Friday, July 30, 2010

Abby Is Sitting & Talking - 6 1/2 Months

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Vacations Are For Family

We just returned from a 4 day vacation to Brokenbow Oklahoma. It  was so nice to get away, even though it took so much time and work to get all 5 of us, plus  the dog,  on the road. It was a relaxing trip which my sister and I planned as a gift for my mom graduation from college. The  boys LOVED every minute of the fun, the hot tub was Drew's favorite place to play at night. They also loved the fire pit and making S'mores, riding horses, jet ski's and a train. It was a  fun trip, the boys did great. Abby was cranky and totally off her sleep schedule, but cam home, went right to sleep and hasn't had any problems since.

The video below is a fun song that I taught the boys. They love it! Gabe is just starting to learn how to sing,  He is rather quiet even though he knows the song, Abby on the other hand is very loud! You  can hear her in the background fussing for some milk.

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Drew and I have been practicing school, finding some additional things that work and other things that don't/ I joined a support group for homeschooling mom's and have officially taken the plunge into teaching my kids at home. Yikes! Drew will be using unit studies this year, our first half of the year is planned, the packets purchased and my mind is swimming with fun ideas and books to add to our library. The group I joined meets on Thursday's so Drew can make some new friends and enjoy playing at the park. They also have a co-op which he can do when he gets a little older. Such an exciting yet totally scary time in my life. I've always wanted to home-school, just taking that big plunge is very frightening.

Today I had Drew work on a nature journal to see if he would enjoy it. Wow, that child is nuts about writing and stories and coloring (when he has a focus). Drew absolutely loved the whole thing! His turtle drawings weren't half bad either. We compared pictures of the turtles John found; though the turtles were  released the following day, we had pictures of them to put in our nature journal. Then Drew compared the traits of each turtle, colored a picture with those traits included, and dictated a story about them. He would have gone on for hours with his elaborate story, but I ran out of paper! His story was so cute - he named the turtles Sara and Cana. Where he comes up with these names, I'm not sure of, but he remembered every detail of those turtles and their story. Then he must have had me read the story back to him 7+ times. Wow, such fun we will have this year! I just pray he is this enthusiastic in everything we do!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

My Darling Abby at 6 Months

My sweet little girl! I am so blessed to be your mommy, every moment with you is full of smiles, laughs and sweet little jabbers. You are an angel sent from heaven to bless our home with fun and laughter,  You have captured the hearts of the brothers in your life; that #1 dad you are blessed to have is totally intoxicated with you too. Your brothers are constantly running up to you, smiling, giving you kisses, bringing you toys, chatting with you like you understand every word. We are so blessed to have known you for 6 months!

You are a chunky little girl with a ravenous appetite for milk, always begging for more. I've finally gotten to a place where I've been telling you 'no" or holding you off because you would eat all the time if I let you. You are enamored with your thumb and a cute white rabbit your Aunt Beth gave you. Both items are a necessary part of your nap and night time routine. You love watching your brothers play and run around like mad men. You laugh and giggle when anyone give you direct eye contact. At night  you sometimes get fussy if Mommy has eaten some vegetables - especially zucchini and broccoli and garlic. Your a great sleeper, though you did wake me up last night because your hand got stuck in your PJ's and you couldn't get to your thumb!

My sweet daughter - I pray for your salvation daily, I petition the Lord on  behalf of your life, asking for a gentle and quiet spirit that trusts solely in the Lord. I pray your laughter and smiles will only increase and the joy you bring to our  family will be contagious. I am a blessed mother to have you as my daughter - all 14.4 pounds of you!

"Let Him who boasts, boast in this, that He understands and knows me, that I am the God who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness." Jeremiah 9:24


Lord - thank you for the privilege of being a mom to three wonderful children and for a husband who is like no other. He is a man of God, a man of service, a man of generosity, and a man of deep faith.

Love,
Mommy

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Who Is Chunkier?

Gabe at 6 1/2 Months (Bottom), Abby at 6 Months (Top)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Lots of Rain!

We had a downpour today, the boys took out a raft that Daddy had bought for such an occasion. Drew grabbed a spatula and off they went for a wet adventure.

Discipline

It has been a long 6 months, my little Abby is growing up so fast. I've learned a lot having three kids, I've learned how to pile them all into the back seat of our Jeep, how much time I need to walk out of the house on time, and that eating any green vegetables will give Abby gas and sleepless nights for two days.

When Gabers was born I went through 6 month of shock, having  two kids wasn't anything like I expected. I succumbed to the exhaustion and melted into a hum drum existence for about a year. With Abby I promised myself I wasn't going to allow that to happen. I was committed to discipline my body and my mind from the very beginning. A new baby wasn't going to be an excuse card I'd allow myself to play. Slowly over the last 6 months I've been working on discipline - slowly working my way up to going to the gym 3 mornings  a week, reading my bible daily, etc. The culmination of all that hard work was our Weekend away two weeks ago, the speakers encouraged me and brought me back to the reality that my life is not my own -  I do all things for the glory of God. That to discipline my body and mind was not for myself or my family, but for God alone.

We had company last week for the 4th of July, I was sick a few days before that with strep throat and spent some time laying around recuperating. Just those few changes in routine left me undisciplined. I was amazed that when I give up discipline in one area all the others go with it - like the food I eat, the time I waste, the energy I have, the time I invest in my kids, etc.

Those two experiences have challenged me to not give up my quest for discipline, I love those days that begin early at 5:00 am, though I don't like getting up early, they result in achievements and an organized day. The discipline of life also opens the doors to having the Lord speak into my life. The Lord honors those who are obedient and pursue holiness. I'm encouraged that my heavenly Father is teaching me and revealing areas that I need to work on - specifically my marriage and the way I approach honoring my husband.  May this post remind me in the days ahead that discipline and rising early are worthy goals that draw me closer to my Lord.