Friday, January 29, 2010

an audience of one

**my favorite part is when she hits that note that almost knocks her down.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The dignity and value of human life

As I try to think of ways to stand up for the sanctity of human life, I thought I should share this video of a family who valued the 99 days of their son's short lived life.

99 Balloons from Igniter Media on Vimeo.

(via JT)

Thursday, January 21, 2010


I walked into our dining room to find that Elizabeth had drug Hannah's car seat from the front door so she could sit beside Hannah Kate. Elizabeth loves her little sister and right now they are sharing everything together...even pacies.

What sweet little blessings we have.

Our new kitchen!

It took us a few minutes to wake up this morning and we had to get over the initial shock that daddy wasn't home (Wednesdays spoil us), but she finally got around to playing with her new kitchen (and has been playing with it ever since). Thanks Granna and Poppy for our kitchen! We love y'all.

**she always tries to put the phone in the ice-maker. and poor Hannah, she's a tough one.

Monday, January 18, 2010

a mini-him

The other night Jonathan was talking with me while I was cooking dinner. We weren't really paying much attention to Elizabeth but when we looked to see what she is doing, she was copying Jonathan: hands in her pockets and leaning up against the coffee stand.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Follow up on Elmo

Elmo almost had a near toilet experience again today. We decided to tell Elizabeth that Elmo was no longer allowed to potty without a mommy or daddy. We felt it was the safest thing for our dear Elmo. However, that statement has seemed to make him regress in the potty training area, at least it has in Elizabeth's mind...

**by the way, I only said gosh once while changing her diaper earlier. She definitely dramatized me.

Elmo is recovering ok from yesterday. The only thing he says now is "Can you help Elmo up please?" We are hoping he will get over the traumatic events of yesterday and go back to doing all the cool things he did before. Anyone got any ideas on how we can doctor Elmo back to health? Putting his feet in rice?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I think we have a literalist on our hands

Elizabeth hearts the Sesame Street characters, especially Elmo. So it is probably no surprise that in our beginning efforts to potty train Elizabeth we have used Elmo as an inspiration. But perhaps we just gave her the idea that he is the one who needs all the potty help.

Afterwards she so sweetly proclaim, "Elmo pee-pee in potty." Yes and apparently brushed his teeth with mommy's toothbrush, while bathing in the toilet.

**despite my reaction, I did think it was funny, though I hope Elmo still works...he was expensive. Sorry mom.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Kiss the girl?

In recent days, this youtube video has made the list of videos we've been watching. It should have been no surprise to me when Elizabeth read her Little Mermaid book that she would connect the dots and know what was going on. But, alas it did.

It's another reminder she is growing up too quickly. sigh.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Christ is everything, indeed.

“When you put your trust in Christ, the overpowering attraction of the world is broken. You are a corpse to the world, and the world is a corpse to you. Or to put it positively, you are a ‘new creation’ (Galatians 6:15). The old you is dead. A new you is alive — the you of faith in Christ. And what marks this faith is that it treasures Christ above everything in the world. The power of the world to woo your love away is dead.

Being dead to the world means that every legitimate pleasure in the world becomes a blood-bought evidence of Christ’s love and an occasion of boasting in the cross. When our hearts run back along the beam of blessing to the source in the cross, then the worldliness of the blessing is dead, and Christ crucified is everything.”

John Piper