Saturday, May 31, 2008


Here's Jenna's red kitchen photo shoot.  I might have to do it again, but these are pretty cute.  

Friday, May 30, 2008

Good questions and some other thoughts

Today while driving in the car, Jenna asked about a man walking on the sidewalk, "Why does that man have a candle in his mouth?"  (he was smoking a cigarette) 

And when I told Jenna that Jackson and Davis were going to a wedding, she asked, "Will Jackson get to dance with a princess?"  

Jenna and I had a very fun day today.  She is turning into such a wonderful young lady, who I genuinely enjoy spending time with.  I was reading in a lawn chair while she was swinging, and she decided that she wanted to read with me.  So for 45 minutes, she sat in her chair with her books and her water cup, and I sat in mine with my book and we read together (but our own books).  She would ask an occasional question, but for the most part we just read quietly in the sun.  She loved every moment of our mature time together.  I have been thinking a lot lately about my relationship with Jenna.  For a long time I was frustrated by the amount of time she wanted to spend with me.  She would rather help me with the laundry or dishes than play by herself.  And she would rather I play with her than her watch tv by herself.  And though I have worked at helping her enjoy time by herself, I have also come to realize that all the quality time we have spent together for the past three years has really bonded us.  She respects my authority, I have the opportunity to be very consistent with her because we are together so much, and I have been able to teach her a lot of fun things in the kitchen, the yard, in books, and in pretend play.  It is a blessing to watch her mature right before my eyes.  And from what I am understanding about motherhood and being a stay at home mom, this is my role.  My number one priority as a stay at home mom is training my kids, loving them so much, giving them a ton of consistency, teaching them to obey authority, and most of all to point them continually toward God.  

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."  Galatians 6:9

By the way, please don't read this and think we have the perfect relationship and always have these great moments.  I mess up all the time, and she pushes the limits.  But today was one of those days where I could look and see a little of the fruit of my labor.  It's so good to step back and look how my everyday life is affecting my girls - good to see the good and even better to see the bad ways I am affecting them so that I can CHANGE and glorify God more and more in all I do.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

She wouldn't fall asleep tonight

So we took some fun pictures again. 

Here she is looking at her Daddy. She is such a Daddy's girl.

Anybody else have a picture like this?
And check out the awesome hair!  It's getting so curly, and wow, it's just fun!

No new pictures of Jenna from today, but I will take and post some soon.  
Until then, here she is at Elsie's age, 7 1/2 months old.   

"yummmm, looks tasty."
(Everything looks tasty to a teether.)

And here is the picture that I will be putting up in the kitchen.  I will frame it in color, but I really like it black and white.  It really captures her personality.  She is sweet, and often just stares at people right in the eye for minutes at a time, with this look on her sweet face.  

I love these girls so much.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Photo shoot

I tried to take some pictures of Elsie today to go in my red kitchen.  
I have one of Jenna up, I will post it last.  Here are my favorites of Elsie.  
Which should I frame?

Here's Jenna, she was three months old in this picture.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fly away!

I'm starting to think that instead of crawling, Elsie just may fly away! Imagine her arms flapping in this picture and you will be picturing what she does on her tummy. Then once on her back she spends most of her time in "crunchy" position. The girl is working on her core.

(Also, doesn't it look like she is wearing a baby toupee in this picture!)

A sad story...

with a happy ending!

Last weekend we were playing in the pool.  The kids were having a great time and so was I, until I went to take a picture of Elsie.  She started to slip, which was no problem at first because the water was shallow.  But then somehow she made this spin move and was about to go face first.  So I grabbed her with both hands and saved my baby girl.  Meanwhile, I had dropped my camera into the pool.  I was SO VERY VERY sad.  I thought it was toast, but I dried it out anyways.  Hairdryers, fans, anything I could think of.  Two days later we went to fire it up, and IT WORKED!!  Jenna and I had prayed God would fix it, and He did.  Thank you Lord!  So, here's some of the pictures from our time in the pool this last weekend.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Millions of giggles

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Holy Graces

Friday, May 16, 2008


Over the sickness?...I hope so. I hit my breaking point today and that is ugly. So, it's time to get better and be happy and enjoy the sun and gain some better perspective, and enjoy every good and perfect gift that comes from above.

