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A Sweet Saturday

Today was a fun day getting out of the house for the babies and I! My grandma invited us down to Texas City for a German Festival at her church. It was a definitely a cultural experience! (My grandmas dress is so cute, huh!?)  Having fun with the family! Auntie sue and my mom!! 
Sweet love for auntie sue and grams!  We had a good time and the kids did great! 

On the way home, since my mom and I drove together she let me run into the outlet mall to have a 15 minute shopping spree with my birthday money. This, as you know mommies, is a blessing! It's virtually impossible (or I have not figured out the art yet) to go shopping with 2 under 2, so this was great.  The loft outlet is the bomb. I got a 35$ scarf for 7.99, and I got a 20$ shirt for 7.99. Plus this loft is not in the Woodlands, therefore there is a lot of cute stuff on the sale rack! Sales at outlet malls= good deal! 
Lastly, we got gas at Buccees... And we got treats! Mom got her fav. Rice crispy and I got my favorite Dr. pepper…

The Beauty of Fostering...

Getting to share Christ's love; the Worthy One! 
This process for me has been such a whirlwind! At moments, I questioned my calling... Until yesterday when I met baby M's biological mother. 
Jesus put it on my heart to ask my CPS worker if I could meet her after the visit with M at the CPS office yesterday. I knew it HAD to be Jesus because just an hour earlier I was tearing up dropping off what feels like my son to see his mother.  In the hours of waiting for the meeting to be over, I chatted with my sister who was telling me encouraging stories about bio families and foster family relationships! She didn't know that God was speaking through her to tenderize my heart for actually meeting M's biological mother. 
As I waited for my CPS worker to respond to my text, my heart started pounding and then I started tearing up AGAIN. Then the text came back from him saying "yes, we're coming out!" 
So there I was waiting to meet the mother of what feels like my little…

For the JOY set before Him...

Jesus endured the cross. He endured death. Not only death, but humiliation ,shame, beatings, mockings, crucifixion... .so that WE may be saved... So that WE may have eternal life, so that WE may know the Father and have the Holy Spirit. 
It was Christ's JOY to lay down His life for me... For us. And how He endured the suffering was the JOY that was set before Him. He had his eyes FIXED! Not on his present circumstances, but on what was to come, our salvation, His glorification, the Father's will... The Fathers GLORY, honor and praise! 
These past few weeks God has revealed to me that I will not find true joy in motherhood without following the in the footsteps of my Savior... Dieing. To. Me. In order to Bless. These. Babies.  
Dieing hurts... Bad. But it is so good at the very same time because it gives birth to beautiful, heavenly things! 
Receiving 2 bundles of blessings is hard work, and I had no idea how taxing motherhood truly was going to be! 
As I sat outside with my Bible an…

Smiles all around

M turned 1 month today and I got a smile! ❤️❤️❤️  Thankful for this gift! I needed it especially today. 
We also had fun at the Library today! As usual-  L is smiling! She kept trying to eat the crayons. Oh the fun!  ❤️❤️❤️
I'm reminded by the kids this scripture; "A joyful heart is good medicine..." Proverbs 17:22
Seeking a Happy heart in Him,  Lindsey :) 

A Day at Huntsville State Park!

Today our dear friends Ashlee and John invited us to go on a hike at Huntsville State Park; we had a blast! 

Ashlee and I were talking about how just last summer we took a picture like this and we didn't have precious bundles wrapped around us! Crazy what can happen in a year. 
L did really great in our "off-terrain" stroller! She even fell asleep, she's the ultimate trail rider! She's a great sleeper. I thank Jesus for that grace everyday. 

The trail was bumpy but our Eddie Bauer jogging stroller took it like a champ! Impressed. 
After our walk, we went out to the dock. It had a beautiful breeze coming off the water so we just hung out there for a little while. 
The view!  Our little family ❤️ Cute photo.  Our reflection on the water!  We spied an alligator on our way out!
It was a beautiful, cool day and I'm so thankful that the Good Lord gave us a good day out with friends! 
Love,  The Houcks 

The Grace of Thanksgiving

One key I've learned to thrive while being a mommy is being thankful for everything!!!! There are so many things to be thankful for, and if by God's grace, I can notice and lift up a praise of thanksgiving- I sense even more of God's grace to continue on through each task the day brings.  
Some of the things I have been thankful for; 
1. Family & Friends coming over to help me. The first week my dad came over every day to just be a help and support to our quickly changing life! He also got to bond with the babies which was sweet to see! 
He helped me take the kids to their first bio visits! Learning to cart around 2 kids , to 2 different CPS offices in the Houston area is hard and learning to meet all their needs is very challenging, but I'm slowly getting there! Daddyo has been so helpful in the meantime- L loves papa c!  My mom has spent the night a few times which helps me get better sleep! And we worked on the yard together!  When she spends the night and takes…

Brag post

My babies!

