Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fall finally fell in Round Rock

We don’t get much winter here in central Texas, which is just the way I like it.  This week brings temperatures in the upper 60’s and 70’s before it cools off for Christmas.  My in-laws took the beautiful autumn day (on the first official day of winter) to do some yard work.  Here are some great pictures from their day. 

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Merry Christmas from the Cornish family

All through the year, it is a great treat to experience the world through the new eyes of a toddler and infant.  Brenda and I are in constant awareness of how richly blessed we are to have 2 beautiful, healthy children, a wonderful home, good jobs, great friends, fantastic family and of course each other.  Though we haven’t always been very consistent with our blogging, it is my joy to share some of our wonderful family memories with you, our friends and family.


It is our sincere hope and prayer that this is a wonderful and blessed Christmas and holiday season for you.  May you be surrounded by those you love, may you remember fun family traditions and may you create new joy for you and yours this season. 


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to your family from ours!

Sean, Brenda, Grace and Hailey Cornish

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A lunch date with Daddy

Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting Grace at her school to have a Thanksgiving lunch with her and her classmates.  Grace was so excited when she came into the lunchroom and saw me seating near “her” table.  I say near her table because the Round Rock Christian Academy, where Grace attends Mother’s Day Out, has a lunchroom not terribly different than most schools.  Rows upon rows of folding tables and chairs, what is funny is that just beyond the last row of folding tables is a row of tiny little tables perfect for 3 yr olds!  It looked like a row of coffee tables, pretty cute. 


Her class had a full day of Thanksgiving fun, including story-time in a teepee set up in her classroom, complete with a fake campfire.  They made hats and placemats that expressed the things they were thankful for. 


Earlier in the week, I had told her that  I would be coming to have lunch with her on Wednesday and honestly, she wasn’t all that happy about it.  Much like Brenda, Grace has a sensitive routine.  She doesn’t like it when you change her routine.  And she has developed quite the personality at school.  She does not display any of the timidity or shyness that Brenda and I are accustomed to.  As a matter of fact, when she first came in and gave me a hug, one of her teachers, Miss Shannon, tried to take a picture of us and she buried her face in my chest.  Another teacher, Miss Monica, immediately chimed in, “what is that??  Grace is shy?  She is not like that at all with us!!” 


I am sure it won’t be long until it is no longer cool to have Daddy come to lunch.  And a kiss for Daddy at the lunch table will be out of the question, but for now I will cherish every lunch date and every kiss.  Before she lined up with her class to go play on the playground, she asked me if I could come to lunch again with her some time.  That’s a lunch date I will happily take!  

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Another first for Hailey

So Hailey said her first word. Any guesses on what it was? Drum roll, please....

Sorry mommy.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Hailey goes Off-Road

Gram shared these pics with me earlier.  This is pretty funny.  Hailey just this week has started to put one hand in front of the other and actually crawl.  She has been up on all 4s for awhile now, and will rock back and forth.  Usually this is followed by the face first “swim in the carpet” and fuss routine.  Now that she is starting to get the motions down, looks like she is on to bigger and better things.  Katy bar the door, because we have a very M-O-B-I-L-E infant now!!

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This girl will need jogging shoes in no time!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Hailey’s 6 Month pics

We made our quarterly trip to Portrait Innovations last week to have Hailey’s 6 month pictures taken. Here is a sampling of those pictures. You can also see more in the Public Album folder in the right navigation or on Facebook!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hailey is 6 months old!

I cannot believe how quickly the last 6 months have gone by.  Every parent I know tells me that this is nothing compared to what is coming.  “Just wait until she is 17” seems to be a common response.  I hope Brenda and I can take the admonitions to heart.  We truly treasure our beautiful girls and we are having a ball watching them grow. 

I have added many new albums on our Public Photo Album.  Use the link in the right hand navigation area to check some of them out.   We also tend to keep things a bit more current on Facebook, where we can post single pics and quick updates throughout the day. 

