Thursday, January 22, 2009

My "Book Ends"

I couldn't resist using the term "book ends", a term used by many families with four or more children. You can probably guess it means your oldest and youngest.

My oldest LOVES to read. He's a real bookworm. I love it, and love as much just sitting back witnessing him take off with it! I don't know that I've ever been so impressed by anyone! The day we brought Baby K home, the first thing O wanted to do was read to her, and not surprisingly, he asked to do so when he got home from school today.

So I left them in the pack 'n play together, reading, so I thought, while I made some much needed coffee (which I happen to be enjoying even now as I type :) ), and when I peaked over the pass-through window into the family room, what do I see, but the above-picture. I tell ya, never has a brother loved a sister so. He is truly enamoured with her. He couldn't even read, his favorite past time, because he is just smitten. Can't you just see the almost desperate adoration in his face? I sure can, and it sure does this mama's heart good.

It's hard to believe our Baby K is two weeks already. It just goes faster with each baby. She continues to be a really easy baby. Last night she was fussy (thankfully unusual for her), and I just couldn't figure it out. Thankfully, my husband was home, because sometimes you just have to hand your baby over and say "I don't know what to do." I fed her, changed her, cuddled with her, everything. Well, all she needed was a good burp. Oops (*sheepish grin*), you would think she was my first. Well, don't you know, as soon as Daddy got her burp out, she melted into his arms where she slept for a few hours before bed.

I am so thankful for wonderful parents and a wonderful church family that has really taken care of us these first two weeks. Dinners, clothes, diapers, even running to the store for me (yes, someone called today and asked if I needed anything from the store - you know, my pride wanted to say "no", but I took the help the Lord provided and she brought me over carrots and celery for the chicken soup I'm making today). Its really ministered to us, and I hope I can minister to others the same from here on out. I will be looking around my neighborhood, my church, etc., and provide dinners when I can, because it really soothes the soul after a long day.

A side blessing that I never expected, was before the meals began coming, we sat our picky-eating children (boys) down and said that God would be providing us some meals, and that they were to be thankful and not complain once. I am in awe that they did so well. Our daughter eats anything, bless her heart; but my boys, MY BOYS! Wow! They were so adventurous eating some things that they a. never tried; or b. didn't like in the past. Through these last few weeks, we've been able to really drive home that even when Mommy cooks, God is equally providing for us, and that they are to continue to be thankful and not complain as they've done such a good job doing these past few weeks. What an answer to prayer for me!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

God bless!

Jen :)


Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
To stay at home is best.

Weary and homesick and distressed,
They wander east, they wander west,
And are baffled and beaten and blown about
By the winds of the wilderness of doubt;
To stay at home is best.

Then stay at home, my heart, and rest;
The bird is safest in its nest;
O'er all that flutter their wings and fly
A hawk is hovering in the sky;
To stay at home is best.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow