Saturday, October 29, 2011

Family photos fall 2011

OK it's been WAY too long!!

OK, I've neglected this blog for FAR too long! I've stuck to facebook 'cause it's sometimes easier and I don't feel the need to editorialize with nice fancy or clever thoughts. Just short & easy. And I think it reaches more people anyway. So here are some photos of Halloween 2011 and festivities leading up to it. I'll add more after Monday.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Gretchen (aka Gigi)

Well we have another girl who I love beyond measure. Her name is Gretchen or we like to also call her Gigi. She is the most independent of all my kidlets and we love her so much. She makes me laugh and has the brightest eyes! She also goes from kisses and hugs mixed with giggles and smiles to the evil eye in an instant. But she can come out of it just as quickly.

She is not afraid to be her own person and to do things her way. Being the third child isn't always easy, but she seams to take it as a challenge. She wants to do it all, and do it now. Her body and abilities seams to be chasing the desires she thinks she should be able to do on her own. She keeps asking me when she will be a mom or when she will be a grown up. I try to tell her to just be who she is (and how old she is) right now. That girl is growing up too fast as it is.

One of my favorite things about her are her hugs! She is the BEST hugger I know. When she gives you a hug she gives it full force and often with her entire body. I have had to outlaw "choking hugs" when it come to Calvin, but I can take 'em. She is eager to go to school and to do things the bigger two do. She is good at expressing her love, and loves so many people. That's just a few of things I thought about today as I spend some one on one time with her while Calvin naps. Love that girl!

I almost forgot to mention that she has an imaginary friend that she talks about ALL the time! Another of my favorite things about her. I think Leena showed up over a year ago and it's multiple times daily that Leena is with her or she tells me about something Leena did. Certain things change about her, but some consistent things are that she has brown skin, is a girl, and that she went to africa to find Jesus. This came about because Gigi started to blame things she was doing on Leena, so Braden told Leena that she couldn't come back in our house. It was a shocker for Gigi and it wasn't long after that she found a solution and a way for Leena to be forgiven.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Dear sweet Lorelei,

My Lorelei IS such a sweet girl who truly cares about other people. She like her brother, who is handsome, is SO beautiful! She is one of the friendliest girls I know and always wants others to be happy. She is more than just a help to me, she is my helper. She's happy to help others and is so good at it.

She is creative and imaginative, and talented in so many ways. One of her talents is making friends. She is not so shy like I was at her age. She is confident in who she is and in what's right and wrong. She is a good example to all around her and makes me want to be worthy to be her mother. She loves to sing and dance and spend time with you. She is an accomplished reader (especially for a girl just finishing up kindergarden). Even before she could even tell you her letters she had a great love for books. She would sit down for lengthy times and page through books as if she was reading. She'd even lick her finger as she turned the page.

Her smiles always comes from her eyes, and sometimes seems plastered there. She is just such a joyful and happy character. I love to be around her and am blessed to be her mother. I hope and pray that she and I will always be close like we are now. She sure loves her family and has no trouble telling us so.

Thanks Lorelei for being who you are and for all that you do. I love you sweet girl!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thoughts on Joseph

I just want to post today about how much I love that boy of mine named Joseph. He made me a mother, and we started a journey together. I remember when he was born, I wanted to do nothing but look at him for months. It made me smile. I just couldn't believe he was mine! He is the sweetest and most thoughtful kid. He has such a tender heart! He started out so chunky and squishable. and has grown to be a bean pole. He has a laugh that's infectious and such a wonderful sense of humor. He really is a deep thinker and often catches me off guard with thought provoking questions and insights.
He truly has a love for family. not just HIS family, but those who came before us specifically. He is always asking about grandparents and great grandparents. He really wants to know them, and for a time when he was about 5 he used to cry at night because he "never got to know them, and couldn't visit them". I'm sure they know he loves them and is helping me watch over my wonderful boy.

While pregnant with Calvin, he was CONSTANTLY praying that he (Calvin) would be "healthy and strong and live to be born". It used to worry me like he knew something I didn't. I think he just LOVED that baby, and knew they would be close. Now he prays (everyday) for him still. It goes likes this, " Please help my brother to be strong and worthy and live his whole life". The words change slightly from time to time, but worthy is usually in there. Sometimes he goes on and on and other times he just gets to the point.

Now he is 8. He's finishing up 2nd grade, is a fantastic reader, and a lego master. He loves cub scouts and doing things with friends. He loves origami and riding his bike. He has a good ear to memorize things and brings such joy to my heart!
I am SO grateful that he is in m family! I have learned a lot of life lessons from being his mother, and know I have many more to learn. If you haven't gotten to really know him yet, I hope you get the chance.
Joe, I love you and always will. Sometimes I still look at you and think I can't believe you're mine.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The many faces of Calvin

I put several of these into a collage I got free at Walgreens for mothers day. I thought I'd share them with you too. My Dad took them last week. Calvin is 3 months old.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

cool give away

Here's what I found at Make it & Love it today. Cool stuff!