Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mandi sings and plays

This is what I have been hearing first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. I can't wait to teach her how to play more songs, for more reason than one.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Olivia's faces

                                                    "Oh, no!!!!"
                                                   " This is what an elephant sounds like."
                                                    "This is how a camel eats."

More of Olivia's faces

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My kids

New Family Photo

My kids reading aloud to me

I have been having my older girls read aloud to me while I am working in the kitchen. It has been a beautiful thing. Here are some reasons why.

-I get so bored while I am working, so it is fun to become engrossed in what they are reading to me.

-It is so good for them to read aloud. I read that when a person has brain glitches, like my oldest, it is like rewiring their brain to read good quality literature aloud. So the more she can do it, the better.

-It is a time that I can share with each child. We enjoy the book together.

-It is a fun and stressless time of schooling.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Her choices changed my life!

Tonight Olivia and I went to the funeral of the doctor who delivered Olivia and saved her life.

Of course, I am heartbroken and feel like a part of me is gone. I didn't know her on a day to day basis, but our lives crossed in a way that neither of us would ever forget. I knew how I felt, but wasn't quite sure how she felt until I saw her obituary. She said she felt that God put her on earth to mother her children and to deliver Olivia Sue Huchingson and another baby in Kansas.

My doctor chose to do the right thing, even though it was a hard thing. She chose to what she had to do, knowing that I would feel the pain, with only local anesthesia. When I asked her later, " How did you do it? " She answered," I knew it was what you wanted." She was right. I wouldn't have had it any other way. Because she had the bravery to do the right thing, I have a healthy bundle of joy.

My doctor humbled herself enough to admit when she saw God's hand at work. Her first words to me after I woke up were, " It's your faith." She cried as she spoke. Later I asked her what she was referring to. She said there is no way you could have stayed so calm without your faith. Now I already knew that I had felt God's presence the whole time like I never had before, but I did not realize the physical miracle that had taken place. I did not know that I reacted any differently than anyone else would. She assured me that my reaction was not ordinary. She also saw that there were many circumstances that fell into place to make it possible for Olivia to be alive and she didn't think that they were all coincidences. Her humility made it possible for me to understand to a fuller extent the work that God had done in my life.

Thank you, my doctor, for making choices that changed my life for the better, forever!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Fun Pictures

Our dog Rosie,
Libby as as princess,
Mandi as a lion.

The Lads Band Pictures

Cable Knit Sweater

Cable Knit Sweater is Levi's favorite song that the Lads Band sang at the concert. The chorus says, " I was knitted together like a cable knit sweater. I'm an original. There is some one who I have to be."

Can you tell we had fun!

The Lads Concert

We used music from The Lads Band for Fun Faith this summer and had a blast with it. So when I saw they they were in concert locally, we made every effort to be there. I wanted to see how they engaged the audience, to learn from them, and to give the kids a vision for what can be done for the Lord. We were not disappointed. The kids were thrilled to be there and then we got to meet all three band members. Dick and I talked to them and told them thank you for doing what they do. We told them what we are doing and they were very encouraging. I think it was a boost of encouragement and excitement for everyone who went with us.

Fall Festival

We went to a fall festival on Friday. Mandi was upset that she couldn't ride the "big" slides because of her age. She perked up when she was able to play the games and win prizes. Libby only was happy when I bought her cheese nachos. It was a beautiful night at a well planned church festival, followed by an awesome concert!