Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

May you be filled with JOY!

"I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord." ~Luke 2:10-11

Many blessings,

Justin, Jennifer, Caleb, and Levi

photo courtesy Uncle Josh

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Pajamas

Mimi (Justin's mom) sent the boys some Christmas pajamas, and they look so cute in them. I like dressing them alike since I won't be able to do that much longer before Caleb starts telling me he doesn't want to wear what Levi's wearing. For now he thinks matching is cool. (Especially if he can match his Poppa!)

I wanted to take a cute picture of the boys standing together in their pajamas, but Caleb wasn't about to cooperate with that. He ran off before I could even focus. So, this will have to do...

Here are the boys watching "Go, Diego, Go" on my bed
Caleb looks like he's ready to move to Thailand with this "wai," but he's just clapping along with Diego.

I'm trying to get a good headshot of Levi because my grandmother got him some books for Christmas that need his picture in them. I'm in charge of that.
Here's Levi saying, "cheese!"

Smiling for the camera with a little pumpkin bread on his chin...

Caleb is literally in the middle of saying, "STOP taking my picture." It was a lot easier when he was little and wanted his picture taken.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Stop Me If I'm Repeating Myself

Last Thursday Caleb took a 2 hour nap at Mother's Day Out. I should have known then that he was sick. Of the 3 times he's taken a nap at Mother's Day Out since September 2007, 3 of those times he's been sick.

So, we bundled up and loaded up yesterday morning for the doctor's office. You cannot know how happy I was to hear him say Caleb had an ear infection. Not because I'm just that mean, but because every other time I've taken one of the boys to the doctor recently they've said, "It's a virus, there's nothing we can do. Thank you for your $20 copay and driving 45 minutes with two kids in traffic to see us. Have a nice day. See you in a couple of weeks and we'll repeat the process." Or something like that. The doctor actually said this time, "Mom hit a home run." Finally.

So he has the ear infection and is generally puny-feeling from all the snot and fever and such. It probably has nothing to do with the fact that the temperature outside has gone from 75 to 35 to 55 to 38 to 78 to 40 in a matter of hours this past week. We're all a little under the weather, so to speak.

This morning Caleb and I had a conversation that went like this:

Me: What do you want for breakfast, Caleb?
Caleb: I don't want breakfast. I want a snack.
Me: Ok (I choose not to argue semantics). You can have a cereal bar, oatmeal, waffles, or yogurt.
Caleb: I want candy.
I wish I could tell you how many times he's asked for candy for breakfast. He never gets it.
Me: You can have a cereal bar, oatmeal, waffles, or yogurt.
Caleb: I want marshmallows.
Me: stop me if I'm repeating myself. You can have a cereal bar, oatmeal, waffles, or yogurt.
Caleb: But I want marshmallows.

And he proceeded to follow me around the house saying "marshmallows" in his most pitiful, whiny toddler voice. I didn't budge, so he finally decided he wanted waffles. We go through something similar to this every morning. I guess he thinks he can wear me down. He has no idea how stubborn his mother is!

I'm so sad he's sick today because it's his Christmas program at school today. I'm hoping he'll feel up to going in a couple of hours. One of the saddest things about moving to Singapore is that he won't be going to this sweet little church for Preschool. He'll be entering Kindergarten about the time we get back. boohoohoo.

(In the middle of this post I had to run in my bedroom because Caleb was calling out to me from my bed where he has been watching Noggin and NickJr for the last 24 hours. I heard these delightful words, "Mommy, I peed on your bed." Really? "Why did you do that? Why didn't you go to the potty?" "I didn't want to.")

I'll leave you with some "photography a la Caleb"...

His new favorite thing...NickJr computer games. He's plays them all by himself. (And apparently takes pictures of his accomplishments. This was one of many.)

The gorgeous ceiling fan in our computer room...

Smile, mommy!

Self-portrait #2

Monday, December 15, 2008

Me and My Firstborn Child

Tagged by Camille...This is a fun twist on the usual getting to know you/question game..Here you go mommies - a different kind of survey for a change - it's all about you and your first baby.

