Friday, December 28, 2007

Hospitality 101

I know this is a little late in posting, but my laptop has gone kaPUT and it doesn't look like it'll be back online any time soon. So I've converted to using Jon's laptop and Jon's camera. So here it is, passed New Year's but I'm posting about some pre-Christmas what-nots. Here goes!

In early December, my friend Zandrah had a cookie exchange at her house and invited many friends from church.The night was so warm and cozy! Zandrah did so much to make the night special - I was so impressed by her hospitality. Ethan and dad were there to hang up coats, the cookies were so festively arranged, and we gabbed and gabbed for hours while listening to Christmas music. She had even arranged cute little bags to take the cookies home in including a burned CD of the music we had been enjoying. She thought of everything! (Here's a picture of a few of Abi's beaus from church playing in the living room while the moms ate!!)

It made me think of something we'd been talking about in MOPS. Hospitality can be such a gift we can give. Almost everyone has a home, and sharing it with others can bless in ways that we wouldn't expect. It does take energy to clean the house and think of meals and get the kids to be on their best behavior, but it's probably one of the easiest ways to bless others without really leaving our homes. And no home is too small, too cluttered, or too out-of-the-way. That's been my excuse for the past few years; our little apartment can't hold a lot of people, and I've let that hold me back. There's still boxes in the corner because there's no room to unpack them. But if I'm not using the space I'm given for the glory of God, why would he bless me with more? Zandrah obviously put a lot of thought into making her guests feel welcome. And I'm sure it took a lot of work to get everything cleaned, the food cooked, and the boys ready for company. But I know God will bless her for it, and God will bless her home for ministering her gift of hospitality to others. Thank you Zandrah, for being an example of hospitality to me and bringing some joy and relaxation into a hectic schedule!

Abigail's First Snow

So just after Thanksgiving there was a big snowstorm around here. While those inches were piling up, we were inside watching the big, fluffy flakes fall from our big bay window. Jon and I were both thinking the same thing: this was Abi's first snow!! And what do Minnesotans do in the snow? We romp! We play! And we subject our children to freezing temperatures at a frighteningly young age so they may love romping and playing as well! So we bundled her in the little snowsuit we got from the neighbors (yes, little girls may wear blue!) and spent a few minutes in the snow!!Here's Abigail just outside of our apartment building taking in the new scenery...
This is Abigail's CUTE butt-print in the snow :-)
Abi with a little snow on her nose! She's trying to look at it and perhaps lick it.
This is a baby snow angel. Her first!
A family snow picture!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Four Months and Going Strong!

Abigail is 4 months old today! (December 11) We're celebrating by throwing up a handful of snow and yelling "whoopee!" as it rains down on our heads. There will be a more substantial celebration when she reaches 12 months. You can see what Abigail thought of our celebration idea on the photo on the left. Among many things, she inherited my crazy long tongue. Scary.

We took her to the pediatrician for her 4-month check-up (aka SHOTS). The timing was perfect because I was on the verge of bringing her in. Abi has a bad case of eczema on her face, especially her forehead and left cheek by the ear. I try to keep her fingernails clipped regularly but she still manages to scratch into the little red rashy patches. Poor girl! Eczema runs in my family, in fact my sister (who had it pretty bad as a child) still has it as a young adult. So we prayed for her as we took her in for her check up. As it turns out (by MERE coincidence, I'm sure...thanks God!) our pediatrician is an "expert" on treating eczema since both of her children have it pretty bad. So she's given us some creams and salves to put on it and we'll see if it works. We are praying that it doesn't travel to other parts of the body and that it would clear up if not soon, then in her preschool years.

They were very impressed with her sweet demeanor and strong upper body (she can hold her head up so well as you can see!) They mentioned that we can start solid foods whenever we feel she's ready...I don't think she's ready yet. Can it be that she's already so big? I think I'll wait a month or two!! Right now I'm content knowing that I get to hold her all snuggly 7 times a day!

Now for the stats: Abigail weighed in at 14 lbs and 7 oz, putting her in the 71% for weight. She's 24 1/2 inches long, which puts her in the 63% for length. She's still following her "curve" in her growth chart well, so we're pretty happy for such a joyful, healthy baby!

Go Abi!!

(by the way, our friend Marie McKowen took Abi's "3-month" photos last week. We have some great ones! Just look at this little sweetheart!)

Monday, December 3, 2007

Brian, The Star-Bellied Sneech

Here's a YouTube video of Brian in the Macy's Great American Band in case you missed it! He came back with great stories and friends from all over the country. I'm so glad he had this opportunity. Way to go the shmoe!