Here is a cute video of Lilah. Chris is reading her the interactive Jingle story for the first time this Christmas season. She loved it. Just loved it. If you not family, I would just ignore this one because it is super long. Mostly I'm posting for my grandma.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
So we had a beach day in late November, because Florida is the best. Here are some pictures... a couple family photos (of course an average of only one person was actually looking at the camera for each of them), some adorable pictures of the kids being kids (oh man those running ones are extra adorable), and a few of my pregnant belly (31 weeks now).
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I'm blogging. Ohmygosh, I know. I've actually thought about writing a post lately, but once I sit down I find I only have about two sentences worth to say or my ideas come at two in the morning and that's just not happening. I'm going to do a bunch of little things for catch-up and we'll call it a post. So lately...
READING Everyday Talk by John A. Younts. It's about talking freely and naturally about God with your children. I've actually read/skimmed this book before and love it. Lilah has been a poophead lately. I've been at a loss for words. Enter this book. It's all about using everyday moments (like when she is being disobedient or sassy) and learning how to discipline by focusing on her heart and her need for Jesus. It's also about using everyday moments (like when she's asking about the animals or the clouds) and learning how to point her to her creator. Next on my list, Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Trip.
TRYING to be a patient, gracious parent through Lilah's sassy attitude. She will be rounding out three pretty soon and I can tell. Oh man she is pressing all my buttons. I think what makes it the hardest is that we've never had a problem from her before. Half the time I just stare at her in shock. Generally she is trustworthy, obedient, delightful, smart, and understanding. She still does have those characteristics, but hasn't been displaying them lately. Hence the grace-based parenting books. I want to start talking to her about her heart and how she needs Jesus, rather than just modifying her behavior. I guess now that I'm writing this I feel a little grateful that it's been so hard. One hundred extra moments every day where she is acting a butt equal one hundred extra moments that I have to point her to Jesus, also one hundred extra moments where I realize how much I need Jesus too. Pray for us both.
LOVING our small group. The same group of families have been meeting now for over a year. It's been so wonderful to invest time into these relationships. I just love all of them. I just love all of our kids. It's such a blessing. Right now we are doing a study on James.
WASHING my hair way less. I know nobody cares about this but me, but I used to wash my hair every single day. Ugh, it was so much work. I recently-ish cut it shorter. I spend a little more time with the straightener, but now I only have to wash it every four days or so. It's just awesome. Really.
WORKING working working. The husband and I have both been putting in a ton of hours. This month alone, we have fifteen extra events where we are catering/selling smoothies outside the store. Add that to our regular work load and it's making for a long month. I'm happy to be doing these events. It means we are doing well with our business. It actually means we are going to blow through our yearly sales goal this month and that we get to set a new one for the end of the year. Yeah, pretty amazing. It just reminds me how grateful I am to be doing something we love while still supporting our family- Praise be to God. It also reminds me how much work running our own business can be- sometimes it would be nice to pass this off to someone else.
GRATEFUL for C's progress in our home. Last night, I asked him to throw something away. He was able to stop, comprehend, and obey. That's a big big deal. His language has really started to explode too. Every day we are hearing new words from him.The little kid is doing so well. We've had him since May, so it's been about five months now. I think we are all finally starting to see consistent improvement in every part of his behavior.
MAKING hard decisions about C's future in our home. A few weeks ago, we finally made the decision that we would not be able to continue caring for him once the baby arrives. It was such a difficult decision, as I felt so much guilt about asking for him to be transitioned out. Once I made the call, we had some positive and encouraging feedback from a few key people on his team. I have since then started to feel more at peace with our time with him, knowing it is okay that it was just a short time and knowing that I serve a god that is kind and gracious and completely in charge of this little boy's life. Right now, the plan is for C to move to the home that includes his full-blood brother.
ENJOYING my time being pregnant. I never thought I would say those words, as I have never enjoyed being pregnant before, but general life experience and losing a child will surely change one's heart. I just find it hard to complain about this discomfort or that problem. Hello, I have a human being growing inside me. It's so special this time around and I think I could cry a million times a day when I remember that I'm going to have a baby again. Each little kick is such a gift. I just love it. All of it. There are about 100 days left until my due date.
That's all. I'm done. I've been typing way too long. I must go check on the children now.
Posted by My Head to My Toes at 8:11 PM
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
This past weekend we got to spend some time with the Thomas family because Aunt Jennifer got married. Cousin Elizabeth played and laughed with Lilah until they were both delirious. Unbelievably sweet. The pictures just don't do their relationship justice. It was the best, really. Lilah even got to have her first real-ish sleepover with Elizabeth. Oh those two are so special.