About Caleb and me:

1. Were you married at the time? Yes, for 2 years and 5 months

2. What were your reactions when you found out you were pregnant? I was totally elated! The timing was PERFECT because I wanted to stop teaching that next year.

3. How old were you? 26

4. How did you find out? Pregnancy test

5. Who did you tell first? Justin. I called him on the phone at 5:30am. He was living in Louisiana for work, and I had to tell him immediately when I found out. He said something to the effect of, "Are you sure?" (with NO enthusiasm in his voice) because I had thought I was pregnant the month before. And he was shaving at the time.

6. Did you want to find out the sex? Yes

7. Due date? September 25, 2005...my parent's anniversary

8. Did you deliver late or on time? I was induced on September 19, one week early

9. Did you have morning sickness? yes, pretty bad, but not like when I was pregnant with Levi (he takes the cake on that one!)

10. What did you crave? corn tortillas (they were the only thing that didn't make me want to puke!)

11. Who/what irritated you the most? being away from Justin and my doctor not letting me travel after 28 weeks when my husband was living in another city!

12. What was your first child's sex? Boy

13. How many pounds did you gain throughout the pregnancy? 12...I lost a lot at the beginning

14. Did you have any complications during your pregnancy? No

15. Where did you give birth? Memorial Hermann Memorial City

16. How many hours were you in labor? 7 before the emergency c-section

17. Who drove you to the hospital? My husband, Justin

18. Who watched? Justin and several dr.s and nurses

19. Was it natural or c-section? c-section

20. Did you take medicine to ease the pain? YES! (Hello, they cut me open. Yes I took pain medicine. I don't know how Camille only took it for 8 hours because I took it as long as the pills were in the bottle. I could hardly stand up straight when I left the hospital!)

21. How much did your child weigh? 7 lbs, 10 oz

22. Did your child have any complications? No.

23. What did you name him/her? Caleb Andrew

24. How old is your first born today? 3 years, 2 months, 26 days

There ya go!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It's Christmastime...Here's How I Know

1) We are finally putting up our tree. Ornaments are disappearing left and right, and I find parts of them on the ground and go in search of the culprit (Levi).

2) I am spending an obscene amount of time saying, "That does not go in your mouth." (Maybe that doesn't mean it's Christmastime, but Levi was just in here with two wooden ornaments, one of which he put in his mouth, so I think it counts.)

3) IT SNOWED TODAY!!! In SE Texas! Amazing. It didn't stick, of course, because it was about 75 degrees sometime yesterday, but it was pretty neat nonetheless. We definitely don't see that often.

4) Our tree is now, after 20 hours or so, only decorated on the top 2/3 of the tree. Christmas with toddlers, it is a joy.

5) I finally made our Christmas cards and ordered them at CVS. They were ready last night, but it's been too cold for me to want to dress the kids warmly, bundle them up, drive in the sleeting rain to CVS, get the kids out in the stinkin' cold, try to keep them from touching EVERY.THING.IN.THE.STORE, hurry back to the car in the stinkin' cold sleeting rain, and drive home to address them. If you're expecting a Christmas card from us, it'll be a while.

6) My put-together, organized, pregnant-with-a-toddler-in-tow sister had her Christmas cards out last week. Show off.

7) The Christian radio station here is playing Christmas music 24/7. I love that! Not that I ever hear it because I only listen to the radio in the car and we don't get out much (see #5). When we do get out, I have a 3yo and a 1yo in the car. I don't hear much of the radio.

8) We're doing a Jesse Tree this year, so each night we read a little devotional and open that day's ornament. A group of us got together and made one day's ornament (25 of them) and then each got to take home one for each day. We are loving doing this with Caleb. It's such a great way to reinforce the Bible stories and prepare to celebrate Jesus' birth!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Guess What?

Our family has GREAT news to share!!!! I'm so excited to finally be able to tell everyone!!

In other news, I'm 30 today. Weird.

