Saturday, November 27, 2010

Life Moves on...

Ava is holding her head up pretty well now and can sit in her Bumbo chair! She loves it and smiles so big when we put her in it. She has been pretty happy lately and is so much fun. She screeches to hear her voice and has started using her hands to reach for things - and me. At least that's my opinion.

Jack is growing up so fast that I'm sad at some things he doesn't do anymore. For example, he talks so clearly now that I miss how he used to say things. He still practices hard though on certain words and phrases.

Thanksgiving was so much fun with the families! It went too fast, and now we're on the fast track towards Christmas. We have done most of our Christmas shopping though, so we're doing okay on that. Now to get the letters out and just go to tons of events in this busy season!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's almost here! In thinking about this time of year, I would like to say that I'm thankful for my relationship with God more than anything in my life! Without it, my life would be impossible to live successfully. And He has given me the desires of my heart in my family and in our ministry. I am completely content with our life.

I'm so thankful to be married to the man God created for me. Matt is truly the leader of our home and has wisdom and kindness. He is a great father, and I'm thankful to be a mom to my two favorite children! I'm thankful Matt is supportive of my staying home with them through these formative years.

I'm so thankful for the opportunity to have one of each. Jack is so much like me in so many ways; and so far, it seems that Ava has Matt's calm personality. Until you make her mad with not getting a bottle in her mouth fast enough!

I'm thankful for our church. From the first time we visited, we never wanted to go anywhere else. God might have other plans at some point in our lives, but I always feel that there's no place like Berean! The people are amazing and have just taken us in and loved and encouraged us.

I'm thankful for our families and that we live near most of them. I wish the rest were closer, but I'm still thankful for the times we have had together.

I'm thankful for amazing friends who love and encourage me.

I'm thankful for God's provision. This year I'm not babysitting, and there wasn't any leftover for Christmas, and God has provided in a way that is unbelievable! I could never have worked it out this way on my own.

I'm sure I will have more to add to the list, but these are off the top of my head. Looking forward to next week to sit down with family and be properly thankful in front of the turkey!
I haven't written in a while. We have been busy, but also haven't had much to write about, I guess. So we are getting close to the holidays though - very exciting! We started some shopping yesterday and actually put a good dent in our list! I am looking forward to Black Friday. I don't do the 4 in the morning thing, but I do like to go a little later when it is less crazy. Our secret is the Mall of America. So far, it's the best kept secret. Everyone is out at Walmart or everywhere else. So Rebekah and I are headed there!

We are all adjusting I think finally to Matt's schedule and having another child. And it helps that Ava is past a lot of the newborn stuff such as waking us up in the middle of the night. She is a good sleeper and a good eater, so that is a huge help! Ava will be 4 months old this Friday already! And I remember Jack rolled over at 4 months, so we will be beginning some milestones soon, I think.

So we are headed into a busy weekend with church stuff. Friday and Saturday are packed with fun things to do! We were out of town filling in at a church in Rochester this past week, and we missed our church. There's no place like home! It's nice to be part of a church that makes us feel at home and embraces us.

Jack is getting closer to being 4 and is getting to be very grown up. We can't talk about his Christmas presents this year in front of him. He's too alert and picks up on it quickly.

It seems like this holiday season is already going by quickly! I think it helped that the weather has been so mild up until now - 12 inches this past weekend! Crazy. So anyway, I have listened to some Christmas music and watched a couple of Christmas movies, but haven't gone too nuts yet. Haven't decorated yet. I'm a little in denial with the snow and am still hoping for a bit more of fall. I would enjoy even the 40s for a while. But I think this is kind of it and that winter is coming! The snow sure is beautiful though, and Jack and Matt built the bottom roll of a snowman so far!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Doesn't this just make your day?

This smile makes it all worth it!

Our Little Pumpkin

Here she is trying to hold her pacifier in. Very intently!

Peter Pan

Jack with his "boney arrow". It's funny how kids hear things.