Tuesday, January 29, 2008
It has been one of those days! It began by getting everyone up and out the door for Gabe's 10:00 am, 2 month checkup. Once in the office I was told the appointment was at 1:00 pm; I arrived home and sure enough I had written 1:00pm on my calendar. It is our dental appointments next week that are at 10:00 am. Oops!
Then, I tried to get Drew to play quietly in his room while I worked in the office. While I was worrying about getting advance reports out, consolidated Aging report submitted, and issuing stop payments on checks I hear a crash in Drew's room. I didn't even want to look, but I knew it was the responsible thing to do. So, I opened the door and to my horror Drew had knocked over his reading lamp and glass was behind the rocking chair. I calmly called John on the phone for a pep talk. While I was ranting to him about needing to get my work done, Drew walks in and says "Mommy, when you done working, play play dough with me?" John, hearing the desperation in my voice said he would come home from work early and clean up the mess. He arrived just in time to watch Drew while I took Gabe for his 1:00 checkup. While at the doctor a windstorm blew out the power! The rest of the day went smoothly, John took Drew out for the afternoon and Gabe slept! I was finally able to get my work done! Oh, one last little thing, tonight after dinner I asked Drew to get me a tissue, he walked in the kitchen with a long, long roll of toilet paper ... still attached in the bathroom!
It was a perfectly crazy day!
(After the Toilet Paper Incident)
Gabe's stats were: 11.6 pounds (50-75%), 21 3/4 inches long (10-25%), Head circumference 38 1/4 (10-25%).
Gabe has also slept through the night the past two nights! Last night he slept from 10:00pm to 5:45am!
Drew and I did manage a bike ride today, with Kitty, we were able to ride all the way to the pond and back on our bikes. Drew peddled the whole way and of course Kitty had to go swimming in the pond even though it is winter. Kitty loves to run with the bike, we have been trying to get her out with the bike once a day. She loves it!
John goes in tomorrow for injections into his neck, he is very excited to be rid of his neck pain!
If you don't have a Bible reading plan this year, join us for the Interactive Bible reading blog. This week was my week to write, it was very stressful trying to write something I knew others would read! John was so sweet, he helped me the day before it was due to finalize some of my thoughts. Oh, my book club is now over which is very sad. I enjoyed getting out and having coffee with friends every other Thursday. I think my best friend Nicole and I will be meeting, twice a month for a ladies night out!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Q1) What is an area in your life where God is calling you to be obedient?
I am so in awe about how God reiterates his messages to me over and over again when he wants to grab my attention. The area God has really been revealing over and over through sermons, bible readings, and our Home Bible Study group, is the idea of making my life a constant prayer – not just a few 5 minutes here and a prayer or two at meals. My entire being longs to live each day in prayer or communion with my Father.
Romans 12:12 says "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."
Am I wholeheartedly pursuing making my daily life a prayer to God? Our family is trying, our goals in 2008 are to grow closer as a family spiritually and grow closer to the Lord individually, this goal can only be accomplished with constant and fervent prayer; specifically the constant fervent prayers of a mother and wife - me. So 2008 has begun on my knees in prayer, asking "Lord what does a day of constant prayer look like?" How can I keep my mind focused on You?
“Please give my mind endurance to run the race each day, keep distraction (TV, whining children, daily mundane activities) far away and allow me rest in You. Today, I choose to keep my eyes fixed on you and Your word, listening for Your “still small voice” May tomorrow I chose this same awe-inspiring path.”
Friday, January 11, 2008
To my One and Only,
Five years ago today we said "I do," can you believe how short the years have come and gone? 1 year ago we were cruising the Caribbean immersed in each others arms, contemplating adding another arrow to our quiver. Here we are, my love, half a decade of experiences and memories, two beautiful children who carry our name, and the love... the love has only grown!
You are my only, my everything, my perfecter
My strong arm that hold me afloat when life tries to drag me under,
the one whose eyes of determination I look into each night,
You are the one I can't live without, the one I share my dreams with and share my heart,
Your face of joy lightens my heart and brings me joy,
Your optimism pulls me along this path we share together, encourages me,
Your the one who believes I can do anything and loves me no matter the outcome.
My love, when I think about what really matters in life I thank the Lord for sending you to me that March day. Your smile, your selflessness, your laugh, your willingness to admit when wrong, your ability to always make life fun - captured my thoughts those first few days we dated - it is those same qualities that supported us through the trials that life sent our way.
I remember how the nurses in the hospital would always smile more once you had arrived to visit me those 5 long weeks, I remember you giving up your dream job so you could change my bed pan and help the long hours pass - - I knew I couldn't make it through that pregnancy without you. I remember you telling me that our son would arrive perfectly on time and would be perfect in God's eyes, I remember the way you tried to force the oxygen mask onto my face during labor! I remember the nights you held me while I cried, I remember the fear of trying to have another child, I remember the many shots you gave me and how perfect and exact you wanted the needle to be!
So, as our 6th year of marriage begins I am convicted, what really matters in life are the little things I daily take for granted - life is short and I worry and fret about things that don't matter. So here is my list of what I would miss the most if you were not here:
- Watching you chase Drew around the house with the Nerf gun while he giggles and Kitty barks... loudly
- The smell of our bed that has always reminds me that you are coming to bed soon = especially when you work the night shift.
- Always having someone who will listen to me and encourage me
- Your smile when you come home from work, I love it that you think about us all day and love coming home, even if Gabe is fussy and cries in the night!
- Holding your hand at church while we sing together
- Your strong shoulders and arms that always know when I need a hug
- Your ability to fix anything and Drew's constant chanting "Its broken mommy, Daddy fix it!"
- Your constant calm energy that brings peace to our home
- Sleep... I would miss how selfless you are, getting up with the kids so I can sleep in (just like this Saturday morning, thanks for letting me sleep in till 11:00 am!) My list could go on and on my love!
My Love For You John is Beyond All Measure
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Can you tell which is which? The one on the left is Gabe at 8 week of age, the one on the right is Drew at 16 week! Gabe has already surpassed Drew, Gabe weighs in at 10 pounds this week! Gabe has tons of fat rolls and loves to eat. Even though Gabe does have reflux, he doesn't spit up nearly as much as Drew did. Gabe is really starting to be alert, picking his head up and following mommy with his eyes. Gabe also rolled over from his tummy to back at 6 weeks.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Well, enjoy these new pictures, I also posted a video of Drew on the video page.