Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This girl

Oh Faith-baby I just love you.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I want to frame everything she draws these days

Lila has been really into drawing and coloring lately and has been expanding her repertoire beyond disembodied heads and random shapes.  Everything she draws is painfully cute.  I mean so. cute.

She'll spend a good 30 minutes parked at her desk and then come out and show me some darling masterpiece she'd been working on.

Let's play a guessing game.  I'll show you ten pictures she drew and you can guess what they are.  I'll give you the answers at the bottom of each photo.
Lila holding a balloon.  With the sun.  Can you even handle the cuteness of this?

 I came home from running errands one night and she had left me this note before the Husband put her to bed. "Dear Mom Goodnit Lila" and those are hearts at the end.  MY heart could hardly take it.

 Flowers. The best.  I want a whole garden of her flowers.

 This is her as a robot.  Those circles on her middle are her robot buttons.  At some point she started drawing eyes with circles around them for her glasses which just slays me.  She is THE CUTEST little person.

 This is Faith and Lila having a picnic.  I love the way she made them sit.  That yellow blob is the picnic basket.

She was really proud of this one because she thought to give the people eyebrows.  Or eyebrow.  What I find interesting is that she looked at her drawing and thought, "Hmm, something's missing...oh I know!  Eyebrows!" and completely neglected the torso, arms, hands and hair.  That thing next to the people is a house and there's a rainbow in the sky.  And another rainbow that evidently didn't meet quality control requirements and got X'd out.

Nanny and Pop's house.  With people looking out the windows.  Where does she come up with this stuff?

Franny.  Our eleven-legged dog.  This was one in a series she did of our entire family.  Franny was by far the most distinguishable amongst the group.  Mostly because she was horizontal.  Oh, and all the legs.

 Lila and Daddy.  And the most adorable butterfly ever.  She wrote her name and an "E" for Eric on the house.  Also, I'm not sure when she started drawing the ground and the sky or where she picked that up, but I love it.  I remember doing that as a kid, too!


Lila and Faith at the "PARC" - the red thing resembling a tongue or a popsicle is a slide.  And Lila and Faith are swinging.  This one I actually did frame.

Are these cute to everyone else or just to this mama?  Which one is your favorite?  I really can't decide between the Bespectacled Robot Lila or the Lila holding the balloon.  Ooh or the flowers.  And the picnic's so cute, too.  And of course I love her and Faith on the swings.  Okay I love them all.  What can I say?  I'm a proud mama.

Four years old is the best.  I love this stage.  She's so awesome. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hope Stories

We have some new friends who have become dear to us very quickly: the Baldwins.  Lila and their daughter Jaslen are kindred spirits.  They match one another in enthusiasm, passion, theatrics and volume.  Not to mention a mutual love of playing dress-up.
We took Jazzy to see Frozen for her birthday and the princesses were dancing after the movie.
Jazzy's little brother, August decided he loved me one day and now comes to me with his arms up for a snuggle on a regular basis which is, as you can imagine, a-okay with me!  (Also, he calls me Mary.  That part is a mystery.)  Jazzy's big brother, Lincoln is Lila's latest crush.  I think it's the freckles.  I'd be a goner for those freckles, too.
Snuggling in Lila's bed watching a movie together.  Can you tell Faith never watches TV? She was transfixed!
We met the Baldwins just before their fourth child - their son Hartman - was born.  Hartman was born with a rare heart condition that puts his life at risk on a daily basis.  We have marveled at James and Christina's attitude and perspective as they have walked this road.  I have been privileged to walk alongside several friends who have endured unimaginable fears and heartache and I can say about the Baldwins what I would say about the Ballews and the Nagels and each of my other friends: their faith in Jesus and his goodness is astounding.  Being observer to their stories reminds me again and again the Jesus is our only true hope for healing and rescue.

Our church has a tradition of sharing Hope Stories when we meet together.  Sometimes they are endearingly simple stories - breakthrough in a friendship, the opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with a co-worker, a memorable interaction with a stranger.  Sometimes they are profound and moving stories of transformation, healing and courage.  Each story's intent - no matter how dramatic or mundane - is to give testimony to the Hope we have found in Christ.

Our friends, the Baldwins shared their Hope Story this weekend and I wanted to share it with you.

Hope Story: The Baldwins from gathering network on Vimeo.

If Jesus were sitting on your couch, what would you say to him about your biggest heartaches?  I was humbled by their response.  I'm not sure it would be mine.  But I loved what Christina said - that she had "disciplined [her] heart to say [thank you] and that's almost the overflow now."  She was saying that she chose to have that be her response - it didn't necessarily come naturally, but she disciplined herself to be grateful.  It gives me hope that my responses to the suffering in my own life can be transformed into gratitude.