7.03.2014

June 2014

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this blog is my scrapbook, so just a bunch of pics from June.  (most from instagram) Annie is 19 months old (almost 20) and summer has been a blast.  and as much as i don't want to rush it, i'm so ready for august to come so we can add a sweet baby boy to our days.  i always struggle to find patience at the end.
June, you have been fun.

6.18.2014

too many pictures from our visit to the cottage.

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Sweetest papa there is.
Back from a weekend at a cottage in the middle of nowhere with no 3G...so get ready for loads of pictures!!
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our visit to our friend Andrew's cottage this year was just lovely.  saturday was far too cold to swim or enjoy being outside really, but sunday was much nicer.  we still didn't swim (this texan rarely swims in canada...so sad.) but we waded around in the icy water a bit, played in the sand, kicked around a beach ball, and took loads of pictures to prove it.  we ate really yummy meals and slept in a bed that was surprisingly way more comfy than ours.  (maybe that makes up for how many times annie woke up in the night...??) 
anyway, it was lovely to get away and of course, always good to be back home.  

6.17.2014

mothering at 18 months.

Freshly-napped babe.
Soaking it up...
this baby...
A sticker for baby brother!!
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 i'm going to try to not be overly sentimental here, because mothering is serious work according to scripture.  but these last few months have been the sweetest yet.  serious words, like "obey" and "discipline" and "forgiveness" have become very normal, but also words like "tittas" (stickers) and "tiiiis" (ants) and "baba" (belly-button, because mine is all popped out and she thinks its the greatest thing ever).  we are soaking up summer in our neighborhood, spending lots of time at parks, splash-pads, visiting neighbors, looking at flowers at the market, blowing bubbles, and talking.  we name everything.  all day.  every day. these last months of just me and this girl, before baby brother comes, they have been such a gift.  (ok, tearing up as i type!)  i just don't think i could ever EVER thank michael enough for working so hard so that i can stay home.  i'm so thankful to be here for all the little moments.  i'm greedy. i want them all.  i want the hard moments, so that by God's grace i can discipline and help her to learn obedience and forgiveness and the love of christ.  and i want the sweet moments, and all the snuggles and all the ant discoveries and all the snacks and all the diaper changes.  i want them because she is growing up so fast and she is going to be a woman so soon.  and we are going to run this race hard, and (by the grace of God) send her confidently off into the world to be a good soldier for Jesus.  its coming so fast.  this work of mothering really isn't about now, though now is so precious.  but to "bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord" is about them reaching maturity in Christ.  and so this is what our days (as mundane and funny as they seem) are all about.  these "little years" are spent sowing seeds that by the grace of God will produce a harvest in the (oh sooo) near future!  God help us!!  

2.26.2014

huge updates because i never post anymore.

where do we even begin?! 
so much has been happening and is happening, it's just insane.  
first, (and most exciting) we are gonna have another little chhangur this august!!
Annie would like to introduce you to her NEW BABY SIB!!!!! We are almost 13 weeks and so ready for that 2nd trimester and SO ready for August and so SO thankful too!
pregnancy is not easy.  
no way. 
i'm already 16 weeks and still not feeling quite myself...but hopeful!  hopeful that all these hormones (or whatever is causing all the madness) will be back to normal soon enough.  
a couple good signs though:  
-i made a few dinners this week
-i drank a (cold) coffee today
-i'm blogging
who knows, maybe i'm getting back to my normal-self already!  

another huge happening:  WE'RE MOVING.  (again)
and this is super exciting.  after things didn't work out with Mike doing an internship in Brooklyn, we felt pretty lost as to where to go and how to pursue full-time ministry. we ended up in Toronto, and then ended up at a wonderful wonderful church and now (through our church) we are so thankful that we are going to be part of a church plant happening in Ottawa
 this spring!!  basically, since we moved to Toronto, we've missed Ottawa (ok, mostly me.  but Mike too, i think.) so we are thrilled to be heading back to the nation's capital and what feels like our home! i think we have shared a lot of this with many of you since we are currently raising support and building a team of people who are going to be praying and partnering with us in this over the next few years  (and if we haven't contacted you already, well, we probably will be soon!).  we are so excited to be a part of what God is doing through His church in Ottawa.  i could go on and on about the church, but really, it would make more sense for you to just go to the website and read all about it yourself.  
so here's that:  www.ottawachurchplant.com 

and we are excited, for once in our married life, to feel planted somewhere.  we have already found a home (it has a backyard, so clearly i'm in love!!) and we are even signing a 2-year lease!
Afterlight
(a little peak at our new living room, back-door, and sun-room, which leads to the lovely backyard!) 

so, that's what's happening with us.  our update.  moving in a few weeks and couldn't be more excited.  also, if you are interested in hearing more about this and how you can help us, feel free to leave your name and email address and we will talk soon!  

xoxo

11.12.2013

Annie's 1st birthday party!!!

Annie's first birthday party!!!
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Annie's first birthday was so special.  We celebrated in our home, with our friends and some family.  We've really been so blessed in this whole move to Toronto.  It wasn't our first plan, but we have so many old friends that have moved here with us, that it feels more like home than it should.  And so many new and dear friends as well.  And so special that my brother could be here too.  The whole day was just sweet.  Our tiny apartment was filled to the brim with dear people who love our baby.  We had pumpkin spice cupcakes and carmel apples and kettle-corn and sodas and coffee.  Lots of presents were opened, music was blasted, lots of paper torn and chewed, and Annie got her very own pumpkin-spice cake!
It's just right to celebrate such an enormous blessing.
Annie Bird, you are a gift to us, and we thank God for you.  Happy 1st Birthday to our first little love!!!!