Sunday, January 31, 2010

In The Midst

All I can think about this morning is the verse out of Job that says "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, Blessed be the name of the Lord."

The last few weeks have been hard, dark days. This time of year I find myself feeling the full weight of the long cold winter months.... there have been many tears shed and prayers prayed. And it is funny but I am feeling better and things just seem to be getting worse. My computer seems to be dead. The reality of that statement is washing over me in waves. I have all my MWSB work on there - including the finished winter newsletter (isn't that fun...??? I am mentally trying to remember all the alumni pics I had on the alumni pages so that I can write/email them and try to get them to resend their pics). Thankfully I just handed over all the alumni addresses to the registrar... so those are not lost... but all the camp forms, youth retreat forms.... hum my life the last past 2.5 years - including ALL of Eden's baby pics. Yesterday I was able to save the first 2 years of Ethan's life pics on a hard drive (THANK the LORD).... but none of my baby girl. I feel sick. Micah is going to work on my computer this afternoon, but mentally I am letting it go and honestly I am okay. We didn't got to church this morning (because Micah and Eden are sick) and instead watched a video by Mark Driscoll - an update about the church in Haiti.... talk about putting things in perspective. I have food, water, a house - and the lives of my family right here with me. I can be sad about the loss of pictures and hours of work... but in reality in the end it will burn anyway... right?

So in the midst of these gloomy winter months... no internet, no phone... and now no computer... I can honestly say I am finding a deep joy and peace... and for that I am thankful.

Friday, January 29, 2010

30 Weeks Old.


Unfortunately our little girl does not have my (Christa's) immune system. She is running a temp today and has been down right clingy. I had to escape down to the offices on campus for a little break - so I thought I would post her 30 week pic. She is pulling herself up on everything and she really get quite upset that she can not stand all the time. She has started throwing temper tantrums and she gets so mad that her whole forehead turns blotchy (I have heard stories of how Micah use to do that... so she definitely continues to favor the Forsythe side of the family). This week Ethan has started to interact with Eden a lot more. He talks to her like she understand him and I just love it when he calls her "sweetie". He is a lot more tolerant of her so there is hope... (today Ethan told me I can no longer call him "honey" or "sweetie" because his name is not honey or sweetie - it is Ethan Cade... silly boy!).

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Standing Up


I am just finishing up the MWSB newsletter and when I am working on that I am so dependent on the internet... so I am down in the offices this morning for a few minutes - so I had to slip in some time to put up this pic of Eden. She is pulling up on everything. When she stands like this it makes her look so old!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dinner Club...


We have scheduled Sunday night dinners in order to be more intentional about having students and other staff up for meals. This past Sunday it worked out great because some girls wanted to come up and make falafel… so we made falafel, home-made pitas, hummus and couscous. IT WAS INCREDIBLE… the house was filled with laughter as we cut up veggies, rolled out pitas, mixed and fried dough... we decided that it was so good we need to start a dinner club – next month… Thai food!

Food and fellowship just naturally flow together and I just love being able to use my passion for cooking to teach, love, and to just be.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Off-Line

Just wanted to post a quick note to let you all know that my internet is out! It will probably be a while until it can be fixed... especially since my phone line has been messed up since July. The solution for my phone is waiting until a new line is laid (the earliest this next fall).... so I don't have too much hope of getting online anytime soon! So know we love you and MISS you!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

29 Weeks Old

What a week! What a girl?!!! We have had some crazy days this week.... a nursing strike (things have been slowly getting better), several feedings a night.. (and this is the girl who slept consistently THROUGH the night until she was about 3 months old), and many sleepless afternoons. She likes mixing it up. This week her eye color is beginning to show itself and they are beginning to look a lot like Ethans'. I was just telling Micah how perspective changes - with Ethan he was always getting "older" and with Eden I am constantly reminding myself how "young" she is. This week I am babysitting two other kids during the morning and one of the boys is a few months older than she is, but he weighs 10 more than she does. So this week I have been marveling how how petite and small she is. She is such a cute little "lady".

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Red Scarfs


I enjoy following blogs - the blogging community is pretty much the only fellowship/ friendships I have in my life at this time (besides facebook).... so I just get thrilled when my friends have posted something (anything)!!! I also love following a few blogs of women I don't know at all, but are artistic, earthy and have very different views then I do. One blog mentioned a project for foster care kids (teens)... knitting scarfs for Valentine's day (here). I was intrigued and so I pulled out my knitting needles and am going to try to get a couple made by the deadline (Feb 14th... so Feb 7th for me in order to get there in time). I really really really have a heart for kids - especially those who are not taken care of like they should be! So in my quiet moments I will be knitting away - praying with each stitch!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Samuel is back!

