Thursday, December 31, 2009

26 Weeks Old

It is the 26 week mark! This week was full of attempts at crawling and there were lots of moments when Micah and I swore we saw her crawl. She is sitting up for little stretches at a time and trying her hardest to go from laying down to sitting (almost there). She still wasn't herself this week and we are pretty sure it is still remnants of the flu! She is definitely a more picky eater than Ethan... she doesn't care much for green beans and she HATES avocado (Ethan LOVES IT... still eats it regularly for lunch), but she LOVES butternut squash! Her smiles are definitely the bright spots in our day... every day!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Day Off

Today Micah gave me the day off. I traveled to Helena and met up with Gena, one of my best friends of all times! We try to meet up in Helena several times a year (believe me - we would meet up more regularly if we could!). We always do the same things... we meet in the Walmart parking lot, go to coffee at Starbucks, then head to "our" thrift store (in which I scored a stack of new books for Ethan, a dress for Eden, a cool set of Discovery Toy stencils, and a pair of crocs for summer gardening all under 9 dollars), then we usually stroll through a few other stores (Ross, a fabric store, book store, etc), then find a place to eat lunch... then maybe do a little bit more shopping all while talking each others ears off. It is so much fun being together - I really think we understand each other and that is a good feeling! I love you, Gena!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Surprise...

In all my "spare" time I was able to make Micah a quilt for Christmas... and the best part... he was totally surprised. He has been teasing me for years that I make quilts for everyone else... why don't I make one for him..... Well.. it is made. I was kinda hoping he wouldn't like it so I could have it... I just LOVE IT! It is a kinda random log-cabin inspired version.
I sneak snuggles with it - when he is away ;o)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Our Christmas

I love how having Kids makes you evaluate why you do what you do. This Christmas Micah and I spent a lot of time talking about Christmas and how we want to teach Ethan about Christmas. This year it worked out perfectly because Ethan is really into celebrating birthdays. He love singing "happy birthday"... so all month long we have been talking about how we were going to celebrate Jesus' birthday. Christmas morning we decorated with streamers and balloons and made a birthday cake for Jesus... before we brought Ethan upstairs we read the Christmas story. Our Christmas was simple... (maybe because the flu was still hanging in the air). It was precious time to all be together... we are so thankful Jesus came!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

25 Weeks old

Today is my birthday and it is also Eden's 25 week mark. This week she survived her first flu bug... It was great to be able to snuggle her as she felt so rotten... poor little girl. I was thinking about how interesting it is that I had Eden at 30 and my mom had me when she was 30... almost the exact time line. I think that is pretty special... little girls are a gift!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Baking... Finished!

I was smart this year and have been working on my Christmas baking for awhile. For some of the cookies I made the dough last week and froze the ball shapes - amazing how much time this saves... and my favorite part is that you can (technically) do all your baking in one day and so the cookies are super fresh when you give them away! My plan was to do all my baking yesterday, but my little boy decided to puke everywhere after dinner - so the Christmas baking came to a screeching halt. I was able to finish the last of it at 5 am... due to my awaken state of mind - even though my body was screaming for sleep... good thing too because Eden started puking at 6 am. Hum... the cookies have been prayed over - sure wouldn't want to say "Merry Christmas, enjoy your flu cookies." Tis the season...

***one more thought... it is amazing how much love can spring from your heart while you hold a sick child... sure thankful God has entrusted me with these two blessings!***

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Today is a new day... very routine... very normal. I was awoken way before anyone on earth should be allowed to be up, breakfast as usual, book time, lego time, feeding times, lots of craziness, a little bit of laundry, dishes, normal mess clean up by the minute!, smiles, tears, a bunch of dirty diapers, lunch time, nap time... you name it. Some how in the the "normalness" I don't want to forget the looks Ethan has or the smiles Eden gives... each moment is precious and I am thankful for these little ones that teach me so much. I took some picture of the kids interacting because to me it is so special, because right now this is my TODAY.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

24 Weeks B...

Couldn't resist a photo-shoot this afternoon. Micah is photographing a wedding this weekend and has borrowed a bunch of really cool lenses... so we tried them out. Bummer - now I am trying to figure out how to get another $400-1,000 dollars to get this lens that I used... so fast and clean... I loved it! It really helps having such a beautiful subject to take pictures of.... such a little beauty.

