Friday, July 31, 2009

My Art Closet

I have been wanting to blog about this for awhile, but just haven't had the time to organize and take pictures. Yesterday I had the time. This is my new art closet! I am so thrilled about it - I can barely express myself. This was truly a gift of labor and love from my husband. He designed and built this... and on top of everything he painted it red because he knows how obsessed I am with that color!
Since Ethan was born my art room was turned into a nursery and all my supplies have been piled in a closet downstairs... well I have to say I am not very inspired to walk all the way downstairs - dig out what I need - carry it all the way back upstairs - work on it and then carry it all back downstairs... yeah, the whole process was ridiculous!
On top of that... this summer we turned my pottery studio into an office for Micah - I just haven't had the time to get out there and get creative.... and I hated that it was just sitting there when Micah really needed a quiet place to study and to have man time.... so that is what we did.
A few weeks later he delivered this amazing art closet!!! He told me he didn't want me to be one of those moms who lose themselves in the process of raising kids so he build this art closet for me and now it is in our bedroom. It has been so easy to access! I am so thankful! I really feel inspired to be creative! (I told you I have the best husband in the world!)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Happy Birthday, Micah!

Today we celebrate MICAH! He is a wonderful friend, husband, father, counselor, teacher... the list could go on and on. We are blessed beyond belief and we are so thankful for his love for God and for us. He truly is amazing...
Happy Birthday, Babe!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Surprise Birthday Party



Micah's birthday is July 30th. I am the world's worst at re-membering birthdays, but I love it when people remember mine... go figure! Micah is fantastic at remember-ing my birthday and making it super special. I did not want another birthday of his to slip through the cracks without being celebrated and making sure he knows how much we love him! So I planned a little surprise birthday party for him. I invited all the staff up for dessert. Yesterday while Micah was in Great Falls Ethan and I made some apple pies (I totally intended to take picture of them, but remembered while I was dishing up the pieces onto plates) and made 3 batches of homemade ice cream (YUM). We had 18 people piled into our living room last night celebrating the greatest guy ever... it was fun. Here is a picture of Ethan helping me make the pies... I like to say he cut up all the apples (cuz really he did)... while Eden supervised.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Kiddos

Eden Eve.... such a beautiful little girl!
I am so thankful that Ethan really loves "baby" Eden. She is covered by his kisses and he always has to know where she is. It is truly an answered prayer!
Ethan Cade... full of adventure, life and at the moment total INDEPENDENCE
(Yay for the terrific twos)!

Monday, July 27, 2009

MWSB Reunion





This past weekend was the all-class MWSB Reunion. It was so great to see and spend time with the students that made the long trip back up the canyon!!! I am still in that state of exhaustion from little sleep and trying to figure out how to juggle two kids, so it was a great distraction to just be back with those who I have invested time, love, and life with. I just loved hearing how each one is still walking with Jesus and loving Him more and more! I feel refreshed! Also I felt blessed beyond belief because it seemed like each one brought gifts.... berries from Oregon, tie-dyed clothes, dishes, fun snacks for Ethan, a fun door knocker.... and fun presents for the kiddos.... how great is that!!!! I just felt so loved by each of those I love so dearly. I had fully intended to get a picture with all those who came that had been in my Bible study, but I waited too long and most had already left... but here is a small sample of the beauty I have been blessed to work with!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

3 Weeks Old

Eden Eve turned 3 weeks old this week and she is doing well. I like to say she does everything Ethan did not... she eats, sleeps and poops. Every day she is becoming more alert and it is fun to wonder what she will be like. I am starting to feel better and I keep taking it one day at a time... I feel like life is returning to my hormone taken-over body and for that I am thankful! I still dream about loving food again, being able to drink a cup of water without gagging, being able to breast-feed without pain, and getting a full night of sleep... hum isn't that what all moms want?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Our Newest Project


In all my "spare" time I have been busy making cards. Micah and I have started a new project of trying to sell his pictures in card form. We have a dear friend (part of our family), Eli who is on staff with us who has spent quite a bit of time in Africa working with a local missionary there. This missionary is trying to raise money to build an orphanage and so we have begun to help raise that money. One way we would like to do this is by selling Micah's photography. I have made tons of cards this week and we are going to sell them at the all-school reunion this week. 90% will go towards the orphanage and 10% to the MWSB scholarship fund (cuz we are trying to raise money for that too!). The cards are $2 a piece or 3 for $5. If you are interested in purchasing some amazing cards let me know... we would love to sell them to you, too!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Garden Glory



My garden is growing like weeds.... even though I have totally and completely neglected it! I just haul out the sprinkler every morning or evening and let water fall on it and it is thriving! I remember when I first got home from the hospital and was having major panic attacks - one thing I worried about is my garden. I had to come to the conclusion that I would let it die - instead of losing sleep over it! (it is amazing what your mind does when you are over-whelmed and tired). This morning Ethan and I played in the garden. He ate the ripe strawberries and I picked weeds. We are in the process of learning "good" plants versus "bad" plants. I am sure in a few years he will be a good weeder and gardener... started thinking about him having his own garden next summer... hum. Thank-you Lord, for life and your daily blessing and grace!

