Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Backseat Stories

I know that I have lots of stories to tell about Erin but she doesn't really stop talking and Aiden well he's still working on trying to talk over his sister. I'm sure soon enough I will have stories to tell about Aiden.
So I have a small job of picking up some kids after they get out of school and watching them until one of their parents gets home. It really is the best job in the world. Not hard work at all. So when we are in the car waiting for the kids to come out Erin is always talking about something in the backseat. So I will try to remember some of these as she tells them and try to post them right away.
This was yesterdays story:
Erin: Mom I want to read you this letter I wrote.
Me: ok Erin I'm listening.
Erin: Dear Aunt Leah,
Can you come here? Bring Maddie too!
Love,
Erin
I thought this was very sweet and told her what a nice letter that was. Then it suddenly dawned on me. How in the world does this girl know what a letter sounds like? I am pretty sure that she is already smarter than me.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Aiden's 2!!

My Aiden boy turned 2 on March 16. Here are some pictures of our family celebration













Lessons

Life is full of ups and downs and I don't know why I am always surprised when either happens. Eric and I had a little disappointment this weekend, we received an email from the church we were looking at saying that we did not make the list to come for a second interview. I do believe that God is in control and this was not the place for us. It still hurts, we felt rejected. Friday was not a good day, and I feel that my kids suffered a little because of me. I was letting my hurt feelings and frustrations out on my kids. I realize now that this was silly and that I should be rejoicing in the fact that God has something better for us. I have had to apologize to my kids more than I care to remember for my short fuse. After reading my bible this morning and doing my devotions I realized that I do not want to be the kind of person that lets disappointments take over my emotions. As I watch my kids through out the day and see how they respond to situations I find myself wanting to be more like them. They experience little disappointments everyday, like having a toy taken away, or not getting to play with a certain friend that day, or having to share with the other sibling. They may cry for a short time, but it doesn't take long for them to pick themselves up and move on to something else. So that is what I am going to do, I'm going to pick myself up shake off the dust and move on. I am not going to dwell in the past. God has something bigger and better for us. I am going to continue to be the woman God has called me to be.
This is the verse I read this morning:
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See,I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:18-19
God is making a way for Eric and I.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Praise the Lord!!











Well I had been told that this day would come although I had my doubts. You see I have this very stubborn little girl who had me convinced that she would stay in diapers the rest of her life. She is the kind of kid that will only do things if she comes up with the idea. She is only interested in doing things the way she wants to. So when it came time to potty training she did not want to have anything to do with this. Now while most kids try to mimic their friends, Erin was perfectly happy knowing that other kids used the potty and not her. She has two cousins that are within days and months of her and they are both potty trained and have been for some time. Now normally I don't believe that we should try to be exactly like someone else, but in this case I'm all for it. Unfortunately she was not bothered at all that Maddie and Kenedee both use the potty. In fact she would even rejoice with Maddie when she would use the potty, but when asked if she would like to try the answer was always a loud "NO!" as she runs away.




So the day is finally here and all it took was a little bribery. Well that and I think she was a little bothered that her younger brother is pretty excited about the potty. Aiden has started to show interest in using the potty so I figured I could use this to my advantage. Every time he would sit on the potty I would give him some M&Ms and would also make sure it was right in front of her. Cruel I know, but I was desperate and it worked. So she saw that he didn't have to actually go in the potty in order to get some candy. So she started sitting on the potty and getting her M&M's. After a few times I changed the rules to she actually had to go pee pee in order to get the candy. I was afraid that this could cause some trouble but she has been willing. We are on day four and have had great success. She has only had two accidents and is now wearing big girl panties! I am so proud of her and her eyes absolutely light up with excitement every time she goes now. Thank you Jesus!! I am so excited I'm not sure who gets more joy out of this Erin or me. Either way it's been a great week for us.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Rules by Erin Marie

As we were eating our lunch on sunday afternoon, my mom was talking to Erin trying to get her to eat her lunch when she gave us yet another rule.

Rule # 2 : We don't talk while eating our food.

She was a little tired and crabby and was not interested in eating anything we had for lunch that day. So she finally got fed up with my mom trying to talk her into eating her food.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Rules by Erin


Yesterday morning Erin, Aiden and I were doing a little coloring. One of my favorite activities to do with them. I think I actually enjoy it more than they do. So while we were coloring I broke out into a song. (which I often do because Erin and Aiden really don't know that I can't really sing yet.) Normally Erin jumps right in and sings along, but not this time.


Rule number 1: We don't sing while coloring.


I get these rules every once in a while from her so I figured I would share them as she shares them with me.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Good Morning!

I have to start this explaining that Erin is always up before I am. She is so sneaky and quiet that I can never hear her on the monitor. So most mornings I wake up to a little pat on my hand and open my eyes to this cute little smiling face staring back at me.
This morning was a little bit different. She came in very quietly, I didn't hear her. So she tiptoes up to me pats my hand, startles me awake and before I can say anything she says. "um....mom Aiden took his jammies off and my diaper broked and is falling off and has poop in it." She said this all in one breath. I wasn't so concerned about the Aiden taking his jammies off, because that is starting to become a habit for him, it was the part about the broken diaper and poop that concerned me. So I decided I better get moving before I have a huge mess to clean up if I don't already. Sure enough her diaper had broken but it was only wet. Thank goodness. She is a funny girl and of course I go to get Aiden and he is down to his onesie. At least he hasn't figured out how to get the onesie off.

Waiting Patiently....or not

Eric and I are ready to go back into the ministry. We are feeling the urge from God and have learned some good life lessons in the last seven months. We are both excited for what God might have in store for us. I am not as patient as Eric so there are many moments when Eric has to settle me down and remind me that we are not the ones in charge.
Yesterday Eric and I were finally able to meet with the pastor of a church looking for a youth pastor. After two meetings that were set up and canceled I was becoming very anxious about this meeting. I often wondered what is God trying to teach us through all of this. Why do these meetings keep getting pushed back. When we finally got to this last meeting I knew that nothing was going to get in the way. I felt like God was saying to me "Remember Angela I am in charge not you, it will be in my time not yours." I knew that this was the right time for us to meet with him. The meeting went great. We were very honest with him and he with us. I felt so comfortable with him. I did however forget how old Aiden was....a little embarrassing when you can't remember that your son is going to be two and not four. Not sure where my brain was on that, but then again the brain seems to disappear a lot these days. Anyway the meeting went well and now we begin our wait....again. We are still one of a few candidates that I'm sure are just as qualified if not more than Eric and I are.
I am not so good at this waiting thing. I want this to be all in Gods timing and His will, but I am still struggling with my own anxieties about it. I know that whatever happens God is in control. Why is it so hard to be patient? I guess I am asking for some prayer in all of this. I am excited about being in the ministry again, I miss it. I feel like Eric and I are in a good place and have a lot more to give. So if you could.....say a little prayer for us. Thanks!