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Laura
Follower of Christ. Wife to Adam. Mama to Joshua (9), Abigail (8), Esther (7), Hannah (6), Noah (5), Joseph (3), Peter (2), James (9 months), and Blessing #9 due late August. Soli Deo Gloria!
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Adam and Laura

Adam and Laura

Joshua Addison

Joshua Addison

Abigail Lauren

Abigail Lauren

Esther Rebecca

Esther Rebecca

Hannah Ralene

Hannah Ralene

Noah Evans

Noah Evans

Joseph Patrick

Joseph Patrick

Peter Edwin

Peter Edwin

James Emil Robert

James Emil Robert

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Who Made You?

This morning I was ironing while Joshua and Abigail were still sleeping. After a few minutes I heard Joshua stir around in his bed and then start to fuss a little. Then he said REALLY loud, over and over again, "ABIGAIL, IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP!" After 5 or 6 repetitions of this Abigail started to stir and then fuss. Then she popped up in her bed, looked at Joshua, and said "Who made you, Jaja?", to which Joshua replied "God"!

We've been working on memorizing the Children's Catechism during our homeschool time each day. We were going along at a good clip of about 1 per day, but then we got stuck on Question #5 (Q-Why ought you to glorify God? A-Because He made me and takes care of me). Joshua just refused to say the last part of the answer and then he started crying. When I asked him what was wrong he said "Mama takes care of me"! He must have thought that we were going to give him away or something! We have assured him several times that one way that God takes care of him is by letting Mama take care of him. He seems to understand somewhat. He'll say the entire answer now, but his bottom lip always starts to quiver towards the end of it. :-) I think he's ready to move on to Question #6 now!

I had my first appointment with the midwife last week and all is well with the baby. Esther and I heard the heartbeat! I'll be 15 weeks on Thursday...here is a neat website that shows what our baby is up to this week!

The Futurity has been going on downtown and on Saturday we drove down to see all the cows that are penned up outside the Civic Center. We found some John Deere tractors while we were at it! Here are a few pictures.

Joshua says that when he gets bigger he's going to drive a tractor and I can ride on the back of it!















According to Joshua, Abigail is going to be a farmer's wife when she gets bigger. :-)

















Esther started pulling herself up on things last week!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I'm Thankful For...

We were having family worship one morning last week and Adam asked Joshua what he was thankful for. Joshua sat and thought for a minute but couldn't seem to come up with anything to say. So Adam said "I'm thankful for Mama", and asked Joshua again what he was thankful for. He did what I thought he would do...he repeated Adam. "I'm thankful for Mama", he said. Then Adam turned to Abigail and asked her what she was thankful for. I waited for her to say that she was thankful for Mama too, since she had just heard it twice, but without any hesitation at all she said "Thankful for ducks"!! Sometimes I wish I could see what's going on inside her head!

I'm sure that Abigail is also thankful for the sandbox!

















Just a few minutes ago I informed Joshua and Abigail that I'm going to the doctor tomorrow and that they are going to stay here with Grandma Evans while I take baby Esther with me. I asked Joshua if he knew why I was going to the doctor and he said "Yes. Because your baby hurts"! :-)

Our John Deere Boy!



















Speaking of being thankful for things...some days it seems like the laundry pile reproduces when I'm not looking or even when no one is home! But I'm very thankful for my washer and dryer and I'm even more thankful for my husband and babies that fill the laundry basket! I can't imagine having to pack everyone up and go to the laundromat several times a week, and it's even harder to imagine life without Adam and our little goobers! I'll take the laundry pile any day...even all day every day if that's what it took!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Ice Cream...To Eat or Not To Eat

Well, my smart biology-major-husband came home one day this week and told me something that he learned in class. It's one of things that you're really glad to know, but at the same time wish you didn't. I've known for a while that you shouldn't eat lunch meat or soft cheeses - blue cheese (yuk!) or feta cheese (yummy!) - while you're pregnant because they may contain the bacteria listeria, which has been known to cause miscarriages, among other things. But Adam learned this week that listeria is most commonly found in hot dogs and soft serve ice cream (this doesn't include the kind that you make at home). I really don't care about the hot dogs...they've got other awful things in them that I don't want to eat or want my family to eat. But I crave soft serve ice cream for the whole first half of my pregnancies! There's not much I'd rather have than those cheap sundaes from McDonalds!! But alas, I suppose I must give it up. I know I can have it again after the baby comes, but I don't really care for it then. All the better for me I guess. Only 7 more weeks until I reach the end of the first half of my pregnancy anyway! After that I crave regular ice cream and I can have that. :-)

Everything is going well with us. Adam is keeping busy with school and work and I have my first appointment with the midwife on Wednesday...I'll be almost 14 weeks, so they might do the ultrasound to find out the gender at the appointment four weeks after that. We'll keep you posted!

