Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sleeping Arrangements

We have a slight cold milling around our household right now. Nothing major, just annoying! I'm not sure if this is the reason, or what has caused this new trend, but I have a 2 year old who likes to climb into bed with me when I'm too sleepy and incoherent to realize it. It's been happening for the last week or so and in the middle of the night he will come to my side and hold my hand so that it gives him a boost into our bed...he then he will cuddle on my pillow right up next to me AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE and fall asleep. Once in a while I'll catch him and he will go back to his bed to sleep for a bit only to come back a couple hours later when I'm too sleepy to realize it. That little rascal! :) Needless to say, when I wake up in the morning (nearly pushed off the bed) only to hear the deep breathing of my adorable Seth...well, it melts me and I enjoy the cuddles for a bit before getting up early and getting ready for the day. I've realized it's hard to go back to sleep when you are nearly 1/2 way off the bed. :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


It's officially been just over a year since River City Church was 'planted' and we have been attending since the beginning. Having never been part of a church plant I had NO idea what to expect, but I can honestly say it's been a great journey full of learning, meeting new people, and defining what 'church' really means for our family.

Josiah and Alayna join us for Sunday services and it's been a great opportunity for them to learn self-discipline and more importantly, to hear and grasp parts of the message. They open their bibles and follow along...Josiah is able to and soon Alayna will to, now she just pretends. Don't get me wrong, they aren't perfect angels...they are kids, but I've been very proud of them over the course of the year, they have their 'antsy' moments, but overall they are great. Seth will be sitting with us soon...pray for us! :) He needs to learn self-discipline as well and we would love to all be together as a family on Sunday mornings, but I know it will be quite the 'transition' for a while....patience...I will need patience.

Sunday to my ears!! We used to meet Sunday nights at 5...that was great for some, but not as wonderful for those of us with families. For a variety of reasons we recently switched to Sunday mornings at 10am and I could not be more thrilled!! :) We also transitioned from one downtown space to a larger one and it has filled up quickly.

We have had great opportunities to have people in our house each week on Wednesday nights for our 'Missional Community' (a diverse group of people...young, older, families, college students, singles, anyone!) where we eat dinner together (taking turns bringing the day out the week I don't have to have a meal planned!), and then study what was talked about on Sunday and how it applies to each of our lives, as well as journeying through life together and praying for one another. The last Wednesday of each month we go and serve in the community...last year we served at the Perry Center...this year we are hoping to set something up to serve a group of refugees in our community.

Being able to enjoy Wednesday nights as a family and having our kids get to know the group of people that comes each week and to have other adults involved in the lives of our kids has been a blessing. Serving each month alongside our kids has been a great experience. Don't get me wrong...there are moments when having the kids involved is more work, but I have to remind myself that it's a teaching opportunity for them as well...patience..always praying for patience!

It has been a transition, but it's been a good one. We are thankful for the opportunities we've had to learn, serve and grow together as a family.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Never A Dull Moment

On Wednesday the kids were playing downstairs in the basement. After a bit Josiah and Alayna came up to hang out with me while Seth chose to stay and play down there. After a little time passed I asked Alayna to go check on Seth and while she was headed downstairs I heard someone trying to get in the front door. Josiah went running to the door to see who it was, while I was trailing behind him reminding him NOT to open it unless he knew who it was....his next words were, "Mom, it's Seth!". Of course my immediate thought was, "WHAT?!?!?!?!".

Yes, our clever 2 year old pushed the kid slide (toy in the basement) up to the window in the basement. He opened the window and climbed out, (he wanted to see if there were any frogs or bunnies he later told me), climbed up the window well ladder and then ran to the front door after he realized there were no critters in the window well.

Needless to say, we now have our screens put back on those windows. We took them off because the 'critters' chewed holes in them....I didn't think the screens would be needed to keep our kids IN the house though. I guess they are!