Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ian's Photoshoot.













This was the photo shoot of Ian. It was so fun just taking pictures of him in his diaper.

Michael's Photo Shoot.





I have hundreds of amazing pictures of the boys. Here are some of my favorite of Michael.










Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Baby Contest.

I was flipping through a parenting magazine and just for fun I entered a “beautiful baby” contest. Here were the two pictures I chose. Unlikely that with all the people entering that we would win, but if we were to, the top winner gets $125,000 towards their college education. Sweet deal, isn’t it. The first four runners up get $25,000 and that’s nothing to sneeze at.


Monday, January 25, 2010

life.

So, another interesting week has begun. I managed to fall down the stairs on Friday. Whoo-hoo, that’s embarrassing. I had my slippers on and was talking to Libby and I just felt my foot slip and boom, boom, boom down the stairs. Smacked the back of my head and gave myself a few good bruises.

Libby threw up on Saturday again so that + the combination of me falling down the stairs meant = no church.

I’ve been a little crazy not having internet access at home. Working on that (my attitude that is). I think having only one car and then no internet makes me feel like I’m really trapped and isolated. Well, that’s the way it used to be for people: only one car and no internet. It’s amazing what we take for granted and selfishly demand as a right and an expectation.

I have been enjoying the time at home. I have found a personal attendant for Michael’s waiver who is helping us with the kids and she is amazing! A true gift from God. I’m amazed at how much she has blessed us with her hard work and loving heart. She is devoted to Michael and yet loving to the other children. Her name is Aleya and she is training to become an Occupational Therapist Assistant.

I look forward to giving you more updates about Aleya. She is really quite incredible. You should see how she has helped me with the house in addition to caring for the kids! Yay. God is answering the cries of my heart.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Reading.

What I've been Reading:

Mike's been reading out loud (by my request) This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence by John Piper. It's brought up some interesting conversations.



I've also been reading a variety of books. One book I picked up to read yesterday and am about halfway through is Free to Be Me: A journey through fear to freedom by Betty Robinson. My mom gave it to me to read and it has Beth Moore giving a blurb on the cover. That's always a plus. I've been pleasantly surprised that it's not a "how-to" book but instead this woman's story. I look forward to reading the rest.

(My cover is different it has a butterfly on the cover)

But I must confess that one of my absolute favorite reads is the following:
*************Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson ************

I will forewarn you it's over a whopping 800 Pages! it looks very intimidating... but it's SO WELL WRITTEN. I love how she expresses herself and the reasons for doing things a specific way. Yes, I have literally read pages on how to properly brew coffee but it explains the WHY you do things that way. It talks about home-making and hospitality in a way that truly grips me. I'm only on the 90th page but I'm reading it all the way through. I started reading this in December.

The copy I have is my sister's given to her as a special gift from our very dear friend Melanie. I love the closeness and connection I feel when I pick up the book. I carry it almost always with me and enjoy splurging on a few pages here and a few pages there.

This book is not to be rushed but to be savored. Of course this isn't going to make me the next "Betty Crocker/Martha Stewart" whoever.... but it will make me understand more of why my job is important. Home keeping is a job to be valued. I will still have dust and things that need attention. My home won't be perfectly organized but I have four small children... but it will help me take more delight in my duties.

(my new favorite)

Another book I'm enjoying is called It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh. I was immediately captured by the title and felt myself nodding as I read it. Yep, it is all too much. It's been a book that I'm going through with Mike so that we can hopefully bring a little more order to our home and the world around us. I'm ready for some change. Serious change. Nothing would please me more than to get rid of half our stuff. So I've already gone through things and gotten rid of bags of toys and things we don't use. I can't wait to go through it all. The garage. Our stuff that's in the barn. Unused pottery. Etc. There is a delicate balance because we are living in my parents home and I need to talk to my parents about what items of theirs do they want or not want. I'm hoping though we will all decide to purge.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

So, Samuel ended up getting sick again. Throwing up in the night. Fun. But it has now passed. Libby had to go to CHKD on Monday. The doctor's office was concerned that she was seriously dehydrated. She was given an anti-nausea medicine and a special slushee. She recovered well. Miraculously the ER was not busy when we were present. PTL!

I've been realizing my dependency on the internet lately. Not having it at home has unearthed many frustrations. Hmmm. Wonder what I'm worshipping? I do love being able to e-mail and post on my blogs or allrecipes.com and the ability to look up a number at any moment or look up anything... blah, blah, blah. Maybe it's good we don't have it at home. Maybe I need this little "fast" from the internet.

