Saturday, December 26, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Thursday, December 03, 2009
December 1st was World AIDS Day.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Anna: We're going to buy a turkey!
Kaitlyn: And then we're going to kill it!
Oh, the brutality of a holiday centering around the eating of meat. :)
(And just to clarify, we buy our turkey from the grocery store, so we don't have to do the dirty work ourselves. )
Today we're hanging out here at home, watching the various parades and football games, and I will be making my very first Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings. I tried to convince Kevin that we should take a trip somewhere fun with his time off, but he seemed less than enthused with that plan. :) THEN I thought we'd thumb our noses at tradition and get Chinese takeout or something, but when my son Yosef eagerly asked two nights ago, "Mom, are we getting a turkey?"...how on earth could I say no?!
So yesterday I took the kids to the grocery store where we (and everyone else in Denver) bought our groceries. The kids were SO EXCITED, and announced to every other store customer that we were buying a turkey. It was hilarious. Now, I don't know how the turkey will turn out, but I figure my 5 year olds and 2 year old won't be too picky. :) And Kevin will have his candied yams, so he should be happy too.
I'm most thankful this year for our little family and especially for sweet Mary Lucille. I also find myself thankful for the place where we live and the dear friends God has brought into our lives here, as well as for long-time friends that we miss. I'm thankful for community, and that thanks to the internet I'm able to share in the lives of friends scattered all over the world. Thank you for reading and wanting to share in mine.
And now I'm off to play a game with Kevin (and try not to think about having to stick my hand inside a dead bird and pull its guts out later). HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Because in just 24 hours, over $10,000 was raised to build wells in Africa. Over 1,000 lives will be touched. Truly amazing.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Yosef had a loose tooth (basically hanging by a thread) one morning at church. After church it was gone--and he had no clue where! He's a bit young to be losing teeth, and so most likely that tooth was traumatized at some point in the past. (I don't know about you, but teeth totally gross me out. I don't want to have to see/touch/know about any loose teeth. Ewwww! :) )
Today has been a good day. Our colds are finally getting better, I homeschooled, and I've gotten some housework done. Currently I'm sitting here on the couch holding an adorable baby, and tonight we have Community Group. I'm off now to finish up some things on my to-do list, including taking a shower. :) Happy Wednesday!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I'M TIRED, people! This newborn stuff is not for the faint of heart--not to mention we all had colds last week.
Thankfully though Mary seems to be settling into eating at 10:30 pm, 2:30 am, and 6:30 am. I really can't complain when my one-month-old is sleeping for 4-hour stretches at night.
But I CAN fall asleep on the couch...with the sweetest, most precious little girl in my arms. So in the end, life is good.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
You don't have to leave your house or even step away from your computer.
4500 children die every day for lack of clean water. That's 4500 mothers--women just like you and me--burying their children every.single.day.
But for $10, YOU can provide clean water for someone in Africa for 10 YEARS. You can change a life. Save a life.
Today, November 13, some of us are giving water. For only $10. Will you join us? Click here to make your donation.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I wanted to share some pictures of our big kids meeting Mary Lu.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
It feels like we're settling into our routine and adjusting to life with 5 little ones. Mary Lucille is sweet as can be and even though some days I feel terribly exhausted, life is good. This week we've gotten back into homeschooling, which is nice.
Since Mary was born, I've been on the computer less, which has actually been quite freeing for a compulsive email/Facebook/news checker like me. :) Instead I've been reading an excellent book, Flannery O'Connor: Spiritual Writings. Oh how I love to read. This particular book has some excerpts from her novels and short stories, but is mostly comprised of correspondence where she shares spiritual insights.
Obviously I don't have much to say. :) We had a good Halloween--the kids and I made popcorn balls, we did the whole trick-or-treating thing, and now we have a ton of candy in the house. I'll share pictures soon. (We had Snow White, two ladybugs, a policeman and a pirate.) Somehow we failed to watch It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, which makes me super sad since I love that movie and I think it's a great tradition. Maybe it's not too late.
I will end this post with a question: what is with the Snuggie? EVERYone is talking about this thing. On the one hand it seems utterly lame, but methinks I might like to wear one around the house. Because let's face it, it looks comfy and warm, even if it's really dumb. (As it is I am rather enjoying pants with drawstrings these days--whoever invented them is my hero.) So that's all. I'm still here, wearing comfy pants, reading your blogs and very occasionally posting on mine. Have a great week!!!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Things are going really well. Mary is sleeping and eating great and we're maybe starting to adjust to getting less sleep. Maybe. :)
Actually I am really, really fortunate in that Mary nurses at 11 pm, 1 am, and 5 am. Then she sleeps till 8 am or later typically. That is really not so bad. God has definitely made this transition go smoothly and I am not taking that for granted!
I took my mom to the airport this morning--sad! She'd been here since October 9th, and I'm really going to miss her. Mary Lu loved taking naps in Grandma's lap so I know she'll miss her too. I don't like living so far away from my parents!
And so our new little life as a family of seven begins. My four oldest are still madly in love with sweet Mary and each of them is constantly vying to hold/hug/kiss/touch her. No jealousy, no acting out, just lots and lots of love and care.
