Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I've been so busy sewing and organizing. So far I've purged all my kitchen cabinets, organized six boxes of baby clothes, made a maternity shirt, matching sleepers, a nursing blouse, 3 diapers, boxed up old books, had a garage sale, organized the laundry room, moved furniture in the bedroom to make room for Gavin, all the while taking care of four children, cooking, cleaning, and taking the kids everywhere! Whew! I'm tired.
The kids caught the organizing bug too. Taylor cleaned her room and it is spotless now. It's really amazing because I don't think it's ever been that way before. Austin and Dylan decided to rearrange their beds and organize too. They made scrapbooks with their swimming ribbons and pictures . I'm so proud of their endeavors. Taylor hung family photos up in the kitchen and now it looks like someone decorated rather than using the cabinets as a dumping ground.
The projects I still have left include: Planning for school, making 20 diapers and 8 covers, another sleeper set, maternity clothes, a closet organizer, a dress for Taylor and shorts for the boys. I will be running to Goodwill several times and I need to buy pointe shoes for Taylor (a yucky foo-foo store in town that I hate!). I'm down to going to my doctor two times a month now so the end is near and soon that baby will be here. Whoo-hoo!
Monday, July 28, 2008
These pics were taken at the Wilson's pool and Taylor played with him there almost the whole time. He just adores her anyway but loves it when she pushes him around in the raft or even just twirls him in the water. Unfortunately most of my friends have boys so she didn't have anyone to play with so she was happy to hang out with Liam. I so appreciate her energy for playing with him as I definitely can't keep up these days with anyone that has energy!
After the first day I bought the suit and was able to sit on the side of the baby pool and watch Liam rather than hover over him Dylan exclaimed, "Mom, that suit has changed your life!" Yes folks, it doesn't take much to keep me happy!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
He's also a phenomenal help to me. He's always offering to help lift, load, and pick up things for me. He even changes Liam's cloth diapers once in a while. When I'm stressed and can't find something he stops what he's doing to help me look for it. He did that for Taylor the other night when she couldn't find her Mp3 player too!
He started a lego club for the homeschool group on his own and welcomes anyone who wants to join. Girls are wierd to him except his sister (and me, occasionally).
His humor is witty, like his dads and I really enjoy his company. I'm grateful that God has blessed me with him as it's a pleasure to see him mature and grow.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I just got finished with the book Love as a Way of Life by Dr. Gary Chapman. He's the author of the book, The Five Love Languages. In this book he goes over characteristics of loving people. They are things like forgiveness, humility, patience, kindness, and so on. He illustrates each one with poignant stories of real people who face horrible situations and chose to take the high road. For example, did you know that the Amish community that was devastated by the lone gunman that killed some of their children set up a fund for the man's wife and child? It was a shining example of forgiveness and I'm sure one that touched the people involved as well as any who heard it.
Nothing in this book is new but the stories help remind you of what God wants for us as human beings. I loved this book. I have an extra copy to give away. If you want it, leave a comment (click on the comment word at the bottom of the post) and a way to contact you and I will draw a name next friday.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
One of my favorite stories about him swimming was during a couple of years ago he broke his arm and had to have it in a sling for 6 weeks (starting the week the beginning of the pool season!). He wasn't a strong swimmer at the time. The day he got his sling off we went to the pool and he wanted to take the swim test at the pool so he could go to the deep end and the slides. I discouraged him, thinking that since he hadn't used his arm for six weeks there was no way that he would pass. He insisted he could at least try so I let him. He passed the test with flying colors and proudly displayed his pool pass for all to see. Now that's determination.