My parents are so young I vividly remember my dad turning 30 (I was 9!). It feels a little strange today, but that may be due to the serious lack of sleep I've had over the past few days since Levi seems to think sleep is not a necessary thing. We were up so many times last night and nothing was helping. He'd lie down for a minute and sit up and scream. Then he'd repeat the process for hours on end. We *think* he's finally cutting a tooth (or all of them at once). It's miserable for him and for us. I hope they just pop on through and let us get on with our sleep lives.

Monday, November 10, 2008

I really need a laptop

I really would blog more if I had a laptop. That way I could be wherever the kids were and write about their happenings. But I don't have one and the computer room is a dangerous place for the kids to be (way too much clutter in here!). And they won't stay put anyway.

Caleb is getting pretty good at working a computer mouse, though. He likes to play the online toddler games like Little Einsteins. He's growing up so fast; today it really hit me that he's a big boy. Sad.

He was sick for a week or so with a high fever and pretty much no other symptoms. Don't really know what it was, but he was responding to Motrin so the doctor didn't need to see him. It finally went away Saturday night. Weird.

Well, I need to get to sleep if I have any hope of getting to the gym in the morning. That all depends on whether the boys sleep well tonight. One of them has been awake multiple times a night for weeks. Sometimes both of them several times a night. We're pretty tired around here.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

No Teeth

Have I mentioned that Levi is 13 months old and has NOT ONE TOOTH in his little head? Seriously, I can't believe he's still toothless. The doctor said that he asked his son's pediatric dentist about it and she said she wouldn't be concerned that a child had no teeth until they're two years old, and only then because the parents would be concerned.

I'm just waiting for the day we wake up and he has a mouthful over night. :-)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

First Big Boy Haircut

I've trimmed Levi's hair before (as much as he'd let me do), but today he got his first REAL big boy haircut. Where did my baby go? Now he's all grown-up and handsome for his one-year pictures that Uncle Josh will take this weekend. I can't wait to see how they turn out...Caleb's were great!

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Halloween and a Football Game

Here are a few pics from Halloween and Caleb's first Aggie football game...

Levi dressed up as Robin (we couldn't get him to stand still for a picture...imagine that!):

Caleb and his cousin, Ava, holding hands while trick-or-treating:

Caleb and Daddy at the football game (Caleb asked about every 5 minutes, "It is over?"):

Levi on the way home...I had given him a little piece of chocolate chip cookie. He really enjoyed it!
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Monday, October 27, 2008


I got up at 5am to go to the gym and was back, dressed and ready for the day at 6:30. I've also done two lessons in my Bible study (I'm behind), had breakfast and coffee. It's only 8:30am; this is truly a record of some sort. It's amazing what I can get done if I get up early, i.e. before the kids. Let's hope this continues! I've realized that I AM the fat friend, so I'm on a quest to lose this awful "depression drug-induced" fat!

Anyway...on to the pictures!
Caleb's 3rd Birthday. He got to choose one present to open that morning. It was a backpack and matching lunchbox. Not very exciting for a 3-year-old, so he wanted another present. :-)
His family birthday party at GattiTown. Here he is with two of his presents...a bicycle helmet and Little Einsteins laptop...

Levi's First Birthday! I don't have a picture of him eating the cake (maybe my mom does), but here he is with pizza. :-)

Levi at Caleb's party...
Caleb had his party at an inflatable fun house. We combined his party with a friend of his whose birthday was the same week...same friends to invite, only one party to attend!

Here's Levi with his BFF, Caroline. She is two weeks older than him and both sets of parents would be fine if they grew up and married each other. :-) They're adorable!

Levi hiding BEHIND the entertainment center. He's going to be a handful!

I'll post soon the pictures from our cruise. If I can find any that don't involve me in a swimsuit that is!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Where Has the Time Gone?

The last few weeks have been a little crazy around here. After my last post, Justin and I went on a cruise. It was WONDERFUL!!! We're firm believers that our marriage is the most important relationship in the house and it needs constant attention. We're also blessed that my parents could keep the boys for a week. (My mom needed a vacation after that!) We sailed to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. It was great, and I even got a little tan. And lots of sleep. (Not a lot since because the boys are back! Why couldn't we have kids that sleep??)

