Friday, May 31, 2013

Bridge Over Skagit River

Our family traveled south for the Memorial Day weekend and as we got in the car around 6:30pm on Thursday, I was tired and could hardly wait to get to our destination. We stopped to pump air into one of our tires and got on I5 South in Bellingham. Little did I know that if we were about a minute ahead of schedule we could have been on the I5 bridge when it collapsed in the Skagit River.

I am so thankful that we were 200 feet away from the bridge when it collapsed.
I am so thankful no one was seriously hurt.
I am so thankful this happened before the long weekend traffic.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Drop Box

1 Corinthians 13 
New International Version (NIV) 

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I am NOT the Lord

I tend to worry.
I tent to make plans and quickly become attached to them.
I tend to stress out when things don't go as I planned and even imagined.

When reading Sarah Young's devotion from "Jesus Calling" today, I was sure Jesus was talking to me - reminding me that I am NOT the Lord!

"I, the creator of the universe, am with you and for you. What more could you need? When you feel some lack, it is because you are not connecting with Me at a deep level. I offer abundant Life; your part is to trust ME, refusing to worry about anything. 

It is not so much adverse events that make you anxious as it is your thoughts about those events. Your mind engages in efforts to take control of a situation, to bring about the results you desire  Your thoughts close in on the problem like ravenous wolves. Determined to make things go your way, you forget that I am in charge  of your life. The only remedy is to switch your focus from the problem to My Presence. Stop all your striving, and watch to see what I will do. I am the Lord!"

Monday, May 20, 2013

Afternoon at Hovander Park

We have been taking advantage of the warm weather to spend some time outside. Sariah had so much fun exploring Hovander Park that she fell asleep on our way home and continued to sleep for a couple of hours in her car seat when we got home.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Eight Months Old


  • Started taking morning naps with mom and dad
  • Holds her little hands together like she is getting ready to pray
  • Pulls herself up on everything
  • Waves "hi" and 'bye-bye" 
  • Can sit on her own
  • Is getting a bit of curly hair 
  • Likes to feed herself
  • Has the stinkiest poopy diapers in the world
  • Likes to dance and bounce
  • Went on her first picnic and loved playing on the grass and napping in the shade
  • Is starting to show some attitude whenever she doesn't want to do something we tell her to
  • Got her second cold accompanied by a fever that lasted a few days
  • Loves mangoes, bananas, bread, cheese and black beans
  • Cries every time we dress her - she prefers to roam around in her diapers only
  • Likes to rip magazine pages and eat them when no one is looking
  • Is learning to clap
  • Said "Mama" for the first time :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bedtime Routine

Sariah learned to pull herself up practically overnight. We found her on her knees in the crib last week and she was standing the next day. For an almost 8 month old, standing is the coolest thing ever. She is now spending 60% of the day pulling herself up on chairs, sofa, windowsill, bathtub, dishwasher, bouncy chair, etc.

Unfortunately, standing up has created some bedtime challenges.

I have been following our regular night time routine...but Sariah is too excited about standing to actually go to sleep. This is what the past few nights been like:

  1. Bath 
  2. Lotion time
  3. Saying 'night night' to daddy
  4. Nursing 
  5. In crib with lights off
  6. A few minutes pass and Sariah starts crying - while standing in her crib
  7. I lay her down, wrap her in her blanket and kiss 'nigh night,' she sucks her thumb and all is well
  8. A few minutes pass and Sariah starts crying - while standing in her crib
  9. I lay her down, wrap her in her blanket and kiss 'nigh night,' she sucks her thumb and all is well
  10. Repeat 10 times
Sariah knows how to stand, but doesn't know how to get down, so she stands until she gets tired and then cries for us to come help her. I can't wait until she figures out how to slowly sit down!

Well, I say "I can't wait," but I also know that she will soon learn to walk and run and before I know it she will be ready to get her driver's license. So, I CAN wait, because our little girl is growing up way too fast!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day with my Daughter!

I was 21 weeks pregnant during Mother's Day last year. This year, I had the privilege of celebrating Mother's Day with my mom and my daughter - what a joy!

I love this girl!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sunny Days

This past weekend we spent an afternoon at a park by the water enjoying the sun, snacks and naps in the shade. We sure like these warm, sunny days!!!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Feeling Helpless

Sariah has been sick and it has been hard to watch our normally chatty, always smiling,energetic girl turn into a quiet, whinny and lethargic baby.

John and I woke up three nights ago with the sound of Sariah crying like she was in pain. We got her from her crib and brought her into our room. I tried to nurse her but she just cried no matter what. We didn't know what to do. We called the nurse-line, took her temperature, played with her a little bit, finally got her to nurse, turned on the vaporizer and prayed.

For the first time as new parents, John and I felt so helpless! It was awful. We realized deep in our hearts that we cannot always protect Sariah.

I have a feeling that raising a child (or more in the future) is going to greatly strengthen our prayer life and I hope we will continue to learn to trust God and not worry about the ifs and whens.
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