Last Year...
This Year....

Samuel's parents are back teaching the Mission's class this week and we get to have fun with their kids.... (Samuel brought his little brother with him - so Eden has a little friend too). We are filling our days with lots of playing... it has been fun and we have 4 more days of it!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Nursing Strike

I have read about them, heard about them... but never experienced a nursing strike until today. Hum... I am trying to give myself permission to begin the weaning process... but with that comes the sadness and defeat I feel. I was praying, hoping, and wishing to be able to nurse Eden for a year, but I guess the stress from my job just makes my little girl's tummy hurt. I try not to be stressed, I pray against it, try to take lots of deep breaths... but I know that is the issue because I enjoyed a whole 6 weeks of good nursing over winter break, but now that school is back in session the same nursing troubles have come back. Today Eden has completely refused to nurse... it has been 12 hours. I will keep pumping and working with her, but today was her first few bottles of formula *sigh*

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Weekend Visitor 2


Ethan's "twin" is visiting this weekend again. Having little Eli here makes me wish I had twins... of course I do not wish that I was pregnant with twins or that I gave birth to twins... or that I had to raise them the first 6 mos!!!!! But I always love the excitement and joy in Ethan's face when he has someone to play with. This house has been a busy place. We have Eli for one more night - so there is much more fun to be had... craft time, dinner time, bath time... lots more fun! (hum... I really want a lot of kids... I really do!)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

28 Weeks Old


Today was Eden's 6mo shots.. yuck, but she did beautifully and was incredibly happy and easy the rest of the day (which hasn't been her demeanor since Christmas time). She weighed 16lbs and 4oz and was 26 1/4 inches long putting her a little above average in height and a little below average in weight! This past week she has mastered sitting up by herself and crawling... NOTHING IS SAFE! Just the other day Ethan goes, "NO! BABY EDEN!!!! (in a very high tone) Don't eat trash!!!!" And then he brought me a piece of crumpled up packing tape with all sorts of hair and fuzz stuck to it that she had been sucking on... thankfully her little brother is looking out for her. I have a little bit of an issue with her timing on the whole crawling thing!!! Micah told me to take the afternoon off last Friday... and 15 minutes after I left the house she crawled. I have not left this child for more than 7 hours total of her little life and she had to choose that moment... hum! Another new thing for Eden this week... is separation anxiety! I move across the room and she becomes TOTALLY hysteric! I am thinking that I am going to wrap her up and wear her on my body so that I can be mobile again! All in all... it has been another week and as we pray for all the hurting people in Haiti - we can't help but be thankful for ALL that we have!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Psalm 23... finished!


This morning was the first time I was able to video tape Ethan saying Ps 23... he usually won't let me, but I bribed him with M&M's... yeah I know... I am such a great mom!!!?! I am so proud of him (he picks things up so quickly!!!) and actually thankful we can move on to a new verse!!!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Warmer Weather Smoothies

Lately we have really been feeling a need to celebrate the warmer weather! It has been above freezing this whole week! And we have been able to venture outside... it has felt so warm that the past few times I have even forgot a jacket.... Inside we have been enjoying yummy smoothies. I am definitely on a smoothie kick! I have been trying to get a little more protein/healthy fat in my diet to help out Eden's milk (it is a never ending battle for me to make enough for her).... so I have been making my smoothies with coconut milk. OH MY GOODNESS... so delicious! I add raspberries, blueberries and strawberries and sometimes a banana with a little pineapple juice... fantastic! Ethan thinks they are mighty good too! I can slip in the things he is not interested in eating and so he can get more vitamins and nutrients! I am so thankful for the warmer weather - it has been needed as well! A month of below freezing temps can put a chill in your bones!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Raspberry "Deliciousness" Coffeecake

Talk about a need for a taste of summer! I was in that need and this fabulous coffeecake (one of my all time favs!) did the trick... here it is for your enjoyment!

1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup yogurt (I only had sour cream on hand and it worked beautifully!)
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla (I substituted almond abstract and left out the almonds)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1 tablespoon sliced almonds

1. Combine the dry ingredients (except the brown sugar).
2. Combine the wet ingredients and mix into the dry ingredients until it is moist (not too much).
3. Spoon 1/2 the dough into a 8 inch round baking pan and then combine raspberries and brown sugar and sprinkle over the dough - then spoon in the remaining batter over the top. Sprinkle with almonds.
4. Bake 350 for 35-40 minutes... cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

(optional glaze.... 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, 1 teaspoon milk, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Testing the Limits...

