Taking 6 month pictures of Miss Lydia Elise! She’s a big girl, rolling around now and started food about two weeks ago. She’s less interested than our other girls were and sometimes won’t open her mouth for any of it. 🙂 She likes to chomp on anyone’s available fingers, play with her toes, play with toys, grab at anything in reach and loves it when anyone talks to her. She’s pretty content to be on my hip, in a carrier or in the bumbo chair as long as people are around for her to watch. She sits up but isn’t very steady yet. She still goes from happy to a piercing scream rather quickly, but it seems to be lessening in frequency. However, the last 4 nights, she and I have been awake together a lot! Last night she was up four times between midnight and 2am. After that, I lost count. She loves baths and loves being outside, but didn’t think much of sitting in the grass for pictures after a few minutes. She had a check up this week and is in the 20th-30th %, weighing 14lb 10oz and measuring 25.5″ long. I can’t believe 6 months have passed so quickly, but I’m trying to enjoy every moment (and reminding myself to try as much as possible to continue to capture moments in time in photos and videos. I know I will appreciate my efforts down the road!
It seems strange to us that we’re finally here! Not that we’ve arrived or anything. Just this point on the journey has seemed so far away for so long, and always out of reach, that to finally be done with five years of residency seems…strange…but in a good way. We’re growing up! 🙂 There is an element of feeling like we’ve hit the pause button on life during these years of training and that we should still be 22 or at most, 25 instead of 30s. Our children are daily reminders that life is not on hold. As the days go by, they’re growing and learning and eventually will be all grown up all too soon.
I didn’t just brainstorm and one day pick Psalm 118:23 to be my life verse, but I think gradually it has become a key verse that really defines my life, my outlook and my attitude. THIS is the day! The Lord has made TODAY for me. I WILL rejoice! My outward circumstances, the weather, interruptions, lack of sleep…none of that has to dictate my attitude if I view today as a unique gift from God and live today to the fullest. I remember one dreary, cold, rainy day several years ago mentioning something to George that the weather was making me feel down in the dumps and kind of melancholy. He asked me “why?” and told me I shouldn’t let a little thing like the weather determine whether I have a good day or a bad day. That question and advice has really stuck with me! I don’t want to waste my life pining away for what I don’t have, or for what is to be in the future, and not live it up today. That reminds me of a quote by Jim Elliott, “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
Two days ago, George was in the OR at Northwestern for the last time. He’s turned in his pager and is now studying hard for boards. Our house is half packed…or maybe a quarter packed and in two weeks time, we will be getting ready to hit the road for another adventure. 🙂
What more can I say? This wonderful man is dearly loved and cherished by a lot of ladies!
To celebrate after church, we picked up food from Sultan’s market- one of our favorites + price is right!- and had a wonderful lunch together. George got to take a Sunday afternoon nap then went with Grace and Ellie to Ohare to pick up his brother-in-law who is coming to the U.S. for a work conference and to visit. He will be here through our move and it looks like, will be keeping George company, driving the big truck out East.
We have a very sweet neighbor who has befriended our family. Mary has had us for delicious meals, lets the girls come into her yard whenever they want, helped them plant their “own” big pots of flowers in her back yard, brings us homemade treats, has babysat and lets us eat her kale and other greens from her garden. In May, we went with her to the Art Institute and Chicago Cultural Center. Today, we had another outing with her to the aquarium. It was so much fun for everyone! We’re really going to miss her when we move!
I can’t believe this is really, truly happening! A sweet friend from church who has two little girls has very generously offered two of her afternoons to take our older two girls to play while the younger two nap so that I can get some packing done. I’ve gotten a lot in boxes already but have a lot more to do. Thankfully we still have a few weeks before our move date. Friday I spent all afternoon packing our laundry room and homeschooling supplies/materials that we stored in there. I awakened yesterday to a super sore back and ended up pretty much spending the entire day in bed. I really wanted to go to church this morning but was in too much pain. I was able to watch the service online though and by the end of the sermon, my back was feeling like it had turned a corner. It’s still not 100% but at least I can get around and lift Lydia!
Since we’re getting ready to move for George’s fellowship year, I thought it would be fun to begin a blog so our friends and family can keep up to date with us and to record our family’s adventures as we explore our new home and community! I’m hoping it is a interactive blog….not just people looking around and leaving. Follow us, leave comments and let us know what’s up with you too! 🙂