Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Four Months of Washington

Washington, you are now four moths old!
Let me correct myself, on June 12, you were four months old. Now you are 4 1/2 months old. 
But I'm celebrating anyway even if I am a tad behind. 
You're doing big and awesome things this month bud. 
You're rolling consistently and intentionally from front to back in order to bat at a sibling or reach for their toys when they unwittingly plopped them down within your reach. 
You love ridiculous noises- raspberries, popping sounds, growling, engine noises, explosions (aka your siblings.) I shouldn't be surprised. You have three big brothers that communicate 80% of the time in sound effects. I'm sure you're following right in those footsteps. 
You love having books read to you. You will sit and listen and look at the pictures sometimes even forgetting you're sleepy or hungry. This helps big brothers with their reading practice and I use it to my advantage ;)
While you love all the loud sound effects, you definitely do not like any kind of crying. Though you do plenty of it yourself, if you hear a big sibling wailing you join right in. Madison in particular makes your little eyes well up and pouchy lip come out when you her dramatic waterworks. 
You are in size three diapers and busting the seams of your size 3 months clothing. It's time to start digging out the bigger sizes I was just hoping you'd hold on a few more weeks when we get unpacked in our new house. 
Speaking of our new house. We can't wait to see all the memories we'll build with you there - your learning to sit up and crawl, your first steps and words. We can't wait!
You nurse every 3-4 hours, sleep 12+ hours a night, and take two long naps a day. You smile at almost anyone giving you attention and have started laughing at your family who adores you and stops short of standing on our heads to hear your happy noises. 
You love being held, watching Mickey Mouse with Madison, eating rice husk crackers, and being outside. You still hate the carseat but I will give you credit for starting to extend your toleration time a bit. 
We love you fiercely and we are so thankful for your being chosen to be in our family! We love you Mr. Ash and can't wait for the many months and years ahead of getting to know you more! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Relationship Status

(The pictures have nothing to do with this post, but since I haven't uploaded our house pics, you get to see some of my awesome kids enjoying the summer :) 

So we're dating again...
 At least it feels like it, this whole house buying/building thing.  
 First you realize you're old enough for a serious relationship (home ownership) and start kinda looking around. There may not be a lot of good options in your desired area that fit your criteria for relationship material so you expand your search location. 
 You not only look at the options you see on a daily basis, you jump online to expand your dating search and even sign with a professional matchmaker (realtor) to find the perfect fit. 
 Finally you find something you're attracted to and try your opening line of "hi". But just like people, houses can look really good in pictures or on the outside and be a mess to run from once they open their mouth (door.)
 You might go through a slew of bad first impressions, a few "just for fun relationships" (open houses), and maybe even infatuations (not in the budget). 
 You may even begin your first real relationship. At first you both flirt, "I like your hardwood floors", "Aw, thanks, they should rewrite the alphabet, because I could totally see "u" and "i" together." "Oh stop it, but your open concept, just wow, kind of makes my heart beat faster!"
 And then you're head over heels, you go on first and second dates, you take a ton of pictures, you write your name down with his last name (potential new address.) You picture your life together. But sometimes first loves don't last. And horrible break ups can happen (another buyer, better offer, taken off market), and you're left heartbroken, wondering if you'll ever find love. 
 And then one day, when you least expect it, you find "the one". It's like you both know right away and the peace and excitement are indescribable. You flirt, date, really get to know each other, long talks (appointments to see the house or going to the model home over and over.) You get engaged (sign to start building) and plan the wedding (the house.)
 There's a thousand details. What venue (lot or location), what style dress (exterior options), do you want formal or casual, large or small, fish or chicken (Ok, houses don't eat, but some of the new build choices get ridiculous.)
 And then all the decisions are made, the date is set, the details are planned and the waiting begins. The days tick by as the details come together. Some weeks fly and others drag as you countdown to the big day! It gets harder to say goodbye each time you're together and you can't wait until there are no more goodbyes. 
And that's where we are now. We're so close we can see the "big day" on our horizon, but we're already picturing ourselves there so much it gets harder and harder every time we leave our new house. It hardly matters that there's no grass or floors or driveway or electricity we just want to be there. And suddenly the wedding ceremony details don't even matter because you just want to be married. It's a great feeling of anticipation, a little unknown, and a lot of joy. We're on the less than 30 days mark! It's almost time to say "I do!" (aka, close.) ;) 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Writing In the Walls

Long before we knew we would build a house...
Long before we knew we would buy a house...
Before we knew we would have kids...
Before we knew what life would look like after "I do"...
We dreamed and schemed, two twenty something newlyweds. 
We decided if we were ever blessed with the opportunity to build we would start from the foundation to dedicate each brick and stud to God. 
We would do that by prayer and also by writing His Word into the heart of the home. 
Over a decade later we have been granted this gift of a building a home. As the framing was completed we took to the halls and rooms with sharpie markers. 
Each of the kids wrote their favorite "swords" into the walls of their rooms. 
Matt and I wrote our life swords in our room, and our family sword in the living room. Matt wrote Joshua 24:15 over the front door and we wrote other favorite swords into the school room, dining room, hallways, office, foundation, back doors, and kitchen. 
Our walls are literally filled with the Word and I pray our home continues to be immersed in it as we move in and fill them. 
On the way out that day Harrison grabbed a marker and ran to write "one more thing". On the doorpost right inside our front door Harrison wrote "God's House." I love his heart and his love for his Lord and couldn't agree more that this gift of a home truly belongs to God.