Saturday, June 30, 2007

Baptism Gown

I know this post is more for me than anyone else, but I did a photo shoot today with K in her baptism gown, and I was pleased with the results. I wanted to get some pictures with better lighting and background, and less hustle and noise than last Sunday. Here are some of my favorites (I took about 30 pictures-- this child is not going to be able to complain I didn't take any pictures of her!!)






Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Snuggle Bugs

When K wakes up for her early morning feed (anytime after 5:30) I bring her into our bed. That way I can nurse her and catch some more sleep until the rest of the kids wake up, usually at 7:00. Some mornings K wakes up at the same time, but other times she is so cozy that she stays asleep in our bed while I shower, dress and eat. This morning E joined her for a little snuggle as well.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

K's Baptism


This past Sunday we had K baptized. She wore the gown that my great grandmother made for my mom, and that E wore for her baptism as well. It was a wonderful day with family and friends as we celebrated God's promises for her. We had a party after church where we invited everyone back to our place for lunch. We were so thankful that we had some special guests from far away who were able to celebrate with us. My brother Andrew, and his wife Erin were visiting from Chicago. My sister Katherine, her husband Rusty and their two kids drove up from Virginia. And the Landis family who live overseas were also able to come. It just made the day extra special to have them all come.

Another reason it was neat to have the Landises there was because we had decided to copy something that they did for all their boys for K. A few years ago we went to a birthday party for their oldest son. Before we sang "happy birthday" we sang "his" hymn. Apparently George and Mardel picked out a hymn for each of their boys to sing on their birthdays. I always thought that was a neat idea, but at that point E and N were already 1 and 4, and I thought it was "too late". But once K was born, the idea came back to me, and I thought we could sing a song at her baptism party, and then at the other kids' next birthdays introduce their songs as well. So a few weeks ago Ed and I looked through the hymnbook for a song we wanted to dedicate to Ka. We wanted something to do with "love" since her name means "beloved", and we wanted the song to express God's love for her, and/or the love we hoped one day she would have for Him. I think we found the perfect hymn, and one day, I hope she claims these words for her own, and it becomes her prayer:

My Jesus, I Love Thee

My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign;
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

I love Thee, because Thou hast first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree,
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight,
I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow,
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

Here are some pictures of the day:

Kaelin and Ellie before church

The Baptism

Family and Friends eating lunch
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Kaelin slept through most of the party
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Cranes, Spauldings and Landises

After everyone went home, she woke up!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

There is nothing quite like the feeling...

of a tiny head resting on your shoulder


Some of the sweetest moments with a newborn are those when they are resting in your arms. You can feel the softness of their hair against your cheek, hear their squeaks and grunts as they sleep, examine their features in repose, smell that special baby scent... it is a complete sensory experience.

Last Day of Kindergarten


I couldn't have asked for a better year for E She had such a wonderful teacher- Miss W really loved the kids, was enthusiastic, motivated, committed and sensitive. She really was the key to making this first year of school a success. E got along with everyone in her class, and made many new friends, but it was special to see her solidify her friendship with Kyra. The two girls became "best" friends through the year, looking out for each other and being sensitive to the other's needs. In fact their teacher would have the girls sit together on days that one or the other was having a rough day, and they would comfort and cheer each other up. I am so thankful that E could have a friend like that, especially starting at this young age.


I was apprehensive at the start of kindergarten, sending her off on a full day seemed like such a big step, and she seemed so little. But I have been reassured throughout the year at the excellent education she is getting, as well as the assurance that this is right for her, and our family at this time. I was struck at the school fair at the number of people I knew there, from different circles (neighborhood, soccer, dance, as well as school). It was exactly what I had hoped would happen when we put E in public school-- that we would be a part of the community, getting to know and be involved in our neighbors' lives. As these relationships grow and we develop new friendships through the years, I am confident that God will use us in this community to draw others to him.