Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What's New?

I can't thank you enough for praying for Sarah, Henry, and the rest of her family. I was able to visit Sarah at the hospital last Thursday and meet her precious son. He was beautiful. I was just captivated by his tiny features... including a cute little chin and perfect little nose... and was so grateful that he had some sweet fuzzy hair. Sarah really wanted to be able to get some locks of hair, and I am thankful that the Lord provided that opportunity for her. Please continue to pray for this family as they hold Henry's funeral this Saturday. I know she has seen the prayers that have been offered on her behalf, and I know she is incredibly grateful for that.

So what else is new?

Not much :)

Eliana turned 10 months old last week, and I can't believe that I am already starting to think about her first birthday party. People aren't kidding when they say, "they grow up so fast!" Ellie is still a little peanut... rocking her 6-9 month clothes (and even some 3-6 month clothes still!), swimming in most 12 month clothes... but her huge personality is in no way deterred by her petite stature. She has developed, quite randomly, a strong affection for Elmo, and for whatever reason, excitedly growls his name whenever she says it. She loves her stuffed Elmo, pop-up book with Elmo, puppet book with Elmo, diapers with Elmo... you name it. It is quite hilarious, actually. She's as curious as can be, loves playing with Grandma's kitty cats and our neighbors and friends dogs, and is so intrigued by the simplest things, like long games of peek-a-boo. She's finally cutting her third tooth (the first two came in right at 5 months), cruising around like crazy, and I have a hunch she'll be taking her first step quite soon. She is so incredible and brings us so much joy... and many, many good laughs!

She loves watching the snow (even though she doesn't love playing in it...)

She loves rooting for the Jets with Daddy! I'm sure this will be the scene this coming Sunday!

Such a big (little) girl at 10 months old! Walking with Mommy...

... and cuddling with Mommy, too! Sort of. This may be the moment where she decided she wanted get down and keep walking!

Reading is still one of Eliana's favorites! She's really into interactive books, like pop-up books, peek-a-boo books, booke that have puzzle-like pieces that come out. She's a great little page turner, too!
In other "news," my sleep issue has improved a little bit, but is still fairly unresolved. Medication wise, not a lot really seems to do the trick. I am still working with a neurologist at a center that specializes in sleep issues to try to find something that works well for me. Many of the medications help you get to sleep which, as Spencer will attest to, isn't my problem. Staying asleep is, and none of the medications have really helped with that aspect of it. Hopefully, as I continue to meet with them for follow up, we'll eventually figure out something that works. Until then, my one trusty cup of coffee, and more importantly, the confidence in knowing that God really will enable me and strengthen me to still function in the day-to-day, are getting me through.

This weekend I will be flying to Atlanta for the wedding of my dear friend, Kim. Kim and I met when she was in high school, and I was her Young Life leader. We have so many great memories together... from Bible study and breakfast before school, to trips to Ocean City, NJ. I love this girl's heart, and her fiance, Andrew, is one very lucky guy! I am so excited to celebrate with her this weekend. At the same time, I am incredibly nervous to hop on a plane and leave Eliana. She will do great, I know, at home with Spencer. I would appreciate prayers, though, for safe, quick, and uneventful flights. I am normally not scared to fly; this time, well... I'm slightly nervous.

Things with Isaac's playground are still moving along. The equipment has been ordered, and I am so excited for the community install that is going to take place this spring. More on that as details roll in.

I wish we were more exciting... this is such a boring, and random, update for the most part! So maybe it's better to ask... what do YOU want to know? Anything you're wondering about? Something I've blogged about previously you're curious to hear an update on that maybe I forgot about? I hope that 2011 is off to a great year for each of you. I know we are looking forward to what this year holds in store!


Erin said...

I just wanted to tell you that your daughter is one of the most beautiful children I have ever seen in my entire life and I have seen quite a few. I'm glad that she seems as beautiful inside as she does outside!

Safe travels this weekend. I remember the first time I left mine (also for a wedding). It was difficult at times but it made my homecoming that much sweeter.

Sonya said...

Wow! she is tiny! i am so used to having big 6 month old is busting the seams of his 9 month clothes he got for Christmas.
I hope everything works out with you sleep issues that has got to be rough!

Shannon said...

she is so cute! somehow I need to convert her over to be a Browns fan...hmmm...

Stacy D said...

I don't know about that Shannon!! :)

Melissa Blair said...

Your little girl is such a cutie! My little ones love to read also. If you are looking for more interactive books, check out Usborne books. I am a bit biased because I am a consultant, but they have fabulous books for kids of all ages (lots of ones with puzzle like pieces that come out). You can check out my website for details You can also search for a consultant in your area at Our consultants do home parties too, so you can earn free books and build up Eliana's library!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear your update. Thank you for being His hands and feet and arms to Love during loss.

Your daughter is precious and I am thankful you are enjoying this wonderful stage.

Desiree said...

She is so pretty! Praying for your safe travel and a great trip! It is tough to leave them overnight, but she will do fine. It will be good daddy and daughter bonding time.

Sarah said...

I want to know where you got that Jets hairbow!!!
And I hope you made it to the ATL safe! We just had lots of ice and snow here, but she be better for your flight this weekend!

Adeline said...

I hope that your weekend went well! I'd like to know how Spencer is. What are his plans now that he finished his grad degree. And what are your plans in regards to work for next year? Are you going to try to stay home full time or part time with your sweet daughter?

Holly said...

She sure is growing up quick!