24 Weeks...

Eden almost crawled this week... she definitely has the hands and knees rock going on. It is cute. I almost thought for a moment she was teething... red cheeks, a little grumpy, a little warmer than normal, lots of chewing, drool everywhere, but then I pinched myself and stopped that nonsense. Ethan did the same thing at this age and then didn't get his first tooth until almost 11 months... so I will believe she is teething when I see the first tooth. Her awake and sleep times are getting longer... and she is loving her food variety (prunes and rice cereal, avocado, sweet potatoes and green beans). I bought her a squash - just have to cook it up, but I know she will love it. Hum... it has been a good week.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Decorating Fun

Last night we finally decorated our Christmas tree. We had a special friend (Bethany) who was visiting us and helped out. It was so much fun... and the tree looks beautiful!
It is beginning to look A LOT like Christmas!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Crafting

Yesterday I made a few of these ornaments for the tree and I love them! They are really simple... just made out of paper, wire and beads. The best part was that while I was making them snow was falling and the house was warm and quiet! It was really peaceful.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Weekend Visitor

We have had a little visitor in our home this weekend. His little brother was born about 4 weeks ago and his parents are exhausted..... so we asked if we could have Eli over for the weekend. It has been a blast. The kids have been playing nonstop and so there has been a whirlwind of toys, puzzles, painting, coloring, play dough, fun bath times, story times, movie times... you name a time - we have done it! This weekend makes me really wish that Ethan had a twin brother... (he and Eli are 7 days a part) he stays so busy when he has someone to play with and that is nice (hum... maybe I should pray for a big brother for Ethan... just a thought)! So all in all it has been a busy fun weekend!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Decorating/ Christmas Prep

Our tree still need to be decorated! Ethan and I have been working hard at painting ornaments... or at least he has. He has stepped into a new modern art phase! The more colors and the more wild the painting the better. I had to smile - and be thankful I was raised with boys or I would probably think something was major-ly wrong with him. I asked Micah if all boys like to do is destroy and/or seriously mess up things and Micah said, "Yep." Oh well.. I am learning a new kind of patience - I can look at the ornaments that (in the end) were just finger painted wildly and find them absolutely beautiful and precious... because they have his fingerprints all over them! It has been a blast getting ready for Jesus' birthday celebration - I think Ethan's favorite part is the Santa/chocolate countdown until Jesus' birthday. He loves opening the calendar's doors and eating the chocolate inside. If he had it his way he would have already opened all the doors a long time ago! Hopefully this weekend we will finish our decorating and I will post pictures.... I just love this time of year!

(If you look closely to the painting pictures you can see before and after pictures of Ethan's hair. His new haircut makes him look so much older... he is quite handsome with his short hair!)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

23 Weeks

Happy 23 Week, Eden-Girl! It has been fun tracking the weeks by posting Eden's age each week. It makes me really stop and think about what the last 7 days have been like. It has been COLD... temps below zero all week... so we have been bundled up at home. I have Eden's heater on high in her room and it has been chilly in there. We are hoping the weather will get just a little bit warmer! This week Eden is getting up on all fours and rocking back and forth - I wonder how long it will be until she crawls... I am not ready for that!
But it will happen soon, I am sure!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Blue's Clues Fan

Ethan loves Blue's Clues! His favorite part is when they get mail. He walks around singing, "We just got a letter... we just got a letter." Yesterday he went on and on about Mailbox and getting mail.... so I asked him if he wanted to make a mailbox and he was thrilled. A little cardboard, duct tape and an original picture by Ethan and we now have a "mailbox". We have been writing him letters so that he can get some mail. It is a riot when he finds a letter. He hold it up and goes "Chick, chick, chick... we just got a letter..." (if you have seen Blue's Clues you will get that part). Then he opens it up and looks for the people inside (in Blue's Clues when they open the letter it always goes right to video footage of the kids who "sent" the letter). So anyways if you want to make a little boy happy... send him a postcard for his little mailbox... I have a feeling it will be around for awhile!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Future Photographer

