Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Four Months Old

Our little Sawyer "Monk" is four months old! It really seems like he's always been with us, and at the same time like it's been no time at all, is that possible?Our dashing little man has a personality all his own. He's more discerning than his sisters were about who he'll smile at and when, but when he decides to grace you, watch out, you will be his! And the giggles, oh my goodness the giggles! He finds it extremely funny when we pull on his little sleeves to take his shirts off and is very ticklish on his tummy and chest, especially when Daddy's whiskers are involved!

Mommy's little man weighs in at 16 pounds, 2 ounces, which puts him in the 75th percentile for weight. He's in the 80th for height, which is no surprise, and the 55th for head circumference. "Growing beautifully" as the doctor put it. No rolling over yet, but he's sure doing a lot of rocking. He likes to rock from side to side to reach for toys when he's on his back and is working away on those mini push-ups when he's on his tummy. His favorite position is sitting up. Heaven forbid we put him in a reclined position in a baby seat, the crunches begin immediately!
Chillin with daddy is one of Sawyer's favorite things to do. There is something special between this father and his son. He's been sleeping really well, at least 7-8 hours at a stretch during the night and better naps during the day. We're now working on getting him to bed earlier, he's a bit of a night owl like his daddy. I've said it already, but I'll say it again, I really want this first year of his to slow down!

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Poll Results

You've all voted on whether or not you let your kids believe in Santa and the results are in.
The majority of you, 67%, let your kids believe in Santa, but try to keep Jesus as the focus at Christmas. Coming in next, 17% of you feel very strongly that letting your children believe is flat out lying to them. Next in the line up, 9% of you can't imagine someone NOT letting their kids believe. And lastly, 6% of you feel that letting your kids believe in Santa takes away from the real meaning of Christmas. And just when you thought I was going to reveal how I voted...sorry, no such luck. Why? Because I posed this question only out of curiousity and to get us all thinking about why we do what we do, not to create legalistic division. I hope you all had a very merry Christmas! Here's to a bright new year!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Laugh Til You Cry!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Winter Merriment!

This one's especially for my friend Carla in Hawaii! Just close your eyes and pretend you're right in between the girls swimming in the fluffy white stuff!

Yes, we made sure bladders were empty before the bundling process!
Emma did such a good job making this gingerbread house at our lifegroup gathering.
A door adorned with all your beautiful Christmas cards and pictures. Don't tell anyone, but I can be seen frolicking to the mailbox each day in December, anxious to open new Christmas card treasures!
One of my favorite little spots in the house right now. My nursing recliner is just over the ledge with a great view of the Christmas tree.
And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care...Well okay, it's not a real fireplace, just my faux mantel, but it sure makes a picture perfect Christmas! Notice a fifth stocking has joined the line up. Daddy is the snowman, Emma the angel, Chloe the star, Sawyer the baby Jesus and I'm the Christmas tree. My plan is to have the names stitched on before next Christmas.
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree...
The girls had so much fun hanging ornamets this year. And like a good mommy (and with my hands hand-cuffed behind my back) I did not rehang a single ornament!
Little Roo did surprisingly well hanging ornaments, although it's all she can do now to keep her hands off the sparkly balls.
All the presents are bought and have been wraped. The only item on the agenda for this week is some cookie baking as time allows. Ahh... I'm just loving this time of year! We've got snow on the ground, freezing temps, it's just great! I probably won't post again til after Christmas, so have yourselves a merry little Christmas!
"For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord!" Luke 2:11

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Merry Christmas 2008!

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I just love it when the time comes to write a Christmas letter. Not only does it catch everyone up on our happenings, but it’s a great journaling tool for me, to look back at the previous year with thanks and reflection on what the Lord is teaching us. If we rewind back to one year ago, we had just come through the emotional storm of losing two precious babies to miscarriage, back to back. One year later, precious Sawyer Michael has joined our family and is pushing four months old! It just goes to show you that when you are in the depths of heartache, you just don’t know what joy may be around the corner. And the bottom line? God is good ALL the time! His goodness and faithfulness never change, even when our circumstances do. He can be trusted no matter what. He is working all things together for good, even when the only good we can see is the fact that we are forced to rely completely on Him because we are at the end of ourselves. Believe it or not friends, this is a good place to be! After all, our character is much more important to the Lord than our comfort.

