April-May

We’ve been so busy (the weather is finally nice!) that I can’t believe how quickly time gets away from me.

Buddy. First off, we had a blast at your 6th birthday party – a robot party to be exact. To see your eyes light up by the friends who came to celebrate with you, the games, the pinata and the cake, brought joy to your mama’s heart. You show me each day what is means to love others. Thank you, Buddy. You and Blondie also had your violin recital, and once again, I was filled with pride to see you excel (you played a duet with your teacher). In May, we were also able to finally go to the greenhouse and pick out some flowers. It was so sweet watching you pick out which flower you wanted to buy. You looked and looked until you found just the right one. You wanted a yellow one and as we were walking around the greenhouse you saw a yellow flower in planter and said, “I want that one”, so we went and found the same one to take home (it was a yellow tuberous begonia). Another time we were back at the green house and you picked out a red and white striped petunia. When we got home you took such care to pick the best spot to plant it. You also helped plant the garden and have been so interested in taking care of it. You’ve done this by helping me water the garden, and by asking many questions about the plants we are growing. The other day you said to me, “Mom, look, I can carry the baby”. My heart just about stopped, but you were right, you can carry the baby and you do an excellent job taking care of her. In the last few months I’ve noticed how much you value quality time. Often before you go to bed you ask me to get up early in the morning to spend time with you (because you know I try to get up early to do devotions – try being the operative word). It is always a precious time when it happens (and you are always disappointed when it doesn’t). Every time it fills my heart with joy.

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Blondie. At your violin recital this month you completely blew me away. You went up with me and preformed the most perfect bow I have seen yet. You did it! I am so proud of you, Blondie! You have grown so much in the last few months, and I can see how God is growing in you a heart to learn His ways and how even when it is hard you try not to give up. This spring has been so much fun with you as we have put up bird feeders and have been identifying different birds and learning about them. You also really enjoyed going to the green house and picking out some flowers. This year you chose a black-eyed susan climbing vine and black petunias. You have been encouraging me to pray more as your heart to pray for others has grown. Before you always wanted someone else to pray, but now you are praying for others and are eager to intercede and mention requests.

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Happy. Oh. what. JOY! You keep me busy, but you fill this house with such joy. I can’t help but smile thinking of you. I thank God for blessing us with you as you have taught me so much about being joyful and letting go of the rest. You are also such a good big sister. Button absolutely loves you and you absolutely love her. When we come across a piece of clothing that doesn’t fit you any longer, you say, “Now it’s Button’s, right Mom?” So sweet… At the greenhouse you picked out only pink and purple flowers, but not only just pink and purple, but just pink and purple petunias. What a funny girl you are! Planting the garden with you was very interesting to say the least. I spent most of my time trying to keep you from “unplanting” the garden.  So far nearly everything has survived except one cucumber plant and about six green bean plants. I consider that a success…However, when I wasn’t looking, you proceeded to attempt to drown everything claiming they needed water…sheesh…

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Button. You are so squishy, sweet and sticky. Love. it. It is so easy to make you laugh, and everyone in the family has one way or another to make you giggle. We can get over how HAPPY you are. You love spending time outside with us. We got you a baby swing which you have already spent hours in and we have all spent time pushing you in. You still love food, and we rarely come across anything you don’t like. Toward the end of May you accomplished a whole bunch of impressive feats. You grew two teeth (bottom centrals), learned to crawl, signed please, and went from being on your tummy to sitting up. I think I’m in trouble now… and your hair is growing!

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Home Infusions!

We started giving Blondie his infusions at home just over a week ago!

What a blessing…

First we had to take some training in the city. It took a bit of arranging to make that happen because the training took place 3 hours from our home, but we figured that out, and in the end everything there went so well that I was able to start to give Blondie his infusions at the hospital in our home town. This arrangement let me get more practice under supervision which sped up the process of getting to do the infusions at home. Well that went smoothly and now we are doing them at home.

What a blessing

While this obviously doesn’t mean we’ll never have to go do the hospital again (far from it), it certainly is freeing to not have to plan to go in twice a week. It is also a blessing because it’s less stressful for him and it doesn’t have to be as a big of a deal.

