Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Six Years

Cosette was my birthday girl today. Here are some snapshots of her from today, as well as a couple from the past few weeks:

New dress from Aunt Kristin

Her solo :)

Yes, all the cousins are in matching pj's :) Cosette was looking embarrassed in this
photo because we were all singing 'Happy Birthday' to her :)

Checking out her new doll house from my Dad

Stocking gifts---the best kind :)

Making marshmallow pops

When God blessed us with Cosette, he gave us a bigger blessing than we could ever deserve!
Our prayer for Cosette on her birthday is that she will continue to know Jesus better and better.
Thank you Lord, for giving us our sweet girl!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I remember......

  • going out for pie over six years ago on the very day we found out we were expecting
  • discussing names....was she going to be 'Eliah Faith' or ' Cosette Elise'?
  • agonizing over every single prenatal vitamin, fish oil caplets, plenty of protein, milk, no feta or soft 'safe' list went on and on :)
  • Arriving at the hospital at 11:30 p.m. on my due date, only to find out that it was going to be a loooooooong wait
  • 5:17 p.m. on December 29th, when they said I had a baby girl with blond hair, blue eyes, weighing 7 lbs, 3 oz. I took her in my arms and thought she was the most beautiful thing I had every seen!
  • the week that Joel took off work to help me get adjusted to our new life. We basically sat around our cozy Christmas tree, watching movies, admiring our new baby girl, and showing her off to anybody who cared enough to sit and listen to our bragging :)
  • her first birthday, when she smeared her strawberry shortcake alllllllllll over her dress and hair and face and high chair and floor and.....
  • the day she got a sticker stuck to the roof of her mouth and I had to call my mom to come help me get it out
  • that she used to call my sister 'Deka'
  • the way her Daddy taught her to say 'Dow Jones Industrial Average', just for kicks
  • teaching her how to read, and rejoicing as I see her love for reading blossoming

And tomorrow, on December 29th, my little girl turns six! Happy Birthday, Cosette Elise. When God gave us you, he was giving us an extra-special gift! We love you, baby girl!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry....No, that's not quite right. Noah, you look like you're in pain. Let's try again.

Merry Chr......No, Cosette, don't forget to look at the camera. And Noah, try a real smile, Bud!

Um, well, that's a little better, but,
it still doesn't seem quite right!

Ahhh...there we go! Merry Christmas, everybody!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A buffet of thoughts

I'm trying to sort my thoughts out into an intelligent sounding post right now, and it's not working. I've got that 'It's Christmas Eve Eve' mumble-jumble in my brain. (Yes, you read that correctly, 'Christmas Eve Eve', as in, the day before Christmas Eve) Anyway, so many things I want to post about, and not sure where to start. So get ready for a strange mix of stuff:

We spent the day off from school, baking, baking, baking. Peanut butter cookies stuffed with rollos (yes, doesn't that sound wicked-good?), apple cookies with white glaze, cinnamon rolls, meatloaf--what?? We had to eat dinner too! One can't survive on just cookies, you know ;)
We got a call from my sister around 10:00 a.m. saying she was at the emergency room with my brother and that he had to have stitches. The door to their coal bin had flown shut---right into his face! He actually walked out of the hospital with a mild concussion, a broken nose, and seven stitches. We're feeling grateful this Christmas Eve Eve that it wasn't any worse than all of that!
My five year old has all of her (homemade) gifts wrapped and waiting under the tree. I have....none...wrapped. But that's okay. They'll make it under the tree before tomorrow evening :)
I'm smiling at the strange things that happen around our house. Like today, I found the pepper shaker that had been missing from the kitchen. It was under the blankets on my bed. Go figure. Oh, and when I asked Eli today what he had in his mouth, he replied matter-of-fact "My toe nail"
When asked what he hoped to find in his stocking, Noah replied "Joooosh" (Juice---his favorite thing in the world) When I suggested that maybe candy would be a less-messy option for in his stocking, he frowned and said "No, Joooosh!"
We gave Leanna rice cereal this week. She hated it. She spit it out. She gagged. She made funny faces. She stuck out her tongue. On the outside, I said "Oh, that's too bad, little girl, Mama thought you were ready for solid food" But on the inside I was thinking "That's my girl! Mama's milk is best! We're not ready for that icky other stuff yet, are we?" :) No, seriously, I think we're gonna wait until after Christmas and try again. All my other babies took to solid food without any issues, so I think maybe we'll try some smushed banana next week and give it a couple tries before we give up.
And finally, a funny story to wrap up this cluttered post. Last week, the kids had their Christmas program at church in the evening. I got out of the van, and went to take Noah's hand on the rather icy parking lot. "Here, Noah, hold Mommy's hand in case you falllllllllllllllll.......Yep, I fell flat on my face. Just as I was telling my two year old not to. That's just the kind of thing that always happens to me. Fortunately, my husband doesn't seem to mind :)
Merry Christmas Eve Eve to you all, and I'll try to post pictures from all of our festivities :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas!

