Monday, August 31, 2009

Updates on our Superhero

Happenings with Treyton
~ At a recent doctor's appointment, Treyton weighed in at 36 pounds!! That was 2 pounds more than we thought.
~ Treyton loves to sing and dance - he turns our living room into "church" almost every day - in order to properly perform we have to put blankets on the floor so that he has a proper "stage"
~ Lately when we go under the bridges Treyton insists that the entire family raise our hands under the vi docks. Lexie will even get into it sometimes. He really gets into this, so if you're ever in the car wi
th him and he starts yelling and grunting... this is probably why!
~ We found out recently (last week) that Treyton is allergic to nuts. It's not a serious allergy in that it's not life-threatening, but it is fairly serious in that he is certainly having strong reactions to them (that we weren't even aware of). When we started getting more "natural" and preventative in our approach to medical treatment we had Treyton x-rayed and found out that his stomach and intestines were very LARGE & swollen. Treyton has always been a good eater so we were a little surprised by what we saw. Dr. P said that it was most likely caused by allergens passed on (by me) through breastfeeding. We are currently changing our lifestyle and visiting Dr. P a couple times a week for adjustments (chiropractic), and Treyton is also taking a supplement that will help reverse the issues with his stomach. Dr. P is confident that we will be able to reverse the allergy in about 6 months to a year.
At this point, Treyton isn't supposed to eat any nuts or really even come in contact with them.

Treyton has grown up SOO fast. I'm amazed by most of the things that come out of his mouth. He is absolutely incredible!! He is the biggest helper. He thrives spending time with mom and dad, and taking care of "baby" (a.k.a Alexa).
This is an awesome age: I love watching Treyton as he is learning to "put things together" in his head and think things through. Some of his conclusions are absolutely hilarious, I'm glad he talks as much as he does because I have the joy of hearing him connecting some rather "interesting" dots!!
Treyton has the most genuine, fun personality! He is fun-loving and authentic. He's a relatively good listener, Tim and I are both proud at how well he is learning to behaves and listen, especially with his higher energy level and shorter attention span. Of course, we have our challenges, but it's great to know that God is faithful and is slowly teaching us how to teach and disciple our son as he is.
One of my favorite things right now that Treyton does is he will say "Talk to me about Jesus". It's inspiring to see his constant hunger and desire to just learn more about the character and life of Jesus. He wants to know everything. The coolest part is, he's fine with reading Bible stories about Him, but most of the time he just wants you to "tell him", to talk to him and tell your own version of the story, he asks lots of questions like "Why did Jesus spit in the dirt, that's yucky right mom, I don't do that?" or "That would be really high to come down from the roof, huh?" He really experiences and lives through the stories. What an opportunity we have right now. We don't take it lightly! It's a phenomenal blessing.

Tonight at dinner Dad asked Treyton if he liked his taco salad, Treyton said "It's not too bad."

One day I was sitting on the couch, and wasn't feeling particularly well. Treyton came over to me and said "Princess, you feel sick?"

Treyton went to go visit my sister one night and when he went to leave I said "I'm really going to miss you when you gone" and he said "Come on mom, I be gone a little while, I be back tomorrow... don't be sad... it not long."
To which I replied the only way I could
"You're right, Treyton, you're so smart. Have a really fun time and I will see you tomorrow."

When did he grow up?!?!?
Treyton turned 4 years old this week, the night before his birthday Tim and I were tucking him in and telling him how this was the last night he would ever be 3 and how tomorrow he would be 4. He was excited about getting "bigger" (but he doesn't appreciate being called "older").
The next day, on his actual birthday, he received lots of phone calls and birthday wishes (thank you everyone) and every time people would ask how old he was... he really enjoyed telling everyone he was 4. Sometime during the day I heard him say "I'm 4 now" holding up 4 fingers "one more finger and I'll be 5"
Too cute!!

At my sister's wedding reception earlier this month, Treyton got stung by a bee for the first time. It was quite a shock to his psyche for several reason.
One of the first things he said (after he stopped screaming) was "I'm not a superhero anymore, because I can't save people from bees." It broke my heart but Tim and I were quick to assure him that even superheroes get hurt sometimes. It took a few days, but his superhero mentality returned with only a minor scrape.
The second thing he said was "Why did that bee sting me, bees suppsed to be nice." After I started to think about it, it really would be confusing for a little guy. Everywhere he has seen bees in books and in his movies, bees are nice and accepted as just "another bug" we've never wanted to scare him about bees, though we did tell them to avoid them and that they would "sting" but I guess it never really sunk in until he experienced it.
It was a fairly traumatic experience for him, but all in all he's come out a better prepared, smarter superhero. It was a hard lesson too learn but a lesson learned he won't soon forget.
I was talking to Treyton about the new baby and he asked "Why are you having a new baby?"
Me: I'm having a new baby because God gave us this baby - and daddy and I wanted another baby. We love you and Lexie so much that we wanted to have another baby to give you another brother or sister.
Treyton: We will have 5!
Me: 5 Babies!! I don't know about that, we'll have to see what God give us.
Treyton: No, not 5 babies. Daddy, Mommy, Treyton, baby and baby