Have I mentioned that Joshua (almost 3) is completely potty trained now!?! Nighttime and all! I think I have mentioned it, but I'm pretty excited so I thought I'd mention it again. :-) I haven't officially started Abigail (22 mo) yet, but she had a had a major potty training accomplishment last night, for which she got a "special treat"! I think I was more excited about it than she was. Maybe I should start working harder with her. It would be nice to have two out of diapers before the baby comes! Esther (8 mo) is growing well and crawling all over the house. She's starting to get into things and knows what "no" means now. Joshua and Abigail are having to learn more patience as she likes to try to take their toys away. :-)

Here are a few pictures!

Abigail being silly















Joshua and Abigail love to "play instruments". Here the are playing the cello and bass!



















Sweet little Esther



















Joshua can work this thing way better than I can!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Woven in the Womb

"For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them."

I was just reading this passage from Psalm 139 and I noticed a footnote that I had never seen before. In verse 13, the word "covered" could also be "wove". God wove me in my mother's womb and he is weaving the baby that I am carrying now. That's not exactly a new concept to me, although I really like the word "wove"...it paints a neat picture that I had not thought of before.

I've been thinking a lot lately about what it would be like to have a child with a disability. I'm sure it's incredibly hard dealing with all of the medical issues that come with Down's Syndrome or something like that. Not to mention the extra care that a disabled child needs and the time that would need to be devoted to him...and consequently the time that would possibly not be able to be devoted to other family members.

I'm not praying that our new baby will be disabled, but if he is (we'll just call it "he" for now, although of course we don't know yet), I can honestly say that I am perfectly okay with that. I am praying for God's will, whether that's a perfectly healthy baby or a severely disabled baby. Right now God is forming his "inward parts" and "weaving" him in my womb. He is being "skillfully wrought" in "secret" and he is "not hid from God". God knows everything about him and has already "fashioned" his days. My sincere prayer is that he will grow up to "praise Him" for he is "fearfully and wonderfully made". This passage in Psalms does not say anything about God making mistakes on us in our mothers' wombs. Disabled babies are not accidents. They are just as fearfully and wonderfully made and just as skillfully wrought as healthy babies. And most importantly, they are made in the image of their Creator.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Christ Church

Last Thursday Joshua, Abigail, Esther and I went out to the site of our new church building to watch the steeple being put up. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time. Joshua loved seeing all of the tractors and the big crane. We should be in the new sanctuary by Easter and we're very excited! Here are a few pictures.






















































Friday, January 12, 2007

Joel

I stumbled across this blog while I was reading another blog. This sweet little boy desperately needs our prayers. Joel is 3 years old and has cancer. He is one of thirteen children, and he has a twin brother. You can visit his family's blog here.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Routine

Well, we're back to our regular routine this week, which is a good thing. Breaks are really nice, but it seems like everyone gets a little out of whack! Adam started classes yesterday...his last semester at ASU! He graduates in May and we're going to have a PARTY!!! Anyone and everyone is welcome to come!

Joshua and Abigail are busy playing with all of the gifts that they got for Christmas and Esther is crawling all over the house! I'm really having to watch her now to make sure she doesn't get into something or eat something off the floor. Yesterday while Esther was napping and I was making the kids' lunch, Joshua was on the potty and Abigail was running in and out of the bathroom. They were both squealing and laughing and making lots of noise. I thought it was great that they were having so much fun with each other...until I went to check on them and found half the roll of toilet paper on the floor! After interrogations from me and confessions from them, they both ended up with a spanking. While we were in the bathroom cleaning up the mess (me holding a plastic bag and them cleaning up the mess), Joshua looked at me and said, "Mama, I'm in a lot of pain". :-)

Here are a couple pictures from when we were at my Grandmother's house in Atlanta after Christmas.

















Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Pictures

I'm on my way out the door to choir rehearsal, but here's a quick post with some Christmas pictures that I meant to post last week! Enjoy!


Our three sweet babies in their matching pj's (from Grandpa and Grandma in Kansas!)


















Joshua "digging dirt" with his John Deere tractor














Esther is speechless at what she found in her stocking on Christmas morning!


















Grandma Evans helping Joshua put on his John Deere hat















Abigail ironing her stocking!