Tuesday, February 26, 2013

still waiting

The car seat has been a big hit with these two.

Ari kept reassuring me that he was so comfy he would just take his nap in there.

Life gets more exciting when daddy is home. As you can see I was not going to volunteer to get inside the tunnel.

It's been a while since we had the paint out. This was Evangeline's first time painting and I think they both preferred using their hands instead of the brushes.

It's always fun to spend time with cousin Owen, or as Evangeline says "O-wo".

Her pacifier is going to be the end of me. I'm sure of it. She is only allowed to have it in bed for nap or nighttime so she likes to "pretend sleep" all over the house in hopes to get away with it elsewhere.

Can you guess what he built here? 

He definitely has his moments where he likes to push her buttons, but for the most part he is a sweet big brother. I could hear him in the other room asking Evangeline if she wanted to be rocked. I wasn't sure this was going to end well so when I went to take a peak they were happily rocking away.

This girl means business when she says she is ready to nap. Throughout the mornings she will constantly tell me "night" and want to be put down for a nap. I end up putting her down several times and she usually comes out after about 10 minutes. Even though she doesn't normally fall asleep she comes out much more pleasant. Yesterday she didn't even bother asking me to put her down. Around 11 I noticed she had been gone for a bit and when I found her she was passed out on our bedroom floor. She napped there for almost two hours.

God has answered so many prayers for us this past week. We have pretty much been quarantined these past seven days since our house got plagued with sickness. Even though having sick people for a week straight can be exhausting at times, I am so blessed that it wasn't anything worse and that we have (mostly) recovered...and that I didn't go in to labor while being sick or having sick little ones to take care of. It's the worst feeling to have sick kids and not be able to comfort them. During all the sickness, we also had a (what seemed to be) major water leak that was coming through our ceiling fan in the living room. It ended up being a loose bolt on a toilet and no major plumbing repairs needed! Praise God!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

while we wait

Life has been going on like normal while we wait for baby to arrive. My kids still enjoy Wednesdays with their cousins.

Ari has taken on the roll as "coach". He spent lots of time running around and showing Elias how to play football.

Ari still continues to be a ham. He wants his picture taken, but then proceeds to make the silliest faces. It's hard to get him to be serious. (I think I took about 5 above before getting that one.) But I suppose those pictures capture his personality the most. He's excited for Selah to be here soon. He is constantly asking if certain things "hurt" Selah. When I was working on our tile floor, I was scrubbing it with a toothbrush and he asked if it hurt my belly to sit like that. I just laughed because I'm sure I looked extremely uncomfortable. He will give her hugs and tell her he loves her.

I'm always finding Evangeline with something on her head. The "hat" above is a knitted sleep sack for the baby. The one below is a t-shirt for a Build-A-Bear. She doesn't necessarily think she's being silly either, she will just randomly wear different things on her head as if they were supposed to be there all along.

Her favorite time of day is when daddy gets home and they get to play on our bed. She loves to balance and walk up and down the edge (with assistance of course).

We still have two weeks until I'm due. An ultrasound from two weeks ago showed that she was about 6 lbs 12 oz already, so I'm not concerned about her being too small. My other kids were 8 lbs and 8 lbs 5 oz. so it will be interesting to see if she will be any bigger. I haven't had any contractions but she is extremely wild in there so I am always concerned that she is turning. The ultrasound showed her head down, but none of her movements are in the same place and neither are her hiccups. Some days I have fake contractions all the time and other days I don't have any. She seems pretty high right now so I'm not anticipating anything happening this week. Of course we are looking forward to her being here the most, but as far as not being pregnant anymore...I think I am most excited about not waking up at night to a full bladder every few hours. I also feel like I move as slow as a slug, it will be nice to be mobile again!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

some statistics {Kisses from Katie}

It's no secret that AJ and I are open to moving across the world, completely changing our lifestyle and giving up the luxuries here in the US.  God had been working on our hearts long before he went to Uganda last year, and after that experience we were sure that our future would take us somewhere outside the US. At that point we knew we were willing to go. The question left to answer is when? Alongside that we have been trying to figure out when to adopt. We don't need to know all the details on how it will work, but again we were willing, able bodies to open our home and love another child like our own. We might not have all the logistics figured out yet, but we do know that we have love and we want to share that with other children who might not ever feel that.  Our hearts break for children who don't have parents to kiss their boo-boos, or tuck them in at night, but most importantly share the love of God with them. God the Father longs to show us His love. How can children understand the love He has for them if they don't have any tangible love on earth to help comprehend that? There is no doubt that AJ and I both are passionate about families and children.

