans for my life. I want a steadfast mind that trusts in the Lord. More important that eating better, or learning a new skill, or whatever else…my first goal is to be in God’s Word daily, getting to know my Savior a little better this year. Finding my worth and security and peace in Him, not in what I can accomplish on my own. Allowing Him to guide me in the decisions and plans I make. And standing firm on the Rock when the troubles of this world threaten to knock me down.

Do you want to commit to dig deeper into God’s Word this year? I put together a little list of a few ways to do just that:

1. If you have been reading this blog very long you know my love for Bible Study Fellowship I have learned so much about how to study God’s Word from BSF. And my kids love it too! Their children’s program is fantastic. I can’t think of anything better than learning God’s Word alongside my kids. I know that my BSF group is taking new people in January. So, if you are looking for a Bible Study to start in the New Year check out the website to find a BSF near you and get started! We start up again on Wednesday…which reminds me that I am behind on my lesson!

2. There are some great Bible reading plans out there. I like the ones from The Navigators. How about reading through the Bible or reading through the New Testament this year? Check out the Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan, Book-at-a-Time Bible Reading Plan, or the 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan. I noticed that most of these plans are available on the Bible app which makes it really easy to keep track of your reading each day.

3. Speaking of reading through the Bible…remember the She Reads Truth Advent study I talked about last month? Well, She Reads Truth has come out with their own read through the Bible in a year plan. The Bible in a Year is free on the She Reads Truth app and you can keep track of your reading right on your phone. She Reads Truth also has other studies available to purchase for $1.99 if you are wanting to focus on studying one book of the Bible at a time. I have only done the Advent study but they all look so good!

4. If you are looking for a study to do on your own or maybe with a Bible study group I love the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series by Nancy Guthrie. This series does such a great job of showing you God’s plan from the beginning, woven all throughout the pages of Scripture. I have done the first two studies and was so thankful how they helped me move from seeing the Old Testament as a bunch of Sunday School stories to seeing that even the Old Testament is all about Jesus and God’s great rescue plan that started from the very beginning.

5. Do you think this all sounds great but you really don’t know where to start with reading your Bible or having a daily quiet time? I’ve been there too. Women of the Word and A Place of Quiet Rest have both been really helpful in guiding my quiet time and learning how to dig deep into God’s Word. I highly recommend them both!

Now, ideally I would have posted this before January 1…but obviously that didn’t happen. The good news is that it is never too late to commit to being in the Word. Start now!

And please tell me…how do you plan to go deeper in God’s Word this year?

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  • Haley F - Perfect timing for this post! I literally spent 2 hours yesterday searching for a good mommy/women bible study book/guide after feeling convicted to get more intimate with the bible. After reading your post, I realized one of the books I added to my cart was the Women of the Word. I guess I know what I need to do now…

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  • Jody - I totally get what you are saying. For me December is the month that is hard. Some years it is easier than others. This past one wasn’t.

    This year I’m planning to read the Bible everyday. Hopefully I’ll get through it all, but just developing the habit and the hunger is my true goal.ReplyCancel

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  • Emily - I didn’t know that you went to BSF too! This is my fourth year and I love it!!! I’m always inviting new friends to come along and try it. Of course, those that actually come love it too! Someday if I’m blessed with children, I want them to be in the children’s classes too. I love volunteering in those classes and always learn so much from the kids!ReplyCancel

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  • Keri - Hi Jess,

    I have been reading your blog for years, and your post really spoke to me. I just received a diagnosis that my healthy, happy 10 year old son has Tourette’s Syndrome. A diagnosis that rocked our world. I weep when I think about the hard road ahead of him.ReplyCancel

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  • Kimberly - I love your blog and how your unwavering faith is always at the forefront. Thanks for all your Bible Study suggestions! I am wondering if you have any good resources for Bible Studies with kids? I’ve read the Beginner’s Bible countless times to my kids, and I have the Jesus Storybook Bible which I love, but think it’s a little wordy for my busy 1 year old. I would love to switch it up a little, but not really sure what resources to use. Help?ReplyCancel

