Thursday, October 28, 2010

He's Been Here

I'm not quite sure if it's a blessing or a curse that I don't ever really have to look for Harrison. The guy leaves quite a trail behind himself so if I ever really need to find him quickly I can just follow it.
I'm glad he's not really into the "hiding" thing yet, but if he were he would give himself away with the trail he leaves.
But, you know, I've been made fully aware of how fleeting life is. No day should be taken for granted with those you love, no matter how many "trails" they leave in their wake.
I cherish my little man's cars, trucks, blocks, and books, thanking my God Harrison's here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Harvest Festival

We took Harrison to a local Harvest Festival and he had a blast. Maybe it was all the free tastes of foods and drinks, maybe it was the free roaming and exploring, but he really did enjoy himself. They had a great hay maze that we didn't really think he would want to do, but he marched right in to figure it out. Matt followed away back, but Harrison thought he was one big kid walking through the maze on his own!
It was pretty cute seeing his little head turn the corners and get out of dead ends.
After the maze we moved on to a historical exhibit section where we watched them dye yarn, make candles, and got to participate making leather, corn husk dolls, and rope.
Of course, Harrison's favorite part was sampling the fresh pressed apple juice.
Harrison had a blast "decorating" his very own pumpkin. I think the little blue scribbles all over the bottom made his the cutest pumpkin ever!
So proud of his pumpkin!
Then we tried him out on face painting. We were glad to catch his Aunt Maddie on shift for the first time experience, but as you can tell by his face, he wasn't too sure of it all.
Overall, we had a blast and have really been enjoying doing more stuff like this as he gets older. Fall has been a blast with this guy and I can hardly wait until Christmas! I guess it will be here before we know it!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Comfort Food

Any proud southerner knows how to whip up some old-fashioned biscuits. These wonderful flaky rounds frequent our table and are greatly enjoyed with soft butter, apple butter, or just fresh out of the oven plain. It was only a matter of time before Harrison's curiosity got the better of him and he wanted to know the process behind the yummy biscuits he so enjoys. Sure enough he pushed his stool over and jumped right in with Mimi to make some good 'ol southern biscuits. I don't know how Mimi has managed without his help all these years!
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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Knock

Ask and it will be given unto you... ...seek and you will find...
...knock and it will be opened to you.
...For everyone who asks receives...
...and he who seeks finds...
...and to him who knocks, it will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Just a Day in the Park

Our growing little guy had his 18 month check-up yesterday. For those of you who are doing the math in your heads, yes he is one month late for it. So I guess it was technically a 19 month check-up but better late than never.
This growing boy is 25 lbs. and 32 inches. Yes, that means he is solid and short, but perfect in every way!
The doctor asked us if he knows at least 15 words and attempts to put together at least one two word phrase. We laughed out loud and told him to ask Harrison. He immediately engaged the doctor in a conversation about food, football, and stethascopes.
The doctor kept laughing and saying, "I don't believe this! This guy is incredible!" He asked Harrison if he could look in his ears and Harrison pointed to the otoscope still hanging on the wall. The doctor had a good laugh that Harrison knew he needed that to be able to examine his ears.
He asked Harrison if he ate healthy foods and Harrison growled out like some testosterone driven lineman, "More meat!" Wow, what a ham, was all I could say. He also put on a show of his feats of strength and imagination skills.
Two vaccines and a spiderman sticker later he was given a clean bill of health. The doctor said he is on a three year old level for development and gave us some things to try to start working on to encourage his verbal and physical abilities. We are pretty proud of our guy, but it was nice to hear our doctor pretty proud of him too. I can harldy believe he is already 19 months old! We'll be doing his 2 year check-up before we know it!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Teach Us To Pray

