Monday, December 24, 2012

merry christmas from the four of us

our most precious christmas gift came a few days early this year

she may not have been on time to grace our Christmas card but she graced our lives just in time. her name means Gift of Grace and that just what she's been to us.

Nyla Grace Penick

Born Sunday, December 16, 2012
at 7lbs 11oz and 19.5 inches long
and became a member of our family on Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Come quickly, Lord Jesus

i put Micah to nap after lunch, I made myself a sandwich and turned on the tv thinking i was going to watch some light afternoon tv while i worked on some christmas goodies, only to see the breaking news of a shooting at an elementary school in connecticut. 27 kids and teachers gone just like that.

my first thought:

oh Jesus, come quickly.

for those who trust in Jesus this world is not our ultimate home. we wait for heaven. but right now this temporary home is so completely screwed up. sin chokes the breath out of me. as a mother news like this scares the living daylights out of me.

i watch the news and put myself in those parents' shoes only for a millisecond, but the fear and grief that twists around my heart and chest is too much to stomach and i'm overwhelmed with the thought of getting that news myself. unimaginable. i change the channel. the news breaks all over the few channels we have. i turn off the tv unable to shake the sadness.

still, the thought does not leave me.

come quickly, Jesus.

we wait for heaven with hope, but today also with a heavy, heavy heart.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

figuring it out

I feel like for me this blogging thing goes in ebbs and flows. high and low tide.
warps and woofs.
and just when I want to throw in the towel and shut it down I simply can't pull the trigger & end it.
I used to enjoy this space - maybe more so when I thought no one was reading.
I felt an anonymous freedom that I don't feel anymore in this little space of mine. so I keep it light and then I get bored then I stop altogether.
I'm not sure what I'm trying to say really, except I'm not closing up shop just yet. but if you would be so kind as to stick around until I figure out how to move forward, I'd be indebted forever & eternally grateful.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

we've got two extroverts in our house and one of them is not me

Last week I came to the realization after a near-silent (on my part) dinner that by the time Curtis gets home from work most days I am just plain all out of words. Being the introvert that I am, it takes a lot of energy to talk to Micah, pretty much non-stop throughout the day. It may be exhausting, but I have recently seen that all of our (mostly one-sided) conversations of the past have helped him grow his vocabulary a lot lately. Over the last month or so, one word answers and commands have evolved into little phrases and it is awesome to witness. So, for posterity's sake, here are some of Micah's newest and cutest little phrases:

"Hi Mea Bea!" (upon coming downstairs every morning)

"Night night mommy, night night daddy, night night Mea" (every night)

"Bess you...mommy" (or daddy, or grandma - after anyone sneezes)

"Es-cuz me mommy" (when he wants to get past my legs or i'm in his way"

I've also heard him say "Move please" to my mom when she was in his way!

"Please mommy." (when he wants something - anything)

"Milk please mommy" or "sher-o's (cheerios) please mommy" or whatever else he wants that he can name himself

"Toot" when he or anyone else makes a toot. if it wasn't him, but you doing the tooting he will follow it up with "Es-cuze you mommy/daddy"

"Now I know my B, B, B's" (part of the A, B, C song - obviously!)

"I will wait, I will wait -- YOU!!!" (one of our favorite Mumford and Sons songs)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Me: Micah, if you choose not to obey you are choosing to get a spanking.

Micah: bottom

Me: yes, on your bottom. Do you want a spank?

Micah: yes

Me: No you don't. Micah, you don't want a spanking. Mommy wants you to obey so you don't have to get a spanking.

Micah: bottom

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

call me mommy

Micah: Hi Jess.

Me: Micah, please call me Mommy.

Micah: Jess

Me: Micah, Mommy is a special name that only you can call me. There is no other little boy or girl in the whole wide world who can call me Mommy. Please don't call me Jess. I'm your Mommy.

Micah: Hi Jess. Hello Jess. Okay Jess.


Monday, October 22, 2012

the playground with my people

i can think of few things that are more fun or funny
than walking to the park on a crisp autumn evening
with my people, picking up leaves and "ake-corns" as we go.
we take turns heading up and down the slide with our little daredevil boy
as other parents stand around and watch their kids climb play
we are racing down the double slide, trying not to get our butts wet
on the one side with the rainwater as the other takes photos.
they look at us a little weird
but we don't care
it's fun and funny to pretend we're littler than we are.

Friday, October 12, 2012

because i want to remember...



from the time he gave up a pacifier at about three months old he took to sucking his thumb while playing with the hair at the crown of his head at bedtime as he's getting tired. but this evening, on our nightly walk, we found him walking just like this. i had to snap a couple pictures of my tired little walker.

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