My friend Stephanie always did a 18month photo shoot of her 5 kids, and she has a collage of them on her wall in her living room. I always loved looking at them cause 18 months is such a cute age, and they just looked like a "mini me" version of her older kids. So I thought I'd do it with Noah (and my other kiddos to come!) It was so great to have Clint with me cause Noah is VERY aware that there is a camera lately, so Clint distracted him from the fact that I was even there (and so did the ducks and all the fun things he could look at!)
Here are my favorites, let me know which one is your fav! I can't decide which one to frame :)
And to see the whole shoot or download photos click on the album:
Our doggie has returned! He was never lost, but we lent him to Liz and Lyle for a few months so that our new grass could finally actually grow in. It was perfect timing cause now Noah can play with him without Spurgeon knocking him over every few seconds while he learned to walk. Noah was so excited that Spurgeon had returned, that the day he came back before we knew it he had toddled outside to play in the wet grass right after his bath with his PJ's on! So Clint decided to make it a Spurgeon Rodeo night since Noah was already filthy. Noah thought riding Spurgeon was hilarious, and kept asking for "more!" Noah has been playing fetch with Spurg pretty much all day the last week. Here he is practicing his new kicking skill....while holding on to his beloved blankie...quite the feat. One member of the family was NOT too impressed with Spurgeon's reappearance. I love the look on her face, its like "REALLY?" Liz won't miss our doggie to much cause she is due the exact same day as me! A comparing tummies photo :) They are moving to Australia in a few weeks.
Clint just preached on this verse at Cornerstone, and its one of our favorite verses that we use all the time in our house. Usually we use it totally out of context in jest, but we say it when something is proven with time. And this week, its doubly ironic because it regards my wisdom teeth. I needed them taken out quite a while ago, and I kept putting it off (dentists are scary ok?) until I finally made an appointment to get em out JUST before our trip to America, and the Dr. didn't show up. So I thought....well it won't hurt to wait a little longer right, how bad can it be?!? I'll get back from the States, and then have em out! Well, I found out I was pregnant in the states, and now my wisdom teeth are killing me. All the books in the world on pregnancy say to take care of your teeth problems before you get pregnant, cause there isn't much you can do about it once you are. Well, turns out those books are quite wise, cause I went to the dentist this week (shudder) and he says I can't really do anything about my wisdom teeth till the baby is born. I can't be put under, I can't have local, and most of all, I can't have any pain medication now, or even if I did get them out, I couldn't have any pain meds then either. Yikes. So for all of you who warned I should get them taken out a long time ago....wisdom has been vindicated by her children. Clint reckons if I need a C-section I should just have the baby, my tonsils, my wisdom teeth, and my appendix taken out all at the same time to avoid this in the future. :)
This year was the third annual Cornerstone reformation party where we had all the young adults in our church over to celebrate the reformation. Clint did an awesome job retelling the story of the Reformation and why we are a Reformed Baptist Church, and we had pumpkin pie and apple cider and carved pumpkins! Carving pumpkins is pretty much an American thing, so for most people it was their first time carving!
Yummy pumpkin pie & apple cake.
Jonathan found the only cool orange pumpkin!
Some serious competition carving
Having fun with all the goo
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:8-10
ok ok, for those asking for more bump photos....clint took these today at almost 26 weeks! It's going way quicker than with Noah, I think it's cause I'm busy taking care of Noah so the weeks seem to fly by! I'm feeling great in my 2nd trimester, and she's starting to kick my ribs a bit.
I was reading this week and two verses really came out at me. "Ecc 11:5 As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything." It's amazing that the Lord has already determined her little personality, and has put it "into her bones!" From one tiny cell, the Lord is making her perfect!
"Psalm 87:6 The LORD records as he registers the peoples, "This one was born there." Selah." This one was cool for me cause Noah was born in South Africa, but is also American. I know the Lord obviously knows where we are all born, being omnicient and all, but it was awesome to dwell upon how he "registers" us as to where we are born. Pretty cool.
I can't wait to meet her! We had a baby girl born to Mike and Lori Voss this week in our church, and going to see her in the hospital made me anxious to meet my own little girl!