Friday, May 31, 2013

a random post about what's going on in my life

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Things around here have been pretty steady. There isn't any big news to report or anything major taking place. Just the same 'ole, same 'ole.

Last weekend we moved Eli into Isaac's room at night. I had to move his bedtime up by half an hour so it would match up with Isaac's (8pm). I thought I could also eliminate his 3rd nap during the day, because this is about the same time that I did that with Isaac, but he just isn't ready. That kid loves his sleep and can't go more than 2 hours in between a nap without becoming Mr. Cranky-pants. So, 3 naps it will stay! Really though, I'm okay with that.

How is it going with the 2 little roomies, you ask? Fabulous! Isaac enjoys having his brother in the room with him and Eli sleeps so solid that even during the nights when Isaac randomly wakes up, opens and slams his door, Eli sleeps right through it. And in the mornings, when Isaac gets up at 6:30, Eli will still sleep until at least 7. So things are working really well.


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It's supposed to hit the 100's here this weekend and I am not at all looking forward to that. But, I can't complain too much because the entire month of May was in the 80's and 90's and that's almost unheard of for Vegas. Last night was the first night we closed the windows and turned the A/C on while we slept. I've been enjoying the fresh air at night, but it looks like we'll be saying farewell to that until at least October.

Over the weekend I went shopping and bought this momma some new skinny jeans. It's been probably 8 years since I've bought a new pair of jeans. It was time. And thanks to my mom for the Kohl's gift card! I highly recommend the Lauren Conrad skinnies and the Elle skinnies. Both fit perfectly.

Someone recently found his thumb. Thankfully it only finds it's way into his mouth when he's tired and ready to sleep or when he just wakes up. While it has to be the cutest thing in the world, I'm not very happy thinking about what it's going to be like to try and break that habit down the road.

Untitled We're still house hunting. But honestly, the market here is a bit discouraging. Prices are low, but inventory is even lower. Basically what happens is that the homes we can afford are being bought up very quickly by hedge funds who are willing to pay $10-$15,000 over the value. And that's just crazy to us. And it's not something we're even remotely willing to do. So, if it's the Lord's will for us now, then it will happen. If it's not, then we'll wait. And we are completely okay with waiting.

Did I tell you we got a Nutribullet? We love that thing!! I'm definitely getting way more veggies in my diet during the day because of it. And I know all the infomercials say it, but seriously, you can tell a difference within a week. Get one now.

In March I accepted the position of Director of Nevadans for Life. And yesterday I had a meeting with a couple of ladies here in Vegas that I will have the pleasure of working with in that endeavor. I can't tell you how excited I am to see how the Lord is going to use this organization to change this city. I'm flying out to Dallas at the end of June for the National Right to Life Convention and I know I'll be coming home with a zillion ideas I'll want to get started on immediately. I cannot wait for that. In the mean time, I'm still in need of financial support to get there. If you want to help, the details are here.

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So that's life right now. Our days are simple: lots of time outside, attempting to soak up as much sun before it becomes unbearable, playing daily with Isaac's new train set, afternoon dips in the pool and lots of snuggles with my chubby baby.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

send me to Texas

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You know me. You know how pro-life I am (if you don't, read a few posts in that link). I know without a doubt that the Lord has placed a very specific calling upon my life: to save the unborn, to minister to their mothers and to work toward making abortion unthinkable in this city, this state and this country. 

I would say that it all began some time in high school. I attended a youth evangelism conference in 2001 and visited the Rock for Life booth. It was there that my eyes were, for the first time, truly opened to what abortion is. I bought a pro-life shirt and a patch for my backpack and proudly sported both at school. And they triggered discussions with other kids. It was then that I began to defend the unborn.

During my junior and senior years of high school I decided to earn my Girl Scout Gold Award (yes, I was still in Girl Scouts. don't judge. I'm awesome). For my project I wanted to do something to help one of the local crisis pregnancy centers here in Las Vegas. My project had to be something that would continue on even after I was done with it. What I didn't realize was that God was going to hold me to that. In fact, it wouldn't just be that my project would continue on without me, but that He was going to continue to use me in the same ministry. 

When I was 19, I became a peer counselor for that same crisis pregnancy center. I went through my training and was only able to counsel for less than a year before Ben and I moved from Las Vegas to Oceanside, CA in 2007. But I immediately began volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center in Vista, CA. I counseled there for several years, both in the center and on their mobile RV unit. I also had the opportunity to work on the planning committee for 2 of their fundraising banquets, train other volunteers and in 2010 I joined the Board of Directors. I sat on the board for about a year before Isaac was born and our family of 3 moved to Texas.

While in Texas, I took a bit of a hiatus from pro-life ministry. We still supported the local crisis pregnancy center and I continued to write about the tragedy of abortion on my blog, but I wasn't physically involved in ministry for over a year.

Last summer, we moved back to Las Vegas. I was pregnant with Elijah and not sure how I would ever have time to get involved again. But I wanted to. Ben and I had been dreaming up an idea to open a combination Pregnancy Center, Birth Center, Maternity Home somewhere. I still believe that is the end goal and we are still believing God to bring it to fruition. But in the mean time, God has led me to a new opportunity. Something that I had never even considered. But I know the calling was from Him and in March of this year, I accepted the position as director of Nevadans for Life; a small, fledgling, pro-life organization in Nevada. 

This organization is in the beginning stages. I have a million ideas of where I want it to go and how I want it to make a difference in Las Vegas, Southern Nevada and really the entire state. But baby steps people, baby steps.

One of the steps I would like to take this summer is to attend the National Right to Life Convention in Dallas. The conference is June 27-29. And to be completely honest, we can't afford for me to go. But at the same time, I feel like we can't afford for me not to go. I know it would be an incredible opportunity to help get Nevadans for Life off the ground so that we can get to work, helping to make abortion unthinkable in this state and this country.

