Monday, November 17, 2008

I just had to share...

...this story about my kids. I have finally stopped laughing enough to be able to sit and write it down. After lunch today I put Megan and Joshua in the tub for, what should have been, a quick bath. Sofia likes to be entertained so I strapped her in her seat and put her in the bathroom as well to watch them. Since all three were "contained" I decided to dust and sweep both of the kids rooms real quick. I was almost done when I started hearing hysterical crying coming from the bathroom. I heard both Megan and Joshua's voices so I determined no one was in serious harm but ran to see what it was all about. When I got in there I nearly fell over with laughter. There were brown chunks everywhere. Joshua pooped in the tub!!! He and Megan were both so upset about it and their shreaking cries upset Sofia as well, so all three were crying! I ran to get my phone and call Jaime. When he answered all he heard was hysteria for the first few minutes until I could stop laughing enough to talk. When I told him what happened he joined me in the laughter.

Ahhh, life with three kids. Gotta love it!

This is an after-the-poop shot.

It's been a while

I know it's been a while since my last post. I, like my friend Holly, have about 10 posts in my head but haven't had the chance to get them on here. Mostly due to the fact that I wanted to include pictures but couldn't until yesterday. Jaime reinstalled windows on the computer recently and just yesterday he installed the software needed to get the pictures from the camera to the computer. So now I can add pictures. Yahoo!

Much has been happening around here. Two weeks ago today, Sofia (and Bekah) turned 4 months old. A week ago yesterday, Joshua turned two. Yesterday was Sara and David Leiffer's 6th anniversary. And today is Jaime's 32nd birthday!!! This year November has been (and will continue to be) a full month. On Saturday we are heading north. First to visit Jaime's aunt and uncle in Holland, MI then down and around Lake Michigan to spend a few days with my sister and brother-in-law.

As time (and children) permit, I will try to post more about all these different events that have been happening around our house.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

What can you do this holiday season?

As the weather turns colder and the leaves begin to fall, I'm reminded each day that Christmas is just around the corner. Almost as a constant these days are my thoughts of what to buy my kids for Christmas gifts. What do they need? What do they wish for? Nothing of any great value comes to mind. We, as a family, have so much. God has blessed us greatly. We would be buying things just for the point of buying things. Which brings me to my point of this post. Should I even buy much or anything at all for my kids this year?

I love the idea, that has become popular among many ministry organizations, such as CAM or Samaritan's Purse, to "buy" gifts for others around the world, often times in place of buying something for your own friends and family. Although I have never participated in something like this, each year I have the desire to do so, as I see the enormous need around the world. Instead of buying my son a new toy car why couldn't I buy a soccer ball for kids who have not one toy. Or instead of buying my new baby another cute outfit, that money could be used to buy blankets for a cold family or milk for hungry kids. I'm sure my 5 year old would love the idea of knowing she helped poor Honduran children have a healthy meal at school. It would be something that would impress on her so much more than another doll to add the collection of 20 or so we already have. Wouldn't your husband just love fish or a llama this christmas? Or how about a bridge, some water or a floor for your in-laws?

So... we each can ask ourselves, "What can I do?" or the bigger question "What SHOULD I do?"

What would Jesus do?