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.