It’s fall and that means football.  And football season means UT home football games and tailgate parties.  That keeps us pretty busy most weekends. 

Grace has started going to Mother’s Day Out this fall as well.  It is amazing to see how much she has opened up.  We have noticed it, especially when Grace plays with other kiddos at a playground now.

Hailey is growing a lot and we are seeing lots of her “firsts”.  We know she is ‘this close’ to crawling.  She gets up on all fours and rocks, then she gets mad and just lays down and swims on the carpet.  Its pretty funny, but she does get a little ticked off about it.  I can’t imagine where she gets her temper from… we will just blame it on the Wiseman side for now!!  :)



Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Grace bakes with Gram

Taking cooking classes at Young Chefs Academy has really paid off! Grace spent the last 2 days working on cookies with Gram. Yesterday, she and Gram made cookie dough, today it was time to actually do some real baking. It is amazing what a 3 year old can do given the right instruction, a few good tools and a lot of faith.

I can't think of a more simple joy than watching and waiting for fresh baked cookies. I never have been particularly good at waiting, hopefully Grace will learn to have a bit more patience than I do.

"Scoop, lift, flip!" Grace has been watching me make pancakes, well, for years now and that is what I have always told her a spatula is for, and how to use one. I wonder how many cookies Grace flipped before Gram convinced her that a gentle slide would do just fine.

This week we dive headlong into the college football season with the first tailgate party of the year. I am sure my little sous chef will be busy by my side. Stay tuned for pics after the game.
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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Family Photo Day!

So, have I mentioned in the last year or so that we love Portrait Innovations?

Hailey is 3 months old and Grace is coming up on her 3rd birthday, so it was time for another round of professional photos. The studio was very busy today, surprise, surprise but they did a great job getting great pictures from both Hailey and Grace. I have created an online photo album with some of the pictures we did not purchase. Click on the link in the right hand navigation area to access our public photo albums.

Now begins the task of frame selection!

It has been awhile since I posted on the blog, and we have been a busy family lately. Brenda is back to work full-time and we are settling into real life. Grace grows daily in her vibrancy and her joy of life. She is asserting her independence and sometimes that is even a good thing. Others... not so much. We are spending a lot of time in time-out these days. Last weekend Grace and I reached a bittersweet milestone. Grace and I attended our last Big Chef/Little Chef class at Young Chefs Academy. She loves cooking class and I am excited to see if she enjoys going to YCA Kindercooks Class all by herself. Hailey is growing into her personality as well. She giggles and grins and is starting to "talk" to us more. Also, like her sister, at the young age of 3 months old, Hailey has found the jumper as a fun place to spend mealtime.

We are weeks away from the fall. Coming up we have Granddad's birthday and Grace's birthday and then we dive head first into the fall and tailgating season! In the midst of the celebrations, we are going to try to sneak out of town for one last weekend camping trip down in Kerrville.

Enjoy checking out the pictures and feel free to tell me which ones are your favorites!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Over the river and through the woods

