Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Go see it!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Aunt Sarah was the entertainment for the evening. The kids loved playing "break the egg" with her. Grandpa & Grandma surprised us and came by motorcycle. Grandma also dressed for the party theme again this year...she wore her frog shirt for the princess to kiss the prince. Last year they both dressed in red for the Elmo party. Loved it!For Kaiya's cake this year, I took the extremely easy way out...I decorated this muffin tree filled with cute little mini muffins made by my mom. I printed out "happy 3rd birthday, Kaiya", glued it on toothpicks and stuck them in the muffins. I also printed out a picture of the castle used on her invitations, put some pink jewels on and stuck it in the top. I like easy! :) Perfect night for a campfire.
The Friday night before the party, I was blowing up balloons and thinking "This is so nice that we are home tonight and I have plenty of time to get ready for the party". It was another beautiful evening and we were all outside. Kevin was trimming weeds around our trees with his machete. He found a praying mantis and to make a long story short, the bug bit him on the finger. He swung his hand back trying to get the thing off his finger and caught the machete on the way back slicing his finger. I heard the yell and shortly after saw him walking toward me holding his bloody hand. I couldn't look at it and basically ran the other way...I know...pretty pathetic. Kaiya, on the other hand, was very concerned about her daddy's hurt finger and stayed by his side the whole time comforting him. So there goes our nice relaxing evening...one trip to the redi-med and a finger getting glued back together and bandaged was what the rest of our night consisted of. Watch out for those praying mantises!
His sliced finger certainly didn't stop him from being the best husband in the world though. We went to bed after everyone left the party on Saturday leaving a mess in the garage and a sink full of dishes. I hate doing that and usually don't, but my tired body won that night. My husband woke up early on Sunday morning and cleaned up the entire garage and kitchen before I was even out of bed. That made my whole day! Thanks honey! You're the best!
Today I painted Kaiya's nails while Caedmon was at school...her very favorite thing to do these days. She told me she loved me three times today. I can't believe how big she is getting right before my eyes. She is developing a sweet and caring personality and loves to help me around the house with dishes, folding laundry and even mopping the floor. She's going to be a wonderful "big sister" to that new baby she's been praying for. Today she prayed a prayer from her heart before lunch for the first time instead of the famous "God is Great". Tonight we are having a special birthday supper for Kaiya at home and giving her the gift we got for her. I'm making taco salad, one of her favorites. We'll put a candle in one of the leftover cupcakes and sing happy birthday one last time for her until next year.
I love you sweet princess!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This was the first we had made it to the zoo this year which made it even more exciting for the kids. They were pretty awestruck.
Thanks, Jenny, for a fun day and for getting us all in for free!
That was how we were able to have an ice cream treat.
As we wait for the child that God has for us, I am reminded of the sermon on Sunday at our church entitled "God's Perfect Timing". I will continue to enjoy these days with our family and wait and trust Him with that timing.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Kevin kept calling her name, then spotted her at the end of our long lane walking back with our dog Barkley and crying her little heart out. I sprinted all the way down the lane and swept her up into my arms. She said "I got lost, mommy". I asked her if she went on the road and she said yes. Later when I asked her the same question, she said no. I'm thinking she stayed on our lane, but was right at the edge where the road is. I was glad that Barkley was with her, but at the end of the lane is a large deep ditch. She said she was beside the big hole.
Of course all the "what ifs" ran through my mind at that time. I was so grateful that she was safe and in my arms again. It reminded me of another time we lost one of our children. We were at the airport in Costa Rica saying goodbye to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law who were there as missionaries. Someone was holding Caedmon (only 15 months old at the time...he basically just learned to walk) and put him down to give goodbye hugs. Well, he wandered off a little and when I realized he wasn't with us I panicked...anxiously looking all around. We were right by the road and with the busyness of the airport, all I could think about was that he could have easily wandered out to the road. My stomach feels sick as I'm typing this right now.
One of our family members spotted him standing up against a building only a few feet away from us. I cried for the next hour straight.
My stories have ended with happy endings, but I know that others I have heard have not and my heart aches for you.
We are human and do the best that we can, but cannot possibly protect our children at all times. That's where our prayers and faith come in. The prayers of protection that I pray many days for my children and the faith I have that God is in control are what I cling to to fill in the gaps. These children are not my own, they are God's. It's a hard grip to let go of, but I must.
What would I do without my Kaiya!She's been singing the song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" for the past couple of months. I finally got it on video.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The shoe bench that Kevin made a few months ago (with the awesome assistance of his brother Lyndon) was finally completed with some touch-up paint.
This nifty little hanging rack was installed to get some stuff up off the floor.
It seems like Caedmon has grown up overnight. I no longer walk him into school each morning, but simply drop him off at the door at his request. "I can walk in by myself today, Mom" he bravely proclaims. "Are you sure you know where you're supposed to go?" I reply. "Yeah, Mom...right beside the piano".
His school has high expectations when it comes to behavior and following the class rules...I like that alot. His teacher has a warning system that she uses...different consequences occur after so many warnings. Each day you go without getting a warning, you get a stamp on your hand. It took him a few days along with a few threats, I mean pep talks at home to realize and understand what was expected of him. He had a few warnings the first couple weeks and one day without a stamp. I was beginning to think that this was going to be a long year. Last week, he went the whole week without any warnings and proudly showed off his stamped hand each day.
Here are his very first official school papers he brought home.
When he comes home from school each day, he plays and plays and plays. It seems like he enjoys his toys better after not seeing or playing with them all morning.