Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Then we headed over to Troy & Kelly's house to visit with their family and Mark's aunt & uncle. They spoiled the kids with Christmas gifts - and since Aunt Charlene already gave her Christmas gifts at Christmas - she had Valentine's gifts at the ready. I'm thinking her love language is gift-giving - anyone? =-) We love hanging out with this brood - they have two young boys so Lauren was in heaven ripping around there in her sleep-deprived/over-stimulated state. Grant enjoyed all of the snuggling and Bailey enjoyed her new American Eagle clothes and the pizza and just hanging out with people that love her. Troy & Kelly have an amazing open floor plan - just perfect for get-togethers like this.
The ride home was beautiful! 50+ degrees, sunshine, a BEAUTIFUL sunset and well-behaved kids, until the last 30 minutes of the trip (cue scratching record sound). Enjoy the video below.
Oh, Grant - my one & only son. You are so great! Who knew having a boy would be so wonderful! (besides all of my friends who already have boys). You are such a sweetheart - it is already apparent. You are a good baby and have the happiest smiles. You are almost rolling over, have really discovered your voice (screeching and squealing) and you GIGGLE now! yeah! At your 4-month check-up yesterday you weighed 15 lbs, 1 oz and were 25 1/2 inches long. You are a healthy boy and I love you so much. I'm so glad you are my son!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
and we have an Honor Roll girl again!
Grades slipped a little in the 2nd quarter, but the semester averages have her on Honor Roll again. Here they are (semester 1 grades - not quarter 2...if that makes sense:
7th grade band - A- (a miracle, since she seems to be a lesson-skipper and I haven't heard the sounds of flute in the house all year...come to think of it...haven't even SEEN the flute).
7th grade chorus - A
Industrial Technology - C (this was a C+...c'mon, Bailey...it is SHOP...we know it's because you just don't like it....not a very good excuse)
Language Arts - A
Math - B+ (down from an A-)
PE - A
Science - A- (down from an A)
Social Studies - A
World Cultures - B+.....with a note from the teacher that says "Working below capacity" (grade school memories flooding back to me now)
Good work, Bailey!
Monday, January 21, 2008
While trying to screw the lid back on to her Thomas the Train AquaDoodle pen-thingy that draws train tracks, the following conversation occurred:
Me: "It doesn't seem to be working, honey - I think it is broken."
Lauren: "How 'bout Daddy do it?"
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Yesterday was a big and busy day! (and artic cold to boot). We had a babysitter at our house by 7:15 a.m., so we could take Bailey to her show choir competition by 7:30 a.m. Thankfully, the hair rollers worked out very well and so the morning preparations were minimal. She looked great and was ready to COMPETE! This competition was for show choirs ranging in age from 7th grade through high school. Schools from all over the state (Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Atlantic, etc.) - even an Omaha school was there. I'm happy to report that Bailey's school WON THE COMPETITION in their age category. WOO-HOO! These kids deserved it. Their performance was AWESOME - accurate, enthusiastic and fun. They have worked so hard all year long...and their efforts paid off.
THEN...later that day, Mark & I headed out for a DATE - a real DATE! We went downtown and had dinner here - yum! And then we headed to the Civic Center where we saw this guy. Mark won tickets on the radio awhile back and our seats were GREAT! We were in about the 10th row CENTER. Perfect. His act was crude at times - but all-in-all it was a good & funny show.
It was a long day - a COLD day - but a fabulous day.
Friday, January 18, 2008
During Lunch today I hooked my iPod (thank you for the awesome Christmas gift, Mark) to the speakers and put on "Gravity" and danced in the kitchen with Grant. He held my hand and layed his head on my shoulder - slow dancing with his Mommy. Lauren finished up her meal and came to join us...she grabbed my other hand and I twirled her around. While slow dancing in the kitchen with my two smallest children, Lauren looked up at me with a smile that revealed her happiness in that moment - her love for me - and my cup runneth over....
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I can't summarize as eloquently as Beth Moore, but I'll do my best. This morning I was reading in Genesis about Sarai and Abram (Sarah & Abraham). If you aren't familiar with the story, God promised Sarah & Abraham more descendants than there are stars in the sky, despite their elderly age. When God makes a promise - He keeps it. However, Sarah & Abraham grew impatient and tried to take matters into their own hands. (sound familiar? I know it did for me). Sarah suggested they use one of her servants (Hagar) to bear a child for them. (surrogacy). This was common practice then. When Hagar became pregnant with Abraham's child, things turned ugly. Sarah became resentful and blamed Abraham. Abraham basically told her to "do with her whatever you think is best." (Now ain't that the typical male/female dynamic happening here?). Hagar was distraught and ran away...but God found her. Actually, we know God always knew where she was - but the words FOUND her implies that when we are lost - God is SEEKING us...he's ALWAYS seeking us.
Anyway, Hagar calls God the "God who SEES me." Now isn't that the TRUTH? God SEES us...He KNOWS us...He KNOWS our suffering. Now there is much more to the story - but I'm going to stop here to say that what I've relayed so far is a great lesson in being faithful.
God makes promises to all of us - all we have to do is be faithful to Him...to have faith that God will do what He says He'll do. When we don't - as Sarah and Abraham demonstrate when they tried to hurry things up and take things into their own hands - discontent and disaster ensue.
So, the lesson for me is....when we are feeling discontent in our jobs, our marriages - feeling mistreated by friends or relatives - are we waiting on God - showing faith in His promises? Or are we jumping to take the reigns as Sarah and Abraham did? And as Dr. Phil would say...."How's that workin' for ya?" I think we all know the answer to that one.
I'm going to leave you with a few wonderful points that Beth Moore makes:
* God never oppresses people. People oppress people.
* We are not an afterthought to God. We are the point of His involvement with this planet. He doesn't just tolerate us, He PURSUES us. He SEEKS us.
* God has a wonderfully stubborn commitment to covenant - to keep His promises to stubborn, faithless people.
* He has a plan, even when we leave it.
* God sees when no one else cares to look. He sees through the smile we wear when we're dying inside. He sees our hurt when we're mistreated. He sees us when we cry into our pillow because we feel unloved. He sees beyond our sin into the depth of our need. He sees when we're hiding. Running. He sees when we continue to sow the seed of His Word even in the floodplain of our grief. He is the God who sees YOU.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
It was so nice to see everyone. We met at my Grandma's condo. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago, been through hell and back with surgery and chemo and today - still kickin' and spittin' fire, that one! She still HAS cancer, but it is very slow-growing and not showing up on scans...but they know it is there. I appreciate every day I get with her and am SO grateful she is feeling well today and causing trouble like normal.
And Pam & Scoop...generous, loving, funny, successful, giving, thoughtful and amazing!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
They loved all of my kids, of course, but I seem to have snapped the most pictures with Grant in the shot. Maybe that's because Lauren doesn't sit still long enough for pictures? Here are a few:Grandma Niedermeier w/GrantGrandma & Grandpa with Bailey - look at those million-watt smiles!
Grandpa Niedermeier w/Grant Grandma invited her two sisters over to see our family too, Aunt Josie and Aunt Barbara. Aren't they pretty sisters? I hope I got me some o' those genes!
My Uncle Ross, Aunt Cris, Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Cliff, cousin Angie and her family and cousin Michele and cousin Kyle all dropped in to see us too. Lots of love, didn't I tell ya?
Weekend trip - part II on tomorrow's post.