Friday, November 26, 2010

Shutterfly Cards!

I LOVE Christmas cards!

Living in different cities for the past 7 years, we've accumulated friends who live all over the country. A lot of these friends are very dear to us as they have been our family away from family, and have been through some major life experiences with us. So, when Christmas time rolls around, we really enjoy getting Christmas cards with pictures, letters and updates on people's lives. To me, the fact that someone would spend the time and effort to send us a card communicates love!

AND, has some really cute cards. Such as their Photo Christmas cards. I think its a great idea to have the card and photo be one. Then you can artistically arrange your pictures and choose a color and message that suit you. I think my favorite Christmas card right now is this one.

I have used Shutterfly for several things in the past. Every year, I use Shutterfly to make wall calendars for grandparents and great-grandparents. The photos are really easy to upload, and arrange on the calendar. I also have made a photo book of our family for 2008 (and plan to for 2009 and 2010 once I get my act together!).

I also find that Shutterfly often has great sales and free shipping. So, not only am I getting top of the line photos, but good deals on them. Their layouts and backgrounds make it very simple to use. They even have a feature that will fill in the calendar or book for you once you have uploaded your pictures. Amazing!

Did you know that Shutterfly is having an amazing promotion right now on their cards? Check it out here.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Anna's Birthday - #2

Anna turned 2 on the 14th. This little girl has really blossomed over the past few months. She is silly and knows just how to make us all giggle if she wants to. She is talking lots. She is playing a lot with her sister - usually baby nursery - Anna's the baby and Hope gets to be in charge, of course. She is running well and fast! She loves to read Curious George books. And she's in the 90th percentile for height. We love her so much! She is also sleeping till about 8:30 or 9 everyday which is awesome. Here are some pictures from her special day (they are out of order, sorry):

A picture with Sissy while eating her cake.

Getting ready to blow out her candles on her "pink cake." Every time I would ask her what kind of cake she would like she said "pink." She was really excited about her pink cake.

A picture with her new baby doll. She has named her Baby A, or "new baby" for now.

Opening gifts.

Birthday morning. Checking out New Baby's tights.

Trying to open gifts.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Halloween - A Bit Late

We had a fun family Halloween. We (the girls) got dressed up, when trick or treating around the neighborhood, got $2 burritos at Chipotle, ate caramel apples, carved our pumpkin and watched the World Series. Fun was had by all.

The girls with out "happy" pumpkin.

Anna came right in the door and started examining her candy.

A Horsey and a Fairy Princess standing.

A Horsey and a Fairy Princess sitting.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Grammy's Visit

This post has been a long time in coming! We had a WONDERFUL visit with my mom. She was able to come for 10 whole days. She was the last of the summer visitors, and it was great. Mark was out of town for some of it, so we had lots of girl time. The girls had so much quality time with Grammy - it was wonderful! Grammy read books, played games, dressed dolls, went to the park, and went on walks with the girls... and they soaked it up! And mom and I had lots of time talking and just being together. Here are some pictures.

Mom and the girls outside collecting rain during a thunderstorm. They don't get those in Southern California!

Lots of sweet reading time!

We went to pick apples one day, but just ended up going on a hay ride and playing in the corn maze and play ground. It was fun.

We went to Old World Wisconsin which is a town set up like the time period of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Here's a picture of us in the blacksmith's shop where he made the girls a horseshoe. They had no idea what was going on that day, but were troopers :)

Color time with Grammy!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

We're Having a Baby!

I'm about 12 weeks along now! The official due date is June 4th, but we'll be scheduled a week earlier in late May. It seems so far away when I think about the snow still needed to come, melt and the ground to thaw. We're happy and amazed that a person is growing inside of me. It never gets old.

How am I feeling? Yucky half the week. The other half mostly fine. Today is a yucky day. But, my energy level is decent so I am very thankful for that.

Gender? Can't decide. Mark wants to find out, but will lovingly wait to find out if that's what I really want. I think it'd be fun to experience finding out the gender at birth, but with a C-section, I'm not so sure it will be what I'm imagining. So, we'll see. That ultrasound will be in January.

The Girls? So excited. Hope often asks, "How big is the baby now?" And she is very interested in how the baby is growing, if it can hear yet, and of course taking care the baby after birth. And every time the baby is mentioned Anna says with a big smile, "Baby? Mommy? Hold? Sing? Out?"

Me? I'm looking forward to another sweet baby. I'm looking forward to the Lord's grace being shown in greater ways by helping us through the adjustments. I'm looking forward to teaching this baby about our great God, His love, the bigness of the world, and loving others. And I'm looking forward to how God will stretch me and continue His work in my heart of showing me my sin and helping me to become more like Jesus.

And, I'll proudly say I'm already quite comfortable in my maternity pants. I think by your fourth, your tummy just knows what to do ;)

Thanks for being on the journey with us.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Happy Birthday, Anna

Happy Birthday, Anna
I'd sing a thousand times
To make you smile or make you laugh
I'll even try some rhymes.

Happy Birthday, Anna
I’ll sing it to your face
And as I do I’ll think of you
God’s little gift of grace.

Happy Birthday, Anna,
I hope you sing along
Cause when you smile and when you sing
There is no better song.

Happy Birthday, Anna
You’re 2 today not 1
We’re gonna celebrate you all this day
We’re gonna have some fun.

Happy Birthday, Anna
How’d you get so old?
One day you’ll leave, one day you’ll go
But my heart you’ll always hold.

Happy Birthday, Anna
That day is far away
So just forget I mentioned it
Let’s dance and read and play!

Happy Birthday, Anna
Your Daddy is so proud
That’s why I brag that’s why I laugh
That’s why this blog’s allowed.

Happy Birthday, Anna
Your Daddy loves you so
That’s why my hugs and why my prayers
You never will outgrow.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

You have to hear this....

I met Heath Lambert when we lived in Louisville. He had been an associate pastor at our church before I served there. He was a tremendous encouragement to me. I knew he had been saved through the witness of that church. I knew that he was he was a strong Christian.

But tonight I heard the story of his childhood and his salvation for the first time. It is one of the most remarkable stories I have ever heard. You should listen to his story. He begins by saying, “Paullette Jamison was my mother… She died a couple of months ago… I hated her. I hated her.” Listen to how God turned his hate into love and how he transformed both Heath and his Mom in the process.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Happy Birthday, Sherry

Oh, Happy birthday
Is what I would say to Sherry
If I could see her

We met 10 years past
In a CBU dorm room
She was so quiet

Turns out we were wrong
Her laugh could wake the roosters
And its contagious

Our friendship has history
We could create a road map
And it would be long

I don't see her often
But she's a friend for always
Never far from mind

When I was hurting
She was there one week later
With tissues in hand

She loves my babies
And all children everywhere
Deeply cares for others

She loves to read books
And teach difficult children
She has an impact

Her hurts are my hurts
Her triumphs make me smile
Thankful for this friend

Thanks to CBU
For placing me with Sherry
And many late night talks

Here's to 10 more years
Whatever they may bring us
Hope your day is special