Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Mom's late night reading :)

This post is specifically for our Mom---who, if she is reading this, is sitting in the waiting room of her hospital floor........

...trying to steal snacks from the nurses:) Well Mom, we hope you were successful ;)

Mom, we thought we would tell you a funny story. I (Jaime) took Cosette out in the snow today to ride her sled. Well, I was pulling her all around the yard, and then we went around a tree. Suddenly I thought "Gee, the sled doesn't feel very heavy!" I turned around, and there lay Cosette,face down, in the snow! I ran over to her, and she stood up and said, (through her mouthful of snow)- "MOMMY!!!" I had alot of apologizing to do!! We decided after this incident that Mommy should be a bit more careful when pulling Cosette in the sled :) Don't worry, she got back on :)

We were trying to think of a funny Eli story to tell you next, but, alas, we couldn't come up with any :( He was just his normal pleasant self today :) Oh, nope, I just thought of one. Last night, Kristin was sitting on the bed, and Eli came around the corner, looked at her and said 'Boo!' Then he started laughing! What a smart little guy ;)

Well Mom,we hope we have made your late night reading enjoyable. Don't eat too many snacks:) And just think, before too long, you'll be home in your own living room reading Cosette and Eli stories :) We love you!

Jaime and Kristin

Friday, January 26, 2007

Eli moments, Mom update

Getting a good night's rest.....

...for a hard day's work
Mom, I want to go outside too!
And lastly, an update on my mom......she's doing great! She's been eating meals, her pain level has gone down, and she's even been up and walking the length of the hall, with the nurses help of course. They are hoping to move her out of intensive care and into a regular room in the next day or so. Joel and the kids and I will be going down this afternoon to visit. I will give everybody a new update when I get back later this weekend :) Thanks again for your prayers!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Thanks once again to everybody who has been praying for my mom. She finally actually had her operation yesterday morning at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. It went really well, and the doctors were pleased. She was alert and breathing on her own by last night, which is great progress. Please continue to pray for her physical comfort and minimal pain while she is in the hospital, as well as a speedy recovery! I will try to keep everybody updated as time goes along! Thanks for your prayers!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Thinking over a cup of coffee

I just finished drinking an entire cup of coffee.

And what, might you ask, is so strange about that?

It's so strange because I'm supposed to hate coffee! It's nasty, bitter stuff! At least, that's what I thought my entire life. Up until now.

What changed my mind? I fault my dear husband....

For three years now I have been watching him sit down to his yummy dessert, and sip his hot beverage. I have listened to him 'oohh' and 'ahh' as he drank it down.

And I thought "What in the world is so special about it?" So, I decided to give it a try myself.

I started out slowly. First a Sheetz Cappucino (which isn't really coffee) Then, a REAL Cappucino. And now, and entire cup of real coffee ( with alot of cream and sugar, of course.) And, I actually kind of enjoyed it!

That made me think....are we really so influenced by living our lives with the person we love most? If Joel could influence me to enjoy coffee, as impossible as that once seemed, am I being influenced in other ways as well?

Is my life really being changed by living all the time with the person I love most?

I started thinking of ways that I may have changed since marrying Joel.

Well...I like coffee now, I enjoy playing chess, I can tolerate a soccer game, and even an occasional football game, I think boxed mashed potatoes are cruel and unusual punishment, and I never, ever, ever, let the bathroom counter get smeared and soapy :)

But, I hope that there are sincerely positive ways in which I may have changed as well. If I can learn to be more patient like my husband, that would be a good thing.

If I can take constructive criticism as well as he does, it would be a step in the right direction.

If I can be firm and consistent with our children, as he always is, I would be glad.

If I can manage to be as kind and wonderful a spouse as he is, I will have accomplished alot.

So, I have concluded that, yes, we spouses do influence each other...hopefully for the better! Where would I be without Joel?

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Here are some things that our family has been enjoying recently:

  • 'The Bible in Pictures for little eyes'- This is the best Bible we've found yet for little people Cosette's age. It has great pictures, semi in-depth telling of the Bible stories, and questions to ask your little one afterwards. Cosette seems to enjoy it. (We're working with Elias, but mostly so far, he just wants to chew on the pages :)

  • 'Commentary on Romans', by Michael Pearl-- I am currently making my way through this book, and Joel might read it when I'm done. I thought that I understood the book of Romans fairly well already, but Michael Pearl really sheds some interesting light on it!

  • website!! Any interested moms out there should check it out. They give you a full menu plan for the week, all the recipes you would need, and an entire grocery list, broken down into sections, such as produce, dairy, canned goods, etc. We love it! The recipes are yummy, healthy, and pretty inexpensive. It really helps me, too, since I don't have to try to figure out what's for dinner each night!

  • Christmas cookies---okay, now I'm being a little silly, but we are honestly still making our way through all the treats that people shared with us over the holidays. Not that we're complaining or anything...... :) :)

  • Our new TV that was given to us as a gift--We don't have TV channels or anything, but we do enjoy watching movies on it! It's 19 inches, and compared to my old 13 inch dorm room tv that we'd had since we were married, this new one seems like a mini-theater to us!

