A precious girl lost her first tooth last night and here she is the next morning showing off the fine gap. :-) She's growing up folks!!!
In other news, her Mommy continues to get rounder and rounder. :-) Baby is quite active, which is fun. Depending which dates you go with, I could be as far along as 36 1/2 weeks. We had been saying I was due beginning of November, but my original date had been sooner then that, and at my last check up my measurements indicated that those earlier dates might not be so far off. We shall see. The Lord knows when this little one will make his or her appearance. Hilkiah told me the other day that he can't wait for the baby to get here. And Clara often bestows hugs and kisses on Mommy's tummy. The other day they got to help go through the bin of baby girl clothes, to have stuff picked out and ready for when baby arrives (we've got blues, neutrals and pinks ready to go). Clara and Hil had a blast. It was so sweet to hear Hil carrying on about how "cute!" the little outfits were! :-)
Some very kind friends threw a baby shower for me the other day. Here are just a couple pictures. In this first picture we are playing the game where they all had to guess how round I was and then rip off toilet paper to the length they thought. Oh, and yes, I'm wearing a tiara...not my normal accessory... guess you could say it was "inflicted" on me. :-)
Clara and the dear friend who made the lovely cake for me! The cake was so pretty AND delicious! I love the excited expression on Clara's face. It was so special to have her along at the shower. She enjoyed being part of the gift opening and getting to hand me gifts and hop up and down and clap as I pulled out the treasures! :-) The shower was lovely and our friends really blessed us.
A fun little guy! Ittai is just going through this absolutely precious and adorable stage of life right now. He can just melt a Mommy and Daddy heart. And he is becoming quite the funny little fellow and catching on to the idea of making people laugh. :-) He also likes drama. The other day he accidentally crashed on his little car. He then decided that was pretty neat and proceeded to have some careful, on purpose crashes. I saw him carefully, and gingerly "fall" over the handlebars and then after a bit he pulled the car over on himself. :-)
Another ice cream party shot.
A cute train or tandem bike invention, that happened recently.
Over the last few months, we've had the unexpected privilege of having my grandparents in town. Before they left I had to capture some shots of them with some of their greatgrands! :-) Thought my mom, in particular, would like seeing these! :-)
So, here are some more pictures from our quick trip this last weekend. Stephen was taking a class on Saturday, and invited the fam to come along. I was rather dubious as to how enjoyable of a time the kids and I would have with whatever we could find to do. Stephen's class was in a town of about 400+ people. The kids and I spent the day about 15 miles away in a town that was bigger, but definitely Small-Town-America. Turns out Small-Town-America has a lot to offer!!! We had such a great time! In the morning the kidos had a super fun time at this very unusual park that was part fort, part farm, part old time town. First few pictures are from there.
Then we toured a neat stockade replica that had all kinds of interesting old time stuff to check out! The other little guy in this picture is the grandson of the lady who was showing us around.
My little lady got to try out a sidesaddle.
And here is Hil posing with an old apple cider press.
We had a delicious lunch at a Bakery and had an afternoon dip in the very nice city pool. Fun day! Thank You, Lord!
Finally, some recent pictures! This one was taken on a 24 hour away trip that we had last weekend. Stephen was taking a class and the kidos and I were along for the fun of it and to be with Daddy. We had such an enjoyable time!
Well, the little lady's stiches are out and the chin is healing nicely! Thank You, Lord! She has quite enjoyed getting to fill people in on details of this adventure. :-) She is quite the character that girl. Bumps, bruises, scratches and owies in general are very common occurrences. She recently learned to ride two wheels and that hasn't helped the number of mishaps. She figured out a "stunt" the other day where she was riding under tree limbs and reaching up and grabbing the limb with both hands and letting the bike then carry on without her. Daddy put a stop to that dangerous trick before it caused any injury!!! Despite her adventuresome antics, she is not a tom-boy. She is definitely a girl who also likes pretty dresses, tea parties, and babies. And she is also becoming very capable of being a good helper to Mommy! Clara also takes spiritual issues seriously. Pray with us that the Lord Jesus Christ will be drawing her to Himself and that we will have His wisdom as we seek to guide her little heart to Him.
Sunday night, Clara slipped on some playground equipment and hit the metal deck of said equipment, busting the underside of her little chin quite severely. She ended up with 8 stiches. She is so precious in a scary situation. She talks and talks and talks. She talks about how scary this is, how she doesn't want stiches, how she's NEVER going back to that play equipment again, etc.!!! We were about 40 min. out of town when this happened and it was a long drive in to the hospital. She was pretty calmed down by then, and Stephen took her into the hospital and I took the boys home. Daddy said she did really well with her stiches and all. And guess what?!! The ER was empty and they were in and out in about 45 min.!
The next morning when Clara woke up she told me, "when I went to sleep I dreamed about Daddy going with me and all his love and care for me and I cried." So precious!
The other day I had let it be known that I had baked cinnamon rolls that morning and Grandpa Bob and Grandma Beth popped over in the early afternoon for some dessert. I asked the kids "What do you think we could give them for dessert?"
Hilkiah: "I know! We could do a marine pie. A marine lemon pie."
