Thursday, July 27, 2006

Four Years in a Row

Recently, I had a conversation with my mom and sister. We were talking about the fact that for two years in a row, there has been a new baby in the family at Christmas -- Brock in 2004 and Josiah in 2005. Then, my sister gets pregnant and the tradition will continue with their new addition being present for Christmas 2006. They jokingly asked if I would be continuing the tradition in 2007.

Well, the tradition will be continued when our newest little one joins us sometime in March, well in time for Christmas 2007. Yes, that means we're pregnant. Our official due date is March 15th. I am about 8 weeks along and according to the ultrasound, everything looks good. It's always amazing to see the heartbeat on the screen. We have been blessed with two healthy children and are praying the same for this little one. Caleb will almost be seven and Josiah will be about 19 and 1/2 months when our new one arrives. I'm feeling fine except for exhaustion and needing to eat something every couple of hours. Also, this baby doesn't like Dr. Pepper. I can't believe it! So, after all these years, I have no interest in Dr. Pepper. I wonder how long it will last? We'll keep you updated throughout this pregnancy from time to time.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Josiah Turns 1!

Josiah on July 26, 2006 -- Don't you love the
hospital gown they put on him?

Josiah on September 26, 2006 -- 2 months old

Josiah at his 4 month old pictures

Josiah at six months

Josiah at 8 and 1/2 months

Josiah at almost 1 year of age

I can't believe the day is finally here. Josiah is one year old. He has grown so much in the last year. He has been walking very well for the last month. He is also turning into a climber. I turn around and he is on his activity table. He loves to talk. Most of it you can't understand, but he is very serious about what he is saying. He loves being outside and cries if someone goes outside without him. He also has a temper. If he doesn't get what he wants, he will scream. We plan to work on that more once I know he understands what we're saying. He never was big on baby food choosing to go straight to finger foods. He likes to feed himself. It is ironic since he is still an avid nurser showing no signs of weaning anytime soon. He also likes to point at thinks. He thinks if he points at something he should always get it. We're working on that.

We plan to have a cake tonight and a few gifts and then celebrate more with family when we're in Texas. Josiah has been an added blessing to our lives this year. We can't imagine life without him. It will be an exciting new year in his life as he learns to run, talk, and understand more. I'm looking forward to it. Happy birthday Josiah!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Beach Baptism

Today, Saddleback held baptisms at the beach. Caleb decided that he wanted to be baptized in the ocean. So, last night we got the video camera and digital all ready. Here is what Kerry wrote in an email about today:

"As you know, Caleb prayed to receive Christ on October 21, 2005 at 9:23 p.m.
with Daddy during our Bible Study at bedtime.

Well, today, July 23, 2006 Daddy had the greatest privilege of all in baptizing Caleb at
Doheny State Park in San Juan Capistrano, California in the ocean.

It was a great day for the entire family."

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Pictures from Texas

Josiah, Brock, and Granddad

Josiah takes a break from exploring

Granddad and me on our birthday

Here are a few pictures from my trip to Texas for my birthday. The digital camera is working great. I'm already spoiled once again by packing it in the diaper bag to have on hand at all times. I keep it on the outside pocket now to avoid spills ruining it. I ruined our last digital camera when I forgot that I had left Caleb's chocolate milk in my purse and it exploded days later over everything.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Big 3-0!

This past Saturday at 6:45am, Josiah and I flew back to Texas. I was very concerned about how Caleb would do when I left, especially since he had been crying all week and he needed me to carry him into the airport. I was so thankful when the lady at the check in counter asked me if Kerry and Caleb would like to see me to the gate. That made the difference. Caleb was so excited to get to go to the gate with me. He got to have pancakes at McDonalds and pick out a piece of candy from the candy store. When it was time for me to board, he gave me a hug and kiss and waved goodbye. I wish I knew the name of the lady from the check in counter so I could send a thank you note letting her know how that made the difference in my departure.

My sister and my nephew Brock picked us up at the airport. Brock has been saying Siah for many months. For some reason, he is now confused and is calling Josiah RyRy. After lunch and letting the boys play, we went back to the airport to pick up my parents. We were all pretty tired and enjoyed picking up some dinner to eat at the house.

The reason I went back was to celebrate my Dad and my birthday on July 16th. I turned the dreaded 3-0. I really felt old when my hair didn't look good and my face looked tired. It got even worse when we were at my parents church and a man asked my Mom and I if we were twins. Did he not realize what monumental day that was? I got a digital camera from my parents and look forward to posting pictures in a timely manner once again.

Monday found my Mom and I shopping -- spending birthday money and looking getting things together for Josiah's first birthday in less that 10 days. Monday night I got on a plane to come back to see my two big boys. It was so good to see them. That was the longest Caleb and I have ever been apart and I don't plan on repeating it any time soon.

