Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Rambles of a Fatigued Woman

This has been a crazy week! Wonderful, but busy. I had a wonderful catch up time with Tracy Fru Fru and her little man Liam, and with Leah Sengler (formerly Leah Brown) and her little ballerina Genevieve. It was Wesley's first "play date" and the first time he ever was really around a girrrrrrl. He had eyes only for her when they first got to my house. What beautiful children and what a blessing to catch up (if ever so briefly) with two women who are extraordinary women of faith (in my book) and who sharpen me like true sisters in faith. What a joy! It really blesses my heart knowing that though we are far apart in distance, no matter who you are, if we share the bond of faith we are truly near in spirit and the Lord blesses that unity! Wow! How awesome is that.

I have been praying for some friends with babies near Wesley's age who are near to me. My closest and most trusted friend who is a mom lives in Athens (not Greece) and I wish she were near! But I know the Lord will bless me with what I need here.

Nathan and I have been enjoying a leisurely weekend of much needed rest. Labor Day weekend came just in time for us as we've been feeling a little worn. I think this happens every now and then where we both just need to unwind and rewind a bit. I've been reading several books at once (I know, its crazy but I am addicted and can't ever choose just one). I'm currently re-reading Eldest by Christopher Paolini, Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson, The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe by my beloved Jack Lewis, and Changing Your World One Diaper At A Time by Marla Taviano. (reviews to come)

Eldest right now is my favorite. :) I'm so cheesy. I love adventure science fiction fantasy fairy tale books all rolled into one. And I admire Chris P because he was so young when he wrote Eragon and his final book of the trilogy Brisigner is coming out in September! Wooo woo! I am very excited. Almost as excited as I was about the Harry Potter books when they would come out. Too bad movies can't recapture the beauty and the adventure of the books. I am hating the Harry Potter movies more and more. They just speed through the events and they don't even take the time to explain what the heck is going on! Eeeek!

Someday my book (that I have been writing in my head for the past decade) will be published and if they ever want to make a live action movie from any of my books I am going to have to direct it. You know, C.S. Lewis wasn't interested in having his books turned into movies. Of course, that was pre-special effects that we have today in our modern cinema universe...but still. I was sorely disappointed by the blatant changes they made in Prince Caspian, but I absolutely adore the Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe and feel they did a fantastic job with that! My favorite Narnia book, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the next installment of the Chronicles movies and I am sooooo completely excited. I hope they have the Dufflepods and that they pull off Dragon Island. Ohhh deaaaaaar.
Oh...and guess what??? J.K. Rowling is publishing her work The Tales of the Beedle Bard in December!!!! Brandon is going to buy it for me for Christmas. :) I am soooo EXCITED!

Ok, Wesley update: He is all over the place. He really likes to eat corn and butternut squash and green peas and green beans and beef. He enjoys food in general and throws absolute fits when you stop feeding him. But then he chills out. :) He loves pulling up onto something and then letting go and standing for about a half second before sitting on his bum. He loves toys and entertaining himself and I have to figure out a way to keep him away from the xbox green light.

Today my parents came over and my dad got a call and walked to Wesley's room to take it. And Wesley followed him all the way to his room and when he saw my dad he screeched with delight and laughed and followed him into his room. It was precious. Oh and Wesley doesn't enjoy the feel of the hard tile on his knees, so he crawls on his hands and his feet whenever he is on the tile. And he seems to get a kick out of that so he laughs hilariously at himself and babbles.

OH, Jackie, you will appreciate this. Whenever the Gilmore Girls theme song, the Office theme song, or the Sound of Music is playing in the background, Wesley lights up and looks for the source. He LOVES snappy music and sits and rocks to it. (i am pretty sure he will be dancing before we know it).

I can't believe how fast my little adventurer is growing. What a delight to my soul he is.

Oh and can you believe McCain's VP! Whoa!

Friday, August 22, 2008

climate change

So if I look out the windows of my house, it looks like it could be almost time for winter. The sky is dark, the wind is blowing, birds are huddling inside their little shelters.

