Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Home Grown"

I just wanted to share these photos of Caleb in his "Home Grown" outfit, which is WAY too big for him even though it's a newborn size. I love the vegetables in his pockets! :)

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Don't you like my creative excuses to post new pics of my baby?!





Peace of Christ to you,

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Spidagee and Pwincess

This year we went to an early Halloween party. Kate's Grammy made her dress!

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And Caleb went as Caleb the Bottle Chucker, of course!

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As I looked at these sweet shots, I felt a little sad, remembering when Keagan used to say, "Spidagee." He's growing up so quickly...they all are!
Peace of Christ to you,

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Kids

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Peace of Christ to you,

Monday, October 18, 2010

Helmet Hilarity

Recently when we were visiting with some of my husband's family, Keagan snatched Uncle Randy's motorcycle helmet and pretended to drive around on his own bike with it:

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Not to be outdone, Kate suddenly emerged from the bedroom with her own version:

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Peace of Christ to you,

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Spiderman, a Sling, and Bathtime

Keagan gets to be Spiderman for Halloween, and he's excited!

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Kate got her very own baby sling made by Grammy, so she's excited, too!

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And Caleb...well, I don't think he's quite excited, but he's at least clean!

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Peace of Christ to you,

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

May 29, 2010

I found this piece I had written in the spring and felt like sharing it. I hope it speaks to your heart.


May 29, 2010
Lord, some days I feel like I can sense you close by. I don't know how to fully explain that, but I just have this peace that you are who you said you are and that you are here with me. I see you in my children's laughter and when they whirl around the garage on their bikes, singing "Oh How He Loves Us" and "Jesus Loves Me."

Yesterday early in the evening we all went for a walk around the block. The sun had just dipped some, giving the first hints of relief from the heat. On our way back, huge, sporatic rain drops danced out of the sky--the kind where one person gets hit on the nose and another person doesn't even believe it's raining yet. And in a couple of moments, they gathered together in unison. Almost immediately, I could feel the rain pressing the heat into the ground, away from my face. A deep, refreshment swirled around my head. We walked briskly around the last corner in case of a downpour, yet not really wanting the walk to end either.

It felt like you, Lord.

Earlier in the day I sat in the garage, watching the kids ride their bikes. Caleb was tumbling around inside my belly, and I could see his jolts just beneath my skin. The thought hit me that Mary was pregnant with Jesus and surely sat and marveled at these very same things.

He was human, too.

I've been studying the gospels, searching for examples of Jesus displaying each specific fruit of the spirit. When I allow my heart to hear these stories, I realize that they happened to a real man. I think of the indignation I feel when someone betrays me. Jesus knew about it before it happened, yet he still called Judas "friend." He was really beaten--something I couldn't endure. He didn't get out of the suffering because he was God; no, he endured it all the more because he was God.

Thank you for loving us this way, Lord.

Peace of Christ to you,

Monday, October 11, 2010

That's a Wrap!

I have been using something that I love so much, I wanted to share it with you. An official one is called a Moby Wrap; mine is home-made with lots of love, and I do love it.

I consider it a miracle problem-solver, since I can do nearly anything while wearing my baby around. I got a sling made for him at first, but after some digging and researching, decided it wasn't as safe as I'd like. This holds the baby upright where he can breathe better. I have done as much as play soccer with my 4 year old while wearing Caleb in it! On a normal day, you'll find me using it to get laundry, cooking, dishes, grading, and walking outside done. Caleb's verdict is the same: he would stay in it all day if I'd let him!

Here's a shot of it in use:

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Peace of Christ to you,

Sunday, October 10, 2010

New Caleb Photos

I thought this little guy was just too cute not to share with you:

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I love that Matt can take such sweet, up close photos of our children! Poor Caleb has been photographed so much less than the other two, though! That's how it goes, isn't it? I think his spoiling in other areas makes up for it, don't you? :)

Peace of Christ to you,

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What I've Been Up To

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Mostly hanging out with this handsome guy! It's so nice to feel "normal" again and get back into things I did before. I wear Caleb around quite a bit (he's not spoiled a bit!) and I can do a lot of stuff this way. He and I both love it! Today he snoozed in his wrap while I graded papers at the coffee shop. He's such a good baby; we're so blessed!

He was weighed yesterday and he was a whopping 8 pounds, 12 ounces! Growing like a weed!

My discipleship group is starting a new book called "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World." I'm looking forward to it. I need refreshment, something to remind me WHY I believe what I believe instead of just WHAT I believe. :)
Peace of Christ to you,