Saturday, January 17, 2009


Esther, Josh, and Kylee came for three days after Christmas while my parents were still here. We crammed as much as we could into their visit...sledding, tea party, gingerbread trains, trip to Lookout Ridge, and lots of playing together. My mom bought the younger four matching t-shirts. They call them the "cousin shirts." Kylee and DJ play Leap Frog World games
I went out sledding and Kent was caring for Kade. This is where I found him when I came back. :) Dads can be so creative.

The night Grandpa and Grandma left.

Kade is three months old now and smiling now and then. The time at Children's Hospital seems almost like a dream. It only lasted 8 days but at the time it seemed an eternity!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Thoughts on the New Year

I'm thinking that this year I want to grow and change. With God's help I will remember...

-To realize my list of "to-do's" can wait while I stop to take care of my children in numerous ways

-To realize that my baby will only want to be held like this for about a year and then I'll mostly be watching them walk all over the I will relish these moments

-To realize that even though I don't have long periods of quiet and uninterruption, there are many moments throughout the day to pray and meditate on Scripture

-To realize that I should not desire to control life's circumstances and other's choices. I will love others and accept God's control in my life.

-To make memories and be more spontaneous...hide and seek, notes for my husband, "just because" surprises for the kids

-To cast ALL my cares upon Him, because He cares for me. Why be anxious?

When all is said and done, what really matters is that my children are walking in truth and that I've loved God and others. All the rest is okay....but I'm going to work on not getting hung up on it (like I've struggled in the past)...clean house, organized storage room, scrapbooking all our memories, journaling, cooking lots of meals, learning new skills, finding cute clothes, staying in touch with Everyone in numerous ways, completing all homeschooling goals, etc.

Just wanted to share. No pictures though. I can't believe it. :)