Thursday, January 22, 2009

"Princess of the Dolls"

Lydia took the stage once again on Monday night for a postponed Christmas production due to inclement weather put on by her dance studio. Can you find our little doll? Hint: She chose a blue Christmas dress.

Cowgirl Naph

Gabe and Lydia had a great weekend playing with cousin Naphtali. Doesn't she look like a real Louis L'Amour heroine?

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Birth

Abijah - ə-BIE-jə (English) "my father is YAHWEH"

"Littlest Sis" became "Big Sis."

Flood waters receded, the interstate opened, and Marshal brought me to my sister's door in the hours before Abijah's birth. I thank the Loving Hand who enabled me to witness the final arduous labor and this mom and baby's strength to embrace and ravenously hold on to life. I thank the Loving Hand that hovers, shelters, protects, touches at the right place into our finite flesh, at the right time, directing our steps, even as we plan, according to His plan in His Omniscience and Omnipotence. What a peace to have faith in an All-Knowing, All-Powerful LORD. And what a beautiful baby we have at home suckling on a resting mom!

Toothless Wonder

There is always wonder at the loss of a top front tooth, the wonder of growing up, a new smile, a whistle when you speak, and a wonder at what the tooth fairy will bring!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Snow Monsters

These creations, "snow monsters," were dubbed by Gabe. Last evening's snow is indeed wet, but remarkably there was enough remaining this morning to yet roll into giant balls lickety-split.

January Evening

Yesterday evening, we received 3-4 inches of snow in a few hours. Gabe exclaimed that we'd have six feet in the morning! I had a hunch the forecast was correct for lots of Northwest rain and sloppy mess by morning. Anyway, Gabe and Lydia didn't waste time and took advantage of the perfect crunch and packing consistency for snow balls and men. It was indeed beautiful late last night, everything cloaked in a heavy garment of white stillness under the light of a half moon not yet obscured by heavy rain clouds.