so thankful for the beautiful lady who taught me how to choose joy.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
11 days. 34 hours in the car. 2 countries (1 being Canada-don't get too excited). Stops (some just for some Wendy's) in MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, NY, PA, OH and a ferry trip across beautiful Lake Michigan. Tons of sweet time with family and friends. Three littles that WIN WIN WIN at sleeping in unfamiliar places, meeting tons of new people, and driving with little conplaint/crying.
My heart is a little heavy leaving my beautiful home state. I enjoy my life in MN more than I could have ever dreamed of 6 years ago but I will forever miss my family SO much. Thankful that I don't live in the age where a newlywed girl boarded a train out west and never returned home. Until we meet again, Michigan...
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Picking peonies from the Z's backyard and filling my whole house with them. We love our besties.
2 dates in one week! 2!!!!! Thanks, ma.
Our youngest. The sweet, the steady and the calm of our family.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
This girl. Such a cuddly goof ball. So compliant and gentle spirited with a side of sass and daredevil.
Jose let her sit on a bar stool this weekend and now her main activity of the day is sitting on a bar stool, sucking on her blankie, watching over her brother and sister. She is our care giver. Offering blankies and cuddles to everyone, especially if they are upset, and especially to her brother.
If you ask "Ellie come give me kisses," she wanders over with her fast little trot and gives you a huge kiss, usually square on the lips plus a bear hug.
When Jose walks in the door she squeels with delight and is the first to run into his arms. She also has a particular love for her Grandpa Tom and Chantel. She is still a mama's girl and has the hardest time of all my kids being left anywhere, especially the gym. She is slowly getting better and I love the extra cuddles.
And she's always climbing something.
We treasure you, Ellie Grace. I love how you will sit in my lap for many hours of the day just because you want to. I hope you always seek me out like that. I still PRAISE GOD for your perfect sleeping skills. You are pure fun and a total DELIGHT!
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I love mothering a little boy. It's so different and so fun. James has been God's grace to me lately, needing little more than a full tummy (which can be a somewhat daunting task) and a bit of comfort when he falls (often).
He is so independent and finds joy in the smallest things, particularly any picture or figurine somewhat resembling an "EEEEEEEEE." His word for "doggy." The other day I tied an old shoe string on a plastic dog toy and he pulled his little EEEEE around for an hour smiling, talking and laughing. He also likes to lay on the floor, sometimes for as long as 5 minutes, until someone, hopefully Rea, finds him and gives him some tickles. Then he starts belly laughing in such a way that the whole house turns to joy no matter what the circumstances.
He's by nature an early riser. My girls are NOT...they are those funny little ones that enjoy sleeping till 9am. I have gently trained him to go at least until 7 and today as I write this at 7:40a he is still sleeping. On days that he wakes before his sisters, we embrace it. He has breakfast alone while I sip my coffee and we usually go outside and water my flowers and tomatoes.
He loves playing in the water, playing with balls, and playing with his sisters. And food. He adores eating and making huge messes while he eats. Ellen's tray is usually spotless and neat. James' tray and the floor beneath tends to be a disgusting mess. A typical breakfast for him these days: 1 banana, 1 piece of toast, 2-4 scrambled eggs OR a big bowl of oatmeal. Tank.
When he wakes from his nap he says "mama" in his deep raspy voice and wants me to himself for at least 10 minutes. There is nothing I would rather do than cuddle his mushy little body but the nature of our current life sometimes requires me to end that time early with the only other thing that will comfort him post-wake up, a snack.
Thank you, James, for your calm, sweet presence. Thank you, Lord, for creating him for our family. Thank you, JD, for allowing me the luxury of having the best job in the world!