Tuesday, November 29, 2011

our house.

diaper changes. feedings. cuddling. laughing. shhhh-ing. holding. cleaning. smiling. explaining. loving. scolding. kissing. sharing. wiping. clinging. crying. thinking. reminiscing. repeat.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

is there really enough love to go around?

It happened yesterday, and I can't stop thinking about it.
I put Elijah in his high chair and threw some raisins on so I could get the older kids something to drink before Jacob needed to eat again.... and then I looked. Elijah was smiling ear to ear and was trying to grab my hand. 

Have I even said hello to him today?
Did I kiss or hug him, or give him any attention that would let him know that my love for him hasn't changed?

I've NEVER struggled with the "will-I-love-this-child-as-much-as-the-others" question while pregnant... I always knew there was enough love to go around. The problem is, at this point I don't have a lot of TIME for each child, and it worries me that in their eyes TIME=LOVE.

I am so grateful that they are surrounded by people who love their guts and can make up for the time I am unable to give and I know that my kids will always feel loved. I guess it's back to making the little moments count.... like diaper changes and bedtime readings... times where I can catch each child's eye to let them know that although time is tight, my love for them keeps growing.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Jacob Christopher

Jacob Christopher
8lb. 4oz.
20 inches
You would know which kid was ours if you had to pick him out of a line-up.
BEST Thanksgiving EVER! 
{more pictures to come... when I find a free second to post... hahahahaha}

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

only a day away.

Tomorrow our 4th child will be brought into this world.
My mind is racing... but I feel like it's hard to form a single thought.
God is so good.
He is so faithful.
I am humbled that He would use me for something so grand... something so eternal.

I'm not overwhelmed with the task, as much as the honor.... the responsibility.
It goes beyond midnight feedings and sleepless nights.
It's about a soul.
A soul dedicated to Jesus Christ.
...and it all begins tomorrow.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Princess Tea Party

On Saturday morning, Zoey, Alina and I headed over to their Preschool's Princess Tea Party. The girls were so excited to find out that Kate's mom is the "real Cinderella." Zoey told me that I could be Cinderella too if I didn't have such a big belly... best compliment I got all day! They learned how to hold their tea cup, how to curtsy and even had some time for dancing. It was such a fun day and all the girls had an amazing time!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

a mega-dose of reality.... as usual

Last night during our family dinner, Isaac had something he wanted to tell his dad.
(Hoping I get the quotes as close as possible to real events...)

"Did you know that eels have electricity? And did you know that if an eel is up in space and touches an astronaut space suit they will get electrocuted and will fall over?"

As as fast as he could spill out his incredible space theory, I could see Chris' eyes getting bigger and bigger. Isaac had no idea he was about to get a dose of reality. I knew Chris couldn't contain himself... especially if the story had to do with electricity.

"Isaac, that story is impossible. First of all, an eel could never live in space...they can only live in water and they wouldn't be able to breathe in space unless they had a space suit too. Secondly, an astronaut suit is not conductive, so if an astronaut had it on, the eel couldn't electrocute him at all."

I gave Chris the "way-to-crush-his-creativity" look and he gave me back the "he-needs-to-know-the-truth" stare. I quickly glanced back at Isaac to make sure that his imagination was not crushed forever.

"Really? I didn't know that dad. Does the astronaut need to wear gloves too?"

Like father, like son.
Zoey and I are going to go play fairies and princesses in her room.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

random thoughts as I try to drink my coffee before it gets cold.

(The picture isn't that great.... really dark phone pic that I tried to lighten!)
Today is a day that I am home with my little ones.
One of the last days it will be just us 3.
These 2 have made my life so interesting.
They both think so differently than Isaac.
It's been fun to see the "mothering" side of Zoey come out when it comes to her little brother. She is always letting me know what he is doing and if he is being safe or not. I also hear her talking to him like I do, "Elijah, we do not spill our milk on the floor!" It's neat to see her take responsibility for him and do her best to take care of him when she thinks I'm busy. This will help me out a lot when the new baby boy comes next week.

Oh yeah, I'm having another human being join my family next week. I keep forgetting.
I am so thankful for Cozi, Coffee and Wet Wipes... all which make my life so much more manageable.

I think it's fitting that we are most likely having this baby boy the day before Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for!!!!

Friday, November 11, 2011


Need a little pick-me-up today?
I did.

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" {Psalm 46:1}
"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak." {Isaiah 40:29}
"My flesh & my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart & my portion forever" {Psalm 73:26}
"When I called, you answered me. You made me bold by strengthening my soul." {Psalm 138:3}

Friday, November 4, 2011

Happy Autumn!

Last night we headed into our new backyard to play in the leaves and have a bonfire. It was so much fun watching our kids enjoy our new house and once again, I was so joyful for the blessings of God. My kids are at an age where sometimes they are difficult to rally, but at the perfect age for exploration and experiencing new things, which is so much fun for me!
Happy Autumn!

Fall Frenzy 2011

We had a Obi-Wan-Kenobi, a Yoda and a Cinderella.
I didn't get any pictures.... but we had a great night.
Now what are we going to do with all this candy???
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