With all our love, Joel, Jaime, Cosette, Elias, Noah and Leanna

Dear Family and Friends,

Once again, I have chosen the easier route of putting our yearly family letter on my blog. I am slowly learning that with four little ones, some things take priority, while others take the 'back burner' :) Besides, I probably don't have all of your addresses anyway ;)

The year 2010 was both a blessed one, as well as a very hard one for our family. It started out last May with the birth of our fourth baby, Leanna Rose. She was named after my Grandmother who passed away last year, Rosina. She was my smallest baby yet, weighing in at 6lb, 14 oz.

The difficult part of the year came when my dear mom passed away on August 9. This was totally unexpected on our part, and so we found ourselves rather unprepared. I told my husband how amazing it is that since Mom's passing, heaven seems SO MUCH closer! I can not wait until our whole family is reunited again some day. In the mean time, we move on. Our family and friends have been so wonderful at helping us through this hard time. Each day, something causes me to think of her, even just a simple Christmas ornament that maybe SHE gave me. I miss having her right down the road; I miss having her to call on to watch my children at a moment's notice---but most of all, I just miss her. God's grace is sufficient, however, and I'm amazed that I can keep 'going on' some days when the ache in my heart hurts so badly. I know it will ease with time.

Joel and I just celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. In some ways, it feels like a life-time ago, in other ways it feels like just yesterday that I walked down the aisle :) Our family recently moved from our little 'starter' home to a larger home with more space for our kids to romp and play :) We are loving it here in our new place!

Cosette will celebrate her 6th birthday in two weeks, and sometimes I wonder where my little baby is that I brought home from the hospital----wasn't that just yesterday??! She is working on 2nd grade work, and is reading and writing very well. She loves to write stories and send notes of encouragement to others. She is taking a six week ballet class, and is really loving that as well. As you can see in the picture, she is beginning to loose some teeth :)

Eli is working on Kindergarten work, and loves science the most. He is doing really well with his reading also. I didn't know if he was ready to start reading yet, but once we started, he just took it and ran! We are so proud of him! His favorite thing to do is play with legos, and he builds some pretty intricate things!

Noah Shaun is 2 1/2. Despite his ornery ways, he wins my heart every day! He loves to snuggle and cuddle, and is the first of my children to have a favorite 'pillow and blanket'. He is not talking much yet---he only has a handful of words he uses. But we know one of these days he's just going to open up and start talking, so we're not worried :) I love his big brown eyes and his curly head of brown hair.

