Friday, October 29, 2010

It's a Process.

I just wanted to let you all know I have two of the most beautiful, happy children in the whole wide world. Seriously. 

But, that doesn't mean Elijah can't be a stinker. I'm sure V will have her moments too, I have yet to see it though.

I love being a mom almost as much as I love being Caleb's wife. It's one of he most rewarding and challenging jobs out there. And God is always using it in my life to humble me and draw me closer to Him.

I love the lessons it teaches me.

Like today.

I told Elijah not to touch something. I wasn't doing it to be mean, I did it because it could hurt him. He touched it. There was a consequence. I told him I loved him, but don't touch it again. He walked over and stood as close to it as possible and just stared. I couldn't help thinking....why are you putting yourself in such a hard place of temptation? Then it hit me. I do that all the time with God. 

I know what I'm supposed to do and yet at times I get as close to the edge as possible and then wonder why it's so hard to obey. 

I see the whole picture. Elijah sees a glimpse. I often tell him to do something because I know it's the best way. He loves to do it his way though. Sound familiar? 

I tell Elijah to do something, like, "take a bite." He decides to fight me on it and I think, wouldn't it be so much easier if you would just take the bite? 

Again, humbled. Wouldn't it be so much easier if I ALWAYS trusted God? Hasn't He ALWAYS been faithful? Wouldn't it be easier if I always obeyed the first time?

The funny thing is when Elijah does obey the first time, life is easy. It's fun. It's in his best interest. 

You want to know what else is funny. When I obey God the first time life is much easier for me too.

Wow, lessons learned from a 1 1/2 year old. I know this sounds elementary. I know it's lessons many of us have heard and learned before, but it seems sometimes I need to be taught them over again. It's a process, right?

The best part about it is, I know how much I love Elijah and Vanessa. I know my love doesn't change depending on if they're good or bad. I know the joy they bring to my life. God says I'm his child and that's how He LOVES me. It's hard for me to comprehend that he loves me that much and even more. And I bring Him JOY.  Pretty incredible.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Trains and a Soccer Game.

I love Saturdays. Caleb doesn't have to work. We get family time all day. LOVE. IT. 

Sometimes we just hang. Sometimes we go out. This time we were out.

First Griffith Park Trains with the Talcotts. 

I know I'm biased, but seriously, could they be any cuter?!

Katie brought both boys hats. Elijah kept needing his sideways, cause he couldn't see. A little gangster I know. 

Riding on the train with his favorite person!


Best buds. Elijah loves it when I tell him we're going to see Davy!

After Griffith Park we headed to Master's for Andrew's soccer game. He's amazing! 
And Elijah LOVES HIM!

My little doll.

Yiayia and her little man.

Best Friends.

Friday, October 15, 2010

best friend and chocolate chip cookies.

    Caleb is my favorite person to spend time with. That's why Saturday and Sunday are my favorite days. That's why hearing him open the door after he's done with work is one of my favorite sounds. And that's why our date nights are some of my favorite nights.

This week was special. After almost TWO months without a date night we got two in one week. On Tuesday we got a babysitter and headed out for some much needed alone time. (Sorry, no pictures. I didn't want to be distracted by anything.)

Then last night, we had another. We didn't go far...actually just to the kitchen, but it was as much fun as Tuesday's date. Usually, when the kids go to bed I'm not far behind them, but I really wanted some more Caleb time.

I had all we needed to make some chocolate chip cookies. 

I love baking, but rarely do it. It takes time that I 
don't always have....and an end product that is too tempting to have around!

Favorite apron, but looking for a Christmas one.
...anyone know of a good place to find one?

He makes me SO happy! 

We might like the dough better than the cookies.

 The perfect Thursday night.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Our Little Miracle.

She's almost six months. I can't believe it. If you're a parent you know what I mean.... it's going way too fast. I'm amazed at how are little doll is growing. She is precious and her smile lights up the room. Everyone told us that because Elijah was such a good baby our next was going to be difficult. They were wrong, Nessa couldn't be easier. She's an angel. (remind me of this post in a year, once she's learned the word "no")

We had her first therapy appointment today. I was curious what they would say about her development, but I felt she was doing well and not worried. God has been so faithful to her and I know he will continue to be. Overall they said she was doing well. Her mental development and social interaction they said was great. They did mention that she's a little smaller than they'd like and her muscles are a little weak. But they gave me some exercises to do with her and think with some help they will correct themselves. So, thankful!

When I look at her I can't always put into words how thankful I am for her and all it took to get her here. She's a blessing we do not deserve and she fills our home with joy. I can't say I was always thankful for the trial we went through with my pregnancy and delivery, but I am now. I have a deeper relationship with the Lord because of it and am more aware of his grace in our lives. There were things I knew about God, but now I've experienced them in a new way. He truly is the giver and sustainer of life. He loves and cares for my babies more than I ever could. And I'm continually learning to keep them with an open hand, trusting their lives to the Lord. 

Every new life is a miracle, but there is something amazing seeing a glimpse of all it takes to bring these miracles into the world. We love ours.

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