Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pregnancy Update

So I am way over due with a pregnancy update on the blog. But better late than never.

So many of you have been praying for me and sending kind thoughts my way. This means so much, really, I tear up just thinking about how ya'll are so wonderful. Isn't it great how ladies who have never actually met can share, pray and care about each other the way blogs enable us to! I am so blessed to have you all as bloggy friends. And yes, my family and friends who read this blog too, I love you all.

I am feeling better, praise the Lord! Right now instead of every day being yucky, I pretty much have some totally good and some totally bad days. Weird, but I much prefer it that way. At least I am able to have those days of rest and energy.

We have had our first ultra sound. It's early, but after all the craziness with Caroline it's nice to see our little one right away. They are doing great, the right size, growing well, and of course their little heart beat is amazing to hear and see.

This one should make an appearance in August. And they better stay in there until then. Caroline came 5 weeks early after a month of bed rest and NUMEROUS hospital visits. So it would be wonderful to make it till 40 weeks, or well, maybe 38 or 39. I might be going crazy by 40. =)

I am already starting to show a little. This is the earliest I have ever shown before. I guess I have no stomach muscles left. Funny, but with my first I couldn't wait to look pregnant. Now I just want to stay in my regular clothes as long as possible. But really, whatever the Lord has planned is fine by me. I'll just do the pony tail band in the pants thing for awhile.=)

Thank you again, I can not say this enough, for the prayers. They are amazing and powerful and mean so much. God is great and I don't want to ever take that for granted.

Now I'm off to have a cup of hot tea and a snack. Yum!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Winter Nature Walk with the Cousins

We took a wonderful Winter nature walk with Blythe, Beau and Evan the other week. The sun was shining, the air was brisk and the kids were full of energy to burn off.

Caleb found a stick right away. No nature walk would be complete without a stick in hand.


We checked out the frozen lake over at Glenmere. The pier was quite slippery, but the lake is frozen solid. The kids were concerned about the fish. This was a great opportunity to explain how under the ice there is still lots of water for the fish to swim in. It also tied in nicely with one of our current issues of Big Backyard. We read this when we got home. (Caleb and Mama did.)

Ahh, more sticks. Apparently boys can never be too old for this since Evan loves them as much as the little ones.

This is a little creek that runs through part of the park. It is always moving, so it does not freeze completely. The water was so pretty running through the snow covered ground.

Here are TONS of Black Crowned Night Heron nests. They love to nest all through the spring here.

We also found lots of Canada Geese tracks which is not surprising since this park is home to lots of Canada Geese.

Here they are taking flight. Caleb always loves to see them doing this. There are so many you can hear all of their wings beating. It's pretty cool.
We had a great time on our walk and always enjoy sharing our love of nature with anyone willing to tag along. It was good to have Evan, Blythe and Beau with us.

Home Safely and Fun With Friends

Cale is home and we have been having a great family weekend. We also had a good time while daddy was out of town, but we really missed him. Thank you for the prayers and kind thoughts!

We had some friends from church over to play and for lunch. We also made some pine cone bird feeders to share with our birdy friends. Not everyone got totally into it, but a few of the kiddos did.

Isn't she the sweetest ever? I love her smile, which is pretty much always there.

And of course my Caleb had to clown around for his buds.

We have been doing school in a very spotty way. But hope to get back on track, have I said that before? =) Good thing Caleb is only 4. I will post some of our school updates this week.

Now Cale needs the computer for work, so I need to wrap it up. Just wanted to post a quick update though.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Siblings

These are not the best pictures in the world photography wise. But I love them sentimental wise. There are times when my kiddos make my heart so filled with love my chest actually hurts. The other day they were playing in the playroom quietly. I went down to check on them, it was so very quiet and this made me wonder. When I walked down the stairs this is what I saw.


There they were snuggled together just talking away. Totally happy and loving each other. As a mama this is what I dream of. That my kids will be best friends, enjoy their time spent together, take care of each other. As a mama, well, I get to witness many times where this is not the case. But my heart soars during the times when it is.

And yes, Caroline is wearing Caleb's underwear over her pants (first picture). It's one of her favorite accessories. Hmmm.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Moraine Basin Christmas Trip

So here is another one of those catch up posts. Before Christmas we decided to take a trip up to Estes Park to see all the pretty Christmas decorations. They normally decorate Main Street and it is so festive. Well, we get all the way up there and there is not one Christmas decoration up. Not a single wreath, light or piece of holly. Bummer.

So instead we went into Rocky Mountain National Park and had a little impromptu nature exploration.




We saw LOTS of animal tracks. The kids loved this. We had a great time trying to identify them and follow them to see where the animal was going.
Elk Track
Feline Tracks, Maybe Mountain Lion?
Of course Caleb's favorite, scat. This being Elk scat.
Moraine Basin in the winter. The Big Thompson River was frozen solid in this location.
These little guys are hard to see in this picture. They are mouse tracks. We followed them into a big bush by the river's edge.