So now I've finally gotten to my point: I need your help in sending me to this convention. I've done the math and I need roughly $920 to attend the 3 day conference. If you would like to sponsor me, with any amount, please contact me by way of email: thisjessibridges[at]yahoo[dot]com. Seriously, any amount will help.

Update: You can donate directly to Nevadans for Life and all donations are tax deductible. Make checks out to Nevadans for Life and send to: Nevadans for Life P.O. Box 60416 Las Vegas, NV  89160

And if you can't support me financially, consider praying for me and for Nevadans for Life and for the end of abortion. I am convinced that prayer is the most important tool we have to abolish such a horrific thing. Actually, nothing we do in this fight will matter unless we bathe it in prayer. 

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 1 Chronicles 7:14

Thank you for your support in this. Every little bit will help. And I hope that you know, you aren't just helping me get to Texas, you are helping save the lives of babies and helping minister to their mothers. Your money, your prayers will work to end abortion.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

the past 6 months

Elijah turned 6 months last week. I cannot get over how different he looks from just 6 months ago. I don't think Isaac changed that much so fast. He went from a scrawny little newborn into a hefty, healthy baby (you just can't beat mama's milk!). And oh man is he cute and cuddly and happy! He has got to be the sweetest baby ever. I just love him so much!

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and just for fun, here are some of my favorite outtakes

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Monday, May 20, 2013

i believe in...

i believe in God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
i believe that we are saved by grace alone through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross
i believe in redemption
i believe that all life begins at conception
i believe that every single individual life is valuable beyond measure and deserves respect and protection
i believe in breastfeeding
i believe in breastfeeding in public
i believe in natural birth
i believe in trusting your body through the labor process
i believe in trusting God, the Creator of your body and your baby, through the labor process
i believe in eating real food
i believe in homemade meals around the table with family
i believe in meal planning
i believe in God's plan for every human being
i believe in encouraging people to pursue their God-given purpose
i believe that children truly are our greatest resource, so we need to stop killing them
i believe that children truly are our greatest resource, so we need to disciple them from birth
i believe women are created to nurture life
i believe that the best thing a woman can do is be a excellent wife and a wonderful mother, all for the glory of God
unless she is called to singlehood, then i believe that she should use her singlehood for the glory of God
i believe in stay-at-home-motherhood
i believe in stay-at-home-wifehood (i don't think that's a word, but i just made it one)
i believe in making up words
i believe in owning guns
i believe in exercising our liberties
i believe that at one point, God truly did bless this nation but we have screwed things up royally
i believe in parental rights
i believe in homeschooling
i believe in the freedom to make your own decisions
i believe in personal responsibility for those decisions
i believe in truth
i believe God

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ten things that make me really happy

Alot of bloggers are participating in the Blog Every Day in May challenge. I am not. 

But, I read through the prompts and a few jumped out at me so I just may join in here and there for the rest of the month.

Today's prompt is 10 things that make you really happy. They are...

Ben
Isaac
Elijah

an overcast morning, with a cool breeze that smells like the ocean

ice cream chocolate chip cookie sandwiches

the smell of my kitchen (and house) after I've cooked a meal

a homemade meal

turning up the radio in my car as loud as I can stand it when my favorite song comes on, and singing at the top of my lungs

a finished project

that moment when, after having read a piece of scripture a million times before, the Holy Spirit reveals something completely different and totally relevant

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

anniversary and birthday weekend recap

Every year, the weekend around April 24 and 25 is always a fun one. We get to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday together. It's the best.

This year we celebrated 9 years of marriage and my birthday, but I won't tell you which one. On Thursday, my mom brought over a giant birthday cupcake and a gift for me on her way home from work. Isaac was SO excited to eat it, but we told him he had to wait until daddy got home. The second Ben walked in the door he ran to the refrigerator to get it. We put a candle on it and they sang "Happy Birthday" to me. For dinner that night we went to Smashburger; my request. 

The whole week Ben had been telling me to pump so we could do something on Saturday. He said I needed enough milk to leave the baby for 24 hours. side note: do you know how hard it is to pump enough milk for 24 hours in a single week when you hardly ever, ever pump? He had planned a complete surprise and I actually had no idea what it was.

Saturday morning we loaded up the car, dropped the kids off at Ben's aunt and uncle's house (where 2 boys would be watched by a total of 8 people while we were away). We headed out, kid-free, for the next almost 24 hours. First we hit up a food truck festival for lunch. Then we headed over to check into our hotel. 

We spent the day at the pool, reading, relaxing and eating. We had dinner at the Elephant Bar and walked around the shops nearby. Then stopped for frozen yogurt on the way back to the hotel. We had drinks at the hotel bar and toasted to our 9 years. We slept all night without keeping an ear out for the kids and woke up rested. About 8:30, we headed over to pick them up and head home. When we got home, my birthday gift was waiting for me, a Nutribullet! People, I am so excited about this thing, I can't even tell you!

Later that day we took the boys to the pool because there were signs all over the mailbox that the pool is now open and heated! Yay! It was Eli's first time. He didn't have much of a reaction either way. Just too stinkin' cute in his bathing suit. I was really hoping to get him in it before he grew out of it. He just won't slow down! And thankfully (because it's going to be 100 degrees on Monday), it still fits and probably will for couple more months.

That night we went to my parents' house for dinner and dessert. My dad grilled hamburgers and we spent the evening with my family. I got to open a few more presents and eat a cupcake and ice cream.

It was definitely a busy and fun weekend of celebration. I'm so thankful for my husband and both of our families.

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