Summer has Arrived!

It’s hot out today, finally. So I thought I would share some new pictures from the past few weeks to let you all know what we’ve been up to.

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You’re a Dad!

Happy Father’s Day Tim! Today is your first one of many. Since the day Eden was born, even before, I knew you were going to be a fantastic father.  When you proudly showed my your first swaddle, thereafter becoming the swaddling master, when I returned from cleaning up post birth I knew you were in love. You could swaddle her so tight and as a result she felt secure. I pray for this feeling of security to last into adulthood, that Eden will know she can trust you with anything that’s bothering her, especially when it comes to boy troubles:)

snug as a bug

When you got up in the middle of the night with us those first few months, just to support my back as I nursed Eden back to sleep, made me realise how much you wanted to help and play and active role even though she depended on me so much.

Proud new Dada

You’ve changed many a diaper, cleaned up more spit up that most can imagine, and given many baths to our Eden. I love how you have always wanted to do whatever you could for her and I’m sure that will continue as she grows.

she already loves music

Thank you for taking her when I need a break, or a rest after a rough night. Thank you for playing with her in endless ways so that she associated daddy time with play time. I know she loves you so so much by the way she gets excited when you come home from work, or scoots around the house looking for “da da”. I love the way she kisses you and watches you leave the room when she’s going to sleep.

Teaching her the ropes

You are an amazing father to Eden, and probably, after the teenage years are past she will realise how lucky she is to have a father like you. Thank you so much for partnering with me in this parenting journey, and I’m lucky to be married to a man like you.

Bedtime stories

Waiting

for 19 months ….. waiting

we waited for her

Worth the Wait!

we waited for test results

we waited for interviews

we waited for sleep

Just home from the hospital

we waited for call-backs

we waited

we still wait

waiting is exhausting, it’s draining. the feeling of being in “limbo”, of not really know when something is going to happen, when or where we’re going to move next.

sometimes this waiting feels like wasted time, we long for an extraordinary life, one filled with adventure, travel, mission. we’ve been living the complete opposite, big house, the creeping feeling of ‘settled’, the increasing desire to stick close to family, good jobs with benefits, mom’s groups, the accumulation of ‘things’.

it’s exhausting having such a strong desire for something so different than what you’re living. the dichotomy of feeling both settled and unsettled at the same moment.

don’t get me wrong, we cherish this time we’ve had, especially the closeness of sisters/cousins and a church family that acts like one. it will be hard to say goodbye when the time comes, there have already been tears shed and I’m sure there will be many more.

my deepest desire is to be in the centre of God’s plan, and I’m sure God didn’t plan for his followers to be living in large houses, comfortable, overweight, with every convenience at their fingertips. if Jesus is truly our example maybe we should take a look at his life.

I long to raise my daughter in a place of comfort that comes from Christ, not from things. I don’t want her to feel the entitlement that so many (if not most) North American youth have today. I want her to have a servant’s heart, to desire the things of God, not of this world. I honestly don’t think you can live in Canada and accomplish this. it’s too easy to get caught up in it all as parents, and we’re supposed to be the example.

I’ve felt more love entering the home of strangers in Boklokong than entering the home of friends in Canada. I’ve experienced the power of God more in the one room hut, crammed with people, and praying for the dying, then I have in most church services in Canada.

Entering Boklokong, SA

I’ve literally ‘prayed without ceasing’ on the streets in southern China, because that’s all I had. I couldn’t preach, I couldn’t sing, I couldn’t read my bible, all I could do was pray. and God moved, he broke my heart for the lost, he showed me a glimpse of  his heart, and that made me pray even more.

the children of China

I want this for my daughter. I want her to see the nations, I want her heart to break for the lost. I don’t want her most pressing concern be what she’s going to wear to school, or who’s going to take her to the prom.

I want her to wonder where all the girls are in the Karen village, and weep knowing that they have been sold into the sex trade because their parents had no other choice knowing that they couldn’t feed her, at least she would be alive if she went to the city.

this is actually an Akha village, very similar to the Karen though - Thailand

I want my daughter to love the nations, and I also want this for myself. how is she going to do this without me being the example?

I’m tired of waiting for something to happen, of feeling dead. it’s time for change, for life.

Better Rhubarb Muffins

I posted a Rhubarb Muffin recipe a while ago I decided that I wanted to make them again but with oats.  So I used one of my favourite recipes for blueberry or cranberry oat muffins, altered it a bit and the result was delicious!  I’m not sure where the original recipe came from (probably the internet), but I think I’ve altered it enough to call it my own!