Job search

Well, as much as Eric loves his job, he is officially looking for a different job that pays a little more. We have a couple months to either find him a different job or for him to move up at Starbucks, or we will have to sell our house. This isn't the end of the world (though it makes me tear up) but we would love to stay if possible. If anyone out there knows of an opportunity, could you email us? He is excellent with computers and people, he is a fast learner, he graduated with a degree in Biblical Exposition, he recently has done some website sprucing for our church and is fantastic at that, he has worked with youth, and managed a chain of 6 coffee shops in California. He is a loyal hard worker, so let us know if you know of anything!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Even if you just check every once in a while, email me with your email address so that you don't get blocked out!  My blog will be going private tomorrow night (if I get a chance to do it before The Office season finale starts) so email me soon.

I may change my mind and keep it public, but just in case, email me!  

Sunday, May 11, 2008

fevers, poo, vomit, blood...happy mother's day

Yup, my kids really wanted to show me how much I do for them and how I take care of them by being sick on mother's day. Eric had to work so I was on my own with a fussy Elsie who had a couple impressive blowout diapers, a fever on and off all day, and who threw up three times. The blood was from Jenna. She fell on the pavement and scraped her knee bad enough that she was limping and wouldn't walk on it after a while. Sigh. Someday they will wake me with breakfast in bed but for now I will care for them and love them and be thrown up on and pooped on... It was an exhausting day but that is the life of a mother sometimes :) And I am not complaining. I love being a mom, and taking care of my sick hurt babies is truly a privilege.

Here's Elsie in the sink for a bath after blowout number two.  

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Funny kids

Elsie is starting to sit up pretty well.  She still topples over after a while so I can't leave her without being surrounded by pillows or the boppy, but I'm proud of her increased trunk strength.  She is a bit top-heavy at this point in her life!  She is such a happy fun little girl.  You know how when you feed a baby some solids you almost can't help but to mimic them and open your mouth as they open theirs?  Well, I try not to do it but every time I do, Elsie laughs at me!

Jenna got into the car with her purse the other day (she often packs her purse for the ride).  About 2 minutes into the drive she said, "Mom, I brought some music for the drive."  Oh how cute, I wonder what it is, I thought.  Well, out came a harmonica, and thus ended our peaceful outing :)  I was blessed by harmonica the rest of the journey.  The harmonica mysteriously escaped the car yesterday...

By the way, I have been teaching Jenna about strangers this last week, and just thought I would encourage other parents to do the same.  The Berenstain Bears book called Learn about Strangers has been the perfect tool for us.  

Lastly, a comparison picture.

This first one is Jenna and Jackson.  
Jenna was 7 months old and Jackson 20 months, they are almost exactly a year apart.
This is Elsie and Weston.  

Elsie is 6 months old here and Weston is 18 months.  The are just under a year apart.

For those who don't know, the boys are my sister's kids. She and I seem to take turns being pregnant!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

I changed my mind...

Wrinkle in Time is a great book.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


She's getting really smart.  Here she is reading a book:

Er, eating a book I mean.
And just being cute.

Saturday, May 03, 2008


I have decided to make my blog private, where you have to be signed in if you want to access this site. This means that if you want to read my blog, you need to email me and let me know that you want to read it. It's nothing personal, I just watched this 20/20 that kind of freaked me out. It didn't have anything to do with blogs but it made me a little wary. So there you have it.

If you have a Google Account associated with the address you send me, you will be sent an invitation to view my blog. If your email address is not associated with a google account, you will be sent an invitation email with a link allowing you to create a new account. It's easy to do. The only catch is that you will have to sign in when you want to go to my blog.

So, email me at and I will make sure you become an "invited reader". If you wouldn't mind, please put "blog" in the subject line to make it a bit easier. Also, if you check my blog and I don't know you, just let me know your web address and/or (if possible) who we know in common or how you came to my page.  I too am a "blog stalker" so don't be shy. It's fun for me to know who reads!

Deadline is May 16th. Be sure to email me!

It's Saturday

Just because I want to, here is a little more about me...

Listening to:

Derek Webb, Repent


I found out that I am not a sci-fi girl.  
(I just need to power through and finish it instead of renewing it over and over at the library and storing it in our reading basket.)

Next Read:
Another recommendation from my cousin-in-law

First wedding dance:

Somewhere North
"...I give you this life and all I am..."

Currently Studying:

(That's Ruth with Boaz)

Current project:
Growing my seeds indoors.  It's my first try at indoor seeds.  

Favorite pictures from last night:

What I should be doing right now:

Better go do that.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Picture of the day

Basketball and High heels