Monday, April 30, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
I'm hoping to post his one year pictures here in the next couple of days sometime .... :)
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Today, my little girl spent the day at Grandma's house. All day, from 8:00 until 5:00. Why? Because her Grandma likes her, maybe just a little :)
I told her that Mommy had a fun day with Eli. We went to the store, Mommy got her hair cut, and we did some grocery shopping. Then, we both came home and took a nap :)
It was an interesting sort of day, just Eli and me. It was like getting to know my little boy all over again. I had more time to tickle his belly, ruffle his hair, and make tiger noises with him.
But, I had missed my Cosette girl too. I told her I was so glad that she was home again. She sighed and said "Missed Mommy and Daddy. But me no cry. Me no sad. Me happy!"
I tucked her into bed tonight, glad to have her home again. I gave her a kiss and told her I loved her. I told her we would have a fun day tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
"We're going to get some flowers today" I told Cosette. So we piled everybody into the car and went for a drive. When we got to the greenhouse, Cosette ran up and down the aisles, enraptured by the beautiful colors. I must admit, the hundreds of flowers, all in bloom at the same time, were impressive to me as well. But to her little eyes, they were amazing. She would run and point "Look Mommy, purple flower! Pretty!" We finally narrowed our selections down to two trays of purple and yellow flowers. Cosette was in her glory!
We took our flowers home and laid Eli down for a nap. We went out on the front porch and started digging up the little bit of earth around our porch steps. Cosette wanted to help do everything. Dig with the hoe. Move the dirt. Pull the flowers out of their plastic pots. Pour the new dirt over their roots. I couldn't help but thinking "Wasn't this the little baby that I was holding in my arms for the first time just a little over two years ago?" And now here she was, sitting on the porch steps, covered in dirt and potting soil, chatting away to me about the flowers, the birdies, the cars going past, and the wind in her hair. So completely innocent. To me, it was just some out-door gardening. But to my daughter, still so young and new from her Heavenly Father, it was a precious moment. And so it was for me too. We talked happily about how surprised Daddy would be when he got home. I couldn't help but smile as Cosette laughed in glee at our one foot by one foot flower beds. In her eyes, they were beautiful.
When Joel came home that afternoon, Cosette ran down the sidewalk to greet him. "Come see Daddy. Flowers!" She guided her Daddy to her precious flowers and showed him proudly her creation. Joel smiled and praised Cosette for all of her hard work. He told her how absolutely beautiful her flowers were. And Cosette was perfectly content to know that her Daddy thought her flowers were gorgeous.
There are the things in life that keep us busy, and then there are the really important things. I pray that my life is always filled with joys like tiny, half-circle flower beds :)
Monday, April 23, 2007
- Joel loves soccer. It's his favorite pass-time. He was a really good player in high-school. He even considered seriously pursuing it, but later decided not to. He'd rather watch soccer than any other sport.
- Joel also has a good singing voice. He helps to lead worship at our church. He has many other musical interests as well, and enjoys anything from Jars of Clay to Bach's cello suites.
- Joel hates beets, cottage cheese and cooked carrots. I often kiddingly threaten to put these in his lunch-box as a surprise :)
- Joel spent a year and a half in Indianapolis right after high-school, where he enjoyed varied ministry experiences, learning opportunities, and friendships.
- Joel is blessed with the gift of public speaking, and has on occasion filled in for our Pastor in the pulpit. I know I'm biased, but I really think he does a good job :)
- Joel and his Dad own a chimney construction/cleaning business, which means that 'Daddy' can come home quite dirty at times. Cosette loves to run up to him and say, as if in shock, "Daddy, ewwy! Bath!"
- Joel is a great imitator of voices, at least in my opinion. Cosette loves to hear his funny animal sounds, and I love to hear him imitate somebody he heard on the radio that day, or whatever. It cracks me up.
- I, unlike Joel, tolerate/kinda enjoy soccer, and I never had any athletic ability whatsoever. My loving family would probably describe me as being a puny weakling. (Okay, so that's what my brother used to call me..... :) I'm also not much of an 'outdoorsy' type of person. I like to take walks and garden, but beyond that, I prefer to view the great outdoors from my kitchen window... :)
- My real passion is music. I earned a bachelors degree in piano performance, and enjoy playing on our worship team and giving lessons in my home.
- I was seriously into Bible Quizzing in high-school. Believe me, I would have made a career out of it if they would have let me. I just finished coaching a season of Bible Quizzing for our church.
- My food dislikes are coconut, really runny eggs, and any weird meat, like mussels :)
- I am not, I repeat not, a crafty person. Craft shops give me the hives. I do, however, enjoy quilting, which my husband reassures me is not a craft, it's an art ;)
- I love to cook new recipes. Anybody have some good ones?
- I can't swallow pills. No kidding. ( I had to include this fact because it is a really annoying thing about me) I nearly died once just trying to get a Tylenol down (and I'm only exaggerating a little!) When I was pregnant, I had to order the chewable pre-natal vitamins. When I had a recent ear-infection, the doctor looked at me like I was crazy when I asked for a liquid antibiotic! Why am I like this? Who knows!!