I randomly came across this blog/book/ministry on the internet. Katie Davis just happens to be from the US and who happens to live in Uganda now (the same town AJ visited), and has a heart for loving children. I ordered her book KISSES from KATIE, and if I wasn't already convicted about loving on some kids...oh my. I haven't even finished the book but I wanted to quote a section from her diary she wrote on May 7, 2008 that she included in her book.

The truth is that the 143 million orphaned children and the 11 million who starve to death or die from preventable diseases and the 8.5 million who work as child slaves, prostitutes, or under other horrific conditions and the 2.3 million who live with HIV add up to 164.8 million needy children. And though at first glance that looks like a big number, 2.1 billion people on this earth proclaim to be Christians.

The truth is that if only 8 percent of the Christians would care for one more child, there would not be any statistics left.


Here's another excerpt from her book.

But the Lord had also planted in me a desire to share the truth He had shown me in Uganda to the people who surrounded me now in America. I wanted to share with them the truth that while their children were alive today, more than sixteen thousand other children are not, because they died of hunger-related causes in the last twenty-four hours. I wanted them to know that another three thousand children in the world, mostly in Africa, will die of malaria today--malaria, which is both preventable and treatable. I wanted to share with them the truth that many of us seemed to have overlooked--that God wanted us to care for the poor, not just care about them, but to truly take care of them, and many of us were not doing so. God told us to love our neighbors as ourselves, but so many of our neighbors were starving to death while our tables were filled with abundance.

I keep thinking back to one part where she said a meal they splurge on costs about 60 cents a person. Wow. As much as I try to be mindful of how we spend our money, we still live in ridiculous luxury. I don't think luxury is necessarily bad, but what would happen if we tightened our budget and lived just a little bit more simply. Even if I couldn't physically love on a child right now, but us living more simply could save another child's life...wouldn't it be worth it?

Here's a question I keep asking myself...
What is it going to take for us to be proactive in our convictions?

Katie, as a young woman in her early 20's now, has a way of expressing the truth of God's Word--not just about how we should be taking care of "the least of these", but how our life can be turned upside down if we are just willing to say "yes" to Jesus. Of course I highly recommend reading her book, but if you want to look more in to her and what God has been doing through her life just read some of her blog.

Monday, February 4, 2013

some (overdue) projects

I've finally gotten around to cleaning the grout between our tile. I really had no idea how bad it was until I started doing it. I had cleaned it before with white vinegar and it seemed to work well. But then I decided to see what some baking soda and water would do.

Seriously. It's like I have a whole new floor! You can see the part I hadn't cleaned yet next to the nice white grout. It's amazing, well and gross at the same time. But still, amazing!

Another overdue project was to replace the fabric on our kitchen chairs.

You see...this table and chairs were given to us before we had children and they came with fabric cushions. Extremely comfortable, but not conducive to little ones eating yogurt on...or anything really.

These chairs have been through the ringer the last four years and were in desperate need of a redo. I had a major hold up for the longest time because I could not find fabric that I thought would work. But then my husband had a brilliant idea.

Our duvet on our bed needed to be replaced because of a growing hole in it, but I could not let go of it for the life of me because it was the perfect duvet. After about 6 months of looking for a new duvet we found one and finally replaced the old one. So...his idea was to use the old duvet to cover the chairs. I tell you...my husband is a genius! We also added a clear vinyl over the top so there will be easy clean-ups after meals. No more stains. No more stress.