|Happy Birthday to You! Thu, 10 Jun 2010 12:08 pm|
|Ok, we're a little slow getting this up here, but Grace had her 2nd birthday on June 2nd. She wanted a fish cake and balloons...you have to love birthdays when they're that young and that's all it takes to make them genuinely happy. We spent the night eating pizza and cake, going 'fishing' for small prizes over the side of the deck, blowing bubbles and chasing balloons. She really doesn't care much about gifts yet and really didn't want anything except a big kid tooth brush, so that's what she got. She is now the proud owner of a Thomas the Train spinbrush. Memama got to 'attend' the party over skype and we had a wonderful, laid back evening.
2 Year Stats
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|A Successful Trip Fri, 28 May 2010 01:17 pm|
|I realized today just how much my definition of a successful shopping trip has changed in the past few years. It used to require good weather, great deals, friends and maybe lunch out. Today I was thankful that Josiah didn't completely undress the mannequin and no one had a melt down. We don't attempt these trips very often (I can only think of 1 other time in the past 6 months), but Old Navy had a good sale and I decided to be brave. Here's how it went:
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|Dedicated Mon, 24 May 2010 07:38 pm|
|Even though it's not a common practice up here, we have had all of our kids dedicated to the Lord in church and this past Sunday was Kasia's turn. She looked beautiful in her pretty 'Aunt Sam' dress (Josiah said she looked like a princess) and acted pretty well during the ceremony, except for trying to eat Pastor Andy's mic during the prayer. She now has a certificate to hang on the wall next to the others. When I was talking to Josiah about what was going to happen early Sunday morning he was a little confused and asked if dedication meant that we had to give Kasia back to God so she could live in Heaven for awhile. I assured him that we would get to bring Kasia home with us!
Summer has finally arrived! It was in the 90s, sunny and no wind today...it was beautiful! The kids got to swim in the wading pool and I got to enjoy a run and the wonderful feeling of being sweaty and coming into a cool house. I love summer!
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|Sunsets Tue, 18 May 2010 08:32 pm|
|Today was a whirlwind of life and adoption stuff and in the middle of it all I took Kasia to get weighed and found out she's losing weight. Despite all of my efforts to avoid this problem again after having fought it with Grace and trying hard to make plenty of milk so I could leave enough for Kasia while we're traveling, she's just not getting enough for some reason. Once again I'm frustrated that my body won't simply do something that comes so easily to most other people and in the midst of trying to sort out what to do I caught a glimpse of the sunset out our back window. One of the things we love most about this house is the amazing view of that sunset and tonight was spectacular. I stood at the window as the last bit of sun crept below the horizon and realized that if I'd been even a minute later I would have seen a pretty view, but nothing compared to the brilliance that was there while the sun was visible. I think God was speaking to me, reminding me that what we see of him now is only a shadow of what he really is. Right now I understand his plans and why he lets some things happen like a child, but some day I'll see the whole picture and it will make sense. Until that time I just have to trust that he knows what he's doing and that he loves me.
I've been freezing milk for Kasia for about 2 months now and, at the minimum, we calculated that I need enough for 2.5 weeks. That comes out to about 600 ounces of milk. I hadn't been keeping track of how much was out there, but since I now need to give her everything I have I figured I better see what we had. There is 599.5 ounces in our deep freeze. I don't think that's a coincidence and while I still don't understand, I will trust.
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|Kids Say The Darndest Things Tue, 11 May 2010 07:06 pm|
|I've been keeping a list of some 'Josiahisms' for a while and it's getting long so I figured it was time to share. Here's what we've heard come out of that mouth lately...
Never one to be left out, Grace talks as much as Josiah does now...only we can't understand most of what she says. She has clearly learned to say 'Siah pushed me!' but we have to be careful because she sometimes yells it when she just wants to get him in trouble. My favorite phrase right now is "Dejus lub me!" (Jesus loves me).
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|Happy Mother's Day Sun, 9 May 2010 12:29 pm|
|Kim and I would like to wish Nanny and Memamma a very very very very very very very very very happy Mother's Day. We wouldn't be here if it weren't for you. ;-) Since we know that once you have kids, grandmothers would much rather seem them then you, we thought we would oblige.
I am pretty sure Josiah, Grace, and Kasia have no idea exactly what Mother's Day is, but they know the importance of having a loving mother and grandmother. So, they were very excited to let you both know that they love you as well. Aren't they adorable. :-)
Well, all the adorables (including their mother) are down for naps and I should be too. Just wanted to let you know we love you Memamma! We love you Nanny! Have a:
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|Nine years! How did that happen? Thu, 6 May 2010 10:30 am|
|Believe it or not, Kim and I have been married for nine years today. I am not exactly sure how she has managed to put up with me for that long, but I am SUPER SUPER happy she has.
It has been amazing so far and I am eagerly looking forward to what God has in store for us in the future. I am sure there are even better things (can't imagine what they would be) awaiting us after we finish our newlywed stage, assuming that ever happens. ;-) So, happy anniversary to the love of my life. I am blessed to call you wife and our kids are blessed to call you Momma!
For a little more in depth look at this momentous occasion, I wrote a little more over on my parenting blog. Let me end with simply saying....
Kimmie, YOU ROCK!
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