Tuesday, May 25, 2010

sweet Simeon boy

Simeon is such a delight! His personality these days is kicked back and super smiley. We can't even put the pacifier in his mouth because he will be crying and then just break out in a huge smile! He is definitely social and is the most sad when he thinks everyone left the room. He just wants to be around us. He LOVES his big sister no matter how many times she pokes his nose and eyes and slobbers big kisses on him.
He loves going on walks in the two seater with Hallel next to him. And at sixteen lbs at his 2 mo check up he is in 6 mo clothes.
And he looks like his handsome daddy! We love him!

Monday, May 17, 2010

you're invited to our tea party...

...it's a rainy Monday morning and we are stuck inside wishing we could be outside running through fields of clover-or just outside. So, we settled for a tea party instead if you want to join us via blog.
We put on our polka dot scarves and Hallel's French Barret from Grandma for the occasion. We spread a lovely blanket and poured ourselves some h2o and had blueberry puff snacks ("nacks" according to Hallel). We danced to Mambo Gelato and even did some twirls and dips. Our stuffy friends (literally with cotton) were there and Simeon even joined us. It was a grand time and maybe we'll do it again soon (rain for-casted for Thursday)!

Friday, May 14, 2010

The verdict

This morning was my two week check up for my ears. I told the audiologist that I have been praying that my ears would be better. So into the soundproof room I went and put on the headphones to check on the verdict. It was so encouraging as he tested me I could hear more of the frequencies in my left ear than last time.
He also did this test of a recorded voice saying words that I was to repeat. The last time when I did this test it sounded distorted like a voice on dead batteries that is low and in slow motion. But today I could actually hear the voice and that he was saying words. I still couldn't make out most of the words but at least I could hear sounds that weren't distorted.
The audiologist said that he could see improvement and that we are headed in the right direction! Yeah! I told him that a lot of people have been praying for my ears and he said-well keep doing that.
We are just praising the Lord for His answers to our prayers! My hearing in the left ear is still below 50% but he said that it could improve more and my right ear is compensating well.
Thank you to each and everyone of you who have been praying. And thank you Lord for letting Your answer to be improvement.
The times that it impacts me the most is in large groups of people with any background noise. But around the house it is fine with the kids. I just feel like I want to pull something out of my ear and hear again. I will have another test in 3 months to see if it has changed again.
Thank you again for being the body of Christ to me in this situation. I don 't think my ear will ever be back to normal but I am super thankful for progress. I am also thankful for how the Lord uses physical things to make me more dependent on Him. I definitely need Him in various situations that I wouldn't have before.
My parents reminded me the other day of Paul's prayer to be delivered from the thorn in his flesh(whatever it was). It is a great reminder to me that God will use anything to make me humble.
Pressing on!
2Corinthians 12:8-10
"Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamaties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

Monday, May 10, 2010

mmmm mothers day!

My sweet husband outdid himself this year!
I think that I like mother's day even better than my birthday because I get to celebrate the thing I love to do-be a momma! It is by far the most rewarding job I have ever had in my life:)
Josh gave me the gift of time. Time to saunter through Target(one of my favorite stores) and just look while he watched the kids at home. And then time to sit in the sun and read my Bible. What a refreshment to the heart to just stop and be quiet! Thanks Josh!
Josh also made me a gourmet meal which was amazing! He concocted recipes, shopped 4 stores, cooked, and did every last dish! This was way better than any restaurant could offer.
Appetizer-Kalamata olive dip/fresh basil pesto dip with grilled bagel chips
3 cheese garnish
Trader's old fashioned sparkling lemonade
tossed salad, green peas, grilled chicken, carbonara with saffron

handmade carrot cake muffins with vanilla bean cream cheese frosting
Thank you for the yummo meal and for being such an amazing husband!!!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I thought I would just post some random pictures so that you all can see some of our lives from the past two months.
Hallel has turned a corner this week in learning how to be gentle with Simeon. While Simeon has suddenly turned into a little social bug. He loves to interact with us with a big smiles, some coos, and big blue eyes. Hallel thinks he's so funny!
I feel like I had a glimpse this afternoon of their budding friendship when Hallel sat on the floor beside Simeon playing and interacting for about 5 min-it was so sweet!
Sorry this pictures are backwards.
Hallel being quite the reader
Loving on two babies
The cutest little monkey
Our other little monkey climbing everywhere
bro and sis hanging out
Easter morning
Handsome little man
End of March
Love pats
Lots of kisses

More later...