We had recently got a book from the library where the lemon MERINGUE pie that the lady had baked saved the day. :-)
We'll have to make a Marine pie one of these days.
We have had an eventful last month and a half. Our two big ones celebrated birthdays, turning 4 and 6! We have had my Grandparents in town, initially for a quick visit, but now for an extended stay while dealing with a major health issue. They are staying out at Stephen's parents.
I'm now around 21 or 22 weeks along with our newest little Gift from God! Ittai is pretty clueless about the newest addition, but Hil and Clara both give the baby kisses and Clara is praying it's a girl. I think we may try to find out ahead of time with this one. The nausea is gone, which is very nice!
We have some great pictures from the last while that we need to get downloaded and share. I'll try to do that in the next few days!
Hilkiah came out of the kids room about 4 minutes after being put to bed and said he couldn't sleep because his tummy and his feet were waking up. The next argument was that they (the feet and tummy) were calling to him so loud to wake him up. :-)
It's going on a month since I last posted! Have I ever been negligent! Let me share at least a few random snippets from around here.
I'm around 11-12 weeks pregnant, and very ready to be done feeling icky. If this is like our other pregnancies, pretty soon here, the nausea should be going away... maybe a few more weeks. It will be worth it. I'm due to have my next visit with the midwife later this week.
We got to see Daniel and Sarah and fam, this past Friday, and have a family lunch together. Clara had such a grand time with the cousins that afterwards she was saying that if her family died she wanted to get adopted by the cousins. :-)
Ittai has been fighting nasty flu or something the last several days. Poor little trooper.
Hilkiah, though not yet four, can put food away. Sometimes, it's almost like there are TWO men in the house to feed. Several mornings back, he consumed a whole piece of toast and THREE fried eggs.
And guess what?! I'm learning to sew! I, who fought the idea when I was younger, am now learning... and enjoying it. I met a lady a while back who is giving me free lessons. She has been so kind, and encouraging and I've really enjoyed our times together. We are tackling a dress for Clara as our first project.
I'll leave it at that for now. I'll TRY to be much more faithful with my posting!
The Lord Jesus Christ has been so good to us. We are blessed!
When we go to homeschool coop Hilkiah likes to hang out with Ittai and Mom in the nursery and not go to the preschool class. A few times though, he has gone to class, and two of the last times he has used this technique to let his teacher know he's done. He informs her: "I hear my Mom calling me." :-)
The other night, after being put to bed, Hilkiah came to the doorway of his room and said in his cute little voice "Guys, I can't sleep really much."
Now for a Clara sweetness. My big girl came up to me out of the blue the other day and said "I hope you don't divorce this baby." Too precious! The correct word would be "miscarry". :-)
About a week ago, Grandma M. had explained to Clara how Grandpa's water jet works. That evening Clara decided to explain the process to company. It was more wordy, with things being repeated, etc., but here's the basics of the explanation:
"You mix up water and sand or maybe dirt. And you put metal there and squirt it and it cuts it. And Grandma said you shouldn't put your finger there!"
Ittai has some verbal cuteness too. Today, I told his big brother to say "sorry" to another little kid, and little Ty starts saying "Sauy. Sauy."
Our packages are truly blessings from the Lord! They bring us such joy, laughter and precious moments!
We were pleased to find out about a week and a half ago that we are expecting another Blessing! Lord willing, we should be welcoming this one into the outside world in the time frame of November. Dates are kind of shaky but we appear to be between 6 and 8 weeks along. I saw a midwife this week and we got to have a sonogram, and she also picked up a good fast heartbeat! Thank You, Lord!
The midwife drew blood while I was there, and it took awhile to fill up the tube...and I'm not good with needles anyway, so I ALMOST passed out. When I told Clara that I had almost fainted she asked calmly and matter-of-factly "you mean died?" So, we explained to her what fainting is. The next day, she was telling someone about what had happened and said "passing out is when you go to bed in the daytime." Love that girl.
You can be thanking the Lord with us for this new Gift from Him and be praying that if it is His will we will be able to keep this new little one!
We got back Tuesday evening from a big road trip! It took in TX, OK, NM AZ, and CO. It's been a while since we did something that big. Stephen had a presentation in TX for work. We stopped for a couple days to see friends in OK and go to a chapel there. After TX, it was on to AZ, via NM. We used to live in AZ and hadn't been back for a visit since we moved away, which was over 5 years ago. The chapel there was having a Bible conference that weekend, so the timing was perfect! After the conference ended, Sunday, we headed for home.
It was a lot of hours in car seats for little people, but they did fairly well. We definitely had some really rough sections, but there were other times where they did great! It almost seemed like they improved as the trip went on... got accustomed to this "new thing" the family was doing... driving for hour after hour! :-) Once we get some pictures down loaded, I'll plan to post some.
The very last morning before we hit the road for the last leg home, the kids had watched a cartoon about what it means to be frustrated and what to do about it when you feel that way. That afternoon, Hil says from the back "I'm frustrated. I want to get home." Then later on: "I'm sick." I think we asked about what kind of sickness. "I'm sick of all my frustrating things." Got to love that boy! He's been popping out a lot of cute quotes lately! I think it might be the age! I'll have to share more soon!