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Paul and Lynne (my former employers) have welcomed a beautiful new baby into their family! Welcome, Connor Jacob! Anja and Isabel seem wonderfully in awe of the tiny bundle in the Moses basket. :)
Ruby, Burke, and I were able to stop by their home last night for a short visit. I took the first family picture when Isabel came home, and it was really sweet to take the first family picture with Connor, as well. :) Amazingly, I caught a shot with everyone smiling!
This wasn't without a bit of coaxing! At first, Isabel was keen to be represented in the new family photo by her backside!! She thought it was hilarious. :)
We also captured a quick shot of me with the girls (plus Burke...he was a bit clingy to say the least.)
There are times when I miss the girls so much my heart hurts. I even got a bit teary last night whilst reminiscing with Paul. (Sorry, Paul!) I was a part of Anja's life for as long as I've now been a part of Ruby's life. Experiencing those first months with Isabel in the family was something I'll never forget. My time with this family was precious to me.
My time with Anja confirmed my belief that I am meant to be a foster or adoptive mother. Even though she was not my own child, I loved her and cared for her with every fiber of my being. What a great, great, great experience!
Thank you, Paul and Lynne, for allowing me to be a part of your lives! And thank you for letting us come visit last night. I know it's a hectic time, and I appreciate the hospitality you showed us. :) We love you very much.
On a totally unrelated note - I'm having such a fun day with my kids today! It's cold, windy, and a bit snowy outside. So, instead of running the errands I had originally planned for today, we bundled up and stayed home. All during the morning, we were extra lazy and cuddly. Ruby and I watched "The Polar Express" while snuggled under a fleece blanket. (Burke was taking a morning nap.) Then, we had homemade pizza for lunch. We all sat on one side of the dining room table, watching the snow fall onto the trees in our backyard. How awesome! :)
Now, at 1:30 in the afternoon, I'm still in my lounge pants, tank top, and hoodie. Two baskets of unfolded laundry are next to me, calling my name... :) I think I'll pop in a great Christmas movie (Love, Actually) and fold some clothes. It'll only be the third time I've watched the movie since Thanksgiving. :) :) :)
Speaking of movies...Sarah came over last night to keep my company while Mike was away. We watched Julie & Julia. It was a good movie. :) I laughed, I shed a few tears, and I was convicted about blogging and the inherent self-centered nature of the hobby. It's left me somewhat introspective. I'll let you know what I discover...
Last thing, I promise - Burke's surgeries have been scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on December 17th. They are all minor surgeries. He should be in the operating room for about three hours max. I'm actually finding more peace, now that we've got a date. If you'll all just pray for a safe and routine procedure, that would be wonderful! :) Thank you!
Whoops! Thought of one more thing (and knowing my brain, if I don't put it here now, it'll be gone forever...) - If you like Thin Mint cookies, you will love Orbit's Sweet Mint gum flavor! :) You're welcome.
Have a great day! I hope your holidays are going well, and I hope you're enjoying the season!
We were driving around Lafayette, trying to find a Redbox with “Reign Over Me” so that we can watch it with our friends tonight. We were unsuccessful after four tries, until our friends told us that you can look on the Redbox website, find a location with the movie you want, and reserve your copy…all from your house. How cool is that?! I wish we would have known that earlier.
I said from the beginning that I think he’s going to win. Last night’s performance was sweet…
Well, the weekend is not quite over, but it sure has been busy so far! On Thursday, I left to visit my family and friends in Terre Haute. It ended up being a huge blessing, because my mom had a procedure done at the hospital. The sedation really affected her, and she was knocked out for most of Friday. ( : I was able to drive her around and let her rest up. We had lunch with several of the women from my childhood church, and it was wonderful! On Friday evening, my dad came up to Lafayette to help us start the demolition on our bathroom. The boys made a LOT of progress. I don’t have a picture of the bathroom before, because Mike deleted all of the pictures of the house from when we moved in. The biggest progress of the night was the removal of the wall between the useless closet and the bathroom. Hopefully, that will give us a lot more room in the bathroom and make way for a more efficient closet. Here is a picture of Mike standing in the doorway of the bathroom. To his left, you can see the door to the old closet. There used to be a big fat wall there! Bye bye wall!
Anyway, we still have to tear the plaster off of two walls and rip up the flooring. (That should make for a fun afternoon tomorrow!) We sure are thankful for Dad’s help, though.
On Saturday morning, we gave Peyton and Molly to new homes. Peyton is now living with a Purdue Graduate who seemed very excited about having a dog. He is a golf pro at a course in Indy, and he is allowed to take Peyton to work with him each day! Peyton will LOVE running around the golf course and meeting new people. Peyton also has two new animal siblings: SNAKES! ( : That should be VERY interesting. Molly is going to be living with two new siblings, as well. It will be interesting to hear how Molly fares with a cat. She did excellent with her new human brother! Four year old Milo was very excited about buying a new bone and some “dog candy” (dog treats) for Molly. He is also intent on teaching her how to play “Duck, Duck, Goose!” Milo’s parents are very excited about having a dog in the home once again. It was a little sad to say goodbye to our first children. I cried when we drove away from Peyton’s new home. We know that they are going to great families who will love them and give them great attention, though. We will be getting photos and updates from each of the families, so we’ll be sure to share those updates with you all!