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  • Danielle - Beautiful post, Jess! And thank you for all of the great resources! I’m actually nearing the end of “The Bible in 90 Days” program. Although, honestly, it’s taken me longer than 90 days…chemo-brain makes it impossible some days to concentrate and/or comprehend. However, I have LOVED reading about Jesus’ healing power while experiencing it for myself! Prayers and love to your beautiful family! And continued prayers, especially for strength, during the next few months. Love, Danielle ps…Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Mary Ann - My plan this year is to study the New Testament…His words, His life, His sacrifice for me and for all of us. I was talking to a friend at work. He asked me what I thought was an odd question: “How do you always stay so upbeat and happy?” I had a hard time answering. Part of it is who I am…happy, upbeat, positive but part of it is going through loss (my husband and both parents in 7 months in 2008/2009) but it’s more than that. I have a 4-year-old grandson. I try to look at life through his eyes and his life, which as your know is full of adventures, laughing, having fun. It’s hard for me comprehend losing a child but I still feel that sting at the loss of my husband. It’s not the same but it still gives me a little bit of understand on how hard these next few months are for you. My friend told me of some of his heartaches with his twin girls. He lost one twin at age 9 years. The other twin sister is living but also had great challenges in her young life. He then asked me to come to his office. He gave me two prints of the Savior. One is called “Compassionate Christ” and the other is called “Healing.” The originals were painted by his wife. The healing one is so beautiful. Christ is standing by the Sea of Galilee. He has his hands together, kind of cupped like you could put something in them. This man’s wife was inspired to paint this one because of a conversation she had with her daughter (the living twin). She told her daughter to think of each trial or hardship as a big rock. Then picture handing that rock to the Lord. If we do our best and do everything in our power to trust and love the Lord, then we can give our troubles to him…one rock at a time. He is afterall, the Rock of our Salvation. He can heal us like nothing or no one else can. I wish for you to have a wonderful year, seeing your boys grow and develop, having fun adventures, and that you are all healthy and happy. I love your photos and your words are always very wise. You have learned something so miraculous…how to empathize with the heartaches of others. You see beyond yourself and understand in a very real way that everyone has sorrow and heartache but you know there is a way to overcome and heal. Take care my young friend. My thoughts will be with you these next few months where Cora will of course be in the forefront of your thoughts. I hope sweet peace washes over you as you think of that lovely baby and how much she taught you and how much love you have for her. The love never ends.ReplyCancel

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  • Ranee - Thanks for this post..so many good options out there! I am really loving She Reads Truth…I started their studies last year and this year, decided to get the study pack to go along with them and am loving them so much…I would highly recommend them! Also, I loved reading this post and how you welcomed Baby Jake–we are expecting a new baby at our house too–due this July 27!! :)ReplyCancel

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Christmas card design by Katygirl Designs, Photos by Gina Dreher Photography

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  • Mary Ann - Hi Jess. A belated Merry Christmas to you and Happy Happy New Year. Your photos are so darling. Your boys….well, I can’t even put into words how adorable they are. I hope your Christmas was wonderful. May the Lord continue to watch over you and bless your family. May He bring peace into your life and joy as you go about raising those cute boys. I admire you so much.ReplyCancel

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  • amy - These pictures are just perfect! Too cute! Merry Christmas to your sweet family! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda - Absolutely precious!
    Merry Christmas!!ReplyCancel

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  • Stefanie - I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!ReplyCancel

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  • Amie - Thanks soooooo much for the sweet Christmas card! Always love seeing your family! So…. Epic Fail for me…. I didn’t get cards sent out this yearReplyCancel

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The winner of the $100 DaySpring credit is:

Alisha…I absolutely love these! I also love how you decorate your home. I think I’d do our last name OR grace… as a reminder to give it to each other and ourselves! Oooh – I also like the idea of our hour number… maybe in our entry way. So many fun options.

Thank you, Alisha…and congrats! Have fun picking out your letterpress blocks. You should have an email from me in your inbox.

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Have you seen the new Letterpress Blocks from DaySpring? They are so fun! letter blocks

I got to choose a few of my favorite words to display around my home. It was so hard to decide!

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I ended up with STAY. Joel and I have been talking about how we want to make sure we keep inviting people into our home even during this crazy time in our lives. We are so tired and overwhelmed sometimes and it would be easy to become inward focused (especially for a hermit like me). So this is such a good reminder to have around our house. We want people to come into our home, feel loved and known, and STAY awhile. Who wants to come over? IMG_3472new

I had to get a 6 too. I love having numbers around our home to represent our growing family. A simple six is a way to include Cora…and I love that.

