Monday, February 20, 2012

Creator God

Well, we had a wonderful Valentines Day over here, full of hearts on the doors (that was Noa, and I feel like I have a teenager decorating her door!), lots of candy, a wonderful candle light dinner made by my awesome hubs. Unfortunately, the very next day I was sick with the most terrible stomach bug I have ever encountered. First, Lydia got sick and then I did. No one else has gotten it so far, but our whole church family is dropping like flies! This is the most contagious thing I have ever heard of! Anyway, we are praying that Russ and the older two do not fall prey as we leave for our anniversary cruise on Thursday. I definitely need a break after the week I had last week! If I look at another load of laundry, I might cry.

Anyway, we've been crafty around here lately. I'm not the mom that really loves to do crafts. Ideally maybe, but they're so much work and such a mess. I avoid it at all costs. But, at church the girls have been learning about how God created the world, so I thought we would try to solidify that message a little bit by being creative ourselves. First I tried something I saw on pinterest (trying to avoid messes if at all possible), which was finger painting in zip lock bags, taped down to the table. Cool idea, and it is nice to see how the colors mix together and make other colors, but all in all, my girls didn't like it and it lasted about 3 1/2 minutes. Back to the drawing board...
Then I remembered these window crayons that I've never wanted to use, so I suited the girls up and they went to town. They loved it, although they were drawing in each other's space and it all started to break down after about 5 minutes, but what a 5 minutes!

Well, Lydia is up from her tiny, little nap (*sigh*) and I've gotta clean up this 5 minute mess. There's about 3 more hours to fill before nap time and I am praying for the Lord to give me about 50 more 5 minute ideas...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Slacker Edition

Obviously I haven't been thankful on a Thursday in a while now. But today I am! I am reading this book that I really don't like called One Thousand Gifts. I'm determined to finish it. Anyway, even though I don't prefer her writing style (jolty, crazy, poetic, long-winded, can someone say, "get to the point?") the Lord is really speaking to me through this book. I was at the gym this morning (my new thing - more for the babysitting and a chance to read than for the working out since unfortunately I think my c-section belly is here to stay), burning my 100 calories/hr on the bike, and I was almost weeping as I read one of the chapters! Why do I still not like this book? I don't know, but I don't. Anyway, must have been the Holy Spirit. I'm glad I already look pretty pathetic working out because I think this made me look even more so. But I digress.

Anyway, I do feel like the Lord has opened up my heart to noticing his blessings even more. Today I felt like sharing some of them. I know I should probably have better pictures to go along with my thoughts, but I'm no photographer and most of the pictures wouldn't capture the divine nature of the moments anyway.

Thank you Father for:

A free moment (and the desire) to make some bread while the girls surprisingly entertained themselves outside.

Extra time that I was able to spend with Little Ya because she had a fever on Sunday and couldn't be in the nursery. (Still cute as a button!)

Noa and Ruthie making great strides in sleeping together at night! We might have Lydia out of our master bathroom soon!

Wonderful in-laws who have been so gracious to watch the girls weekly, and now for our upcoming anniversary trip. What a blessing!

Our Lydia Kate turning 1!

Quilts, quilts, quilts!

70 degrees in February! No need for that hood!

Since this is the slacker edition, that's all I have for you right now. But I am thankful! I'm especially thankful that the girls are still sleeping and I can lay on the couch for a few minutes!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Lydia's First Birthday

Here's some of the pictures...the preparation, really. The other images won't load right now, and they wouldn't load the other day either, so I'm going to call it quits for tonight and try to upload them another day. For now, here's a little of Grandma & Grandpa's visit and Noa with yellow balloons. That's all I got... :)