Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5
We are so thankful to have Jesus as our light! Many times this last year we prayed that He would light our paths so that we may follow His will.

As new parents, we entered 2013 hoping to find a routine and sense of normalcy, but we discovered that life with a baby is always a great adventure! Sariah is a ball of energy and never ceases to surprise us with her extroverted personality. We can already tell that Sariah is a people lover and has the ability to bring joy to anyone who interacts with her. She is also incredibly persistent and in many ways challenges our patience, but we pray that God will guide us as we teach her to honor her heavenly Father with her all strengths – including her persistence.

Danielly continues to love mommyhood and completely melts every time Sariah calls her “Mama”. She is enjoying getting to know other moms through MOPS and is so thankful for the women who have been a great source of encouragement and wisdom this past year. Danielly had the opportunity to dive into photography once again this past summer and although it was hard to balance all the different areas of life, she is excited for the new experiences and challenges that are helping her become a better photographer. If you would like to see some of her current work, visit: http://www.DaniellyNobile.com

John is thankful for his job at Logos Bible Software and continues to gain more responsibilities as the company grows beyond anyone’s expectations. There is so much to do and not enough people! Some of John’s dreams came true this past autumn as he took Sariah on hikes near Mt. Baker and showed her a little bit of God’s amazing creation. Sariah loves going on adventures with her dada. The guys’ small group that John leads has been going strong for a year and a half and God has proven faithful time and time again. As each member grows closer to the others, they have been able encourage one another more and more effectively. It is wonderful to see!

This past year presented unexpected challenges and the roller-coaster of life took us upside down a few times, but we are thankful that Jesus is our hope and our strength; His light shines in the midst of our darkness.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and we wish you the best for 2014!

John, Danielly and Sariah Nobile

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sariah's First Snow

I put some snow in her mouth since she couldn't use her hands...and she wanted more. :)

The driveway was slippery. We need to get some snow shoes! 

Happy girl!

My pink snow bunny.

Watching the cars drive on snow.

She wasn't sure what to do with the snow, but she didn't want to come inside. I say it is time to hit the mountains!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A New Year and a New Normal?!?

Life has felt a little pretty crazy these last few weeks and I am looking forward to a new year and hopefully a new sense of normalcy.

Almost a month ago, John and I (with the help of a lot of people) packed our things and moved to a new home. Our new home needed some TLC and we will forever be thankful to our family and friends who helped us clean, paint walls, paint doors, fix stuff, etc before we moved. That was a lot of work!

Despite all the help, moving and settling down has still been overwhelming - especially with an active toddler around.

Sariah put her never ending energy to use when we moved and constantly removed things from boxes and spread them everywhere possible.  Whenever I managed to put the belongings from a box in its correct place, I turned around to find everything back on the ground again as Sariah did her own rearranging.

I decided unpacking was only going to happen during nap time and after bed time...but bed time became an issue.

The nights were long as we helped Sariah get used to her new room which she refused to sleep in. Sariah has slept in her own room since she turned two months old, but the new bedroom with new lights and new smells was too different for her. John and I brought her to bed with us and she slept and snored while we tried to keep ourselves from falling off the bed because somehow out little girl takes up a huge amount of bed space when sleeping.

I wished I could go on a 'sleep vacation'...and then I slept even less.

When we felt a little bit more settled, John started having headaches that would not go away despite all our efforts and after 5 days of unbearable pain, we ended up in the ER hoping a CAT Scan would give us hopeful results.

I prayed and I asked God for strength, love, patience and wisdom...He had never failed me before and I trusted Him.

We were thankful to find out that John had an acute sinus infection that needed a little help from antibiotics and while we celebrated his healing and relief of pain, Sariah started teething yet again and spent most of her days crying, biting her fingers and rubbing her snotty face all over me.

I stopped attempting to be productive and spent my days and nights holding and comforting my baby girl...I am still not getting anything done.

Life has been crazy but the Lord has sustained me. He has held everything together when I thought life was going to collapse like a mountain-side landslide. He has helped me get up each morning and be what I need to be during each day.

Life has been crazy and hard but I am hoping for a new sense of normalcy in the new year.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fifteen Months Old

  • Only eats if she gets to use an utensil to feed herself: eating cheerios has become more complicated
  • Learned how to go down the stairs by herself
  • Makes the cutest 'meow' sound on earth 
  • Knocks on the walls looking for studs with uncle Jim
  • Likes to put things into boxes
  • Slept with mommy and daddy a couple of times while getting used to her knew bedroom
  • LOVES cuties clementines
  • Has had really dry skin because of the cold despite all of mommy's effort to keep her warm and moisturized
  • Saw snow for the first time and did not stop pointing outside
  • Is teething yet again

Monday, December 16, 2013

Truth in the Coke Ad

I just watched this coke ad four times in a row because in so many ways it tells the story of my life (although baby #2 is not on its way...at least not yet).


Monday, December 9, 2013

Abigail Smith

I am so inspired by Abigail Smith and her legacy of hope: http://vimeo.com/57246376http://vimeo.com/81277084. The last few weeks have been hard and we have been battling a lot of sickness, but Abigail reminded me tonight that my hope and strength come from God, that in my weakness He makes me strong.

"And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Monday, December 2, 2013


Day 1: Thankful for John's lovely massages and the way he so willingly rubs my tired body at the end of the day.
Day 2: Thankful for  family visits during rainy weekends.
Day 3: Thankful for friends and their hospitality.
Day 4: Thankful for Crock-pots.
Day 5: Thankful for MOPS.
Day 6: Thankful for worship nights with church family. 
Day 7: Thankful for a warm home during such a cold and wet Autumn day. 
Day 8: Thankful the sun came out.
Day 9: Thankful for the yummy sweet potatoes that are in the oven.
Day 10: Thankful for restful weekends.
Day 11: Thankful for my upcoming date with John.
Day 12: Thankful for women who are willing to be vulnerable in order to encourage others and be encouraged.
Day 13: Thankful for our new home.
Day 14: Thankful for some quality time with God.
Day 15: Thankful for my extrovert and joyful little girl.
Day 16: Thankful for family.
Day 17: Thankful for a warm shower and bed.
Day 18: Thankful for helping hands.
Day 19: Thankful for baby carriers.
Day 20: Thankful for the strength and peace only God can provide.
Day 21: Thankful for clean carpets.
Day 22: Thankful for my mother in law who worked so hard to help us pack and get out new home ready.
Day 23: Thankful for friends who helped us move.
Day 24: Thankful for worship at church.
Day 25: Thankful for a working kitchen.
Day 26: Thankful for my brother in law who has helped us tremendously this past week.
Day 27: Thankful for dinner with friends.
Day 28: Thankful for my mother's hard work in preparing us a delicious meal.
Day 29: Thankful for a healthy body that can fight a cold.
Day 30: Thankful for the husband that God has given me. 

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