Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday–First Beach Experience!

Touching their toes into the “lagoon” at the Hawk’s Cay Resort in Duck Key, Florida…

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Liberty LOVED the water!

Nehemiah's First Beach Experience
Nehemiah didn’t mind at first, but later decided he was more of a lounge chair baby than a water baby!

Nehemiah's First Beach Experience
But isn’t he adorable in his sunglasses?

Nehemiah's First Beach Experience

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m looking forward to what I am sure I will be thankful for in a couple of days…

What do these things have in common?

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A lot of luggage…

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New Pink Sunglasses

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I need a pedicure…

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My mom’s chalkboard?

Yup!  We are headed to Florida!  This trip doubles as a deputation meeting and family reunion/vacation!  We are meeting my parents, brother Wesley, and Grams at my brother Kenny’s house in South Florida.  After a deputation meeting at Kenny’s church, we are headed to the Florida Keys for a couple of days.  Right now (Wednesday night), I am just exhausted and not sure I have everything packed.  Right now I am dreading three days in the car with four energetic kiddos.  But in a few days I will be grateful for a visit with my best friend, safe travels (pray for us please), a twin birthday celebration, warm weather, escaping the street paving in our neighborhood, and seeing my family again.

{11 Months Old}

I ran out of time for a photo shoot this month. But I snapped a couple of pictures that pretty well capture the twins…they just don’t match and I didn’t use a backdrop!

Our biggest project – and accomplishment! – this month was weaning.  Both babies are now completely weaned.  Liberty is still protesting by not always taking a bottle, but we are not looking back!  {The kids have to stay with Grandma for a week this month, so we had to wean early}

Liberty & Nehemiah 11 Months Old

Nehemiah is 19 pounds.  He has four teeth on top and two on the bottom.  He started the month by transitioning from sitting to standing without support.  Then he took his first steps on March 9th!  He still only takes two or three steps at a time but he tries more and more often!

Liberty & Nehemiah 11 Months Old

Nehemiah loves to eat.  He eats more than Elaine and Nolan at most meals.  He holds his bottle by himself, and usually finishes off what Liberty leaves behind in her bottle!  He is quite the talker and sounds more and more like a boy with all of his noises and sound effects!

Liberty & Nehemiah 11 Months Old

Nehemiah still loves cars and trucks and balls.  He seems to delight in interfering with Nolan’s puzzles, eating my iPhone, and getting into the bathroom unnoticed.  He can give kisses and play peek-a-boo.

Liberty & Nehemiah 11 Months Old

Liberty has gone through several mood swings.  Sometimes she is the picky eater.  Sometimes she is just impatient for her food.  Sometimes she is grumpy all the time, and sometimes she has more energy than Nolan.  She seems to be getting happier as a general rule, and is becoming less of a stoic.  {Strangers still have to work really hard for a smile!}

Liberty & Nehemiah 11 Months Old

Liberty had the stomach flu this month.  I’ve never felt so helpless toward one of my kiddos!  She lost a bit of weight, so Nehemiah was able to widen the gap again.  She also developed some new talents, like giving kisses and playing peek-a-boo.  She also grew a top tooth {finally!}

Liberty & Nehemiah 11 Months Old

The twins are starting to be really funny to watch as they interact with each other.  They will take each other’s toys, make each other laugh, play peek-a-boo, and share pacifiers.  Often as I am trying to prepare supper, the twins hit their grumpy hour.  I put them together in a pack n play in the kitchen.  They laugh, hug, roll, smile, giggle, and talk to each other while I fix supper!  One of these days I might get it on video..

Liberty & Nehemiah 11 Months Old

Mommy hit a milestone this month too – grocery shopping, with all four kids, without Daddy!  Our store has these carts with the play car attached.  The carts also have two seats up front.  So I can strap in all four kids and still have room for more than one gallon of milk.  It’s still not easy (and often not enjoyable), but it has given me back a little bit of independence!

How we shop with four kids

The twins got to play with baby goats on March 15th at a deputation hosts’ home.  We visited the Brooklyn Children’s Museum for the first time on March 27th.  They loved the water play table!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Six Kids, 24 Hours

A couple of weeks ago we had Havilah & Ian Klaus spend the day, and night with us!  My kids were super excited, and everyone did really well!  I was very tired at the end, and not quite ready to think about Elaine’s request for “two more baby sisters”.  Six kids is a lot of work!

Sleepover with Ian & Havilah
Here are the kiddos singing I May Never March in the Infantry during our Bible time before bed.  {Havilah, Ian, Elaine, and Nolan}.  Love all of their pajama-ed feet!

Sleepover with Ian & Havilah
The girls loved playing on top of Elaine’s bunk where the boys couldn’t reach them!

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The boys working on puzzles.  Nolan, Ian, and Nehemiah

Sleepover with Ian & Havilah
Six kids, one room, lots of noise!

Sleepover with Ian & Havilah
We did some wrestling and couch jumping to get the energy out!  So thankful for Ben handling this part of the adventure for me!

Sleepover with Ian & Havilah

We are so thankful for our friends the Klaus’ and the blessing they have been to us as we all minister in New York City together!

Wordless Wednesday

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Nolan’s Peter Pan Flying

Liberty stuck on the chair
She got stuck!

Picnic
Picnic!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Here are a few of our specific prayers which God has answered…

  • I needed some new sippy cups.  I wanted to buy some, but Ben reminded me we should pray about it.  I needed some with soft spouts for the twins.  I got a $5 coupon at the grocery store, and the sippy cups are $5.49.  We were also given a soft spout sippy in a gift basket from a church where we had a meeting.  “Ironically”, this basket had been packed with someone else in mind – we were filling in for friends who had a baby.  But God knew we would be the ones receiving it!
  • Elaine has been praying for rain boots.  I tried to find some on sale.  I asked Grandma.  No boots.  Then my friend Maggy asked if Elaine needed any boots, because her daughter had three pairs.  Praise the Lord – and Havilah even gave Elaine the boots that matched her rain coat.  I have an excited little girl!
  • Ben’s air compressor broke just before he finished a job on Friday.  We tried to find one on Craigslist, but the cheapest one was quite a distance away.  We settled for buying a new one at Home Depot, but Ben prayed that it would be on sale – and it was!  “Amazingly” it was the same price as the used on on Craigslist!
  • My glasses broke a couple of weeks ago.  It drives me nuts when my glasses aren’t fitting “just right”, so I was really dreading the two week wait for a new pair.  And, we didn’t really have the money for new glasses right now.  (I wear progressive lenses so they are never covered by insurance).  I decided to get an eye exam since mine was a couple of years old.  During the exam the eye doctor noted that I no longer needed the progressive lenses, and that I could try going back to a single vision lens “if I wanted to.”  I sure did!  Those ones are free with my insurance!  (And the broken glasses hardly bothered me during these last two weeks).
  • During our last deputation meeting the video would not play.  We continued singing favorites while the sound crew worked on the problem.  I was praying!  The song leader stopped and prayed for the situation with the entire congregation.  The video worked!
  • We purchased a Windows tablet to use on deputation, but soon discovered that we really needed a laptop.  A friend is getting us a used one from work.  This was a big answer to prayer!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Daily Children's Bible Time
Nolan’s favorite song – and he is so cute with his hair cut!

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Twins during “Bible Time”

Four In a Row
Four in a row – waiting for Mommy to make lunch!  {Good thing I can’t post sound effects!}

Four kids in a pack n play
They were all in the pack n play trying to help the babies be happy while I made supper.

Four kids in a pack n play

Nolan Love Puzzles!
Nolan LOVES puzzles!

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