Monday, September 21, 2009

Growing....

Who could resist this?

Here are a couple pics to kind of give you an idea of how much she has grown...

A few days old

One month old

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Our Little Red Sox Fan

Well...thanks to the Pichuras, we are training her young where her loyalties ought to lie concerning baseball. :) She is most definitely the cutest Red Sox fan I have ever seen! :) Although I have to admit that we aren't exactely acting like avid fans since we can't afford (or maybe choose not to) cable, much less satellite, nor can we really afford the time to watch the games. Maybe someday....

She turned four weeks old yesterday (which I'm sure you could do that math) and grows with each passing day. To be honest...there is not too much more to say about her...she doesn't do much besides look really adorable, eat, sleep (looooots of sleep), grunt (which leads to pooping), pee, smile (in her sleep), yawn (which is sooo cute), spit up...and so on... oh and cry.

(This is her "pirate eyes" stare. She does it quite often! :))

She is a true joy to take care of with each passing day. And on an encouraging note, I am already learning how to get things done...slowly but surely. The house is actually clean at the moment...although it took a few days!





(Yes...she is smiling in her half sleep state...which by the way, she fell asleep sitting up)



As far as updates go on us :) (I suppose I don't just have to update you about the baby), we are doing well! Most definitely tired, especially my husband. Aaron's schedule starts at 6:00, sometimes 5:45 (which is very early for him). He accompanies for a high school choir at 7:00am on Tues.-Thurs. and teaches Theory 3 and 4 at The Master's College from 8:00-9:00am on Mon, Wed, and Fri. Then he heads off to work for the rest of the day! Yes...he is working incredibly hard to support our family! And I am SO grateful for him and his willingness and joy to serve our family! He sometimes comes home early and works from home, because he misses his little girl (and maybe me :)). He is also going to be playing the piano in the TMC jazz band this semester, and that's just for fun.

Aaron and I hope to do the Crown Financial Study at church these next couple of months, depending on what night it falls on. Just when we thought we were doing a good job with our money, the Lord gave us a few difficult months financially, and we aren't exactly sure why...so we decided it was time to get some help :). Actually, we do know some of it has to do with a new baby, but we really do know there is improvement to be made in our budgeting, and we want to be good stewards of what the Lord has given us.


Grampy came to visit for and afternoon and evening...which was SO exciting! He flew out a day early for a business trip in LA, and got to meet his "little princess" (that was his nickname for her...which was precious).

He said our baby is "not normal". Haha...We didn't realize sleeping a lot and not crying all the time was abnormal, but boy are we thankful if this is the case. I'm sure there are all sorts of different situations out there!

I am planning on going to the women's bible study that starts next week, and I am incredibly excited! We are going to be studying the book "Changed Into His Image" by Jim Berg. Since that is exactely what I need to be striving for in life, I think it will be great...and probably quite convicting!

And lastly...this video is the often case of trying to wake Linnea up to eat. She is actually progressing in the waking up department, but sometimes it is hopeless...such was this occassion. Our friends Nathan and Leanna Fogde came down for a visit and we all had a blast with her very limp limbs. I couldn't suppress my laughter at the fact that Linnea didn't even flinch! I wish I could sleep this soundly.

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Oh, and one more lastly! I read this beautiful encouraging Psalm today; yet quite convicting....I want to memorize this portion, because I most definitely need to remember these truths during hard situations when I am most likely to forget who my source of strength is. Often when things get tough, I try to stand on my own strength, which is like quicksand, rather than the rock of my salvation, which shall never be shaken. No....no.....no.....no....never be shacken (sorry...a Seeds song just sprang to mind :)).

"My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him AT ALL TIMES, o people; pour out your heart before Him."


And what just struck me NOW (so neat how the Lord can open your eyes to new things every time!!!) is "on God my salvation and my glory rest." My salvation rests wholly upon the Lord, and it will NEVER be taken away from me! Here I was just thinking after I wrote the passage that I fail so many times in trusting the Lord at all times, and I feel like I let the Lord down. BUT that doesn't change the fact that I am saved one bit. It doesn't change Christ's work on the cross and His love for me. It doesn't change my righteous standing before the Lord! WOW! And He WILL be glorified in me and through my salvation! Praise the Lord! And may I continue to grow in my obedience and trust because of these great truths. There couldn't be a better motivation!

