Monday, February 16, 2009


Here's the scene at our house, first thing in the morning...

Monday, February 9, 2009

smarty pants

I took Rachel and Carly on a world-wind visit of various grandparents and great-grandparents over the weekend. We had several 1.5-hour trips in the car, and about 20 minutes prior to arriving at my grandma's church, Rachel starts...

Rachel: Are we here now? Are we here now, Mommy?

Mommy: No, honey.

Rachel: Now? Are we here now?

Mommy: No, Rachel, we still have several miles to go.

Rachel: Now, Mommy? Are we here now?

Mommy: Rachel, no, we are not here now. Mommy will tell you when we are here. Please do not ask again.

Silence for about 10 seconds.

Rachel: Are we not there yet? I can talk, 'Are we not there yet.' Are we not there yet, Mommy?


Yes, I am in over my head.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

not forgotten

I have neglected to post much lately about my less articulate daughter. She is growing so fast, and it already makes me sad that she's zoomed past the newborn stage. She woke up on Christmas eve with RSV, and it has taken these last seven weeks to really mend. Although she's been sick for half of her little life so far, she is the most pleasant, easy-going baby I could ever want. She sleeps well and nurses well, she smiles and plays, and I just can't get enough snuggles from her. Her fuzzy dark brown hair seems to be growing, and her eyes just get bluer and bluer.

My little Carly is three months old today. I feel like I blinked my eyes and it happened--her clothes are getting tight and her cheeks are getting chubby. She's still getting up twice a night, and she's still in our room; I plan to move her upstairs to the nursery when she stops having coughing fits, if that ever that happens.

As for the rest of us, having two has definitely been an adjustment, and being stuck in the house has been wearing on all of us. But I wouldn't trade any of it, because my sweet Carly is the perfect little addition to our family. Rachel really really loves her, and so do Mommy and Daddy.

Monday, February 2, 2009

more ramblings

On the way home from church yesterday:

Rachel (holding her beanie baby dog): Why we not take it inside?

Mommy: Because we don't want it to get lost.

Rachel: Why we not want it to get lost?

Mommy: Well, because then we wouldn't have it, would we?

Rachel: Because it's God's? It belongs to God?

Mommy (pleased that Rachel has been listening): Yes! It does belong to God.

Rachel: What God wants to do with it?

Mommy: Well, I don't know, what do you think He wants to do with it?

Rachel: Play with it.

Mommy: If we met a boy or girl who didn't have a toy dog, do you think God would want us to give it to him?

Rachel (offering the dog): Here, God. ...He's not in the car.

Mommy: No, I mean, like if Noah didn't have a toy dog, do you think God would want us to give him the dog?

Rachel: Which Noah?

Mommy: Whichever one doesn't have a dog. Oh never mind.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

monkey business

Several mornings ago, Rachel greeted us with ramblings about a monkey visiting upstairs. She took me by the hand and lead me to the nursery, where we looked for the monkey. "He's gone now," she declared when he was nowhere to be found. She said he was big and red, and she seemed amused by him. She mentioned several times that she hoped he would come back and play with her. It was cute.

Until bedtime that night. Somehow, a second-floor monkey is delightful by day, but kinda scary by night. I couldn't argue with that, either. She screamed. She shrieked. We couldn't leave her alone upstairs. The first night, Jarrad stayed with her until she went to sleep. She woke up at 11pm and became hysterical again, at which point Jarrad let her sleep with him in the guest bed. The next two nights were difficult. She was scared, and we couldn't bare it, and we didn't know how to solve it. After reading some, and mulling it over, I quickly implemented "sleep rules:" 1. Stay in your bed, 2. Close your eyes, 3. Be still and quiet, and 4. Go to sleep. I hyped them up, made posters to hang on her wall, and promised stickers and various other rewards the next morning. She bought it. After a little whimper, she made the conscious decision to follow the sleep rules.

Our problem was solved for almost a week. But yesterday, we fought at nap time. After some visitors, we got to nap about one hour too late, and she was spent. After some "reminding" about the rules, she finally slept. We had visitors again last night, and she went to bed about an hour too late, again. And she screamed. She shrieked. She did finally give up and go to sleep, but we were exhausted. Nap today did not happen, and I was so very ready for bedtime to come tonight. We put her down a full hour earlier than usual. She was so sleepy, but she protested nonetheless. I finally had the brilliant idea to promise her a time frame: follow the rules for 30 minutes, and then we will come check on her. That did the trick...this time.

In addition to the sleep rules, the monkey dream has given us lots of opportunities to talk about God. We have always talked with Rachel about God, but she's never listened like she has in these last two weeks. She has become fixated on being by herself and she doesn't like it. If I had a dime for every time she whimpered, "but, I'll be all by myself," I'd be one rich mommy. Anyway, we've talked and prayed and talked some more about how God is always with us and she does not need to be scared of anything. I tell her that Mommy and Daddy love her most of all, but God loves her even MORE than Mommy and Daddy (that's so hard to say, but it's true, since I don't have the capacity to love the way God does). We've read from the Bible, and she's even prayed some herself, and she does seem comforted by that. Of course, all of this is what prompted the ramblings from my previous post.

I am glad to hear her talking about God and working through what it means to have God in her life. I want her to understand how powerful the name of Jesus is, and I love hearing her talk to Him or asking me to pray to Him, "for the monkey." My greatest prayer is that she will soon be able to comprehend the immense sacrifice He made for us--and that she will desire a relationship with Him.

Praise God for the ways He gets our attention!