Say Cheese!

On Monday Dear and I headed over to our kids’ place to help out. My help was of the play and cuddly kind. Addy found this little camera in her toy chest and we had some hilarious fun with it. She gave me instructions on where to stand when she was going to take a photo of me. Too cute. She’s learned a lot from those who want photos of her.

She got her work clothes on and sun hat on so she could work in the garden with her mama. I stayed inside and watched and cuddled Jaymison.

After lunch Addy got to choose one small lollipop to enjoy. She got a stash of candy from the Kettle Falls Parade this past Saturday. Her first experience with candy galore! She wanted to see her red tongue so Dear took this photo of her.

I’m flying to the Coast today and will be in Canada tomorrow so if you don’t hear from me you’ll know why. Looking forward to seeing our Coast kids and the “Girls” in Canada.

Quotes of the Week

Catch the foxes for us,
the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards.
Song of Songs 2:15

A little thorn can cause much suffering. A small cloud may hide the sun. Tiny foxes spoil the vineyards; and little sins do mischief to the tender heart. These small sins burrow in the soul and fill it with what is hateful to Christ, and thus our comfortable fellowship and communion with Him is spoiled. A great sin cannot destroy a Christian, but a little sin can make him miserable.

~Spurgeon

They are not seeking truth but seeking to put forth their own point of view ~ Linda

It cannot end there for a true believer. One with genuine faith cannot hear the Lord’s words and walk away without acting on them. The faithful will be more than shocked, more than amazed, more than admiring–they will be obedient. They are building a structure on solid rock.

* Obeying the words of Christ is equivalent to building on solid rock.

Obedience is the inevitable manifestation of true faith.

The state of mind that refuses obedience is pure and simple unbelief.

Faith obeys. Unbelief rebels.

~Excerpts from The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur

Becoming a Christian is waging a war against yourself.

Are you willing to abandon the sovereignty you exercise over your own life and confess Jesus as Lord?

~From a sermon on Matthew 7:13-17 by John MacArthur

One man with God is a majority though there be a thousand on the other side. ~ Spurgeon

All these quotes came from my readings and what I listened to these past couple weeks. They are for my own benefit and hopefully yours, too.

We drove to Spokane yesterday to do some shopping and when we arrived at the kids house to drop off their items we enjoyed quite the noisy thunderstorm. Every time the thunder rumbled, Addy asked, “What’s that?” One of the times she wanted me to hide with her on the couch with a pillow in front of our faces. It seems JJ can’t sleep well when it’s too quiet. Jamie tried to have him sleep in his own room with the monitor on. He kept waking up. She finally brought him into the living area with music going, Addy making noise and the vacuum going and he fell right to sleep and stayed asleep. Hmm.  I got some extra cuddle time with JJ while we were there, too. When we arrived home our power was out but came back on shortly after 9 PM. Glad that was a short outage. Hope you all have a good weekend.

Little brother content and asleep with all the noise a busy family produces!

 

“He’s Soooo Cute”

“Addy told me today that she LOVES her baby brother and he is just soooooo cute!”

Jamie posted this on Facebook yesterday and I had to steal borrow the photo and share. Addy is articulating whole sentences and her vocabulary grows every day.

And drum roll please….Jaymison pooped yesterday! That was on day 10 people, so we are thrilled with the news and pray that things will get a bit more regular now. Thank you for all of you who pray for big things and little things and in between things.

The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 (ESV)

 

Addy and Gramps

Addy is most content these days being outside. She has a relentless mantra to whoever will listen…”outside, outside?”  On Mother’s day we gathered at Dan and Jamie’s and Addy tried to coax me into taking her outside and Gramps came to the rescue to take her outside while the preparations for our late afternoon meal were completed.

Jamie noticed the special Gramps and Addy moments outside and I stepped outside on the porch to capture some photos but then Addy noticed me on the porch taking photos.

She diverted from the drive and headed for the fence heading for the porch where I was.

Gramps diverted her back to the path.

Baby brother was oblivious to all the goings on. Stretch!!

He’s always most content with his mommy but daddy is a huge help in the late night and before dawn feedings. JJ’s big sister is learning and growing in her affection for him.

We are thankful to God for the improvement in JJ’s appetite and activity. His digestive system is still in transition but his weight is increasing which is a good thing.