I'm just finishing my second hat. It's for one of the boys. I hope to post a picture when it's complete. Okay, it's done. Now I just need some scissors.

My days have left me feeling out of sorts. I'm trying to clean-up and organize but just feel tired. I realize being up with sick kids takes it out of you. Sometimes it's just good to rest.

Well, I will try and pre-post for you. I love that you can save posts and have them post later. So, I will try and do a couple... for those who are truly bored and desperate :) ha ha ha.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Fall excursion.

Martha with Libby and Samuel.
Libby
Samuel
A huge pumpkin (no, it's not real)
Libby and Abigail
a taste of fall
two sweet donkeys.
the cat
shoe missing in the hay...
two shoes, one was lost but now is found...
on the hayride...

One of my favorite memories this past Fall was an outing we took to a Pumpkin Patch with Libby's school. We went on a hayride of course but also had a blast jumping in hay, admiring the animals and picking out pumpkins. Martha, my mother-in-law got to go with us and it made for a fun party.

One of the humorous parts of the day was when Libby managed to lose her shoe, a hot pink croc and we spent 40 minutes searching for it. I was covered with straw by the end and very red and sweaty and itchy. What a time. But it was finally recovered. I understood the expression, " a needle in a haystack" better.

Friday, January 15, 2010

A calm moment.


Samuel threw up once again all over our bed. He just can't seem to fully kick this bug.

I'm getting ready to depart for an overnight crop. (scrapbooking) My friend and I are going to a hotel at the beach and are meeting up with a bunch of other ladies to scrapbook til we drop. I can't wait.

My bags are packed and I'm sitting writing in Starbucks waiting for my ride. Our internet hasn't been functioning at home.

One of the things I've been trying to gain control over is how much I let my emotions/feelings control me. There are times and situations when I'm more vulnerable and susceptible than other times. I'm trying to submit my feelings to God and let Him take control of me. I want to let God rule me completely. Sometimes there's a flurry of emotion: anger, happiness, frustration, sadness, grief, jealousy, and in those moments I need to trust that God is still God, to not act on how I feel but on TRUTH, and to also know that "This too shall pass." It will. No matter how crummy I feel, how low, how frustrated, etc... it will pass. Thank God.

Even on the bleakest of days I take such comfort in knowing that this is not forever. This is only for this moment and this will be done.

I can only look to the next step. The next thing ahead of me. The next activity. The next meal. The next dish to wash. The next diaper to change. The next nose to wipe. My life is comprised of all these "next steps", these precious moments I have. If I look at them one at a time I find that I am filled with joy. I see God's hand at work. His giving me strength or wisdom or grace or mercy or whatever I need in that moment. If I look beyond I am filled with despair and negativity and discouragement... overwhelmed and frustrated.

It's like our daily bread. That's the point... it's daily. God will provide daily. I don't know what life will look like next month or where my bread will come from then.... but I know RIGHT NOW on THIS DAY that God will provide.
I have found that not only He provides for me but blesses me. I am blessed by this overnight tonight. I am blessed to find a new skirt at a Thrift Store for a few dollars. I am blessed to have made banana bread this morning... delicious.

I am blessed by my children. Not everyone can have children. i am blessed by my husband... not everyone has a husband much less a wonderful and supportive one. I am blessed to have family close by. I am blessed to have a church that I am committed to. I am blessed to have care through friends and family.

The sunshine has come out. It's not hot but it's definitely not the icy cold, frozen-through chill it has been. The music is in Spanish right now. Coffee smell in the air. Mmmm. Noise of happy chattering all around. Business meetings. Friends chatting. Someone studying.

May I find joy in each day. May I see My Maker at work. May I know Him more intimately and deeply. May I trust Him all the more. We serve an awesome God friends.

1 Chronicles 16: 23-27

23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and he is to be held in awe above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his place.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Samuel's feeling better. He's no longer lethargic and sleeping everywhere. He still can't go to school because he's not completely normal yet, but he's on the mend!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Samuel's Bug.


Samuel is sick with a tummy bug and it's working itself on both ends. Poor baby! He is not himself! Please be praying!

Mike has been amazing and taking care of so much! Thank you super man!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Times past...

I'm working on scrapbook pictures and enjoying looking at the pictures that come up. Being in Charlotte reminds me of times past... like when we broke down. Here are some pics from THAT event. A reminder to be thankful that it's not the case this time.












We had fun playing "racing" games, eating snacks and enjoying the sunshine in spite of the difficulties of the day.