Thursday, October 21, 2010

baby CRAZY!

my child is obsessed with babies. and i am not exaggerating. everything she does right now is concerning babies.
some examples from my day:

in target, she begged to go see the highchairs, car seats, and pack and plays. when i told her we were going to the baby section, she YELLED in a very excited voice to anyone who was listening, "WE ARE GOING TO GO TO THE BABY SECTION!!!!"

tonight when mark got home from work and was laying on the couch, she wanted to pretend he was a baby. she tried to "carry" him and lifted his head, grunting and straining as she truly tried to pick him up. "You are heavy," she told the baby. then she said, "It's okay baby. I'm here."

it was time to eat a before-bed snack. addelyn picked up one of her grapes and began to rock it back and forth and "shhhsh" her baby.

Gotta love her tender heart and nurturing spirit.

miss farmer

I think Papa Marvin will be happy to see Addelyn on a tractor.
However, the John Deere below might not go over as well! :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

can we reach the goal???

Pretty amazing to run yesterday and then to watch many of my 135 teammates make it across the finish line, many of them finishing their first marathons! So awesome!

We are still raising money to reach our goal of $110,000. I believe we can still do it. I believe we can still build this school. Will you help us finish well and make it to our goal?

Thanks so much for all of your support!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

i love you sweetheart

Isn't she sweet? I have those days where toddler"isms" are a killer but then there are those moments that completely make it all worth it! A moment that happened today as I laid down by Addelyn on the floor before her nap (no she does not sleep in her big girl bed, at all right now.) She asked if I would lay with her and tell her a Jonah story (we tell fun stories about her make believe friend Jonah and his baby brother Micah). As I laid my head next to hers, looking into her eyes, she wrapped her arms around my neck and said, "I love you, sweetheart." It makes me smile, just thinking about that moment that I hope I can forever keep in my memory bank!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

"chicka bow wow"

I almost forgot about this and have to blog it before I forget!
A few weeks ago I visited my friend Arika in Cedar Rapids. She is going to have a baby in December and Addelyn knows this. When I got home to put Addelyn to bed that night, we started to say her prayers. I asked Addelyn who she wanted to pray for. She thought for quite awhile and then said, "what is the name of the baby in Arika's belly?" I told her the baby doesn't have a name yet but asked her if she wanted to give the baby a name so we could pray for him. She again thought for awhile and then said, Yep, we'll call him "Chicka bow wow." So that night we prayed for baby Chicka bow wow.

Friday, October 8, 2010

objects in nose are closer than they appear

After Addelyn's nap yesterday (or should I say, no nap, don't ask) I had set her up on the table and was talking to her face to face. She leaned back her head and I noticed something white up in her nostril. And when I say UP, I mean UP there. Come to find out that during Addelyn's time in her room (the supposed nap time) she had rolled up paper and stuck it up her nose. We worked on getting it out for about fifteen minutes- blowing, pushing from the outside, trying to pull it out- but there was no way! So off to the doctor we headed. Three instruments later, he finally got the little ball of paper out of her little nose (don't worry it was just a page she had ripped out of a book, ahhh!). He at one point during the ordeal mentioned that he thought we may have to put her out to get the item out of her nose. THANKFULLY it didn't end up having to go that way. Her poor little nose was sore but he got it out. I can only HOPE she has learned her lesson! You just never know with toddlers though, especially my toddler!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

ahhh the summer days

Every year as summer ends, I feel a bit of sadness. Although I still like fall weather, it is on the chilly fall mornings (when I can hardly stand to get out of my warm bed) that I feel sadness for those hot summer days that are long gone.

We spent lots of time outside this summer around our house. Some of Addelyn's favorites from summer....drawing with chalk- making "body tracings," eating popsicles on the front step for "bessert", blowing bubbles, and on this one particular wonderful summer night, playing with her buddy Austin. They were having a blast, being as goofy as can be! Oh how we love our summer days, they always seem to end too soon!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

almost there!

Hard to believe Oct. 17th is almost here. Only two more weeks. In those last few weeks, we are still trying to raise $63,000 to make it to our $110,000 goal.

Why $110,000 you may ask? That is the amount it takes to build a school in Mozambique, Africa. With this $110,000, generations among generations will be changed as children are given the opportunity for education.

Will you help us meet our goal? I'm so thankful to the many of you who have already been a part of the $43,000 that has been raised. Also, thanks for the support along this training process.
Thanks for making a difference!!!!