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of his disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray."
Luke 11:1 I have one pair of beautiful gold hoop earrings. I was getting ready for bed one evening last week and was taking my earrings off when I discovered one was missing. Needless to say I was devastated. We looked all over and couldn't find a trace of the missing earring. We had taken a long walk that day so I decided to retrace that walk with Harrison a few days later.
I knew it would be like finding a needle in a haystack, but prayed, "God, it would be really neat if I could find my earring; please help me find it." We had almost completed the route when a glint caught my eye in the grass on the side of the road!
It was my earring! But no longer in a round shiny gold hoop. It had been completely smashed and run over by some vehicle. But I wasn't the least bit upset by it because I was so excited that God had answered my prayer- I had found my earring!
I never specifically prayed for it to be found in perfect condition, I prayed that I would find it and I did. I think finding my earring smashed flat was even better than finding it whole. I am learning that sometimes we pray for things very vaguely or half doubting they will be answered. But God hears and He does answer prayers. We are learning to pray specifically, detailed, and whole hearted to our Father who hears us.
Thank you God for teaching us to pray.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Step By Step

This season has been one full of questions, disappointments, unknowns, fears, and broken hearts. We've been waiting, praying, letting go, and holding on. The questions why, when, where, and how have been asked more than we care to remember. But in all, through all, and after all, God is good. Step by step He is leading, molding, shaping, and growing. This season has a purpose and to put all into perspective we truly are blessed to be led by The Shepherd. Our needs are provided, are family is together every evening, and we are growing in Him. Step by step we are learning, loving, seeking, and finding. God is good.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

He Loves Us

He is jealous for me, loves like a hurricane, I am a tree. Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy. When all of a sudden I'm unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory, and I realize just how beautiful You are, and how great Your affections are for me. And, oh how He loves us so, oh, how we loves us, how He loves us all.
We are His portion and He is our prize, drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes. If grace is an ocean than we are all sinking.
So Heaven meets Earth like an unforeseen kiss, and my heart turns violently inside of my chest. I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way...
He loves us, oh how He loves us.
He loves us, oh how He loves us all.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Blue

You are one handsome little man... when you're shirtless in your blue jeans...
Hamming it up while covered in dirt, melted popsicle, or lollipop...
You are one pretty cool guy showing off your muscles...
And loving every minute of the attention you get strutting around in your denim blues.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Flour Power

Ok, I'm weird, we'll acknowledge this for those of you who don't already know it. I like weird things to eat, I like to prepare them weird, and I like to try to make myself not feel weird for doing it. One of my favorite weird things is flour. To get even weirder it has to be self-rising flour. I don't eat it by spoonfuls, but I do like tasting a pinch while baking. I have no idea where this started.
While I have excepted my weird label and singly enjoyed my flour tasting while baking it seems I now have a kiddo who follows in my weird steps.
After his Mimi finished baking some bread he climbed up the stool to get to the counter so fast you would have thought his pants were on fire.
He certainly hasn't seen me helping myself to flour so maybe it's just ingrain? I don't know, but at least I have a fellow flour taster.
Now I wonder if he also likes dipping pretzels in cool-whip or frozen marshmallows with peanut butter?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Like Christmas Time

With all our things packed away in storage we have done pretty well making do. But with the weather becoming cooler it was time for us to dig out our warmer clothes and coats. We spent a day exploring our storage unit we hadn't seen since July and it was like Christmas time opening new things! Harrison had a blast running his wagon up and down the halls, discovering old toys, and riding on the dolly. For right now, this is life, but it sure is fun to re-discover old things and have them seem like new.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Blessed Be Your Name

Blessed be your name, when the sun's shining down on me, when the world's all as it should be,
blessed be your name. Blessed be your name, on the road marked with suffering, though there's pain in the offering,
blessed be your name.

Every blessing you pour out, I'll turn back to praise. When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will say, Blessed be the name of the Lord.
You give and take away, you give and take away, my heart will choose to say, Lord blessed me your name.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fair Food

I pride myself in fixing healthy meals for Harrison. When he was a baby I made his own foods from all organic fruits and vegetables. I use all natural whole grains, antibiotic free meats, and limit refined food products and dyes. So why did my son chow down on a greasy, unnatural, deep fried corn dog? Because it's all-American, it's the fair, and life should be enjoyed! Every now and then you've got to let go and just enjoy the fun things around you. Which is why you could also find his health nut mom enjoying some kettle korn and ice cream. Here's to enjoying something greasy and unhealthy every once and awhile!