Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Doing vs Becoming

I love this song because it's about a single girl who just wants to be a Mom (story of the first 21 years of my life). Now that I finally am a Mom...I found out that its pretty routine. I was climbing into bed the other night, I'd just sneaked in to look at Lily sleeping and then said prayers with my dear husband. I got in bed feeling so happy and thinking, "Almost everything I did today, I'm going to do again tomorrow...and I've been doing it for almost 9 months now." Sometimes I think about the routine (laundry, dishes, dinners, grocery shopping, dressing Lily, changing diapers, having to eat even though I'm sick of eating after being pregnant for 5 months) and I ask myself, "Is this it?"

Well, the other night I realized...of coarse that's not it! That's a total lie. A LIE. My life is not just about the routine things that I'm doing, but what I'm becoming in the process and what I'm helping the people around me become. Yes, I do the same thing every day, but in the last 9 months I've come so far, I've learned so much. There are things that one cannot see that have changed significantly. Example: Below is a picture of our next little baby girl who is due at Christmas. This ultra sound was taken at 6 weeks. The baby is between the two small white x's.
Now look at this picture, taken just three and a half months later. This is a side view of her head and arm. Just by existing and eating - that change happened.
So, maybe the whole idea of becoming doesn't seem like a very big deal but to me, it gives everything that I'm doing a purpose.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Learning to Eat Cheerios

This clip is a little old but still adorable.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Garden Update

So, we made our bookshelf into a square foot garden. Can anyone spot the little problem shown below?
We didn't think about the fact that they make bookshelves out of the cheapest particle board on the planet. So, our first day we hosed down the entire box and this was the result.
Jon's parents are visiting for the day and took us to Lowe's to get some real wood and fund a better box. (Thanks Mom and Dad!) I'm sure we'll have sprouts of salad fixings in no time.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lily's Walker

Lily loves her walker. Today Jon and I left her in the living room for 5 minutes while we were working on dinner in the kitchen. When we came back into the living room...this is what we saw.
She didn't cry. We didn't hear a thump or anything. She just crawled out of her walker. I can just see it - the new baby will come and she's always going to climb into her sister's crib. I guess I should've known given her history...
She just loves to climb into things, it was only a matter of time before she started climbing out of things.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Jon and I turned our bookshelf/cabinet into a square foot garden on Saturday. You can see that Jon built it with 2x4's on the bottom so we can move it off our porch and into the sun when the days start getting shorter. We're going to try planting a fall crop of lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. More updates to come.
Lily loves her new walker. She's started climbing up anything that she can. She's turning into a toddler so fast!