Friday, October 31, 2008

Cousin Time

Isaac loves having his cousin Alina over... mostly because he loves to be protective of her and make sure she is safe. I can't tell you how many times today I heard, "no-no Alina, it's not for you, you're a baby!" It's the craziest thing spending time with my sister's daughter... there are so many things that remind me of her! I love this little girl!

“Cousins are many. Best friends are few. What a rare delight to find both in you.”

Lookin' Back

Well, it's that time of year again... Fall Frenzy! Year 1 we had a skunk, year 2 we had a Nemo... and year 3 we have a tired mommy with very little imagination. At least tonight will be packed with fun, candy and worship. Let's just pray that Isaac keeps his costume on for more than 3 minutes!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

my amazing job!

 I was sitting with 3 mothers I had just met today and they were asking me what I did for a living (besides being a mom). As I started to share with them the life of a youth pastor, I realized, "I have an amazing job!" I knew this before, but maternity leave has helped me appreciate it a lot more. So for all the times I've stayed up all night playing hide-n-seek in the dark, had my car or house TPed, had my cupboards eaten bare, had my computer hacked into and my password changed, had my phone changed to Spanish or had my keys hidden for hours... I still wish I had more time with these incredible students!

The Spitting Image...

When I was growing up, my mom would frequently say "I hope you have a kid just like you," to which I would respond, "I hope so too!" Well, I really wish I could take that back... especially after seeing that play out in my face tonight. Most people say that Isaac is the spitting image of Chris, but tonight I am to blame. I wish the Lord would consult with us during the 9 month gestation period and ask us which personality traits we would like to pass on to our kids. Instead, he creates these little beings that put us face to face with all of the things we've worked to hard to cover. My prayer is that the Lord uses the things he has taught me to help Isaac become more like His Heavenly Father. I have a feeling this is only the beginning...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

look what we found...

Chris recently downloaded all the pictures that were on my phone that I thought I had lost. Here is some of what we found...

On another note, can I just give thanks to the Lord that I was able to practically sleep thru the night last night? Zoey's not even 2 months old and she just slept from midnight until 6am, then after she was fed she slept again until 9am. I am so blessed (and now a little refreshed). I am actually sipping my coffee and enjoying it instead of downing it to get thru the morning!

Monday, October 27, 2008

32 days and counting...

32 days until THANKSGIVING!

1. Which President was the 1st to establish Thanksgiving as a legal national holiday to be held the 4th Thursday in November?

2. What does the word "cornucopia" mean?

3. In what year did the 1st Macy's parade take place?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Thankful Tree

Yesterday Isaac made his "Thankful" Tree. We wrote down some of the people we are most grateful for and and he stuck them to the tree. Now everyday until thanksgiving, we will read the tree and thank God for placing these people in our lives.

Psalm 9:1
"I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart..."

Psalm 105:1,2
"Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works!"

"I think we're at the star...again"

Tonight Chris and I took some of the high schoolers to a corn maze. That thing was CRAZY! We got filthy, got frustrated, met new people and had a ton of fun! Afterwards we got pizza and went back to the church to play hide-n-seek in the dark. For some reason Valerie and I ended up being "IT" and I thought I was going to need an oxygen machine. There's nothing like a group of high school students to make you feel old!

We went to CORN MAZE FAMILY FUN in the middle of nowhere. I think next time we will go during the day and grab some coffee beforehand!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

...LaZy SaTuRdAy...

I think we've worn ourselves out. We had fussy, under-the-weather children that needed a day of rest (me included... I stumbled to the coffee maker this morning). Chris had to work, so the kids and I just cuddled, laughed and spent time at home.

Friday, October 24, 2008

All World Gym

Today we went to "All World Gym" with a group from our church. Ironically, it happens to be the same place that I took gymnastics when I was young, although the place looks completely different. Isaac and Drew had so much fun jumping all around! I can't wait for the next one!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tonight was a good night.

Tonight was a good night.
Tonight was our Thursday night prayer meeting, and as usual, Isaac, Zoey and I arrived at 6pm with plenty of snacks and books in tow. Zoey had settled in her stroller and Isaac was eating his goldfish and coloring in the corner, so I then proceeded to grab my coffee and pace in the back of the sanctuary to pray. About 5 minutes in, Isaac tugged at my leg and asked me if I was praying to Jesus. When I said yes, he asked if he could pray and I nodded yes. He then began to walk back and forth in the sanctuary, hands folded, saying "Jesus" over and over. As you can imagine, I started to tear up. So many times I have felt guilty for dragging my kids to commitments that I have made, instead of feeling fortunate that I am exposing them to the things that are the most important in my life. Tonight changed that viewpoint. Although I want to be careful not to encourage Isaac to repetitiously do things just because someone else does, I am grateful for the opportunity to share these moments with him and teach him about our relationship with Jesus.
Tonight was a good night.

Utica-n-Dodge Park

This morning Isaac, Zoey and I went to the Sterling Heights Library. While we were in the area, we also took a tour of a bunch of places I remember from when I was little. My dad used to work for the city of Sterling Heights and his office was in the Upton House, so I have quite a few memories from that corner.
So much fun!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

social experiment gone wrong

Yesterday when April and the boys were over, we decided to do a social experiment and let the boys work out their own issues outside. Needless to say, a dollar-store hockey stick was broke in half. Isaac didn't seem to care until this morning, when he insisted on fixing it with daddy's electrical tape. He found it from somewhere and came over to Aunt Jeni to tape it up. He was so proud of the fact that he fixed his hockey stick that I had to take a pic.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Date Night!!!

Chris and I don't get out by ourselves a lot. This is for 2 reasons... 1. we LOVE being with our kids and miss them terribly when they aren't with us. 2. we are really busy and hate bothering our family to babysit for something that isn't mandatory. Anyways, I planned a special night for Chris tonight and my parents took the kids. It was so much fun to get out and I realized one more time why I love to spend time with my husband more than anyone else in the whole world. Just wanted you all to know...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Footed PJs

Isaac's Uncle Justin and Aunt Kyle bought him these footed pajamas a couple of weeks ago and we have been in discussions about him wearing them ever since. Isaac keeps telling us he is too big to wear the jammies with feet. Chris completely understood, because he remembers hating those when he was younger- "when you straighten your feet they pull your arms down!!" he says. Well, tonight we overcame! Isaac put the pjs on for his Poppi and Grandy and posed for me to get a picture. Just from past experience, I have a feeling I will have a hard time getting him out of them tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


This is a picture of my beautiful baby sleeping. Unfortunately, this particular night, it took 2 feedings and an hour of cuddling before I came to terms with the fact that we weren't going back to sleep. I laid Zoey down in my bed so I could run to the bathroom and this is what I came back to. Go figure! One thing is for sure, I can't complain about this girl at all. Some nights she sleeps pretty much all the way thru and if not, she usually does go right back to sleep after eating. I am blessed!
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