Update on the Noack’s

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything, so here’s a brief update on what’s been going on in the Noack household. In June we moved back to Michigan, just the three of us. I am working as a teacher and Ryan has found a job working with roofing and restoration company near by. We have been to see both sides of the family already and it is really nice to be able to live closer so everyone can share in the new little life we have been blessed with. School started September 1st for me and I have 14 new little ones to impact this year. I am teaching third and fourth grade again, and am enjoying getting to know my students and learning the differences between Michigan and New Mexico children. Trust me, there are many differences. I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss New Mexico and life on the wonderful Zuni reservation, because both Ryan and I do very much. We miss our Zuni family and all the children so much. But even though some days are a little tough, we are encouraged by the understanding that we have a purpose in this new place and God is going to use us to reach His people just like He was doing there.

On to the topic of babies, little Miss Azaria is doing fabulous. She is a whole 6 months old now and is sitting up better than ever. She is pushing herself up really well when she is on her tummy, and her favorite things to do are chew on mommy and daddy’s fingers, pull her kitty’s fur out, jump in her jumperoo, and eat mommy’s face while pulling out her hair. She loves to stand up, be held like a football, and be thrown in the air. The occasional tummy and armpit tickle will also suffice. Soon she will start eating solid food (well, mushy solid foods), and hopefully those darn toofies will come in already (they’ve been making her extra drooly and in need of things to chew on). She is still in love with her lion binky and refuses to use the new super cute polka dot giraffe binky I bought her to compensate when I need to wash mister lion. So mister lion is awfully dirty at the moment.

Azy is goobering big time, and her favorite songs are booger pie honey bunch (mommy’s rendition of sugar pie honey bunch, sung in a really funny voice, and complete with funny faces) and Jesus Loves Me (sung in both English and Zuni). Now the singing of these songs does not put her to sleep, but, they are the perfect antidote for a screaming child, especially when said child is in the back seat of a moving vehicle and can’t be taken out of her car seat, and mommy and daddy are in the front seat with no access to a bottle (this scenario has played out more times than one and usually has led to a Disney sing along at high volumes.)

We are excited for what is to come and are looking forward to seeing how God plans on using us here in our new home. Don’t worry, there will be more blogs, and hopefully they won’t take as long to be written as this last one has.    

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First Days With the Princess

So today is now Sunday and Azy has been home since Thursday. That’s a whole 4 days with a baby, which I believe is the most amount of time I’ve ever spent consecutively with someone that little. The doctors sent us home telling us that she should eat every 3 hours, so if she is sleeping for more than that, wake her up to feed her. They also informed us of the wonderful fact that infants this small would be in the cluster feeding stage. This means that she would probably want to eat every 30 minutes. All I could think was awesome… so less sleep than I originally thought. Pretty sure my daughter broke the record, she would eat for 2 hours, and then stop. I’d wrap her up to put her down and she would start crying and rooting, telling me, “Mom, jeesh, I’m starving!” That first night was awful!   I think I probably got an hour of combined sleep.

The second night home was also pretty terrible, but I think she was getting the hang of life outside of me a little bit more. I got a whole whopping 3 hours of sleep. Believe it or not, I did feel a little better the next morning. We found out in these first two nights a lot about little Azaria. She HATES to sleep in the pack ‘n play, she is a very strong sucker and now I am very sore. She has the cutest cry you will ever hear, until it turns into a pterodactyl shriek, and then you just want to leave her alone and close the door. I also learned that even through the screaming and crying and my inability to make her stop, she has my whole heart in her hands. She is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, a precious jewel, and I wouldn’t trade life with her for anything in the world.

It is now day 4 for Azy in this big old world, and she won her first small victory last night. She slept in increments of 2 ½ to 3 hours and I only had to wake up to feed and change her 3 times. It was AMAZING!!! I am still tired today, but not nearly as much as in the past.