I know many of you read my blog regularly, so much of this may be redundant, but here is a bit of a summary of our 2008 to get you up to speed. We’ll start with Travis. He continues to enjoy the group he is working with at **. He feels that this year brought many opportunities to meet and conquer challenges that allowed him to prove himself a valuable asset to his colleagues. He works with some wonderful people, many of which have become dear friends. Beyond work, some of his other measurable accomplishments of the year include finishing our fence and laying the backyard sod. We have plans for more landscaping and a play structure this spring and summer. As for the immeasurable accomplishments, Travis continues to be an amazing father and husband! In these tired days of so much self sacrifice, it is the simple acts that speak so much love; like getting up with sick kiddos in the night and wrestling matches on the living room floor so I can finish cooking dinner, or taking the kids on a really long walk or drive so I can bask in the quietness. Some of our favorite couple activities right now include cuddling on the couch watching Rick Steves travel videos as we dream about future romantic vacations, or going out to eat just the two of us. I am so blessed by his love, companionship, and friendship every day.

As for me, I was pregnant and/or sleep deprived most of the year! That seems to overshadow everything else that was going on in my life as it really knocked me flat. But if I clear away the cobwebs, I see several things that marked the year. I think I learned more than ever this year that I can do nothing apart from Christ. He gives me strength every morning to face the day, he gives me peace when I feel the rising anxiety and he gives me purpose in a role that can often seem monotonous and thankless. Above all this, he gives me grace and forgiveness when I choose not to abide in Him as I should. He gently nudges me towards His word, whispers His presence into my ear when I am forgetting to lay my burdens at his feet. I’m taking a break from worship team while I’m in the throws of breastfeeding and adjusting to mothering three, but hope to pick back up some time next year. I’m enjoying several hobbies that give me snatches of pleasure now and then. I have a growing love for photography, especially now that I have my new camera. I donated a photo shoot for our church holiday auction to test my wings; we’ll see how it goes! I’ve also recently picked up the craft of knitting and fell in love instantly. I’m going to wait until the dreary months of January and February to really dive into it.

Moving on to Emma Grace, she is really blossoming into a beautiful little girl, inside and out! When I say she is my big helper, I really mean it. She gets me things that I need while I’m nursing, protects her baby brother from an unnamed two year old when my back is turned, and is already helping out with chores around the house. She’s mastered the art of sorting laundry, and can even move clothes from the washer to the dryer and get it started unassisted. As helpful as she is, she is very much a little girl and enjoying this last year before school starts. She completed preschool 1 swimming lessons and is currently taking a dance class every Friday morning. She enjoys cooking with me, coloring, painting, and writing her letters and numbers. She just recently learned to write her name! We are working on a strong will and some sassiness, but diligence is paying off and we are seeing fruit. We firstborns take a life time to learn things like laughing at ourselves when we make mistakes and letting others take the lead. We really don’t know what we’d do without our precious “Peanut” and we thank the Lord for giving her to us every day!

Not to be outdone by her sister, Chloe Paige is a star in her own right. 2008 has seen her grow from an exploring toddler to a vibrant little preschooler. She has a huge vocabulary and some of the cutest adult expressiveness you’ve ever seen! She can already count to ten and knows many of her colors and shapes. She too can be very helpful (when she’s in the mood that is). Her special chore is helping me unload the dishwasher. She sets the dishes on the counters under their appropriate cupboards and sorts the silverware into the silverware drawer. Chloe is certainly in the thick of training around here. Some would call it the terrible twos, but we’re trying to see it as a time when she is in need of much teaching. We are seeing fruit from our diligence but many times, it is but by the grace of God that we keep our patience in the process. It hardly seems possible that a girl of her age could have such a developed sense of humor, but this girl knows when and how to laugh, and how to make the rest of us do the same! Our lives are brighter because of our precious “Roo”. We count the blessing of her place in our family every day.

And oh that baby boy of ours, pure sugar is all I can say! These infant days are priceless and we are treasuring every smile and coo and giggle! At his two month doctor visit, Sawyer was in the 90th percentile for height and the 75th for weight. He’s tall to be sure, and bless his heart, already has mommy’s long skinny feet. He just recently started sleeping 7 hour stretches at night, which makes his mommy and daddy VERY happy and rested. On the verge of rolling over, our little punkin likes to move already. He’s not too fond of tummy time, but is getting stronger and stronger each day. He’s a mellow little man, our Sawyer “Monk”, but is already very talkative like his sisters. We look forward to what 2009 will bring in the way of growth and development for Sawyer. They change so much in this first year of life, so we’re trying to capture each moment and cherish it.