  • Going to the library-- Cosette is finally old enough to really enjoy trips to the library. She likes looking through the books and picking out ones that look interesting. The thing is, she always thinks the SAME ONES look interesting........needless to say, there are several books at the library that Joel and I (and Aunt Kristin and anybody else who visits us regularly) have memorized!!

Well, that's just a little glimpse into the recent life of the Curtis family :)

Monday, January 15, 2007

Sunday School

Well, my little girl went to Sunday School yesterday for the first time. It was quite an odd feeling for me--but, being the big two year old that she is, and since I know her teacher well, we decided it was time for her to try Sunday School. She loved it! When asked later what she did, she replied "E,I,E,I,E,I", which means that they must have been counting something (Sometimes she gets her numbers and letters mixed up :) Then, she made a fish face, which means that they had a goldfish snack. When asked if she heard a story, she said 'yeth'. We asked her who the story was about, and she said "He-us" (Jesus). She then began to sing a song that sounded strangely like a Jesus version of Twinkle Twinkle little star. So, all in all, I think her first Sunday School experience was a positive one :)

Saturday, January 13, 2007

I am learning the art of being a stay at home mom. I spent years learning the art of playing the piano---yet I am slowly learning that this art, 0f being a mom, is much, much different. It requires skills in so many different areas. One must know how to fix a breakfast of waffles and yogurt for a two year old, while at the same time preparing mixed cereal for an 8 month old. One must be able to discern 'toddler talk', such as knowing that 'bink' really means 'drink'. One must be willing to stay occupied for the most part in one's own house, cleaning, cooking, and taking care of children. One must learn to find pleasure in little things, such as a cupboard or closet that has been re-organized. But more importantly than all of that, I am learning that the art of being a stay at home mom brings joy beyond measure.....

I find joy when Cosette wakes up in the morning and gives me a hug. I find joy when Elias grins at me from behind his crib after waking up from a nap.

I find joy when Cosette learns a new word, and uses it correctly.

I find joy when I try a new recipe and it turns out really yummy.

I find joy when Cosette lays down at night and says 'I U!' ( I love you)

I find joy when I see Elias taking steps while holding onto the couch.

I find joy in being able to spend mornings, evenings, and weekends with the man I love so much.

I find joy when I see my children sitting on the couch with their Daddy, reading a favorite book.

I find joy when I realize that Cosette is learning to recognize all of her colors.

I find joy when she remembers the motions for a memory verse, all by herself.

I find joy when I see Elias clapping in happiness.

I find joy in fixing my little girls hair, dressing her nicely, and teaching her the things that 'ladies' do.

For this time, and for right now, this is where God has put me. I guess this is my way of telling Him thank-you. I pray that you may all find the joys that God has placed in your life today!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Fun photos

Cosette teaching Joel how to play chess :)

This is how Elias crawled out into my kitchen
one day---the lovely hat is compliments of
his big sister :/ It must be tough being the
younger brother!

Hat Hair!

Finally, some snow!!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

I'm not sure what this title should be :)

Okay, so I think I've got writers block :) I've been sitting here trying to think what to write on my blog page, and I couldn't come up with anything ! No cute stories from the kids, no pictures, no lessons learned, etc, etc. However, I do have a cold, so maybe that's blocking my brain waves from working! I guess the Curtis family has just had a normal, quiet couple of days. (Which, by the way, we are not complaining about. We enjoy 'down-time' with our children, to just sit back and enjoy our family) So anyway, if anything out-of-the-ordinary happens around here, I'll be sure to share it with you all (such as Cosette learning three new words, Elias learning how to climb stairs at 8 months, Jaime volunteering to coach Bible quizzing (yeah!!), or Joel losing in chess to Jaime :) All of which happened, by the's a good life :)

Thursday, January 04, 2007

A stunning creation :)

A beautiful, very valueable masterpiece of art was created today, right in my very own kitchen. I believe that it is the most wonderful piece I have ever seen. In fact, I would venture so far as to say that it is priceless. It is more dear to me than any work of art found in a museum or art gallery. I have decided to give you all a look at it. It is not every day that a piece this precious and priceless is created!

A glimpse of the artist, deep in concentration

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


This post is mainly to update everybody on the status of things with my mom. First of all, thanks to everybody who has been asking about her and praying. For those of you who don't know, she was scheduled for open heart surgery at John Hopkins on January 3rd (today). Well, that date has now been re-scheduled for later on in the month. Please keep praying for our whole family as we prepare ourselves mentally once again for this, but especially for my mom! God is good--we don't always know His reasonings behind things, but we know there must be a purpose in this surgery being re-scheduled! We appreciate everybody's prayers and support, and we will certainly let you all know when the actual surgery has happened, and Mom is on her way to a speedy recovery! :)

Monday, January 01, 2007

A Heart-Warmer

Isn't he sweet? :)


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