Okay, so those are the two people that eventually ended up getting married. As you can see, we have some very similar interests, and some also not so similar interests :) But what things do we enjoy now, as a couple? What things are we passionate about? Well.....
First of all, we are passionate about our family. We don't want to waste even a precious minute with our kids. They are our pride and joy. Sure, it's gets tedious sometimes being home with them all day, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Joel is also great about spending time with the kids when he's home at night, in the mornings, and on the week-ends. Our life pretty much revolves around our family. Here is one of the ministries that has helped us alot in defining who we are as a family, what our priorities are, and what things we care about most.
Joel and I also enjoy being on our worship team at church together. This was something we were doing even before we were married, and it kinda carried over even after the kids. We help each other out watching the kids and stuff so we can get to practices and be at church early.
We really enjoy good food :) I'm always trying to cook up some new concoction that I think we might enjoy. We're also fairly health conscious. We try to limit sweets, especially for the kids, eat whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies, organic whenever it works into our budget. However, that said, we also enjoy on occasion just splurging and eating good food, whether it's good for you or not. Our favorite restaurant, by far, is OutBack. The bloomin onion just can't be beat! In fact, we're headed there tomorrow night for a date, which brings me to my next point...
Even with two little ones, we still enjoy going out every once in a while. We laugh and say that before we were married, we courted, but now that we're married, we date :P It's not always some expensive meal, or anything like that, but we try to have time together, even if it's just for a walk, at least a few times a month.
So, if you have actually made it to here and read this entire post, you now know more about Joel and I than you ever cared to know :)
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
HELP! I've got an indecisive two-year-old! Today at lunch, I sat her down in her booster seat. I asked her what she wanted to drink. "Water". Okay, so I filled her cup with water and handed it to her. "No, milk please!" she said, sounding a bit distressed. Oh bother, I thought. But I poured out the water and just started to fill her cup with milk when she cried out with a tearful voice "No, Mommy, water please!" AAAGGHHHHH!!!!! What's a mommy to do??!!
Then, today in the grocery cart, she managed to sit on my milk and squash a box of cake mix with her foot.
She ran through the biggest mud puddle in the drive-way today on her way to the car, only she was wearing her brand new green pants.
She delights in saying "Mommy, may I dood it, please?" Meaning, 'May I do it please?' In other words, everything now takes twice as long.
And to top all that off, she tried to brush Eli's teeth--with her tooth brush!
"Okay, now, child, are you done complaining?"
Yes, I suppose so.
"Now, tell me the good things she did"
Well, now that you mention it, she did remember several times to say please. And when we went outside, she twirled around excitedly and said "Ahh, Mommy, no coat!" She ate her lunch without complaining. She helped me to put the groceries up on the conveyer belt. She hugged her baby doll and said "Okay baby, it's okay, Mommy's here" She is learning how to help me dry the dishes. And, after playing hard this morning, she ran over to me, wrapped her arms around me and said "I love you, Mommy!"
''See child, I have made sure that the blessings far outweigh the lessons you are learning."
Thank you God, for my little girl!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
First Kiss :)
So, there you have it. Our wedding in eleven pictures and some captions :) It was such a beautiful thing for me. I didn't experience any of the 'nervous jitters' so many brides talk about. I was so excited about finally being married to Joel that all I felt was joyful anticipation. Our family even went out for breakfast the morning of the wedding :)
We spent a large part of our honeymoon in DC, walking all around the capital and eating in nice restaurants :) We even went to see the National Symphony Orchestra perform 'Messiah' at the Kennedy Center. That was quite an enjoyable experience for both of us! The music was awesome. We still laugh about little things that happened that week-- like freezing our fingers off just to walk around DC a little, (it was veeeeery cold that week!) or both of us downing an entire container of Ben and Jerry's Double Chocolate Brownie ice-cream, or going to see the final installment of the Lord of the Rings in a DC theater.
It was a very nice beginning to what has turned out so far to be three and a half years of fun and enjoyment as we continue to draw closer to each other.
There are two more posts yet to come in my 'Our Story' series... ;)
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
My little girl is reading. WELL, okay, I'm exagerating a little. A LOT. But, I think she does have the entire 'Go, Dog, Go' book memorized that Uncle Wray gave her two Christmas's ago. She sat on the couch tonight and 'read' it to Joel and I. "Dog. Big dog! Little dog! The big dog is in. The little dog is out....." and so on and so forth. She even did all of my funny voices, like "BIG DOG!" and "Little Dog!" Joel and I were cracking up. So, thank you Uncle Wray for the book. Cosette is still enjoying it a year and a half later!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Growing up, meal-time was a very important part of my family's life. My mom made certain that on most ( if not all) nights of the week, we were sitting down together, eating a good dinner. It was our time to enjoy being together and have fun dinner conversations as a family. I remember that often, even after the food was finished, we would sit around the table and just keep on talking. Visitors at our house would comment that this was an unusual, but enjoyable thing for them. I remember stir-fry on spring evenings, spaghetti squash on summer evenings, and chili verde on fall evenings. I remember sitting around the table at Christmas, reading Advent stories and peeling oranges. Lots of oranges!