For the 3 day weekend celebrating the 4th of July, we packed up the girls, loaded up a travel trailer and headed off to Gramma's house. We met up with Missy, Richard and the boys, and with Tracy and together we crashed in on Mom and Ron, taking over the kitchen and spreading toddler cheer from one end of their home to the other. It was a lot of fun and we did get a little something out of it. See, this was a business trip of sorts. We were there for blueberries and an experiment in jarring salsas. We spent hours upon hours in the kitchen on Friday, Saturday and Sunday freezing quarts of blueberries; mincing, chopping and dicing up mangoes, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and jalapenos for salsas and tomato sauce. But it wasn't all work. We did take a break on Saturday afternoon to cook up a fajita dinner for the rest of the family. Mom brought Mema to the house and Randy and Becky both brought their kiddos. It was a full house for a fajita and tamale dinner.
Mema soaked up the time with her grand kids and great grand kids. She was very excited to see John, Robbie and Grace all playing together. Amongst all the excitement, we were also working on potty training Robbie and Grace. Both of them did really well and were cheered loudly each time they went potty. It didn't take long for Tracy, Missy and I to draw immediate comparisons to a couple of weeks during the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles when we helped Mema potty train 2 of our cousins while camping in a motor home on the Illinois River. Oh the things you remember at times like these...
I picked these pictures because it was just so cute trying to get pictures of Mema with the little ones. All of them look really cute in one picture or another, just not in the same pic! The kids did do a great job of playing together this weekend. The concept of sharing is not a concept that comes easy for Grace. While we are very thankful that Grace does a great job of "self-entertaining", the unfortunate flip side of that coin is that she has not become accustomed to sharing just yet. I am hoping that improves as Hailey grows, otherwise there is going to be a lot of time spent in timeout... for Daddy, probably.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Father's Day and a Well Check

Hey guys, just a quick update. We had a fantastic Father's Day at our house. Bryan, Shannon and the boys and Gram and Granddad came over Sunday afternoon for some family time. Everyone had a good time swimming and eating. As always we ate very well, starting out with some yummy chilled shrimp and fresh fruit. We had meatball subs for dinner and ice cold watermelon and banana pudding for dessert. It was a great day and I am thankful to be such a blessed Daddy.

We also recently had Hailey's 2 month well check. I can hardly believe she is 2 months old already. Dr. Enders was very pleased with Hailey, she liked to see that she had put on good weight (she is over 11 pounds) and seems to be doing very well with her motor skills.

Brenda is back at work part-time now, she goes full time next week. It is going to be a bit of an adjustment for her, so your prayers are greatly appreciated. She enjoys her job and the people she works with, but we would love for her to be able to stay home with the girls. Maybe one day, but we have lots of obligations to take care of first.

I added lots of new pictures on our public photo album. Go take a look!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teachers Dirty Looks!!

And so it begins...

Brenda and I are blessed with lots of nieces and nephews. We love them all and do take lots of pride in their accomplishments. Last weekend we headed down to Houston to celebrate the Class of '09. Amber, Barbara and Cutter all graduated this year. They are our oldest nieces and nephews and it was a blast to celebrate with so many family and friends. We filled up Becky's pool with kiddos and filled up the adults with liquid refreshment from the margarita machine.

The stars aligned just right for this weekend and ALL of the siblings were together! That has actually started happening with a bit more regularity, but this time we also had all the spouses and kids together. If I counted correctly, that makes 23 right now! That just doesn't happen nearly enough. You know you are getting old when you stop talking about "getting the family together" and you start "organizing a family reunion". Something tells me that our family reunions wouldn't look like too much the ones I went to as a kid. My family is crazy and fun and hysterical and nutty. Brenda and I left the party with big smiles on our faces and the girls were asleep before we got the to end of the driveway! Okay, so it was after midnight and Grace hadn't had a nap all day, but as I mentioned, this is a fun family.

So what's next for this fabulous trio? Amber will be going to the Art Institute to study photography, Barbara is going to take college classes close to home in Louisiana before heading off to McNeese State and Cutter will be packing his bags for Northern Arizona University in the fall. So many people think of graduation as a completion milestone, and it does celebrate your hard work and academic achievement in high school. But really, its the beginning of a new chapter. It will be fun to see what they do, and who they become over the next several years. We could not be more proud of them. There are lots of pics in the gallery, so check it out. You can access our online gallery from the link in the right hand navigation.
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Catch up with us!

Hello SUMMER!!! Summer is here, so that means pool time. Here are a few pics to show what is keeping our family busy this year. Grace has turned into a fish! She loves being in the pool and she loves how her float suit and noodle let her swim all by herself. Tonight, she even asked me to help her swim UNDER water!! Woohoo! She didn't quite make it, but she is getting there. I am definitely a proud papa when I am in the water with her.

