Monday, March 26, 2007

Paper Days



Samuel has gotten really enthralled with the newspaper lately. We daily make use of the paper. Mike and I almost always do the crossword puzzle. I do the word jumble and Libby looks at the Peanuts Comic Strip and points at Snoopy ("Soopy") and Charlie Brown (who she refers to as "Brownie"). But Samuel I think loves the paper more than the rest of us. He rolls in it. He makes it make crinkling noises. He attempts to eat it. It's never a dull moment when the newspaper is around.

Suffering With Hope.

I went away on a women's retreat this week-end. The topic was suffering with hope. A friend jokingly asked if I would be preaching. Ha ha. Very funny. It was a great retreat. I was able to share honestly and openly with others about my experiences and listen to others stories. I believe God used that time to give me hope and encourage my heart, to remind me that I'm not alone, and that my sufferings will make me more like Christ.

Well, babies are crying and I'm packing for VA to be with my dear friend who is having surgery on Tuesday. More will continue when the time arises... where does the time go?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

My little bunnies.

my baby bunnies. I so love to watch them play together. They really love each other and make each other laugh and smile. When Libby wakes up in the morning she always asks for her "Baby Brudder" (brother)... baby Samuel, which sounds more like "Baby Samwell". She gets so excited when she sees him. She likes to stand up and put her feet in the bars of his crib and pat him on the head and tell him good morning.
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aren't they precious?
Samuel's a bit dazed. He did not like wearing the ears and was quick to pull them off. Libby only liked them if she could see how they looked in the mirror.

The party went great! The kids enjoyed using their ducky bubbles and I had a good time making pizzas with the help of my friends. It's really been fun getting to know the people in our home group at church and to have our church world and school world mix.

Happy Spring!


there is a bear in the bed... or at least he sounds like one. So much to do tomorrow but so much on my mind tonight that is keeping me awake... and probably my date with Libby tonight didn't help either (we went to Starbucks... need I say more?) Thoughts of the future, little to-do lists, questions, doubts, hopes, goals, and random wondering. I finally got my pictures functioning again. I haven't uploaded the St. Patrick's day pics of the kids yet.. they'll be coming.

Mike has a major paper due Thursday and we're having a party tomorrow night to celebrate the anniversary of Samuel's coming home from the hospital, the first day of spring. Party is probably not the best timing for him but I'm excited to celebrate and so will put the work on me... cleaning, cooking, etc.

Mmmm... spring. I'm looking forward to warmer weather and long walks with the kids. Libby is getting excited about Easter... well mostly about eggs, but I'm trying to figure out how to explain what it's really about. How do you tell a two year old about Jesus' death and resurrection?! Well i really should go to bed... it's after midnight and I have a lot to do tomorrow.

Happy Spring! I thought bears don't hibernate in the spring... the sweet one next to me..um, he hibernates on!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Loud.

I've been attempting to add a new post for quite a while here but have been unsuccessful in uploading my pictures so that they would post... so for the time being there are no pictures. Thank you all for your support during this week for me. It's been emotionally intense but also pleasant in remembering things about my sister and the memories that I have and that you might have about her.

Things around here have been loud. The kids have been loud. I have been loud. We're all a bit loud. Full of squeals of laughter and loud sobbing tears. Not much quiet around here. that's what I'm praying it will be tomorrow on the ride down to Va... nice and quiet. We'll see if that happens. We're going down to enjoy some time with Mike's grandparents who live in Colorado.

I've been a bit raw and vulnerable lately... and my emotional begins to affect my physical being. So I hope for a little peace. We'll see, "The Make a joyful noise unto the Lord" might win out.

We've been enjoying the sunny weather here and have taken the kids out to play... kicking a ball around and taking walks around Westminster. It's been delightful. I hope the great weather keeps up because I bought the kids the cutest little St. Patrick's Day shirts and would love to show you all a pic of them in their cute shirts.

Wishing you sunshine in your day, no matter what the weather.

Monday, March 05, 2007

My sister.



I don't have any digital pictures of my sister and I can't scan my pictures so I took a picture of a picture. I'm not sure how well it will turn out but it's something.

I'm asking for a personal favor. I was wondering if you would be willing to post a comment about Libby. It could be about a memory, something about her character, whatever you want. I'm just trying to gather feedback from all of you out there. And for all of you who are hesitant to post because you didn't tell me you were reading my blog, please I don't care that you're reading my blog-write something. It would just be meaningful for me to have something about Libby on here. Thank you.

My Vision.

Though I can't see clearly right now, I ask this to be the prayer of my heart. I want God to be my vision.

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee, Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle-shield, sword for my fight,
Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight.
Thou my soul's shelter, Thou my high tower.
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'ns Son!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all.



The time in VA was great. It was wonderful to see family and friends and Samuel's birthday party was wonderful. I didn't end up going to my sister's grave. There just wasn't a right time, and I don't think I'm making excuses. I'll go when we're down there in two weeks. I really want to go when I won't feel rushed.

Today's been rough. I just keep crying and crying. So, probably today isn't going to be my very ambitious day of getting things done but maybe just resting and reflecting and rejoicing in God, even through my tears.