And Leanna Rose? How can I begin to say how much joy this little girl has brought us. She is an exceptionally happy and easy-going baby, with a lovable disposition. She shares her sister's baby-blue eyes, and is currently bringing in two bottom teeth. She can crawl like a champ, as well as pull herself up on things into a standing position. Her siblings absolutely LOVE her, and basically can't get enough of holding her and playing with her! Sometime I have to say "Oh please, leave Leanna alone for just a little while!" ;)

And Joel and Jaime? Well, Joel keeps busy with his work this time of year, as well as being an elder at our church. He absolutely amazes me each day with what a wonderful husband and father he is, and I am so glad that he is mine :) I (Jaime) basically find myself more than busy enough caring for the kids. There are some days when I feel over-whelmed and anxious about the amount of work that caring for a large family requires, but then I remember that it is only for a season. Some day I will look back at these photos and wonder how my children all grew up so quickly! So, I wade my way through the piles of laundry each day, thanking God for my little people.

We hope and pray that this Christmas season finds all of our family and friends doing well and marveling at the birth of our Savior. Please, if you read and don't usually comment, I'd love to hear from you! Let me know you're reading, and catch up a little! Blessings to all!

Friday, December 17, 2010


I'm still here, just enjoying life. We've been busy with the expected festivities of December---baking cookies, Christmas plays, dressing little girls up in the cutest Christmas outfits you can know, the important stuff :)
I was so proud of my daughter the other day when, in the middle of a snow-storm, she announced that she wanted to go shovel the sidewalk of some elderly neighbors of ours. I was afraid to let her do the shoveling by herself that close to the road, so she asked if she could take some blueberry muffins down to them instead. I'm humbled by my five year old...I'm wanting to 'receive the Kingdom as a little child'......they teach me so much!
I'm hoping to post our 2010 family pictures and our Christmas letter on here soon, so stay tuned :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Seven Years

I can't believe it's been seven years already since that snowy December evening when I said "I Do" They have been seven of the best years of my life! Thanks, Joel, for being such an easy man to love! Happy Anniversary!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Where I am

My women's Bible study group read Luke 1 tonight. We talked about what an awesome response Mary had when the angel told her she was going to be the mother of the Messiah. She didn't whine or complain "Why me, Lord?" "But that's not what I had in mind" No, her reply was something like "I am the maid-servant of the Lord" She was willing to accept this major, life-changing event in her life because that's what God had in store for her.

It would be so easy for us to compare ourselves, or to look at where others are in their lives, and want something different. It would be easy for me to look at my friends who are studying for their Ph.D's and think "Oh, I could have done that! I should be working that hard too." Likewise, it would be easy for them to look at their friends who have families and think "Oh, if I could only be married with a couple kids...." OR, it could be easy for all of us to look at our dear friend in the group who is headed off to be a missionary in South Africa and think "Man, if God could just use me like that"
But the truth is, God uses people everywhere, in all stations of life. Our job is to be obedient and content with where He has us now, at this point in time.
So.....where I am now is a very blessed wife and mother of four little people who make my life so full and happy. My ministry, right now, at this point in time, is to raise these children for God's glory. Oh, and I also specialize in giving lots of hugs and kisses, too. I mean, how could you not kiss these adorable cheeks?

I look at my baby next to my big girl, who not so very long ago was my baby, and think "Wow, don't want to waste even a single moment....."

And speaking of growing up, this little lady has suddenly become very mobile!

When I see my two year old, sitting on the floor, 'reading' a book to his baby sister...well, it makes me just want to stop what I'm doing and savor that moment.

Cause someday, they'll be 'big kids', and learning all about first and second positions, and a bunch of other ballet terms which I can't pronounce :)

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

A Bible, tree lesson.....

I've been in kind of a 'blogging funk' this week. When I go to post, my mind goes...blank :) But, Eli gave me some good material this morning. The kids are memorizing this verse for their daily devotions this week:

" There shall come forth a rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of His roots." Isaiah 11:1

After reading this verse, Eli said "But mom, Jesus isn't down under the ground with the tree roots, He's up in heaven with God!" :)

Friday, December 03, 2010

Leanna and Daddoo

Thanksgiving Day I caught this precious moment. It's pictures like this that make me wonder why I ever worry about all the little things that don't matter. All I really need to do more of is sit and hold my baby.....


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