- Her Blankie--She has it almost all the time
- Going outside. She is always happy outside. She loves pointing out the birds, trees, stars, the moon, and plenty of other things.
- Saying "Bye-Bye." When outside, she waves and says "Bye-Bye" to every passing car.
- Her kitties. She greets them when a gleeful squeal every time she sees them.
- Bananas. She can't hide her happiness when she sees me peeling one for her.
- Her brother. She looks up to him so much and shows him such an unconditional love. Of course, she will let him know when she needs space, too.
- Books. They are her entertainment of choice. And I love that!
- Her daddy. She greets him with a smile from ear to ear when he come how from work, and a cuddle, too!
- Chipotle. Like Jackson and her parents, she can't get enough of those rice, beans, and chicken!
- Drinking out of Mommy or Daddy's cup. She is actually very good out of it and never spills or spits liquid out, as long as we are holding onto the cup.
- Her baby dolls and strollers. She pats the dolls gently and pushes them around in the strollers.
- Just recently, she has become quite fond of a stuffed purple unicorn that one of her great-grandmas gave to her.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
|I haven't updated in so long! I've been entirely too busy. Over a month and a half ago, we went to Oak Glen with David, Robyn, and Ivy. We picked raspberries and ate Apple Cider Doughnuts. YUM! Here are some photos!|
Monday, October 11, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Click here to find out how to make your own! (I let it culture for 13 1/2 hours...the recipe said for 8-12)
This is way cheaper than buying organic yogurt from the store and I love the simplicity of not hassling with a yogurt maker or anything like that. The texture was very smooth, almost like Greek yogurt. If you try it, let me know how yours turns out!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
"...and this one!"
Pick of the litter!The tabby's name is Abby and the black one is Olive.Madelyn watches Abby carefully and vice-versa.Olive and Abby LOVE to sleep in Madelyn's doll stroller and Madelyn LOVES to push them around. They don't mind it one bit. It's the start of a beautiful relationship!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Troy spoke on this passage during a school Chapel a few weeks ago, and I believe is preaching on it next week at church. So, naturally, he has been bringing it up often. I decided to look at it to experience the richness of the passage myself. Paul is writing to the the Thessalonians---encouraging them and reminding them of some really good things for us as Christians to remember. The whole book of 1 Thessalonians is filled with good reminders to Christians. Take a look:
(Final Instructions and Benediction) 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,  and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.  And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.  See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.  Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Do not quench the Spirit.  Do not despise prophecies,  but test everything; hold fast what is good.  Abstain from every form of evil.
Now, there are several good reminders in that passage, however, the verse of Troy's focus is verse 14. This has been a challenge of mine lately. I think of things I can do more for people at our church, our food bank, the neighbor down the street. But, I admit, when I read this verse, I mainly I think of my mother who is very ill right now. She is currently out of my reach, as she is away from home in Washington right now. My brother and sister-in-law are taking care of her. She is very weak physically, and just a call or video chat from the kids, Troy, and I lights up her day. I am challenged to encourage her more spiritually as well. I need to pray with her on the phone. I need to encourage her more with scripture. She can't see that well right now, but could use a good devotional on CD perhaps.
In the busyness of the day, it is so easy to forget these simple things. I pray that, with the Lord's help, I remember them.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
A year later, Madelyn is now 20 pounds, 15 ounces and 26 1/2 inches tall. She is such a joy in our lives. She giggles and smiles and talks in her own language that somehow Troy and I, and even Jackson understand. Madleyn is walking now. She started walking the day before her birthday. Her hands wave in the air wildly and she smiles from ear to ear whenever she walks. Madelyn has a total of 4 teeth, and three are making their way through. Teething hasn't been easy for her, but, then again, who said teeth cutting through gums would be easy? Hyland's teething tablets take care of most of the pain, along with an occasional dose of infant's Acetaminophen.
Madelyn still has a lack of hair. As they say, good things come to those who wait. I hope that means she will have good hair. So far, the little hair that she does have is adorable. She has little curls at the back of her head! :)Madelyn absolutely adores her brother. Her face still lights up every time he enters the room. It still warms my heart every time I see that happen. They giggle and laugh together, and, when Madelyn allows it, they wrestle. Jackson told me today, "Mom, I'm so glad that Madelyn is walking!" He is really enjoying seeing her grow and accomplish things that he can do.
Madelyn also LOVES animals, especially kitties and doggies. "Kitty" was her first word, afterall! She gets so excited when an animal is around and shows a ton of interest in them. Cassie isn't sure what to do about this enthusiasm. Even though Madelyn is very gentle with her, Cassie would rather be left alone. This is why we decided to get a kitten (or two) for Madelyn's birthday. (More about that later!)
I don't know if I could say it enough---Madelyn is truly a joy to us. I can't kiss her little cheeks enough! My heart melts at every smile. Her bright blue eyes light up my days (as do Jackson's!). I can scarcely believe it has been a year since she came into this world. What a whirlwind of a year! I thank God for this darling little girl and I can't wait to see what this year of her life will bring. Although, seeing how fast this past year went, I will strive to cherish every milestone, every little moment, and every precious smile all the more!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
****I came across this poem on a blog I read. It is such a good reminder of the need for quiet time with God.****
I Needed The Quiet
I needed the quiet so he drew me aside
Into the shadows where we could confide,
Away from the bustle where all the day long
I hurried and worried when active and strong.
I needed the quiet tho at first I rebelled,
But gently, so gently my cross he upheld,
And whispered so sweetly of spiritual things,
Tho weakened in body, my spirit took wings
To heights never heard of when active and gay,
He loved me so greatly he drew me away.
I needed the quiet, no prison my bed,
But a beautiful valley of blessings instead –
A place to grow richer in Jesus to hide
I needed the quiet so he drew me aside.
– Alice H. Mortenson
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Madelyn giggles and touches her baby cousin. Soon they will be having tea parties together!