It’s been a wonderful year, full of stability and exciting change, full of opportunities to thank God for the ways He provides and blesses, even though we are far from deserving. It is our hope that no matter what 2008 brought into your lives, our dear family and friends, you have been drawn closer to Jesus in the journey. It is our prayer that as we step foot into each day of this new year, we would fall more in love with our Savior, the only one who can fill the emptiness we have without Him, the only one through which we can have eternal life in the presence of our Creator! We send all our love to each of you this holiday season and wish you and yours a new year of growth, even and especially when happiness, by the world’s definition, is not a part of the equation.

Isaiah 26:3- “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast,
because he trusts in you.”

All our love,

Travis, Sarah, Emma, Chloe, and Sawyer

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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If I would have known what yesterday morning would start, I might have stayed home! I am part of a mom's group at my church called Mom's for Mom's. We meet every other Tuesday morning for two hours. Yesterday was craft/hobby day. I attended a session on learning to knit and let's just say, a hobby was born! I even skipped my other session so I could practice more. It was frustrating to learn the two stitches at first, but I am happy to report that after a couple hours of practicing last night, I have both the knit stitch and purl stitch down. Now I wouldn't say I've perfected them, practice makes "perfect" right, but I really think I'm going to have fun with this! I promise I'll show you all my first finished product, imperfections and all. Just what I needed, one more activity to beckon me during this busy holiday season. I'm definitely going to have to put limits on this.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Couldn't Help Myself!

It's no secret to most of you that I LOVE the holiday season! I tried to wait til after Thanksgiving, really I did, but as you can see patience is not one of my strong fruits, so here you have it! If the music is too much too soon, feel free to pause my play list or turn off your sound. And to those of you who can appreciate that Christmas music is far too wonderful to only play it for a couple weeks out of the year, AMEN! Happy Holidays! (Thanksgiving included;)).

Monday, November 10, 2008

My New Look

As you can plainly see, I've changed the look of my blog. I just had to jump on the bandwagon. I still have some fine tuning to do, but so far I'm loving it. As you can also see, my blog sister's list is much shorter. It's NOT because I don't still want all you lovely ladies on the list, it's simply because I lost your links in the change over process, so PLEASE give them to me so I can get each of you up there. And if you just read my blog, but never/rarely comment, come out of hiding:). I'd love hear from you! That about covers it for this evening. I must get to bed before Sawyer wakes up again for a feeding.

The Genes

It's just amazing to me, the way God combines the genes of two parents and creates a unique little person. And even more amazing to me is getting to see this happen three times in my own family! Just for fun, here's a look at each of our kids at about 10 weeks old. "Fearfully and wonderfully made..." they each are, not a cell in the wrong place! It's so humbling and wonderful getting to be their mama:).SawyerChloeEmma

Sunday, November 09, 2008


It has been no small task, trying to get a picture of Sawyer's gorgeous little smile. But I am happy to report, mission accomplished. He won't smile at the camera, only at people, so I've had to focus him through the viewfinder of my camera, then hold it in place while I move to the side. Whew! This was work!As you can see, the boy eats well! One would think he's packing nuts in his cheeks and double chin!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Share Your Favorites!

Okay, so I know this may seem a little early to some of you, and for others, EXTREMELY too early, but since it's my blog, I guess I get to write about what I want right:). I'm asking all my readers to share your favorite holiday CDs. When you write your comment, be sure to tell us the title and why you love it so much. I'll start. It's hard for me to come up with one favorite, so I'll tell you about a few. First of all, I LOVE my two disc set called, "The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas".It's got all the classic Christmas songs sung by all the classic vocalists. It just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, there's nothing like it! My second choice is "Cyrus Chestnut and Friends, A Charlie Brown Christmas". It's basically the soundtrack to Charlie Brown Christmas with several other feel-good Christmas jazz tunes. Then there's the whole Mannheim Steamroller Christmas collection. A more modern sound, but they create the magical Christmas feeling nonetheless. Travis and I have actually been to a Mannheim Steamroller concert, it was amazing!
So join the fun! Share your favorites so we can all build our Christmas music libraries with music that has been tested and highly approved!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Two Months Old!