Monday, September 7, 2009

3 Weeks Old!!!

Wow...I can't believe she is already three weeks old. On one hand, it seems like she has been here for so long, and on the other, it seems like she was just born the other day!

It's amazing how much time and energy it takes to take care of a newborn...which in my mind sounds so silly, because I feel like all I do is feed her, burp her, change her diaper and change her clothes, but I know there is more to it then that (don't worry, I do just spend time with her and love on her!)...or maybe those things take more time than it seams. I am realizing being a wife AND and a mom is going to be a little more challenging than I thought! Praise the Lord she didn't come out of the womb crawling or walking! Yikes! We will cross that road when we get there :). I was telling someone at church that I guess you learn as you go, because if I am going to serve my husband and have more children someday, then I am going to have to intake a lot of wisdom! She wholeheartedly agreed!

Speaking of wisdom...I'm realizing how easy it is to skip my time with the Lord...that sounds so horrible, doesn't it!? It brings tears to my eyes just thinking that I would want to do that to my Savior! I guess want is a strong word, but it some senses, it is true! I don't necessarily want to miss time with HIM...gleaning oh so needed wisdom from His Word, praising Him, and laying my burdens and others' burdens at His feet. But the sad thing is, is that I often want to get OTHER things done more. I feel like I'm letting my husband down by not being able to clean like I used to and serve him in many different ways. I plan on starting to make dinners tomorrow (the Lord has blessed us with many meals from the church), so we will see how that goes :). But my husband would tell you that he wants my priority above all to be the Lord, and so do I! Time with the Lord should be the most precious part of my day...it's ridiculous that I actually pass that up sometimes!

Anyways, I don't know why I think I can be a wife and a mother on my own, because I can't. So I most definitely need to be leaning on my Savior for strength and guidance and growing in Him daily! So...you are more than welcome to pray for me if you think of it...I would truly appreciate it! And you are also more than welcome to keep me accountable. :)

One thing you should know is that I am still absolutely loving being a mommy! I feel no matter how much sleep I get I am still often tired, but it's definitely worth it. She is growing up (and out! :)) so fast! I stepped on the scale today with and without her to see how much she ways, and she ways 8 1/2 pounds!! I still can't believe some babies come out as big as her!! :) And of course she is still the cutest little girl I have ever seen in my life :). It's ok, I'm not offended if you don't agree (which if you have any daughters you probably shouldn't).

AND THANK YOU GRAMMY for coming to visit and cooking and doing the dishes and making coffee, and babysitting, etc. etc.!! I know this thank you is delayed, but that is because you left and all the sudden life got so much busier! :) We were SO GLAD you were able to come out in the midst of a crazy schedule and we absolutely loved having you! I promise I will do my best to keep posting pictures and some videos to keep all the family updated as she grows. The videos aren't too exciting yet, but hopefully they are still enjoyable :).

sleeping is what Linnea did best in Grammy's arms :)


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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

One More Addition to the Family!

Well, Linnea is awake at the moment, but actually not crying. She was called the "perfect" baby while the grandma's were here, hmmm....I wonder why....lol, let's just say she enjoys being held now, but unfortunately, I only have two arms :). But, I'm sure compared to some really fussy babies, she would still be considered the "ideal" baby. Anyways, while I have the chance I thought I would post a short but big praise!

The Lord provided a new family vehicle for us! Aaron keeps calling it my car, so I guess you could say this is my first car! We are so thankful to the Lord for finding just what we were looking for at a very good price, and can not believe how MANY blessings the Lord keeps showering us with. God is SO good!

On another note, I was going to take our daughter out today in our new car, which I have yet to drive, but it's snowing here in So-Cal! Well....it's not really snow, but ash. The fires are probably about sixty miles away, but the smoke they are producing is traveling hundreds of miles, and carrying plenty of ash with it! It's not falling heavy--just little pieces here and there. Definitely a good reminder to keep praying for the firefighters and the residents of all those places. Praise the Lord the fires aren't here this time!