Thursday, June 26, 2008

A first for me!

Today I experienced a first in my life. When I went to pick up Charlee from her day with Grandma Brockhaus, the two of them were swimming in the pool. After getting out of the pool and drying off, I was standing in the kitchen holding Charlee who was wearing simply a towel. I was encouraging her to drink some refreshingly chilled water from her sippy cup thinking it would help her cool off. Of course, in the process of making this happen, cold water spilled down her bare tummy as well as my leg. With 110 degree heat, that's not something that bothered me. Oh, but then our beautiful, "innocent" child allowed me to experience something I've never experienced before...nor was I ever intending to experience! Little Charlee Elyse peed on me! I'm standing there suddenly thinking to myself, "Um, that's not water! Grandma, I'm gonna need a change of clothes!"

All this to say just one simple thing...I've never been so humbled as I have been since becoming a mom. Here I am coming to pick up my daughter after spending my one day a week in the corporate world back where I worked before Charlee came along and I am welcomed home by a daughter who pees on me. Jobs in the corporate world do not involve spit-up, diaper rash, making bottles, etc. Though often quite stressful, they are somewhat more glamourous than being a mom. Being a mom is the most difficult job I have ever had (and ever intend to have!), yet it is by far the most rewarding position I've ever held and I wouldn't trade being peed on for the world. God has so blessed me and Adam by choosing us to be Charlee's mama and papa. Thank you Lord for humbling us over and over again as you open our eyes to the fact that we can control nothing in this life and that's okay! Thank you Charlee for allowing me the opportunity to work for you!!! =) Your mama and papa love you so very much!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Bathtime like a big girl...

So, we finally removed the "sling" from Charlee's bathtub because she's just grown so much. I thought she liked bath time before, but it wasn't nearly as fun before as it is now with TOYS! Plus, we're learning to splash in the water...too fun!
There's no water and she's still playing! =)

Lazy Sunday afternoon

Little Miss Charlee loves the water! Here she is cruising Grandma and Grandpa Brockhaus' pool.
Mama just can't resist takin' a bite of those cute lil' toes!
Just makin' sure Grandpa's still got all his teeth...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

All Charlee's names...

Okay, so today I was talking to Charlee and thought to myself, "Gosh, I never call this child by her actual name...she's never going to know who she is!" So, I thought it would be fun to record all the names Adam and I call Charlee aside from the name we gave her. If I remember them all, this will be a long they are in no particular order...

  • Charlee Bean (my personal favorite) =)
  • Charlee Brown
  • Lil' Miss
  • Stinky Pants
  • Lovey
  • Big Girl
  • Cheeks
  • Beautiful
  • Sugar
  • Punkin
  • Charlee E
  • Charles
  • Chuck
  • Peanut
  • Baby Cakes
  • Lil' Britches
  • Stink Pot
  • Goon
  • Booger
  • Precious
  • Beanie
  • Chubby Cheeks
  • Chunky Monkey
  • Shorty
  • Bean Sprout
  • Sweet Pea
  • Sweetheart
  • Charlee Girl
  • Thumper

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

8 Months Come and Gone...

Hi everyone! Welcome to our blog! I can't believe I'm finally creating a blog...something I've been wanting to do for over 8 months now...better late than never I suppose! So, I thought today was the perfect day to make my first entry. Today our little girl is 8 months old! I seriously cannot believe that so much time has already passed so quickly. I never thought it would go that fast!

Parenting has been the most amazing experience in my life thus far! Adam and I have learned so much already and Lord-willing we have years ahead of us to learn so much more. Becoming a parent has opened my eyes to my selfishness, which does not mean I am no longer selfish, it just means I can see it so much better now! I have learned so much about God and the way He feels about His children...the fact that we are all so loved and cherished as His image bearers. What an amazing truth to think about...that He loves me beyond any possible amount of love I could have for Charlee. Honestly, this seems impossible because I can't imagine there being a greater amount of love than my love for Adam and for Charlee, but that's the reality of the God we serve.

Being one who was never really into babies or children, becoming a mama has transformed me entirely. Now, don't get me wrong, there are still some snotty noses and grubby paws that I don't feel the need to have near me...what's changed is that I truly do see the blessing that children are. I see it in every little baby and child. I find myself smiling at babies and talking to them when I see them in the store, admiring their beauty and the simplicity of their lives as they take things in for the very first time. By His grace, God has shown me that life is a beautiful thing and every moment is to be cherished. I still have my moments, but Charlee has slowed my life down and caused me to enjoy the simple moments. My favorite parts of the day are going in to her room in the morning and seeing the most amazing grin on that little girl's face and then at night the three of us praying together as a family before we lay her down to sleep. Those are the things I cherish now and it's all because of that little girl who is sometimes cranky, sometimes cries and sometimes frustrates me. It's the simple pleasures of being a mom though that outweigh the trying moments. What's amazing is that it's the tough times that grow me, too, as I realize that I must be dependent on God.

So, it is our prayer, as it has been all along, that Charlee would grow to be dependent on the Lord and come to love the Lord with all her heart, with all her mind and with all her strength...all the days of her life.

Thank, you, little Charlee, for the joy you bring your Mama and Papa...don't you ever stop smiling! =)
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