Saturday, December 24, 2011
Having a newborn in the house makes both organization and orderliness (I say it's a legitimate word) difficult or near impossible. Especially when it comes to meal planning. Through God's kindness, extended through our amazing church friends, we've had meals delivered for the past two weeks. It was great not having to shop for, plan and cook dinners for two weeks. I never wanted it to end! But end it did. Now I'm trying to figure out, again, how to plan meals for this growing family of ours.
We are still involved in our dinner co-op which takes care of three of seven nights but what about the other four?
I found these recipes that look delicious and might be the perfect answer.
I love using fresh ingredients. Especially fresh fruits and vegetables because we never seem to get enough of those. And I love using my crockpot, because it's EASY! So these recipes seem like the perfect combo.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Being a big brother is a big responsibility. I was the oldest of four children so I know the burden that can be. I frequently share with my oldest boys the importance of their own example to their younger siblings, of their need to contribute to the responsibilities of the home and most importantly, how to love the little ones. It’s not easy to do, but through it all comes maturity, patience and gentleness for young children.
In my experience, I’ve found that when you have subsequent children, the most commonly asked question is this…”is the youngest child jealous of the new baby”. Truthfully, I’ve never had that problem with my first two boys. They were genuinely excited and happy when the new baby arrived. Then again, the first three were all three years apart. This is the first time I’ve had children so close together (2 years apart). So I wondered (and mostly feared) how Austin would react when Evan came along.
To my delighted surprise, he has been the MOST loving, the MOST thoughtful and the MOST concerned for the baby! I am so blessed with wonderful children. Sure it’s difficult for him to learn to wait for Mommy and it’s a hard lesson to realize you can’t have what you want when you want it, but, he deeply loves his little brother.
He wants to help at every turn and is the first to let us know when the baby is crying. Sometimes, it’s the first thing he asks when he wakes in the morning is “Bebe?” Meaning, where is the baby?
All that to say, our 2 year old is genuinely enjoying being a new big brother!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Jacob looks forward to his birthday each year and likes to think of fun and creative ways to celebrate. So this year, he wanted to have a Lego party. Because of Evan's birth, we knew it had to be low key but I still wanted to make it fun. So we invited two very close friends...
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Each one of them is so unique. Fearfully and wonderfully made by their Creator. When Jacob was born, we were amazed at how adorable the combination of Ian and I were. When Nathan was born, we thought he looked EXACTLY like Jacob (even though he doesn't). When Austin was born, we thought he looked like a perfect combination of his two big brothers.
Recently with Evan, we couldn't see any of the boys in him. He looked like his own person. So what do you think? Who does he resemble most?
Any way you look at it, he is now a part of one handsome bunch!