Friday, April 29, 2011

crying over a keyboard

When cleaning out the girls' toy box over the weekend, I came across a small toy keyboard my dad bought for Nadia for her 1st birthday. I remember he was all excited to give it to her because he knew she loved noisy things. And he ordered it on the computer ahead of time. He even had batteries to go with it. We got it all set up after she opened it, and she loved it, of course. All the kids there sat in a circle playing with this keyboard (sometimes fighting over it a little bit) and having a good time. My dad was so happy. He took a ton of pictures (not kidding!). He laughed. When Nadia had her cake, he took such delight in her hesitation to dig right in (thinking she would have, but she didn't right away)...and snapped tons of pictures as she investigated and then finally dug in. He delighted so much in each of his grandchildren.


Anyway. I sat there holding this keyboard that no longer works. We recently put new batteries in it and it died a couple days later. And I cried. I kept thinking I should just toss it because it is broken, but I couldn't make myself do it. Jonathan told me to just keep wasn't a big deal. I couldn't stop crying. I kept the keyboard. For now.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Matching Dresses

I made the girls matching dresses for Easter.  I cut out all the pieces last week…and then when I started sewing Liberty’s dress I realized it was too small for Nadia, let alone Liberty!!  After talking to my friend who gave me the dress pattern, I found out she made the same mistake…the directions weren’t quite clear.  Thankfully I had just enough material left over to make the girls’ dresses.  I think they turned out really cute…and I think it’s so fun to put them all in matching clothes.  The girls were really excited about the dresses as well.

The dresses (they tie in the back):


Liberty (who is turning 5 on Sunday!!):


Leila (3 1/2):


Nadia (2):


All 3 of my girlies:


I hope everyone had a blessed Resurrection Day!  It’s absolutely amazing to me that Jesus would sacrifice Himself like that for ME! I’m so thankful for His love.  At the very end of Luke it talks about Jesus’ ascension…it says, “And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they, after worshipping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising God.” (Luke 24:50-53).  May we also praise God continually!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

7 years & 3 kids later…

…we are attempting to purchase our very first house.  we put in an offer, the offer was accepted. we had an inspection and went over it yesterday with the realtor.  we made  a small list of things we are requesting the seller take care of and are now waiting for the seller to get back to us.  craziness!!

the house is in a nice, quiet neighborhood.  just beyond the fence of the back yard, there is a park.  the house is just over 1200 sq feet, has 3 bedrooms, and needs no major work.  and it has a big fenced in back yard. and it’s all one level (i’m not a fan of stairs anymore after living in a few places with them, haha).

thought i would share some pictures of the house i took yesterday:

DSC_4920 the front

DSC_4985 from the front door

DSC_4986 from the front door…those window things look down into a family room

DSC_4987 the family room (this used to be a garage, apparently).

DSC_4988 from the window in the family room.

DSC_4989 the small kitchen. it as decent counter space, so i think i can deal.  plus it won’t cost much to remodel eventually :).  i want to build a pantry in that corner at the right of the picture.

DSC_4990 half bath/laundry room (right off the dining room).

DSC_4991 another view of the kitchen

DSC_4992 bathroom, obviously…

DSC_4999 linen closet just outside of bathroom

DSC_4993 smallest bedroom from doorway

DSC_4994 smallest bedroom from inside

DSC_4995 biggest bedroom from doorway

DSC_4996 biggest bedroom from inside

DSC_4997 middle bedroom from doorway

DSC_4998 middle bedroom from inside

DSC_5000 dining area

DSC_5006 from dining area (original living room).

DSC_5001 yard from deck

DSC_5002 yard from other side of deck

DSC_5003 back of house from back yard. there is a storm cellar on the right of the deck.

DSC_5004 building behind trees is the hospital (i told jonathan if we have another baby, i could just walk to the hospital when i’m in labor, haha).

DSC_5005 back of the park from the yard (this is going to be so handy with nice weather!).

i have much to catch up on here on the blog…the kiddos, crafts, things God has been teaching me/reminding me of, my almost 5 year old (sniff!)…but that will have to wait for another day.  we are getting ready to go to a playdate with some new friends (a little girl liberty’s age!). 

i will share this verse i read yesterday. Psa. 94:19

“When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.”

blessings to you!