For those of you who know me (which who knows how many that really is in relation to all who will come across this), you know I have a bit of a …shall I say…phobia of throwing up. Spending time overseas and having 2 boys has put this to the test before, but nothing like last week. It all started Tuesday night. Jack wouldn’t touch his dinner–which I believe is a first (he’s a hearty guy). He just kept saying, “All done. Mommy, more bubbles please?” I’d been reading “Dare to Discipline” for tips on other behaviors, and my “disobeying radar” was on overdrive, so I said, “No bubbles. It’s time for dinner.” Well, as much as I tried to get him to eat, he didn’t. And I’m so thankful with the amount I had to clean up come 10 pm…and 10.30…and 11…Then came Miles…then came Andy…Of course, I can’t tell if I ever got it or just felt awful from cleaning up the chunks.
Ok, new subject. Andy and I are taking 20 teens to Brazil in June. We are really pumped to have this opportunity. We’ve led a team of teens before and seen God have a life-changing impact on them through spending time at an orphanage, and seeing people who don’t have any access to God’s Word. Even if they wanted to understand the Gospel, no one knows their language to tell them–there are over 250 such tribes in Brazil. This trip will be a little different, as we are taking our 2 toddlers with us. I’ve often thought about staying home with the kids. But Andy and others encouraged me to go…and we have $3000 worth of tickets for myself and the boys, so I have no turning back. Last time we took the boys to Brazil, I found Miles with 1/2 a millipede out of his mouth (the other half missing–uugh!) Needless to say, it’s a full-time job to watch them, but I’m also hoping to have opportunities with the girls going, to help them process what they’re seeing/learning. I’m praying my time there will not be in vain.
A crazy thought…since Andy was born in Brazil, he has dual citizenship. Thus, our boys have dual citizenship. So, for the 4 of us, we have 7 passports. When Miles and Jack turn 18, they can decide if they want to be American or Brazilian. I can just imagine Jack deciding he was going to be Brazilian…crazy!
Funny story of the day: Miles is in a time out for hitting Jack, and Jack pats me on the leg. From the T.O.Chair, Miles yells “No Jack. Be nice to mommy. Good boy.” Then Jack climbs into the other T.O.Chair, and I said “What are you doing?” “Time out.” I wish I had it on video!
So we have this wreath on our front door that isn’t too terribly Christmas-y. It’s purple berries and very cool…but we kept it up a little longer than normal this year. Plus since we are still unpacking, I have yet to find the wreath box…So Saturday we set out to search the attic and garage for the box, or any box to go ahead and store the wreath. And also in hopes that if the wreath is down, maybe we’ll get some warm weather:) But Andy goes to take down the wreath, and there is a nest built right into it! Not just any nest, but a cute momma finch nest. After having 2 kids, I was imagining this poor momma, preparing her babies’ nursery, one twig at a time in her last trimester and it’s completely destroyed just as she goes into labor…so, we decided to rent out our wreath for a birdie nursery. And today I peaked in on our new guests, and we have 2 eggs–Go momma finch! It’s not everyday a bird lays eggs on your Christmas wreath, but next year I will definitely take it down once the season has passed.
While our days are full of much laughter and fun, come 8 o’clock, it is a beautiful thing to be able to hug and kiss them goodnight and have, for the first time, some silence…Although, Andy just pressed the “on” button on the coffee maker, and I hear Jack in his crib humming with the grinder. Jack loves coffee–black. Not that he has it regularly, but I suppose it wouldn’t be bad if it stunted his growth (as he is in the 100th percentile for height and weight 🙂
To kick off this sharing of our lives over cyberspace, I thought I’d give a bit of a “rundown” on our past months. We moved to Indiana in August. Andy is Director of Student Ministries at Christ’s Covenant Church. http://www.christscovenant.org We miss being near my parents, who were 30 min. away from us in Ohio. But we love the church we are a part of! I am at home with Miles (2) and Jack (1), and I’m so thankful to be able to be with them full-time.
Miles has had some health difficulties (diagnosed PDD-NOS), but he has made some HUGE strides, and we are praying he will continue. He has speech, occupational, and physical therapists who come to our house every week, and they have been so helpful in advising and helping us. Jack is just as crazy as can be, people say he reminds them alot of Andy. They are both a blast, but so different. They love playing in our yard, which is dirt because it was just built, and they haven’t seeded it yet…but the crazy thing is Jack will be covered in mud, and Miles won’t have a speck on him. Or Jack has decided he likes running down the slide better than sitting, whereas Miles would prefer sitting next to me on the bench.
Andy sent me to Florida a few weeks ago to stay with Julie and Chris Mantegna for a few days, and Rachel Cowden flew out from Seattle. It was a blast! But the best part (well, besides the beach) was being there without any diapers to change, no responsibility (except remembering sunscreen), no screaming fits…and actually missing it! It’s good to get a break, but it’s even better to know there is nothing better out there than hanging out with my boys.
So we enter the age of online communities. With much fear and trepidation, we establish our settings, pick our colors, and yes, make our first posting. I’m not sure how many months will elapse before we post again, but feel free to give your e-props for the picture of our cute boys.