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And JOY for Christmas. So thankful that we can have true JOY in Christ no matter what the circumstances this holiday season bring.

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There are a few favorite words that you can purchase as a set if you are a bad decision maker. Haha. But I love the ‘build your own word’ interactive site. It allows you to choose your letters and letter size and see how they look together. I am such a visual person so I really needed this!

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I love the idea of giving these as a gift. Here are some fun ideas…the year a family was established…a house number…a family name…attaching an initial to the top of a gift…a favorite word…a word for the new year. You could do so many things!

So how about a giveaway so you can build your own words too?! DaySpring is generously giving away $100 credit to one of my readers.

Giveaway Details:

$100 DaySpring gift card

ONE winner chosen at random

ONE entry per person

Giveaway ends Wednesday, December 17 @ 10PM (CST)

To enter, visit DaySpring

Then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me what word/number/phrase you would build with your letter blocks.


And if you are still trying to get some last minute Christmas shopping done these would be perfect for so many people! You still have time to order and get them before Christmas…and it would even be personalized! Use code 30MACS to get 30% off the letterpress blocks at DaySpring. Discount good for letterpress blocks only. Discount expires at NOON tomorrow (December 17, 2014). And don’t forget you can get free shipping on orders over $50.

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  • kasey - What a fun giveaway! I would love the number 5 for our family and maybe “H” for our last name.ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa - Love this-would get my last name :)ReplyCancel

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  • Janelle - Love this! We just moved…I would get our new house number.ReplyCancel

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  • Rachel - Cute! I would get our last name!ReplyCancel

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  • Angie - I would also pick a 6 to represent our family. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

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  • Carley - That’s hard to decide! I’d go with “Be Still.” (Not sure if you can do two words…but I’m going for it!) It’d be a great reminder to be present and stop just going and going and going.ReplyCancel

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  • Shannon - I would either get our last name or 4ReplyCancel

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  • Erin C. - So pretty! I would do the number 6 because we are a family of 5, hoping to adopt soon.ReplyCancel

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  • Liana - I would do Shine, Grace or Est. 2002!ReplyCancel

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  • C Rassi - I would get our last name, but I also love your stay.ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle D - Love these! I would get our last name, or Est.2003. Merry Christmas to you and your precious babies!ReplyCancel

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  • Maria Goins - I would probably get our last name and est 2004. Or a random word :)ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley - Love the #5 for our family size and the letter W for our last name. :) Cute idea.ReplyCancel

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  • Julie Anderson - I love letters and numbers too! I’d get “Malachi 3:10″ to put somewhere in our home. That verse has had a special meaning to our family this year.ReplyCancel

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  • chrissi - i love the stay. i would choose hope. trying to remind my family never to give up hope.ReplyCancel

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  • Christi {Jealous Hands} - What a fun giveaway! I would lov to have a 4, or the date our fam was established (1998) or ‘gather’.ReplyCancel

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  • Cara - Probably our last name plus a 3. Love this!ReplyCancel

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  • Cristin Thurman - I would love to have the “shine” letters! Let your light SHINE!ReplyCancel

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  • Katie D - Great ideas! I like having our family’s first initials on our mantle- Tkecl. Might look funny to some but I would love it. I would also like a 7 to include our little ones that have gone before us.ReplyCancel

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  • Alisha - I absolutely love these! I also love how you decorate your home. I think I’d do our last name OR grace… as a reminder to give it to each other and ourselves! Oooh – I also like the idea of our hour number… maybe in our entry way. So many fun options.ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda Stan - I would get either ONE (for we are one family) or I would get TRUTH (for always tell the truth). Love these!ReplyCancel

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  • Anne - Hope! These are amazing!!ReplyCancel

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  • Jen - I love these! I would love to have our last name and a 4 . . . or possibly my boys’ names for their rooms.ReplyCancel

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  • Meggie - My last name!ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - FamilyReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth Hadsall - be still or stayReplyCancel

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  • Leah - I kind of like the 4 idea or our last name…ReplyCancel

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  • Mindy - I would get our house number!!ReplyCancel

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  • Sara - I’d love to have “When oceans rise” on my wall!ReplyCancel

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  • Carrie M - I would have such a hard time choosing – probably est. 2006 or our last name or our new address in a house we plan to be in for a long time. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley J - I would love a 5 but I would also love something like stay or dwell- just a reminder to enjoy our time together.ReplyCancel