Treyton usually calls Alexa, baby or baby lexie, I'm not sure what will happen with the new baby...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Princess Updates - 1 Year

I can't believe how long it's been since I updated on Lexie, sadly I know that I have missed so many things that I will never be able to remember again (I can hardly remember this week!!), This post I'm sure will be a little unorganized but I just want to share with you all some of the fun things we are seeing in Alexa every day.
Lexie is learning TONS of new things. It's amazing to watch her personality develop, and not just her personality but she is becoming such a "person" with her own character and qualities... it's amazing to see her develop and grow. It's amazing what you forget in 3 years and the miracle of watching a baby become a toddler - AMAZING!

In general, Alexa is very independent but she still likes to know that there are people around if she needs them. Unlike Treyton at this age, it's not uncommon for her to be off by herself in the corner trying to figure out how a toy works on her own. She is very methodical and mechanical. She loves to figure out how things work and how things go together. She will spend 30 minutes just taking the lid off of something and putting it back on.
She recently developed an attachment with her lamby stuffed animal. I was trying to be careful so that none of the kids would develop dependency on a blankie/stuffed animal. Deliberately rotating them in the crib when they would sleep and having them play with all of them, not just one. I don't really know how it happened but she woke up one morning and refused to get out of the crib without it. She's hardly been a moment without it since. You won't believe my disgust at the fact that lamby is (or perhaps I should say "was") white!! I mean seriously!! A WHITE FLUFFY LAMB - could we ask for something that shows more dirt?!?! I think not! :) I am praying the the family christian bookstore still carries this particular stuffed animal, because as soon as I get there again I would like to pick up a spare (just in case)!!
In other news, Lexie has learned to say 4 words well, "Da-da" "Hi" "Bye" and "Ma-ma" are words that she can and does regularly use. She jabbers all the time and is known to repeat words that we say, but she usually won't do it more than once... she does pray at dinner with us, folding her hands and all, and twice now when Tim said prayer he said "Thank you Jesus, for this day" and she said ~"mumble mumble "day"~ clear as day (pun intended!!) It was so cute. But of course she won't do it on demand!!

Lexie is the best 1 year old dancer ever... even if all she hears is a drum... she's bouncing to whatever beat she can find. She loves music and loves dancing. She doesn't watch TV/movies at all (she's not really interested) but she will slow down to watch a little bit of veggie tales, mostly for their songs. Even in the car she dances as much as she can strapped to a car seat :)

A few days after she turned a year we did take her pacifier away. I was very surprised by how easily it went. After 3 days she hardly remembered she ever used a pacifier! She is an excellent walker - we always get comments from the nursery workers about how balanced and well she walks. She is actually even able to "run" a little bit. She works hard to keep up with Treyton and when dad gets home she "books it" to the door to greet him. She is a big-time Daddy's girl which is such a privilege to see. I love how much she loves her Daddy and how he is able to calm her sometimes, even when I am not :)
Alexa loves little boys!! I think mostly because she's used to the loud abnoxious way that Treyton loves on her - but there's nothing like the energy she is able to deal with and love (compared to most girls her age). We have some really close friends that we hang out with all the time, and they have two boys, (one Treyton's age and one 7) so when our families get together it is the 3 boys and Lexie and the boys are usually all "up" in Lexie's business, loving on her, hugging her and leading her around. She absolutely loves the attention and NO one can get her laughing the ways these boys do!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Baby #3 Update - 10 Weeks

We had our first baby appointment yesterday. We had our first ultrasound and then our appointment with the doctor.

It was so exciting to get to see the baby on the U/S machine. The baby actually "waved" during the ultrasound - which was cute but the best part was being able to watch the baby's little heartbeat going... what an absolute miracle. Even though this is #3, it's still as amazing as the first time I saw it.

God is so unbelievable... the miracle of life is, just that, a MIRACLE.

As far as the pregnancy is going - it could be better, it could be worse. I was much sicker with Lexie, but wasn't sick at all with Treyton; this pregnancy has been somewhere in the middle. Lately there has been a little improvement, but I still fill sick about 30 minutes before I eat and about an hour after every meal.... ick.
I am also EXTREMELY tired. I actually don't remember being this tired with the other two, but who knows (my memory isn't what it used to be). I am really looking forward to the 14 week mark, so that I can be officially out of the first trimester!! :~)

All-in-all, I feel very blessed, Tim has really stepped up and took over all the "food department" issues with the home. Many days he will even bring us lunch so I don't have to worry about preparing anything (one of the WORST things for me!!) As sad as it is (right now), it's a good sign when you feel nauseous, it's a sign that the pregnancy is healthy, so... bring it on! We'll get through it!