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Visit with Nana



The evening my parents left, Micah's mom and a clan of her friends came for a short visit. They are on their way up to Glacier and so we got to see them on their way. Nana asked if she could bring something special for Ethan and I mentioned that maybe a few little cars (for the past 3 weeks Ethan has been going out to the trailer with Grampie and Grammie to play with little cars... I thought it might be a good transition for him to get some of his own.) Rose (Nana) hid them all throughout her suitcase and let Ethan tear through it looking for them. It has been nice for him to have this new toy to play with. There are little cars everywhere. Ethan played hard on Saturday and Sunday and so this morning he woke up with a 100.5 temp and throw-up all over his bed. The poor little guy. So we are laying low recovering from all the sun filled activities and guests.... for the first time in over a month we are guest-less.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Pretty in Pink

Just look at this picture of Eden... this is a sample of her daily diaper disaster... Wow - no worries about constipation! Any advice of how to get stains out of pretty, pink clothes?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The End of a Visit



My parents left yesterday. They were visiting for a little over 3 weeks. This visit was such a blessing and it was really hard to see them go. I am still getting tears in my eyes when I let myself remember that they are gone... When Ethan was born I did not have any help and so I did not even realize what I was missing.... NOW I KNOW! Knowing they are gone I feel that overwhelming loneliness and isolation that this canyon so easily fosters. It is hard not having family anywhere near....

My parents helped out in more ways that I can even write about. I posted some pictures of some projects my dad completed while he was here (and that was only SOME... he mowed our lawn, watered the plants, fixed things, built things... every day he was busy). He completed the rock wall in the front of our house that was destroyed when the deck was redone, he helped Micah build a wood box for our deck and gates to help keep Ethan semi-contained, and he also designed and build some cold frames for me so that I can extend my 30 +/- growing season. My mom did laundry, cooked meals, played with Ethan, held Eden (watched her every night for the first week of her life), and deep cleaned my house before they left. I am overwhelmed by their kindness and love. It made me realize how I have spent the last 30 years trying to NOT need them and these past 3 weeks it felt really good to NEED them. So thanks Dad and Mom for living these past 3 weeks with us. We already miss you.... (it was so sad to see Ethan standing on the front porch looking towards the missing trailing.... he just stood there for the longest time trying to figure it out.)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Play'in

In the summer... play'in is what we do best! Here are some of the ways we do it....
It has been a down-right chilly summer, but the last few days it has been getting up into the 90's.... in some ways the cooler weather has been very nice especially since all I do is sit and feed Eden. But in the warm evenings - watching Ethan play in his pool is delightful!
Ethan wanted to have a tea party with Eden the other morning... how cute is that!!!?
And finally another avenue of fun play'in has been in this air bouncer!!!! Ethan loves this thing and how I wished we owned it, but alas - it is the school's bouncer and we are merely making sure it works for the all school reunion next week.... maybe it could just disappear after next week... ;o)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Our Kid's Hair

We have been most blessed with kids that have unique, NATURAL hair styles.
The mohawk....
The mullet... both 100% NATURAL and UNSTYLED... aren't we lucky?

Monday, July 13, 2009

Brother-Sister Bonding


This morning Ethan and Eden just hung out for a bit... it was precious!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Surviving



We are surviving! I have been struggling with postpartum stuff... BIG TIME! I have been spending hours praying against anxiety, fear, feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. I didn't experience these overwhelming feelings with Ethan and so this has been such a struggle for me. I don't have an appetite - I struggle to put food down my throat and I can't sleep at night when I actually have moments to sleep. On top of this I developed a breast infection from severely cracked nipples and thankful was able to get on medication. I am taking extra steps to let my nipples heal, but that takes lots of extra time and energy. Last night I was talking with my brother and I told him I would not be on the internet for a while and he rebuked me in love - telling me I just need to do this - or else I will find myself in depression. I am asking each of you to really think about me and pray for me during this season. That each day would be filled with hope, rest, and peace!!!!! That is something I am praying for. We are taking one day at a time. Postpartum stuff is weird - because I know reality, but I can't feel it. I am filled with thankfulness for a beautiful healthy girl, my parents who have been willing to stay a little bit longer to help out with everything around the house and playing with Ethan (I honestly could not have survived this past week without them), and a husband who is so loving and supportive..... and for you - who love me and will be praying for me! So thanks!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Daddy Time

In the midst of this "new season" of life I have been thankful for Micah!!! He has been spending a lot of time with Ethan - which frees me up to sleep and care for Eden (and helps me not feel guilty about not having energy to play with him). Today Micah took Ethan to Great Falls to do our grocery shopping and to just be able to spend time with him. I was able to get a nap and wow it is amazing what sleep can do for your body and mind! We are all doing well... trying to take it one day at a time!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Welcome Eden Eve!

Our beautiful daughter Eden Eve Forsythe was born 7.2.09 at 3:35 pm. She weighed 7lbs, 12 oz, and was 20 3/4 in long. We are so excited to get to know her!
All my favorite people in the world! Ethan was really not too sure about Eden at first, but I think he will grow to love her and protect her.
Micah took Ethan for a hike and ice cream at Mel's in Augusta this morning. I love this picture he took! Pray for us as we adjust into this new season of life!