Today has been a pretty normal day. The boys and I took it easy this morning, playing inside, washing laundry and picking up a little around the house. We took Daddy to lunch and then went to play at the park. People have asked me if it is hotter in Texas. I really thought California was just as hot especially in the sun, but I was so wrong. I could barely breathe during my visit. I am looking forward to going back to visit family in a couple of weeks, but I'm not looking forward to the heat. We were able to play in the sand surrounded by tall trees and a nice breeze and not break a sweat today. It was such a nice feeling. I will say though that the sun does make the sand and other surfaces very hot during the day, especially on playground equipment. I'll try to post some pictures later tonight.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


This weekend, I am headed back to Texas with Josiah to celebrate my 30th birthday on Sunday. My Dad and I share the same birthday and we have only been apart fo 2 of those years: a youth choir trip and my honeymoon. When making plans for me to go back to Texas, I asked Caleb if he wanted to go with me and Josiah or stay with Daddy. He quickly chose to stay with Daddy. I explained that he would not be able to change his mind once the day got here. As of last week, he was so excited to be staying with Daddy.

And then yesterday happens. I've tried not to talk much about the trip, but I was going over our week with him. He broke down in tears saying he had changed his mind and could we get him a ticket. I explained that the tickets this close to the date would cost way too much money. He proceeded to tell me that he was going to tell Daddy that he didn't want me to go, that I had to stay here. He has also said that he was going to hold onto me from now on and never let go of me again. All of these things are breaking my heart. I leave very early Saturday morning, so early that I'm hoping he might still be sleeping in the car when we get to the airport. He has told me he is going into the airport and that he is going to cry. I guess this is one of those times children get to experience natural consequences. He said he didn't want to go, so he is staying with Daddy. I just don't want to walk through security hearing my six old crying for me. Please say a prayer for Caleb. We've never been apart for two sleeps before. He even stayed in the hospital with us when Josiah was born. He's taken a few one night camping trips with Daddy and had a blast. But he was the one going on the adventure.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

8 Year Anniversary

July 11, 1998 -- Stephanie and Kerry

It's hard to believe that Kerry and I are celebrating 8 years of marriage. At times, it seems like we've known each other a whole lot longer. Other times, time has flown by. We have experienced quite a bit in our eight years of marriage. We have lived in five different houses or apartments. Kerry has served on staff at four different churches. I married Kerry straight out of college, started my first full time job, and two years later came home to be at stay at home mom, the best job ever. We have two wonderful children. I love Kerry with a deeper love than 8 years ago. Gone is that new, exciting love feeling and in it's place is an unconditional steadfast love that will last. It's been a journey worth going on. I look forward to seeing what the next 8 years hold. That will be sixteen years of marriage. Where will we be and what will we be doing? Only God knows! It should be exciting. I love you Kerry!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

A Brother in Christ

When Caleb was about three, we started trying to prepare him that Pappy was not going to live forever here on earth and that Pappy would be in heaven when he died. Pappy was someone he saw at least 6 days a week, and we knew that it would be a transition. With our discussions, Caleb would ask a lot of questions about heaven and we would answer them. As he got a little older, 4 and 5, he understood about heaven and that you needed to ask Jesus into your heart to go to heaven when you die, but he said he did not want to go to heaven. We did not pressure him. Pappy dying gave him a real grasp on death when he was four. Although he said he would miss Pappy, he was not sad because he knew Pappy was running in heaven with Jesus. And then when he was five and we were still in Texas, he asked Jesus to forgive him of his sins, but did not ask him into his heart. He continued to ask questions and we continued to answer them. We just prayed that he would accept Christ when he was ready.

Fast forward to October 21, 2005. Kerry was laying down with Caleb before bed, a usual occurrence. They read from the Bible and during prayers that night without any encouragement, Caleb prayed saying that he had already asked Jesus to forgive him of his sins while he was in Texas and that he wanted him to come into his heart. Kerry and Caleb came running down the stairs to find me on the couch nursing Josiah. Caleb shared with me that he had asked Jesus in his heart. He knew exactly what it meant. I was a little upset that I had missed it, but I'm glad that Daddy got to be a part of it. And it's so amazing that he is now looking forward to going to heaven someday. He does say sometimes that he wants us all to go at the same time. He's definitely a family man, wants to do everything as an entire family.

Tonight we went to a class at church called Sidestep. It is for children that have asked Jesus into their hearts or are asking questions about making a decision. This is the class they go to before they can be baptized at church. And then the children interview with a children's leader to see if they have already made that step or need to take a little time. Caleb was a little nervous when he found out he would have to talk with someone alone without Mom or Dad. But I understand since they don't want the kids to feel pressured from Mom and Dad. I believe he did fine. They said he is ready. We don't want to rush into anything, so we're making sure he understands everything clearly. I am so happy that Caleb has made a decision to follow Christ and that when we die, we will see each other again in heaven.