Levi is fully walking now. And he's fast! He still isn't talking much...well, he isn't saying much that we actually understand, but verbal he is. And loud. Very loud.

He also has no teeth. 13 months and not a single tooth. The doctor says that they don't worry about them having no teeth until they're two. I think that's weird, but it means Levi is normal, so whatever.

We got official word that the move to Singapore will happen next July. LOTS to do before then! We had a garage sale this weekend to start the purge process. It felt good.

Well, off to bed until one of the boys wakes up for unknown reasons. I'll try to get some pictures of our vacation and some recent ones of the boys up here soon.

Thursday, October 02, 2008


Just wondering if anyone knows how to get diaper cream out of carpet. It's Desitin original, the really thick, greasy stuff. I love age 3.

While I was on the phone, Caleb was in the other room emptying a tube of diaper cream all over himself and the carpet. It might be funny in a few days. Right now it just makes me angry because on Monday he smeared a container of Laughing Cow cheese (the soft kind) into the carpet.

Our carpet is already nasty from the dogs and juice spills and who knows what else, and we're going to have to replace it anyway before we put it on the market, but SERIOUSLY I'm tired of cleaning stuff out of it!!!

So, how do I get the stuff out?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Boy Stuff

When I use an asterisk in place of a letter, it's because I don't want people who'll use Google to search for yucky stuff to end up here! FYI. It's not because I consider it a bad or dirty word. It's just that people can be sent to my blog if they search for that particular word and I've typed it out. I don't want those people reading about my kiddos or seeing their pictures!

Since I didn't have a brother growing up, all this boy stuff is quite a new experience for me!

Here's Caleb's and my conversation on the way home from Mother's Day Out (this is all we talked about!):

Caleb: Mommy, do babies have p***ses?
Me: Baby boys do.
Caleb: Do babies have p***ses?
Me: Yes, Caleb, baby boys have p***ses. Only boys do, not girls.
Caleb: Does Levi have a p***s?
Me: Yes, Caleb, Levi does.
Caleb: Do you have a p***s?
Me: No, only boys have a p***s Caleb.
Caleb: Only boys.
Me: Yes.

I'm not sure why he asked this as soon as he got in the car, but he had probably gone potty before I picked him up and it was on his mind. Who knows.

I cannot tell you how many times I've said the word p***s lately. Seriously, it's enough to make me want to go get a pedicure or do some other really girly thing. I'm glad we're using the anatomically correct terms and all, but good grief I'm tired of talking about it! I guess this is just the beginning of the body humor and other lovely things boys talk about.

I can't wait.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Birthday Fun and Other Stuff

Last week Caleb turned 3 and Levi turned 1. I tried to do a birthday post on Caleb's birthday Friday afternoon, but our power went out again right in the middle of it. It was out for an hour and a half, and we were already in College Station celebrating (since nothing in Houston was open!), so the blogging moment was gone. Our power went out for 2 hours yesterday afternoon, but we weren't home.

I'm not in the mood for a sappy, emotional post about my boys getting older. I love them dearly, and it's such a joy to watch them grow and develop. Caleb asked me the other day where God lived. That's a tough one to answer in theology a 3-year-old would understand, but I tried to explain that He's in heaven and right here all at the same time. Since Caleb's been having a hard time getting himself to sleep lately, we've talked a lot about how God protects us and keeps us safe. The doctor said at his check-up that his intellectual maturity is ahead of his emotional maturity, and that's why he's been getting scared at night. He said they usually see kids realize that things are scary around age 4. He's put himself to sleep at least once this week and has slept in his own bed all night long for 2 nights now. We're hoping it's a pattern!

Levi is walking, but not exclusively. He's such a fast crawler that I think he just wants to forego the falling and crawl everywhere. He's walking a lot more now and getting better balance. We got him on video saying "mama" on his birthday, but he usually refuses to say it. If I say, "Levi, can you say mama?" he gets a big grin on his face and says, "dada." Stinker!