Last night I prayed over this cute little bundle and asked God to help her sleep, help her be able to be soothed when she cries, and help Ryan and I handle the night. While I was praying I was remembering the meaning of her name, “Yahweh helps,” as well as the psalm my pastor reminded me of, where the Hebrew word “Azaria” appears again. Psalm 121:2 says, “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” All I could think of was, I desperately need you to help us right now, I can’t make her stop the crying on my own, and I certainly can’t make her sleep. Well, wouldn’t you know it, He came through, just like He always does. I think that God gave me this little girl to help me lean more on His strength and not on my own. I haven’t been trusting in Him to provide for me and have been drawing further and further away from him recently, but I feel God’s love and affection in my life now more than ever before. I also feel my love and faith in Him coming back too. If there’s one thing I want everyone to see in this post, it’s that He will help in all circumstances, no matter if they seem silly and minute to us. He will never leave our side, and He has a crazy uncontrollable love for us that will never fade away. Draw closer to Him and you will see your strength return in the tough times.10418273_796714187077336_1536066689410803590_n 10455939_800492396700739_1696990647959082644_n 10525584_801534489929863_3472384954778718316_n 10629628_801405849942727_8407351791575660265_n 11011889_797476680334420_4873891374658192352_n 11046312_797444507004304_1344789152628689341_n 11060843_799432933473352_2773307723038828959_n 11070216_799131973502224_598832330712668384_n 11070525_800289973387648_4367046734867403100_n 11071727_799673123449333_6170134944563356801_n

The Moment Has Arrived!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Ryan and I are sitting here holding our beautiful little girl in our arms. It’s so incredible to gaze upon the miracle that God so graciously blessed us with. When the psalmist wrote the words from the mouth of God that “I knit you together in your mother’s womb and created your inmost being,” I think I am finally beginning to understand the love that He has for us. For the creator of the universe and the God of us all to take the time out of His busy schedule to knit each and every one of us together, not making a single one of us the same, I think that right there shows the greatness and love that He possesses for us.

When I first became pregnant, I had a little bit of an emotional breakdown. Sort of because of the situation that I was in with being pregnant and having to move far away, but mostly because I was terrified that I wasn’t going to even be a good mother. I was staring at myself in the mirror while Ryan was at work and thinking to myself, “What if I do it wrong?” “What if I’m not good enough?” Doubt and self-worth is also one of my big struggles in life and has been since I was a child. As I was crying and looking into that mirror, I closed my eyes and all I could see was a little girl, about 6 years old with long brown hair. I was standing in front of her and she had my face in her hands as she was standing on a stool. She said, “Don’t cry mommy, I love you and I always will.” I then began telling God that I didn’t know if I could do this and I was really scared. I felt like He was telling me, “You don’t believe in my love for you, and you won’t fully understand it until the day that she wraps her finger around yours.” At that point I was telling Him, “Of course I love you, I know that you love me too.” But now that it’s actually happened, and my beautiful baby girl is here, I can see how much He really does love me through her beautiful almond shaped eyes.

As I was lying in bed one morning last summer, a verse that many of you might have heard popped into my mind. Jeremiah 17:8 “He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when the heat comes for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” God was showing me that this child that He was giving me is going to go through struggles in life, as we all do, but that the faith that God would instill in her would not falter when those struggles come. She will be raised up as a mighty warrior in His kingdom and will do many great things. She is a true princess in the Kingdom of God.

Now, for the name. Drum roll please. Her first name, which came to me one warm night here in New Mexico, Azaria. In the book of Daniel there is the very familiar story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Now, these were their Babylonian names, but their Hebrew names were much different. Abednego’s name was Azariah, meaning Yahweh helps. I chose the name Azariah thinking the whole time she was going to be a boy just because of the fact that Azariah was a male in the Bible. However, once we found out she was going to be a girl, I still felt the strong urge to name her Azariah (Yahweh helps). After working on Ryan for a while, he finally warmed up to the idea, with the slight modification of taking out the “h” at the end to make it look more feminine.

Her middle name, Lynn popped into Ryan’s mind a few months ago. We looked up the meaning and it clearly stated, those who stand by the torrent (rushing stream). I thought, how perfect! If her life verse is going to be Jeremiah 17:8 standing firm by the river, and her first and middle name put together means Yahweh helps he who stands by the torrent, they fit perfectly.

These names and meaning show me that our little girl is going to be strong and courageous in the Lord’s army. I know she is marked with a special purpose, and all I can do is pray that Ryan and I can raise her to reach that full potential in Christ.DSCN0075 10418273_796714187077336_1536066689410803590_n

Azaria Lynn Noack born March 10 6:17pm, 5lbs 14.5oz, 19 inches

Life with the Noack’s

Hey everyone.  I’m the kind of person who gets really great ideas, and then after a while, doesn’t keep up with it.  So I thought I’d start a blog.  I was thinking it would be a good way to keep in touch with family and friends back home, so they can know that I’m up to, and since there is a new addition coming to our little family soon (ie. 2 weeks from today) it would probably be a good way to keep people updated.  So we’ll see how long I can keep this great idea up. 🙂