We have totally ruined our kids. When we call their names they no longer look at us - they are too use to being blinded with a camera flash. Last night we were hanging up Christmas lights and decorating for Jesus' birth celebration. Micah had his tripod set up because he took a few pictures of the Christmas tree all lit up and we had to laugh. Ethan was standing by the tripod saying... "READY, watch for the blinking light, smile... (then he made a camera clicking sound)!" We take all our family pictures with a timer and so we are constantly asking him to look at the blinking light. So we couldn't resist... we let him take the picture.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

"We did it, Momma"

"We did it, Momma!!!" Those were the first words I heard out of my son's mouth when he got back from cutting down a Christmas tree. It was snowy and about 13 degrees when the boys got bundled up to go get a tree. I wanted to go so badly - it is one of my favorite holiday traditions, but this year I left it up to the boys! They did well. I will post pictures of our holiday decorations - when we finish decorating. (Micah is preaching tomorrow so we put all the decorating on hold until tomorrow afternoon.) I just love this time of year... I am SO thankful we get to celebrate Jesus' birth!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

22 Weeks

It is hard to believe that our baby girl is 5 months old! Last night she and I went to our first tea together. She was dressed in her white Christmas dress and she looked like a princess. As we drove to Augusta there was a full moon lighting up the land and making the fresh snow glisten in it's light. It was magical and I was just flooded with thankfulness for being able to spend time with my little girl.
I love her!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Change

This morning I woke up to deafening silence! The wind has been fierce - it has beat around the house shaking it so hard I was sure it was going to fall down. It has been howling and whining and threatening to blow down all the trees around our house. Yesterday I watched the wind move our BBQ across the deck.
As I lay in bed thinking about the silence I prayed that God would bring silence into my heart. I feel like I have been wrestling with a lot of different thoughts and feelings. And like the wind it has been beating my heart and mind and leaving me feeling empty, lonely, and depressed. Like Jacob when he wrestled with the Angel, I have been hanging on begging for a blessing and choosing not to let go until something would make sense. I don't just want to be happy, I want to have a heart that rings with joy and contentment. In the midst of this season of life I want to embrace the isolation and find that I don't need deep face to face relationship or other mothers to share this journey with... all I need is Jesus. I would love to say this what I believe and live, but the storm is still raging in me and I am desperate for a change - for peace... for stillness. As I reflect on all that I have been given - I want to choose a "change" - choose silence and peace, joy and contentment. I need to let go of what I THINK I need and embrace what God has given me.

So today there will be a change.... I chose joy. I chose to be thankful for my chocolate-faced boy, my adorable daughter and my faithful husband. Let the storm cease... and let the silence begin... I have received my blessing.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Week 09

6 adults + 6 kids + 1 house + 17 meals = one ridiculous crazy insane overwhelming fun week. It is hard to believe all the emotions that can explode when you have a full week of interaction with ADULTS. I feel even silly admitting this but I cried A LOT this past week. Partly I was insanely tired from the past semester and figuring out that I pushed it a little bit too much this fall, but mainly because I long for real relationships. I live in the woods and can go weeks without meaningful face to face human interaction - and I go months without "mother" interaction. This fall I didn't experience overwhelming depression I have in the past years - mainly due to Paige who spent many mornings up at our house sharing life stuff and coffee which I am thankful for, but I still felt lonely (Don't know how those pioneer women did it!). Having my sister-in-laws here for a week and watching them interact with their child(ren) was HUGE... it helps me to see mothering in process - also I felt like I was able to ask a lot of my haunting questions and let go of all the "guilt" I feel of maybe doing this whole mom thing wrong. I know it may seem silly, but for me it was huge.
I am so thankful that they all traveled here to share this week with us. Overall it was good and I was amazed how well it went - having so many people in ONE house. I am left in amazement of how Jason and Jen can parent 3 energetic girls so well without going crazy... they are still my parenting heros. I felt bad because it seemed like Ethan was always driving the girls crazy... screams of "Ethan stop it" or "Ethan did this" or "Ethan drew on my picture" or "Ethan stole my toy" or "Ethan ate my food" echoed through the house all 6 days and by the end I was overwhelmed, but I was reminded over and over that he is a boy and that is what boys do *sigh* I guess. Hopefully, maybe - someday soon we can do it again.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

