Thursday, June 30, 2011


We've been blessed in so many ways over the past couple of months since Ryan was let go.  Ways that, sadly enough, many Christians would view as shameful.  We're alright with giving to those in need, so long as we deem them "deserving" (which is a whole other topic, but one we've pondered a lot lately), but we have great difficulty admitting that we are the ones in need.

And these days, we've found ourselves in the position of being those in need.

My college roommate and dear friend and her husband joined forces with other friends, their church, and friends churches to come to our aid.  Between them our rent has been paid for three months (through July) and our children have been fully wardrobed for the summer.  Both thing we desperately needed.  The rent has allowed Ryan to begin studying for the CPA exam and apply for a test date.  And the clothes have kept our children from being naked, or their mother from doing laundry daily to keep them in clothes.

To be so blessed by others, especially when you've never met many of them, is overwhelming, to say the least.  As Ryan has stated "Christ has always been in our home, but now we see His footprints."  He has truly cared for us in every way.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Growing, Growing, Growing!

I took both kiddos into the pediatrician today for their well-child check-ups.  Only we're not so well.  It seems that we're catching every bug that goes around this year.  Once again both of Gilead's ears are infected.  This is his fifth infection in the last six months, so we're off to the ear, nose, and throat specialist on the 16th of June.

Despite all of the illness, both Mercy and Gilead are growing well--each maintaining the courses they've been on.

Mercy is our petite girl at 35.5 inches and 28 pounds.  At three years old that puts her at roughly the 24th percentile for both height and weight.

Gilead is very, very long and lean at 32.75 inches and 22 pounds 1 ounce.  At 15 months that places him at 91% for height and 18% for weight.

One of my favorite things right now is how much they adore one another.  I think each feels a wee bit lost without the other.  The love playing together, which makes my life so much easier!

And a few parting shots, just because they're so cute!