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A month of Grace

It is hard to believe that it has already been a month since my little Stella Grace came into this world. What a crazy, wonderful, challenging, amazing month it has been filled with lots of kisses, joy, tears, and most of all love. In all of the moments over this past month that have been both wonderful and challenging we look at our little princess and are amazed at the blessing that we have been given. She has changed our lives and she is so much more than we could have ever asked for.

I have learned in these past 31 days both my strength and my weakness. I have learned that when I am completely exhausted that God gives me the strength to wake up to nurse my little girl when she begins to stir in her bassinet at 2 in the morning. I have learned that I can’t do it all, even though I so badly want to be able to.

In this past month we celebrated the birth of two babies. We celebrated the birth of our little Stella Grace and the birth of our Savior. Having a new baby made Christmas such an extra special blessing this year. We sat around our tree on Christmas morning and opened gifts with our little girl and realized that she was the most wonderful gift we could have ever asked for.

Our little family of three is the most precious and important thing to me. There is more love between the three of us than I ever knew was possible. We snapped this photo on Christmas eve, it might not be perfect since it was taken in the bedroom mirror and we forgot to close the closet door, but it means the world to me.

I am learning in this crazy, hectic and wonderful time that grace is so much more important than perfection…

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor 12:9

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Laura Jinks

What a beautiful family!


The three of you are truly blessed, as all of us who know and love you are! Enjoy every moment, they are gone before you know it!

Karolyn Torres

I absolutely love reading your blogs! Stella is a little beauty and she was given to two amazing parents!

Elaine Joy McDonnell

Kristin, I have enjoyed your posts. You look great, new Mommy! :-) God bless all three of you – each baby brings new and more love to the home. It is pretty incredible.

Carrie Chavel Cole

Almost made me tear up! This is everything exactly that we feel!


so glad your “sabbatical” of silence is over — great to hear from the schmuckers again and to SEE them in triad. we know you’ve enjoyed family visits to the nth degree, and now you will be “just you 3” living out a normal life as it happens. the photo resounds with joy! joy! joy! which of course, spills over from your grateful hearts. thank you for
the beautifully PERFECT picture….we love you all.


Aww! That gave me little chills. Isn’t amazing the myriad of emotions that you experience all at once. I’m sure you and I could swap stories for days :)


So beautiful. Thinking of you and sending lots of prayers for those long nights. I’m probably up when you are too : ) Happy New Year to you and your family!

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