This is a Stellar's Jay. There are lots of these birds in Rocky Mountain Park. We get Blue Jays at our feeders at home. But the Stellar's Jay prefers the higher altitudes and Coniferous Forests in the mountains.
Here's a Magpie. They are actually quite a colorful bird. But that's hard to see in this picture. They have black and white and a pretty bright blue. Their tail feathers are very long and showy.
Here's Caroline. The whole experience tuckered her out. The boys on the other hand were quite happy to stay outside as long as we let them.
I love this picture. Caleb called me over and said, "Look mama. I'm like the tree." At first I could not figure out what he meant. Then I realized he was bent over just like the tree was. Too cute.
We had such a nice day, even though we saw no Christmas decorations. To tell you the truth, God's creation is more beautiful anyway.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hair Styling, The 18 Month Old Way

Since I have been pretty absent from the blogging world lately I have major catching up to do. I have no grand ideas that I will blog about everything that I've fallen behind with. But here's one ya'll might laugh about.

Two days before Christmas Caroline decided to try her hand at hair styling. Or something. She somehow found a bottle of red nail polish, somehow got the top unscrewed and then decided it would look great poured all over her head.

I did not get any pics of what it looked like when I found her. I was in panic mode trying to get it out quickly. It was very red, very sticky and I was worried it would get in her eyes. But here is the result after washing her hair 5 times, combing finger nail polish remover through her hair and brushing, brushing, brushing.

It actually came out of her hair with all the above being done. But her scalp was tinged a reddish pink color for a week or so. It eventually just wore off.


Here is how she felt about having to endure the removal process. Hopefully that will discourage her from ever trying that one again. Just incase all finger nail polish has been moved to the medicine cabinet above the sink.
I tell you what, girls are a tad bit more challenging than boyos. By the way, I am making a major understatement with that one. But we wouldn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. =)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sow To Please The Spirit

Oh what a morning we had. It started with spankings and tears. I absolutely can not stand starting the day this way. It breaks my heart as a mama. Then I start thinking, "What am I doing wrong? Why does it seem we have to spank for things we have talked about and spanked for before? Am I not consistent enough? I need to pray more." Well, you get the picture.

I especially get frustrated when I have to spank for something I feel like my children should already know not to do or that we have disciplined for before. It makes me wonder, "Do I really have their heart?"

Then in my inbox I found this:

Galatians 6:7-8 says, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life" (NIV).

Paul used the analogy of planting to explain the principle of spiritual growth. He encouraged his readers to sow into the things of God, with the promise they would reap the things of God. In the life of a Christian we sow into God by how we think, speak, our actions, where we spend our money, and our time. These are investments in a God-honoring life, which reaps a harvest of blessing – but not in the same season. There is always a delay between sowing and reaping.

What if we considered our children's hearts and lives as a garden? The principles of sowing and reaping apply as well. Every day we sow into those "gardens" through our words, behavior, and the disciplines we teach them. However, just like a vegetable garden, if we plant carrot seeds, we will reap carrots – not corn. Consequently, if we sow negative seeds of discouragement, we will reap despair. If we sow seeds of impatience, we will reap frustration. If we sow seeds of laziness, we will reap stress.

Conversely, if we sow healthy seeds of good choices, we will reap self-discipline. If we sow seeds of patience, we will reap peace. If we sow seeds of perseverance, we will reap success. Our children's hearts are rich soil prepared by God to receive good seed. As conscientious gardeners, we need to plant those that will reap a harvest in our children's lives and prepare them for service in the kingdom of God.

What if you don't see results right away? That's normal. After a few days, the farmer doesn't get frustrated with slow growth and rip the seeds out of the ground. No. The farmer continues to water the soil, shoo the birds away, and pull the weeds. The farmer protects the seed until it has a chance to grow in its own time.

May we be gardeners who don't give up until the harvest.



Oh, how impatient I can be as a mom. I want to see instant results. One spanking or one talk should correct the issue forever right? Well now, I'm sure the Lord feels this way about me on many occasions. Yet He is so very patient with me. God keeps loving me, keeps forgiving me, keeps teaching me, and yes, keeps disciplining me too. How could I do less for my own children.

Lord, help me to be a mom of patience and perseverance. Give me the wisdom and guidance to sow to please the Spirit when it comes to parenting my children. Help me to look to you as the best example of how a parent should be. And Lord, please forgive me when I mess up. Cause Lord, I know I will.

Please create in Caleb and Caroline hearts that are turned to you with love and obedience. And let me be their example in both of these. For when I love and obey you God, not only is my life the better for it, but my children's lives as well. In Jesus' Name Amen!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Over the Moon, but Under the Weather

Hi all. Hope everyone has been enjoying their holidays. We had a great Christmas, busy and fun!

For those of you who do not already know Cale and I are expecting our third little one! We are over the moon, but I am under the weather, if that makes any sense. I have been nauseous, very tired and more that you would rather not hear about. =) This is all very new for me, my other pregnancies were nothing like this. So we have been quite surprised to be sick everyday all the time this way.

This would explain my lack of blogging and commenting on all of your blogs. I would really appreciate any prayers. I am told over and over again that it will soon fade and I will feel like myself again. Believe me I am waiting for that to happen.

Until then, thank you all for the awards, wow! I will post on those soon, hopefully.

I have a Drs appointment on the 15th, so I will update everyone after that.

Hope you are all having a good 2010 so far. I am excited for what God will do in our lives this year, He has already given us such a huge blessing with this new little one.