Monday, June 22, 2009

The kids




My Grandma Steffen would have said "they're not kids, kids are goats, they're children." But anyways : )
I thought i would talk about the kids since you most likely check this blog for that and not my random complaints : )
Hannah is cracking us up these days: babbling and pointing. She loves animals and gets so excited when she sees dogs, cats, the animals in the barn, even those in books. She is starting to say a word that sounds like doggy and is definetly saying daddy very clearly. She loves books and a certain one that has animals in it with fuzzy pages for feeling. She'll sort through all the books until she finds it and will crawl around with it until she find someone to read it to her. If i'm on the floor she loves to come over and just sit in my lap. Hannah is starting to give kisses and can be cuddly at times which i love :)
Owen says the darndest things which crack us up. He is still facinated with trains, planes, and "happercappers" (helicopters) He is deep in the 'troublesome twos' pushing limits and seeing what he can get away with. He loves to horseplay with Hannah and generally she loves it, except when she is sat on for too long (go figure!)
This past week the kiddos stayed with the grandparents: G and G Suvar Mon-Thurs and G and G Steffen Thur and Friday. I went to pick them up on Friday and we swam in mom and dad's pool for a little bit. Hannah was more content to crawl around naked. We then spent Friday night and Saturday with Paul's family and celebrated Father's Day with them. Owen got to go out on the paddle boat and loved it - he got 4 different people to take laps in the boat to extend his ride :)
Many thanks to the grandparents for watching the kids for the week!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Just let go...

Humility...ahhh..such an easy word to say, such a tough thing to achieve. I have been faced recently with the opportunity to work on this. Something in my life has not gone my way - it went God's way instead. I have prayed all along that God's will would be done, but when it actually occurred and it didn't go along with my plans, well, that is a hard pill to swallow. I have had to work on humility and remind myself that life isn't about my glory, it's about His glory. So I have been thinking and praying about this over the last few days and trying to work on it. And then I was reminded by someone today that it's not the matter of me "working on it" - it's the matter of me letting go and allowing God to work through me to make me into something pleasing in His sight.

There is so much more to this story and so much more that I am trying to understand and work through, but I wanted to get this much typed up and recorded for a couple reasons 1) I want to be about to come back to this some day and hope that I have improved from this point and 2) I want someone to ask me how I'm doing every once in awhile - keep me accountable.

Because although I am going to work on letting go and allowing God to work, I may try to pick up the reigns from time to time and try to do something myself.....

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I'm just saying...


I haven't mentioned much lately about how things are going in our life at Gateway. That is not because I am hesitant - it's mostly because it's hard to find/make the time : ) But I must say I am loving our job. Paul and I get to work together (which for the most part is working really well) and Paul gets so much more time with our own kids than he would have if he was still at his former job. This picture is just one example of that. This is after lunch on one Tuesday afternoon and Paul is enjoying a little tea party with the kiddos (this is something that 3 years ago he said he could never see himself doing - especially with his son! : ) We also enjoy the time spent on duty in the house working with the residents. We currently have 5 residents and they just finished out the school year on Monday. Of course there are challenges but I think each one makes us stronger and helps build the relationships we have with the kids in the house.

So, I just wanted to give a little update to rest assure you that life is going great here in Grabill, we are loving where God has placed us, and excited about where he continues to lead! : )

new look

i noticed that my friend carmen has the cutest backgrounds on her blog so i went to the address up the corner and found all these cool layouts and it was way easier than i thought it was going to be to change mine as well. there were a lot of cool ones, so i may be changing it regularly, but on second thought, i really like this one, so it may stay around awhile : )