Friday, June 29, 2007

Just some things that made me smile :)

  • As I was making my bed the other day, Cosette came in the room and started shuffling through my closet. "Mommy, what's this?" She was holding out one of my shirts. "Well Cosette, that's one of Mommy's shirts." Then she said--"Well, actually mommy, it's a sweater :)

  • Today, she was watching as Uncle Wray held his snake. She reached out to touch it. (She's much braver than me!) Grandma Karen said "Ewww, Cosette, what does it feel like?" She thought hard for a second and then said "A snake!"

  • Joel said I was losing my Mommy touch the other day when I refused to finish Eli's apple-sauce that he had already slobbered in. :P

  • The other morning, out of the blue, Cosette looked at me and said "Don't wawwy (worry) about Daddy, Mommy. Daddy's at work. Don't wawwy about him" (I thought, for some reason, that maybe she was missing her Daddy at that paticular moment :)

  • After Joel and Cosette finished their bed-time prayers the other night, Cosette curled up on the couch next to me. I asked her what she and Daddy had prayed for. "Well Mommy, we prayed for my babies (her dolls), and we prayed for your ears. Mommy, Jesus will help your ears be better!"

  • I caught Eli with a red crayon, about to color on the walls. After getting the crayon away from him, I was then distracted by the phone ringing, and forgot about the crayon. I came back five minutes later to find that Cosette had found the crayon and had made several nice big red circles on her bed-room wall.

Who says being a stay at home mom is not a full time job? ;)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Two funny kids

"Peek-a-boo, Mama!"

"Oh, mom, so this is what happened to your
hearing" ;) (He's holding a set of hand-bells
that I'd kinda forgotten I owned. He had a blast
with them--noisy, but fun :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

My 'Mama Heart'

There is just something that triggers inside a Mama when she hears her child cry "Mommy!"

For instance, the other night, we had laid Cosette and Eli down to bed. I heard Cosette talking and crying, so I went to see what was up. Apparently, she had gotten out of bed for the second (or was it the third?) time. She has just recently started this, and we are trying to train her to stay in bed after we tuck her in. Anyway, Joel was already in the room, talking to Cosette and dealing with the situation. But Cosette wasn't happy with Daddy's decision--that she must go back to bed and stay there.

When I walked in the room, I quickly figured out what was going on. But, Cosette turned around, looked at me with a pitiful face, tears streaming down it, raised her arms and said "MOMMY!"

EVERY bone in my body longed to bend down, pick her up, and tell her it was alright. I longed to hug her, rub her back, and lay her back in bed, covering up the blankets around her.

BUT, I knew that was absolutely the wrong thing to do. I knew it would only harm my daughter and make the situation worse. Besides that, Joel and I always try to be on the same page when training the children. So, I held myself back, gritted my teeth, put on my stern face and said "No, Cosette, Daddy is right. You must go back to bed."

All of that to say---What is it that happens when a child says "Mommy"? Just the other day, Eli looked at me and said "Mama!", and I thought that my heart would melt right there on the floor.

Is it maybe just one of those 'little pieces of heaven on earth?' Is that how God must feel when we go to Him as our loving Father? I'm not good at making everyday situations into Biblical applications, but this one just seemed to fit....

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Well, we had a great vacation. We got back Sunday night. Then, Joel and I got in the car again Monday at lunch time to drive to my doctor's appointment for my ear. It was the appointment to see the ear specialist. So, to make a long story short.....
If my ears are going to be healed, it's going to have to be a God-thing! The specialist was just as baffled as my previous doctor. He asked a million question, examined my ears, my CT-scans, and finally came to the conclusion that he has absolutely no idea what happened to my hearing!! He admits that the ear is a very intricate thing, and sometimes, even specialists have no idea what's happening with it. He did offer me hope, though. He said that he has seen this kind of thing before, where somebody has sudden hearing loss for no apparent reason. Then, one day, again for no apparent reason, the hearing starts to return. So, he did say that there is a possibility that this could still happen to me. So.........
We are wanting to flood heaven with prayers for my ears! God is the ONLY one Who knows what happened to my ears, and He is the only One Who can heal them now!
Now, I realize that sometimes God answers 'no', or 'not right now'. And, if that is the case, Joel and I are prepared to accept this as our lot in life and somehow use it for God's glory. "My strength is made perfect in your weakness...."
But, we also know that sometimes He answers 'yes'. And so, that is our prayer right now. "God, if it's Your will, make my ears better!'
We are asking all of our friends to join in praying with us, until one of two things happen--either my ears are healed, or we feel confidant that this is not God's will right now.
And, in the mean-time, we are counting our many blessings. My hearing is not wonderful, yes, it's annoying, but it could be a LOT worse!
So, we would appreciate your prayers. We will keep you updated on this matter as thing progress :) Right now, I have to go take care of some crying children....

