Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Can you tell the difference? Noamers has a much loved "blankie". So loved, in fact, that she carries it everywhere, much like Linus from Charlie Brown. Anyways, knowing my daughter, I decided to buy a back-up, just in case something should happen to the original. Tonight I caught a whiff of Original Blankie and whew! It was stinky, no wait, it was stanky! (this happens when a toddler sucks on it daily). It happened to be close to bed time so I took the OB (original...) and gave Noamers the NB (New Blankie). She looked at it, felt it and then...she smelled it. She looked up at me and gave it right back. I tried it a little later and it was a no-go. What was I
Monday, November 10, 2008
We were looking at our wedding pictures, Jerusha loves all things flowers and pretty dresses. So she asks "where was I?" I told her that she wasn't there. She hadn't been born yet. She understands that babies that aren't born yet are in their Mom's tummies, so the next question..."was I in your tummy?" "no" I reply and go on to tell her that grown-ups fall in love, get married and then have children. Puzzled and a little perplexed my eldest daughter then asks...."was I in the bathroom?" at which point I could tell she was getting very concerned and finally she whirls around at looks at me incredulously, "DID YOU LEAVE ME AT HOME?!?!?" Apparently it was very inconsiderate of Jeremy and me to not invite her to her own parents' wedding.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
During our time in the west, we went back to Washington and visited our former church and saw some dear friends. we also took a bit of time to see the ocean...something I think everyone should see. I know Noamers won't remember it, but we have pictures :)
Something about the ocean, about the big-ness of it points to how big my God is. I find it easy to be made aware of how small I am and how immense His love for me must be that he would think of me.
Welcome to the shore, little one!
In the True North
This summer, we went for an adventure! The entire Stobbe clan went up to "the Lake" a place my family has been going to since I was 2. I have a lot of wonderful memories there and it was thrilling to make some new memories with my own family. Taking bike rides with Jerusha, walking with Naomi, riding dirt bikes in the mountains with Jeremy...I completely understand why my parents spent the money on such a place. That is something I really appreciate about my parents. I know there were other places they could have spent their money, but they chose to invest in a place were we could be together and make memories...relationships first.
Here's Grandpa Stobbe with the newest Biker Babe!
Dad and John took on the 3 amigos. Isaac and Roo loved being in the canoe...Megan loved stepping back on dry land!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NAOMI!!!
Our sweet baby turned 1 on August 9th. We had her party at Mom and Dad's (Stobbe's) house with our dear family. It was such a treat to be together. I am so proud of Naomi.....she has become such a darling. She likes to check everything out before she tries something. She's thoughtful about the things she does.....and she's incredibly cute! She's also very loyal. The other day a comb (of all things) caught her fancy and she held on to that comb the entire day. She played with one hand, she ate with one hand, she pulled her sister's hair with one hand all so she could keep her paws on her comb. Finally at the end of the day I was able to extract it from her hand once she fell asleep. Her character is coming out and we love watching her as each day she has something to new to show us.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
This is how you know it's a Monday (or at least it was when I took this picture). Jerusha experiences the joy that is taking care of unruly hair......While her mother can sympathize with this issue, her grandpa Stobbe cannot.
Poor girl, here she is, things getting stuck in her hair and I can't stop laughing at her. I'm sure, no wait, I KNOW my mom laughed at me....it's a parental right.
Jeremy is in Mississippi on a mission trip with the Senior High students. They are rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina. It's hard to believe that people are still rebuilding after 3 years, and unfortunately, there's a lot more to do. All the Taylor ladies are proud of Jeremy and the work he does, we're just ready to be together again.
The other evening as we finished our prayers, Jerusha asked "is he (dad) finished seeing her?"
"is he finished seeing her yet?"
This whole week Jerusha thought Jeremy and the Students were visiting someone. So we pulled out the map and looked at where he was. Naomi, on the other hand, is busy doing what she does....eat, sleep, and, well, you know. She's working on her walking so there's often a new bruise to look for. She's becoming very playful and loves to play hide and seek. I think she said "mama" yesterday, I'm not certain that's what she was going for, but we're working hard on it!
