Saturday, March 22, 2014

Run, Run, Run, Woosh, or . . . how we take walks.

I talked a little about how Zoe and I enjoy walking back from taking the boys to school in the afternoons.  I've invented a little game with her that she just adores called, "run, run, run, woosh."  I will run about 20 feet or so ahead of her and she will come running after me and I lift her up into the air (WOOSH) and then hug her, put her down and repeat.  Here are some pictures of that.  Our camera is starting to go and every once in a while, just shakes violently, not sure why or how to fix it.  So some of these pictures reflect that but I just had to share her adorable face during this special time.

before we started playing the game. . . about 1/3 of the way through our walk.

also before the game she found these huge sticks (about halfway through our walk.)

No thanks darling, I'd rather not poke my eyes out. 

This was when I tried to get her to pose on the tree by standing with her back against the tree and her foot on the tree (the inverse of what she is doing).  She thought it was hilarious.


Run

Run
(although blurry, I love it because you can see the motion)

Run

and WOOSH!!!

Unfortunately I was not coordinated enough to get woosh photos.
Hope you enjoyed our walk back home. (well 3/4 of the way home)

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Enjoying Walks & a Zoe update

For the last couple of days when it has been nice outside, I get Zoe ready before I walk the boys back to school at lunch time.  She rides in the stroller on the way there, everyone says their hellos, she does lots of "flirting" and then we go back home after checking the mail.

I insist she stays in the stroller until we get across the roads.  Once we get about 2/3 of the way back, I allow her to escape her "cell"  er stroller, and walk the rest of the way back.  The first time I did this, she enjoyed it so much that I did a mini scavenger hunt for her.  We found leaves, sticks and acorns.  She brought them back to show daddy her treasures.  Her face beamed with pride.  She has done this again every day since.  It's been so wonderful to take an extra 10-15 minutes to get home just to allow her some time to explore outdoors.

I really like winter, but I'm so thankful spring is on its way.  If only summer weren't so hot, I would enjoy the outdoors so much more.  I wish I had pictures I could share.  My goal is to take my camera next time.  I've taken pictures on my phone.  She has enjoyed these walks so very much.  Yesterday we played run run run run WHOOSH.  Which means, mom would run ahead, Zoe would run to catch up, and I'd pretend to do the Dirty Dancing lift with her above my head.  We did that about 6 times before she decided running was too tiring and she'd rather go play on the ice.  I let her do that for a little while but also knew I needed to be getting back.

Words can't begin to describe what a blessing she is.  She has a new found love for Curious George and asks to watch him somewhat often.  She still ADORES puppies.  She is often heard saying "watch puppies, mama (or dada)."  She attempts to use sentences almost all the time.  I still can't always understand those sentences but they are becoming clearer.  She really enjoys tickle time, she often times at bedtime she will say, "more tickle da da."  She also LOVES roaring at us and making us "scared."  Oh the joys she brings.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

He Loved Her enough. . .

This morning as I was taking a shower, I had a thought (why is it most good thoughts come while you're in the bathroom?).   I was thinking on how Jesus willingly gave up His life and came to this earth so that we may have life in Him.  I was also thinking about how much it must have pained both Jesus and the Father to have to send Him here just for Him to lay down His life.  God knew all the pain that His Son would face.  And He knew that in the end He (the Father) would have to turn His face away from His Son.  They would be separated for the first time ever.  I already know that God loves us more than we could possibly imagine.
Through this pain with Jubilee, I've never really blamed God.  I've struggled with why He didn't let us keep her here on this earth and being hurt and missing her, but I've never blamed Him.  I'm so thankful that even as we were driving to the hospital that terrible Wednesday, He filled me with His Peace which truly does surpass all understanding.  What I hadn't thought about was my revelation this morning:

God loved her enough to send her into this life, albeit for a short while, so that she could spend eternity with Him. 


Mind blown!  He loved her that much!!! I know that He will love her better than I ever could (and I love her a whole lot).  He chose me to be her mama.  The one to help her to know what a heartbeat sounds like, the one to sing to her and read to her.  He chose Zoe to be her sister to give her kisses and hug her and snuggle her.  And He chose Aaron to be her loving father who would talk to her in his silly voice, ask her if she's baking up right and spend time knocking on the door to her room (aka my belly).  

There is still so much pain that comes with having this experience (and I've been feeling it this week).  But I wouldn't trade it in the world because through this, Jubilee gets to spend eternity with Jesus.  WHAT A THOUGHT!  

However, if you'd pray for me I'd appreciate it.  I'm very much still struggling with not being pregnant yet and missing my precious girl. Some days are better than others but when my wonderful friend FLO comes around she makes things so much harder for me.  
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Friday, February 21, 2014

Exploring Creativity

I've spent some time playing in photoshop the last few days.  Here are some of the things I've come up with:





I am so enjoying being an image bearer in this way.  

If you have any suggestions of things to create please let me know. 



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Thursday, February 13, 2014

SNOW much FUN

On Sunday, it was finally snowy and not BITTERLY cold.  So what else should we do but bundle up and play in the snow for about 15 minutes with Zoe.  This is her first real experience playing in the snow and she just LOVED it.  We had a lot of fun capturing these memories.  Hope you like them too :)







and those terribly flushed cheeks are why we came inside after 15 minutes lol :) 







She's also decided she'd like to try riding her tricycle again.  She falls off ALL.THE.TIME.  However she usually gets up with a smile and tries again. I just love her!
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Zoe is 2 (A photo post)

Zoe turned two at the end of January.  She has been growing in leaps and bounds.  She insists on sitting at the big people table.  NO MORE HIGHCHAIR THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  Thankfully today I remembered to put her booster seat on the chair and this helped a lot. She is learning possession as well, "my drink", "mommy's pen", "daddy's keys."  It's darling.  Today she also said a full sentence, "Dada, want some" in reference to the black olives. The boys enjoy seeing her language grow. She's so much fun.

We had two small birthday parties for her and she is a girl after my own heart (as if she doesn't own it already). She loves books and tractors and bling.  It's great!

















The last 5 were taking by my Mom-in-Love.  She does a great job! All the rest except one were taken by me.  We just think Zoe's a great subject.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

and there was rejoicing

I wish I could say and there was much rejoicing but I can't.  Zoe's birthday was mostly great in terms of celebrating her. But in the moments I would stop to think, I'd cry.

I am so grateful for our beloved little girl. She is a huge blessing to almost everyone who comes into her presence. No joke. All of the staff know our cottage as Zoe's house basically. With that being said, I couldn't help but think about Jubilee as we celebrated  Zoe's birthday. In the times when I got a few minutes to myself I would cry. It feels so bittersweet knowing that we could be celebrating two little girls birthdays.

I know that God has a plan for all of this. Somehow He is going to use this for our good.  But that doesn't change the fact that this hurts. However, I choose to sing,"Blessed be Your name".  "Blessed be Your Name on the road makes with suffering, though there's pain in the offering, Blessed be Your name.

Amen.

There is pain but like Job we will bless His name whether He gives or takes away. And let's face it, our Children are only on loan to us anyway. They are His. He blessed us with the gift of raising them. StumbleUpon

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