The journey we have been on since Blondie was diagnosed with hemophilia has been a difficult one, but I can look back and see how God has been walking with us step by step. He is faithful.

There was a song we sang growing up that expresses my praise to God for His faithfulness. It is based on Psalms 89:1,5,8.

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever,
I will sing, I will sing.
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever,
I will sing the mercies of the LORD.
With my mouth will I make known
Your faithfulness, Your faithfulness;
With my mouth will I make known
Your faithfulness to all generations.
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever,
I will sing of the mercies of the LORD.

Robots

Turning 30 wasn’t a big deal, but having a 6-year-old in the house makes me wonder where the last 6 years have gone…

This years theme was robots. We made robot antennas, and robot party favors.
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We had an impressive robot pinata, courtesy of my mom, who even took a swing at it herself.IMG_4718IMG_4728IMG_4733IMG_4741

And we topped it all off with a robot cake. IMG_4662 IMG_4695IMG_4696IMG_4592Buddy, I love being your mom, and I haven’t stopped thanking God for blessing us with you. You remind me about what is important, and challenge me to be a better person. The way you love others continually reminds me of how God calls us to love our neighbors, and I can see how God has used you to bless those around you.

Happy Birthday, Buddy! We love you!

He Is Risen!

He Is Risen INDEED!

Praise the Lord for Resurrection Sunday!

I also praise my Lord and Savior for Good Friday, for it were not for that day we could not celebrate the empty tomb.

Easter fills my spirit with hope. Despite the trials we have gone through, my confidence in God has never wavered. I have often wondered at the peace people have found through tragedy, but have never questioned God’s sovereignty. Deep in my soul, I have always been sure that no. matter. what. God is still God and He is GOOD. I also know that I will NEVER fully understand His ways, but the freedom I have in knowing He is in control gives me a peace that I cannot explain, yet I know I can trust.

My heart is filled with anticipation this Resurrection Sunday. I pray that you too may know Him as your Savior this Easter.

God Bless!

Our Easter Scavenger Hunt
We actually did two scavenger hunts. One which I gave a link for last April which takes the kids through the different events leading up to the crucifixion and ending with the empty tomb, and then a hunt for chocolate!

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March

Buddy. Whenever we drive anywhere, you ask how many more towns there are until we reach our destination, and then you proceed to pay attention to how many towns we pass. On our more familiar routes, you have the towns memorized and know when we are getting close. This month we finally had some really nice weather and after a few days of such weather we woke up to snow. Buddy, your response was very Canadian, “Oh, now we have to wait another year”. You poor thing. Trust me, Buddy, spring. is. coming. even though the calendar was wrong about it again this year, it will come eventually…

Blondie. My heart just melts when I think of you. You have been through so much these last few months. Every once in a while I get a glimpse of how you are seeing things and are trying to deal with this new normal, and I wish I could make everything better. But over and over we have seen how good God is, how He answers prayer, and is always with us, and for that I am so thankful. You have blessed and encouraged me in so many ways as you keep thinking of others and keep asking to pray for those around you. Another thing that is so evident is how you and Buddy are two peas in a pod. Neither one of you knows what to do with yourselves if the other is away. If your Dad is ever going somewhere and plans on taking someone, I beg him to take both of you or neither of you.

Happy. Happy. Happy. Happy. Joy personified. You are not just sweet like sugar, but sweet like ooey, gooey, sticky caramel that once it’s on you, it’s everywhere. You are my side-kick. Your broom is now stored in the closet with my broom. You have your own kitchen cloth at the sink. You know how much soap to put in the washing machine. Whatever I am doing, you are right beside me trying to do the same. It’s like looking in a mirror. You are more fun than I know what to do with, but you are such good medicine for me. One cannot stay upset long if you are around…

Button. You are rolling everywhere. You are also nearly getting up on your hands and knees. FOOD! You love food! There is nothing I have tried to feed you that you haven’t liked. If we dare try to have a meal without you, you yell at us until we give you something to eat. My highlight this month was when I was playing peek-a-boo with you in the car and you started laughing hysterically. In the past, I had seen videos of babies laughing like crazy at the silliest things and I always wanted a baby that laughed like that. Well, when you started laughing like that you made. my. day. little girl.