Thanksgiving List 2009

This year I have so much to thank God for – His provision, His protection, His Word and His love – just to name a few. He blesses me daily despite my unfaithfulness to Him. Today though, I would like to do a video essay to show you some of the most wonderful blessings that God has given me on this earth.

My little girl is growing so fast! She is a tremendous helper and a wonderful big sister. She loves to learn new things and enjoys caring for her younger siblings. She is a big fan of Patch the Pirate, and has just started taking piano lessons.

She is a silly little thing, who is always looking for a way to make others laugh. Mere is often found singing her heart out and trying to do whatever her big sister is doing. She likes to go to the shop to visit Daddy and Grandma and do some work too!

She is notoriously spunky. She is a paradox – she loves to wrestle, yet she loves to wear dresses. She is a petite girl who loves babies, but she can play cars with the big boys. What you see is not what you get with this little one!

He is such a joy to us – born just 4 months ago, yet he has grown by leaps and bounds. He is 16 pounds of bundled energy – already rolling and desperate to crawl! You’d be hard pressed to find him not smiling, and I dare you to not smile when looking at him.

We are busy, sleep-deprived, often hungry, and challenged continually. Our arms may be full, but so are our hearts!

Ethan has grown already. And so has Sophie. Mere has certainly shot up. And Natalie is blossoming into a little lady.


I am one of “those moms” who dreads my children’s impending adulthood. I steal my motto from the Carters’ design on baby clothes: “If they could just stay little.” I love all the sweetness and tenderness, the dependency and bonding that is infanthood. I love the innocence and simplicity. I fear forgetting one single moment – a look, a smile, a coo. And I have. It is always shocking to me when I look back at pictures of Natalie and Meredith, because I don’t remember on my own how they looked years ago.

It is for that reason that many may say that I am also not a super-structured mom. We don’t abide by a set schedule. Every day is different and new. My goal is to glorify God with each day, but a sub goal would be to enjoy my children. So sometimes (not all the time), laundry goes by the wayside. Many dishes sit for over a day. Rooms do not get picked up on a continual basis. I am not a slob by any means, and yes, having a mess bothers me to no end. But these days are fleeting, and I am determined to savor them. Even in doing so I find that I still am saying, “Where did the years go?”

Even in this, I do not believe that I enjoy my kids as much as I could be. There is a lot of correction that takes place. I sincerely wish that time could be spent enjoying the kids, but discipline is essential to their growth. They sure are stubborn though! For instance, today is day number two of “clean your room”. Yesterday took 4 hours and would have been longer except Sophie had an appointment. Today, if they get it done, we will go to the park. If they do not, they will be up in their rooms until it is done. WHICH MEANS that we do not get to enjoy the day together.

Our Heavenly Father knows all about parenting. I am sure that there are many times that He would like to “enjoy the day with me”, but I have become lazy or lost focus. Therefore I have tasks I must finish first and I lose that time that I could be using to enjoy my Father. It saddens me when my kids lose out on fun because of laziness. I cannot imagine how that sadness is multiplied when we choose other options for our time rather than enjoying the Father’s company.

So for now, I think I will go motivate the girls. Perhaps we will get to the park today. And I can watch them grow some more.

It has been a long time since I last posted, yet a lot has happened. So now I will fill you in on things you want to know, or maybe didn’t want to know.

First of all, I had an ultrasound at the beginning of March. Baby #4 is in good health- 10 fingers, 10 toes, 4 chambers, everything there. Oh, and Baby #4 is a boy. Stephen is relieved, and Natalie is ecstatic. So while still outnumbered, Stephen will have a little bit of back up when our little one arrives in the middle of July.

We were able to travel to Pennsylvania for Stephen’s brother’s ordination. The break was wonderful, and we really enjoyed seeing everyone. Natalie had a wonderful surprise in seeing her friend, Hailey. We didn’t see her much the entire trip, for she was too busy playing. Meredith and Brielle played together quite a bit as well. The family was able to sing together for the ordination service, and the guys sang and played together as well, which was a treat for everyone.

In PA, the ladies even got a few hours to go shopping with no kids. It was lovely, even though I didn’t buy anything.

Sophia turns a year on Thursday. We will be having a “safari” at the zoo for her on Saturday, granted the weather stays nice. She’s still tiny for her age – only 18 pounds! The doctor says she needs more calories in her diet… how often do you hear a doctor telling you to eat more ice cream and cheesecake? That’s Sophie. There was a dedication service on Sunday for Sophie and our neighbor’s son, Dominic. She did very well having Pastor hold her while he prayed. We do praise the Lord for her, and have acknowledged that she is the Lord’s child, to do whatever He wants with her life.

Natalie and Meredith have gotten stir-crazy with all the cold weather. We’ve had a few nice days, and they certainly take advantage of playing outside. I am just thankful that we are not in a 2 bedroom apartment still… can you imagine?

The Lord has sustained us once again this winter, and continues to bring in work for our business despite the recession in progress. He truly is Our Great Provider, and we praise Him for that.

Announcing to the People Who Matter Most…

We have waited until today to tell the girls about baby #4. Why? Because I did not want people in our church finding out before we are ready to tell them. Natalie is a typical four-year-old in that she cannot keep a secret. Especially one this exciting.

But this time was much more fun telling her and Meredith because they actually reacted to it. I recorded it, hoping for an entertaining reaction, and I was not disappointed. So, without further ado, I present “The Announcement.”

Meredith, Meredith…

I just had to share this little story from today because Meredith had another not-so-good-yet-funny-moment…

We stopped in to see Daddy at work this afternoon, and my dad was there. Natalie was telling him how we are going to make chocolate chip cookies this afternoon. My dad says, “Mmmm! I just ran out of cookies, so can I have some of yours?” Meredith got very upset at the thought of sharing her beloved cookies with ANYONE, let alone her grandfather. My dad decided to keep asking Meredith to share some cookies, and with each plead came another “no.” Finally, Meredith decided to tell Grandpa, “Go to Wal-Mart.” Yup. My newly two-year old who is just beginning to speak constantly coherent sentences tells her grandpa to get his own cookies.

I guess we are going to have to work on being giving….

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