Hailey is doing her job. She is eating, sleeping, crying and pooping. What more could we ask for? She sleeps through the night, and has practically since the night we brought her home. At 6 weeks old, she is starting to giggle and grin. Brenda seems to be the only one who can catch her in the act, but I am told it is pretty cute.

Grace is still loving her cooking classes. Last week we made campfire potatoes and indoor smores! Her confidence in the kitchen has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 5 months since our first class back in January. She is far more social with the adults at Young Chefs Academy, but is also doing really well in following instructions and participating in the class.

It doesn't look like we will be slowing down much over the summer. Up next, we are headed to Houston to celebrate high school graduation with 2 of my nieces and 1 nephew; Amber, Barbara and Cutter. It doesn't seem possible that these 3 are graduating already! Brenda has one more week home full time with the girls. Please pray for us and Gram as we prepare to transition back into full time work and daycare mode! We are also looking forward to celebrating the 4th of July in Tyler surrounded by family and blueberries. If we are lucky, we will also squeeze in another weekend camping trip! I added several new photo albums on our Picasa online album. You can access the gallery from the link in the navigation panel to the right.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Its been a busy month!

How time flies when you are having fun, right?

Can you believe that Hailey is already 5 weeks old? Crazy! I have been back to work and back on the road and Brenda only has a few weeks left until she returns to her job.
Brenda has been making the most of her time off, and soaking up precious moments with both girls. Hailey is certainly a momma's girl for now. Brenda has also been working on potty training with Grace. We have hopes of putting Grace in some sort of Mother's Day Out program or pre-school program at least for a few hours each week, but most of them require potty training. It isn't going great, but we are making slow progress. Grace is still hesitant to give up the "baby" phase and fully embrace her big girl status.

Recently, we noticed that Grace has been biting her nails a lot. They were really starting to look pretty bad and we were about to resort to some of that smell, nasty stuff that you put on them so that kiddos won't like the taste. This gave Brenda a fantastic idea though. She asked Grace if she wanted colors on her fingernails. This got Grace really excited, and Brenda let her pick out any color from her collection. Grace really wanted purple, which we didn't have, so she settled for blue. Brenda dutifully painted her nails and promised Grace that if she could keep her fingers out of her mouth for 1 week, then they could go the store and pick out purple fingernail polish. Well tomorrow will be a week and while the blue is nearly all chipped off her nails, it looks like that has more to do with the daily wear and tear of a toddler than it does with her biting her nails.

Its also been awhile since Grace had her haircut. We have been letting it grow out for over a year now. Recently, we had a friend that opened her own salon and since Gram had an appointment, it seemed like a great chance to get Grace's hair trimmed up. She did much better than her last 2 visits and seemed to enjoy her morning with the girls.

I just love this picture. Grace may look like Brenda (thankfully), but there is no doubt that this little girl has tons of my personality. I hope I still think its cute when she is older.
Gram and her Round Rock girls.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hailey's first trip to Tyler