It's official that we're moving to Singapore. According to the schedule we're slated to move next June. We think it'll probably be July, though. That's what we're planning for, anyway. So, now we have a lot of work to do in order to sell this house. A HUGE garage sale is in order for the middle of October. I can't wait! And then there's replacing the carpet, painting, repairing screens the dogs ruined, sodding the yard the dogs tore up, etc. We have a lot of work to do! We're praying that the house sells quickly, even if that means we'll need to move into an apartment or some other temporary housing for a while. I just don't want the stress of an unsold house when we move around the world.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Do you have a gallon of milk?

Then consider yourself lucky! We told Caleb yesterday at dinner that if he ate his peas, we'd go for ice cream after church. What were we thinking? We drove around trying to find any place open that had ice cream...fast food, grocery stores, any place! The grocery stores around here have limited hours, which would have been nice to know before we were trying to find stuff. We finally ended up at Target, and all the refrigerated foods were gone! They had a limit on how much milk you could buy (one per family), and there were only a handful of half gallons of skim milk left on the shelves. They did have some ice cream, too, so we got some of that as well. That's all Caleb really cared about!

It was CRAZY, let me tell you, trying to grab a half gallon of milk at Target at 8:30 on a Wednesday night. Kroger is opening at 9am and we need some groceries, so I'm going to get the kids out and try to find some. A couple of days ago they were limiting the number of people who could be in Wal-Mart and the grocery stores at one time, so people were waiting in line outside. We'll see if they're still doing that today.

Thankfully I picked up eggs at my parent's house on Tuesday before I came back because I have some birthday cakes to bake tomorrow!

Wish me luck trying to get some groceries!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hurricane Ike

Well, I think most of you that still read this blog follow me on Facebook, so you know we're safe and finally have power restored. We went to my parent's house Saturday night and stayed through Tuesday, when we came back home. We thank God that we have a house left and we sustained very minimal damage. (I'm not sure my mom has forgiven me for staying through the storm and not evacuating to her house.)
I got a new camera, since Caleb destroyed my old one, and finally am able to upload pictures rather quickly. So, here's what we did this weekend...

Caleb and Poppa on the 4-wheeler
my smiling Levi
Caleb not wanting to smile for the camera
one of our trees that was damaged
Ava looking pensive

Friday, September 05, 2008

He's Such a Mess

The other day Caleb dropped my camera on our wood floor and broke it. It's happened before and Uncle Scott fixed it, but this time I'm pretty sure it's for good. I guess that's what I'll be asking Santa for this year. It lasted over two years with Caleb constantly finding it and taking pictures of his finger, so I guess it had a pretty long life.

Caleb just came in here and announced, "I want to have my birthday. Right now."

OOOOOOOK. I tried to explain to him that his birthday is exactly 2 weeks from today, but that doesn't mean much to an almost-three-year-old. This is an almost daily ritual. Any time someone else has a birthday or we see a cake, he wants to have his birthday right then.

His favorite thing lately is to get on any raised surface in our house and pretend he's Buzz Lightyear. He climbs up, holds up his arms and announces, "To infinity and beyond..." Then he jumps off, laughs real big and does it again.

What am I going to do with him? :-)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

On My iPod

My current favorite playlist includes (it's pretty random, but all good!):

Big Enough--Ayiesha Woods
Washed by the Water--Needtobreathe
Mighty to Save--Hillsong
If You're Gonna Play in Texas--Alabama
Call My Name--Third Day
Burn for You--tobyMac
Mountain Music--Alabama
God With Us--MercyMe
He Reigns--Newsboys
Undo Me--Jennifer Knapp
Let It Rise--Big Daddy Weave
O Praise Him--David Crowder Band
Shackles (Praise You)--Mary Mary
So Long Self--MercyMe
Something Beautiful--Newsboys
Sweetly Broken--Jeremy Riddle
I Dare You to Move--Switchfoot
With Arms Wide Open--Creed
Tennessee River--Alabama

Fun in a Box


We're so tired around here. It's 8:21am, and Levi has been down for a nap since 7:45. Both boys were up for the day at 6am, and Levi was up eating twice during the night. I'm hoping it's a growth spurt!