Of course, all of us south texans know that winter won't be here for a very long while. I looooong for winter. For relief from this heat, for no more mosquitoes, for hot chocolate with peppermint and fresh baked pies and Brandon's slow cooked turkeys and hams....for sparkly lights on houses and streetlamps and my favorite songs playing throughout our house. I absolutely adore the holiday season. (This pic was taken when I was 38 weeks preggo with Wesley)

Last winter was special because Nathan and I were pregnant with our little Wesley and enjoyed our first holiday as a family of three...this Christmas will be Wesley's first out of the womb experience with the magic of the season and I am so excited to see him take it all in. (I know it's going to be tricky with the decorations I usually spread throughout our little home...how do you other moms out there keep babies away from the tree?) haha. I guess we'll see. I am STILL very excited about it all.

I want to go to the mountains in Colorado SO SO bad....maybe next year. :)

Well I leave you with a picture of Wesley. This is my baby at bath time the other night. He is just so silly whenever he sees himself in the mirror. He absolutely howls with delight and babbles and pats his hands together and says "babababababababababa". It is so precious.
Earlier today we had lunch with my brother and mom and Nathan and afterwards we drove through absolutely torrential weather. Lightning and thunder and zero visibility. I almost pulled over because it was so scary and Wesley was screaming. But then it cleared just like that. So odd.
I think I hear boo waking up, better run!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Home with my honey

So Nathan went out of town to Houston to spend some time with his daddio & some family that is there.

All I can say is that I admire military wives. I absolutely MISSED nate and he was just on some jolly get-a-way trip. Saw some 'stros play, ate some food, slept more than he would have here...hehe.

And now he is playing video games while I work on some photo'stuff...while baby bear naps.
And it's been beautifully stormy all day....

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Time in a bottle

Last week Jamie and I were having a late lunch @ cafe calypso and I ran into my old art friend Jogs (Jose). It was so wonderful seeing him and catching up in record time. It brought back some lovely memories of my junior year of high school...which feels like a millenia has passed, and also, no time at all. Isn't that strange how time can feel so fast and so slow simultaneously!

I feel that with my little Wesley boy. He is 7 months old, crawling (has been for months now), pulling up on things, anything he can get his paws on, being silly, actually laughing at jokes, eating mushy yummy food. He is just SO big! He got his first big boy hair cut. :) Thanks Charity for cutting his hair. His bangs were just in his eyes all the time. Now he looks a LOT like my brother with his hair cut shorter. :) I haven't downloaded pics (or the video) yet from his haircut, but I will post them when I get a chance.
These pictures are of him playing in a basket in our bedroom. He loves digging through baskets and finding TREASURE! I put one of my beanies on him and he just thought it was the funniest thing! What a ham! I love playing with Wesley. Especially in the morning after we have breakfast. He is such a happy baby when he first wakes up. Well, he is often happy, but he is just DELIGHTED to wake up and see the world. He is so quick to crawl to his toys and bang on them and make noises and babble.


I have noticed though that he is watching and 'scouting' a lot more than he is babbling. He used to babble non stop, but lately he just babbles in the car or if he feels like he is alone. He does a lot of watching and smiling at anything and everything. I feel so bad for him though, he pulls up in his crib and bonks his mouth or nose or head against the railing. Is there a way to help him not do that? We lowered it once, I think its time to lower it again, he's just growing so fast.

