Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mike's Fire Fighter Picture

Well, Mike got his 'Official' picture taken but they're going to take another one, since he's really supposed to be clean shaven. So we'll post that one when we get it. This is probably the best smile that I've ever seen from Mike in a picture. That's true happiness!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Saturday's Preschool Group

I hosted on Saturday and the kids had a great time. We did leaf rubbings, worked on lacing candy bracelets and did some other coloring. Michael and Justus were really into piling up the toys on the couch and playing 'airplane.'

Michael's Birthday with Mike's Family

Sunday afternoon we had Mike's brother, Timm, with daughter, Ella and sister, Amber with hubby Mike and their kids, Mitchell and Ashely to help celebrate Jr.'s 3rd Birthday. Michael wanted a 'CARS' theme, so I had gotten cupcake holders, pinata, etc. It was a nice get together with them and the kids had a really great time playing.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Toilet Saved

Well, we didn't end up putting in a new toilet like we had thought we'd have to. This afternoon my dad returned from Seattle with my mom and came over to bring the new toilet, they removed the old one and were messing around with it and my dad got the toilet roll holder out. Yippee!

Here's a picture of Mike yesterday in the bathroom after he removed the toilet.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Boys will be Boys - Toilet Plugging Adventures of Michael Jr.

OK, so I actually thought to myself, this will never happen to me, my boys haven't put anything down the toilet except for toilet paper, I'm not worried.

Well, maybe Jr. just wasn't at the right stage, he is after all, going to turn 3 years on the 23rd, so maybe this happens during the terrible 3's?

Last night Jr. had got up and went to the bathroom and Mike and I didn't hear him. When Mike did go into the bathroom to use it, it found a book in the toilet. Then we couldn't find the toilet paper holder. Well, you've guessed it! That's what we think is in the toilet. Mike got out the snake and a special toilet unclogging tool and worked and worked on it for hours this morning. Finally we were able to flush, just with water, so that's good. But still can't flush anything else, including toilet paper. So, as I'm typing this, Mike is in there draining the toilet, taking it out and going to put his hands up it / or maybe it's down it? To try to pull this toilet paper holder out.

I will take pictures and post soon.

Fatherly Love

Mike always has done well with both boys at getting them to fall back to sleep when they wake in the middle of the night or mid-nap. I think it's his strong heart beat and warm body that causes them to cuddle so well. Mike just has that touch! And sometimes it's better than me! I am thankful that Mike does this so well, as we'll need it when the twins arrive.

Belly Picture at 20 Weeks

Well, here I am! Half way there. I started to feel the babies kicking last night, lots of movement, and it's continued thru today, so I'm sure I'm at that stage now where I'll be feeling a lot of the twins movement. I have already gained 20 lbs. Which was the total weight I gained with Connor, so I'm just hoping it's not an additional 1 lb / week for here on out. Plus, some of my maternity shirts are not long enough. Imagine that! You can see that in this picture where my hand is just below my belly and there's the end of the shirt!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Love in the Home

I seem to be continually reminded about our ladies' bible study last Monday. My Chiropractor has the following posted at her office, and I know that I've seen it probably in an email forward at some time. I feel it is very appropriate and applicable to adding and creating Joy in our lives. It's just a little reminder to stop being so wrapped up into being busy and enjoy my children while I can and be a positive influence, not just creating my own joy, but creating joy for them as well. Enjoy!

Love in the Home

  • If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love, I am a housekeeper - not a homemaker.
  • If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements but have not love, my children learn cleanliness - not godliness.
  • Love leaves the dust in search of a child's laugh.
  • Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.
  • Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.
  • Love picks up the child before it picks up toys.
  • Love is present through the trials.
  • Love reprimands, reproveds, and is responsive.
  • Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with the child, and then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.
  • Love is the key that opens salvations message to a child's heart.
  • Before I became a mother I took glory in my house of perfection. Now I glory in God's perfection of my child.
  • As a mother, there is much I must teach my child, but the greatest of all is love.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Finding & Creating 'Joy'

Tonight was a great night. A handful of us ladies got together and had a bible study hosted by Amanda. It was really good to fellowship and share with eachother. What I really took from tonight's lesson was to not only find, but create Joy in my life and it will be more fulfilling. It's not always easy to be joyful and sometimes it is downright difficult to find any joy in some days. The focus was also on being our spouse's 'help mate' - if I have that term correct.