On Saturday afternoon, we spent time visiting with the Goodwins. It was really great hang out and play with Riley. Megan shared some of her photos from their vacation to NYC, and the new Grandma Goodwin gave Baby Goodwin his/her first vacation souvenier! It’s a cute and cuddly lamb, named Winky. We’re pretty sure we’ll be changing the name to Lambie. ( : We've included a picture:
We also went to see “Talladega Nights” starring Will Ferrell. Please let me warn you that NONE of us enjoyed the movie. It was absolutely terrible. Mom and I tried to console ourselves with popcorn and Kit Kat Bites, but it didn’t work very well. After the movie, we had dinner at Fazoli’s. Mom and Dad went out to mow Linda Trogden’s yard, and Mike and I headed home.
We are truly, truly blessed with wonderful and amazing families. We are so thankful to have all of you in our lives. Thank you for spending time with us and loving on us this weekend! We love you!
We watched the original Ocean’s 11, starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, last night. We decided to watch it because we’re big fans of the 2002 remake with Clooney, Pitt, Cheadle, etc. However, we were pretty disappointed with this one. First, it felt like it was about 3 hours long. Granted, old movies tend to drag for me because they don’t have the special effects, sound, etc. that newer movies have. However, it took probably 45 minutes for them to even mention robbing casinos. The character development and plot setup was excruciatingly long. Then, when they actually started preparing for the job it showed EVERY single little step that they went through.
The acting wasn’t bad, but I think that the “Rat Pack” was probably known for its looks more than its acting. One thing I found interesting is that virtually everyone in the entire movie wears a suit, even in casual settings. I guess that’s more of a sign of the time (1960) than anything. The plot was not great at all. STOP reading if you don’t want to know the plot…
The 11 guys all worked together in commando missions as paratroopers in an ariborne division of the army. Since then they’ve all been doing other things. They decide to come together to rob five Las Vegas casinos for ~11 million dollars. So, they go into the casinos and spray infrared paint on doorknobs. Why? At midnight on New Year’s Eve they blow the power to the casinos so that the lights go out. Then they can see the infrared light that leads them to the vaults. Since everyone is celebrating New Years and its dark, they have good cover. Then they put the money in trash cans, and Sammy Davis Jr’s character picks them up in his trash truck. One of the robbers dies and this eventually leads to one man figuring out what they’ve done. They try to hid the money in the dead man’s coffin, but discover that he was cremated (along with all their money). They walk out of the funeral home very depressed.
It’s all in all an alright movie, but compared to the new one, we didn’t really like it.
We’re watching Barbershop 2 again. I love that movie. There are a few parts in the movie that never fail to make me laugh. Here are a few of the random quotes that I find funny. You may not get all of them since they’re out of context…oh well. Here it goes:
- “Mike Tyson…he’s like three crazy people”
- “The DC sniper is the Jackie Robinson of crime”
- “lactose intoleration”
- “You can find me at dubya dubya dot cut a mother dot com”
- “In that case, triple it then”
For our Friday movie night we decided to rent “Kingdom of Heaven.”
The story begins with a man whose life is ruined after the death of his child and suicide of his wife. However, through a series of events he becomes a great leader of the city of Jerusalem. Besides being a great “guy” movie, it really made me think a lot.
I know it’s not a truly accurate portrayal of the Crusades time period, but it made me realize how much people in the past saw God’s hand in the events of their nation and their personal lives (even if they didn’t act Christ-like). They would rely on God’s will determining what happened. I wish that our society could get back to that somewhat. In our “enlightened” age, we seem to think that we can predict and explain virtually everything that happens in our world, and we push aside any role that the supernatural might play.
As a scientist, I see this attitude a lot…which is extremely frustrating. Of all people, scientists should realize that we have a limited understanding of why things happen. Sure, we can explain in great detail how certain things happen, but we have no comprehension as to why they happen. Also, any attempts to say that we “know” what happened over millions and billions of years (and therefore know something about the presence/absence of a god) are ridiculous and are overstepping the bounds of science.
Basically, I’m tried of people trying to prove or disprove the presence of God through science. Science simply seeks to explain how our universe behaves, not what created the universe or motivates it to behave in such a way. Okay, I’m done. I don’t like to use this blog as a “diary” of my thoughts, but this movie really got my wheels spinning. Maybe one day we will turn back to reliance on God’s will and the role that it plays in our world rather than following only our own knowledge and will.