21 Weeks

Eden is 21 weeks today! This week has been a full week of family and crazy activity (including a staff dinner party in Missoula... she got to have some good one on one time with us). She has been sleeping in our bathroom and having to be flexible in between all the feeding times and 5 other kid's activities and nap times... she has been a charm and I am so thankful for her little smiles and calm personality! Today she got a few bites of sweet potatoes - in celebration of Thanksgiving... we are so thankful for this little "delight".

Happy Thanksgiving

We have a lot to be thankful for, but what I am thankful for is my special family! I just love being with them and enjoying every moment we can share together. God has blessed us richly!
Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

20 Weeks

This week Eden has started rolling over going from her back to her tummy (so she nows rolls both ways). She is also getting in the crawling position... can you believe it!?? She has figured out that by rolling she can get places. I don't think she is old enough to be mobile yet! This week we also started rice cereal and she LOVES IT!
She's such a big girl.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Project

Before..... and .....After!
Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed and discouraged, I have to do some sort of artistic project. Just being creative helps me feel better! Today I broke out the new material (vinyl) I bought to recover Ethan's chairs. I love the results and will post more pictures when his "big boy" room is finished.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Little Joys

Okay... today wasn't the best day of my life! My friend was "scheduled" to have her baby today via cesarean and so I thought it would be "FUN" to go into Great Falls, shop, see the baby, play at the Children's Museum and have lunch with the kids and Paige. Amazing how plans can see some smooth and enjoyable in your mind! It was a disastrous day - not one I would like to relive anytime soon. I kept reminding myself that compared to a lot of horrible things this day wouldn't even compare, but that didn't help much. Eden wouldn't eat, Ethan was a grump and scream/cried most of the 1.5 hour drive home. The hospital wouldn't let kids under the age of 18 in the doors... so I got to run up the stairs, see the baby, smile, breath and run back down the stairs. Oh well... BUT (don't you love stories that seem horrible... and then comes the BUT) I got home a found a package from Nana Rose on the dining room table. She recently visited Peru and sent us a fun package. It made my day.. thanks, Rose! I had been hoping to buy or make some hats for Eden - I am a stickler for having my baby's ears covered in the winter and the package had this cute red hat in it! So the moments I spent taking pictures with my daughter and her new hat made me almost forget the day!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Bible Study Fall Dinner

2 batches of bread sticks, 6 pizzas, a giant salad, 5 liters of soda, and an apple crisp later 24 people were happily fed! The Bible study dinner always marks the fast approaching end of the semester! We have 4 more days with the students until they fly away for their winter break. We are not sure where the semester went, but it has been good! We are looking forward to a break and (for me) being able to JUST BE A MOM! I love breaks. I can tangibly feel the pressure lift and I am sure the kiddos can feel it as well. It is hard trying to keep two little ones on a college life schedule. It takes work! This break we have a lot of books to read, lists of catch-up work to complete, but more than anything time to invest in each other and we are excited about that!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

19 Weeks

Today marks the 19th Week of Miss Eden's little life. It was an encouraging week. I am thankful for her huge smiles and cute giggles, but let me tell you when she screams.. SHE SCREAMS... sheesh! This week she has been busy rolling over and she is perfecting the grabbing technique (trust me if my hair wasn't thinning before it is now). It is fun to watch her grow up... one day at a time!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Big EC

