Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fast Forward Overview

Time is flying by so fast and I have not been doing good keeping up with blogging so here is a quick overview up to Thanksgiving.
We found out Hannah was not gaining weight and actually had lost some so we started supplementing with formula and she is back to her happy, cheery self. No one is too happy when they are hungry all the time. She never was really fussy but had become VERY attached to me. She had an abdominal x-ray as well but everything came back normal so now we wait to see how much she has gained by the end of December. She is definitely feeling heavier but I think she will just always be on the petite side.

Josh went to San Francisco for a week and Hannah thought she would make a great stow away.

As soon as there was enough snow on the ground the kids were out sledding on our hill.

That hill doesn't seem so big until you try to walk up it with all your snow gear on.

Hannah isn't at all impressed by the snow and the cold. She's ready to move to Florida. I'm right there with her!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Can a democrat have a nice dog?

So I realized that we have definitely raised little republicans when this happened. As Blake rode his bike around the neighborhood he loved reading the political signs and he would also compare Obama to McCain. Well across the street there was an Obama sign which didn't surprise me. At this house lives a big dog named Boris that Blake loves. When Blake saw the Obama sign he was beside himself. Later that day this is what came out of his mouth. "It's so sad, I always thought Boris was such a nice dog." Because obviously a democrat couldn't possibly have a nice dog.

Monday, November 3, 2008

This Little Thing Called Faith

"Mom, How do we know that we aren't bad?" This was the question posed by Blake that started an ongoing conversation. It took me about 20 minutes to understand exactly what he was asking and to be honest I still don't think I completely understand where he was going with this question. We had just finished reading our Psalm for the day and getting ready to do the Revelation study when this surfaced. It was the moment when Blake first questioned what Mommy and Daddy believe and how do we know that we have the Way and others don't. Now Blake was so cute in reiterating that he knows God is who He says He is and that the Bible is Gods word but he just wanted to know how we can be sure. It's one of those questions that seems so easy and so hard to answer all at the same time. The answer is one little word with such a big meaning-Faith.

Faith is such a big word to understand because it is so simple. Faith is believing in what you can not see but I think it goes so much deeper. One area in my life where this little faith word comes up a lot is healing. How does some one's faith and healing go together? I've been taught many different views on this and to be honest don't think I'll ever comprehend it or have ever heard a balanced view on it. You have those who pray "If it's Gods will be healed." and then you have those that say, "Jesus already obtained your healing on the cross and you just have to have Faith and ask." Do I think God wishes for His children to be healed spiritually,physically, and mentally? Yes. Do I think that if someone doesn't see healing in the way they thought it would happen or if something bad happens it's due to their lack of faith? No.

So I cling to the fact that God's plan is always perfect even though we might never be able to comprehend it. I recently heard a teaching that said Faith is Shalom or peace. No matter what happens in this World I know that God will always provide my family with what we need. That is my peace and I pray that it will be the Faith of my children.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

We Finally Found it!!!

So every year we go back and forth on what to do for Halloween. This year we decided to go to a farm where they had all kinds of things to do. The great thing was that in the Farm corn maze they were giving candy at each of the checkpoints. The kids got a little bit of candy and we had a great time searching for it. We let the kids pick out a hat to wear but we didn't do costumes. Liah really wanted to wear her fairy wings as well.

After we were done finding all the candy we tried one of the harder mazes. It was a Trivia maze and we did Bible trivia. It was a lot of fun but the kids got tired and a tad frustrated in the middle so we never went through all the checkpoints. Josh found our way out.

Another dead end.

"Daddy please get us out of here."

Everyone enjoyed the hay ride around the farm and through the corn.

We got to see many animals in the barn.

The kids had fun on the Cow Train. I was thinking that Blake might think this was boring but once they started going over the hills he was loving it.

The boys enjoyed racing on the pedal cars.
Blake flew up the hay stack.

Liah took a little longer.

There were also pony rides.

Hannah wasn't sure what to think of the pony. While this did cost a little money it was the best alternative we have ever found. I completely forgot it was even Halloween! It was such a fun time with the kids and Josh's word to describe it was "wholesome". Hopefully the weather will be just as nice next year and we can bring some friends.