Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Rutherford's Baptism

This Mother's Day was extra special because it was also the day Rutherford was baptized!

It came at an interesting time in our church.  The day before we had a memorial for an elderly man in our church who had past away.  It felt very fitting to have Rutherford welcomed into the church as one of its faithful members went onto glory in heaven.  It is the end that we hope and pray for, that all our children die having lived a life of faithful service to Christ.

Rutherford seemed like he would be ok when I first handed him to Pastor.

But as soon as Pastor started talking, Rutherford started screaming.

Having the water put on his head didn't help.

At the end of the service we sang "Jesus Loves Me".  I had never known the other verses and they are just so fitting for a baptism.

Jesus love me! This I know
 For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong
 They are weak, but He is strong.

Jesus Loves me! This I know
 As He loved so long ago.
Taking children on His Knee
Saying, 'Let them come to Me.'

Gospel sign to me applied
Pointing me to Him who died
Keep me faithful all the way
From you may I never stray

When I stray and 'gainst You sin
Tell me who I am again
Baptized child of the great King
He's my Father, so I sing

When we got home I, of course, had to take some pictures.

Me and all the kids looking at the camera and (almost) all smiling, it was a Mother's Day miracle!

We will have to wait and see if Rutherford joins Alice and me as hazel eyed buddies.

So all in all, a very nice Mother's Day :)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2 Months With Rutherford

My handsome guy is 2 months old now!  I can't believe he is already 2 months old but I also can't believe he has only been in our lives for 2 months!  I can't imagine life without him.

He is 13 pounds already!

He is a happy guy and rarely cries.

Big yawn.  He has been a great sleeper.  He goes to bed (in our room) about 7:30pm and will stay asleep until about 3am.  I hear him stirring and I nurse him and he goes right back to sleep.  Then he nurses probably 2 more times and wakes up at 6:30/7am.  He naps pretty well too.

The girls are still adore him and there as been no jealousy or adjustment issues.

I am trying to soak up every minute of this "baby time" cause I know just how quickly it's over.

 He is starting to smile more.

He also has the most adorable pouty face that he makes when something startles him.  He seems kinda sensitive to loud noises which is hard since his 2 big sister's are far from quiet!

I love dressing him like his daddy in polo shirts (this picture was just a coincidence).

I wear him a lot.  In the ring sling when we are out and usually on my back in the mei tai carrier when we are home.

We are loving our life with our little guy!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jane Turns 2!

One year old Jane:

Two year old Jane!

Thankfully she has grown some hair in the past year!

Height: 32 inches

Weight: 25 pounds

Favorite Books: I Love My Tutu, Five Little Monkeys and The Hungry Caterpillar

Favorite Movies/Shows: Frozen, Totoro and Sarah & Duck

Best Friend: Alice.  They play all day together and have even started sleeping in the same bed together at night.

She is very sweet to her brother "Ruff-a-fer" and likes to do "This Little Piggy" and "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" on him.

She talks quite a bit though unfortunately "No" is still a favorite word of hers.

She's very easy going and has never had any sort of separation anxiety.

She's very adventurous and likes to try and do whatever Alice is doing.  She's also very tough and rarely cries when she falls.

 Look at those blue eyes!

Silly face!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Homeschooling Confessions

Homeschooling confessions: 

I am sure I will have many more as the years go on but here is confession #1:

We are quitting preschool.

Alice turned 4 last September and I thought it was a good time to start preschool with her.

She has always been a little behind other kids her age in comprehension so I knew I needed to have realistic expectations and take it slow with her.  My main goal was to teach her the names and sounds of all the letters.  Apparently, this goal wasn’t realistic for her. 

It’s been about 7 months now.  We are on the letter N and have been on it for 4 weeks now and she still doesn’t remember it. 

We review all the previous letters each time and I thought she was doing well with that but I recently realized that she can’t recognize most letters when they are out of sequence.  Also, most of the other teaching goals I had haven’t been met.  

And though I have continued to lower my goals and expectations as we have gone on, school has just become frustrating for both of us.  So I have decided to quit.  I know this sounds bad, but I don’t think Alice is ready yet and forcing school on her is just going to make both of us frustrated, make her hate school and she probably wont really learn anything anyway. 

We will begin preschool again in the Fall using My Father's World curriculum and by then hopefully her brain will have developed more and be ready for more formal learning.  There are always many opportunities for informal learning and we continue to read lots of books. 

I worry sometimes but I remind myself that she’s only 4 and it’s not like she will be 14 and not know her alphabet.  She will get there eventually, on her own time, at her own speed (one of the many benefits of homeschooling).  I myself am an example of this.  I was not a good reader when I was little and hated it.  But around 8/9 years old it finally clicked and I became that child that would read under the covers with a flashlight at night because I couldn’t get enough of it.  I have been an avid reader ever since.  (I even read War and Peace for fun last year :) 

So that's where we are with our homeschooling adventure.  

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Rutherford Photos

When we decided on the name Rutherford I came up with the idea to take his newborn pictures with the books that Samuel Rutherford wrote.

I was really hoping to find some that said "Rutherford" in really bold letters on the spine but I couldn't find any.

Though it didn't quite work out as planned, I still love how it turned out.

So here's Rutherford with some of the works of Rutherford, along with some favorite quotes.

“Believe God's word and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your Rock is Christ, and it is not the Rock which ebbs and flows, but your sea.” 

When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord’s choicest wines. 

"Of all created comforts, God is the lender; you are the borrower, not the owner."

“Christ, for this cause especially, left the bosom of God, and was clothed with flesh and our nature, that he might be a mass, a sea, and boundless river of visible, living, and breathing grace, swelling up to the highest banks of not only the habitable world, but the sides also of the heaven of heavens, to over-water men and angels”

Something an English merchant said about Rutherford's preaching: 
“I came to Irvine, and heard a well-favored, proper old man [David Dickson] with a long beard, and that man showed me all my heart. Then I went to St. Andrews, where I heard a sweet, majestic-looking man [Robert Blair], and he showed me the majesty of God. After him I heard a little, fair man [Rutherford], and he showed me the loveliness of Christ.”

Another quote about Rutherford: 
“I have known many great and good ministers in this Church, but for such a piece of clay as Mr. Rutherford was, I never knew one in Scotland like him, to whom so many great gifts were given, for he seemed to be altogether taken up with everything good and excellent and useful. He seemed to be always praying, always preaching, always visiting the sick, always catechising, always writing and studying... Many times I thought he would have flown out of the pulpit when he came to speak of Jesus Christ. He was never in his right element but when he was commending him. He would have fallen asleep in bed speaking of Christ.”

I thought it was rather fitting to do his pictures with his dad's favorite thing...books.

We have a few..

That is not counting the ones in Stephen's office or the 5 big boxes of books we have stored.

We also did a photoshoot with the girls and Rutherford.

Though we got a couple cute pictures, the photoshoot was mostly a fail.

Turns out its really hard to get 3 little ones to sit still, smile and look at the camera.

This picture makes me laugh, it's so Jane. "There's a baby crying on my lap, whatevs"

Then we attempted a family photo with the tripod and the camera remote, also didn't turn out like I wanted but it's fine.

 Got some with his eyes open.  It's amazing to me how "boy" he looks.

A couple of pictures with me in front of the camera instead of behind it :)