Sharing my faith in Christ does not come easy for me, especially in person unless I'm talking to children. God has placed a burden in my heart for my extended family. I have no idea how many of my extended family actually reads this blog. Feel free to leave comments. But if someone was to ask me if I knew for sure that I would see my aunts, uncles, and cousins one day in heaven, I would have to say I don't know. And that saddens me. Why is it so hard for me to come right out and ask my own family members if they have a relationship with Christ. Sometimes when I think about it, I'd rather ask a complete stranger since I'd never see them again. My prayer is that God will give me the courage to ask my extended family members if they have a relationship with Christ. If the answer is yes, then I'd love to hear their stories. And if the answer is no or not sure, I pray God will give me the words to say because I so want to see all of my family members up in heaven one day. One of these days, I'll share my own story.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Work at Home

If any one knows of a reputable work at home job, please leave suggestions in the comments. I am trying to find something that would supplement our income. I enjoyed taking care of little ones in my home, but with homeschooling, that would not work at this time. I like working on the computer, so that would be a great option. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

More Pics from the Beach

Josiah and Daddy

Josiah, Daddy, and Caleb

Josiah, Mommy, Caleb, and Daddy

Caleb and Mommy

By the end of the night, we all felt pretty dirty. All I could think about was taking a shower. I was hoping the boys would wake up when we got home so I could clean them up too, but they slept on. Josiah had sunscreen all in his hair since he would not wear a hat. The boys ended up going to bed dirty, but I washed them first thing this morning. It's nice to know the sunscreen is out of Josiah's hair and the sweat, sunscreen and sand is off of Caleb.

July 3, 2006

Josiah having fun in the sand

Josiah is not too sure of the water

Caleb throwing a frisbee

Caleb running nonstop

Yesterday, we went spent the day at the beach with our small group. We had a great day! Caleb did not slow down once and we were there for about 8 hours. He was very disappointed when it got dark and we would not let him run in the waves anymore. Josiah had fun looking at the rocks and sitting in the sand. He loves watching people and things so this was the perfect outing. He took maybe a 30 minute nap, but was in a wonderful disposition the entire time. We ended the evening cooking smores over the fire. I have to admit, I will never tire of the beach, especially a fire going at night along with the sound of the waves.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Little Things About Caleb

I have these two stories about Caleb that I wanted to write down before I forgot them. For those of you who know Caleb really well, you know how picky he is when it comes to clothes. He has inherited this problem from me, his mother. I believe I was picking out my own clothes by the time I was 2. Caleb was the same on most things. I can never buy him clothes without him seeing them first. Back in February, I saw a shirt and pair of shorts that looked so nice for him. But he was not with me. I shouldn't have bought them, but I did. When I got home, he did not like them. He mentioned he liked them but not to wear at the same time. As the weather got warmer, every time for church, I would hold up this same outfit hoping he would change his mind. Everytime it was the same answer: he didn't want to wear it. So, last night I thought I'd try it again. I was shocked when he responded, "Mom, that is awesome!" He looked so adorable. I even took pictures which will have to wait until I get them developed. Daddy thought he looked good too and that always helps.

The second story occurred today. To preface this story, I am not a fan of guns. However, a family member gave him a toy gun for Christmas. After discussing it with Kerry and going over strict rules, we allowed him to use it. While helping him clean his room awhile ago, I simply put it in one of his drawers. He thought it was gone and I could not remember where I had put it. Anyway, he found it today, put on his jeans, shirt, knee pads, and Buzz Lightyear purple hood. It was a great combination! He was darting around the house. He informed me that today it was a paint gun. He doesn't like to be in pain and I mentioned that you can get bruises from playing paint ball. He responded that that was in the old days. He said that back then they only had glasses for protection. But now they have protection for your back and eyes, etc. Back in the old days. I didn't laugh out loud but thought it was so cute the way he was thinking. As he gets older, I'm sure I will hear more assumptions of the old days (when I was a girl). I look forward to hearing them and then passing them along.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

The Doggie Door

I knew the day would come. I just wasn't sure how much time I had. When we moved into this house, there was a doggie door. It really is too small for Bailey, but he manages to use the door if it is left open. Recently, I have noticed Josiah showing a lot of curiosity when it comes to the doggie door. He will push on the flap and see how far he can push it out. He watches Bailey go in and out. This morning, I was cleaning up after breakfast. I wasn't paying constant attention to where Josiah was since the stairs were blocked and the toilet seat was down. Those are his two favorite things to do these days. Anyway, I heard the doggie door which I assumed Bailey had used to go outside. About 30 seconds later, I realize that Josiah is not in the kitchen or living room. I quickly glance around and then notice that he is sitting outside on the other side of the doggie door. I think he felt set free. He was taking it all in (the 30 seconds of freedom he had) and headed straight for the dog food and water. I caught him before he ate any dog food or made a mess of the water (not ready for that this morning). I brought him inside, closed up the doggie door, and explained to him that we don't go outside without Mommy, Daddy, or brother. I'm sure he completely understood and there will never be a repeat performance. Just kidding! I'm sure he will be headed out the door everytime it's open now. I just need to have the video camera ready.