Saturday, May 31, 2008

Matchbox cars

As we were clearing out our closets this week, Darren came across a bag of his childhood, matchbox cars. I enjoyed watching the wonderful exchange between Darren and Joshua as Darren passed off his cars. He would pull a car out of the bag, hand it to Joshua and tell him a little story about it. Darren and Joshua were both glowing with childlike excitement.

This afternoon, Joshua was sitting in his little chair on the deck playing with his cars. He would pull them out of his Thomas lunch box one at a time and race it across the deck. It was so cute. Darren commented that Joshua always started with the little red Porsche that had been one of his own favorites as a kid.

I never imagined how much joy and fun our children would bring into our lives!

Garage Sale

Today was the yearly, community garage sale for our apartment complex. We decided this was a good time to clear out some of the stuff that is cluttering up our apartment. The weather forecast did not look promising -- it was threatening thunderstorms all day, but we decided to risk it.

The early morning was overcast, hot and humid, but there was a good amount of foot traffic for the sale. Around 11:30am a police officer stopped by to warn us that his dispatch just reported the storms would hit within the next half hour. There was a mad dash to get everything inside as the rain drops started to fall.

Although the day was cut short, we had a pretty successful day, making almost $200. Now we just need to take a trip to the donation center to give away all the stuff that didn't sell. I know Darren strongly dislikes setting up and running garage sales, but he did a wonderful job sorting, organizing, pricing and haggling!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Abigail keeps growing

Abigail had her four month appointment on May 21, 2008. She weighed 13 pounds 12 ounces in the 42nd percentile, and was 24.5 inches tall in the 47th percentile. She has these chunky little legs and the cutest chubby cheeks. She is growing so quickly.

As I was carrying Abigail in her baby carrier today, she seemed so heavy. Joshua was six months old before he weighed this much. It has been such a different experience with Abigail and her aggressive appetite.

God has blessed me with two wonderful children!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Abigail is rolling!

The whole family was hanging out in the living room this afternoon. Abigail was laying on her blanket on the floor. I had recently rolled her from her tummy onto her back because she had tired of tummy-time.

A few minutes later I heard Darren say to Abigail, "Are you on your tummy again?" I looked up to see that Abigail was indeed on her stomach, looking around. To test her true ability, I rolled her onto her back again. Sure enough, she immediately rolled over again.

We all clapped and cheered, though Joshua looked a little unsure of what the big deal was.

Go Abigail!

Jagow Award in Preaching

Darren was honored this weekend with the Jagow Award in Preaching. We were invited to attend the Commencement Breakfast with the president of Princeton Theological Seminary, where the awards and scholarship checks were presented.

Mr. Charles H. Jagow had a lifelong interest in preaching and communication. He believed that teaching and training for "good preaching and good delivery" encouraged sharper skills for worship. The Jagow Family Fund was established in 1977 through his generosity. A portion of the income from this endowment provides annually two prizes to be awarded to those students who during the year have made the greatest progress or displayed outstanding achievement in preaching or speech. The recipients of this award were chosen by the faculty of the speech and preaching department.

Darren was chosen for his sermon titled God and Country based on the text from 1 Peter 2:9-17. This sermon was delivered in class, with very positive feedback from his classmates and especially his preceptor.

Congratulations, Darren!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Bravery on the Playground

Joshua has been growing up so quickly. These last two weeks he has changed so much. We were out on the playground the other day, enjoying the nice weather. Joshua took off while I was talking with another mother and started for the slides. He has never gone by himself before; I have always had to encourage him and remind him that he can do it. To my complete surprise, a few minutes later he started climbing some of the "big kid" equipment. I was not sure he had the balance and strength for some of the older toys, but he proved me wrong. I can tell we are in for very exciting days ahead!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Spring Program!

Thursday night was the spring program for all the kids at Joshua's preschool. Joshua's class, the Young Toddlers, performed the Chicken Dance. It was so cute!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Visiting Family

Great-Grandma is reading Green Eggs and Ham to Joshua and Cousin Evan.

As many of you know, I took a trip to Northwest with Joshua and Abigail in March while Darren was off on his yearly adventure in Vancouver, B.C. to visit the set of Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis.

We had a nice time with family. Joshua had so much fun playing with his cousins. Cousin Evan is just a few months younger than Joshua and is very friendly. It was great to watch how they played together. Evan is more outgoing than Joshua and can get a little aggressive. He is the one who first taught Joshua how to stick up for himself. We also had the chance to spend time more time with Cousin Isaac, who is five years old. He was so proud to be the big cousin who could help with baby Abigail. I also got to see my littlest nephew, Sammy, who I hadn't seen since he was 5 weeks old.

Joshua also enjoyed some good bonding time with Grandpa and Grandma. On Saturday Grandpa took Joshua outside for chores. They fed the big goldfish in pond together. Then Joshua got to ride in the wheelbarrow full of fern branches while Grandpa wheeled them to the burn pile. They hung out down by the lake together, talking about the water and the boats and the ducks. Joshua now brings up water and goldfish every time we mention Grandpa.

Everyone got to meet Abigail for the first time... she loved all the attention. She stayed so cheerful and easy going through it all. She is much more social than Joshua was at her age. I remember when Joshua was this age and I took him to see family. He reached a point where he just didn't want to be held any more and cried when anyone picked him up.

I had a wonderful time with my parents and sisters. It has been too long since we were able to just hang out together.

P.S. - More pictures from our trip coming soon!

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