This child can face uncertain days....

"How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives"

We sang this song at our church on Sunday... It struck me in a new way this year. How precious it is that we have hope, not only for us, but for our children if they choose to trust in Him. We have no reason to fear.... Praise the Lord!

BIG problem....

So you're probably wondering where I've been.... I had been doing pretty good, getting back into the rhythm of blogging after baby V crashed the scene. Well... It's gonna be slow again for a bit. Because... my computer crashed. (big heavy sigh...) No Illustrator, no Photoshop, no stored files, no access to all of my graphic design stuff, and no normal keyboard for typing quickly in between little ones' outbursts ( I'm on my hubby's work iPad)!!! So give me two weeks.... That's all I'm asking for!!! Please don't stop following :) .... I lost a few when I was out for awhile this past winter.... I'll be back!!! And with a new Mac, new ( and more current) Illustrator and Photoshop!!! So for now, I'll peck away on this mini keyboard... JJ is going to buy an adapter so I can at least load my camera's photos onto here... And I'll make do!!!

Amy :)

It's either going to make you laugh or cry...

You know those things.... in a day as a mom.... that either make you want to laugh or cry????  I thought I'd share a couple of mine lately.

Sadie thinks her diaper is a pocket.  She likes to store money in her pocket.  A few days ago, I smelled a familiar unpleasant smell.  I pulled out the back of her diaper to take a peek and confirm my suspicion.  Yeah... you guessed it.  I saw money... covered in poo.  I lost 94 cents that day.

Yesterday, Elsie came and stood by my desk. "Mommy.." she said.  "I'm going to miss you when I grow up."  Her little chin began to quiver and her eyes teared up.  "Will you come and visit me at my new house?"

"Of course, baby! Anyway, I'm sure you won't miss me that much.  You'll have a husband and babies to keep you company when you grow up" I explained, trying to hide my amusement and trying to act sympathetic.

"But I just love you so much and I'm going to miss you so much!" she managed through what was now a full explosion of tears.  What else can I say to that?! ...Oh, my dear sweet Elsie.  I know God has special plans for that tender little heart, but man, now I know how men feel... She cries at the drop of a hat!  It can be brought on by anything... Grammie and Papa leaving, growing out of a shirt, saying goodbye to the tiger at the zoo, talking about growing up, saying good night to baby Virgil... wow!  I suppose I'm the overly emotional female in Jeremy's life and Elsie is the overly emotional female in my life

Sadie has no standards for her food.  Eating off the floor is completely normal for her.  Well, yesterday I was doing the dishes and some plates had been stacked together with food still in between them.  I attempted to rinse most of the food into the sink, but apparently a blob of sticky rice stuck to the back of a plate. As I loaded the plate into the dish washer, the rice slipped off and fell on the floor.  Sadie came up and accidentally stepped on the blob of rice, which then stuck to her very grimy foot.  Yup.  You guess it again.  She sat down, and before I could stop her, pulled the rice off her foot and popped it into her mouth. Her mmmm... confirmed what she deemed a yummy (although entirely disgusting) decision. 

Sadie was two in December.  She has been showing signs of potty training readiness for about 6 months now.  I have been ignoring those signs.  Well, the other night, Jeremy was at a meeting and I was home with the four kiddos.  At one point I realized I hadn't seen or heard Sadie in awhile.  Red flag.  Sure enough, the bathroom door was closed.  This is what I found inside....... (I know this is nothing new... every mom has  been there... but it's still funny.  Especially when Sadie does it... she's so stinkin' cute!)

She got the diaper off...

Apparently wiped...

Pondered over her pantie selection...

Attempted to put on the selected panties... (this step apparently still needs work.)

And proudly washed her hands... In her mind, a job well done!!



I just wanted to remind you all that today is the first day of the fundraiser to bring little Sergey home over at "Loving Every Moment" !  ( I blogged about it earlier...) There are some adorable items available to win, once you've entered the fundraiser... including a print from my Etsy shop :)  The fundraiser is only running through April 25... so STOP BY and help Danielle get it kicked off!

2 MONTH and some MOMMY/SON shots...

Hello All!
Hope your Sunday is going well... and that you're enjoying some rest :)  I've been resting... home feeling yucky with allergies :(
But since I always have the insatiable need to be productive, I decided to snap a few shots of the V Man since he is 2 month old now.  I also attempted a few pics of us together.... I think they're kinda sweet :)


HOME SWEET HOME tour... Virgil's Nursery

Hi!  My name's Virgil... and I'd like to show you my super cool retro nursery!  My mom decorated it just for me :) 

I'm told that alot of love was put into this room.  My dad painted it...even the trim!  My Grandma made all the crib bedding,while at my house after I was born. My mommy repainted that turquoise and white dresser...found new hardware for it.  She dug through her junk and looked for boyish things for the room... she didn't have to buy hardly anything! Mom and Dad found the changing stand on a curb and repainted it... cool, huh?  My Grandpa Goertzen even donated some of his Coca-Cola collection for decoration... so fun.  My dad found the KU banner online... mom allowed it because it had a vintage-ish look :)  And you should know, I've just started sleeping nights in my crib... and I like it!

Enjoy looking around! 

Hope you enjoyed Virgil's tour :)


Makes me smile...

This past weekend we enjoyed the company of Jeremy's sister's family.  This is the sweet family that recently finalized the adoptions of their three Haitian children... see their photo shoot from last summer here....  It was a wonderful time, but perhaps one of my favorite moments was when Justin, the oldest was holding Virgil and fell asleep with him.  Just precious :)    On a separate note... spring is officially here, in my book, since the girls wore spring dresses for the first time this year to church. I snapped a pic.   Happy Spring!!


Today is your birthday...

Jeremy... your birthday is almost over, but I didn't want the day to end without me telling you a few things.
There isn't a day that goes by that I'm not so incredibly thankful for having you as my husband... my companion. I'm overwhelmed with gratitude when I think of how the Lord has blessed me through you.  We were so young when we decided that we wanted to marry each other... only 17.  I didn't know what I was doing... neither did you...we were just goofy kids :)  I didn't know what I was getting with you.  I just thought you were cute and really fun to hang out with :)   But God did... and he gave me you.  He gave me so much more than I could have hoped for...

I didn't know that you were going to make me feel like the most beautiful woman in world.  I didn't know that you would cherish me and take care of me the way you do...that you would spoil me with endless diet coke, insanely late hang-out nights, and lots of babies. :) 

I didn't know that you were going to be such an incredible father.  A father who not only loves and encourages with tender affection, but also diligently strives to instruct his children in biblical truth.  I didn't know that you would be such a partner in parenting... that you would be so supportive and encouraging.

I didn't know that you were going to throw away your dreams of success in the business world to follow God's call into ministry.  I didn't know that you would become a man who would inspire me... a man who's passionate and holds to his convictions...a man who's optimistic and strong... a man who's full of dreams and plans... a man who wants to be used by God no matter what the cost.   I look at you and see all your God given strengths.  I don't know what exactly God is going to do with all those strengths, but I feel priviledged to be the woman on your arm... because I know he's going to use you.  And I can't wait to give him all the glory as I see him accomplish his purpose through you.   

I didn't know that I was getting such a good man... I didn't know that I would feel so proud to be your wife... I didn't know that I could love you this much. 

Happy Birthday, Baby :)
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