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Yep, you guessed it--Vacation, Day 3 :)

Flying kites with Grandma Karen

Aren't they cute?

On the pier

A sunset over the sound

Mom, these vacation days make me sleepy !

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Vacation, Day 2 :)

My parents--protected from the sun :)
Playing in the sand, and somebody's legs--maybe Kristin's? :)

My sister Kristin and her friend Adam (who joined
our family for this trip, and is quickly learning how weird we are :)
Eating in one of our favorite restaurants--
the grilled tuna steak sandwich is incredible :)

Our annual family picture from the boat--it was
a little windy yesterday :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Vacation, Day One

Trying out the water

Uncle Wray and Cosette

Relaxing with Mima

Cosette at the pool in Grandma's hat

Yep, my brother is about to dunk me...

Cosette learning to float

Eli almost fell asleep in this chair

Eli and Daddy

Saturday, June 16, 2007

We are headed to the beach tomorrow morning! I hope to have internet access while we're down there so I can post some fun photos :) But, if not, have a great week everybody, and I'll post after we get home next week :)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

My short-lived love affair with coffee

Well folks, I am sad to announce that my love affair with coffee may be over. (And, before you jump to any conclusions, no, I am NOT pregnant). However, for several weeks now, I have, on occasion, been having this strange, what I assumed to be, heart pain. It was like, every-time I'd try to take a deep breath, it felt like my lungs were on fire! It would last anywhere from 10 minutes to, oh, say, an hour. I, being the naive person that I am, assumed it to be heart-pain. It was getting to the point that I even mentioned it to Joel.
However, tonight, I used my brain, and it suddenly hit me---I drank coffee tonight! Oh, and the last time this happened, I had a big cup of coffee, and the time before that.....
So, I went and did some extensive research and found out that the 'pain' I was experiencing wasn't pain at all---- it was just heartburn! Talk about relief!!! And then I felt stupid! Apparently, caffeine has this effect on some people. I knew it could cause hyperness, jitters, that type of thing, but heart-burn had never occurred to me! But, up until a few months ago, I consumed very little caffeine. In fact, except for chocolaty desserts, my body has never been used to having caffeine! So, it would make sense that when all of a sudden I start flooding it with coffee, it would protest!
So, this may be good-bye to my comforting drink! I enjoy my good health and comfort more than a cup of coffee! Maybe I could try decaffeinated? Or maybe I'll just go back to an occasional cup of tea.....or not! I hate tea! I least I know I'm not suffering from some rare heart disease :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Our family date night

We decided to take the kids out for a family date night last night. This is not something we do frequently--most of the time, we like our kids at home and in bed at 7:30 sharp :) But, I needed to pick up some music books for some students, and we had other shopping to do, so we decided to make a fun night of it. And, while we were at it, we thought we might as well enjoy some yummy cinnamon buns from the mall as well :) (They just opened a Cinnabon in our mall, and Joel and I couldn't be happier ;) Joel got a BIG one and ended up sharing half of it with the kids, who thought it was great! And Joel is ever amazed that his wife now enjoys a good coffee every now and then :) Here are some high-lights of our evening out:

  • When I asked the music store clerk if they had any beginning children's hymn books, he looked at me confused for a minute. He then walked to the shelf and began looking around. He turned to me and said "Now, do you mean Christian hymns?" Joel, laughing about it later, said, "What did he think we wanted? Buddist hymns??"