We ALL had the stomach virus last week and over the holiday weekend. Not fun. I think we're finally over it, thank goodness. Now, if we could just get some sleep maybe we won't have a relapse!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Anatomy of a Photo Shoot

Trying to get two kids (or one husband) to cooperate for a picture is no easy task...

Our little thumb-sucker with his Mimi:

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Justin just interrupted my defensive driving to call me to the kitchen because he found a BLACK WIDOW SPIDER in our bag of grapes.

Everone now...*shudder* I confirmed it was a black widow (female, in fact!), and we looked it up online to find out if there might be another one or babies lurking nearby.

Wait, it gets better. He took the bag outside to kill the spider and saw a snake on the sidewalk. You'd think we were living on a farm or something.

Gross. Gross. Gross.

I'm so glad he found it and not me.

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When Does Sleep Return?

A couple of months ago, we finally started sleeping around here. Levi started sleeping through the night around the end of his 10th month. It was bliss.

Then came July 4. Our neighbors shoot off firewords for WEEKS. Caleb has reached the age where he realizes that things/noises/figments of his imagination are scary. So, he had a hard time sleeping for several weeks, and one of us slept in his room quite a lot. He finally did recover from that, and we all started sleeping again.

Then came our trip to New Mexico. I'm not really sure what set Caleb off, but he refused to go to sleep unless one of us was in the room with him. He's been going to sleep on his own since he was just a little baby, so I'm not sure why he's having trouble all of a sudden. He can't really tell us what's wrong, either. Just WAILING and BANGING if you leave him in his room alone. My genius husband came up with idea to set a timer and tell him we'd be back when the timer went off to sing him another song. It works pretty well at naptime (yesterday I only had to come back once), but not so well at night. But, it now is only taking us an hour and a half to get him to sleep instead of 3-4, so I guess that's progress.

Levi was up before 6am this morning, and his mommy went to bed at 1am after trying to finish defensive driving online (unsuccessfully). Then I heard my bedside alarm going off in CALEB'S room where it was left from the night before when I slept in there. Apparently he turned it on sometime yesterday. So, 10 minutes after I put Levi back to bed, Caleb was awake (at 6:15) telling me he was hungry.

Ok, that's all I can get to because Levi is sitting by the computer with a diaper that smells so bad I can hardly breathe. *sigh* The joys of parenting.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Life Is Crazy

I know everyone has quit checking this blog on a regular basis because it's been so long since I posted anything. This summer has been a little crazy for us. Good, but crazy. And part of the reason I haven't blogged in so long is that God has blessed me with a real-life friend at church who's also a stay-at-home-mom and lives not even 5 minutes from my house. We've been watching each other's kids, doing Bible study together, and really just having fun. I've needed a friend like her for a long time, and I've been richly blessed this summer by her friendship. And the other part of why I haven't blogged much is that it's BUSY having two little boys in the house!

We just got back from a trip to New Mexico (we drove. we're insane.). It was great to spend time with Justin's family and be in a COOL climate in August! I have a bunch of pictures, but I'll only add a few right now since the timer just went off which signals it's time for mommy to get off the computer and play blocks with Caleb.

I do hope to get back to more regular posting, but we'll see how it goes. Caleb will be in Mother's Day Out again this year two days a week, so maybe I can find a little time then to write. When I'm on the computer these days, it's usually for my business, so time for other things is limited. (I did join Facebook, which I thought I'd never do, but I've been able to reconnect with lots of old friends. If you're on there, let me know!)

Can you believe that in less than a month we'll have a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old? Some of you probably won't recognize Levi in these pictures it's been so long since you've seen one of him!

The toy cubby at Mimi's house:

Mimi's entertainment center:

Hiking in the mountains:

My sweet Caleb and his dimple!

