Monday, May 31, 2010

I was blessed by this

Title: Is It Good for Me?

Yesterday we looked at a piece of property on the sea. There were lovely woods to one side, two tall, scraggly, very picturesque pine trees on the other, huge rocks which turn pink in the sunset below, and in front miles and miles of blue ocean.It is not always easy to know whether a thing we long for is a temptation from Satan to distract us from obedience and make us discontent, or something God actually wants to give us and therefore wants us to pray for. There is no such thing as something "too good to be true." God isloving and lavishly generous and has promised to give what is good--that is, what He who is omniscient knows to be good for us.So today I asked Him to give me the prayers He wants me to pray and to give or withhold anything according to his plan for me. Nothing is too big to ask of Him, not even an ocean lot. It is God's business to decide if it is good for me. It is my business to obey Him.
"No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly" (Ps 84:11).
Written by Elizabeth Elliot

Friday, May 28, 2010

Cherry Drop

Summer Heat Wave

Olivia, Jacob and Morgan played in this all day yesterday!

Learning Scripture with Susan Hunt..etc.

Sorry video is upside down..ugh

Friday, May 14, 2010

Daddy and Daughter

Thumbs up for Mother's Day

I had a really nice Mother's Day. Olivia made me a really special present at school. Brad bought me some cherry trees for our yard that are going to be so pretty one day. We headed up to Michigan City and I went to the Spa with Michelle and Talitha and then that evening we went to Olive Garden for dinner. On Sunday we woke up early and headed to Elkhart for brunch with Sharyl and Dave. Olivia and I made paper mache flower vases for the grandmas. I have to run now. I have been on here forever while both girls have been sleeping. Over 2 hrs...Consequently, Liv won't go to sleep now until 11pm..oh well..hope you have enjoyed the updates.!

Ava Mairenn is 6 months old

Liv feeding Ava oatmeal. She took to eating pretty well. I broke down and fed her like 10 days before she actually turned 6 months old.
She doesn't wear bows to much; just because I love her mohawk so much!

She doesn't really enjoy this yet... And yes...Olivia still has her tag.. She had to take just a few "sucks"..

My little cherry drop just had her 6 month check up along with lots of shots on Tuesday. She is weighing in at 14.7 pounds. She is about 25% in height and weight. Her head is like in the brain I guess! She is doing well...were not breaking any milestones over here, but for the most part she is happy. This month has been a little bit more challenging. She has been a lot more fussy, come to find out she may be allergic or have some problems digesting meat./ or possibly have an allergy to dairy??? In the interim I am eating a non-dairy diet for the next few weeks to see if it makes any difference with her temperament. (The Doctor found blood in her stool.) I have talked about poop a lot this week. And have collected a lot of poop this week. She goes to her little heart doctor appt next Monday for another echo. I am praying the hole has closed. Let's see..I am making more of an attempt to roll over, but still like laying on my back and watching others. I enjoy sitting in my high chair and eating. So far I have had in order: Oatmeal, turkey, green beans, peas, carrots, squash..and now I am starting a special diet and I am just eating rice cereal and peas for a few days. I like giving my mom grey hairs. I am starting to pull and play with objects. I laugh a lot and have a great smile. I like my bumbo seat more now. I am also a lot more verbal and love to hear my voice. When my mom puts me in my crib I can move all around and I end up in weird spots. I also made my first trip to Michigan City and Elkhart last weekend. I still get up way to much for my mom. What can I say I still like those boobies...

Back in the pool

Liv has started back at swim lessons again for the Spring/Summer. She is doing great! She is a better swimmer than me by far already!
This is Ava at swim practice. I am feeding her green beans here...I can multi task with the best of them. Snap Snap. "Go livie".. "Ava need more green beans"?

Liv and Ava

Ava's favorite person = Olivia

She's a graduate

She was very excited that she got to wear all kinds of cool jewelry today, and she even wanted me to put her hair in a half pony tail.
Liv and Ms Carin

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. These last 3 years at this school have been wonderful. Olivia has loved all her teachers and she has truly "Walked with Jesus" there.

Ms. Carin was so heartfelt; I hope you can hear her words. In the next video Ms Carin asks the kids what they want to be when they grow up. Olivia said "hair cutter, teacher and dentist. Ms Carin laughed and said she is a "career person".

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mema

Mema and her bakers
Happy Birthday

Went to an Irish pub for Sharyl's birthday dinner. She wanted fish and chips.

Brad's 33rd Birthday

We went to the Melting Pot for dinner. By the time we left we couldn't walk we were so full.
I put this inflatable cake outside our house..

Olivia and her friend were very excited to give daddy his presents.

Cookies n-Cream cake..his favorite.

Bowling with the Self's

The girls made it through an entire game

This was Jonathan's first time bowling.

Kindergarten Round up

A few weeks back we went to Kindergarten Round-up at Olivia's new Elementary School. She wasn't quite sure what to expect. The school was really cute and cozy, I thought. We got to meet all three teachers, explore the kindergarten rooms, and got a brief tour of the school. They had bus rides that took us around the block, which Liv enjoyed. Her only concern was how loud the bus was going to be. She really liked the cool kitchens in each classroom. August will be here before we know it.