Friday, October 31, 2008
With the baby safely at a distance, it was the Momma's turn to carve...
Monday, October 27, 2008
Charlie going to school with Luke
Reading a book with Ellie
Thank you to our Lubbock family for the great week!!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
If you would, please keep us in your prayers as we travel. If you keep up with me, you know my fear of flying, and I would just ask that you pray for peace and for safety. I'm feeling a lot better about this trip after having such a good experience on our last trip, but those nagging chains of fear are still creeping in. I call them chains because I am realizing that's what they are. When I fear, I am not living in the freedom in Christ that I have been given- freedom from death and the fear of death. When I think with an eternal perspective, I know that the Lord is with us, He already knows today's events, and all the days of my life. He is in charge and nothing has ever or will ever happened without His knowledge. I would greatly appreciate your prayers as I struggle to maintain that eternal perspective for the hour or so that we are in the air (I know, its only an hour!!!).
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah." Psalm 46:1-3
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The rules are you go to your sixth folder and pick your sixth picture and explain it.
When I went through the blogger upload and found my sixth folder (they are listed alphabetically here, so it is from August 2008) and sixth picture, this is what I got:
I know! BO-RING!!! It's almost exactly like the one I have on my blog alllll the time! Of all the pictures...ha! So, just for fun, instead I went to My Pictures and got the sixth picture from the sixth folder there where they are NOT listed alphabetically, and this is what I got:
This is from June 2004 when our great friends Laura and Clay (who now live all the way in Boston, *sniff sniff*) came and stayed with us at our old apartment and we spent the day at AstroWorld. It was cloudy and hot, but not crowded at all and this is a picture of Paul (who you can see in the very back left seat) and Clay riding this ride while Laura and I took pictures. What a fun day and a fun memory!!!!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Hangin' with Aunt Erica
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Quote from the beginning of the instructions:
"Smart you, you're about to sew something wonderful! Something that will fit better, look better, and be of better quality than things you buy. But, more importantly sewing will give you hours of pleasure and satisfaction. "
Umm, did that say hours?? Uh-oh, what did I get myself into!!!???
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Are you kidding me??? I can't even believe how the time is flying by. I'm still trying to take it all in, and am learning every day about what it means to mother Charlie. For some reason I used to think all babies were pretty much alike. Maybe some cried more, but they didn't really have personalities yet, or if they did, it was just based on how you treated them. Like if you are attentive and loving parents, they will be a certain way, and vice versa. Wow, was I ever wrong.
Certainly I still believe that parenting styles affect a child's behavior/personality somewhat, but this little boy was born with a mind of his own! God created Charlie to be the little person that he is and I can't even believe how blessed I am to be his mother and get to know him more and more each day. I think back to those early days when Paul and I had this tiny little bundle in the hospital that just basically slept and ate. Then we came home and he went from sleeping and eating to crying and eating. And then gradually, we began to get to know his rhythms, his likes and dislikes, his desire to look out and see all around, his curiosity, his voice, what (many of) his cries meant.
And here we are six months later, with this little boy who is a morning person and coos at us from his crib, who is rolling over, sitting up, reaching, grabbing, who loves to eat anything, thrives with routine, needs naps but fusses every time I lay him down, loves his bed, smiles every time he sees his daddy, is super ticklish, loves going for walks and looking around outside, can sit up straight when I hold him with one hand on my hip (I'm getting a really strong left arm!), wakes up for the paci at night but doesn't need to eat, lets you know immediately when he doesn't like something or when he is tired/hungry/bored/needs to be held, gets red-cheeked when he's hot, gets really serious around new people or places, can cover a clean shirt in drool within 10 seconds of putting it on him, loves taking a bath, doesn't mind a diaper change or change of clothes, loves music, and has this great belly-laugh chuckle that makes me wanna bottle it up and keep forever.
I've learned (and am still learning) that book smarts are nothing compared to experience, the time flies by too fast to spend it discouraged and wondering if I'm doing things right, sleep is overrated and not as necessary as I once thought, and my life will never be the same.
Thank you Charlie, for making us parents. We're sorry to say we don't always know what we're doing. Actually, who are we kidding? We rarely know what we're doing, ha! We place you in the Lord's hands every night when we pray over you and ask that He guide us and you on this path. These past six months have been the hardest but best of our lives and we love you so much!!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Jars of Clay
Alisha and I (with Paul squishing her head)
Switchfoot guy out in the middle of the crowd
By the way, my husband's cousin's husband knows him. :)
Paul getting sleepy at 9:30