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Jan. 17th, 2011 10:38 am

January 13.
January 13.
Every visiter is subjected to storybooks.
January 14.
January 14.
Symeon took today's photo.
January 15.
January 15.
Deep sleep. &hearts
January 16.
January 16.
Can't tell they're brothers, can you? ;)

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Jan. 13th, 2011 08:23 am
Yes, I missed the ninth. :)


January 10.
January 10.
My cooking helpers!
January 11.
January 11.
Kisses!
January 12.
January 12.
Mmmmm! A yummy fist!

Sometimes it can be frustrating, a lot of times it is tiring, but it is all so worth it, and I wouldn't fast-forward these years for anything. I have such beautiful, amazing, wonderful, clever and sweet children. ♥

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Jan. 9th, 2011 07:09 pm

January 6.
January 6.
Watching for their grandparents to arrive.
January 7.
January 7.
Raynier at his first cricket test, watching with his Grandad and Uncle David.
January 8.
January 8.
Storytime with his Godfather.

I am determined to read my Bible more. This is not a resolution for the coming year, it is a determination to change a bit of my life. And it just so happens to fall near the new year.

Over the last couple years as things have gotten busier and busier for me, my personal devotions and Bible reading time have gotten more and more infrequent until now (dare I confess it), I'm pleased if I've read my Bible once in a week's time. As I have thought about this, and tried to figure out how to make a change, my first impulse was to be annoyed with myself, "I can make time for novels, movies and computer, but not for God??" but as I thought more deeply about it and tried to think how this has all come about, I have come to the conclusion that it wasn't really that way. The result was the same, of course, but the intentions were better. I've decided that my 'problem' was that I wanted to give my full attention to God. And at this point in my life, this isn't as easily as attained as it sounds. Most of my novel reading is done while the baby is going to sleep, cranky and just needing held, or while I'm sitting in with the older children waiting for them to go to sleep. None of those are conducive to 'giving my full attention to God'. And my movie watching and computer time are spent either while resting while watching the kids, or once they're all in bed and my mind is shutting down. And so I feel like that's not a good time for Bible reading either, as I can't 'give my full attention to God'.

Having come to these conclusions though, I know that the answer is not "well, if you can't give your full attention to God, I guess you should just wait a few years until you can." No, I have decided that I need to give what I can, and God will do the rest. He made a little bit of bread and fish feed thousands of people, he can take my little bit of devotions and say, "this is her gift to me, it is good, it is enough." And also, the other way around, he can take these little snatches of God time and make them bear fruit.

I may fall asleep over my Bible this year, and I may have to get up to check on kids and lose my place, and I may end up reading several passages over several times before I remember that I have already read them, but at least I have begun to spend that time with God again, my little snatches of quiet time. And maybe that little bit of quiet (or not so quiet) reading will refresh and relax my spirit just enough to get through that next cranky time or toddler argument or mess or combination of the three.

And ironically, as I scientifically open my Bible at random to determine where I shall start reading, I decide to read the book of Ecclesiastes. Who knows best the futility of things than a mother of small children? ;)

I don't intend to set specific goals either quantity of time or chapters, as I think that would lead to frustration and discouragement when they weren't fulfilled. Rather I will leave it with "I am determined to read my Bible more." And, by the grace of God, I will achieve it.

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Jan. 5th, 2011 06:09 pm

January 4.
January 4.
I think he likes me!
January 5.
January 5.
One last wear of the "santa hat" before it gets put away for a few months.

I counted my reading for the year 2010, and I read at least 106 chapter books. Picture books would be at least a thousand...

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Jan. 3rd, 2011 10:48 am
Well I am going to try again, we shall see how long I last!


January 1.
January 1.
The grandparents enjoying their fourth grandchild.
January 2.
January 2.
Symeon has watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang too many times. ;)
January 3.
January 3.
One of Verity's birthday gifts. Only problem with making it so early is that I now have to wait two weeks before I can see her cuteness in it!

My but time does fly!




Monday morning (11th) I went to see our Osteopath and got my last treatment before the baby came (well, I probably would've gotten another if Raynier would've been overdue). I never did have much pain or discomfort other than from sitting in one position too long or in the wrong kind of chair or something like that. We discussed her coming to the birth again, and she was just as eager... well actually more so since they are now expecting a wee one!


... )
I am thankful to God for so many things, and thankful to others as well.

I praise God for a wonderful husband, and am thankful to Bryan for trying (and succeeding!) to be a good husband, friend and father.

I praise God for my three beautiful children, and am thankful for them reminding me what really is important.

I praise God for the blessing of really really great extended family, and am so thankful to them for their wonderful support and love.

I praise God for health and normalcy.

I praise God for technology, and am thankful to all the people who contribute to making it easy to be in close contact with my distant family.

I praise God for a solid Church family, and thankful to them for their support and love.

God is so good to me!

*glows*

Nov. 20th, 2010 06:34 pm



Five weeks old... can you tell they're related?




Mama is arriving in an hour!!!!
Yesterday morning about 6:15:

Symeon: "Why is Mama in the pool?"
Bryan: "She's going to have a baby!"
Symeon, looking at the decorative sides of the pool, "A baby fish??"

This morning after watching the clamp removed from Raynier's cord:

Verity, lying down in front of the midwife: "My turn!"

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