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A blog about raising a young family and keeping Christ at the center of it.

The Cyrs

The Cyrs
Photo Credit: Rachel Dewhurst

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Time for Rocks

A foolish son is a grief to his father...~Prov.17:25

You know, sometimes finding something to write about on this blog takes some thought. Other times, the material just falls into your lap without even trying.

At approx. 1:30pm Ben received a phone call from the school, informing him that Noah had a rock stuck in his ear. But don't worry, he wasn't in any pain. Seriously??!! At first we thought Noah would need to be taken to the ER to have this taken care of because that is what the school was telling us. Once Ben saw Noah, and could see the rock in his ear, he decided to try and do it himself.

 Noah understands now that putting rocks in our ears is just plain foolish, no matter how fun it seems!

A Time For An Update Part II

Delight  thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. ~ Psalm 37:4-5

The kids listening to Daddy tell a
Bible story.
Everyone has different desires in their hearts. I could possibly be the only one who has spent so much time in prayer hoping the Lord would take away our bed wetting woes! As I've shared before, it has been a long year in this area. He wets through pull-ups and the re-usable, washable kind meaning he requires a bath and sheet change EVERY MORNING. We've tried everything. Every trick, every product and nothing has worked. The alarm I would recommend for parents whose children are light sleepers but he would sleep right through it. We'd have to go in and turn it off for him and bring him to the that point he no longer needed to pee. So after talking to the pediatrician, she confirmed that he does, in fact, have Enuresis and he is now on medication. He's been taking it for 3 nights now and has been completely dry. We are all so excited and I'm finally caught up on laundry. She said that every child is different as to when this stops so we'll do this for awhile then stop the medication and see if his body is ready to stay dry at night. For now, this is a tremendous blessing and I'm so thankful the Lord has answered this prayer.
I forgot to mention in my previous blog that we also had a nice visit from Ben's uncle Phil. This was his first time coming down to visit us and the boys really enjoyed it. Ben and the boys took him on a walk in the woods and they found feathers. Ben and Uncle Phil say they are Hawk feathers but I think it's more likely they are Turkey feathers. Whatever they are, the boys thought they were very cool so when they got home we made them headbands and gave them all Indian (or Native American, whichever you prefer) names. 

Yes, that's chocolate on
Gabe's face!
We were recently at BJ's (shocker, I know!) and Ben saw Gingerbread House kits. He may have had a coupon for this, I don't remember. He and I both had never made gingerbread houses that we could remember so we bought one for the boys. These are a lot harder then they seem and it's nearly impossible to make them look like they do on the package. I think Gabe had the most fun. He spent the whole time eating the decorations. He loves food and can smell it from a mile away. He can hear the sounds of jars, bags and packages being opened no matter how noisy it is in the house. It was a challenge to do this project with him because we were always telling him to stop eating! :) I guess it is a pretty big temptation to expect a 3-year-old to resist!
Gabe is coming off his sugar high!

        We couldn't get the walls to stay up and the whole thing collapsed. It was yummy to eat though and a fun time.

I also promised a picture of Noah wearing his glasses. He is still loving the fact that he needs them and taking good care of them. Owen is now convinced that he can no longer see and needs to get glasses!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Time to Update!

But Martha was cumbered about much serving...Luke 10:40

Well lately I feel so much like Martha and not so much like Mary! October proved to be an incredibly busy month for us and November is turning out to be also. Every year Ben and I finally find a moment to sit down and assess our calendar and see what we can eliminate and each time we do this it's the month of Oct!! For some reason fall is so busy for us and it's usually with things we need to be doing or feel the Lord leading us to do. Then after the holidays things slow down and we are able to catch our breath. I've struggled with finding adequate time to study God's word...not just read it and go, but really study it. Hence, my Martha-like feelings. 

Our computer started giving us trouble at the end of Sept. It kept kicking us off the internet after 5 mins. or so. Everything else worked fine. Not really having time to really figure out the problem (or enough knowledge about computers) we decided to swap the hard drives. A friend had given us her old computer and the hard drive worked perfect...only problem is there is no Word program or any sound. I didn't realize how much I relied on Word or sound on my computer until I was without it! :) I also have misplaced one of my most valued camera. I'm just praying it's in the house somewhere. :( So many pictures from our Oct. adventures are on there and have not yet been downloaded including pictures from Will's 2nd birthday!

Our Sweet Will turned 2 in October. His most favorite gift was from my sister, Jenny. I had asked her for the book Corduroy and it came with a little stuffed Corduroy bear. He LOVES this bear and now carries it around with him everywhere and sleeps with it. I think the days of "pig-pig" are gone...they were really gone the day he lost the original pig-pig. He just couldn't bond with the new pig-pig, which was identical, but apparently not the same! 

Jena is now 6 months! It doesn't seem possible, the time has just gone by so fast. She is still the most happy baby. She sleeps 12 hours at night and naps great during the day. We are so blessed. She is refusing to eat solid foods, which at first concerned me. After her Dr. visit last week where I found out she is in the 60% for weight and 25% for height, I'm no longer concerned! The pediatrician said this happens and to not worry about it. She now gets up on her knees and rocks back and forth so I'm thinking any day now she'll be crawling. I'm in no hurry as I like my babies stationary as long as possible. :) She loves being in the jumper and swing.

Gabe keeps life interesting as always. He's still full of energy and cannot be trusted alone for very long. When I said, "Gabe you can draw at the table quietly while I clean the bathroom", this happened :
Then when I said, "Gabe I need you to sit at the table quietly while I finish doing the dishes", this happened to my neatly piled stack of napkins:I guess I need to re-think leaving Gabe alone at the table!

We also celebrated Ben's birthday recently. When I asked him what kind of cake he wanted me to make I expected him to say one from a store since I am HORRIBLE at making cakes. No, instead, he wanted me to make Kathy's chocolate cake. So I got the recipe from Kathy and just prayed it would turn out. And it did! Ben's favorite birthday gifts were from Joyce & Dave. Ladder Ball and Washers! We haven't stopped playing these games since.

I recently went to Parent/Teacher conferences with Noah and Owen's teachers. Both are doing great in school. Owen's teacher said he has adjusted great to kindergarten, is making good friends, and really wanting to learn. She thinks he is a fantastic artist. Noah continues to do well. His teacher says he is a friend to everyone, which really makes us so happy. She said he is so kind and thoughtful and doing really well academically. Noah also just got glasses!!! He is so cute in them too and so excited about them. I'm thinking the novelty of them will wear off and in time he'll grow to not like them just like the rest of us who have to wear glasses. He only needs them for reading and it's only for one eye. He's been doing great keeping them in his case when he's not wearing them. When I think to take a picture of him wearing them I'll post one.

That's pretty much the highlights of what's been going on around here!