Wednesday, July 29, 2009

RIP Memaw 7/25/09

As usual, it's been a while since I've blogged. The biggest thing that's happened lately is the loss of my Memaw. She passed away this past Saturday from pancreatic cancer. This picture was taken just over a month ago, the last time I would see her living.

The funeral was Monday. It was sad as it should be and yet encouraging as well. The pastor put a great emphasis on the fact that one day, all believers in Christ will be reunited with their loved ones. What a blessing it is to know the Lord!

I got to see several family members I haven't seen in a while. My cousin Tiffany, my aunt Tammy and uncle Bob were there. I haven't seen them in about 2 years. Then there were lots of other friends and family as well. We all received individual letters my grandmother had written us before she died. Some of those were pretty entertaining.

Overall, though the occasion was sad, the time together was good. James was able to get his work days rescheduled so that he could go with us. It's been a really long time since he's been able to visit with us. We made it safely back to Louisville and are finally getting caught back up.

My Memaw was 72 and excited about seeing her Maker. I know, because she said so!

In Christ,
Terra

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Enjoying Our Children

So I haven't written for a while again but with very good reason - I'm enjoying our kiddos! We had a wonderful vacation in Florida (see pics from last post). We rested, enjoyed family, went shopping and ate LOTS of food! Hannah and Benjamin were slightly out of sorts while we were there just being at a different place. Hannah, in particular, had many discipline issues. However, since we returned home and got back into the swing of things, the kids have done SO well!

I feel like I'm finally seeing some fruit in the tons and tons of discipline Hannah has had to go through. She has been such a joy this week! Now don't get me wrong, she definitely still has a few issues each day but in the grand scheme of things, she's doing great. She is doing a much better job of listening/obeying the first time with a happy heart. She's helping as much as she can (often on her own initiative) with things like throwing away trash, helping empty the dishwasher, "folding" laundry and picking up her toys. Potty-training has taken a little bit of a back step but I'm okay with that for now. We're both much happier at this point. ;)

Benjamin is really showing his personality. He's such a laid back baby and loves to smile. He's a hungry little guy though, growing super fast! At his two month checkup, he weighed 12lbs 7oz (70th percentile) and was 24in long (85th percentile). Though he looks more Asian than Hannah (in our opinion), he seems to have the size and hairy legs of the Caucasian. ;) He loves to coo, smile and is kind of laughing. He gets up once a night to nurse and otherwise, sleeps fairly well.

All that being said, I'm thoroughly enjoying our two babies right now. From Hannah's funny sentences ("I'm scared of bugs" & "I'm sweaty") to Benjamin's smiles, I can't help but smile myself.

In addition, I just finished a great book called "Passionate Housewives Desperate for God." If you're looking for a good read that will show you how to have more joy doing exactly what the Lord has called, it's a must. Next on my reading list: "Womanly Dominion." How's that for a title?

Until next time...
Terra

Friday, July 3, 2009