Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Highlights....

We had a wonderful holiday. It all began bright and early on Thanksgiving morning with Eli bouncing up onto our bed. Joel said "Happy Thanksgiving, Eli", to which Eli replied "Merry Christmas, Daddy!" LOL ---gotta love that kid!

The kids made 'Thanksgiving posters' , and I had them cut out of magazines things that they were thankful for. Cosette's list included pictures of 'boots, hats, Baby Jesus, her baby brother, baby dolls, and sleds'. Eli was having trouble cutting his pictures out, so he asked me to do it for him. He'd flip through the magazine, and then he'd stop and say something like "Donuts! I dankful for donuts, mommy. Dut dat out! (Cut that out)" It was so sweet. By the end, he had a poster full of pictures of donuts, a birthday cake, toys, friends, gingerbread men, and a snowman :)

Then, we had a special Thanksgiving service in church this morning with communion. Cosette had been speaking to us since the last time we had communion that she felt like she wanted to take it. Now, I know many of you come from slightly different denominational backgrounds than we do, and you might disagree with our choice, but that's okay. We decided to let her take communion. She was able to explain to us the significance of it, and she assured us many times over that she had already asked Jesus into her heart (a fact of which we were already aware). So, my little not-quite-four-year-old took communion this morning, and I feel like we made the right choice. She's so smart--she seems to understand it completely, and after all, Jesus did say, "Let the little children come unto me...." If she is a follower of Christ, who am I to forbid her in taking communion?

Well, I was playing keyboard this morning , and the kids were sitting with Joel in the service. They were being very good for him. However, right after communion, Eli slipped off of his seat and BANGED his head on the floor. Enter serious screaming and crying here. I was up on the stage watching all this unfold, helpless to offer any assistance to my husband. I watched as he scooped up Eli and took him out of the service. Noah was asleep in his car-seat, and Cosette sat beside him like a perfect little lady until her Daddy returned. I couldn't help but feel proud of her as I sat up there on the stage watching her :) (Eli was fine, by the way, just a nice bump :)

Joel has been off work since Thursday, and we've enjoyed having an extended week-end with him. He gets so busy with work and church duties sometimes, that's it's nice to have him all to ourselves for several days in a row :) We plan to finish our 'festivities' tonight with some yummy snacks, maybe some hot cocoa, and starting our Advent celebration with the kids. We are reading 'The best Christmas Pageant Ever' this Advent, and Cosette is just dying to find out what happens to those Herdmen kids.....

Well, maybe all of the above was boring reading for you, but I had to share some of it. My heart is over-flowing these past few days with love for my family, and I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of the season with them!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A few things...

Cosette adores Noah!!

The kids built this snow-man yesterday.
Cosette put the sticks in it for arms and
legs and then told me it was 'sitting down' :)

And finally, a clip of my 'graceful ballerinas'
Eli just cracks me up!

*Note to family and friends: Our phone line is down--well, not literally, but we have no dial-tone; we can't call out and nobody can call in. We have no idea why! It's been like this since yesterday. The phone company is coming to take a look at it--but not until Friday! So, in the meantime, if you need to get ahold of us, just call Joel's cell-phone. ( I am posting these pictures from my mom's house, since we have no internet connection either! :) *

Sunday, November 23, 2008

It is official....

...the holidays are upon us! And I hope that as you read that, you are filled with anticipation and joy, and not stress and worry. I read this quote recently, and I can't remember where it was from, in order to give credit to the original author. But, I liked it so much, I had to share it with you all:

" You create the holidays, you don't buy them"

Here in our house, we are working on creating the holidays this year--creating the worship, the awe, the joy, and the praise that we experience at the birth of Christ.

We started this already as we said a word of Thanks that God has provided for us so well that we are able to share some of that with others through 'Operation Christmas Child'. We smiled with pride as our children marched their boxes up to the front of the church this morning.

We will light Advent candles each evening we are home, and help our children memorize the birth of Christ from the pages of Luke. We will pray and hope that they absorb the joy that we feel as Christians as we reflect on our Savior..

We will rejoice this Thursday as we have dinner with my parents, and say another word of thanks that my mom is doing and feeling soooo much better than she was two Thanksgiving's ago.

We will rejoice as we hold our Noah baby, and remember that it was last holiday season that I was rushed to the emergency room with severe bleeding, and we thought for sure we had lost the baby. It was December 31st, 2007 that I saw his little image up on the ultrasound screen for the first time, and wept tears of relief and joy.

Joel and I will be filled with joy on December 13th as we celebrate our anniversary--five years together already!

We will sing praises on December 29th as our oldest child celebrates her fourth birthday.

Yes, the next month is quite full for our family---and we love it! Every year, I am reminded of just how much I have to praise God for!

I pray that, no matter what your circumstances are right now, that God will fill you with his peace and joy this Christmas. Even if you are not surrounded by family and friends, or things are not going as well for you as you'd like, God extends His hand and offers to fill that void for you this Christmas......"For behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy...."

