Friday, September 19, 2008

Weary but Well

I have wanted to write every day.
But, it seems to me that I would just be repeating myself each entry.
I nurse Evelyn, I run after Elijah, I nurse Evelyn, I change a poopy diaper, I nurse Evelyn...etc.
Don't misunderstand, these days are precious to me, even though I am exhausted from the lack of sleep and one active toddler, but they are precious none the less. One scripture has been repeating itself in my head regularly...
"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord shall renew their strength. The will soar on wings as eagles; they shall run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40: 29-31
Amen to that! I know these day are short and I will look back years from now and wish them back again. So I am trying to look for the good things and remind myself of how blessed I am. Sometimes it;s easy to lose sight of that in the day to day.
I feel happy just to get the dishes done, the bed made, or Elijah's sweet finger prints removed from the glass shower door. None of it seems exactly blog worthy. But, I don't want to be a stranger either.
How much do I love my children, but, this parenting gig is tough. Having to be the grown-up all the time kind of stinks, but, it will be well worth it as these babies learn and grow. These are future adults after all and I want them to be Godly, well-adjusted and thoughtful adults when they get there. Elijah is doing amazingly well. His vocabulary grows daily, he loves to help and is very fond of books. I think he would love to be read to all day long. Many moments are spent reading to him while I nurse the little girl. Evelyn is chunking-out quite nicely. She is such a contented baby as long as she is well fed and comfortable. I love holding her against my chest and listening to her breath as she sleeps.
So my hopes for the days to come are to get a bit more rest, finish up some sewing, and perhaps make and freeze a batch of applesauce if I can find the motivation, but mostly just to enjoy my days at home with my babies.
As always I have loved all of the comments. Thank you for such kindness.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Us these days...

Quiet days in our neck of the woods.
Fall seems to be in the air.
There have been several cool, gray days this week.
I don't mind.

I sleep when I can and Mom keeps me going with cups of chai tea.
She has been cooking favorites of mine. Tonight we are having chicken and dumplings.
This meal is total comfort food for me. It brings back my childhood of fall and winter days in Eastern Oregon. The smell of the wood stove being lit for the first time in the fall, chopping kindling, and raking leaves into big piles for jumping in. The carrots, celery, onions, and chicken topped with fluffy dumplings...mmmmmm, to die for.

All is well in other things. Elijah spends hours with Pops building towers out of blocks and having books read to him. Evelyn sleeps and eats. The rest of us just follow along.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

An Update...

More pictures...David and Evelyn...cheesy smile.

My sweet family.
So tiny, so sweet.

Sleeping is a big activity in our house these days. Just not in long enough stretches.

The beloved PB and J. He has a method:
First, using the index finger, lick off jam.
Next, using same finger, lick of peanut butter.
Finally, shove as much of the bread into mouth as possible.
I have to keep an eye on him...

We are all doing well and I am enjoying having my Mom and Step-Dad here from Alaska. Elijah is adoring the play time with Pops and Mumsy and goes to bed tuckered out.
Evelyn had her first doctor's appointment yesterday. She is back up to her birth weight and healthy in every other way. I'll check back in soon.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Allow me to Introduce...

Evelyn Esperanza
Born: 8/31, 11:36 a.m.
5lbs, 18 inches in length

The labor was long, but well worth it.
She is such a little thing.
And perfectly healthy.
Eats like a pro. Breast feeding is going smoothly.
She even let me sleep for four hours last night.

Elijah is doing well and is sweet and gentle to his little sister.
We are all home, healthy and happy.
Thank you for all of your fond wishes and prayers.
I hope to check in with everyone soon.