Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Grace!


Happy 4th birthday, my sweet, imaginative, free-spirited, extroverted, artistic, pays-attention-to-details, glad, particular, compassionate, and affectionate little girl!

You have filled our family with such gladness and joy. And our lives have been forever (happily!) changed because of you. 

May Jesus make his face to shine upon you. May he be your portion forever. And may your heart be intensely satisfied in your Maker! 
I love you to the fairies and back, my darling!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

All things Hannah Kate

Hannah went in for her two year appointment. She is currently 34 inches (45 percentile in height) and 26 1/2 pounds (42 percentile in weight). We were pleasantly impressed by the 3 lbs she packed on since June. Overall, she is growing and developing wonderfully--something we certainly don't want to take for granted.

Some other random things about our dear Hannah:

  • She refers to herself as "Hannah Tate!" 
  • She calls Micah "ga-ga" and if she refers to him as Michaiah it's "me-ga-ga"
  • She calls Elizabeth "la-la" but more recently she will randomly say "wit-a-beths"
  • She moved from saying "da-da" to "daddy". It melts my heart.
  • Sadly, she has started to abandon mama and resorted to mom. She is 2 going on 15.
  • She takes apart her sandwiches. 
  • She likes to string her string cheese.
  • She loves bananas.
  • And elmo.
  • And Woody.
  • and Wendy (from Peter Pan).
  • and princesses.
  • She also likes shoes. and jackets.
  • She doesn't like to wear mittens.
  • And she likes to touch the snow. 
  • Yeah, not a good combination.
  • She loves, LOVES the "kismas twee." 
  • And I love to hear her say it so much, I may never take it down.
  • This kid has some hilarious dance moves.
  • Her first question in the morning is always, "where daddy?"
  • And her favorite question is, "why?"
  • She counts like this: one, TWO, free, nine, TWO! It's too cute to correct right now.
  • She's a really great helper. She will take shoes to the front door, try to hang up her jacket, grab a diaper or the wipes, and throw diapers and trash away. 
  • And if I can't get her to do any of those things, Woody gladly does it for me. 
  • She likes music.
  • And she likes to wear big sister's pajamas. 
  • She knows most of the animal nosies. But if she doesn't know, she will say "meow"
  • She quivers her chin when she says "Naaayy." 
  • She is loaded with personality.
  • She likes to say, "A-MIN!" for amen.
  • She is currently cutting all 4 of her 2 year molars. Poor girl.
  • She gets the most compliments on her hair.
  • And the next, being those big blue eyes.
  • She's a cute one. and she knows since "Wook at mee!!" is a common phrase.
  • If she gets caught disobeying, she freezes. except her eyes. They are moving up and down and side to side with big blinks in between.
  • She hates getting her hair brushed. 
  • If she doesn't like her food, she likes to say, "eww! uck!"
  • She's a hoarder. She would hoard her food and toys if we let her.
  • She likes to snuggle.
  • And put her cheek next to yours when you slow dance.
And these are only the beginning of the things I love about her.  

Photo taken by Jordan Cave

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thankful That He Prays

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail."

(Luke 22:31-32a ESV)

In the nitty, gritty moments of my stay-at-home mom career I need to know that Jesus died for my sins. This job exposes a lot of dirt. And even when I remember my sins are atoned for, sometimes I can still feel discouraged. An important part of the gospel I like to think about in moments of my weakness is that Jesus is constantly praying for me. He is at the Father's right hand interceding for me. He is praying that my faith would not fail.

In the moments of fighting a hard headed toddler to wear a coat in freezing temperatures (and loosing my cool after hearing 15 solid minutes of whining). . . in these moments when I forget all aspects of the gospel and the last thing I feel like doing is praying for myself. . . in these moments the gospel still prevails. Jesus died was buried, and then was raised and enthroned. And it's by this victory that he secures the never-failing sustenance of my faith, even when the flame becomes a flicker.

Not because of how well I can articulate it or coach myself to believe it. But only because in my weakness the Spirit intercedes for me, and my great High Priest pleads on my behalf.

We all know Peter denied him. And we all know more times than not we deny him too in how we display grace to our children. But remember Who is keeping you.

Mom, when your patiences runs out and Jesus seems far away, make it a time to recall his Keeping power. He's praying for you then. Let your kids know there is a hope outside of you outside your ability to mother well. Jesus is the author and perfecter of your faith. We really are jars of clay and the treasure we possess makes clear the surpassing power comes from him. This is beautiful: being vulnerable and exhibiting a needy life dependent on his grace.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I told Elizabeth I ate all her Halloween Candy

This video...

...inspired this one.


**feelings were only briefly hurt in the making of this film. 
***Elizabeth thinks it's funny to watch the video. She also refers to herself in the 3rd person as she watches herself pick her nose. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Micah: 6 months old

Micah is such a pleasant baby. His red hair is falling out and it's growing back in blonde. It's the softest fuzz my cheeks have ever snuggled. His blue eyes seem to be getting bluer and his little personality is emerging along with two bottom teeth. 

He loves to kick, smile, turn over, and laugh. Sometimes he is bashful. He thinks his sisters are incredibly entertaining and hilarious. Daddy's already his hero. And mom puts a sparkle in his eyes. 