While I was off from work, we decided it was our best chance to get a quick trip to Tyler in. We got to introduce Hailey to Grampa and Mema. We tried to see Granny as well, but we didn't make it. We will plan to spend some time with Granny Jean and Derwood on our next trip, probably over the 4th of July. We tried to surprise Mema by basically sneaking into town. Usually, I would call her several days in advance so that we can make plans to meet for lunch. Sadly, I think that will be the last time we try to surprise her. I think we have discovered that Mema enjoys looking forward to our visit as much as she enjoys the visit itself. We think that she also tries to rest up and really put her best self forward when we are together. Also, we would normally take her out for lunch but now with 2 car seats filling the backseat, it would take a caravan just to get us to a restaurant. Instead, Mom called her and told her to invite her out to her house for lunch. Mema was suffering from a case of sniffles brought on from her c-pap machine. She actually started off telling Mom that she wasn't really up for it until she found out that we were there with Hailey.
One thing we did different this trip was to bring a travel trailer that we have borrowed in the past for camping and tailgate parties. I was concerned that having Brenda and I and both girls in the same bedroom was a recipe for no sleep. This fear turned out to be only partially substantiated. Somehow, beyond our wildest dreams, Hailey has slept through the night since we got home. I think there have only been 1 or 2 nights where she has woken in the middle of the night for a feeding. I think all of us did sleep better though with our own space. On our last couple of Tyler visits, Grace woke up very early (like 5am early) and would be hard if not impossible to get back down. In the trailer, she was much easier get down, and she slept later.
This was also the first time that Grace has been really excited about going to see Gramma and Grampa. Since Gramma left the week prior, Grace has been asking when we were going to Gramma's house. We decided that we would head to Tyler on Sunday, after church. So on Saturday, we decided that we would go pick up the trailer from storage so that we could pack up and make sure everything was clean and road ready. Brenda and I loaded up the girls and went to the storage lot and Grace immediately lit up. She LOVES being in the trailer. I guess she thinks of it as her own playhouse. The only downside was that she was ticked off that we weren't leaving straight from the storage lot to go to Gramma's house. To think, we wanted to go home, check out the trailer, pack up, eat dinner, go to sleep, go to church, go to lunch and THEN go.
The visit was great except that it rained everyday we were there. Grace was feeling bit couped up on Tuesday so we decided that after our naps, we would go do some shopping and find someplace with an indoor play scape for dinner. We were a bit surprised at how hard it was to find such a place in Tyler. Then we found a chick-fil-a on Broadway and headed in. It was good news and bad news... first, it was Tuesday, so all kids eat free (Yeah!), bad news... we weren't the only ones who was looking for an indoor playground. The place was packed. Grace is still pretty shy, especially around older kiddos. Its kind of intimidating when you aren't used to so many kids, especially bigger kids who are yelling and swinging from the rafters. Luckily, we avoided catastrophe with a quick visit to the local Braum's for some ice cream. Grace was so pleased to have her own ice cream cone, even though she only at half the ice cream and didn't touch the cone. Don't worry, Daddy sacrificed and ate the rest! There is an album of more pictures loaded on our Picasa public album. You can access it from the link in the right navigation bar.
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Praying over daughters and a new family photo

Yesterday was pretty busy day in our family. With the family visits wrapped up for the day, and the baby snoozing, Brenda and I tried to get some sleep. The nurse helped Brenda get out of bed and helped her get refreshed a bit, we checked on Hailey one more time and then at long last, lights out. Brenda and I had only slept for about 3 hours the night before, and aside from a couple of very brief cat naps, we were up all day.

So with the lights out, we laid down to sleep... for about 20 minutes before Hailey cried out. The poor girl was pretty gassy and just wanted to be held. Brenda was wiped out from all the days activities and after trying in vain a couple of times to get her to settle back down, I picked her up and rocked her in the glider in our darkened room so that Brenda could try to get some rest.

When you are tired and the baby is restless and your options are limited (we can't very well take her for a drive to help her fall asleep or take a walk around the block), this is the ideal time to pray. As I held her and rocked her and loved on her it occurred to me that this was my opportunity to pray over my daughter. Mind you, all day long in small pockets of time, I had thanked God for this precious gift, and countless times during Brenda's pregnancy I had prayed over Hailey's development, but this was the first time, with Hailey in my arms that I could pray over her and for her.

I am sharing this incredibly personal time because I feel that there may be a few parents out there who aren't sure "how" to pray over their children. I can't imagine a more powerless position as a parent than simply wishing and hoping that our children grow up well. And while this may not be the perfect prayer to pray over your children, maybe it will spur some ideas for you. This is the prayer that I pray over Grace every night, and the prayer that I got to pray over Hailey for the first time last night.

