Celebrating 14 years of wedded bliss ;) - by God's grace. I am thankful for the husband and daddy the Lord has given me and our kids. Javier said this morning, "Well 7 of those years we were having babies (2008 we "had" 2) - so what were doing the other 7?" Believe it or not, Javier really loves babies - especially when they are under 1 year. I love that about him. Truth be told, I think he loves them because they are quiet and don't make messes yet and because he has the special touch with all of our babies. He can calm them or get them to sleep anywhere - anytime.
Last night he rented a movie I would like and he surprised me with some gifts (big deal since we rarely give gifts and I gave him a hard time for not giving me anything for Christmas - even though gifts are definately NOT my love language). Tonight we are going to go out to dinner with a gift card while my parents watch the kids. Then Jameson will stay the night and go to San Diego with my mom for a day or 2 to meet his great grandparents and other relatives that live there.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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Sunday, December 27, 2009
Jordan just finished up his fall baseball season. His team did pretty well. Again he was one of the youngest in his division - kid pitch- and it was his first year playing in our new town with new rules which allow them to steal. Once again, he was a big hitter - the most consistent on his team. The funny thing is that he is sort of slow compared to the tiny and skinny kids :) - so it is a good thing that he can hit it hard out of the infield.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Oh we pray that your year was as perfect as ours, but I doubt it was!
At the end of January, our sweet little Jameson Javier was born. It was the easiest pregnancy ever and he popped right out -just like everyone says – I am the baby machine –no morning sickness, no swollen feet, no weight gain, no extra belly rolls or acne. Of course I was able to wear my skinny jeans home from the hospital! Thankfully he slept through the night since the day we brought him home and he was potty trained at 3 months old.
As, you all know we have the most precious and easy going 1 and 2 year olds that we adopted from Ethiopia, Jeremiah and Josiah. They too potty trained themselves, so we never had to buy countless diapers for 3 babies each week at Sam’s Club. They also never had parasites, endless diarrhea for months or scabies like I have heard is quite common. I just don’t know what we would do without them organizing our cabinets and pantry, taking away Jameson’s bottle to keep him from overeating and keeping our floors spotless. If you ever call, you will never hear them squealing or fussing loudly in the background because they are likely sitting nicely on the couch while folding laundry. You will also not find them running around naked, standing up in their high chairs or conspiring against me, because they are perfectly trained and dressed at all times.
Joanna, 3, and Jacklyn, 5, are our sweet princesses. These little ladies are always sure to be training their Chihuahuas. Whether it be dressing them up and teaching them to dance, or sliding them down the slide, these dogs can do amazing tricks thanks to these beauties. These girls have many talents besides dog training. They can read chapter books and whiz through trigonometry while painting their fingernails and playing dress up. When we asked Joanna to pick up the dog poop, she informed us that princesses DO NOT pick up dog poop! How could we have made such an oversight! We will soon correct that by adding that to our gardener's duties.
The 3 big kids – Jordan, 9, Julia, 7, and Janae,10 – all speak 5 different languages now and are working on their master’s degrees. They have taken over all of the domestic duties and yard work. Who needs help when I have a gardner/chicken farmer, professional nanny and chef? These kids can do it all and always with a cheerful smile. Not a day goes by that I have to holler at them to stop talking and get back to school work or to clean the house.
As for me, well I just sit by the pool and work on my tan day after day while sipping frapuccinos. I certainly do not have 3 books that I have started to read but never finished. With no interruptions, I just read every book from cover to cover. I also do not count tackling with 8 kids, running after toddlers or lifting 25 lb bags of rice as my workout (of course I have a nanny and personal assistant to do all of that), because I enjoy a few hours every day at an exclusive gym and spa. Thankfully, no black bags, wrinkles or sagging happening on my entire body, because I think every child we add, just takes years off of me.
Well . . . . . . . . . . . . .maybe this will be true next year. Until then, back to wiping bums, holding one baby in each arm and one on my back, giving assignments, sweeping floors, picking silly putty out of the carpet, catching chickens, braiding hair, driving to baseball practice, cuddling with my hubby (yes we still have time for that) and counting my many blessings from the Lord. Without our eternal hope that only comes through the grace of Jesus Christ, this life would leave us empty and burnt out. Through His death and resurection, He has paid the ransom for those who believe and trust in him. He took our place, knowing He would be crucified. Although we fail day after day, He continues to heap his grace on us. He never grows weary of forgiving and restoring us! What can our response be but to worship Him - with our words, our heart and our lives?! Will you lay down your life and worship Him this year? Without it there is NO hope and NO peace.
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
The D family
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
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Monday, December 7, 2009
This is long over-due, but I just wanted to thank my friends Lana and Molly for serving us through so many stages in our life. They put on a garage sale for us and helped with other sales as we raised $ fo the adoption, they helped us paint when we moved, they came over to bring little treats to our kids and read and play with them during the first few hectic months of having all 3 babies home. They ironed and cleaned and encouraged me greatly. We 3 share a heart for missions that has always tied us together These ladies serve when nobody else sees them and the are a true example of putting feet to their faith. Several times, (even when I had morning sickness with Jameson and now after being home for months with the boys but battling sickness) they have surprised us by cooking up big meals for us and bringing over frozen soup. For our Memorial Box Monday we put this foto in our box to remind us of how the Lord has used Molly and Lana to lovingly care for our family. Thank you ladies!
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Friday, December 4, 2009
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Thursday, December 3, 2009
All of the cousins love to hug and kiss each other. Well, this day, Josiah kept hugging Elizabeth and then opening his big slobbery mouth like he does. Elizabeth thought he was going to take a big bite so she kept backing up and sticking her lips out like this. Finally we got Josiah to close his mouth and wipe off his slobber.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
He took his first couple of steps while still 9 months old, but yesterday, at 10 months and 3 days old, he took 5 steps. Today I caught it on camera a couple of times. All of my kids, except for Jacklyn, Joanna and probably Josiah, have all walked at 10 months old, but Jameson beats them all by a couple of weeks :) This boy is going to be a bulldozer.
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