Praising God for the opportunity to be their momma for however long He allows! 

Life as a Momma...

Is about The.grace.of.God.

I'm so thankful for His grace for it is indeed my strength, song and sustenance. 
Going from no kids to 2 under 2 is a challenge, but not one that God cannot handle. 
What's funny is I really used to be confident in my ability to work with kids, not until recently have I sensed whatever good is in me, or whatever ability I thought I possessed on my own,  it indeed was Christ and it never was me anyways. 

It's been a humbling season. Even before we got the kids, God was preparing my heart for relying on His strength, thus stripping me of my perceived strength. Once I got off Instagram(for me, instagram and social media become consuming and idols to my heart), my brain/soul was freed to deal with heart issues I didn't know were there; such as trusting God to maintain, keep and sustain me. I can't explain it, but now more than ever I know If I'm going to make it through this life, and take care of these precious souls well, it will be by …

Houck... family of FOUR!

The Lord blessed us last Wednesday with 2 separate calls/cases in a day, a newborn baby "M" and A 14 month girl "L"! We turned into a family of 4 overnight!

meet "L" 
My friend Katie caught a smile on Thursday! I think it was her first!
We received L (the 14 month old baby girl) into our home that very late Wednesday night. It was a tough evening for her because she knew something had happened, that she'd been separated from her family so quickly. When she came Wednesday night she was very somber, didn't smile at al, and I could tell was grieving immensely. Because baby boy "M" was in the NICU for a few days, we got a few days for L to warm up to us and adjust. This was a blessing in the sense that L really needed some bonding time with us. She attached to me quickly, but struggled with Kalen and Neila. Over 2 days, she grew more fond of the other members of the family! :) on Friday, we got a call from the caseworker telling us our baby …

He Holds my Heart Forever: a Declaration!

It's been a hard month full of trust and faith tests from my good Lord Jesus. He is loving me, molding me, shaping me and that sometimes can be so painful. But this sweet... Beyond sweet gift just came in the mail and I about cried. 

This note is what JUST what I needed, and only this mystery person knows how God uses red birds(cardinals) to uplift my spirit and remind me of His love for me especially when I feel unlovable or unworthy of love. This is why the body of Christ is so beautiful. This is why it's ok to let your brothers and sisters in Christ know that you're not okay sometimes. Life is hard. We must walk together hand in hand! Perseverence is a community project! Thank you to my mystery person who blessed my socks off tonight. Thank you Jesus for your faithfulness to us and how You yourself walked through the only fire that could burn us. Now we walk through the fires of life with you and won't be burned, we will come out shining! Like gold! Thank you Jesus f…

And we are....

Licensed to be Foster/adoptive parents! It's surreal + exciting + tad bit scary knowing that our lives are going to change drastically soon! 
We are confident that God who began the good work in us will complete it and teach us to be God-fearing parents; leading His littles ones back to Him!  Please, please continue to pray for us! 

Excited, expectant, & thankful for the Faithful love and grace our Heavenly Father,  Lindsey & Kalen 

Our Missouri Trip

Our summer trip this year was up to see Kalese, Ryan and Jonah in Missouri! We were excited and thankful to finally get to see their hometown. Ryan is a Luetinent in the Army and is stationed in Missouri.

Our first day consisted of us visiting a beautiful park called Meramec Springs in St. James, Missouri. We took the Scenic Route and actually found ourselves at the top of a hill, overlooking the Spring and other hills! 

We also found a cross, which delighted my heart immensely! 

Resting in the shadow of the Cross :) 

After enjoying the scenic hill, we traveled down the hill and had a picnic lunch together in the park. It was very pleasant walking by the spring because the cold water (50 degrees) would give a nice cool breeze as you were walking by. I just couldn't stop thinking about how refreshing/renewing God made His creation. 

Here we are right in front of a crisp, flowing waterfall. I LOVE waterfalls. Like, really like. I don't get to see them very often, so I jumped on …