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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Learing to read...

Elizabeth has started reading letters on signs, and asking what they spell. It is great and I love to see her little mind grow and her learn new skills... However, it has already caused a little problem....
Last week we are driving in the car and E is chatting from the back seat (as usual) when I hear E R S. What does that spell? I realized that I hadn't been listening told her I didn't know and asked her to spell it again. So she starts. H... O... O... (at this point Justin and I both look up and notice that in the parking lot with us is a Hooters restaurant.) T... E.... R... S.... I am all prepared to tell her that it spells Hooters, and that it is a place that has something to do with owls. But, before I get a chance Justin says: "Cafe', it spells Cafe'." Elizabeth answers, "Oh, what is cafe'?" We tell her it is a place to eat, and then she excitedly says: "Ohhh, can we eat at Cafe'?" Both of us immediately said "NO."
Ahhh, the joys of parenthood. I know it's not very long before she realizes that HOOTERS doesn't spell cafe' and we're in for a whole new conversation. At least she keeps us on our toes. :)

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Thank you all for your prayers and love. Let me start by apologizing for not updating earlier. I didn't have Internet access at home yesterday, and it wasn't the kind of day to head out for wireless somewhere.

Caleb's surgery went really well, and he came through great. He had a pretty rough day yesterday, but by the end of the day was much better. Today he has been back to his normal happy self! (Other than diaper changes and the like...) PRAISE THE LORD!!!! Yesterday was draining, but was once again a testament to the love and faithfulness of our God! We have about a week of recovery, but if things keep going well it should go really well. Thanks again for your prayers and love.
As I was sitting in the waiting room I found Psalm 116, and I adapted it here. I invite you to read these words and praise the Lord for his faithfulness to us and to you.
I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.
I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the LORD:
"O LORD, save me!"
The LORD is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
The LORD protects the simplehearted;
when I was in great need,
he saved me.
Be at rest one more, O my soul,
for the LORD has been good to you.
For you, O LORD,
have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the LORD.
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
O LORD, truly I am your servant.
Praise the LORD!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Join me

"I lift my eyes up to the hills-
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip-
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you-
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm-
he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121
Most you will not know this, but Caleb is scheduled to have surgery on Monday morning. He is having a revision of his circumcision. :( I am (understandably) nervous and not exactly looking forward to this. But we have been told by the doctors that the earlier the better, easier, and safer. He's been running a fever the last few days, and if that keeps up then we'll have to postpone the surgery, and I REALLY don't want that to happen.
This procedure is supposedly easy, fast, and uncomplicated, but I am still really nervous. Please pray that he will be okay, and the surgery will go as planned. With our crazy year, and it being so late I'm not sure when we would get it rescheduled.
The psalm above is the one I am reading over, and praying over Caleb. So,if you would, please go back up to the top and join me in praying this over my son.

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Friday, December 07, 2007

Hello Chicago!

Justin and I got to Chicago yesterday afternoon. I had already forgotten how the cold can sting your eyes. Justin is out now doing his residency interviews for next year. It is a little crazy that we are already here, and deciding what life will be like next year. This year has been very hard, but has really seemed to pass very quickly.
This is our first time away together since Caleb was born and we are really enjoying it. Thanks mom for keeping the kids!! We're hoping to have some fun on the town tomorrow and Sunday and hopefully I will post some pics from our trip. I hope you have a weekend as fun filled as mine!

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