As a little side note: it seems as though now's the time to be pregnant. Two (2) of my three sisters are expecting as well as one (1) of my sister-in-laws not including the number of friends expecting. Baby is going to have lots of cousins the same age!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Good News!!

It looks like for those of you who have already signed up for the e-mail subscription that your subscription should transfer over (so you don't have to do anything), however, for those of you using some type of reader you will need to actually change the address in your reader.

So far, the transfer has gone extremely well, and things have switched over easier than I anticipated. I pray it continues to go smoothly. If you notice any bumps please let me know!!

Oops (again!!)

I wanted to repost this, because I saw the e-mail update already went out.
I posted the address wrong before so CORRECTION:

The new blog address will be

Sorry, for the confusion, I know this is already confusing on it's own!

Friday, August 21, 2009

New Blog Name & Address

Journey of Grace

***** UPDATE: I wrote the address wrong before - sorry for the confusion. The new address will be
Like this isn't confusing enough... sorry and thanks for your patience!

I know this wasn't even one of the options but I discovered the dashes and it opened the door for me to do one that I REALLY wanted.

To be honest I really liked the Real-Life Superheroes and Princesses - but Tim thought maybe it was too long. I somewhat agree, so I'm letting that one go.

I plan on making the actual transition tomorrow... I'm not sure how much stuff will need to be changed over. I will keep you all posted with any of the necessary changes that you may want to make (like resubscribing for e-mail posts, etc.). Please be patient with me as we begin to make this transition together I'm sure there will be some bumps in the road.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Big Changes

I know that many of you have noticed that I haven't been as active as I normally am in the blog world. I don't feel too badly, partly because it is summer and partly because I am definitely in the midst of one of the most difficult spiritual journeys of my life and I have much going on behind silent blog screens. I hope to share more, in detail with you all later but for now I just wanted to let you know a tiny bit of what is going on here. When it's time, I have a feeling I will be overloading you all with the lessons I have been learning during this time.

Now, for the BIG News:

I have decided (after LONG deliberation) that I will be changing my blog name. This is due to several reasons none of which I feel comfortable going into right now, but what it means for you (the readers) is that once I change it, you will no longer be able to access the blog at the old web address. For those of you who subscribe to my e-mails or read my blog through a reader you will need to re-subscribe or change the address in your reader. I am in the process of going over a bunch of different names and ideas for the blog. I realize that this may seem like an odd decision as I am certain that I will lose some readers, but it's really something that I have wanted to do for a while, but just haven't had the courage to do.

I will do my best to give you all a heads up so that you will know the new address before I switch it over so we can transition as smoothly as possible.

I wasn't planning on doing this, but I think I will go ahead and list a few of my ideas below as far as what I'm thinking for new blog names --- if you have an opinion, please, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Choices (in no particular order):

Option #1: Real-Life Superheroes and Princesses
I know this one is a little long, but I love it because it's so personal (we have always called Lexie a princess and Treyton has titled himself a superhero for a while now). And it's also a reminder to me from where I should find my identity. As children it comes so naturally to believe that we are princesses or superheroes but as we get older, the Enemy attacks and we lose that.... this title reminds me where my identity should really lie.

Option #2: Steps in My Journey OR Pieces of Our Journey
It's about the Journey!!

Option #3: My Deepest Desire
He is my deepest desire and to bring Him glory from ALL aspects of my life.

Option #4: From Past to Destiny
This one actually reminds me of the Esther study I am (still) trying to finish up but that so powerfully reminded me that I cannot separate my past from who God is making me to be. Sometimes I want to - I want to forget the pit(s) from which I came, but the truth is, those pits and valleys are/were part of the journey, and the journey is how He is making me what He wants me to be.

Option #5: Held in His Arms
Even when I have let Him go He has never net me go. He was faithful when I was not.

Option #6: Reflections From Our Journey
This one I thought was neat because it incorporated the "Journey" theme but also the "reflections" part of Humble Reflections... if I went with this one I would possibly not change the blog address.... not sure though.

Option #7: Our Grace Filled Journey or Grace-Filled Journey

Option #8: Clothed in Righteousness

Option #9: Being Refined by Grace or Refined by Fire or Refined in Love or Refined-By-Grace

Monday, August 10, 2009

First(ish) Bean Harvest

A few days ago we got our first bean harvest off of our bean pole plant (which is ginormous by the way) I intended to take a picture and post it but Treyton ate them all (raw) before I had the chance. So this morning I went out and picked the latest and snapped a quick picture before Treyton could eat them all (though he did manage to sneak several when I had my back turned :))

Sadly, the beans are the only thing we managed to plant this year. We had big plans to put in a little vegetable garden but after Tim hurt his hand back in March we knew our plans would have to hold off until next year.

As for next year, I've got BIG plans... maybe too big... but I'm going to try it nonetheless.

On a side note, I have TONS of pictures to upload and updates to post from the last week or so. We had the kids birthday party, my sister got married... lots happened and we got lots of pictures... I'll try to post them soon.