Mimi, Daddy, and Caleb hiking

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Goings On

Life is busy around here! I just got back from a convention this weekend. The boys both went to my parent's house for a few days, and it was good for all of us! I had a great weekend of learning and hanging out with other women! It was refreshing.

Caleb is in full two-year-old mode these days. He screams the most high-pitched, shrill noise I've ever heard when he doesn't get his way. Ugh. And his new thing these days is telling us at bedtime, "I don't want to say the prayers." Well, fine, but you're going to listen to us say them! One day all this stubbornness will be put to good use, I'm praying!

Levi is in the process of getting himself weaned. I say "getting himself" because I hadn't planned on it until he was a year old, but he's biting and has incredible suction, so I'm in the midst of a bleeding nipple for the umpteenth time in his 9 months of life. I just can't take it anymore. And since he's started biting, it just makes the bleeding worse. The pain is excruciating, and this momma is done. It's been one thing after another with him for the whole 9 months (infections, bleeding, cracking, nuclear testing, surgery, etc). I'm dealing with the guilt of weaning him before I weaned Caleb, though. After the initial 8 weeks with Caleb, we were smooth sailing until he was a year old. Not so with the little one.

I'm doing Beth Moore's Stepping Up Bible study with a group of ladies at church, and it's really good. Life is so much better when I'm in the Word daily!

Would you say a prayer for my sister? She undergoing testing for her gall bladder (sound familiar?). She hasn't had the pain that I had, but she's been really sick for several weeks. (And, no, she's not pregnant...they've checked at the doctor's office 3 times!) My mom had her gall bladder removed when she was young, also, so apparently it's genetic. Thanks!

Friday, June 06, 2008


So many posts in one day...just what will you all do? Got this one from JettyBetty!

8 Things I am passionate about

1. knowing God's Word
2. My husband
3. My children
4. My friends
5. making people feel welcome in my home
6. teaching my children to love Jesus
7. Beth Moore's Bible studies (no one gets me excited about the Word like Beth!)
8. A good cup of coffee & a Dunkin' Donut to dip in it!

8 Things I want to do before I die

1. see my children accept Jesus as their Savior
2. see my brothers-in-law marry godly women
3. go to Disney World with the kids
4. read the Bible cover to cover
5. get rid of A LOT of stuff from this house
6. adopt a child
7. sponsor another Compassion child
8. visit Thailand again

8 Things I often say (this should be really telling!)

1. I love you.
2. We go poo poo ONLY on the potty!
3. Seriously. (said with all kinds of emphasis. Seriously? Seriously. Seriously!?!)
4. I'm so proud of you!
5. What time do you think you'll be home tonight?
6. Go sit in time out.
7. Silly Caleb!
8. Don't wake up your brother!

8 Books I have Read Lately

1. My Bible
2. _Gorgeously Green_ by Sophie Uliano
That's all I can think of right now. I haven't actually finished a book in so long...

8 Movies I have watched 8 times or more

1. Top Gun (when I was younger)
2. Cars
3. that's probably it. I don't like to watch the same movie over and over and over. I'm sure I'll have many more Disney movies to add to this list in the coming years!

8 People I am tagging (this one is really fun!!!)

1. Lia
2. Holly
3. Jenn (Munchkin Land)
4. Kimberly
5. Lisa
6. Shalee
7. Erin
8. You!

Go Here

Looking for pictures of my kids...go here. I've been too busy juggling both kids to actually take many pictures myself, much less upload them, but my sister took some and actually posted them on her blog. You can see Caleb in the background of several of the pictures of Ava. They've had a lot of fun playing lately! We took the kids to the Children's Museum yesterday, and Caleb had a blast! They have a great area for kids 0-3 that was fun and safe for Levi. He could crawl around and pull up on things...his two favorites!