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  • Christie Otts - I’d love 6 because we are soon to be a family of six after our Africa girl comes home! : )ReplyCancel

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  • Kendra - Cute! I would choose the word “gather.”ReplyCancel

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  • Hannah - I would love TRUST to remind us all to TRUST in HIMReplyCancel

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  • Liesel - I would get the word Treasure because it would be a good reminder to store up treasure in heaven and not here on earth.ReplyCancel

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  • Dannon - I would get our last name or our house numbers….or maybe both! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Jennifer Barela - These are beautiful. I would get the word genuine because I think it’s so important and it would be a good reminder. :)ReplyCancel

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  • Tiffany Milne - Gratitude….Our loving God has blessed our family richly we have four womderful children and this year especially we made it through a rough twin pregnancy and welcomed two healthy boys! I’m beyond grateful for them, their older brother, sister, and Daddy!! Merry Christmas Macs, and thank you, this blog fills me so much as Momma and a beliver!ReplyCancel

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  • Lynn - I would get “still.” That is my word for 2015. Be still and rest in the Lord.ReplyCancel

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  • Andrea - I would get a number 4 to represent our family with our newest additIon or the year our family was established! Thanks so much for the giveaway!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah - Id seen these on the website but somehow missed that you could customize your own words-what a great idea! I love the word JOY, not just for Christmas time but all year round. Id hang it right above my daughters violin stand.ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle S - This is a great idea… they would look perfect in our entryway by our front door! I would love Est. 2005 because in April we will be married 10 years our wedding was one disaster after the next from the photographer forgetting a lens, to a DJ that showed up without the 50 songs I handpicked then calling my husband by everyone in the bridal parties name but his… I cried our first day on our honeymoon but soon to be 10 years and two kids, many surgeries later..I learned never to sweat the small stuff in life.. Those are just little things…ReplyCancel

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  • Erin - So neat, love your decor! I’d choose Shine.ReplyCancel

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  • Jody R. - Definitely the ampersand and maybe pray or shine. I also liked your joy, though.ReplyCancel

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  • Amber - I love the idea of EST2007 for the year our little family began! I amtrying to update some things around our home and freshen up and these would be perfect! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Marquis - I want the est in 2010 ! Really I want them all!ReplyCancel

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  • Melanie @ Whimsical Creations - Love “Shine”! Thank you for the chance to win! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Aly - I think I would go with hope.ReplyCancel

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  • Megan M - I love the idea of year we were married, then our last name and the number 5 for the people in our family!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristi - I love these blocks! I think I would do Shine or Grace. Love your 6!ReplyCancel

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  • Tina - I would LOVE to do the house numbers! We took down our 70s style numbers last year when we moved here and we put up bigger lights by the door–the old ones didn’t fit. Darn. :) And a year later, still no numbers on the house, just the mailbox by the curb. We really need to do that…ReplyCancel

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  • Krystal Luaces - Ooooh! I played around with my husband and my initials (J and K) and our last name, moving up some of the letters of our last name up and wanting to turn sideways one of the blocks with a design on it for them to sit upon. Thanks for sharing all of these really neat items!

    Praying for you and your family, especially missing Cora!

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  • Jessica - I might do “JP”, which are the first and last initial of all five of us in our family.ReplyCancel

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  • Amy Sooley - I LOVE these!!! They would look great as my house numbers! 1725!!ReplyCancel

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  • Krista kanode - Love these! I would choose Grace or redeemed. They both speak my heart at this time in life. All Bc of Jesus.ReplyCancel

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  • Jamie Bender - I want to get an est 2005…it’d be perfect for celebrating ten years next year.ReplyCancel

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  • Amy Sooley - Love these!!! Would get our house number!ReplyCancel

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  • E - Love these! I would get 5 for our family or our first initial of our last name.ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsey Jo - how fun! i think i’d do ‘happy’ or ‘5’ for our family :)ReplyCancel

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  • Hollie - I would love to have “hope” as a great reminder.ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda - i would get “joy”. It’s part of on if my favorite verses.ReplyCancel

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  • Lori Hammond - I would do 4hamms for my family!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kristy - I would love to win! I would get the word “JOY” or “BLESSED”.ReplyCancel

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  • Kelli Kelly - I would get the statement– Represent Him Well
    I want this to be made and hung near my door. A great reminder when I walk out every time to represent God in everything I am doing. Make positive choices, have patience, etc.ReplyCancel

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  • Jenn - i love typography and these are too cute! i would probably choose a 4 or “happy”ReplyCancel

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  • Toni :0) - I would do R and T and 1993 for when we got married. It started everything that’s beautiful in our life right now.ReplyCancel

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  • Katie - Oh my goodness these are so cute!!!
    I would also do 6. For the same reason as you and your little family. We lost a little girl to Trisomy 13, and I LOVE that idea. I’d also get “HOPE” – because her life gave us hope, too.