  • With a potty-trained two-year old, you get to visit all of the potties in the mall, as well as the ones in WalMart :)

  • While I was taking the picture you see below, I managed to dump Joel's coffee from the cinnamon bun shop all over the double stroller, the mall floor, and the diaper bag. But, being the understanding husband that he is, he simply ran to the rest-room and came back with an arm-ful of paper towels. He then ended up spending ten minutes cleaning up everything. (I know, I know, you're thinking "HE cleaned it up?" That's just the wonderful man my husband is :)

  • Finding two nice long pairs of shorts in WalMart for $3.84 :) :)

  • Watching Cosette and Eli ride all the kiddie cars in the middle of the mall

  • When we got home, there were tornado warnings for our area, so we ended up dragging everybody downstairs to the basement until waaaaaaaaaaay past their bed-times, and I have had extremely cranky kids all day. But hey, it was a note-worthy evening anyway :)

Cosette and Eli riding into the sunset...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Little watching eyes

I was sitting there reading my Bible
The clock on the dresser read 7:20
I heard the patter of little feet coming down the hall-way

A little girl with sleepy eyes looked up at me and grinned
"Mama, what'cha doing?"
She asked me through a yawn

I invited her to crawl up into bed with me
We snuggled under the covers
As I thanked God for this opportunity

I explained to my little girl
How every morning before she wakes,
Mama talks to Jesus, and reads from His Good Book

The next morning, as I sat reading,
The same scenario took place
"Mama, are you done your praying?
Do you need to read now too?"

And as I sat and prayed and read,
Cosette sat by me too
She told her dolls "Shhh, Mama's praying!"
And as I did so, she snuggled up and twirled her hair

Later on that day, after we had finished her Bible Stories,
She announced that she would do the praying
"Mama, close your eyes!"

She then proceded to bow her head
And move her lips silently
"Mama, shhh, listen, I'm talking to Jesus"
What she was saying, only He knows

And as this Mama sat,
with tears in her eyes,
I realized this little girl was very, very wise

She had observed her Mama carefully
And noted how Mama prayed
"If this is how Mama does it, then I guess I"ll give it a try"

So Mamas, watch your children
For they are watching you!
Every thing you do, they'll likely try it too

Seize every opportunity to teach them about your Jesus,
Their little hearts are open and ready,
And their souls cry ''Teach me, Teach me!"

We are their peep-hole to heaven, their guide-book on how to live
We are their very blessed Mamas,
And what an opportunity we have!

So I thank God for my precious children,
And every night as we pray,
Joel and I ask our Heavenly Father
For wisdom to share with them

Who could ask for a better job?
I've found my purpose in life
I'm shaping my children's souls,
Over, and over again!

Just a good laugh

Tonight for dinner, we had spaghetti squash. Eli had never had it before, so we weren't sure what he would think of it. However, after Eli had finished his second plate, Joel looked at me and said:

"Well, I guess this was a hit!"

Eli grinned and immediately began hitting himself in the head.

Little people! They understand more than we realize sometimes :)

Monday, June 11, 2007

Cosette's Recipe for really yummy cake

Cosette was using one of my wooden spoons and cake pans to 'bake' a cake for her baby dolls this morning. She offered me a big bite of it. It was so delicious, I got her to share the recipe. I thought you all might want it to try sometime...

"Well Mommy, I tell you. I put in cinnamon and sugar, waffles, eggs, and pancakes"

Now, doesn't that sound delicious to you? ;)

Saturday, June 09, 2007

A few pictures of my little man...

A legacy

We just returned home from Grandpa Beachy's funeral.
The out-pouring of love and support was incredible. Not only did he have extremely strong family ties, but the sense of community and love was felt just as strongly from his church family. Grandpa and Grandma Beachy attended a Mennonite congregation, where family is valued highly, and the church body supports one another immensely. It was remarked several times during the funeral that Grandpa put his family as his highest priority, and that's the truth. Joel and I were commenting last night that although Grandpa and Grandma Beachy never had great wealth, they had something far beyond
that---they raised six daughters and one son, all of whom love the Lord today and are raising their own children, and grandchildren beyond that, to do the same. What better legacy would anybody want to leave behind them?
So, although my children will not have the direct influence of Grandpa on their lives as I had always hoped that they would, they will have something pretty close to it anyway. They will have a whole network of aunts and uncles and cousins who share the same values, love for the Lord, and love for each other. Thank you, God, for the blessing of our family...
And thank You, God, for Grandma Beachy. She has been so brave through all of this, but I know she must be hurting greatly inside. She is such a special person, give her Your grace and strength right now...
*Note* The above picture of Grandma and Cosette was taken about a year ago.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

