Monday, September 27, 2010
“When your energy fails you, do not look inward and lament the lack you find there. Look to Me and My sufficiency…Go gently through this day, leaning on Me…Thank me for your neediness, which is building trust-bonds between us.”
God knows. He knows my daily struggles. He knows my shortcomings. Today I have no energy but I know He will provide what I need to get through this day.
I also have a tiny confession…William’s croupy condition is not the only reason I haven’t been sleeping. Two words...HUNGER GAMES! I am joining a book club and our first gathering is tomorrow. And in true Lauren fashion, I didn't get the book until Friday. On my way home from the bookstore, I had figured out how many pages I would need to read each day to finish the book! Oh, that wasn't necessary...I could not put that stickin' book down; it is SOOO good! I am dying to get the second (and third) book but I am forcing myself to wait until we’re done with the croup.
And we’re both going down for afternoon naps today! :)
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Off to bake cupcakes and cookies for the tailgate!
ps – double boo refers to double rainbow in the sky. Check it out on youtube!
Friday, September 24, 2010
[Keep your eye on the ball, William!]
[Swing and a miss…]
[“Is that all you got???”]
[“Uh, there’s a ping-pong ball stuck on my head!”]
You can never teach them too early, right??? :) He'll be playing with nun chucks before we know it!
It’s the weekend! Woo-Woo!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
But I guess it’s a compliment when I felt a lot older yesterday…I took one step closer to the BIG 3-0! Only two more years left in my twenties! Yowza!!
I took William on his first bike ride. He loved it! I think the helmet is still a little big but my dad is in insurance…that says it all! :)
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
So, I’ve had a buggy cover tucked away in his closet for 6 months and now that he is sitting up I decided to pull it out and give it a whirl. And I really enjoyed using it! Don’t get me wrong; it felt like the little guy was really shopping with me sitting up like a big boy. But, he’s also a little more exposed than normal. Anyway, a shoeless, snotty-nosed three-year-old boy with Hawaiian punch all down his shirt started making his way toward us to look at the “baby.” Before I even had time to tell him not to touch, that little boy stuck his dirty finger in William’s mouth!!!!!!!! He bypassed the hands, feet, even his face and went straight for the mouth! I immediately shooed him away and then his mom starting spanking him right there in the produce section. The child is screaming, his mom is screaming, I’m wiping Williams mouth down with baby wipes, screaming in my head… “you better not give him the sniffles again…we just got rid of them!” This little incident happened on Monday and its FRIDAY…no sniffles!!!
Here’s my happy boy…
Love the weekend! GEAUX TIGERS!!!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
He weighs 20.6 lbs and is 26 ¼ inches long.
It’s crazy to think he was this small only 4 months ago…
At six months, his bottle is still his first love but he’s also enjoying baby food. His favorites are squash, bananas and yogurt.
He is rolling over but only when absolutely necessary or out of frustration! :) He takes two good naps and a little cat nap (only on a good day) and, for the most part, sleeps through the night.
He laughs & coos (no ma-ma or da-da yet), kicks like Michael Phelps in the bathtub, loves his giraffe teether but would rather chew on his feet, is still a big fan of peek-a-boo, started using a sippy cup (hasn’t quite figured it out), gets an A+ in hand mouth coordination, I feel like he’s discovering new things he can do each week! I LOVE seeing his little personality develop; he is such a sweet boy!
I thank God everyday I get to be William’s mom!
Monday, September 13, 2010
When Wilson was 10 years old, he lost his mother to AIDS. Six months later, he lost his father to AIDS. Three of his four brothers were also HIV positive (only Wilson and his youngest brother were spared). He was forced to live off the streets eating out of garbage cans. Through a series of events, he was able to go to a Christian school where, after many years, he was brought to his knees at the feet of Jesus. Wilson began to grow deeper in his faith and felt a conviction to reach lost souls. At 17, Wilson and some friends heard God calling them to start a church and so began Light the World Church.
Oh, Wilson also sings and plays the piano by ear. He has become one of Uganda’s most popular gospel singers, pastors a church with 3000 members and is currently housing 15 orphans. Did I mention Wilson is 26 years old??? What an inspiration!
"Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:4
God is moving in Kampala!
Friday, September 10, 2010
I also went to my OB this week...I LOVE my doctor! She has been by my side during some of the most difficult moments of my life and I am so thankful she’s my doctor! Anyway, a few weeks ago I sent her William’s birth announcement and a photo of us with William after the delivery. She could not stop talking about the picture I sent. I have to say Jill captured a special moment…there is nothing like those first moments holding your baby. Nine months of waiting, nine months of praying…the picture says it all! Thank you, Jill!
And because it’s Friday and I can’t help but think about all those high school football games…here is a you tube video my sister showed me. We were both cheerleaders in HS and laughed a lot when we saw this!
Happy Friday, Happy Football!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Hope everyone has an uneventful night sleep! :)
ps – my sweet little boy who sleeps through the night is back!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Here are some pics from the weekend!
Happy Monday! Oh, dear...I just realized it's Tuesday! Happy Tuesday!!! :)
Friday, September 3, 2010
This gal was completely SURPRISED!!! She was not expecting dinner with close friends celebrating another year of her life. We spent the evening baby-free (PARTY!), visiting with good friends, enjoyed a delicious dinner and yummy birthday cake, and came home to the sniffles…yeah, the sniffles have been here way too long! Great job G…the birthday bash was a complete success!!!
Random funny-ness happened to me last night. Have you ever heard of the website stumbleupon.com? You sign up on this website and check off a bunch of topics that interest you. Then you hit the “stumble” button! At this point, they introduce you to websites, videos, music, anything on the internet that you might like.
So, I’m just soooooo curious about what they think I will like…well, the first video that came up was Bruce Lee playing ping-pong with nun chucks.
How did they know I like Bruce Lee??? :) Just kidding but I do LOVE ping-pong…my family loves ping-pong! I just got the biggest kick out of that! They also linked me up with biblemaps.org…you type in a book of the bible and it shows you where on the map it occurred...really cool! My husband was a big fan of that one. Anywho, try it out…I promise you’ll laugh out loud!
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I pulled some of my favorite lesson plans and decided to start off with an easy project that yields beautiful results. We used Kandinsky‘s Squares and Concentric Rings and Color Study as our inspiration and let the kids go from there. I was painting with a little boy in his hospital room and, at one point, he turned to his mom and said, “I think we should frame this for my room.” His mom replied “No, I want it in my office.” They went back and forth as to where to hang his artwork. He was so proud of his work and I loved getting to visit with the two of them.
It’s crazy to think OLOL is one of six hospitals in the state offering child life services. It’s considered an expense and the funding just isn’t there for most hospitals. This incredible staff helps children and their families understand all the “doctor talk” during their stay at the hospital. I was able to see the benefits of this program yesterday…lots of smiles, laughter, a brief escape, grateful parents, an indoor playground, tons of toys and a wall of movies.
Did I mention they have an INCREDIBLE staff…cause they really do!!!
In other news, William got his first case of the sniffles. I know there is nothing I can do but it’s just so pitiful when he can’t breathe through his nose. He wants to suck on that paci so bad and realizes, after a few seconds, he can’t breathe! Sniffles, it’s time to go home!
Really hoping we’re back together again for the weekend!