We have to leave soon to pick up Anna from her day at school. I love Monday afternoons when I get to see how excited she is about what she painted, read, or did. And Mondays make me appreciate our days together during the rest of the week, because I really miss her!
I hope you have a great week. We'll just be hanging out here, Mary has her 2-week doctor's appointment on Thursday, and I'll be breaking my years-long not-going-to-the-dentist streak tomorrow. I know. So gross. But I fear the dentist. (Yes, avoidance is my personal favorite defense mechanism--thank you Sigmund and Anna for coming up with something that describes crazies like me so well!)
Monday, October 19, 2009
Not because 5 is some magic number that is so much bigger than 4, but because little Mary Lu came into our lives so casually and quietly: me getting pregnant again just 2 WEEKS after losing our baby, then having a pregnancy that just kinda seemed to fade into the background of daily life, homeschooling, and home improvement projects, and finally a labor and delivery that went pretty fast. (Though it did NOT feel that way at the time! Ouch!)
And now suddenly, we have this sweet baby girl in our family. It all feels like a whirlwind.
Each of our children is dear to me. Each in their unique way. Mary is a profound gift and I feel like I'm still processing through it all. The grief you feel when you lose a baby through miscarriage is overwhelming. Finding out God is giving you another child right in the midst of that grief is both amazing, and strange.
Yet God is good, and makes beauty from ashes, and as a result, my daughter Mary Lucille is sleeping in the next room.
Thank you all SO MUCH for your well-wishes and prayers and congratulations. Mary is meant to be here, and in our family. She came into our lives gently, a sweet miracle from God at a time when it seemed there were mostly just feelings of pain and loss. I may be sleep-deprived, but I'm positively delighting in this gift and in these early days of life with Mary Lucille.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
No baby yet.
Pretty good contractions on a regular basis. (I'm having one right now in fact.)
Three days away from my due date.
My mom is in town, which is SO much fun. Today we drove up to Fort Collins just to check things out and see the town. (I hadn't been up there before.) What a neat place! I LOVED it. Tomorrow I have my OB appointment and tomorrow night our community group is getting together for dinner on Pearl Street...I'm trying to stay productive and busy but let's face it, everyone in this house is antsy for baby to be born! Last night they were actually timing my contractions (which were about 5 minutes apart for over an hour), but they went away. Bummer! I'm curious to see if I'm past 3 cm at my appointment tomorrow.
Anyway, just letting everyone know that our little girl has yet to join the world. Funny how when you reach the end of the pregnancy, it feels like you're in limbo. I'm all about waiting for the baby to come when she's ready, but boy can it be hard to wait!!!
Friday, October 09, 2009
Yeah, not so much.
There was apparently much fun, and dress-up, and dancing. Unbenownst to me. All captured on camera by Kevin, who clearly was in no hurry to get the kids to sleep.
I think that often the best times are the spontaneous ones, where no one's watching the clock, and where the standard rules don't apply. I have to admit I was a little grumpy when I first got off the phone to discover that the PJs were now off and there were four sweaty kids racing around long past their bedtimes. But those pictures and memories and moments with Daddy are priceless!
Thursday, October 08, 2009
We got to go to our first Colorado Rockies game (well, since we've lived here) last Thursday.
Kevin also went to his first Bronco's game on Sunday afternoon with a friend, and had a blast.
Waiting for the game to start.
Biniam applauding--though it looks more like he's attending an opera than a baseball game! This picture seriously cracks me up.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
First of all, I don't bring my kids in, Kevin comes home to watch them. So this is a non-issue. BUT, I'm paying this doctor a heck of a lot of money, and if I want to bring my children with me to hear the baby's heartbeat or because my husband has to work, I ought to be able to. OR the doctor's office needs to be up front about this policy from the get-go. Give me a break.
Just an anecdote from my day. :) Here's hoping we all remain swine flu free, but here's also hoping we remain mass hysteria free. In the words of George Costanza, WE'RE TRYING TO HAVE A SOCIETY HERE, PEOPLE!!! :)
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Thinking we'll also have lunch at the food court. Good times.
I'm laughing out loud at myself because I'm sitting here literally BLOGGING ABOUT NOTHING to avoid running my errand. Yes, it has indeed come to this.
Happy Tuesday! May your day also be filled with large boxes and bite-sized samples and fountain drinks infused with legal stimulants.
Monday, October 05, 2009
I'm utterly exhausted most of the time now, but that's normal for the end of pregnancy, at least for me. We have also been SO busy lately-- I only had ONE full day at home last week, which is highly unusual around here. And this week is shaping up to be busy too.
Today Anna had school and I had lunch duty. It was actually a lot of fun to see who Anna sits with, and to chat with the kids I know there (half the kids from our church actually, which is funny since the school is a full half-hour from our church.) Yosef, Biniam and Kaitlyn had a blast too eating lunch in the gym and playing with all the kids.
In other news, Biniam was attacked today by a swarm of bees and stung multiple times. Yikes. He's fine, thankfully, and is apparently not allergic to bee stings.
Dinner's in the oven, and it will feel really good to get those kiddies tucked in later and put my feet up and relax. With ice cream of course! :)