Friday, May 16, 2014
Our Bubba is nine. Did you get that? Nnnnniiiinnnneee. Like, the last year in single digits. 1) That’s outta control for this mommy to fathom. 2) There were a few times in his life I was pretty sure we’d never make it to this point as a result of his, shall we say, adventurous-ness?
(Thanks to the magic of FaceTime, Uncle B even got to join in on the party – and made his day!)
For Hudson Christopher’s ninth, we decided to change it up a bit and do a family outing. He loves the Phillies – it’s something he can connect with Daddy, Poppy and Uncle Bryan on. So, all clad in a new birthday Phillies’ shirt and an awesome hat from the Birthday Crew at the park, Hudson was off to go stand in line for the #1 reason he loves baseball stadiums….the food. Particularly, the cheesesteaks.
Little did he know, the birthday crew didn’t just give him a hat, they came to his seat and had the whole section sing Happy Birthday to him. He was smitten!
A cheesesteak, water ice, peanuts, and a soda later, his stomach may have been full. Good thing it was his birthday!
Unfortunately, the Phils went down in the 8th and never recovered – but it was still a fun evening! The next day (his actual birthday) was spent at Poppy and Mom-Mom’s celebrating his joyful life. Aunt Steph and his two great Grandmothers also got to attend to sing to him and wish him well.
(So I don’t get in trouble, these are his Grandmoms, not his greats…)
Happy Birthday Bubs! We are so blessed to have you in our lives – your life is truly a gift and you teach us something daily and challenge us to be better parents every day. We Love YOU!
Monday, April 28, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
I don’t know about where you are, but this has been one of the coldest, longest, winters/springs that I can remember. The fact that even in April we haven’t been outside all that much (more than others, I am sure because I refuse to be stuck inside all the time) calls for desperate measures.
One day recently (and a few since, subsequently), I drug the baby Little Tykes slide in from hibernation in the garage and set it up for Hadleigh’s own little jungle gym. Soft carpet in the living room and lots of pillows to climb on equaled the perfect spot to expend some energy!
Little Miss is also growing fond of the camera. As soon as she sees it she will often pose and then say, ‘See?’. We’ve also been busy dotting and painting and coloring.
And Anna? Sweetness and smiles and sugar and not a whole lot of spice (unless Hudson is bothering her). She is into building card towers when she has a quiet moment to herself. She is getting pretty good at it too! Two levels and no help from Mommy!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sometimes it’s just easier to do a quick bath in the sink and play with water while we clean up dinner….especially with a 20 month old that loves her food and loves the full body experience.
We keep a bottle of baby soap under the sink for emergencies like these. The menu on this night was yummy chicken pasta and veggies. And who doesn’t love a cute baby in some bubbles?
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
A few of our loyal readers (that would be 2 or 3 family members) have commented how I’ve been behind. I will blame that on a few things, and not my own laziness. Although, that is to blame as well! Our computer has been down for a while. My ah-maz-ing and talented husband recently discovered the problem, opened up the computer, ordered a replacement part and fixed it. And now it works again! Wahoo!
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
February 2nd our family participated in Baby Dedication at our home church. Baby/Child dedication is not to be confused with some churches that do infant baptism, or christening. Child dedication is pure and simple. It is a public declaration in front of your family, friends and church family that you PROMISE to do your best to raise your children to know Christ, love Him and to serve others.
Chris was able to share a little about each of the girls and something special about each of them….we chose to talk about their birth songs (the songs that were playing when they were each borth – like a gift from God to remind of us the present we were receiving oursevles.) Anna was born to “Great is thy Faithfulness” by Chris Rice and Hadleigh was born to “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman.
Pastor Steven then gives each of the children a gift of a cross necklace and prays over each of them and the family.
Hadleigh was a little more interested in chewing hers….Anna wore hers to school for the next week so she could tell her teachers about her special day. (And we are so abundantly grateful because both of her teachers understand and love the same God that Anna does .
It’s important. For us. For the parents. It’s a reminder that we were given these children and they are truly a gift. Our gift back to them is to share with them the life and love that only comes through knowing Jesus Christ intimately. That’s not an easy task at all – in fact, wow, I feel kinda heavy just thinking about it. But knowing that our family and friends pray for us a parents and to know that God is always by our sides? That makes me smile again.
We are so fortunate to have had our grandparents at the kids’ dedications. Hudson’s took place in AZ at our church there and it was 2006 Super Bowl Sunday. (Look at that adorable little munchkin! Who is now 8.5 – what?!?!?!)
Without thinking about it, Anna and Hadleigh’s Child Dedication was 2014 Super Bowl Sunday! My lovely Mom Smith reminded me of this fact….and she is the talented photographer as well.
1 Samuel 1:27-28 – May we always remember that they are ours for a short time, but His for eternity….
“I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.”
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
ORANGE CRAYON!!!! Melted. All over your clothes. And oddly enough, that mystery orange crayon came from a load of mostly adult clothing and while you are crying on the inside, you are wondering, "How in the world did that get in our clothes?"
Frustration. Because it'd been one of those weeks. One of those weeks. A puking kid, a semi-broken dryer (that has to be replaced...urg), an exploded pipe in your basement that flooded the walls and ceiling and floor, dealing with home owner's insurance, another puking kid, the coldest temps in years. Come on! Can we catch a break?
Yet, on the same hand, I am grateful. We have insurance, we are warm, dry, and well fed. We have a home (one of my best friend's home burned on Christmas Eve) and we have a vehicle (another friend had her's stolen this past week out of the drive). And God gave me extra grace and extra energy, and an EXTRA, EXTRA amazing husband. He helped clean puke covered floors, picked up pizza when I couldn't make dinner, helped around the house, and loved (loves) on all of us.
My brain kept singing this song (and yes, I know this is about an orange crayon...I'll get there): Matt Maher's "Lord I Need You". While I rocked in a chair with a baby girl several nights in a row for long periods of time, while I "slept" on the floor next to another little girl while she puked every 15 minutes, God gave me these words through this song. "Oh I need you, Lord I need you. Every hour I need you. My one defense, my righteousness. Oh God, how I need you."
Oh, I need Him. To fill up the darkness in me. To overflow the top of my cup and fill in all the cracks. I need Him to infuse me with Him, so at some point there will be no telling where I end and He begins. And in that night, when the hours seem long but the "babies" need Mama, I need Him. And the best thing?
He never fails to show up. Never.
Because when I need Him, and even when I don't think I do, He's there. Ahhh.Maze.Ing.
(So because there's no sweet transition that I can think of, that's my transition...a line of equal signs.)
So things got better. Kiddos healed, restoration company is helping us with drying out the basement, dryer is functional, it's still cold (but hey, I can't get everything). So now I get to move on to more trivial things. Like trying to figure out how to remove orange crayon from an entire load of our clothes.
56 minutes later I gingerly pulled each item out and they were clean! 2 of the items required a bit more scrubbing and another wash, but it worked. Apparently you can use the general cleaner too, but I chose this one. I had to share. I know that I'm not the only one who gets crayons in their dryer (albeit, a wonky dryer). Best wishes and best washing now that you don't have to cry when you pull out a load with crayon.