Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The fun & not so fun mommy moments

What a day! It began at 1 am when our little Juju bean kept choking whenever we would lie her down. She has a bit of a head cold. This had us up for a while til my wonderful hubby took charge and decided to sleep with her in the recliner. I probably shouldn't say sleep.. it was more like cylical cat nap.
Well morning came and my energetic toddlers were not hindered by their dragging mother. Luckily, my shifting gear process didn't take that long today. I had enough of this cold that keeps cycling through our home. GG - Sam - Juju - Dad - Sam - GG - Juju this has been the pattern. Anyway, I pulled out the chemicals and decided to attack any "sick germs" still lingering. That means trying to track the most touched areas by my 2 little germ spreaders. I feel very satisfied even though my hands are cracking from the water and pinesol.
I felt so inspired, so I took some long awaited pictures. (Sorry, Mom for not taking these sooner.) I am really hoping that you mothers of multiple children can relate. I have great intentions of getting pictures of our parents' legacy but it often slips my mind. Here is a picture from our photo shoot:So for the most part the photo shoot went well. Lunch came and went fairly uneventful. All three were pretty tired. As I ushered the kids to bed I realized that their favorite blankets were in the washer.
Oops! I think the photo shoot thought replaced this thought entirely. Then came the break down.... you know the cries of tired, sick and dramatic toddler. As they were wailing in harmony, I tried to console and assure that their blankets would be dry when they awoke. Nonetheless, they ended up falling asleep with tears and whimpers.
Gabi always wakes up first so today we decided to have a "hot chocolate" tea party. It was very cute some of her favorite dolls joined us for the tea party. Then after we were done she had the great idea of washing her dishes (what a helper!!).

We are now preparing for dinner. Hope you enjoy the pictures. We sure enjoyed taking them.

Monday, February 20, 2006


With the birth of my third child this past September, I’ve been watching anew the different phases of showing affection that infants go through. All of them are exciting, but I’m longing to hear the precious words “I love you”. However, from now until then, I will wait patiently and enjoy the many adorable steps along the way. Juliana is already acknowledging me and blessing my day with her sweet smiles. She also cries when I leave the room and stops with a giggle when I return. Last but not least is the delightful experience of having her seek me out and snuggle deep in my arms anytime a man with a beard wants to hold her. Those are all ways in which she recognizes me as Mom.

Soon she will be reaching for me from the floor or crib with hope in her eyes that I pick her up and embrace her forever. Shortly to follow are open-mouthed kisses and drool down the side of my cheek. Then finally will come the moment when she responds with affection in her heart and adoration in her voice; a self-initiated “I love you”. My first experience left me as a puddle on the floor when my oldest daughter Gabriela grabbed my face with both of her little hands, looked me deep in the eyes, and whispered those three precious words as if she had longed to say them since birth. It was something I’ll never forget. In fact, it made all the hard work of labor and delivery, late night fussiness and early morning feedings, blowout diapers and doctor visits, all worth it. The glorious progression had begun with acknowledgment; grew through seeking and embracing, and culminated in adoration right before my very eyes!!!

The process of embracing the Lord Jesus Christ by faith is really no different. It starts with the acknowledgment of God. It continues as we seek to understand who Jesus is and why He came to die on a cold wooden cross, only to rise again from the dead. It grows when we begin to embrace Christ as Lord and Savior, and culminates when our adoration is fixed solely on Him. In a spiritual way, we are very similar to our infants. Each one of us is at a different place and developing at a different rate. Some of us have yet to start, while others have been saying “I love you” for years. Wherever you are, allow me to encourage you to participate in the Investigative Bible Studies that are taking place in March. It’s a great opportunity to find out where you are and move forward in the process. For God’s desire is to see you acknowledge Him, grow through seeking and embracing, and ultimately respond to His Son the Lord Jesus Christ with affection in your heart and adoration in your voice as you utter those same three words to Him, “I love you”.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Thoughts on Christian Books for Pre-K.. ?

What Christian books would you recomend for children (Pre-k and Toddlers)?

Take a look at Karen's suggestions over at Sower's Corner.

Of all the books Karen suggested, the only one I already have is: "Most of all Jesus Loves You!" by Noel Piper.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Children's Book Question?

Do any of you have any suggestions on
good Christian children's books ?
(toddler, pre-k, early school age)

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

ESV Bible Online - Streamed Audio

Well I found this very cool thing today: ESV Bible Audio
On the ESV.org website you can do a search and hear exactly the specific passage your are looking for. I was way impressed and totally loving it. Hmmm.. maybe I can start doing my scripture memory verses in ESV.. instead of NASB (yikes.. that could get confusing) This site would be very helpful since I am an audio learner. I'll have to discuss it with the boss. :-)

Anyway.. Buried Treasure gives it a little 2 liner on her blog.. I found her site interesting.
Ta.. ta.. for now