Friday, November 21, 2008

Snapshots of our week

This is Eli and George. (George is the monkey
on his back. ) When we first bought this monkey
for Eli, he looked at it in delight and said "Is that
George, Mommy?" I guess he meant George
the monkey from the Curious George Books.
Anyway, George became a quick and much-loved
member of our family. He goes with Eli everywhere
now--to church, to Grandma's house, to the store...
they're in-seperable :)

This is my sweet Cosette girl at her first dentist
appointment this week. She wasn't scared a bit,
and did a fantastic job. Her biggest problem was
that she couldn't stop talking long enough to let
the dentist clean her teeth ;)

She followed directions very well.

This is nothing very exciting, but it is a clip

of my sweet Noah boy. He is rolling over now,

and pushing himself up on his hands and knees.

(Sorry, he can't sing his ABC's or count yet like

Eli can ;)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

To be encouraged.....

I haven't had much brain-power or time to be doing any posts this week, sorry. I do have some pictures to share, but I'll need to wait until I get down to my parents sometime to post them. In the meantime, here are a few links of encouraging things I've read this week. All are worth reading and pondering.

  • Ever feel grumpy over the lack of 'glamor' in being a housewife? Wonder if anyone notices that you scrubbed the bathroom--especially after the kids track mud through it right away? Go here and check out one mom's view on the subject. It was an article sent from God to me just when I needed usual!

  • Go here to read my sister's view on 'mood music'---something to think about with Christmas around the corner.

  • Sometimes, we as moms need reminded why we work as hard as we do. Go here to see Jen's beautiful tribute to her little girl, and be refreshed as a parent.

  • And finally, go here to see one families pictures of packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Our family will be doing this as well this year---we've got the gifts, now I've just got to track down some shoe-box size plastic containers......

Enjoy the reads, and take time to relax with your family as the holidays approach us.....only a little over a week until Advent :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sabbaths and Dentists......

We enjoyed a peaceful Sunday afternoon here. There was just a little bit of snow outside today, and our house was nice and warm. Joel and I have been working harder to make our Sabbath's more peaceful and calm, and I feel that we succeeded today. I work a little harder to have things together Saturday evening, and that makes getting out the door in the morning a little easier. We are all in a much more 'worship' frame of mind if we leave the house calmly and happily before church! Then, this afternoon, we just relaxed with the kids---had a nice dinner, played games with them, ordered some on-line Christmas gifts, watched a movie, had hot apple cider, listened to Handel's Messiah (getting that CD out kind of marks the beginning of the holiday season for us!), all in all, it was a perfect kind of day :)
This week holds much busy-ness for us. Cosette and Noah and I will be spending the day shopping with Joel's family tomorrow (Eli is hanging out with my Grandma, since it would not be a fun day for him!). Then on Tuesday, Noah gets his next batch of baby shots (poor guy!), and on Wednesday, Cosette has her first dentist appointment ever. She is sooo excited! Should I tell her that I hate going to the dentist? Nope, I don't think so. I'll just let her go and form her own opinion! I've been talking it up---you know, shiny white teeth, flavored tooth paste, a nice dentist, a new toothbrush----she thinks it's going to be wonderful! Maybe she can hold my hand and make me feel better through my appointment ;)
So, that's the happenings around here lately---hope you all have a blessed week!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Be Still....

...don't worry that your baby boy is nursing longer than usual. Sit, and enjoy him. Feel his little nose pressed against you. When he stops to smile up at you, smile down at him too. Rub your hand against his soft little cheek, and smell his sweet head, the precious scent of baby lotion. Before you know it, he'll be running around and speaking in sentences.

Be Still...

...savor your tea for just a few more minutes. Read one more chapter from 1 Peter. Roll the words around in your mind, striving to be the person that God is challenging you to be through the words that Peter wrote. All the other things in your day can wait, but this, this is a precious time...

Be Still....

....don't get up yet to start dinner. Lay here on the floor a little longer, and build one more castle with the blocks. Watch the delight in your little boys eyes as he sees what a gifted builder his mommy is. Lock his sweet little smile into your memory. Rejoice when he wraps his arms around you and says "I wuv oo, Mommy"

Be Still....

....sit here at the table a little longer. Praise your little girl one more time, as she proudly shows you the page full of 'five's' that she just wrote all by herself. Look at them in admiration, and tell her that they are the best five's she's ever written. Enjoy the look of pride and contentment you see on her face, as she realizes that her mommy is truly proud of her.

Be Still...

....snuggle in the arms of your husband. You haven't seen him all day. Thank God that those strong arms wrapped around you worked hard all day to provide for you and your family. Think back to the days before you were married, and wonder how in the world you ever survived without this man.

Counting my blessings.....are you?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lessons Learned...

I find myself still learning, everyday! Just when you think you might finally have this 'mom' thing down pat, you make a new discovery. Here are a few just from this week alone....

1. If you walk into your little boys room, and he has taken the mattress off of his bed, and is dangerously walking all over the delicate bed-frame, do not exclaim "Eli, get down, you might hurt yourself!".......because then, he probably will (hurt himself, that is)! Oh, and after you clean up his bloody nose from hitting the bedframe, it may continue bleeding.....for the rest. of. the. day! Next time, just let him crawl around on the bedframe...

