21 January 2010

in lieu of

secrets out :: we can't do it all
so in lieu of mailing you a new years card here's the next best thing!
sorry :; we'll make up for it next year

Lillian (turns 5 in several weeks)

liam boy (2 1/2)

Lucy (17 1/2 months)

happy new year :: love
lillian, liam and lucy

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him
So that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

20 January 2010

a gift like no other

one of our most fervent prayers has been that our children would meet Christ at an early age.
we've prayed proverbs 22:6
Train a child the way they should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.

We pray a multitude of things for our tinys; but this surpasses them all.
From the day she was born she has had the most tender, sensitive gentle spirit.
It went into to hiding for a brief period crossing from three to four; but quickly returned!
She has compassion and empathy that far exceeds her almost five year old self!

From the time she could just say a few words she would recite the same prayer every night.
I couldn't help but smile as her little tiny voice said 'jesus name, amen'.

We've always had conversations with Lillian about God, who He is and why we believe what we do. On January 2nd, 2010 that conversation started like most of ours :: Her asking consecutive questions without pausing to breath!!

Lillian :: "Mommy is Santa real?"
Mommy:: "Well, he was"
Lillian:: "No, mommy, is he alive"
Mommy :: "um, no, he's not alive"
Lillian:: "well then where is he?"
Mommy:: "if he had jesus in his heart he's in heaven,
Lillian:: "what if he didn't have jesus in his heart?"
Mommy::"um, well, then he's in hell"
Lillian :: "what's hell?"
Mommy:: "its everything away from God, its all the bad, yucky, unkind, nasty things of this world but way worse"
Lillian::"well, i DO NOT want to ever go there mommy, i want to have jesus in my heart so i can be with him and not in hell"
Mommy :: "well, there is a really simple way to do that, you know who God is and why he sent jesus to die for you for all your..(interruption)
Lillian :: "for our sins mommy, all the yucky things in our hearts"
Mommy:: "you just ask jesus to live in your heart and trust that he will be with you always, so he's always there when you're afraid or sad or happy. he helps you when stuff is really hard and forgives you when you disobey"
Lillian:: "mommy i want to do that, i want to have Jesus be in my heart"
Mommy::"ok(hold back the tears) lets put the tinys to bed and your daddy and i will sit and read you a story
Lillian :: "mommy, do you pinkie promise
Mommy :: "of course, but i don't need to pinkie promise; i'm your mommy!"

I know that was a lot to read, but I can't help but see the innocence in her questions.

of course after the tinys were passed out we all sat down together and read a few stories from scripture. It was absolutely the holy spirit at work in her heart, her inquisition couldn't have been scripted any other way. She was amazed at how God could leave his son there to die and not help him. We asked her who god was, and what jesus did and why and if she needed jesus.
we then knelt on the floor next to our couch and Andy asked her to repeat a prayer.
Again, as her tiny voice was reciting I couldn't hold back
any more emotion and the flood gates opened.
was one of the sweetest moments with our oldest!! something we'll never forget

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing
zephaniah 3:17

christmas 2009

every year it gets more fun! :: this year was no exception!
from the reading of the christmas story to the shredding of wrapping paper we had a blast of a morning!

the older they get the more we are amazed at how their tiny hearts engage the meaning of Christmas and who Christ is!
I keep saying "this was my favorite moment, someone please hit pause"
til they all become pause moments :: well minus the inaugural present swipe that set off a catastrophic melt down, then i'm beggin for the fast forward!

tiny love

random photos that i might be repeating
bad when you don't remember what you've blogged cause its been so long!

its been cold enough to enjoy a fire outside
tiny was fascinated!

liam has a fascination with the dryer!!
found him 'exploring'

lillibug goes to kindergarten this fall 2010!
this is her 2nd year of preschool :: this was on her first day of school last fall 2009!

liam boy isn't going to know what to do when she goes to school every day
every day when we pick the her up the two tinys giggle and scream her name from the car in absolute delight that she's back to play!!

Lucy has nicknamed Lillian 'La La'.
they have been sharing a room since late summer, 'La La' wakes up before Lucy but never leaves her up in the room alone. she opens her blinds and gets out some books and reads until I come to get them.

as crazy as life is with three of them so close together, there is such rich fruit in their friendships. its been such a blessing be home with them and watch
them have a genuine love for each other!

sunset beach 2009

:: better late than never ::
it will just show how much the tinys have changed in 6 months!
looking back i only have a few photos of the boy, he obviously loved the beach so much that he didn't even stop long enough for a photo!

04 January 2010


Ok, so i've been a bad blogger, sorry

just had a thought as i was getting my daily "facebook fix"

Next month will mark a serious milestone for our family. On February 17th 2010, Lillian will turn 5, and it will mark the longest time we've gone un-pregnant since Spring 2004!!!
(that's almost 6 years) i have a friend name Jennie Ray, she inspired me to think about the fact; that like her, i didn't have a baby in 2009, and wasn't pregnant.

2004 pregnant with Lillian
2005 Lillian was born
2006 pregnant with Liam
2007 Liam was born
2007 pregnant with Lucy
2008 Lucy was born
so no, we do NOT have an announcement or any news to share!!!
we are so grateful for our three!
in fact my cup runneth over and over and over, multiple times a day!!!

more blogging to come
some cool christmas stories & things to share!
happy new year!