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  • Jennifer Dewing - I love the “grateful” sign, for that’s exactly what I am: grateful for all the Lord has given us. And the word “shine”, for it is a wonderful reminder to “let our light shine before men, so that our Father in heaven gets the glory” (my paraphrase). Plus, I love the look of them!ReplyCancel

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  • Donna Coffeen - I think the word Grace would be nice, or maybe Cozy, or maybe our last name or house numbers.ReplyCancel

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  • Kristin - I would choose “blessed” because that seems to sum our little family up, or the letter S.ReplyCancel

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  • Robin - I think I would choose the word “Us” to add to a wall collage of family pictures! These are so great!ReplyCancel

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  • Jill - I love these! I think I would choose “bless” as a reminder to me to use my words to bless others and also to bless The Lord at all times.ReplyCancel

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  • Kristina - I like “Shine” and “Grateful” ….Or I might build my own :)ReplyCancel

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  • Briana - “Love,” or “imagine” or “sisters” for my girls or….would be hard to choose!ReplyCancel

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  • vicki - totally love these, I would get my address in numbers to go on outside on my garage. Would love to win!ReplyCancel

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  • lucy - I would get the words “My Beloved”ReplyCancel

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  • lynn krestel - I love the word ‘grateful’ or ‘courage’!
    what a great giveaway!!
    thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • Johanna - I chose the word Redeemed.ReplyCancel

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  • Deborah Raney - I would get the word CLASH because it’s the name of my husband’s business and this would look so cool in his home office. I always love the Dayspring features!ReplyCancel

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  • Krista - Love these letters! I would get a B & K for our initials. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • pm - would love to get our family name..ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley L. - I love these! I would get the year my family was established. Great gift idea.ReplyCancel

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  • evelyn Lugo - I would love to get Trust in Him because we so often get swept away with the cares and worries of the day that we forget who really is in control and who we should look up to…HIM.ReplyCancel

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  • ranee - I’m not sure…so many good options. But for sure a number and letter to represent our family and maybe the word hope…I like your idea of stay as well…such a welcoming entryway!ReplyCancel

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  • Rachel N. - I like the number idea…but then I like alot of your decorating ideas…=)ReplyCancel

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  • Miranda - “Just” – my *new* last name! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Liz - Love DaySpring, I think getting my future last name would be very special as we’re planning our weddingReplyCancel

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  • Brooke - I would get the ampersand. I love the punctuation and how it means there is more to come.ReplyCancel

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  • Erin Ellis - I would build the words “Happy” and also “Family”. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
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  • Christina - These are great. I would get the year my family was established.ReplyCancel

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  • Cassie - These are so cute! I really like the ‘JOY’ for Christmas, but I also love the idea of customizing something that could be used the whole year…maybe ‘LOVE’ or our last name? So hard to choose! Thanks for the fun giveaway!ReplyCancel

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  • Jen - I would love to get either our last name or “Est. 2006″ for our living room!ReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth - I can’t decide!! I am thinking Hope, NEGU (never ever give up), or 28 ( I went into cancer remission on January 28, 1993. I had cancer as a child so this day is always so special to me.)ReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth - I LOVE these! I would do “dream big “ReplyCancel

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  • Kim - These are adorable! I like the idea of the word ‘NOEL’ for Christmas, but I also would like my house number. Thank you for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

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  • Stacey M - I would pick the word GRACE as it is my motto to live my life by.ReplyCancel

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  • Alena - I LOVE those! I’m going to order some for my mother-in-law for Christmas.ReplyCancel

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  • Tanya - I love these, I would do “Blessed”ReplyCancel

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  • Jenn - I love these. I would either get Grateful or our last name!ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle S - I would choose an S for our last name as well as a B, M, G and L for our first names and do a collage of our first name letters around the S on our wall. So fun!ReplyCancel