Friday, April 13, 2007
It was Thanksgiving, 1995. I had just turned 13. My family, the Skidmores, had also just moved into a house directly across the road from the Curtis family. This family had two daughters around my age, and we quickly became good friends. They also had a son even closer to my age. His name was Joel. Our families did alot together--walks, picnics, dinners, New Years celebrations, and home-school group, but I don't think that Joel and I ever said more than two words to each other. During my junior year of high-school and Joel's senior year, we ended up doing a satellite science class together. Joel would later tell me that he always thought it funny that I made him do all the experiments---I was simply afraid of looking like a goof in front of him when I would surely blow something up. Anyway, it was during this time that Joel started to think "Hey, she's a kinda nice girl", then "Hey, I think I kinda like her!" But, he was wise enough at the time not to say anything, because we were both waaay too young. I wouldn't even say that we had become close friends yet--even though we both thought highly of the other person.
To my disappointment, after graduation, Joel decided to leave for Indianapolis to do some youth-counseling type of training. I remember watching him pull out of the drive-way with his parents, and thinking "Well, there he goes. Oh well. I guess he'll come back with a fiancee on his arms..." After his 8-week training course, he decided to stay on at the ministry, and ended up being there for a year and a half. During this time, I was accepted to a small college in West Virginia on a music scholarship, and was only coming home on the week-ends. After my first year at school, Joel returned home. However, I only saw him like once over that summer and fall. It wasn't until Christmas of my second college year that he, oddly enough, started visiting my church. "That's strange", thought this naive girl. "He already has a church of his own!" Well, as it may already be obvious to you, Joel was interested in more than my church. Soon afterwards, he started 'hanging out' with my family. He would come over for sled-riding, Sunday dinners, and other such activities. In June, we officially began courting. And that's where the story get's interesting.
Because, you see, ours was a very un-conventional courtship, as far as today's standards are concerned. We were interested only in becoming closer friends, getting to know the other person better. There was no mushy-gushy, hand holding, kissing, hugging, arm around back things going on. We were determined to conduct our courtship in a way we felt honored God. Some people at church didn't even realize that we were officially 'together'. I know this sounds odd to many people, and I know many people do things differently. But for us, it worked. For us, it was what was right. We wouldn't have wanted it any other way. We were able to concentrate on important things, like personality, character traits, hobbies, interests, faith, and so on. We enjoyed spending time with each other's families, taking walks, reading books together, going to music concerts, eating good food :), and just plain spending time with each other. Joel would frequently help me with tough home-work assignments over the weekend. (That's when I started to think "Humm, he's pretty smart! I'm the one in college, but he's helping me with my homework!) When I was at college during the week, our only form of communication was IM. I would sit by my computer every night at a certain time, waiting for Joel's screen name to pop up. It was the high-light of my day! Joel often drove all the way to my college to hear me play in recitals or sing in concert choir. By the time our courtship was over, I really felt like I knew Joel Curtis well. I knew what he was interested in. I knew what made him tick. I knew what his relationship with God was like. I knew his maturity level and ability to lead. I knew his passions. And, I was falling in love with what I knew. I realized that I had for a friend one strong, mature, loving, caring guy. And, I think he was having similar thoughts about me...
It was June, a year after we had started courting. We went out to our favorite restaurant (which has since, unfortunately, burned down, and is no longer existant.) After returning home, we pulled into my parents drive-way. Joel pulled under a tree and started to talk about how much he liked me, and how he saw our future as being together, and all this stuff, and I started to get suspicious. He then reached over me into the glove compartment, and pulled out an incredibly beautiful ring. He asked me in one simple sentence: "Will you marry me?" I think I managed some kind of 'yes', or 'oh my' or something like that. He then took my hand (for the very first time, and only time until our wedding), and put on the ring. Pure Happiness!! Joy!! I had never felt so blessed in my entire life. I was engaged to Joel Curtis. He was going to be my husband! I never thought I would see the day!!
I was graduating from college a year early (due to being a study fanatic and working hard), and I was spending my summer doing one last course and performing my Senior Recital. So, we decided to wait until all that was over to set a wedding date. Stay tuned next time for the wedding story and pictures.....
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Oh, and to give credit where all credit is due, I was inspired for this idea by a fellow blogger whose page I happened to stumble across. Check out her own love story here
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I read an article in the paper on Sunday that pretty much stated that stay-at-home moms don't know what they're missing. It said that the social, financial, economical, and emotional benefits of going to work far outweigh those of staying at home. I beg to differ. I realize many moms work, and many find great joy in it. I'm not trying to criticize that. But when I see my little guy stand up and walk to me with out-stretched arms for the first time, I know that home is the only place for me....
Here are some pictures of his first attempts at walking, and also one of Cosette on Easter morning.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Have a blessed Easter, everyone!