"And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." Matthew 22:37

Friday, August 15, 2014

Silas turns 4!

Our sweet big boy turned 4 earlier this month. It's so hard to believe how quickly we have arrived at 4 years of life with this kiddo. Having Jasper join our family, of course, makes us think back to our baby Silas. We are so thankful for all God has grown this kiddo to be, and pray, pray, pray for the days to come. This birthday definitely came in weighty as I see his heart forming in a new way. He is so smart- listening and observing the world around him. Sadly, the values and beliefs we are teaching him, will not fully be upheld in the world around him. He will be a minority as he grows up if he faithfully stands on the things we teach him. The weight of these things has weighed heavy as I long to prepare him well and build him up! Thankfully, God's strength is infinite and how I need HIM! 



For his birthday celebrations this year, we opted for a different route this year, than big birthday bash. We has several reasons for this, but were really happy we did. We did our family fun, then a extended family birthday lunch, and just a playdate on Monday with friends. For our family birthday fun on the Saturday before his birthday, we gave him three options to pick from. After we gave him the choices, I second- guessed the wisdom in doing so, but he handled it like a champ! He calmly verbalized he needed to think about it. The next day he let us know his pick-- Planes: Fire & Rescue!!

We did have sweet neighbors meet us there last minute, which was one of Silas' favorite parts. After the movie we snagged a snack at Chick-fil-A.



So, leading up to Silas' birthday all he talked about was a dog pinata.  My theory- we were at a park once where there was a minion pinata at a bday party and we watched- I think he associated that with birthday and thought the minion was a dog. Either way, whatever it was- it was hilarious! And since that was all he wanted.... we did it. Silas and I tackled pinata making. It was a fun project together, and when I showed him other pinata options, the dog idea quickly faded. We ended up making a simple balloon one and then a treasure chest. Of course, his favorite part.... the candy.  Daddy even made a special treasure hunt and map for the event.



Our precious, crazy boy full of life and energy. We love you monkey!

 
Our little dude at 4 years old is really enjoying legos!! I've loved watching his little brain work and his little imagination take action. They can definitely stress him our and frustrate him, but its good practice for controlling those emotions. He got some birthday money to Target, which he loved, and quickly decided he'd like to get legos. They have been a hit!


But perhaps his favorite new thing.... his brother. It really has blown us away at the love this little kiddo generates for his little brother. It melts my heart and makes me ever so thankful! His maturity in this new change has truly been a gift and joy!! Don't get me wrong, he is still a child with some uncontrollable sinful attitudes and selfish desires but little brother really just has a special place in this big brother's heart.


 

Friday, July 25, 2014

3 months with Jasper

I wrote this on time, but had trouble with the app in my phone. So, here it is--
Today marks 3 months from Jasper's birth. The word that comes to mind is thankfulness. Thankfulness for God blessing us with this pregnancy, sustaining his life in utero, bringing him just at the right time, allowing us to VBAC, blessing us with a low key newborn, giving big brother a unique sincere love for his brother, and increasing our family with joy in his sweet spirit.
Some things about Jasper---
- he is very smiley these days.
- saying 'I love you' brings a sheepish grin to his face.
- he has a great giggle, which we found cradling him and bouncing/dropping down from standing to bent knees. His first giggle was at the dinner table while we ate and he stared quietly as it the window!!
- Silas loves making him smile, gets squirmy about spit up, but has proudly wiped it all by himself.
- Jasper always has clammy hands and feet.
- he loves his hands
- he also found his fingers and sucks them if he doesn't have a paci (just like mama).
- he still has all that hair. Just thinner as his head has grown.
- started sucking on his bottom lip.
- loves chatting and copying sounds.
- affectionately called Jaspy and Gasper, for his man burps and hearty poots.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Just gettin' thru...

This was our family mantra for JUNE, and whatdaya know... it's JULY. We made it!! July actually has its own set of events, but June passed so quickly with family vacations and trips that more days were spent away from home than here, which is probably why the bags are still sitting packed, ready for the next weekend away. In all reality, its been sweet and the busyness is well worth it, creating sweet memories for our family.
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 And a special shout out to Jaspy, our second born, who has just rolled with the punches and has been a champ with all the ins and outs!! 

more pics to come... this is trip #1 of 4

Friday, May 16, 2014

Finally!

Seems appropriate for a title, considering the lapse of time from when I began this post, to now actually posting it. Also, appropriately fitting the sentiment once our sweet Jasper Clive joined our family! Little brother arrived in prefect timing on April 16th at 8:45am. How thankful we were and how in awe we were of God's mercy to us in that! 

 Overwhelmed at God's grace in a fast, successful VBAC!

Blessed by the joy exuded from my first in the reality of his little brother joining our family, outside of mama's tummy.
 Surprised by our 8lb 1 oz, 21.5 inch long, dark headed fuzzy boy, who very much looked different than his brother upon arrival!! My initial thought-- who's kid is that?

Forever in my mind, rounding the corner, approaching our house, seeing my Silas with his PawPaw on our front stoop waiting for his Mama, Daddy, and little brother to COME HOME!!! With tears in my eyes, I will never forget my favorite grin plastered on his face welcoming us home with hugs and asking for baby brother. What joy in my heart!!


Baby brother arrived just in time to sport his matching seer-sucker pants for Easter Sunday. Silas picked the tshirts to go with it, stating he wanted to wear them now that brother was home and they were together. He told mama he was not happy to wear it when Jasper was still at the hospital.


Sweet gift from my boys, a thank you for getting baby brother out and bringing him into the world.

Family of four pictures. Silas quickly announcing, this is my first time carrying baby brother!!

So thankful for where God has brought our family and all that he has taught Todd and I and how he has grown us together! I know that this new life will bring many more lessons and blessings!!

Welcome to the world Jasper Clive! We love you!!