Sunday, March 9, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Arggg… behind again! I blame it on the fact that there is no February 30th. That’s why I got confused and behind! Here is the twins’ update for ten months old!
Nehemiah is a total boy! He loves cars, balls, and making noises. Now that he does a “real” crawl he has figured out how to do it while pushing a car or truck all around the house. He is often heard in the back of the van, from his crib, or other parts of the house just humming, “singing”, and making spitting noises.
Nehemiah can stand without support for a few minutes. He often starts to paly with an object and “forgets” to hold onto the couch/table/chair, and then falls and gets a bonk. He usually has a purple bruise right in the middle of his forehead. And if you hold his hands, he practically takes off running.
Another talent that has recently developed is the ability to open the toilet lid. I have found him with wet hands several times. Guess we have to work on keeping the door closed as well!
If you ask Nehemiah for a kiss and stick your lips out really far, he will come at you with a big, wet, open-mouth “kiss.” It’s pretty cute – and sloppy! He is still the smiley boy that gets strangers to stop and comment on how happy he is! And I think he’s even more adorable with two new top teeth in his smile! Nehemiah still weighed in at 18 pounds, but he is tall and lanky. Most of the pants from Nolan fall right off, or he crawls out of them quickly.
Both of my babies are big eaters. We just finished our first week in weaning, but they hardly seem to miss the 10 am feeding. It’s all about waffles and bananas and pizza now! They love to pick food up and self feed, which makes it challenging for Mommy to get them to eat their veggies. Liberty in particular loves bananas (which isn’t always great for the regularity). Each of the babies ate over half of a Belgian waffle in addition to eggs for supper this week. That’s double what Elaine and Nolan ate!
Liberty is super cute these days. She laughs and giggles, and comes crawling over to be right near me. She tries to play peek-a-boo, and loves being carried around by Elaine. She knows exactly where to go to find toys in the kids’ room, and usually comes crawling out of the room with something sticking out of her mouth – a dinosaur, puzzle piece, sock, or whatever. She particularly loves shoes, and I have a hard time keeping her from playing in the shoe basket by the front door.
Liberty is…fat! She has amazing, adorable fat rolls. Though she only weighs about a pound less than Nehemiah, she is a lot shorter and a lot fatter! During our trip to Alabama she ate her first bug – or several bugs – and seemed to enjoy it a lot! She can walk along while holding onto things, but hasn’t gotten up the courage to stand alone yet. We are still waiting on top teeth to arrive.
The twins love to play together – and fight together. They follow each other into the bedroom, and out of the bedroom. Liberty finds a toy, Nehemiah takes it away. Liberty throws a fit, Mommy returns the toy. Nehemiah finds a toy, and Liberty drops her toy to take his away, causing Nehemiah to throw a fit. And when he throws a fit he bangs his head onto the floor. It’s a never-ending cycle. But they also climb on each other and laugh together playing in the floor. twins are definitely fun!
The twins got to meet Uncle Kenny and Aunt Becky – who live in Florida, but we met them in Knoxville, TN on our trip to AL. And I did plan to take some pics of the twins together, but just as we started, Nehemiah fell and bonked his head. That was the end of pictures for the day!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I had the jar of Smarites out today when I was doing some projects with Elaine…
I neglected to put the jar away, and my other “little smartie” found it!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The twins got a hold of our water bottles last week during our trip to Alabama. Talk about the perfect toy! They fought over them, traded them, chased them, and chewed on them. Liberty especially got very angry if Nehemiah took her bottle. And I can’t get over how red her hair is in these pictures!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
This was a special week for our family. God did something really big for us. Ben is self-employed as a home improvement contractor. It has been kinda up and down since Christmas. Not many people want a construction zone in their house during the holidays. For the last two weeks he hasn’t really worked at all.
We took the trip to Keysville, VA for our first deputation meeting by faith – because we didn’t have the money for the expenses. God met the need and completely covered the cost of our trip through the love gifts of the two churches we were at.
Last week I added up the amounts of our bills and we began to ask God specifically to provide this amount. Ben tried to find work – he scoured Craigslist, he called some customers, he looked into delivering flowers for Valentine’s Day. But each time the answer was no.
And while we really needed the work and the income, his time at home was very profitable during that time. He was able to contact a lot of pastors and do a lot of work toward deputation. We had a goal of scheduling 25 meetings for the year, and we are 40% there.
God has been providing for us all along the way. I had a pretty well stocked pantry and freezer, so I had already decided to have an “eat from the pantry” month and do minimal grocery shopping. When we needed gas in the car, there was money there. We received some pre-paid wash & fold service at our laundry mat for Christmas, so the clothes still got washed. I had just stocked up on diapers at the beginning of January.
Last Saturday God provided for our request. He not only gave us the amount we prayed for, but He gave us a little extra too. Then we received another gift – totally unexpected and totally of the Lord – which will pay our rent for this month. In a matter of 36 hours God not only paid all of our bills (past due and present), but He threw in the rent just because He can.
We have been scheduling deputation meetings, but they haven’t been lining up the way we thought they would. We are all over the east coast – back and forth – until this summer. It doesn’t make any sense – to us. We hadn’t intended to travel so far away (Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Colorado) until we had some support coming in already. But God is literally dumping these meetings in our laps. Several pastors have called us asking us to come. We have one in California who wants us to come because he wants to support someone in the Bronx!
Not only is God providing us the meetings, but He is providing the income that we are missing while not at home. He is confirming to us that He wants us in the Bronx.
Not only am I thankful for all of these things – this amazing provision – but I am thankful for God’s perfect peace. It has been a challenging two weeks (and even a hard January). When Ben is home there is no income, and the bills keep coming. My tendency in my flesh is to fret, to worry, to try and fix it on my own. But during this time God has given me the peace that passes understanding to trust His timing and His provision. It wasn’t a hand-wringing time. It was neat time of praying, trusting God, and watching Him provide. It was a great victory for me.