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  • elma - I would get 10 for our little family!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Erin - either faith or 5 :)))ReplyCancel

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  • Sandy Futhey - I would love our Last Name!!ReplyCancel

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  • Sandy Futhey - Our last name!ReplyCancel

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  • Marsha - I would most likely get the number 5 (for 5 granddaughters) and the word mimi (that’s what they call me)!ReplyCancel

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  • Heather S. - What a fabulous giveaway! I’m so enjoying letters/numbers lately. I would choose ” ABIDE”ReplyCancel

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  • Tammy A. - My oldest daughter is getting married in 2015. I would get her new last night!ReplyCancel

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  • Danielle - I would love to get our last name to hang in our entryway.ReplyCancel

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  • Bridge - Faith! I think these are adorable and love the rustic nature, yet sleek.ReplyCancel

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  • Whitney @ It's Gravy, Baby! - Love these! I would choose the word JOY because that is my word for 2015.ReplyCancel

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  • Erin - I would get 5 for our family and joy because I love joy all year round!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa Wolf - Oh, I love these!! I would either get FAMILY, HOME, or the number 5 to represent our growing brood.ReplyCancel

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  • Joni - I would get the word family or love or last name, the options are endless!ReplyCancel

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  • Tara - I think I would either get a 5 for our family or the word ‘hope!’ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa - It’s such a tough choice, i love all things DaySprings. They are our Go-to Gifts for our nieces and Nephew for birthdays and Christmas . I think I would go with our last name, or the #4. Thank you for always sharing and showing us a peek into your beautiful home! Blessings always!ReplyCancel

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  • Brady Wilhelm - Am I crazy or is the s in your ‘stay’ backwards? :) Just wondering if they all come that way! I love the idea of doing the word stay! I think that’s what I would do! Thanks for the wonderful give away!ReplyCancel

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  • Jill - I love the “EST. 1992″ … or maybe just a big W for our family. :DReplyCancel

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  • christy - Our last name, and established date.ReplyCancel

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  • Selena Bragg - What a nice giveaway… I would love the “grateful” word sign. And/or a number five to represent our family. :)

    Have a Merry Christmas, Jess, and thank you for sharing your sweet family.ReplyCancel

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  • Janey - These are darling! So hard to choose — I’d get our last name, our new house number, or “”give thanks”ReplyCancel

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  • Jenna S - These are so cute! I love the pre-made PEACE, but I also love the numbers and a big S!ReplyCancel

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  • Cody - probably a 5 or our house number! So cute!ReplyCancel

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  • Holly moran - I would probably do Established 1995. Fun giveaway!ReplyCancel

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  • Jackie - I would get our last name!ReplyCancel

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  • Kelsey Boyd - So cute! And loving all the ideas in the comments up above :) I would definitely get a 6 to represent my wedding day, 6/6.ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - It’s hard to pick! Maybe ENOUGH or a 5 or our last name or Est. 2008.ReplyCancel

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  • Jen Mc - I’d pick a word for our year…not entirely sure which yet, but maybe “love”…ReplyCancel

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  • MurdocksMama - I LOVE these! An H would be nice, but I HAVE to get 311 to put up at our lakehouse!!ReplyCancel

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  • Cassie - I would start with a 4 and S for our family name and number :)ReplyCancel

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  • Debbie - I like ‘grace’ or ‘peace’.ReplyCancel

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Well, Jake is quickly approaching five months so it seemed appropriate to post his three and four month photos. Haha. Maybe it just accurately represents my life right now. All the months seem to be running together and life often feels like a blur. I was thinking this third child thing wasn’t so bad…what was everyone talking about?? I was doing pretty good, or so I thought. And then it hit. Or maybe the exhaustion just finally settled in. Most days right now I am feeling so tired and overwhelmed. We love our little Jake so much…so, so much. Three Mac boys…crazy little boys running everywhere…such an incredible blessing and a reminder of God’s faithfulness to us. But I am learning that I have to take this three boys gig one day at a time. I have to slow down, enjoy the noise (a house full of little boy joy, right?) and trust that as I choose to seek God first, He will give me the energy I need for that day. I have to keep my eyes on Him. And isn’t that usually my problem?? I get overwhelmed when my eyes start drifting away from Him, the One who sustains my days.