First, a few fall photos. These are two of the pumpkins we grew in our garden this year. The girls can't wait to carve them this week!
This is our dwarf burning bush right in front of our house. Beautiful color!
And finally, our little man Sawyer is two months old today! I love his ability to raise just one eyebrow, very debonair!
And this is the closet I've gotten to capturing his beautiful smile. The peak of the smile is much bigger than this and often has little coos and sounds accompanying it, I'll keep trying to capture it. He's been smiling for weeks now and with a touch of pride I say, he smiles at ME the most.
We're starting to work on tummy time now, but I must say his neck and back are already very strong. He has his two month appointment tomorrow, so I'll be sure to post his stats. I'm predicting he's going to be on the tall side of the scales, we'll see. One of these days I'll get a video up here so you can see the boy in action.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sharing The Love!

Hello to all my wonderful blog friends. I have a favor to ask of anyone who feels so led. I have a dear friend who could really use some gently used baby boy clothes in sizes six months up to about 18-24 months. Her little guy and Sawyer are about three weeks apart, so she'll be needing winter in the littler sizes for right now and so on as the seasons go (we live in Colorado). This is number three boy for them, but a sweet little surprise nonetheless, and they so generously gave away ALL their baby clothes to another woman in need. They are having some financial struggles, so I just thought I would try to help her out a bit in this way. If you are able to send some clothes, email me and I'll get you my address so you can send them to me to protect her privacy. Thanks in advance!
Always, Sarah

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

In Everyone Else's Home

Is it just me, or does anyone else fall into the comparison trap? Perhaps I'm more prone to this sinful behavior due to some of my first born, perfectionist tendencies, but either way, sin is sin right! And let me be clear here, most of my comparing has no basis in fact; how pathetic is that!? Most of the time, I'm comparing myself (and falling short of course) to things I only imagine other people have or do. Here's a little monologue I shamefully play in my head at times:
"In other people's homes, I bet the floors and counters are always clutter free. I bet their floors are always swept and mopped and their windows are free of little finger smudges. I bet other people's bathrooms never have pink rings in the toilet or toothpaste splatters on the mirrors or make-up drips in the sinks. I bet other people's showers are always free of soap scum and their window sills free of dust and their carpets free of crumbs and... well I bet their houses are always perfectly clean! And I bet other people's children never fight or disobey or sass their mommies and I bet those mommies never respond in anger. I bet other parents are always perfectly consistent in discipline and have children who respond perfectly and lastingly to each episode of chastisement. I bet other mom's fix gourmet meals for their families every night and have children who quietly and serenely color in coloring books for the entire time it takes to prepare the meal. I bet other mom's get up at 5:00am every morning for a quiet time and a rigorous workout routine, even after only 5 hours of broken sleep..." And on and on it goes! I am confessing this here because I want to change. I want to turn from the sin of comparison and bask in the promises of my Savior. He promises to be glorified in my weaknesses, to give me strength when I rely fully on Him, and most importantly, He promises to love me with an unfailing love! Where is there room for shallow comparison when we humble our hearts before the Lord and realize what He did for us when there is nothing we could ever do to deserve it? We are all in the same boat, we all fall drastically and lethally short of God's glory and are in desperate need of Jesus Christ. Without Him, we are nothing, and no amount of good deeds is going to change that. And are we really loving one another when we try to appear that we have it all together or are we perpetuating the comparison game even more, keeping our focus on what WE can do instead of who CHRIST is?
So, my challenge to myself and anyone else who sees themselves in me is; let's be open and real with one another. Let's let people see our cluttered, dirty houses once in awhile. Who knows, it might just bless the socks off of them to see that "other people" can't keep it all together all the time either. This in no way means we stagnate in laziness of course, but rather that we link elbows in a sort of understanding that our jobs are hard and we don't always do them perfectly. Let's share our parenting struggles so we can glean from other's experiences and strengths. And if we have times of success and strength, let's not be tempted to judge or look down on those who are struggling, but rather, let's put on a servants heart (and perhaps some cleaning gloves) and serve our sisters in Christ, both through acts and through words of encouragement.
Just me growing, As The Lord Works:).