Times like these are best suited for the younger set. I can’t even remember how we managed with two little ones 2 years apart. We were in our late 20’s and 30’s when we had our babies. Katie came 5 years after our second and it seemed easier with her since Josh and Dan were 7 and 5. Now being closer to 70 then to 60, I know why the child bearing ages are easier when they are earlier. We can help out with babysitting here and there but the challenge is for these young parents to work out on a daily basis. They will find it hard to remember all the challenges when they are our age, too. God’s ways are good and good for us. We count on Him to see us through all the challenges of child rearing and aging, too. We pray that we all will depend on God and help lead Addy and Jaymison to faith in our Lord and Savior.

Sister and Brother

These photos were taken on May 2, 2019.  Jaymison is 16 days old and Addy is 25-1/2 months old in these photos.

Our new heat pump seems to have some wires crossed and it is not cooling. We found out late on Friday so of course the company who installed it was closed by then and not open until Monday. Hopefully we’ll get some service early this week. One more summer like day predicted for tomorrow and then it will cool down to the 70’s.

Mother’s Day was a good full day. Hope your day was a good one.

We’ve Been Quiet…

Our Daughter-in-law posted these words on Facebook this past Friday, the 3rd of May, two and a half weeks after our little JJ was born.

“We have been a little quiet on the social media front lately so felt it was time to fill everyone in.
Jaymison was struggling to gain weight and despite many trips to the Doctor, lactation appts, breastfeeding, syringe feedings, SNS contraption he just kept dropping. Friday after another drop in weight our Dr sent us to Spokane to be admitted into Sacred Heart NICU for further testing. JJ was a mystery to the Doctors when we arrived and all the performed tests came back NORMAL!! After 2 days the little one we shared a room with tested positive for the Rhino virus (common cold) so JJ was tested as well, that came back positive. He has shown no signs of a cold and has started gaining weight. On Monday we were discharged. JJ has continued to gain weight and today is over his birth weight!!

We really want to send a huge shout out to our doctor, nurse staff, friends and family for your prayers and help through the rough times. We really wouldn’t of made it through without all your support. We love you all so much!”

We stopped by our kids home on Friday morning the 26th of April and were concerned that our grandson was very lethargic and our kids were exhausted from trying to get him awake enough to eat properly. Later that day our grandson had another appointment with his doctor and because he continued to lose weight instead of gaining any weight she had him admitted to the NICU ward at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane. Spokane is 70 miles from where we live. Addy’s granny came to stay with her on Friday night when the kids traveled to Spokane with JJ and stayed the weekend with her while her mommy and daddy stayed at the hospital. Our DIL, Laura, flew in from Seattle on Sunday to help watch Addy so that Addy’s Granny could go back to work on Monday. It was all hands on deck between Addy’s care and visiting at the hospital. This was also the weekend my sister Vera was visiting so she got to help, too.  Needless to say blogging was put on a back burner.

I asked some of my blogging friends, family, our church family, the Mennonite Girls and other dear friends to pray alongside us and I’m thankful for all of you. Jaymison is eating better and so much more alert. We are praising God for his improvement. We thank God for prayer warriors who come alongside in times like these.

Our son Josh arrived on Thursday the 2nd of May to be another pair of hands to help and encourage us all. Jaymison has a good namesake.

Addy had the best of care during the hospital stay and the week after with all the doctor appointments since.

Mommy and Daddy are happy with Jaymison’s progress and more at peace.

We all wash our hands a lot and we don’t kiss or touch JJ’s face.

Baba has talked with her God and Savior a lot about our little guy.

Walks with Addy, who’s favorite question is, “go outside?”, have happened while someone besides mommy or daddy is holding JJ.

Laura has kept these special times documented. We took this shot just before Josh and Laura left to the airport to go back home today. I know their extra hands and encouragement will be missed this next week but Dan and Jamie are strong and courageous and will do a good job. We’ll continue to help when and where needed. Addy’s Granny and Great Aunt Rhonda and Uncle Scott are always on call, ready to help, too.

In times like these it is difficult to stay up with dear blogging friends but I know you all understand and have been in difficult situations and different seasons of life that make it hard to keep up, too. Thank you for your understanding.