Monday, March 31, 2008
I love the glow on the deck!
This is the side of the room where we currently have desks lined up for the older kids. We'd like to get a long countertop for them, but these desks work for now. And for the record, they rotate who "gets" to use the TV tray.
Near the stairs is the trusty homemade cabinet that has been with me in one form or another since I found it at a yard sale when I lived at Kansas Bible Camp, and a bookshelf that formerly resided in the living room.
The other thing that I'm loving about our new use of The Barn is found upstairs..
See the TV? It's not an extra TV, it's just our regular old TV, but it is Not In The House! Love it! This is our new "family room" area. We're also excited about it being a nice guest room that is completely cat free.
Grace's comment as she excitedly got ready for her bath is such an example of her view of life. "We're going to have a Pajama Tea Party! And we will Laugh!"
And laugh we did!
Our gourmet fare for this feast was chocolate chips, marshmallows, leftover chocolate bunny, and blueberry tea. Classy ladies!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
He would be so excited to see the bite coming...
Then when he got it, he would make the most awful face!
But he'd be ready for a bite 3 seconds later!
I have a video, but when I uploaded it, it was too dark to see. You'll have to trust me, I guess. :-)
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Here's why traffic was creeping along. They were trying to keep the Meramac off of I-44.
A bit closer to home... this is the Union exit from I-44.
And the flea market at that exit...
And here's the Meremac in the Dickey Bub (can you say redneck?) parking lot in Union, MO.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I was so thrilled to see Grace make a new little friend at the park. Too often, I see my children mimic my reluctance to put myself out there and be friendly.
This post is mostly to brag on our amazing little man and all of his recent developments. It's so fun to us that he is so unique amoung our Blessings! They're all unique of course, but it's fun to be so constantly surprised with #7.
So... Stephen is 9 1/2 months old.
He has 5 teeth.
He is -
pushing up to a sit
pulling himself to a stand (on anything, including the side of the stove)
cruising around on anything he can find
And here are some recent pictures from a fun trip to the park. A couple of fun firsts.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Last night, Stephen popped through two more teeth, for a total of 5 so far! There's another that's close to coming through.
He's gone from a swim to a full fledged crawl in the last week.
He's spent the last two nights in the crib in the girls room (woot!) and has done really well with it. I'm sure he likes it better than the pack 'n play in the living room.
He also napped in the crib this morning. I'm not sure how well he slept, because he woke up himself instead of me waking him as is typical. When Davey went in to get him, he'd figured out how to get from laying down to standing up in the crib! He's pulled himself from a sit to a stand before, but this was the first time he got upright at all from laying down. Wish I could've seen it!
Here is a picture of Stephen and sweet Grace T. at CHEF classes yesterday:
And a video that includes the new crawling skill. And shows how fast that Gracie T is!:
Thursday, March 06, 2008
This morning, it was actually lighter in color than it was last night! She's still going to have a black eye, but it's much better than I thought it would be. Do you think she'll apply the lesson about not running in the house?
This picture doesn't show quite the right color... it's a little darker than this, but not much.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
A hymn with which I was unfamiliar jumped out at me with this line, "Savior! Thou art enough The mind and heart to fill." I went to find the lyrics and thought I'd share them.
O Patient, Spotless One!
by C. Andreas Bernstein
O patient, spotless One!
Our hearts in meekness train
To bear Thy yoke and learn of Thee
That we may rest obtain
Savior! Thou art enough
The mind and heart to fill
Thy life, to calm the anxious soul
Thy love, its fear dispel
O fix our earnest gaze
So wholly, Lord on Thee
That with Thy beauty occupied
We else-where none may see
Listen to it here
Here's the link to the main Saints Serving site
I was sharing with Jonathan earlier that I don't remember a time in my life when I would not have loved these recordings. They are the hymns with which I grew up, and in my younger years, they were most often sung without accompaniment, as they are here. These recordings take me both backward in memory and forward in faith. What a great combination!
There's so much more in my heart for which I'm not finding words..
Ladies, be sure to tell your fathers you love them today.
Papa, I just want to say again how thankful I am for you and how blessed I am to be your daughter. Thank you for teaching, training, and guarding me all those years, for leading me to the Most Important Love of all, and for being such an amazing example. You and Mama, with lots of help from the Lord (of course!!), are blame for most everything good about who I am today. I love you both dearly.
Anyway, here's what it looks like from the back door right now.
And with all of my Southern heritage, I'm so glad I did.