Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Our First Shiner…

Yesterday was a first for Charlee and for her Mama and Daddy, too!  Charlee and I went to Starbucks to surprise Daddy with a nice cold, refreshing Dr. Pepper.  As soon as we located him, Charlee pretty much bolted from my arms and ran (and I mean, RAN!) to where Daddy was sitting.  Unfortunately, the combination of running at full speed in pink crocs across a tile floor was a really BAD combination. =(  She totally ate it as she tripped over her own feet and slammed into the chair at the table.  Needless to say, her excitement quickly changed to tears and I heard many an “Awww, poor thing” from the surrounding customers.  So, we left Starbucks with our very first shiner.

Really though, this was probably one of the coolest things I’ve witnessed yet as a mother…I know this sounds mean, but I’m totally serious.  Okay, so I would have preferred not to have my daughter end up with a serious knot on her forehead, but the sheer joy as she spotted Daddy and wanted to just run straight into his arms was absolutely priceless.  I will never forget that moment and hope she always gets that excited to run to her Daddy’s arms because she knows she’s safe and so very loved there.  I also couldn’t help but think of how our heavenly Father longs to have His children seek Him and run into His arms just as Charlee did (or tried).  Why don’t we run more often and with greater speed into the arms of our Father, the God of the universe?

A Special Job

What a beautiful reminder from a wonderful author, Mary Kassian, of what it is to be a Mom.  Check out her blog post here:

A Special Job for Me

There is a special place in life,
That needs my humble skill,
A certain Job I’m meant to do,
Which no one else can fulfill.

The time will be demanding,
And the pay is not too good
And yet I wouldn’t change it
for a moment – even if I could.

There is a special place in life,
A Goal I must attain,
A dream that I must follow,
Because I won’t be back again.
There is a mark that I must leave,
However small it seems to be,
A legacy of love for those
Who follow after me.

There is a special place in life,
That only I may share,
A little path that bears my name,
Awaiting me somewhere.
There is a hand that I must hold,
A word that I must say,
A smile that I must give,
For there are tears to blow away.

There is a special place in life
That I was meant to fill,
A sunny spot where flowers grow,
Upon a windy hill.
There’s always a tomorrow and the best is yet to be,
And somewhere in this world,
I know there is a place for me!


Saturday, July 18, 2009



Something struck me this morning as Charlee and I were building one of her beautiful block towers.  This is the process of us constructing something as fabulous as the tower pictured below…as she continues to build upwards as high as she can, I am constantly adding to the base of her creation in an effort to keep it from falling over prematurely.  You see, she’s not interested in creating a foundation to provide adequate support for her high-rise buildings.  All she cares about is getting it to be as tall as she possibly can.

So what struck me was the fact that the only reason that her towers can get as tall as they do is because I am there to ensure she has a firm foundation.  My thought was how true this is of our lives in general, but specifically as it relates to being a parent.  If Adam and I don’t honor God in our role as parents by seeking to raise her by His Word and His Truth then she will not have a foundation to soar to new heights.  We have to constantly and actively seek ways to “build her up” in instruct her in Christ’s ways so that she will (by God’s grace) one day be able to stand firm in the strength that only her Savior can provide.

This is what happens if I don’t make sure we have a strong foundation:IMG_0991

Monday, July 13, 2009

And the Mother Of The Year award…

…will not be going to me! Not that I ever thought it would, but I definitely fell out of the running this morning! Charlee started crying way too early and I simply was not going to get her…it didn’t sound too terribly serious anyway. It wasn’t until Adam and I went into her room to finally get her at 7:15 that I realized what was wrong. She had leaked through her diaper, all over her pajamas and was laying in puddles of “pee pee” in her crib. Needless to say I was quite humbled. Thankfully, I think she’s already forgiven me! =)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Something to ponder...

Evil is only good perverted. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Reading” with Duck

Okay, so it was more like just flipping pages, but still this was one of the cutest things C has ever done.  Lately she wants to sit in the big girl chairs at the kitchen table.  She still can’t get into them herself, but once I help her up you can tell she’s so proud…even though she barely clears the table.  We keep one of her Bibles on the table so yesterday she gets up into the chair and wanted “more” Bible.  Of course, Duck had to join her as well.  She sat there for a good five minutes (a LONG time for her!) just turning the pages.  My prayer is that one day (when she actually knows how to read) she will have the same desire for and excitement about reading God’s Word.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Tonight when we said our bedtime prayers with Charlee, she said “Amen” loud and clear at the end!  Adam and I looked at each other like, “Did you hear that too?”  Oh my gosh, what a way to melt this Mama’s heart!  I can’t think of a better end to my day!  =)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Meet Duck

Just over a week ago Charlee made a new friend. I think this is worth mentioning because this new friend is very important to her and you’ll notice that he finds his way into many of our pictures these days. Apparently, he loves Charlee very much because he allows her to carry him around by his neck nearly everywhere she goes. Thankfully, I have discovered that while his tag says he is only surface washable he has actually survived 2 baths already in the washing machine. A special thank you to Chris who introduced Charlee and Duck. Yes, Duck is his name…clever, I know. =) Occasionally, Charlee will leave Duck in a room to recover from the constant strangulation, but it’s never long before I hear, “Where Duck?” and “Duuuuuccccckkkk?” as she searches through the house to find him again.
I haven’t a clue what her fascination with this small creature is, but I am thankful for this…she does not carry him around in her mouth like a puppy dog as she does with Mr. Elephant (who, I might add, she has not seen for quite a while now!).
I’m sure this will not be the last time you see Duck in our many pictures. We are happy to welcome him into our family and know he will probably get captured in many more pics to come! =)

Little Miss Independence

We had a rather leisurely 4th of July this year…just the kind I like! Hangin’ out at Grandma and Grandpa Brockhaus’ house, floatin’ in the pool, eatin’ watermelon, catchin’ up on the latest Forbes magazine… =)
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