He is 6 months today. And it's been the sweetest, most difficult, delightful, joyfilled 6 months of my entire life. My heart has quadrupled in size and my arms are overflowing with such wonderful gifts!


May Jesus be your great salvation. May he satisfy your every desire. May you taste his steadfast love that never ceases. May he be your portion forever. And may your joy be ultimate because Jesus claims you as his own. 

I love you, my precious son!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A visit with Uncle Joel

Uncle Joel came to visit us again this past weekend.

The girls were thrilled to spend time with him again. Uncle Joel proved to be an excellent tent maker and Elizabeth loved when he was also a 'wuf' (wolf). We did have to have a few conversations with the girls that Jesus gave us Uncle Joel to share...mainly with our middle child who apparently forgot she could walk when he was around. Micah was also pretty excited about chillin' with him, when his sisters gave him a chance to.

Micah + Uncle Joel 

 Hannah Kate laying claim that he was her Uncle Joel

And I'm pretty sure she just finished laying a big wet one on his check.
Sadly, during picture time, Elizabeth was having a hard time.
So this was the best I got of the all the kids with Uncle Joel
And here's the guys taking a break from watching the Cardinals win
Last night when we were putting Elizabeth to bed she asked Jonathan what we were going to do today (I'm guessing she meant tomorrow) and asked if Uncle Joel would be coming. Hannah, randomly, walks throughout the house calling for him. Needless to say, we already miss that guy!

Thanks, Joel, for joining in on all our craziness!

Our joy is certainly increased because of our friendship with you!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

First Days

Last Thursday was officially Elizabeth's first day at preschool. She was so excited about riding the bus. She watched for it the entire morning from the window until we decided to go on outside. When the bus arrived, she hardly looked back. I was just thankful she got off the bus without crying when it returned. Oh, and I cried, of course. Then I spent the rest of the morning in disbelief that my little firstborn 6lb baby was old enough to be doing all this. 

When Friday rolled around she was as equally excited about riding the bus and going to preschool.

BUT...not only was Thursday her first day of preschool, it was also her first day of ballet/tap class! They had a groupon for dance classes and our best friends, the Tongs, signed up their little girl, Ju-Ju (Juliana). A great deal + a friend = a no brainer! 

Elizabeth is actually more excited about her dance class than preschool. In fact, as I'm writing this blog, she is practicing with the used tap shoes we got her and asking me (the tomboy as a kid) for some help with her ballet moves (youtube here I come...). 

Here's a little video I got of her class:

I know, I know. She's a natural, isn't she?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Elizabeth's Preschool Orientation

This first picture has nothing to do with preschool. I let Elizabeth pick out her outfit one day last week, and I couldn't get over how well she matched (or how well she cooperated with me to get this picture!).
Beautiful girl! 

Ok, back to the preschool thing. 

She had an open house at her preschool this past Thursday. For the first hour we played with our kids in the classroom. For the second hour the parents had a meeting right across the hall from them. 

How did Elizabeth do?

Elizabeth did fine. She didn't cry when some of the kids cried when the parents left to go to the meeting. She cried when I came back from the meeting and told her it was time to go home.  It was no surprise to me. She is our social butterfly and she loves being around other children (not to mention she does this from time to time when we pick her up from nursery at church). 

How did I do?

Well I cried when I received the letter telling me about the orientation. When we to get her school supplies the day before the orientation, I was really excited! She has been so excited about starting preschool. After getting the supplies we ran into a mom in Target parking lot who told us that she just drop her little girl off at Kindergarten. A huge knot formed in the back of my throat and tears came to my eyes. Maybe it was the look on her face or me just imagining sending Elizabeth to Kindergarten, but it made me realize I'm a little more emotional than I thought. 

We will put her on the bus this Thursday and that is what I'll consider her first day of preschool. I'm just hoping I'm not ridiculous. Oh, and homeschool seems like a probable solution to not ever having to face sending her to Kindergarten. :)

Random things
  • She already knows some of the kids in the class. Morrow, the little guy who lives upstairs, will be in her class and will ride the bus with her! I'm really excited about that. And then there's Abigail, who plays with her sometimes in nursery, she will be in there too! 
  • Elizabeth wore a skirt to preschool. It reminded me that we need to work on the whole 'sit like a lady' thing. 
  • Also, the night before, she got a mosquito bite on her butt. So not only was she not sitting like a lady in her skirt, she was also digging at the bite! It was really hilarious to me. 

"Elizabeth look at mama and smile!"
"Look at mama!"
She's really quick to listen to me.
Sitting beside Morrow
And now, Abigail.
Taking it all in.
Note to self: Don't send her to school in a skirt.
Excited about going on a bear hunt!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hannah Kate and her hair!

When I go to playgrounds the number one response I get (other than, they're all yours?!) is look at all that hair (referring to Hannah Kate). Her hair is ridiculous. Some people thought she'd be our little brown headed child, but as of late her hair is turning blonde. My brother can't get over this, so I decided to document Hannah's hair since birth. Elizabeth's pretty much did the same thing–black to blonde. And although Micah's hair for now has a red tint, we aren't holding our breath that it will stay that way.
October 2009
January 2010

February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010 (starting to see some blonder hair)
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
December 2010

February 2011
March 2011 
April 2011

May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 2011

 All Hannah's 'new' hair is growing in blonde. So she'll probably rock the same highlighted look her big sister rocks.