Tuesday, January 19, 2010

4th Child Woes

If you look closely at this photo of Drew B., you'll notice his boots are, oh...about... TWENTY sizes too big! The picture was taken up north at the cottage the week between Christmas and New Years. Drew had gotten snow clothes from our wonderful neighbor friends but the old boy boots I "recalled" having stored away in a tub somewhere in the abyssImeanbasement were no where to be found. It was forecasted to be quite cold up north that weekend so I knew he wouldn't be outside for long periods of time. This is why I had the thought that it would be ok if he wore Hanna's old boots (purple) just this once. But I couldn't find those either. So, in the end, he wore size 13 boots with light-up bottoms that he couldn't even crawl in. And he'll have the pictures to prove how terrible his childhood was as number 4 in the family. He didn't mind at the time though. He's pretty easy like that.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Mad Face's Sidekick

Since Mad Face made the blog, I figured it would only be right if her sidekick were mentioned as well. I'm not sure what he calls this face but the picture sure does crack me up!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Mad Face

I'm not sure when or why this ever began. The photo is Hanna demonstrating what she calls her "mad face". I'm sure you're thinking that you wouldn't want to meet THAT in a dark alley! Enjoy!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Warm Hearts

Derek and Lukas were very excited to spend time this Christmas break with some friends they miss very much. Chandler and Clayton moved to sunny Florida a couple of years ago now and the boys miss the good ole days when they could see them at school or for play dates or at a ball game or just anytime they wanted to. While time is passing quickly and the boys aren't able to see each other as often as they would like, they are still able to pick up and play together as though no time has passed at all. What wonderful friendships!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

The celebrations have all come and gone. Thanks to some wonderful advice, I was able to keep a bit of the chaos at bay and truly reflect on Jesus' birth into this world and what that really means for us. I also really enjoyed each gathering and the time spent with family and friends. We truly are blessed!

I always love the beginning of the year. I'm not really a resolution-maker, but I love the feeling of a brand new year. I love getting out my beautiful new calendar. I love paging through it and dreaming about what our family might be doing in each month. I also like to page through the old calendar just to remember all of the events and moments we've shared in the previous year. Sometimes I see what was written on a particular day and swear it couldn't have taken place that many months ago. Or I'm reminded of just how quickly our kids are growing up and how quickly an entire year seems to pass.

While I'm certain God doesn't want us to dwell in the past, I also believe we can learn and grow as a result of reflecting on where we've been. And if we shouldn't dwell in the past, it makes sense that we not spend too much time worrying about or dreaming about the future either. There's a Steven Curtis Chapman song that I love. It talks about being "right here in the moment" which is "the only moment we can do anything about". I love that!

I guess if I were a resolution-maker, this year I would resolve myself to really trying to be present in each moment. I'd like to reflect on where I've been to make sure I haven't forgotten any valuable lessons. I'd like to take all of my hopes and dreams and worries and apprehensions about the future and place them securely in God's hands where they belong. And then I'd like to soak up each and every moment to get all that I can out of it. And then I'd like to pour my heart and soul into each and every moment knowing that I've not held back any part of me. I think that this may be what God created me to do in the first place. Live!