Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The past few days have been full of preparation. Preparing for Easter and the joyous celebration that day involves. Preparing my house for a mobile daughter. Preparing my heart for Anna Grace's surgery. Preparing our life for traveling over 8 hours away to have the surgery. It has been an incredible ride and I wanted to share a few of the blessings we have already seen.
Preparation: We had been praying for the Lord to give us two weeks notice before having to travel to Cincinnati Childrens Hospital. Well when CCH called last week we were given 4 weeks notice. Incredible. He knows more than we do. The surgery will be on April 21st.
Emotion: I have times of peace and deep dread for this surgery. I know exactly where each is from. The Lord gives me such peace. Not an answer just peace. I couldn't ask for more. Sometimes answers confuse the problem and cause chaos. Right now I am happy with the peace. The dread is from the enemy. Of course I am going to be anxious but The Word tells me know to worry about tomorrow. I am clinging to that.
Joy: Anna Grace is the most joyous child. She laughs and plays all day. I am not saying she doesn't challenge me but I am grateful for her laughter and happiness.
Love: We have seen an outpouring of love. Our church loving on us. Family members having yardsales to help with the cost of traveling and offering points to lower the cost of hotel rooms. We are amazed by it all.
As Easater comes closer, I am focusing on celebrating Easter from Anna Grace's viewpoint. What child like faith she has. May I have that faith in my Father as he continues carry us on this journey.
What are you focusing on this week as you prepare your heart for Easter and the Lord's ressurection?
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Where is this little girl? Has any one seen her? Oh right, she is now this big girl!
I cannot believe I have a 9 month old. Where has the time gone? I have a long 9 month old might I add. 29 inches of incredible goodness. Seriously you should all be envious of this cuteness. I cannot believe she is ours. What could Adam and I have done to deserve her?
I won't bore you with all of the little things she is doing but instead crack you up with the new situation we are dealing with.
Anna Grace used to love her changing table. Not kidding. I could put her up there and she would lay so still and look around and smile and coo. About two weeks ago she began trying to roll over while on the table. Not a good idea. After a few days of this combined with her fussing over having to be still we devulged a plan. When she begins this behaviour who ever was changing her diaper would put one hand firmly on her legs with the other across her chest and tell her no. Sternly. Had to work, right?
Tuesday we came home from MOPS and it was time to change the diaper and go down for a nap. Anna Grace began the inappropriate behavior and I began the discipline. Next, was the moment I wish I would have had a camera.
I had one hand on the legs and one hand on her chest firmly and told her no. Just plain and simple- NO. She proceeded to LAUGH in my face. She thought Mama was being funny. I kept a straight face as hard as that was and repeated my no. Again she laughed.
Oh the laughter I had. I couldn't help myself. She was just too dang cute. Needless to say she did bless me with a great nap that day. But we still are working on the changing table behavior.