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So here we go. A few of the highlights from Jake’s third and fourth month:

Jake  I  3 months

3 months  I  You took your first tractor ride this month. Your brothers are usually hogging the tractor time so we had to squeeze you in for a few minutes. Next year they are not going to be happy when you actually do want to steal their tractor time!

3 months  I  You slept through the night one time this month…the day after you turned three months, actually. One time and then never again. You still are usually getting up once or twice a night.

3 months  I  For your first Halloween you dressed up as a super hero. Just like your brothers, of course.

3 months  I  Your brothers still love to hold you and they often fight over WHO gets to hold you. You are such a snugly little baby. We all want to hold you!

Jake  I  4 months

4 months  I  You are weighing in at 18 pounds and are 25.8 inches long. Big boy…just like your brothers.

4 months  I  You are wearing size 4 diapers and 3-6 month and some 6-12 month clothes.

4 months  I  Everyone always laughs about how big and chunky you are. So it seems fitting that your dad and brothers have given you the nickname Baby Tiny. It has stuck and now you are Baby Tiny to everyone.:)

4 months  I  You are still not sleeping through the night. I will give you a little slack because you have been fighting a cold and had your first ear infection. Just promise me you will sleep through the night soon, okay?

4 months  I  You saw your first snow! And just as important…you took your first trip to IKEA.:)

4 months  I  We finally moved you out of your bassinet. It was time since you were touching the ends head to toe. We set up your crib in our room, so we are still roommates. I was hoping it would help with the whole not sleeping thing, but no such luck.

4 months  I  You rolled over from your tummy to back. That is big news for a big, chunky boy! You actually like being on your tummy more than any of your siblings ever did. You sit in the bumbo now too. You love watching your brothers. They are a source of constant entertainment.

4 months  I  You found your hands! You even started grabbing at your toys. Pretty soon you will be putting everything in your mouth.

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I was so sad when I started looking for photos for this post. I realized I had only taken a few photos over the past two months! Poor third child…and thank goodness for Instagram!

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Yay for 3 & 4 months…only a few more days and you will be 5 months already!

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  • Disco - Sweet Baby Tiny – he is precious!ReplyCancel

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  • Mary Ann - Oh Jess….he is so adorable. He is quite a pretty baby and so cute. He will bring you great joy. My little grandson (4 yrs old) was a big chunky baby. I called him “Big Giant Baby.” He’s still big for his age. I bought him a size 5 suit for church and promtply took it back for a size 6. AND…he has a big head? What’s up with that? It’s strange because my son is only about 5″6″ tall (short) and my cute daughter-in-law is 4’11” tall (short). Anyway, he a my joy and I’m sure your 3 boys are the same. I think God every day for my grandson. He is my best boy…my love. I found out he was coming a year after my husband, mother and father passed away so you can only imagine what a lovely gift he is in my life. With my grandson’s height, I try to imagine my 6’4″ (very tall) husband telling Jesus, “Send that cute blonde blue eyed little boy to them…that great big giant baby!!” LOL I love your post. You have beautiful children.ReplyCancel

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  • chrissi - such a beautiful boy!ReplyCancel

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  • Jake's a Girl - Absolutely darling! And! I’ve finally found my granddaughter a man if Jake likes older women ! haha. She is 5-months and at 19-lbs and 24″ long. They look so much alike. Her eyes are dark blue and she has black hair that is often in a pebbles-do. They are a perfect match. :D And Jake likes to shop Ikea. What more could a girl want?!

    On the serious side…He is just gorgeous. Those chunky cheeks get me every time. Miss LaLa has a set that could use a stronger neck just to hold them up. ;)

    Merry Christmas!
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  • amber - Oh girl. You are living in what I began to affectionately call the 3rd baby fog;). It will get better! Love seeing your sweet family & that sweet baby grow! Just soak up the moments, because as you well know, they’ll be gone too soon. Thanks for sharing your precious, wild family. It’s so refreshing & fun to see, since I’m in the thick of much of the same!ReplyCancel

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  • traci - I don’t even know you but this baby makes me smile!! One thing for sure, his daddy can not deny him….Jake is definitely a clone of him!!ReplyCancel

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  • Andrea Siebert - yes! something about the 3rd child keeps you from grabbing the camera more-i can relate! :) such a cutie. love those rolls!ReplyCancel

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  • Toni :0) - Now that is a hunka hunka burning love right there! He’s so gorgeous and perfect. Love his photos, they truly make my day. Thank you for sharing him.ReplyCancel

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