Monday, September 27, 2010

One Thousand Gifts


31. Sunshine for my children!

32. Sunshine for my tomatoes!

33. Sunshine for my soul!

34. Mimi and Poppy's new "Poppy-wagon"!! They're heading out west!

35. Western medicine and Eastern medicine.

36. Jenna's new school friends

37. Rainy weather on the day my kids were sick and needing to rest and relax.

38. Daily provision. Jehovah Jireh.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Just want to remember...

Some examples from today of Elsie's new "barely obeying" technique...
1. Today at the grocery store, I was really cracking down on how the kids should behave. I told them to hold the sides of the cart... Elsie put her fisted hand right on top, sort of holding.
2. Also at the grocery store I looked the kids in the eyes and said, "don't touch the candy in the check out lane." Elsie went over to the M&Ms, put her hands hovering right above them and said, "not touching... not touching."
3. At dinner I told her to finish her bite so that she could have dessert. After dinner and dessert was done, I found her bite all chewed up and in her water glass.

And here is the bedtime routine...
Elsie: Goodnight!
Meg/Eric: Goodnight.
Elsie: I love you too!
M/E: I love you.
Elsie: I love you in the morning!
M/E: I love you in the morning.
Elsie: I love you in the night!
M/E: I love you in the night.
Elsie: I love you in the noontime!
M/E: I love you in the noontime.
Elsie: Goodnight.
M/E: Goodnight.

And if we don't reply, she keeps yelling and repeating. It is sweet and endearing...mostly :)
(I just did a typo - I put enduring instead of endearing, which maybe deep down I know that that enduring is a good word for my sweet kid.)

Monday, September 20, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

21. The cute "birthday party" that Elsie made for me while Jenna was at school

22. The rain making my yard green again

23. The quiet of nap/rest time

24. A great church

25. Bargains and deals... God's provision!

26. How peaceful the kids look when they are asleep

27. Our pets - Linus followed Elsie and I to school today to pick up Jenna!

28. AMAZING friends.

29. Sunday night football with friends, which is great fun for our whole family!

Be sure to count your blessings today!

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Elsie Sings

Thursday, September 16, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

I missed posting these on Monday, but I will give myself some grace since that was Jenna's first day of school. I have been thinking a lot this week about my neighborhood and how thankful I am to be part of a group of homes that aren't perfect but that open their doors to one another. It is ugly sometimes, but I think that God can do a miracle if we are open to loving those around us and sharing the Truth with our neighbors. So, here is a list of the things I am thankful for right here in my neighborhood...

13. Opportunities to share Jesus' love and Truth with kids that have never heard of God.

14. Being home and available to help and love my neighbors.

15. The teaching moments that come from neighborhood interactions.

16. Neighbors who will take care and keep an eye on our home when we are on vacation.

17. Neighbors who went from never speaking to us to chatting over the fence.

18. The opportunity to love a rough kid who needs love and encouragement more than I even

19. Lots of laughter and fun in my home when the neighbor kids are here.

20. The hope that God will use us in the lives of our neighbors, and that through the grace of God they will come to know the saving Truth that Jesus is what is missing in their lives.

I am thankful for these blessings and confess that sometimes I forget that they ARE blessings.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

At home with Elsie

The first day that Jenna went to school I did some home school with Elsie Mae. She really enjoyed it and needed lots of interaction and attention. She did a great job learning and had a lot of fun with the different stuff I planned. But staying at home with Elsie is an adventure. Our first adventure was when she was helping me make bread. I turned my head for a moment and looked back to see her dumping the whole box of baking soda into the bowl ("there we go" she said) on top of the flour. Oops. And when teaching her the letter "A" I showed her the letter and then taught her the sound and we said "A" together a bunch of times and then I pointed to the "A" and asked, "what letter is this?" and she said, "B". Several times. So we started over. It's fun though. It's nice to get to know her better, to focus on training her alone, and to teach her one on one. I love it, though I think it might drive me crazy some days :)

And since this post is focused on Elsie, here's a (one sided) conversation that I just overheard...
Elsie: "Dad, dad, dad, are you awake dad? Are you awake Dad? Dad, are you awake? Dad? Are you asleep? Dad are you sleeping? Eenie-meenie-miney-moe, catch a tiger by his toe. If he hollers let him pay, 50 dollars every day. My mom and dad said I was right so I am right, you're asleep!"

