He really lets us know that he does not feel good. And that eating is not comfortable. This has been a common reaction at the table as we try to find foods that he will tolerate. His preferred mode of comfort the last three months is being held, which at 32 lbs., is getting tough on my aging back. Poor guy, he is on his third round of antibiotics - each round getting stronger. This time he takes it for 20 days. If this doesn't clear out his sinuses then we are off to the ENT.
2. Wil is not all grump. He definitely has his feel good moments. When he does, he grabs Timothy and they wrangle the sofa cushions.
3. Timothy, when left alone, does things like this.
4. Luke is happy to have a little time off from school. He has been in the creative zone lately. This is what he came down wearing last night.
5. We are looking forward to a low-key Christmas. The little bit of Christmas shopping I do was done a wrapped a few weeks back. The boys and I will be doing some baking tomorrow and Wednesday, including a gingerbread house, and then we will enjoy our Christmas Eve tradition of homemade chili and fries, by chef James. He perfects the chili a little more each year! On Christmas day we will lay low, let the boys enjoy their new toys and then grill steaks with Nonnie and Papa.
And we will give thanks for Jesus as we celebrate Him!
He emerged about 45 minutes later chattering about the book he had written and illustrated.
Then he insisted I put his story on the blog. Here it is.
Bi Luke Walden
the 5 das uv krismis
Mistr snoman stas thaer (spoken like a true southerner) al the time
Mr jinjur bradman stas in the uvin
Mr rander gids santus slay
Santa flis in a sla. He givs prasints to the childrins.
the crismis tree is for Jesus.
One of the more desirable gifts - a single cup coffee machine.
A few of the girls.
3. A Country Parade. Sunday afternoon Luke and I hung out on Main St. in Blythewood to take in the sites and sounds of a country parade, which featured Papa and Aunt Tracy.
It's not a parade without the local High School Marching Band.
And then there was this. Here, I'll give you a closer look.
If you can figure out what it is how 'bout let me know.
There were plenty of tractors to be seen as well.
And here's Papa bringing up the rear.
Along with Aunt Tracy.
And finally, Santa, who apparently prefers horseback to a sleigh out here in the country.
4. A little news on our church plant. After much deliberation we have a name. Riverside Community Church. There are three rivers that run through Columbia: the Saluda, Congaree, and Broad. They merge in the Downtown area and run along the west side of the city. So while we don't have riverfront property we consider the city to be "riverside." So there you have it. We are loosing our meeting place at the end of this month so if you think about it please pray that we will find new space that will serve us well long term and as we grow.
I know you will be shocked when I tell you that our evenings do not resemble that fantasy at all!
First of all there is nothing quiet about our house, and definitely not our evenings. Secondly we would never have drinks, especially hot, anywhere in the vicinity. And thirdly they have not learned the life skill of playing together nicely.
Unless you call this nice.
My boys just aren't wired to lounge around and play quietly.
If someone is not being tossed around they start to get grumpy.
I have learned to just sit back and watch. I throw out the occasional "be careful," or "that's too high," or "too rough, be more gentle." No one listens. I don't even think they know I am talking.
But I am there when someone needs a little moral support. Wil especially likes to come over for a hug between rounds.
It gives him that extra gumption to get back in there.
As things slow down Wil finishes off with his most favorite activity. Sitting on James' stomach and bouncing up and down as hard as he possibly can. While beating James' chest.
Remarkably, when it is time to go to bed they all comply and make their way upstairs without a fuss.
I'm sure somebody out there experiences what I imagined in my pre-child mind. As with so many things in life I have had to readjust my own thinking of what family life looks like for us. And while it makes me feel like I am in the middle of a three ring circus sometimes, I wouldn't change a thing.
Until finally they broke free,
2. I have been trying to figure out ways to make some extra income. I need, and want, to be at home so I have been snooping around online. Turns out a masters in theology and counseling is pretty useless for most on-line, contractual work. I have registered with oDesk, taken all their tests, posted my profile, work history, and gifts to see if anything comes my way. We'll see. I would love to get back to counseling. Maybe after the boys are all in school I can prepare for the state qualifications for licensure. They are different from Florida so I will need time to prepare for the state exam, which may even require another class or two. Can't even fathom adding that to my life right now.
3. Gators - 2008 SEC champs!! We had an intense afternoon watching the Gators play Alabama.
There were some "oh no!" moments felt by all. . .
and some "yes, yes" moments which caused every muscle in James' body to contract with excitement.
It was an awesome win for the Gators which caused James to giggle and cackle a good solid hour after it was over.
4. A common phrase around here, as of late, is "Timothy, leave your clothes on." Here is the sequence of events we now deal with on a daily basis.
After he frees himself of his pajamas and takes a victory lap around the house he stops to remove his diaper.
When we talk to him about keeping his pajamas on he just laughs and laughs. I think we need a padlock to keep him from unzipping.
5. We are officially underway with the new church plant. It has been a very encouraging time for us. We have a solid group of folks eager to see a healthy, bible teaching church planted in downtown Columbia. We have an advisory board made up of pastors from respected, healthy churches within our denomination. And we have supporters that are committed to sticking with us through this next phase in our ministry. For those of you that don't know what I am talking about, I apologize. I haven't shared, here, about all that has gone on over the last six months because I haven't felt it was appropriate. Maybe one day I will share the whole saga of our move to SC to plant a new church in partnership with a local congregation and how we ended up parting ways with the leadership of that congregation. For now, I will just say that the last six months have been challenging and confusing while simultaneously being encouraging and faith-building.
Have a great week!
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