Dec 16, 2006

its begining to look a lot like spring

Spending last pre-Christmas season with morning sickness, I don't quite remember, but I don't think the weather was this nice into December. I understand that we now live in the south (which I would like to clear up for those of you who took it differently in Caleb's post, that we do love the southern, small 's', area in which we live but there are things about the 'South' that we could live without) but this is crazy. I never thought we could have ever gone to the beach in December to get our Christmas picture taken, but this year we could because it was near 65 degrees the day we went. It is hard to get into the Christmas spirit when it is so warm, but to be completely honest, I love it. Maybe its too many winters at Northland, but I would take a tropical Christmas any day. Put on your board shorts, Santa, and come our way! I know the cold days are around the corner, so I am enjoying our mild start to winter.

We are excited for the Midwest Tour we are about to embark on this holiday season. First, we are going to Lafayette, IN to visit most of my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandmas, and grandpas. We always look forward to this visit since we only get to see them once a year. After a few days there, we will be going to Caleb's parents house in Midland, MI. They got a new-to-them snowmobile so hopefully there is a lot of snow to play in. Then we will be going to my parents one bedroom apartment in Cleveland, OH. They recently moved from Detroit and decided to build a house. Thankfully, Eric and Katy, and Matt and Carla will not be there when we are there. That's a lot of people to be in a one bedroom apartment!

While I enjoy every Sunday, this is one of my favorite times of year to worship the Lord and meditate on the birth of our Savior. Every year I am struck with the words from Philippians 2:5-8 "Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." My prayer is that one day I might consistently have this mind of Christ. Oh how thankful I am for the grace seen in the manger, the grace seen on the cross, and the grace to one day see Christ in all His glory.

Merry Christmas.

Dec 3, 2006

is that solid food?!

Oh yeah baby- its cereal time. Cole had his 4 month appointment this last week and he is doing great! 12 whole pounds and 24" of pure boy and the go ahead from our wonderful pediatrician for solid foods. Not really expecting to get the green light, I was a little unprepared. That is the same spoon Caleb and I use, but he seems to like it. Now he thinks everything that is silver is going to give him something to eat, including D-Trains pocket knife. So all in all, cereal has been a fun addition to our lives here on Grandy Ave. Except the solid food diapers- not my favorite.

Here it comes!!!

I don't know about this!

Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! That's not milk.

He didn't quite know about the first bite, but got the hang of it pretty quickly.

Caleb is anxious to be done with this semester of seminary. This semester has been pretty challenging for him, but he has done a great job. There have been a lot of adjustments to our lives, but he always handles everything so well. I appreciate all the sacrifices he makes for our family. He is a great husband and dad.

Nov 28, 2006

happy thanksgiving, back

Cole's first thanksgiving was a great one. We truly have so many things to be thankful for. The Lord is always good, but we have seen His grace abound more and more toward us this year.
Even though we could not go home for this holiday, we were still able to have a great celebration of God's grace with Stephen, Sarah and Nathan Branine. Stephen made the turkey, Sarah made most everything else, Caleb and I made the pies and Nathan brought the entertainment. We of course watched the Lions game, which is just part of Thanksgiving. Then we had the pleasure of watching Nacho Liebre. If you haven't seen it yet,"You crasy!", come with a Napoleon Dynamite mentality and you will love it.
Branine's dog Calistoga was the entertainment for Cole. He laughed at her for about ten minutes. Apparently our dog Mo just isn't as cool as Cali. Sorry, Mo, Cole might not think you are the coolest, I still think you're the best. We got it all on video, but I don't know how or if we could get it on here. If anyone knows how or if- let me know.

And of course Friday was shopping day. Although somewhat depressing because we can't afford what we would like to buy for our families (but then again, who can?), the day turned out to be very successful. I want to say we got up bright and early, but it definitely wasn't bright here at 4am! We got to Kohls around 4:45 and we were out by 5:45 with most of our gifts. Not too shabby! Family- if you are reading- I think you will like what we got for you! Especially you Eric- yours is by far the best.

So- all in all- a great holiday weekend. Looking forward to the next one!

Nov 18, 2006

can a truck make you prejudice? caleb's post

I sneaked on the blog to put a picture of my new work truck. The only problem with this truck is that I am immediately judged. All the rednecks think that I love the south- which I don't love, and that I don't like african americans, which I do like. The other day a gritty white construction worker saluted me like I was general lee in the flesh. I was coming home through the neighborhood and some guy said, "hey, brother," as if I was on his team now. To top it all off, I was driving to work and I saw this little 'want to be' truck with around a hundred confederate bumber stickers on it. I knew that I was going to get some sort of rebel accolade by this piece of work. Sure enough, he proudly rolled down his window just to show me the peace sign as I drove on by. I am thinking of painting "big yank" on the back. maybe loosing the cammo would be the first thing necessary to stop this chicanery.

Nov 16, 2006

Locks of Love

After seeing how long my hair could get while I was pregnant, I decided to get it hacked off today. I had a good ten to eleven inches I was going to get cut off, so I decided to donate it to locks of love. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the process, they put your hair in a pony tail and cut it off in one big snip. This left me with a very large chunk of hair that has to be mailed. We got it home and we couldn't resist. Here is a little forshadowing of what Cole might have to look forward to and maybe what our future daughter might look like.

Nov 13, 2006

so, you'll never have a blog, hugh?

I have learned the last few years not to make "I will never..." statements. It seems that all the "I will never" are the ones that always actually do happen. For instance, I said in high school "I will never be a pastor's wife!" and where do I find myself, but in lovely Virginia Beach with my husband Caleb who is in seminary. Another one is "I will never wear pink!" I now own and wear a very pink shirt. BUT I would like to add that I did not buy it. And that brings us to the "never"statement that we find coming true today- "I will never have a blog!"

So what has made this a reality? Why blog? Some blog for therapy, some just for fun, others to stay in touch but my answer is simple. I became a mother to Cole Michael Coston, the most adorable baby boy on the planet. With family and friends far away, this seemed to be the best option to keep them up to date on how our little Cole is doing.

Here's this weeks update: Now 3 1/2 months old, Cole is doing great. He finally met Uncle Eric and Aunt Katy at their wedding the first weekend in November. It was nice for everyone. Maybe a little weird for the bride and groom because they didn't even see me really pregnant. They saw us last Christmas, when I was looking pretty much normal, and the next time they saw us, we had a three month old. Hopefully, we will get to see them more often this coming year.

Cole's milestone this week is that he let out a big old belly laugh. I thought I was going to cry. Okay, not really, but it was one of the cutest things I have ever heard. Uncle Danny and Aunt Becky Adams got to hear it too. I cant seem to get him to do it again, but that has not stopped me from trying and probably looking like a total idiot. You who have had kids understand, I'm sure.

Closing with some great shots of our little man.

Normally, Caleb doesn't like Cole to wear anything with ears,

but he makes an exception for the robe.

Oct 8, 2006

the blog rookie

i swore i would never blog- and here i am.