We're busy getting ready for our "special visitors" that will arrive next Wednesday. Tina (my sister-in-law) and Isaac and Megan (nephew and niece) are coming to spend a week with us. We have badly missed our Washington family and Jerusha talks often about Megan and Isaac. The fun part is that Roo doesn't know who it is that is coming. Each day she gets another clue about who the "special visitors" are, but as of today, she still hasn't figured it out.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Welcome to our shop! Our church is doing VBS this week and our theme is the Jerusalem Market. It's an all church affair with many adults helping and everyone dressing up. Jeremy and I are doing the carpentry shop and we help the children make dreidels and talk about what we're learning that evening.
Our little darlings ready for their evening....doesn't Naomi look like she's having fun? And yes, that is Puffalump (in costume no less)that Jerusha is holding, he's very much a part of this family!
Jerusha is in the tribe of Benjamin with other kids her age. Here they are singing and dancing in a circle.....that Mennonite blood runs true....this is as close to dancing as she's going to get!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Although there were no parades or fireworks, the Canadian representatives in Ohio had a good time anyway. We had a lovely picnic and wore our red and white proudly.
Now that the cicadas are gone our lives have greatly improved. It is such a treat to play outside without using evasive maneuvers. The weather has been so nice, we've taken every chance we get to be outdoors. The pool is up and running, sunscreen is being applied and knees are getting scraped. Ah.....childhood!
After singing "O Canada" and "Happy Birthday" to Tim, we enjoyed some red and white dessert. We appreciate all of your birthdays because we get to eat cake in your honour!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
The house is wonderful, however it does need some cosmetic help before we can move in. So we're dreaming about colours and carpets. I am very ready to go home and make a safe place for my family. God has been so good to us, providing everything that we have needed, we are so grateful! Please pray with us that the sale of this house would be concluded and that we could finally finish our move to Ohio. We appreciate all your support as we continue our adventure. We'd love to have you to our home....you're all welcome!
It was so great to play out side without worrying about nasty cicadas getting caught in our hair! Jerusha loved playing in the waves, something we have deeply missed doing since leaving the west coast.
Naomi ("Noamers" as she's called) and I at a rest stop, stretching our legs and downing some tasty strained beans...Mmmm.... Noamers has taken off with her crawling...literally. It has become a family endevour to keep track of where she is in relation to whatever she's not supposed to get into. She is ALWAYS on the move!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Jerusha got a new "polka dotty" dress, and for her, as with many little girls, the quality of the dress is in direct relation to how well it twirls. It doesn't matter if it fits, if it twirls, we'll take it! So there she was, oblivious to everything around her, singing "You Are My All in All" to God and completely enjoying all that it is to be a little girl. She was an absolute delight and I'm pretty sure her Heavenly Father was delighted too.
It caused me to think...when was the last time I put down my to-do list and just took in the moment and delighted in my Heavenly Father?......Maybe I'll go put on a dress.....
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
A beautiful Saturday afternoon beckoned us to the Loveland Bike Trail. It's a paved trail that goes through a historic part of town and then on for about 40 miles.....we didn't do the whole thing (obviously) Jerusha had become quite confident at riding her bike. She's even perfected her "wave while riding" technique. She was realizing that though she was concerned for her safety, she also wished to show camaraderie to the other bicyclists she came across. "How do I wave and not fall off?" she asked. So she thought about it and the next time we went for a ride she had it. Keeping her hand on the handle bars, she wiggles her fingers. She'd be more than happy to show you how, she gives tutorials on the Bike Trail to anyone who asks.
Naomi thus far has been a pretty content baby. I know it's not really fair to compare them, but Roo was quite motivated as a baby and Naomi has been happy to lay there and smile at you.....until this week. Something happened to that little girl, she saw something, she wanted it so she decided to go for it. And now that she realizes that crawling is a viable option there is no more sitting around for that girl! She is showing us a tenacious side of herself and we are loving it! What a joy to watch little girls grow!