Wow Online

I love the Wow compilation CDs. There's a new one out...Wow Hits 1. It's FULL of amazing Christian songs:

  • All the World
  • Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
  • East to West
  • Everything Glorious
  • Give Me Words to Speak
  • Give Until There's Nothing Left
  • Give You Glory
  • God in Me
  • Here's My Life
  • I'll Stay
  • I'm for You
  • I'm Not Who I Was
  • In Wonder
  • Love Is Here
  • Miracle of the Moment
  • Older I Get
  • So Great
  • Tunnel
  • You Are Everything
Just sharing! Check it out here.

Sunday, June 01, 2008


I don't particularly enjoy exercising. It's really the sweating that I don't really care for. But, I went to the gym three days last week, so that's a pretty big accomplishment for me. My goals are to lose about 20 pounds by the boys' birthday(s) in September, and more long-term...to be in great shape before we move to Singapore. There's nothing worse than being fat AND hot, especially in a place not far from the equator where walking is a major form of transportation.

That's all. Just random thoughts from my head.

Friday, May 16, 2008


Justin and I have sponsored a child through Compassion International for over 4 years now, and it has been such a blessing. Our girl, Rudia, lives in Tanzania and is 14 years old. She was 10 when we started sponsoring her, and it's been so fun to see her abilities grow through the years. She is always asking us to pray for her family members, and the whole family loves to get our letters and pictures. We love to get Rudia's letters, too, and now she can actually write them herself! It is a blessing to be able to make a real difference in someone's life.

For $32 a month, you can sponsor a child through Compassion and change their life. I was just searching on the site for children who have been waiting the longest, and there are 52 children who have been waiting 6 months or longer for a sponsor. There are two-year-olds you can sponsor. When I think about my own two-year-old, tucked safely in his warm bed in his own room with a full belly and every imaginable convenience, it hurts to know that there are many two-year-olds going hungry tonight sleeping on dirt floors in a house the size of our computer room with 6 other family members.

For the cost of eating out once a month, you can help a child receive a Christian education, health care, social skills, and much more.

See for yourself.

Singapore, A Wedding, and This and That

For two years now we've been in limbo about the whole Singapore thing. Will we move there? Will we not? How long?

I wish I could say we have some answers, but we really don't have anything concrete. It looks like we will be moving there next summer (2009) for a year to 18 months. I say we'll be there 18 months to 2 years because I have yet to see a project finish on time. I'm just preparing myself. (By the way, if you see my mom, don't mention any of this to her. She's in serious denial. I think she'll be at Ava's house every week that we're gone to get her grandbaby fix!)

And, in perfect segue...my grandmother is getting married tomorrow. First, let me say I'm really happy for her. Second, let me say it's weird. My grandfather died right after I got married 5 1/2 years ago, and my grandmother is really young, so I'm glad she found someone she loves spending time with. But, I just don't think you expect to see your grandmother get married. I don't know this man really well (but I know he's a great man and former minister), and I think it'll be a little awkward for a while when we visit her. This man is the only great-grandfather-figure my kids will ever know. Both mine and Justin's grandfathers died long before our kids were born. Anyway, that's all I'll say about that.

Justin's mom is coming to visit next week, and we are super excited! The boys don't get to see Mimi very often, so this is a real treat. Levi doesn't even look like the same child since we saw her last. It'll be fun to see the boys with her.

And did you hear that my best friend is pregnant??? :-) She's due the day after Christmas when it'll be, oh, about 50 below in Alaska. Congrats, Dave and Lisa!!

Shocking No One

LogoThere are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

I might be able to find a few in England, though.


Friday, May 09, 2008

Do You Recognize These Kids?

Caleb did this in the 30 seconds his daddy was in the bathroom...

Standing up!


I figure it's been so long since I posted pictures of the kids that you all might not recognize them! Levi is now crawling, eating baby food 3 meals a day, and trying to pull up on anything and everything around him! Caleb is almost fully potty-trained now (yay!) and surprising us every day with his vocabulary. Our current favorite is when he says, "Actually it's a..." He mimics everything we say, which means we have to be really careful about saying things like, "stupid" and "oh my gosh."

Reflecting Him

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