27 August 2010

big big world

Today Lillian started Kindergarten!!

tucking her in bed last night she says
"I can't sleep mommy, I am just too excited; but I know if I close my eyes morning will come really really fast, how does that happen mommy?"
I love how the stream of consciousness and curiosity never end
and like me she talks in run on sentences!

bedtime is one of my most favorite time with the tinys.
Usually right before we pray they are at their most vulnerable, guards are down, and I get a peek into the richness of their spirit

its been a really cool process in my heart seeing public school really as a mission field. viewing it as a place our children will encounter the world at its best and worst; and our job is to help their hearts navigate life amidst that and be a light!! I am really excited about the nature of Lillian and the tenderness God has gifted her spirit and the quiet confidence she has!!

however...no amount of talk or preparation can ready you for the moment to loosen your grip.
well, for me anyway, i am a tightly gripped mommy!! (smile)
regardless of the bittersweetness in the moment my heart is peaceful in the foundation we've laid in her the last 5 1/2 years! and i stand in His grace and comfort that this is the first of many moments loosening the parenting grip.

a heart in her dress pocket to know where jesus+mommy+daddy are in case she gets sad!

the wonder in these beautiful eyes is so amazing!!!

exchanging a look with daddy!
"i love you daddy, i'm going to school today!!!"

we stopped at a stoplight not far from school and I looked in the rearview mirror; then swallowed really hard there were a million things swirling in my head
...i can't fall apart now..i can't fall apart now..don't cry, not yet, its gonna be ok

...how is she this big? wasn't i just sitting in the floor playing puzzles and rocking her to sleep? wasn't i just wiping her nose and making baby food and listening to her first words?
yup...it just blurred by!

we parked, walked into school and she was giggling, even let out a little squeal skipping down the kindergarten hallway! we hugged about six times and then she gave me 'the look'
the-'its ok right mommy?'-look i choked back tears and blew her a kiss, turned the corner and completely lost all emotional control!! cried all the way to the car!

so now, its 1030, i know she's eating lunch! and i know having an amazing first day..but don't think i won't be counting down these next few hours til dismissal!!!

19 August 2010

2 tweets for tiny!

bIrThdAy GiRl

sweet big sister lillibug
liam :: don't think he ever sat still long enough for a photo

if you know me, you aren't the least bit surprised that these cupcakes have birds on them!
it was my first attempt at making buttercream icing

happy birthday to my tiny
love you foose!

18 August 2010

freshy to fun

you know when i was pregnant with Lillian everyone would say
"hold on tight, it goes by so quickly"
in that moment you 'hear' what is given as wisdom but aren't quite
prepared to heed it as intended :: at least i wasn't

because as a first time mommy i just couldn't wait
for each stage to arrive, to experience the 'firsts'
first time to hold her, first smile, first babble, first roll over, first steps, first 'ma-ma da-da'

but after 3 tinys and and life blurring by my heart is content in the moment :: soaking it up
and...you realize there are still so many firsts to come!

tiny was our most content baby!
slept thru the night at 7 weeks :: 3rd time around this was a gift!
she is so much fun, is our free spirit and has absolutely NO fear!
she's extremely tall for a 2yr old,
like Liam, she's currently in 110% percentile on the growth chart.
its fun to watch God grow her tiny heart and watch who He's made her to be!!

some of my favs of tiny
from freshy to now a fun-filled 2yr old!


tiny right after she was born


lucy 1 week


lucy 3 months


her royal chubbness




tiny 11 months


tiny 1 year


lucy 18months

tiny 2!

you are wonderfully made, tiny!!


tiny turns 2!

the tinys love watching simon the cat
its an animated cat who loves to pester his owner!!
they laugh so hard!!!

so we played 'simon cat' on lucy's birthday
and got out the washable markers and drew on animal faces

just the 5 of us celebrated tiny's actual bday . . .animal faces, ice cream sandwiches and all!

few things are better than a hand full of ice cream!!