Friday, July 25, 2008

17 Ways to Turn a Breach

That is my current seminar I am researching on google. Before the baby was sideways, now he is head up. It was disappointing to hear the doctor tell me this today. He didn't seem very concerned, but then he holds the knife, I am the one who gets cut. Praying.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Happy Birthday to Train

This was Ryan song when he saw his birthday cake. He saw me doing a cake the night before (do you think is something you can hide form this little curious mind?).
He also helped to beat the cream. He loves to help me with the cream especially as he gets his commission at the end.

The funniest thing is that he gives me instructions how to do the cake and shows me where the things are in my kitchen. He is a very curios and fast learner boy.

We started his birthday with a trip to the doctor to check on the new baby. It is a long drive 45 minutes but he enjoys it. While I see my doctor at the hospital, they have a small indoor play area for children. So he was there and found a little buddy to play with. Ryan was building towers and the other boy knocked them down. He was maybe 2 years old only. Ryan was doing over and over again and he laughed every time the other boy destroyed his work. I could hear him laughing and laughing. He enjoys little children and likes to play with them. I pray this will not change when his little brother will arrive.

After I finished there we decide to take a walk in the forest near the hospital. So after a snack time (Ryan's favorite time) we started on the muddy path. It rained all the night before. Ryan loves to walk and he started looking for snails and other animals. He was interested if we will see any animals so Dennis joked that maybe we will see some bears. So when we were ready to come back Ryan said “No let’s go farther to see the bears”. There are no bears and we tried to explain but in the car he said that he is disappointed that we didn’t go to see the bears.

Home his consolation was a big package. His birthday present was a fire station construction set. Dennis worked with him to build it up and I could see his eyes lighting every time when he could see the things coming together. It took a lot of time as he was taking the instructions away to check if Dennis is doing the right thing. I could hear from the kitchen “No! This is not the right one. Take this daddy. Oh, yes this looks better tnow. “When everything was done even the fire truck who has lights and noise Ryan was already jumping up and down.

The fire truck (the “nino” truck as he calls it) is his new friend now. He sleeps with it, walks in the house with it and of course I hear a lot of the “nino nino nino” sounds.

Life is very simple at 3 years old. He enjoys every minute of each day. He is full of joy and imagination. For me Ryan's birthday was more a remember time and a thanks time. I could remember the day when he was born and all those emotions of my first baby. I could remember the doctor who was scared because at one moment she couldn’t hear any more the heart beat of the baby, but it was just a cord that got unplugged. I could remember and thank God for all the care he took of our little one as we have somef scary incidents. We moved to Russia when he was only 2 months old and it was scary when he got sick with high fever for 3 days. God protected him as well later when he fell on the stairs and got a big bump on his head; or when he got a stomach flu that took us to the emergency room because he became lethargic; or when he fell on the stairs with his bike. I can say thank you God for many other times when you were there protected our little one. It is a privilege to be parents and I am so grateful for the joy of seeing and having this 3 years old boy in our lives.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Simon Peter School of Suffering

We are blessed to be in a church where the Bible is taught in an engaging way. Here was a message I wanted to share on John 21 where Jesus tells Peter he will get a second chance to fulfill his promise "even if I have to die for you". The next week was even better over the same passage "Assurance".

Saturday, July 12, 2008


We enjoyed the dolphin show so much in Odessa we wanted to share it with you all. This first part is with seals and then a sea lion. Very fun.

The second video shows the dolphins. Wow, what a show! Just click on those links and enjoy.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Hold Me Tight

That last blog entry was pretty sweet. Now you deserve to hear the rest of the story...

The 4th of July Ryan started with an eye that was swollen shut. Why? Unknown. Possibly a mosquito bite from 2 days before. This was a good chance to line up local pediatricians near our new home. It mostly went away by evening, and then was swollen again the next morning.

Now that is past and the 7th of July started at 1am with vomiting. This continued most of the night until about noon. No photos this time. Are you glad? ;-) Even in this night of little sleep there are some sweet spots. "Hold me tight." "I need a kiss."

I am sure thankful for the internet and being able to find home remedies for pedialyte to try and replenish his electrolytes. Can you believe this stuff?! Koolaid, Jello mix, all kinds of stuff that if I could get it, I could also find pedialyte. The best were from a missionary from Ecuador on a family forum. Water, sugar, salt, and a bit of orange juice. Simple.

Are we through with vomiting now? I hope so. He must have caught this from a friend in the sandbox on the 4th. It went through their entire family. How long do I wait until I find out if I get to experience the same? Oh God, hold me tight.

Being Observant, Being With Him

Being a mom is a lot of fun! This is my conclusion. I am looking at this little boy who is like a rose ready to bloom. He can find a lot of fun in everything. Taking water with his sand bucket from his little pool and pouring out on the grass is the most hilarious thing for him. I hear him giggling every couple of minutes.

Then there are the boats and other devices that can float (like my Tupperware). Then cars and trains are a big fascination. With books he has his own version of the stories. He has learned to be very observant. He looks at the pictures and sees things that I don’t pay attention to and he makes up his own story. He is fun. I am looking to him and see the joy in his eyes. Life is so fascinating for him and he wants to share it with me all the time. I hear hundred of times every day: “Mommy look, look! Mommy come see! Mommy play with Ryan please!” I can't refuse his sweet invitations, but he is looking for my presence almost all the time. Right now he brought his cars and is playing under my chair “to be with mommy”.

I am thinking about God and my relationship with him. Am I eagerly searching for Him all the time? Just to be in His presence, not just when I want something. Am I looking at His gifts with the same fascination of my child as he approaches life every day? Or do I forgot to enjoy and rejoice always and I see just the half empty part of the glass? I am so thankful to have this reminder every day that “every good and perfect gift is from above from the Father of lights”. And there are so many good gifts every day hidden in the picture that I don’t see. I forget to pay attention to and look for them.

Thank you Lord for teaching me to say “thank you” often as my boy says to me after every small thing I do for him.

Thank you Lord for this wonderful new day to live for you and to learn more about You and your love for me!