Saturday, June 18, 2011


There are a lot of things I could say about my dad but there are a few things I will focus on:

1. He loves God
2. He loves our family
3. He loves people

There is not a single person in the world who could deny that my dad loves God with all of his heart and strives everyday to show that love to everyone He comes in contact with. He shows his love for God in an authentic way that is undeniable.

I know without a doubt that my dad loves our family. I know that he loves and cherishes my mom and us kids, along with our spouses and kids. He shows his love in such practical ways by taking care of random things for us all the time. I love love love watching him with Brynlee, Grace and Graham. He loves those kids so much and they ADORE him!

Lastly, he loves people. His heart is for all people to come to know and love God. He has devoted his life to ministry and helping others the Know, Love, Serve, and Share God's love with other people. Even with all the stress that comes with ministry, he loves it because he is focused on the purpose of reaching others for Christ.

Thank you dad for everything you do! I know we could never tell or show you how much you mean to us! Love you dad!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

6 month check-up

I am so far behind on blogging it's pretty ridiculous... I don't think it will be much better for a couple weeks either. Oh well. This is what summer brings in our house. What little schedule we did keep before is out the window because of camps and James traveling. So this is what I got:

Today we went for Brynlee's 6 month check-up. The sad thing is we were just there yesterday because Brynlee is sickly... 

Monday night she started having a runny nose, but nothing major. Then Tuesday it was like the flood gates opened from her nose {too much??}. Anyway, she was miserable. Her nose was running, she was grabbing at her ears and not sleeping or eating really at all. And it continued to get worse throughout the night. So Wednesday we went in to the doctor to find out she has a sinus infection and a double ear infection. To make matters worse, James left yesterday to be at Senior High Camp for a few days. Oh and my parents went to Mexico. Not so great timing. But we got some medicine and she actually slept about five hours total last night. Pretty good considering.

Then to torture her some more we had to do shots again today. I felt so bad for her. She was finally starting to feel better and then that. She is still kind of fussy from the shots and runny nose but she is doing better tonight.

Back to the check-up. She weighs 18.3 lbs and is 25.75 in long. According to the doctor she is looking just perfect. And we couldn't agree more!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Half a year

Happy 6 months to my chick pea! I can't believe you are so old already! It has gone by so fast {although days that you don't nap sometimes go on and on and on...} But of course we love you so much!
Things you are loving right now- swimming, swinging and shopping! I think if we only did these things every day, you would be a happy camper! You love to splash in the water {in our tiny pool in the back yard!}. We recently tried to the park since you can now sit up completely on your own. And you LOVED it! We have been back many times since- especially on those no nap days! Oh and shopping. Once again, since you can sit up, we pulled out the cart cover and headed to Wal-Mart. You are so proud and happy each time we go! You love getting to see all the people and action around the store.

You are so incredibly close to crawling it's a little scary. You started popping up on all fours about 2 weeks ago. Now, you rock and lunge and turn all around... sometimes even moving on your hand and toes. You're so silly!

You have also been busy this month: Abigail's college graduation {seen below}, a couple of zoo trips, and FX at church!

You still wear size 3 diaper and 6-12 month clothes. Sleeping is still touch and go. We did a little more of trying to let you go back to sleep on your own and it actually worked... for a couple weeks. The last few nights haven't been as peachy. You have been waking up a lot more. But I am getting better about being more laid back about things. We just watch for all of your cues about being hungry and tired and go from there.
Our lives have changed SO much in the last 6 months it is ridiculous! We love you so much chick pea! Happy 6 months!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


So today is our 5 year anniversary! I had the best intentions of doing a nice, long post about the last five years but Brynlee's "nap time" was just long enough for a shower and breakfast... and then the day just kind of got away from me. And since we have been attempting to put her down for over an hour, it just isn't going to happen! We will see if we can somehow still manage to stay up to watch the movie we got from redbox! Oh well, I guess this is life with and almost 6-month old!

Anyways! Just for the record I do have the most amazing husband. I am pretty sure he is the only person who would put up with all of my shenanigans! Love him!