Ethan Cade is 2 years old and he is a textbook example for the "terrific twos"! He thinks that when I say no - it means that if he yells louder he will get want he wants. He thinks that he can tell me no and it should be okay. Like for instance one thing I hear a lot is, "I SAID NO!" He tells me regularly (when he doesn't get what he wants), "You are not listening!" and then assumed I need the punishment that he gets for not listening (that makes me smile!). Consistency is my goal - day in and day out and LOTS OF PRAYER! It helps that he is as cute as a bug and I love him bunches and bunches... one day he will get it, but for now our days are filled with power struggles. On a bright note... he is learning his alphabet, how to count (almost... 1, 2, 3, 6.... doesn't count, but he thinks so!!), months of the year, and days of the week, and just finishing up the last verse of Ps 23 (will post a video when he finishes... he is so stinking cute).... so we are busy with that.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

27 Weeks Old

For her 27th week I got Eden dressed up in this sundress for a little photo shoot... had to laugh it is below zero here - so kinda ridiculous to dress her this way, but maybe it is just to keep away the cold blues! This weeks Eden has mastered the stretch crawl... she moves all over the floor and I have to be very aware of what she is chewing on. She loves Ethan's hot-wheels and all I need is a little wheel to come off and get stuck in her throat... just great! She has been very teary all week. Nothing seems to make her happy... and for the past few nights she has woken several times during the night up very hysterical. I am back to being very strict with what I eat - eliminating all those questionable food! Decided I am going to have a chocolate party the day she is weaned and gain back all my pregnancy weight in one afternoon! It is always a guess to know what is wrong with the little one... earache? growing pains? teething? tummy ache? Who knows... just hope and pray she hangs on until her Drs appointment next week... hum - I guess we will see?!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Simple Foods


This year in our budget we cut back our food allowance and so I am finding creative (smart) ways to cook fun nutritious meals for less. My secret - really isn't a secret... cheaper meals are made from scratch and take more time to prepare (ie more planning ahead of time). This weekend Micah and I BBQ 10lbs of chicken, cooked three bags of dried beans and six cups of rice in order to make 40 individual meals (that we froze) for around $22 dollars. This is awesome for us and are crazy busy lives... we can just grab a pre-made meal out of the freezer in the morning and a fantastic dinner awaits us at the end of a long day!
Another amazing meal that Ethan and I eat almost every day is soup made from the left-overs in our fridge! Nutritious and deliciously cheap and perfect for this time of year! I am so thankful that God has given us food to enjoy (and be creative with!)... and I love watching my son enjoy what I make him... it is a delight! (Have I mentioned that I LOVE to cook?)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

My Late "New Year" Post

We are making some changes this year... we are making it a goal to live simply. Yeah, easy to say! But we are going to try to eat simple meals and in all aspects live "simply." The main reason is so that we can have more money to invest in the things that we love... missionary friends, ministries that work with the poor, etc. And maybe one of the most motivating factors is our adoption fund. A month before we found out we were pregnant with Ethan we began the adoption process. All the agencies we inquired with told us that we did not make enough money to adopt... so we started a fund to be able to pay out right for the adoption. It is growing and so is our desire to look into that avenue again. Could you pray with us as we simplify our lives and start exploring the adoption world again? The process is so long - so it will most likely be a couple of years.
Happy New Year to Each of you!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Making Bagels

One of my goals in life... and more specifically - this break - was to make bagels... don't ask me why. I have a whole list of crazy things I want to do or try... bagels was on the list. So since this is the last day of break and I know my time is disappearing rapidly - I got Ethan to help me make some bagels. It is always a challenge having him help me - I know the mess will be greater, but maybe down the line when he makes me breakfast in bed it will all be worth it.. right? When we had finished with the dough and I had set it in a warm place to rise, I was cleaning up and came across the yeast that I had Ethan measure into another bowl... oh my!!! So instead of throwing out the dough I worked the yeast in and then let it rise a little longer. (When I told Micah he laughed and told me I could not be cuter... I will take that as a compliment!) Then in between all Ethan's "snitches" I formed the dough into "doughnut" shapes... let them rest and then boiled them, then baked them. YUM! They are amazingly delicious.... so glad we took the time to make them... even though it was in the last few minutes of break!!