Holy Father, thank you for the gift of this day
with my precious daughters. Grace and Hailey are jewels in Your crown,
hand-crafted, special gifts of Your creation that You have entrusted to me.
Thank you for such a lavish and magnificent gift. Tonight as they sleep, help
them to grow physically, mentally and spiritually that they may grow to be
strong women after Your own heart. I pray Father that they will come to know You
at an early age, that they may serve You all the days of their lives. Help me to
grow as a daddy too. Give me a lion's strength to protect and defend my family.
And give me a soft spirit, able to lift the salty sting of their tears from
their faces and able to hear the soft words of their hearts. Give Brenda the
strength to demonstrate Your grace, wisdom and service as they grow. Protect us
as we sleep tonight. Send your angels to camp in our home, and watch over us. In
Jesus name, amen.

It is a pretty simple prayer, a prayer that recognizes some things that we take for granted, such as the fact that each day is a gift. It also reminds me that God is an artisan and a craftsman. Both of my precious daughters were lovingly crafted, not from a mold, but from a plan that He drew up for each of them personally. It is a constant amazement to me that He entrusted these gifts to our care, and that He determined that Brenda and I have, or will have every tool, resource, talent and gift that will be needed to help Grace and Hailey grow. It also reminds me that such a perfect and wonderful gift is attractive not only to me, but also to an enemy that seeks to destroy God's perfect creations. My role isn't an onlooker role, but rather my role is to shepherd them, to train them up and to protect them. What an awesome responsibility. Nobody other than God himself can enable me for that job.

On a much, much lighter note, I am very proud to share the first photo of our newly expanded family. One day soon, a professional photographer will take dozens of pictures of my family and we will select a print that includes the perfect lighting, a couple of well placed props and probably well-groomed, happy smiling people. But no image on that day will be able to capture what this image does, because this image shares a proud daddy, a beautiful bride and mommy, a wide-eyed amazed big sister and our new bundle of joy just a few hours into her life.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hailey Michelle Cornish is here!

It's 6:45 am right now and we are at the hospital, in pre-op, preparing for Hailey's arrival. We are so excited to welcome Hailey Michelle Cornish into our family.

It's kind of funny how different Brenda's pregnancies have been. Part of it is because as first time parents with Grace, everything was new. With Hailey, there haven't been many surprises. We were blessed to have wonderful, healthy pregnancies with both, and fantastic care from Brenda's doctor and the staff at the hospital.

With Grace, we had hoped for natural delivery. Since Grace ended up being a c-section, and the opportunity was available, we actually scheduled this day for Hailey quite some time ago. Since we actually still a week away from Hailey's actual due date, baring any emergency, we have known that today would be the day.

With Grace, the change from a natural to a c-section delivery brought a bit of sadness. We had been here at the hospital for a couple of days, trying after being induced for the natural delivery. With Hailey's scheduled c-section, we have the peace of mind that comes with a scheduled surgical procedure.

It's 11:30am - Hailey is absolutely precious. This time it took quite a bit longer to get from the operating room to Brenda's post-partum room. During that time, Brenda was tended to, Hailey has been measured, cleaned and checked out by our pediatrician's office. We are so blessed. I am adding pictures to our photo album. Look at the right hand navigation bar, under Some of our Favorite Places to check them out.

By 12:30pm, by the miracle of modern technology, Hailey's great grandmother in a nursing home 4 hours away recieved a beautiful floral arrangement complete with 3 glossy 5x7 photos of her newest great grandbady. If health would have allowed for her to make the trip, my mother would have had an impossible task of trying to keep her out of her car. She never would have dreamed that today she would get "see" her newest great grandchild, she was simply hoping for a good report in a phone call. Needless to say, she is extremely proud and the center of attention at her facility. Mema is proud, beaming great grandmother, happy to share all the stats on the newest addition to the family.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Weekend

It is not even noon yet on Easter, and we have already had an event filled and busy weekend. On Good Friday, we ate dinner with some great friends at Posado's, one of my favorite spots to eat Mexican food. We talk a lot about wanting to get together with so many of our friends. It is something that we actually do far too little of. It was great company and Grace did very well eating and playing by herself.

