Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pictures & A Tiny Update

We were so blessed to be able to get some pictures done recently and instead of posting them all on Facebook, I thought I would share them here. Beware there are a lot of pictures - 37 to be exact! :)

 

I am so incredibly blessed by my beautiful and wonderful family.



Pregnant feet, good thing I got a pedicure ;)



Such a handsome little man we have been blessed with - love him!


This one cracks me up, Elijah was much more interested in playing on the beach and in the sand than he was in taking pictures, in this one he yelled "Stop-it/freeze, bobos" haha from "Go, Diego." Sorry to those of you who have no idea what I am talking about. Either way, it is obvious that he had had enough :)



I love holding hands with my man! Although, we are holding hands kind of oddly in this picture, I think it is because my fingers were starting to swell...haha oh the joys of pregnancy.



 I love this one.



And this one - little sandy booty.




Happy family.





It was SO bright, but I this one still turned out okay, even though we were barely able to keep our eyes open - haha.








Oh goodness he is so cute! LOVE this little boy!!



And we are so excited to meet the next little Moeckl.





He adores his daddy and this makes me so happy.










Some belly shots :)






Kisses!!! Whether he likes it or not...haha



Such a little boy. Love this shot. Oh my heart.


So there you go, hope you enjoyed. A huge shout out to Peacock Photography for these awesome pictures! We love them.

These days we are just awaiting the arrival of our second baby - baby girl Moeckl, Makayla Grace - ahh! We are so excited. I am feeling huge-pregnant, but otherwise okay. We are praying that she makes her debut soon, but in God's perfect timing. And hopefully His timing is early because otherwise my husband will be away for a month of training starting May 4th. He will only be about 4 hours away so depending on how it all goes he may still be able to make it back in time. Either way, please join us in praying that he will be there for the birth. Thankfully, I will have help from my wonderful Mother, sister, and mother-in-law while Ethan is away. We are grateful and excited.

Monday, April 8, 2013

My (VERY) Imperfect Perfect Life

Hello,
My name is Hannah Elizabeth Moeckl, I am a 25 year old soon-to-be mother of two, wife, sister, daughter, friend & nurse (who is currently not working). I am extremely thankful for my life, family & friends. I know I am blessed beyond what I could ever deserve and most importantly I have been redeemed by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All those things make me feel like my life is perfect in many ways, but as far as having it all together and actually being the ideal image that I have of myself, let me assure you, I am FAR from perfect. My life is far from perfect.

The truth is that my house is usually somewhat messy and disorganized, there is almost always laundry that needs to be done and dishes waiting on the counter or in the sink to be cleaned.


There is always a closet, counter or cabinet that needs to be more organized.


There are usually crumbs on the counter and crumbs, dirt and hair on the floors. I sweep - sometimes, and I vacuum when we are having people over. I haven't mopped the floors since we moved in, in October (my sweet, very helpful husband may have mopped a couple times - thank the Lord for him)!! I scrub the bathrooms when they get really/noticeably dirty or when we are expecting company.

I rarely make my bed. I only brush my teeth once a day. I put make-up on only when I am going out of the house and usually just mascara. When I shower (usually every-other to every 2-3 days) I wash my face, and occasionally, I put on more make-up and fix my hair. Most days I am in black yoga pants and a tee-shirt. I am not nearly as in shape as I would like to be, I have (lots) of stretch marks and things that jiggle. I have gained more weight (34lbs so far) with this pregnancy than I anticipated/determined and I am not even done yet. I try to go walking, but right now, that is about it.

Many days my toddler stays in his PJs for the majority of the day.

I make dinner, a few times a week, the rest of the time we eat left overs or we go out/bring food in. I make myself and my kiddo a very healthy smoothy most mornings, but I also have dessert almost every night, and I don't skimp on the treats/snacks throughout the day. I try to limit Elijah's T.V. time, but he usually watches at least a couple shows every day.

I try to be purposeful with my time, but many days when Elijah naps I sit down on the couch with a snack and a show or two. I take quiet time (time with the Lord) most mornings. I am so thankful I have the time and freedom to do this right now, but sometimes I do other things instead, or sometimes it is not nearly as profound or intimate as it could be.

My husband and I try to walk in love and connect regularly, but sometimes we argue as soon as he walks in the door and sometimes we sit and watch a show together rather than expend the energy it takes to connect in other (often better) ways.

So, my sweet friends, sisters, brothers, fellow mothers, all that to say that I DO NOT have it all together. I fail to stick to resolutions or make the "right" choices over and over again. Sometimes I get really down about it, lots of times I like to hide all those imperfections. I am guilty of putting on masks and trying to act like I have it all together or pretending that my failures really don't bother me. Sometimes, I feel completely unworthy and downright shameful. At times, I truly think I have nothing to offer.

BUT, my wonderful, beautiful, amazing Savior keeps reminding me that His GRACE is sufficient for me, and His power is made perfect in my weaknesses.

"And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." II Corinthians 12:9

For this reason, I rejoice in my weaknesses and failures. It reminds me of how desperately I need a Savior, and it allows the Lord to show Himself strong in me/my life.

This exposure of myself is not to make any one feel better or worse about themselves, because, after all, we are not to compare ourselves among ourselves.

"For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." II Corinthians 10:12

Rather, this is an attempt at being raw and honest; An endeavor to point myself and hopefully others to Jesus. To remind us that our worth does not come from what we do, who we are, or how we look. That we are not better or worse for failing to live up to standards that we or others have set. That our life is not more or less perfect based on how clean our house is, how well behaved our children are, or how put together we look. We have value and worth because Jesus says we do, and our life can at least have perfect moments because of the blessings that Jesus has so graciously bestowed upon us.

I want the Lord to continue to challenge me and help me to grow in many areas. And, Lord willing, one day, I will be better and more disciplined in certain areas, but it will only be by His grace and through His strength. In the mean time (throughout the process), I want to be real and honest, because I have discovered that there is so much value in offering yourself JUST AS YOU ARE (today) - to others and to Jesus.