He may have been asleep, but by the end of eenie meenie I'm sure he was smiling :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Jenna's first day of Kindergarden

Jenna had a great first day of school. She was excited in the morning when she woke up and still just as excited during the walk to school, and still smiling and excited when we left her in the cafeteria. It was great to see her ready to face this challenge!
Here she is, looking beautiful and mature, and yet so young :)
Sister photo
The walk toward independence...
Love this picture
At the cafeteria ready to start her day!
She walked in the door with the same great smile that she left with. She loved her first day of kindergarden!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

To Jenna


Tomorrow you start Kindergarden. You are so excited - eager to go to bed, outfit picked out, backpack packed! This last summer you went from being terrified of the thought of going to school to totally excited and ready for the adventures kindergarden will hold. I am very proud of you and thrilled for all that will come as you slowly spread your wings.

You are not on your own on this journey. I am here, always here for you (daddy too!). I am going to pray for you through each challenge and new day. I am here to listen and to teach, and to help you figure out how to live life, love others, be compassionate, and live for Christ out in the world.

My prayer for you this year is that your faith in Christ will grow. I pray that you will grow in wisdom of the Lord as you seek to know what is right versus what is wrong. And that you will grow in love for Jesus and for others.

I pray that God will clothe you with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Colossians 3:12). I pray God will comfort you in all your troubles, so that you may comfort those in any trouble with the comfort you have received from our precious Lord. And I pray that you will follow the Lord and be compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love (Psalm 103:8).

I'm here for you kid, the whole family is. God is on your side, and if He is for you then who can be against you!? Be strong, love with your whole heart, and have a blast this year in Mrs. Cohen's class.

Love and hugs and kisses,
P.S. Don't grow up too fast. It's too hard on your mama!

Monday, September 06, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

I am loving counting my blessings. Ever since starting this last Monday, I have been thinking all through the week about the gifts and blessings in my life. God offers such a calm and peace when I focus on how he has blessed us. It's life changing. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him, and here are a few more to add to my list...

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5. Building forts with the neighbors
5. Having the neighbors knock on the door the next day asking if they can build forts again.
6. Zerberts and tickles and laughter with daddy
7. Picking this from the garden...
8. And turning it into this!
9. A husband who loves his cool nephews with his whole heart.
10. Amazing nephews who I love like my own kids.
11. A hardworking husband who wakes before the sun to bring home the bread
12. And who lets me sleep in occasionally even when he woke up at 4am several mornings in a row.

Happy Monday everyone!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Sharing a room!

It was a crazy project, and super messy. The whole house was in chaos. Clothes everywhere in every room, toys everywhere, bags of too big clothes in the hall, piles of "garage sale" stuff in every room. It was crazy. Furniture out of place, drawers emptied and filled and emptied again. Anyways, all that to say that the girls are sharing a room and we have a guest/play room with an empty closet and dresser for guests.

Jenna's closet and dresser was totally full when I started. It had summer/winter/too big/too small/everything in between in it. Elsie's closet was the same. It was organized, but full. So, a bunch of stuff found a new home in the garage and the kids stuff all fits easily in one closet.

Elsie's side (bins up top are seasonal and too big)

Jenna's side (bins are the same.)
I still need to take out a few more toys.
And the play/guest room!
We would like to get a bigger bed or maybe a murphy bed.
But for now, the stuffed animals live a very comfy life.
And we ended with an empty dresser and 1/2 empty closet. Sometimes I love having such a small house. It allows me to do big projects like this in just a couple days, and it forces me to simplify and get rid of clutter.

Oh, and the girls are LOVING sharing a room. The first time we tried to get them in the same room was one frustrating day after another. This time, Elsie is much more obedient and actually stays in bed long enough to fall asleep. They are having a lot of fun sharing their space, and I hope this continues to strengthen their relationship.