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Friday, February 07, 2014

Happy Frog Day!

Happy Frog Day!
by Nathan, age 5 2/7/2014

"Happy Frog Day, Frog!" Ant said.

"Hop up." Frog said.

Frog was going to a fair.

After the fair, when they were coming from the fair, they saw someone with arrows and on those arrows it said "snowstorm alert." And those arrows were pointed right at the direction they were going. And the other arrows said "Stay at the fair if you're leaving from the fair."

And then the Frog family said, looks like we're going to have to stay here a long time and watch everything the circus does. Then they all agreed. And then they figured out there was no more room at the circus for them to stay. So the people who owned the circus said they must sleep on top of the circus house because that is where the other rooms were, and that guy also said they must wear their jackets while they were sleeping on the top of the fair house.

THE END


The first bit was created using index cards with simple words written on them for him to arrange however he wanted...but then he ran out of index cards and I suggested he dictate the end of the story. He wants to sell his story to earn money to buy more LEGO, so if you know anybody looking for a story about a frog family, pass it on! ;)

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

"War is proclaimed between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. It is the fruit of this enmity, that there is a continual warfare between grace and corruption, in the hearts of God's people. Satan, by their corruptions, buffets them, sifts them, and seeks to devour them. Heaven and hell can never be reconciled, nor light and darkness; no more can Satan and a sanctified soul. Also, there is a continual struggle between the wicked and the godly in this world. A gracious promise is here made of Christ, as the Deliverer of fallen man from the power of Satan. Here was the drawn of the gospel day: no sooner was the wound given, than the remedy was provided and revealed. This gracious revelation of a Saviour came unasked, and unlooked for. Without a revelation of mercy, giving some hope of forgiveness, the convinced sinner would sink into despair, and be hardened. By faith in this promise, our first parents, and the patriarchs before the flood, were justified and saved. Notice is given concerning Christ. 1. His incarnation, or coming in the flesh. It speaks great encouragement to sinners, that their Saviour is the Seed of the woman, bone of our bone..." - Matthew Henry

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ruby Jubilee

Ruby Jubilee was born via c-section at the end of May! After a week long NICU stay, we happily came home and have been making up for lost snuggles ever since.

She was a roly-poly 9lbs at birth, and has gained very well! After three long days of IV nutrition, she was able to start colostrum in bottles, then nursing. Thankfully after a few days and some tips from the awesome lactation consultant, she figured out nursing and we haven't had any more issues.

Now we are enjoying figuring out four under six! So far, frozen meals, Netflix, and help with the housework as I recover from surgery have been lifesavers. I knew a c-section recovery would be harder, but didn't realize just how much longer and more painful it would be.

I may share more of a birth story at some point, but the short version is that at 42 weeks I finally went into labor, the midwife was almost here and the birth pool was filling when I had alarming bleeding. We transferred and found that she was a face presentation, so I was quickly prepped for a c-section, which went pretty well. Afterwards things did not go as planned- Ruby was transferred to a larger hospital for fluid in her lungs, elevated white blood cell count, elevated heart and respiratory rate. She had some breathing issues, as well as some stomach dystension, that concerned the doctors in addition to their concerns that she might have an infection. By the time I was able to join her two days after birth, she looked much better, and we were able to hold her for the first time. :)

Friday, December 07, 2012

new

 We're so enjoying setting into our new home!  The piles of boxes are slowly shrinking, the missing items are surfacing one by one (still AWOL: sewing machine foot and preschool workbook!) and we're loving having more space and more time together as a family!

Nathan and Miriam have their own rooms for the first time, which they are really enjoying.  It gives them more room to spread out and play, and also means fewer of the toys end up in other parts of the house, which is nice for cleanup.

We've made a couple of Lowes trips, for a mailbox and other necessities, (and more are in our future!) but it's mostly just cosmetic things that need repaired, which is nice after dealing with more major renovations. :)

We still need to replace a shower, paint a few rooms, install a ceiling fan and ceiling light in the living room and office (done!), and finish the rest of the porch (Micah already did the railings, the fresh white is so crisp and looks great!) among other things, but we're taking one thing at a time and enjoying the smaller, bite sized projects.

Being closer to town has been great too.  The kids and I have had some fun visits with other moms and kids, and we've gotten a wonderful routine of going to the weekly library storytime.  We've been able to get together for dinner during the week several times for dinner with other families, and we even went out on a date and spent more time shopping and enjoying dinner than driving!  Grocery shopping is more manageable with the 20 minute round trip instead of an hour and a half.  And if I drive just a little farther, I can go to Aldi instead, which I love.  Seems like usually my grocery money goes quite a bit further there. :)

Having Micah home an hour earlier most nights is especially good right now...since I came down with my fourth case of the Egyptian flu* and spending time in the kitchen cooking...intensified my symptoms.

Let's just say that a small child eating their breakfast and watching me trying to get myself a bowl of cereal six weeks ago asked, rather logically, if the baby was going to come out my mouth when it was done growing! ;)  

I am 18 weeks now, still having a little morning sickness but its definitely improved!  So far, this has been the pregnancy of midnight salads, green apples & green apple gummy candy, sprite, and cereal.  Oh, and lots of ice cream.  And this is the first pregnancy that pickles have sounded good!  (But no...not with the ice cream!) ;)

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* (you're sick for nine months and then you become a Mummy.  I know! So cheesy.  Can I plead pregnancy brain making me find that funny...?)