A Tribute to Grandpa Beachy

Joel's Grandfather passed away very unexpectedly this morning in a car accident. While his whole family is filled with grief at his passing, we rejoice to know that he is at the feet of Jesus, his Savior whom he spent his whole life serving. I only had the privilege of knowing Grandpa Beachy for about the last five years of his life, but he was a great inspiration to me. He was often known to rise at 4:30 in the morning to spend time in prayer and Bible reading. Joel and I have often commented to ourselves that as we get older, we hope our relationship can closely mirror that of Grandpa and Grandma Beachy. A more wise, loving, and caring relationship you would have had trouble finding. I mourn that my children will not be able to remember him better, but he will be a person who is often spoken of and remembered fondly in our home, and his legacy will always live on in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. So here is our fare-well to a man who was very much loved, and will be missed greatly. But, we look forward to the day when we will see him again...

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Good Food

Joel and I have a! We love it! We both agree that if for some reason we were ever so rich that we had all the money we could use and much more, we would probably end up splurging on food. Not expensive electronic equipment, not new cars, or huge houses.....just give us a really good restaurant with some exceptional dessert, and we'll be happy :) (Okay, so maybe we'd find something a little more charitable to do with it, but don't ruin our daydreams here :) Anyway....sometimes I hit upon a recipe that makes us realize we don't have to be filthy rich to enjoy really good food. Tonight was one of those nights! I had eaten dinner out last night with several friends (this is like a once yearly treat that we allow ourselves) while Joel put the kids to bed here. We all shared this appetizer that was...ummm, so good! Well, I was thinking about it today, and thought how much I'd like to have it again....and went hunting down the recipe. Isn't the internet great? I found several different recipes, but none that quite seemed right, so I ended up combining several, and came pretty close to what I had in the restaurant last night. This one is definitely worth a try!

Olive oil bread dipping sauce

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
pinch of dried basil
course white sea salt--about one teaspoon (can be skipped if desired)
pepper---couple of dashes
one clove garlic, crushed
bagged or fresh parmesan/romano cheese blend, several tablespoons

Heat 1/2 cup olive oil in pan over medium heat; saute crushed garlic clove till soft. Mix in basil, heat. Add rest of oil and heat--about 15 seconds. Stir in vinegar, and put immediately in pie plate. The oil and vinegar probably won't exactly 'mix', but that's alright. Stir in sea salt and pepper. Stir in cheese, adding one heaping tablespoon to the center of pie plate. Dip some crusty Italian bread in there and watch it disappear!

We had so much fun eating this! Cosette thought it was pretty cool to dip her own bread. Best thing is, it's healthy for you too---minus the sea salt. (Which is proably a good thing, because we weren't exactly starved for dinner after eating it...)

Monday, June 04, 2007

Some things I never knew until I became a Mommy....