Fresh from the oven - mmmmm!

Better Rhubarb Muffins

1 heaping cup of large flake oats

3/4 c whole wheat flour

3/4 c white flour (you can just use 1 1/2 c of whole wheat but DON”T use muffin papers or you’ll be eating them)

1/4 c sugar

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt (I normally don’t measure, just sprinkle some in)

1 heaping tsp of cinnamon

1 egg (or 3Tbsp water and 1Tbsp of ground flax, I used an egg this time)

1 c milk

1/4 c oil (I use  1/2Tbsp of chia seed mixed with 1/4c water)

1 heaping cup of rhubarb (or whatever you want, I’ve used both blueberries and cranberries (NOT dried) in this recipe and all were delicious)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Mix dry ingredients. In a separate bowl mix wet ingredients. Stir together then fold in rhubarb.

Fill muffin cups and bake for 15-18mins (mine were perfect in 15).

Enjoy!

****Alternatives to Rhubarb: Blueberries, Cranberries, Apple chunks, Banana…the options are endless. I just used this base recipe and made banana chocolate chip (heaping cup of mashed banana, chocolate chips and omitted cinnamon and added a splash of vanilla) and apple current (heaping cup of apple chunks and some dried currents) really you could use what ever you like. Let me know what you’ve tried! *****

Jam-packed with delicious oats and rhubarb chunks 😀

Flashback

I pride myself on not being a packrat.  That said, I have moved old printed pictures around with me for too long. They take up a lot of space, are often unorganized, and mean very little to anyone except me (and some of them don’t even mean much to me). So I decided it was time to purge some of them. I threw away probably 75% of them, maybe even more, and made sure to keep only ones that were significant, others would be interested in, and represented a part of my life. I decided to scan a few keepers. Enjoy!

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She’s 335 days old today!

That’s right, my little baby is 11 months old already. I can’t believe that in only 30 days she’s going to be 1, it seems like the time passed so quickly.  If I stop and think of all that has happened in a year though, it makes sense that it’s almost time to celebrate her birth again. She has grown so much, learned so much, and she’s really becoming a mischievous little girl. Likewise; Tim and I have grown so much, learned so much, and experienced unconditional love. A lot has happened in 11 months, so it makes sense that it’s been this long I guess.

She now scoots everywhere, it’s wonderful for her to have the freedom to discover the world on her own. Lately she’s been getting into all the cupboards so I’ve secured some with elastics (like the one with the garbage) and others I just leave so she can play with the pots and pans! She often goes to collect and bring toys or other objects to us and she has pulled herself to standing a number of times and is pretty stable on her feet! Lately she loves to put things on her head… from hats to baskets, it’s so cute! She loves music and dancing to it, and is a pretty good eater (if she feels like it). She’s definitely wary of strangers and sticks pretty close to Tim or I, but that’s okay. She’s very comfortable with Pamela, probably because she see’s her multiple times a week and loves her cousins.

It’s really interesting to see her interact with other babies that are close in age. They mostly just take toys or food from each other, but the fact that they interact is great!  Eden loves to be outside and often sits at the patio door if she wants to go out. It’s been a bit difficult because of the bugs but we have gone out a bunch despite of them, she has a few bites to prove it.  She doesn’t seem to swell all up like her daddy though, so that’s a good thing.

We went out to the cottage for the first time this weekend to get it all opened up and ready for the summer. Eden had so much to discover she spent most of her time scooting around (thankfully we got the floor cleaned and mopped before she woke up from her nap). She even sat in the shallow water and splashed. We didn’t really think that it would be warm enough to get in the water so we weren’t really prepared for it but the babies seemed to enjoy it. We forgot our camera so there are no pictures to share but I’m sure there will be many more opportunities this summer.

I’m sure she’s going to wake up soon so I’d better close off.  Here’s a picture from this morning for your enjoyment!

She put her hat on all by herself!

New Page and Links

Did you notice we have a new page added to our blog? Check it out and let us know what you think! Also, I’ve read a few things lately that I wanted to share.  Here are the links:

I really resonated with this post: Get Cultured, Invest in Stocks & Take a Long, Hot Soak: Next Steps in Getting Off the Food Grid

So very very true: Three Pieces of Breastfeeding Advice to Ignore!

Thought provoking: Are you telling a good story?

A recipe I want to try soon: Grain-Free Apple Flax Muffins

Supper tonight: Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Mash

And of course, here’s cute picture of Eden up to some mischief. She’s now starting to pull herself up to standing!

I think she's going to be a climber!