The big Ethan Cade is quite a busy boy these days. Micah and I are LOVING his season of life. It is sooo much fun. Ethan and I spent the day yesterday building "fort tunnels", playing football, driving/crashing his cars and just chatting. He loves to talk! We have been working on the alphabet and memorizing Psalm 23. He picks things up so quickly. He woke up from his nap the other day and told me that Jesus was in his heart and that he (meaning Ethan) died on the cross... hum... we are working that little theological miscommunication! It is so precious when he prays and we can only pray that he will continue to have a heart and mind that longs after God.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Women's Tea Invites

Today I made 200 invitations to the Augusta Women's Christmas Tea. It is our 5th annual tea... so I have officially made 1,000 invitations to this event... wow! I had help today and I was so thankful for Paige who stamped, cut and kept me company. This event is one of my favorites of the year - I can't wait. This year I am brewing Sweet Sizzling Cinnamon tea... served with a cinnamon stick and a swirl of whip topping that melts into the tea and makes it deliciously wonderful! Wanna join us?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

18 Weeks

Eden is 18 weeks old and today at her 4 month Dr. appointment she weighed 13lbs - 15 oz and was 24.75 " long. I have been freaking out about her eating patterns - she now eats about 2-4 minutes (4-8 minutes max) and is done... My doctor told me to celebrate that I have a fast eater on my hands... she says there is no need to worry, because Eden looks great and is right on track. I am praying for my tired heart and mind - that I would just relax and ENJOY...

Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Gift for Ethan

Yesterday Micah went to town and he called me all excited about this car table he found and wanted to get for Ethan. We both were thrilled last night as we got it out of the box and set it up. There is nothing compared to giving gifts to Ethan - especially when we know he will LOVE IT! When he woke up this morning we gave him the table and he went NUTS! He has not stopped playing with it or talking about it since he first laid eyes on it. It is amazing how much a little car table and a son's joy can teach one about God's love for His children.... how He must delight in giving us good gifts... not because He HAS to, but because He enjoys it.

"If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him." (Matt 7:11)

Friday, October 30, 2009

My Princess

In the peacefulness of the afternoon - Eden and I had a photo shoot. I am inspired by a friend of mine who does this with her daughters on a regular basis... I love her pictures. I figure the more I play around with the camera - the more I learn - the better I will get. I have such a beautiful little girl... we are becoming such good friends.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ethan and Eden

deep in thought...
happy and content...

17 Weeks

It is hard to believe another week has past! Although it has felt super long.. life has been a whirlwind of restless nights and napless days in the life of this little 17 weeker. I have been going crazy and mainly because I stress the "small stuff"... as Micah would say. It is true - nothing... and I mean NOTHING brings out my insecurity as little babies do. I remember all the helpless feelings I felt with Ethan as he was colic-y and cried all the time... with Eden's tears this week I have felt the same helpless, hopeless feelings. And it feels sooo silly. My kiddos are healthy and growing like weeds - I am thankful they don't have serious health issues they have to be hospitalized or medicated... and I want to continually be thankful for that... I was doing my Bible study this morning and it was talking about choosing to set your mind on truth instead of being moved by your moods. That was pretty convicting - I definitely let my moods move me most of the time... so when I am tired and worn thin - that is not a good thing. So although it has been a hard week - it really isn't that bad! A highlight for the week is that Eden is rolling over - going from her tummy to her back (opposite of how Ethan first rolled over... he went from his back to his tummy... go figure!).

Colossians 3:2 "Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Perspective... or a little Sleep - Please!

This morning I was pondering the beauty of perspective! I feel like I am lost in the fog right now... and feel like I shouldn't be. The last week of sleepless, restless night and feeding every 2 hours during the day are taking a toll on my mind and my body. I take moments throughout the day to close my eyes and pretend I am peacefully sleeping (hum... doesn't help much - it just reminds me how tired I am). This morning I was imagining what it would be like to sleep-in in the morning or to merely have ONE day off.... I wrote in my journal, "I can't remember if this is how life has always been or I am just in a different season..." As I type I am being used as a road for a little snow plow... and in the back ground I can hear Eden crying as she "attempts" to fall asleep... lately she has decided that she does not need to nap during the day or sleep through the nights - I think she feels like she is missing out on something! I wouldn't trade my life - I love it, I am just tired.