  • One spoonful of peas looks like a whole lot more when spread across the kitchen floor
  • Be careful what you say around a two-year old---because they will repeat it!
  • Apparently, if you forget the name for watermelon, just call it a marshmallow instead!
  • Little boys really like to make tiger, car, and truck noises!
  • It is definitely not cheating once in a while to use pre-breaded/cooked chicken from the grocery store and call it homemade
  • If one gets around to dusting one's rec-room every three months or so, it's enough (although you might have to fight the spiders in the process...)
  • Library books should be chosen carefully--they will be read about two million times before being returned
  • Don't even bother trying to learn those new chords on the guitar. Maybe you'll get around to it in the next eighteen years or so...
  • It is possible to try three times to get into the shower before actually making it there..
  • Little boys don't like to hold flowers given to them by their big sisters, they like to eat them
  • Pig-tails in a two-year olds hair will probably only last about 10 minutes
  • Your one year old boy will probably like the tire swing at the park even more than his two year old sister!
  • You will spend many days of your life listening to the abc's sung over, and over, and over, and over, and over.....
  • That an occasional date night with your husband can be the salvation of your sanity
  • One must have Bible reading time in the morning before the kids wake up.....because there won't be any other time during the day!
  • That you will fall more and more in love with your husband as you see him being such a good daddy
  • Always keep liquid tylenol on hand---if the kids don't use it, one non-pill swallowing mommy might!
  • You will spend about 50% of your day searching for lost sippy cups
  • Definitely join a mom's group--there's nobody who understands your trials and joys better than another mom!
  • It will about break your heart when you realize your little guy really needs his first hair cut
  • That as much as you used to like to go places and do things all the time, home is now the very best place to be
  • That you will fall so much in love with these little people that you wonder how you ever lived without them...

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Funny Things

Joel ate two stuffed shells at dinner last night. Elias also ate two whole stuffed shells! This little guys gonna eat us out of house and home :)

Cosette: Mommy, who are my parents? Are Mima Rhoda and Pappy Dale my parents?
Mommy: No, Cosette, they are your grandparents. Me and Daddy are your parents.
Cosette: Oh, then who are my grandsons? Lisa and Tori?
Mommy: (chuckling to herself) No, Cosette, you don't have any grandsons. Lisa and Tori are your Aunt and cousin.
Cosette: (Looking a little confused) Oh. (Why in the world did she think she had grandsons??!)

The sermon had just started this morning. I hear a little voice saying, rather frantically "Mommy, have to use the potty!" So, we went back and used the potty, washed our hands, got a treat, etc, and sat back down. I kid you not, 30 seconds later, "Mommy, I have to use the potty...." And she wasn't just kidding, either! As we got back to our seats again, she announces pretty loudly, for the whole quiet church to hear: "Daddy, I had to use the potty again!"

Eli knows how to say please by rubbing his belly(baby sign language). Now, if he wants a banana, he goes over to the counter, points, says 'Ugh, ugh!', and rubs his belly. But, if he's really hungry, he beats on his belly instead, like tarzan :)

Cosette has been reading a book lately about a little pig who is very active and wears her poor Mama out. At the end of the book, the Mama gives the little pig a hug and says "Olivia, I love you very much anyway!" So, Cosette has taken to giving me hugs and saying "Mama, I love you anyway! " **smile** (Hey, it's the thought that counts, right??)

Friday, June 01, 2007

Well, I had my follow-up appointment with the ear doctor today. I thought I'd give you all an update, so you will know more specifically how to pray for me (which, by the way, I greatly appreciate all of your prayers!)

We had good news, and we had bad news. The good news was that there was a small amount of improvement in my hearing tests. This would seem to indicate that the hearing loss I've experienced may not be a permanent one. However, the improvement was in my lower range of hearing, not in the upper range, which is where my greatest loss was. The other good thing is that my ears have been 'popping' all week---this would also seem to indicate that perhaps something is going on in there-maybe some fluid or something that the medicine is trying to take care of.

The other good news is that my ears look perfectly normal and healthy---but that also means that the doctor's are having a hard time telling what exactly is going on!

So, the bad make a long story short, my ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist feels like it is already out of his hands. He has prescribed me one more week of that awful medication, in hopes that the improvement we saw last week will continue on a greater scale. However, he has his doubts, so he has referred me to an 'ear-only' specialist in a town about an hour from here. I go to see him on June 25th.

Several ways you could be praying for me specifically if you want: 1. Pray that God would heal my ears! What an awesome testimony that would be! 2. Pray that the medication I'm taking doesn't have nasty side effects for me. 3. Pray that we would start seeing some more improvement in my hearing. 4. Pray that this would all clear up soon, and the trip to the specialist on the 25th would prove to be un-necessary! 5. Pray for my emotional well-being through all of this. It is really frustrating, but I'm trying to trust God, keep my chin up, and have a positive attitude.

Thanks once again for all of your kind words and prayers!!


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