Thursday, February 28, 2013

Happy Birthday, Marika!!

 Today, our precious daughter, Marika, turns 10!  My heart cannot really take it in that Tim and I have been parents for that long - wasn't it just a year or two ago that she was born...?  We are so thankful for this sweet girl!  Thankful for her sensitive heart, her helpfulness, and her desire to honour the Lord and do His will.  We pray she will continue to grow in His grace.
Little Lady

Mika and Mommy

Our Book Worm!  =)
 We love you so much, Marika Ruth!  Happy 10th Birthday!!  xo

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Happy Birthday, Mark!!

Today is Tim's brother Mark's birthday!  We are really excited that he and Rebekah are coming to spend a week with us in just 3 weeks!!  Happy Birthday, Mark - hope you have a super day!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Birthday, Shaelyn and Philip!!

 Today, our Shaelynnie turns SeVeN!!!  She has been bouncing with excitement for several days now, looking forward to her upcoming birthday.  We pray the Lord will continue to bless our sweet rascal!  That her heart will be turned to serving the Lord in whichever way He directs, and that her life will be bowed to His will!  Shaelyn adds life and laughter to everyone around her, and we are so thankful for this precious girl!

Today is also Tim's sister Joia's husband Philip's birthday!!  Happy Birthday, Philip!  We hope you have a super day!!
I love this picture!  Taken from Joia's blog of Philip and Joia!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

An update, with house progress

I thought I would try to get an update on us, along with some pics, before time gets any further away on me.   It's been a while since I did an update on our sweeties, so I thought, what better time than now?!

  Nathaniel turned 9 months on the 1st, and he is a sweet, roly-poly boy!  He makes funny grunts, and laughs, as Tim says, like a pirate!!  Ha ha - it's true!  He is just getting to the point where he doesn't fall over while sitting up.   Yes, he's quite late, but we say it's because his bottom is too round!  =)  He just started making "word" sounds like ba, da and ma - and a few variations of that sort.  They say here that if you don't give them water from an early age, their speech will be delayed - maybe that was my problem!  This boy eats more than any of our girls ate at this stage - it is unbelievable!!  It's the one thing he gets upset at - if he's hungry!  We just weighed the babies the other day, and Nathaniel has now passed Alisa by 1 lb, or 1/2 a kilo.  Thankfully, she seems to be gaining weight, for which we are very happy!
  Alisa will be two next month!  I love all ages, but two is very fun for me!  They have learned how to obey, so there aren't as many temper tantrums, they are talking up a storm, and try out almost any new words, and want to help out with whatever you are doing.  She likes to "hold" Nathaniel sometimes - it's so funny, since she can't even put her arms all the way around his tummy!  She really loves dollies, and wraps them up, pats their backs, and "shush"-es them.  She often pushes one or two around in a doll stroller.  She is sleeping in a bottom bunk with a rail on the side, and does really well.  We have a visitor here right now, so Mika is bunking in with her at night.
  Vivian still is her clowny self.  She will be four in April, and loves playing with all of her sisters and brother, but also enjoys spending quite a bit of time by herself.  She plays with her dollies a lot, and usually is singing away loudly, oblivious of the rest of the world!  The other day she stayed home with the babies and I, and told me she was excited, because she would get to "boss the babies!"  She quite happily slips away if there is any work to be done, unless it is folding washcloths and towels - that's one of her favourite things to do!
  Kyla is five and a half, and is definitely Miss Reliable!  She bosses everyone around with great glee, and keeps the law and order in the house.  She will be a great organizer when she gets older!  She is enjoying school most days - is best at math, and struggles so far at putting sounds together.  We have definitely seen big improvements since the beginning of the year, and are taking things slowly.  One of her favourite things to do right now is ride her bike!
  Shaelyn has a birthday in 3 days!!!  She's very excited to be turning seven, and has requested a monkey face cake, that I'm hoping to bake tomorrow.  She and Vivi are "besties", and have lots of fun.  They seem to "get" each other.  She and Kyla are still almost always at odds, but every few weeks they decide to make up and become best-friends.  The other night they were fighting, and I sent them to their room, and they were to clean it up while they were waiting for me to come up.  When I walked in the door, the room was quite tidy, and they were in two little chairs sitting beside each with their arms around each other!  Rascals!  ;)  Shaelyn isn't a big fan of school, but does quite well in figuring out both math and language.  She really loves to read, and has been reading her Bible for about 3 months now.
  Marika has a birthday in two weeks - how can my baby girl be turning double-digits?!?!?  Mika is Really missing her best friend, Eva, living close by.  Last Monday, the Cains moved from four houses down from us to about 12 minutes away.  It's not really far, just comparatively it is!  It still makes me sad driving by their empty house.  The girls are enjoying playing with My Little Ponies right now, and she and Shaelyn are quite into it.  I love how they imagine together!!  Mika is doing well at school.  She used to "hate" math, and now happily does it, and does it well, catching on quickly.  Right now it is penmanship that she dislikes, but it's definitely character training for getting those jobs done that no one likes doing.  I enjoy spending most afternoons with just her while the others are sleeping.
  Tim has been very busy at the other house, and has done a good lot of the plumbing there.  We weren't planning to get all the electrical stuff replaced, but when they found several inches of bare wire one day, they figured it would be best.  That is all now done.  New windows and bars have been installed, and we're working on getting new doors soon.  The upstairs is pretty close to being done, except for the closets, the bathroom, and the tile, which will be done almost last.  We are adding on two small rooms to one side of the house, one will be a bathroom off the master bedroom, and other will be a laundry room.  I was thinking I would be doing all the laundry outside, so it will be wonderful to have a little room!