Saturday, October 11, 2008

These Simple Days

The accomplishments of a given day are looking a little different of late. I see it as a successful day if we are all dressed, hair done, and I have make-up on before Travis gets home from work. Other items that make the list, the dishwasher has been emptied and filled and the kitchen is clean. And the big climax? Dinner is on the table! Now if laundry gets done, I'm giving myself an A+! Somehow, we've managed to squeeze in cleaning bathrooms and occasional vacuuming and dusting, but let's not get too crazy.My beautiful little prince is on a great routine now, eating about every three hours, taking decent naps, and giving us the occasional smile during awake time. He really is such a sweet, mellow little guy, the pride and joy of all who know him!
Now this face is a mix between great Grandpa Hootie and daddy. My interpretation of this look is, "What is that big, black thing you keep putting in my face?"
Nothing like a morning snuggle with my warm, freshly showered daddy!
Needing a little space, Chloe.
Believe it or not, we have gotten away from the every day simplicity. This was taken last weekend when we took a Sunday drive up through Rocky Mountain National Park. Notice the elk in the background? We got some neat close-up shots of some beautiful bucks that I'll share another time.
Just another shot of my gorgeous little man. In milestone news, the gloves are off! That's right, those little mitten cuff onsies are a thing of the past. I just love seeing his little hands all the time now, but it also means time is marching on:(. Sawyer is so long he's already in some 3-6 month jammies!
This was the tail end of a smile, but you get the idea.
Can you believe this long, leaning out little preschool girl was as small as the little peewee on the right just a mere two years ago!? I sure can't.
This, my friends, is my heart walking around outside my body. Hearts have four chambers though don't they? Hmmm... more on that another time. Let's just say we think we're complete, but we're not 100% sure. Ask me on a hard day, and it's 200%, but ask me on a good day and it's about 90%.
There is beauty in these simple days. The world doesn't see the value of what I do each day, but I know my Father does, I cling to that when I am at the end of myself. And it is my prayer that, despite my own sin and shortcomings, my children will one day look back on their childhood and say, "Thank you for staying home with us mom, it meant so much!" But more importantly I pray that they will see, in my example, their desperate need for Jesus, that I will point them to Him.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Don't Smile!

As strange as it may sound, don't smile my son! For when you start smiling, you will no longer be my smileless newborn, so fresh from within me. Don't stop needing your mitten cuff onsies that keep you from scratching your face. Keep your little fingers hidden so I can have the joy of uncovering them whenever I choose, like little kissable presents. My sweet little man, don't stop smelling like a newborn, that intoxicating smell on your head that doesn't wash off with lavander shampoo. Change and grow you must, I know, but not too fast please, not too fast! Sing your milky breath into my nose as I dance your woes away. Mama is here, snuggle in close, let's push pause, clocks be gone!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

One Month Old!

We don't see this face very often luckily, but even the fuss face is adorable don't you think.
Bath time is pleasant once we've convinced the boy he's warm.
Don't you just want to eat those cheeks!
Sawyer loves his big sister Chloe. She's so good at holding him and is already developing endearing nicknames for him. Right now it's "baby soyoh", said with a cute little slang. Don't be mistaken, she knows how to pronounce "Sawyer" with complete accuracy, so this really is her sweet nickname for him.
Big sister Emma is such a great helper! She hands me diapers and wipes, inserts the pacifier when needed, and Sawyer has even fallen asleep on her. This little boy sure is lucky, although I'm sure he won't see it that way for quite some time;).
Notice the mouse? Yes, I'm sorry son, but I'm sure it's not the last act of play you will be the victim of. This is nothing compared to the ballet outfits your sisters will dress you in some day.
The G.Q. pose. Yes, I know I'm handsome.
Such sweetness!
Mommy's boy
Chillin with best friend Miciah
Daddy's boy
Sweet dreams
Can it really be that one month has passed since our precious little man entered this world? It hardly seems possible, but at the same time, it seems as though he's always been a part of our family. As we get to know and love Sawyer more and more each day, we can hardly remember what life was like without him. He's just plain edible! He's getting more and more aware of his surroundings these days, it's so much fun to watch him try to focus on our faces. His lips purse in deep concentration as his eyes open wide to take us in. I love to play with his soft, newborn feet while he's nursing or cup his tiny head in my hand. I am freezing these moments, these sensations in my heart forever. With my first baby, I rushed along the milestone chart, always anxious for the next stage. But now, with what will more than likely be my last baby, I would give anything to make time stand still. I am drinking in newborn, inhaling this time, letting it swirl in my mouth so as not to miss a single flavor! Sawyer my boy, you bring my heart such joy each day!