I have a dear friend visiting this week and her company has been a beautiful thing.... hearing about her battle with leukemia this past year has reminded me of how thankful I am for my simple life and health.

Tonight we have a staff dinner at our house. I am making pizza - so that will be my afternoon. Bible study tomorrow... it is still snowing/raining and cold... I guess my reason for typing is to just do that - type. Life is routine right now - we are breathing and so for that I am thankful... tired and worn thin, but alive.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

16 Weeks

It is the 16th week... I remember reading that you can introduce food to a 16-24 mo old baby. Huh... is she really old enough to start solid foods? Crazy! This week we have been on sickness prevention alert. Our hands are raw from so many washings, but so far no flu - just some sinus headaches and a runny nose. Eden is becoming a lot more alert and active. She just smiles and giggles... even if she is crying! The other day she was crying and I smiled at her and she stopped crying and gave me a big smile then started crying again. It was really precious!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Swine Flu

I have been reading about how the swine flu is affecting the nation... last week swine flu had reached Augusta and this week it has traveled up the canyon and is now on campus. Great... just great! I keep reminding myself that God has not given us a spirit of fear and that ultimately He is in control (He is bigger than swine flu!!!) I am praying protection over us and our little kiddos. Could you please pray with us that this disease will pass over our home?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Oh... to be a model!

This Christmas Micah is going to be the photographer at a wedding (some former students). He is pretty excited.. and so are we. We get to be his models as he practices - I love it when he is done and downloads the pictures on my computer.... he takes such great pictures I just love the ones he gets of the kids! And I totally cherish the ones with the kids and I.... totally framable!

Friday, October 16, 2009

National Boss Day

Did you know it is national boss day? I didn't until I looked at my calendar and that is what it said..... so today I made a banana creme pie - (it is our bosses favorite) and Ethan made a card. I am thankful for the leaders that God appoints in our lives... each one has been hand picked!
So to all you bosses out there... Happy National Boss Day!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

15 Weeks

There have been definite developmental changes this week in the life of Eden. She just looks bigger to us and she is trying to sit up on her own. She had a few rough days - so I knew she was growing.. but thankfully she is back to her normal easy self.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Taste of Fall

Since the weather decided to totally skip fall this year - we have been diligently trying to keep the season alive. We have burned through two fall candles and have been baking like crazy. Fresh bread, soups, and pumpkin everything has been on our menu! I wanted to share a pumpkin cookie recipe that we are just loving (I have savored only a few bites... thanks to our beautiful princess' delicate tummy, but my boys LOVE UM!!!) Happy Fall!!!

Iced Pumpkin Cookies
2 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder and baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, cloves and salt
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup cooked pumpkin
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

icing (optional)
2 cups powder sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. combine all dry ingredients
2. cream butter and sugar, add egg, pumpkin, and vanilla
3. mix together and scope tablespoons onto a cookie sheet
4. Oven 350... bake for 10-15 minutes... frost when cool.

The Little Dude

Micah and I keep saying that we need to start writing down all the crazy things Ethan has been saying... because he is cracking us up! One of our favorite things that he says is, "Sure!!!!" Anytime we ask him something he answers with a delighted "SURE!!!" (that is if what we are asking him sounds like a good idea to him). In the morning I always ask him how he slept and he answers "real good" or "I am doing real good." When the phone rings he usually beats me to it and answers, "Hello?" and then starts talking about how good he is doing or he just keeps saying "great!" It is fun carrying on conversations with him.. most of the time it is very clear what he is saying then other times he just babbles on and on. Last night he was in his high chair and wanted something on the counter. I asked him to use his words to let us know what he wanted he responded, "I want the WORD! Can I please have the WORD?" Micah smiled at me and said "At least he is using his 'word'." There is never a dull moment with Ethan Cade!

