Thursday, April 28, 2016

You Are My Sunshine and My Snowflake

You Are My Sunshine...

Josette has been out as long as she was in, Happy 9 months baby

and My Snowflake...

Addy insisted on wearing this outfit, this cold spring day. Shorts. Rain boots. Tutu. "NO COAT, MOOOOOMMMMM." This was a battle I could live without, since the amount of time she spent outside was pretty much the length of the video.

What about Rylyn?

Read my last entry if you are worried about me leaving her out of this one. Trust me, there are tons...all about Rylyn.

Friday, April 15, 2016

A disclosure to Josette

Josette playing out in the treehouse

Dear sweet Josie,

Your Auntie Laura complains that her baby book is a third the size of mine and has pictures of me in it. Addisyn's baby books are thinner than Rylyn's. I worry that yours will have even less content. I am disclosing to you now that I tried to make them similar; but...

I have learned...

....that fairness is not sameness.

...every child is different.

...there are more important matters...

...because the days are long, but the years are short.

I have had many moments with you that I have not wanted to fragment by running to get the camera.

When I use the lens of my eyes, I don't miss the milestone.

I know now after the two babies before you... cuddle a little longer. risk the kiss that may wake you. laugh with you.

Here is a snapshot of our today:

We spent 2 hours playing in the backyard this afternoon. You watched your sisters dig in the pea gravel from your exersaucer. At dinner hour, they fed you pears and prunes puree while I made their dinner. They were the mama birds and you, the baby bird in her nest (high chair), gobbled up what they offered. You had a bath with Addy and I had to tell her to not give you the sponge because you kept trying to eat it. Grandpa Dan and Grandma Lynn came over and cuddled you while you flashed your cheeky two-toothed grin at me across the room.

Your baby books may end up smaller; but I am learning to make more snapshot like these of all my daughters. God's perfect gifts. And, my heart is fuller.


"The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot." -Proverbs 10:7

Jesus, thank you for the blessing of making memories with my children. As they are remembered in future years, may the memories be blessed with the sight of Your presence and hand. In Your Name, Amen.

Me (left) and Laura (right), go 90s hair, go big or go home

Friday, April 1, 2016

Alphabet Scrapbook

A project more than 2 years in the making is finished. A few years back, I participated in an alphabet gift exchange online. All persons involved created a wish list of small items from A-Z and sent (and received) a minimum of 6 wish list items as a gift to their secret online buddy. This event inspired my thematic alphabet family album.

After having Addisyn, I had a friend share with me a Christian scrapbooking idea book. In truth, I thought it was hokey and strange. I am glad, however, it intersected my path. The author created a prayer journal as she scrapbooked, which inspired me to read and select scripture that spoke to what or who I was scrapbooking and pray specifically as I crafted.

See may favourite pages below. You'll notice I love to pray psalms.

Say "Hi" to Josie first, 7 months

F - Fuzzy Monsters, Vacation at Sesame Place
"Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul" - Psalm 131:2a

O - Out in the Country, celebrating our move
"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him, those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land." - Psalm 37:7a,9b
Page design Michelle Kotyk

123 - The perfect way to end the album...with a beginning!
"That our daughters may be as pillars, sculptured in palace style." - Psalm 144:12b