Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What has Mark been up to?

He's been busy! This has been and will be his busiest semester... and he's had a newborn! He is working really hard, all the time. He has 3, 20 page papers to write in the next 6 weeks on top of the other school work. I really don't know how he does it, and I'm glad its not me (writing takes me forever!) He is loving it at the same time though. He comes back from class discussions energized and excited. He recently won a scholarship called the Hansen Fellowship that will pick up when his current scholarship runs out this next Fall. We are ever so grateful since we weren't sure what we were going to do! We have seen the faithfulness of the Lord over the past years in providing for us in unexpected ways, so we really almost expect that we will be taken care of unexpectedly.

He also has 3 jobs. It is kind of a joke between us about all of the jobs he's had over the last 5 years, but he does what he does to make ends meet and take care of us. They are all super part-time jobs. He's a research assistant for Dr. Sweeney, he edits a series of bulletin inserts called "Glimpses" through Christianity Today, and he gets to work for D. A. Carson (he has really enjoyed getting to know this man and seeing how humble, kind, and what a servant he is).

He's also been able to get a few things published. If you'd like to read them, here are the links - I think they're great, of course!

Article: Passing the Plate (about church offerings)
Book Review: Tried As By Fire
Book Review: Twentieth-Century Shapers of Baptist Social Ethics
Article: Walk the Aisle (about the alter call)

I must say that although he is a busy guy, he will drop it all in a moment's notice if he senses I need or want anything at all. I try not to take advantage of that too much :) We love our little family, and I love the way he takes care of us, puts us first, and enjoys the simple things with us. We are really looking forward to the 2nd week of May, when the semester's over, and we can take a break and enjoy the WARM weather (oh how I am ready for it!). Only one more semester of coursework and then another 1 1/2-2 years of studying for his comprehensive exams and writing his dissertation. More on the dissertation to come at another time.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Playgroup

Moving is hard. After 3 new cities in the last 5 years, I've learned a little more about what it means to "bloom where you're planted." When we moved here a little over a year ago, we pretty quickly had a good group of friends. We all ended up going to the same church up in Wisconsin, all the guys are in PhD programs, and we all were having babies. We started out having lunch at each other's houses after church on Sundays, but we no longer carry out that tradition due to the booming numbers of children we've had in the last year. So, every week, the four of us ladies get together for "playgroup" (as you can see, Hope is the eldest, so its really more of a playgroup for the Mamas). I'm thankful for the friendship of these girls and shared life experiences we're going through together right now. I am spurred on by each of them to be a more Godly wife, mom, and friend. A couple of weeks ago, we had our first Mom's night out after the kiddies were in bed. It was fun and I think we were all a little giddy to be out after dark (I'm only mildly kidding). We forgot to get a picture. Being away from family, and in a new place, it is comforting to know that there are friends to call when you need a hand, or just to chat, or to take a walk, run to the store, ect. Thanks for your friendship, Bethany, Charisse and Jenni!

Last week we managed to get them all to hold still and be happy for this picture.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Fantastic Four Month Mark!

Happy 4 month birthday, Baby Anna! I will probably say this the rest of my life, but I can't believe you're 4 months! Next is 5! Wow. She had her 4 month check-up and is weighing in at 13 pounds and 12 ounces. She is average height and weight. She seems to be getting a little more hair, which is nice, and is starting to grab things and bring them to her mouth. She's even gotten a little frustrated a couple of times if she can't get them into her mouth. She's quite the "talker" and a smiley little bundle of joy. Here are some recent pictures!

Tummy time.

Happy girl :)

Naky happy baby!

Rainy day tea party!

Bumbo baby! Thanks Shecklers for letting us borrow yours :)

Below: Cuddle time before bed. I love her!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Sweet Girls and a Trip Downtown

The last few days it has been unseasonably warm, so we have tried to take advantage of it. We've gone on many walks and took a trip downtown today to celebrate some normal temps. We also want to start exploring as much of the city as possible with two little ones. We probably won't be here forever, so we need to take advantage of it! Today we visited the Museum of Science and Industry. It was very kid-friendly and a lot of fun. Our favorite exhibit was a WWII German submarine that they had on display. It was huge and a cool story about how the US took it down and captured it.


Yay! Its 50+ degrees outside!

Hope's first bad bump. Doesn't it look horrible? Thankfully it went down quick.


Isn't this a sweet sweater? My friend Jenni's friend's mom made it :) And Jenni's daughter Kara gave it to Anna for Christmas.

She has a few nicknames already, but the most suitable one is "Sweet Little Anna."

This girl LOVES smoothies. I think she would keep drinking them until she explodes.

Us girls in front of an old train at the museum.

Daddy and Hope after they took a tour inside the submarine.

Us girls in front of the submarine with our new double stroller for which we are very thankful. Its kind of a beast, but it does the job well.