Monday, October 12, 2009

102 Days Old...

I was going to post this on Saturday when Eden was 100 days old, but I wasn't feeling to well... so I slept. I remember at around 100 days Ethan started to sleep through the night... Eden is now starting to wake up at night... seeee they are total opposites! I can only wonder what she will be like in another 100 days...? I am pretty sure she will be just as wonderful... if not more!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saturday + Snow = Soup

There is one thing in Micah and I's relationship that we have never come to agreement on and that is soup. Micah thinks soup is a over-glorified drink - I think it is a hearty-delicious meal. We have both agreed to disagree. When I make a pot of soup it is his signal to make a helping of nachos. Yesterday I made the best bowl of soup I have tasted in a long time and so I wanted to write down how I did it before I forget!

4 cups water
4 tsp beef bullion
1 potato diced
about 1/4 cup onion cut up
1/2 cup cooked spinach (I guess you could use raw spinach... I just have all my garden spinach cooked and frozen)
1/2 cup cook northern white beans
1/4 cup frozen lima beans
1 cup cooked hamburger
handful or so of noodles

**bring the water and bullion to a boil and add potato and onion.. cook a few minutes then add the rest of the ingredients. Boil until the noodles are soft. (I think garlic would be amazing in this... too!)

I am going to make a loaf of fresh bread and enjoy it with another bowl of this delicious - Saturday soup!

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Kids

Have I said lately how much I love being a momma? I love how these two kids teach me about God! Ethan is at a stage where he is exercising his desire for independence and so there are many battles and challenges and I have been awed by my love for him. I so long for him to obey me because he trusts that I have his good in mind! My heart and mind have been blown away by God's love and patience towards me. I know He longs for me to TRUST Him in whatever happens in my life - He has my best in mind. Isn't that wonderful?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

14 Weeks

I have developed a new slogan for our lives... "Every day is a NEW day." I know sooo original, but for me it is a good reminder that life cannot be controlled or scheduled or organized or planned in a particular way... "Every day is a NEW day." This past week I have often found myself stressed and busy... planning Bible studies, preparing for one on one times, and constantly TRYING to get to my office work crowds out the things I love the most and that is taking time to be still and enjoy all the blessing God has given me (ie my relationship with Him, my husband and kiddos). The stress makes me impatient and TIRED! No matter what NEEDS to get done or what HAS been done time still marches on - and today I am reminded that Eden is another week older.... so I think I will take some time to just sit and enjoy her today!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Snow Penguins

It is still snowing here in my little canyon in Montana. It has been snowing on and off for 3 days. My hopes of having a second fall are plummeting into a pit of despair as the flakes falls. I am not ready for winter! Yesterday I decided to just "deal with it" and so Ethan and I went outside and played in the snow for quite a while. It was a gorgeous day - with blues skies and I was reminded again of how thankful I am for my new deck. We were able to play in the snow on our deck while Eden napped. It was great! I asked Ethan if he wanted to make a snowman and he told me he would rather make a penguin. So we made a momma penguin and a baby penguin and a pet turtle. All the snow playing wore Ethan out and so come lunch time he told me he needed to take a sleepy time. He cleaned up all his toys, asked me to change his diaper and went to sleep without a second thought!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Oh Yes... It is still Snowing!

Did you ever notice how I write about snow a lot on this blog....? Maybe that is because it feels like it is ALWAYS SNOWING! Guess I should have known that when I moved to Montana, but the first few years we were here it did not snow this much!!!! I will be terribly disappointed if I don't get a few more weeks of fall. It crushes me to miss my favorite season - the smells, the colors, and gentle slowing down from the summer life. Hum... I feel robbed right now of this simple pleasure, but I guess there is one in our house that is loving it - so I will just enjoy him - enjoying it (and by "it" I mean the horrible, cold, nasty, not welcome SNOW!).