Oh and I changed his room up a bit. I will have to post pictures of that too. It looks really good. Jamie's mom helped me stain Nathan's childhood dresser. :) It looks awesome! Thanks Mary! (Mary also made us yummy sloppy joes when she came in town! How great is that??) I love sloppy joes. hehe...
Anyways, some beautiful women I know are pregnant (including my beautiful cousin). Some are due soon (any day) and some are due in the spring. All I can say is that I have the baby bug and I think it would be so wonderful to have MORE babies!! I took some pictures of this woman's four sons and she encouraged me to just "be a mom" and to have lots of babies and to never take them for granted, because they grow so fast. She said she changed diapers for TEN years in a ROW and now that her youngest is finally out of diapers, she's emotional knowing how fast they grow. What a sweet woman she is. Very encouraging.
I thank God for allowing Nathan and I to be parents to Wesley and we would love to have more, but we will just wait for His timing and be patient and thankful for what we've been blessed with. I'm still learning the mommy thing. Just this week at our Life Group I was getting some advice on earth friendly, baby friendly, cleaning products. There is much to learn. Thank goodness there are so many people out there willing to lend a hand in wisdom, and so many resources at our finger-tips.
If you asked me when I was 18 where I was going to be a few years from then, I would not have imagined being here as a wife, a mother, and a stay at home mom for that matter! I would have told you I would be living in a hut in Africa or some third world country digging wells, going on safaris and canoeing down rivers. I am thankful for where I am and I continue to look with excitement to what plans lay before us.
Oooooh and I love cuddling with my boys! :) Nathan and Wesley are just so stinkin huggable.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Potpourri

Potpourri...that's what you call a bunch of random things thrown together that smell good or make for good reading.

For starters, there's a blog I've been reading for a couple weeks now that is officially my favorite. It's called Stuff Christians Like (an admitted knockoff of Stuff White People Like). It can be found at www.stuffchristianslike.net. A few of my favorites are Super Hero Guide to Famous Pastors, That Dude with the Guitar at Camp, Friends, Awkward Youth Group Rap and Holy Quotes at the End of Emails. Really I can list them all, but I'll stop here.

Potpourri ingredient number 2. Yesterday my dad called and said he was cleaning out his closet and found my 410 shotgun and wanted to know if I still wanted it. The history of this gun is kind of interesting. I received the gun as a Christmas gift when I was about 14. Later that day, my dad took my friend and I out to some land my friend's grandpa owned. I was excited to shoot something with my new gun and aimed and shot at the first bird I saw (far away). Of course I hit it, because I was a sharp shooter at the age of 12. Now I won't say what kind of bird it was because I don't want to incriminate myself and be mocked by the 'Way too Proud of Texas Guy', but I did buy a South Texas Bird Guide for future reference.

Nate's Theological Minute
Genesis 2:18-22
18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." 19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

Summary:
God creates Adam
God decides Adam should have a helper (Eve)
God brings all the animals to Adam
Adam names the animals
Adam can't find a helper
God gives Adam anesthesia
God creates Eve

My question is this...Why did God decide to create Eve, but wait till Adam named the animals to create her? I'm interested to hear your opinions.

Either way, I'm thankful He did create Eve as the perfect partner for Adam and more thankful that He created Jade as the perfect partner for Nathan.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

It's A Small World

Well, today is the day. 08.06.08. Today is our sweet little friend Jack's surgery. He is having surgery on his skull. It's kind of complicated. Cranio something. In fact, as I write this, he has
had it already. He had kind of a long day of tests yesterday and this morning early he was at the hospital and according to my last text from his daddio (Aaron), he is in recovery and they are waiting to see him and the surgery has gone well. (like textbook). We love this wonderful family and want to see them with much joy. They've had a crazy couple of months (they moved from our town back up to Dallas in December). We were able to visit them in June, and I am sure Jack has changed so much in the few months it's been since we last saw him.

We had a wonderful time exploring and playing with Aaron, Kerre, & Jackson and I wish we could go back soon!!!! Anyone interested in roadtripping it up to Dallas? We could stop in Athens on the way and see the Stappers. :)
I've been thinking about the people that have pranced in and out of our lives and what a wonderful joy it is to know so many incredible people with such incredible stories. I remember when I was little I thought that world was so huge! But really, I have friends (and family) in Africa, Europe, Australia, Asia (or some asian country), all over North America. I think South America and Antartica are the only continents that someone I know is not present.
It's a small world afterall.