On Saturday Grace and I went to cooking class at Young Chefs Academy while Mommy and Gram went for some pampering. Grace and I learned how to make carrot cake with cream cheese frosting (yum!) with a full class of kiddos. Its funny to think back to the first couple of classes at YCA when Grace was the only kiddo. This weekend, there were 5 kids and the full class made it so much fun. All of the kids were very excited to help and they all did a great job of being patient and waiting their turns. They also were fantastic at encouraging each other. It is truly special to hear toddlers telling each other that they "can do it" and telling each other that they "did a good job" and cheering each other on. Grace and I have learned some neat new things about helping in the kitchen during these classes, but more importantly, Grace has gained confidence, is more social, and she is much better about trusting other adults.

After class I ran some errands while Grace and Mommy took naps, then came home and mowed and raked the front yard... again. The hail storm a couple of weeks ago came just a few days after I had spent the entire weekend cleaning up the yard (14 bags of grass and leaves). The storm that brought the hail also dumped as many leaves back on my yard as I had just picked up.

We also took the opportunity to attend a Saturday night Easter service. What a fantastic service, we are very blessed by our church family. The depth of talent our church body shares seems limitless. After church, we were off to Mama Fu's for dinner with Gram and Granddad.

Since we were getting up early to go to church on Easter morning, we took the opportunity to sleep in a bit. Then, while Mommy caught a few more winks, Grace and I got up and made pancakes and bacon for breakfast. Once Mommy was up and our tummies filled to the brim with pancake bliss, we hunted Easter eggs. The sun is just now starting to break through the clouds, and while this leaves us hopeful for a sunny afternoon outside at Gram's, this morning's weather definitely called for an indoor egg hunt.

Easter brings a wonderful chance to recount our blessings. We celebrate a risen savior. How awesome is it that we aren't just memorializing an innocent man who died a savage sinner's death, but rather celebrating a Lord that defeated sin, conquered death and rose again so that we may have hope for all eternity.

As I mentioned, the sun is coming out, which means I should probably get outside and use this opportunity to clean up the back patio and the pool.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

We saw this at church a couple of years ago, just before Easter. It really stuck with me and I think it is AWESOME.

And here is the rest of the story.

May you and your's be truly blessed this Easter.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Getting ready for Easter

Grace had "vewy bizzy" day today at Gram's. Gram helped her dye Easter eggs! She was excited to tell us about it tonight at dinner, and Gram sent pictures. There are more pictures on the Photo Album. You can access our photo album from the navigation bar on the right.
Grace has really been enjoying her cooking classes at Young Chefs Academy. At our last class, Gram came with us and got to see how much she is learning there. Because Grace really does seem to enjoy being in the kitchen, Gram and I welcome her in our kitchens as often as possible.
One of the wonderful benefits to having Grace "play" in the kitchen while we cook is that she is far more apt to try something that SHE helped cook. Brenda kind of cringes when she sees Grace eat raw onion, like she did while we were cooking tonight. But I think it is great. No, I don't particularly care for raw onion myself. But Grace is discovering texture and taste and learning, whether she knows it or not.
Tonight, I made a chicken fried rice. Grace was not a fan. But instead of her turning up her nose, pitching a fit and refusing to try it, she ate several bites and kept trying it. I caved and asked her if she wanted a Lunchable for dinner instead which brought an immediate smile to her face. We were just really proud that she tasted it first, and even tried some of each component of the dish.

One last note. We had Brenda's last doctor appointment this morning. She has been a champ throughout and though is at the point of misery, we are so very excited that we are now less than a week away from welcoming Hailey Michelle into our home and hearts. We would welcome your prayers as we head into Easter weekend and get ready to bring Hailey home. Please pray for rest for Brenda, peace for me and grace for Grace!
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