2. When making meringue, the eggs must first be room temperature. MUST BE ROOM TEMPERATURE! Oh, and if your meringue then refuses to turn out right, adding flour will by no means help. And then, if you go so far as to still try to bake these awful looking little meringue things, you will never be able to scrape them off of the pan. Never!

3. My son is not potty trained yet. Oh no, definitely not potty trained........

4. When changing your baby boy's diaper, you must be very careful where you direct certain parts of his anatomy.....oh yes, very careful.

5. The strange man knocking at your door is probably not a robber trying to break into your house....he's probably just a neighbor dropping by a key for your husband to do some work at his house. Maybe next time, you should open the door....... Oops!

6. Never turn your back when a two year old has access to a half-empty bottle of molasses. (Well, isn't that just a given??) Oh, and when you see brown stuff all over your white pants that evening, it's not ewwy from your babies diaper---it's probably just more molasses!!

7. Hiding Christmas gifts is harder than your parents always made it seem......

8. If one is feeling over-whelmed at the end of the day, all one must do is ask one's husband for a little extra help....and he will most likely pitch right in!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

In my home tonight....

  • a little boy and girl, squealing as they chase each other around
  • a sweet baby boy, laying on his belly and cooing to a toy in front of him
  • a tired Daddy, laying on the floor and playing blocks with his children
  • the remains of a pasta casserole, cooling on the counter
  • the sound of the dish-washer, making sparkling clean dishes
  • a freshly scrubbed bathroom
  • a container of home-made hot cocoa mix, waiting on children to be tucked in...
  • and a happy, content mommy, glad that evening is finally here.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

A challenge to comment....

Hello out there, all you Curtis blog readers. I know you are there. I just don't know who you are.....
Well, I know that many family and friends read my blog...
I know that many fellow blogging buddies read my blog....
But that doesn't account for everybody!
I know that there are many 'lurkers' out there---those of you who read my blog, but never comment :) I've seen in my site meter that I have readers from all across the United States...England.... Canada....Europe.... Who are you?
So, the point of this post....Can I convince some more of you to leave a comment? Just for the sake of my curiosity? Don't feel obligated-- if you're not comfortable, that's fine. Although, you should also know that it's possible to leave an 'anonymous' comment. Here is my challenge---

Leave me a comment! It's easy. Simply click the 'comment' button under the post, and a box will pop up where you can leave your comment. Then, tell me a few things---

1. Who you are---if you feel comfortable---but you may leave an anonymous comment if you prefer.
2. Tell me how you found my blog--did I tell you about it? Do you know me? Did you just stumble upon it, like so many of the blogs that I read myself?
3. And finally, tell me what kind of posts do you like best--picture posts, video posts, Cosette's funny sayings posts, my clueless rambling posts....etc, etc.

Even if you're a regular commenter on my blog, feel free to leave another and make me smile :)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Just because they're so darn cute....

Yes, yes, another Eli video. Only this time, he is singing his ABC's--kind of :) Oh, and the thing on his head is a 'king crown'

Noah and Aunt Kristin

Having belly time---don't you just love that smile??

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I tried hard not to laugh....

I was innocently loading the washing machine, when "THE" question was thrown at me, rather unexpectedly. Cosette looked at me with an inquisitive look on her face and said:

" Mommy, how do ladies KNOW there is a baby in their belly?"

Now, she has often asked us how Noah got in my tummy, to which we reply that God put him there for us, and she's been quite satisfied with that. However, this was a slightly deeper question, which couldn't be satisfied with our typical 'God put it there' answer, so I had to think quickly.

" Well Cosette, if the Mommy's tummy starts to hurt, she will go to the doctor, and he will use that special camera to look in her tummy, and he will say "Oh, I see what your problem is! There's a baby in there!"

Cosette grinned, finding this amusing, and rode off on her tricycle--and I breathed a sigh of relief! I declare, why doesn't she ever ask these questions when Joel is around to help me??

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


If I told you that this next picture is one I took of Noah today, you would believe me, right? Of course you would--because it is Noah, right?

WRONG!! This is actually a picture I took of Eli two years ago, when he was about the same age as Noah is now. The 'look-alike' quality is amazing! I recently showed Joel some of Noah's baby pictures, and he thought that they were baby pictures of Eli!! Wow, I can't wait to see if they look this much alike when they are older....

Sunday, November 02, 2008


I usually keep this blog simple and light-hearted. After all, it's about my family--our daily joys, laughs, and struggles. However, every now and then, I feel passionately enough about something to bring it up.
This Tuesday is election day. We as Americans will be voting for the next man to run our country. It will be this man who, at least for the next four years, helps to decide foreign policy issues, imigration laws and regulations, what to do about abortion, the war in Iraq, etc, etc.
I'm not going to take the time to share my views on all of these things--that's not the point of this post (besides, my husband articulates those type of things better than I do!) The point is, whatever YOUR view is on them, it is your duty, your right, to get out and vote! The election is not decided one way or the other yet, folks, and it will be US, the American people, who will make that final decision. Wouldn't you like to know that you were a part of it?


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