We have some visitors coming!  We are looking forward to Tim's brother Mark and Rebekah coming for March Break, one of the girls from last summer is coming for the month of April, my parents will be coming for when we move, May 1st, for 3 weeks, and then a girl from Iowa is coming for 3 weeks after they leave!!  It will be nice to have the extra bedroom after we move to the new house!  =)

The other day we enjoyed a Skype conversation with Tim's sister Joia, and their kiddos.  It was a little interesting, with 9 children - many jumping in and interrupting conversations!  =)  It was really great to see them, though - we'll have to do it again!  Just after "hanging up" with them, it showed my dad came on-line, so we tried calling him - however, this time, with a few rules!  After the initial "Hello!" to Papa and Nana, each one got a turn to talk - one at a time!  Joia, when we Skype again, that's what we'll have to try!  This worked quite well, and wasn't quite as chaotic!

I've just finished reading the book of Numbers, and have now started in Deuteronomy.  It is one of my favourite Old Testament books, and I'm so enjoying it.  Here are a few verses I've enjoyed over the last few weeks:
"And the LORD said to Moses, "Is the LORD's hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not."" Numbers 11:23

"... the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.'" Deuteronomy 1:31

"You shall not fear them, for it is the LORD your God who fights for you.'"  Deuteronomy 3:22

"The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." Deuteronomy 6:4-5

"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." Deuteronomy 6:6-7

"... the LORD your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God." Deuteronomy 7:21

"Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the LORD your God disciplines you." Deuteronomy 8:5

We got to go up to Phoenix a few weekends ago and enjoy the 1st Orangewood Bible Conference - in English!  It was wonderful to hear the ministry, and see the believers there, as well as some relatives I hadn't seen in quite some time!  Shad and Debi K offered us their whole house for us to use, as they were staying at their daughter's place.  It was really nice, and we were quite spoiled!

Some pics of the last while:

Alisa trying out Vivian's bike with Eva and Kyla getting in on the picture

Me and my chunk-a-lunk

I had foolishly left his bowl on his tray, and he got his fingers into the food and then got his fingers in it, and he was freezing cold and screaming.  He rarely cries, so I thought it was picture-worthy!

Nathaniel Loves kitties

My sweetie, Mika
 A man named David Smith from British Columbia, Canada, made a model "Noah's Ark" for an expo a couple of years ago.  He is 84 years old, and has chosen to do a "Tour of Mexico" with his ark, and visit as many places as he could on his way down, through and back up again.  He spent 3 days here in Hermosillo, with a good number of people coming out to each place.  The first was Tirocapes, an outreach in the south of the city.

Then on Sunday it was outside the main hall.

Monday morning it was in an outreach in the north of the city, Laura Alicia Frías - the ark is beside a catholic church in the picture below
Then, Tim got permission for them to take the ark to the town centre and show it there.  Mr. Smith was traveling with another gentleman (a young man in his 60's), and they had lots of "Ark" tracts and information to give out in Spanish.  They had many, many good conversations with people.  Tim found one of the most surprising things for him, was the number of people who had never heard of Noah's ark!

This is a government building close to where the ark was parked.  Tim decided to go in and look around - it looked so pretty!

After the conference in Phoenix, we stopped by a friend's house, where we had some things stored for our new house.  Do you see anything in this next picture that might make me excited??
It's the bathtub!  Generally, no houses have bathtubs in them here, so spending a night in a hotel up north is always extra special because they have bathtubs!!  =)  When we were figuring out what to do with our new bathrooms, we found there was enough room to put one in.  We found one for a really good deal on craigslist, so YAY!!!
Someone else gave us the double sink, we had some windows, plus there were several other things (like children) to put in, too.  =)  The big question was, was everything going to fit????
My husband is a master packer - and it all fit!
There was our two front seats, then a three-seater behind us, and the four seater back seat fit in at the back.  We were cozy - I should say *they* were cozy, but we all fit!
When we stopped for lunch, Vivian was "helping" Alisa with some icecream - it was so cute!!
Pretty sky!
The girls were playing one morning, and Mika pretended to have a broken leg.  Shaelyn was the doctor.  They were so funny!!

Here is a funny video of Marika, Shaelyn and Kyla from 4 years ago.

Okay, now just a few pictures of some of the renos on our house.  The next two pictures are of a door and a window taken out, the window re-sized, and the rest bricked/cemented in.  I'm not sure that it is even the same room, as there were two that had this, but you get the idea.

Re-sizing one of the windows

New windows in

How they do electrical work

Re-sizing the kitchen window

One of the bathrooms.  It got worse than this, but now it's getting better again!!  =)

Lots of bricks needed
...and sand!
This is Not our house!  We wanted our house to be orange, so we looked around at different colours.  Tim saw this and we both liked it.  However, the colour that we Actually have is...
...this!  And we love it!!  We needed to choose the colour now, so that around the windows could be painted before the bars went on the windows.
Bars looking from the inside
Bars at the back.
We have had someone staying in our house at night, since there have been windows and doors missing.  The rest of the bars should be going on on Friday, so that will be good!

There are several pictures I'm missing, but I'm not going to go looking for them tonight!  Happy Valentine's Day, tomorrow, everyone!!  Good night!  =)