Anyway, I was a bad student and didn't write down the verses that we read, but have found others that work well in a marital appilication.



...make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaingin the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests but also for the interests of others.


Do all things without grumbling or disputing; that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life...

In applying this scripture to my own personal relationship with my husband, I find that I need to be more thankful and appreciative, giving affirmation to him each moment that I can find to do so. Being aware of all the little things he does and be thankful for each and every one of those things. And, in doing this, focusing on the positive, creates joy in my life and his as well.

For example, being thankful that he's watching the kids while I'm out doing shopping and upon returning, actually thanking him for watching the kids, and not grumbling about all the toys being on the floor and the kitchen not being cleaned up. The point is to focus on the fact that he was willing to 1) watch the kids in the first place 2) acknowledged that I needed some 'me' time and let me have it 3) gave attention to kids that they deserved and needed with their father.

Well, I'd better get to bed, Mike is snoring next to me as I'm typing.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Connor Potty Training

Well, tomorrow Connor will be 18 months. He has surprised me in many ways, but today, he wanted to sit on the toilet like his big brother. Hope this is a good sign of easy potty training to come!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Baby Names

OK, so I found our baby name book about a month ago, but not until a week ago did Mike and I start looking at it and found some names that we had considered back when we found out we were pregnant with our first. We've narrowed down the names and come up with the following list (Girls and Boys). We have decided not to know the sex and let it be a surprise. We still have a ways to go and some time to think, we have a rather large list of boys names and a smaller girls' list.

Please Comment, I'd love to know what you think!

Baby Girls:

Baby Boys:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

House Hunting & God's Plan

What a pain! We really need more room, have been looking for an AFFORDABLE home in Juneau for a few months now. Thought we found one, but it turned out to be just too small for our needs, three of the four bedrooms were about the size of walk-in closets, and the 'living space' (kitchen, dining, living room) wasn't any bigger than our current home's living space. It did have a large two-car garage, yard, and one bed rental, but we would have felt just as cramped as we do now in our two bedroom, one bath trailer.

I do have to say that we are very fortunate that our trailer is paid for and all we owe is lot rent, but we have such a storage issue, not having a garage, and my poor parents see me at least once every two weeks carrying bags or boxes of things into my old bedroom to store for later use. Not to mention, we also have furniture in their crawl space under their house.

We recently came across another, what we thought was, a viable option - purchasing a brand new manufactured home on a 'leased lot' (4 bed, 2 bath, 1500+ sq ft) with everything we want in it, for a very reasonable and affordable price, only to find out along the way that the two floor plans that would fit our needs best (and we looked thru dozens) were no longer available. - Back to square one.

I have to remind myself many times that God has a plan for us, and a perfect home for us, but we must be patient and wait for the opportunity to present itself. And that every step of the way is something to learn from. But for all of you out there who have had any house hunting in the past, know too well, that it can take up a lot of your time and be rather frustrating and/or disappointing.

I keep thinking about how Mike and I wanted kids so badly, only to be frustrated after trying for several years with no avail. Only once we 'Let Go and Let God' fulfill his plan for us did I see the perfection of his timing and his plans for our family. And here we are, two kids later, and two on the way, we couldn't be more happy to be blessed so richly.

I just have to keep telling myself: "Patience, Patience, God's Plan is Perfect."

I keep thinking about the following verses in Philippians

4:6 (I need to let God handle this and not worry!)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4:13 (I can make do with what I have and be thankful for it)

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

4:18-19 (Reminding myself of the blessings I have and have yet to recieve)

But I have received everything in full, and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received .... what you have sent, .... And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Sick Kids

Gotta love it. I've had sick kids for two days now (cough and runny nose). They're so much more lovable when they don't feel good. They want extra hugs and kisses, cuddles and one-on-one time. Not to mention, they take naps and go to bed early. I'm not 'happy' my kids are sick, but enjoying the extra attention that I get with them, as I'm sure, one day, not too far in the future, they won't want a hug or kiss or cuddle and I'll have to squeeze it out of them. Just one of my thoughts of the day.