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!
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(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!!!! 

11.01.2013

Happy Halloween!!

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Annie loved her first Halloween.  We did trick-or-treat at 2 houses, then we just walked around and enjoyed the eery, windy weather (perfect for that day!), and watching all the kids run around in their costumes.   Annie clapped and danced and enjoyed it so much.  (though she looks terrified in these pictures!) Hope your Halloween was fun!  

10.12.2013

september & october

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My favorite seasons of the whole year (fall and christmas!!) are here and we are enjoying them. 

Annie Bird is 11 months old and the last 2 weeks have been just wild in how much she has grown.  She took steps.  Not walking yet, she definitely prefers crawling still at this point, but she has taken steps toward us and once even without us prompting her!  I believe 6 steps in one go is the most she has done.  

She is constantly (constantly!!) asking me to read to her (holds a book out to me and grunts and pleas!) and her papa and I are loving this new interest.  I've read through our collection of board books so many times, I'm dying for some new reads...haha.

She has also suddenly shown so much interest in ANIMALS!!  When we are out on walks she likes to point out every squirrel or bird she sees, and she really enjoys sitting on our balcony and watching all that's happening below...kids playing, lawn-mowers, squirrels, birds, etc... and she really likes attempting animal sounds when we are reading.  She can "moo" ("oooo") and "meow" (which is a high-pitched squealing sound, but definitely trying to imitate me!).  We've been really thankful for Riverdale Farm in Toronto, and I'm thinking we will be making quite a few trips there over the next couple weeks before it gets too cold. 

We have loved celebrating all her "firsts" and watching this baby change before our eyes. 

In other news, Mike has started working on his mDiv through Reformed Theological Seminary and still working full-time hours at the hospital.  He has been busy busy, but we are so thankful for this opportunity for him and hopeful for the future. 

And I've been busy with the Bird and also planning for her first BIRTHDAY which is going to be here so soon.  Fall just makes me want to get crafty, so I've been working lots on crocheting a granny square blanket for Annie and home-made invites for her birthday and a few other things around my house.  Its been fun.

Hope that your fall has been rich and cozy. 

9.21.2013

10-month-old Annie

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For these last 3, I just happened to have my camera nearby, and the lighting was good, so I snapped a few and got lucky.  That serious face and that sweet little profile...
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Annie is 10 months old!!  Actually, creeping up very quickly on 11 months...eeesh.
So, some 10-month Annie stats (for me mostly!):

She has said "mama", "mum-mum", "papa" (once), "yes" (i think), and I think that's about it.  And she hasn't said any of them recently...haha.  

Crawls like crazy, but not walking just yet.  She can pull herself up on furniture and walk holding on, she can climb onto the couch, and she can walk when I hold her hand.  But I can tell she is getting a bit more brave.  She will squat down and stand back up all by herself, without holding on.  Just waiting for that first step...which could be months, but seems like she might take it any day now.  

She is such a good eater...LOVES food.  Eggs, yogurt, toast with cream cheese, green peas, pasta with pesto,  zucchini, corn on the cob, spinach, sweet potato fries...these are a few of her favs! 

She loves to play catch!  Not joking.  We play with any toy, a block or a doll or whatever.  We toss it back and forth to each other and she loves it!  She actually has a pretty great arm and good aim! 

She "chats" all the time.  Just babbles non-stop.  She looks at books and babbles, examines and plays with toys and babbles.  I wonder if she says more words than I realize and I just haven't picked up on a few yet.  

And as far as all this "milestone" stuff goes, of course I find it tempting to compare Annie with other babies and worry if she isn't doing things as quickly.  I was encouraged this week in remembering that how my baby "sizes up" to other babies isn't the point.  The point is that all these milestones: learning words, walking, a maturing mind...its all just tiny steps closer to her loving her Saviour.  And so because of that, we will celebrate when she "waves" at the cashier at the store, or uses her sign for "all done"! Because someday she will use those hands to serve people, and that voice to sing God's praises and her mind will know Christ's great love for her.


xoxo