Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sunshine project

I'm not really a crafty person but sometimes I have moments of inspiration. My inspiration for this project was the fact that paper plates kept falling from the shelf and I wanted to find a way to use some. Quinn was game to try a little craft!

We took paper plates and cut the edges to make the rays of the sun, bending them so they would stick out. Quinn and I talked about the sun--the color of the sun, if it was hot or cold, if it was in the sky or on the ground. We talked about God making the sun and making daytime for us.
Then Quinn got to decorate his sun!


We then wrote, "God made the sun" on it and hung it up.

We'll see when inspiration strikes again!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Haircuts for the boy

A couple of weeks ago Quinn and Ryan headed out for haircuts. It had been awhile since Quinn had made a visit to Barber Don and Quinn was set to head out. Here is the before and after...

Before the haircut...

After the haircut

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Song

Hear the bells ringing
They're singing that you can be born again
Hear the bells ringing
They're singing Christ is risen from the dead

The angel up on the tombstone
Said he has risen, just as he said
Quickly now, go tell his disciples
That Jesus Christ is no longer dead

Joy to the word, he has risen, hallelujah
He is risen, hallelujah
He is risen, hallelujah

Hear the bells ringing
They're singing that you can be healed right now
Hear the bells ringing, they're singing
Christ, he will reveal it now

The angels, they all surround us
And they are ministering Jesus' power
Quickly now, reach out and receive it
For this could be your glorious hour

Joy to the world, he has risen, hallelujah
He is risen, hallelujah
He is risen, hallelujah, hallelujah

The angel up on the tombstone
Said he has risen, just as he said
Quickly now, go tell his disciples
That Jesus Christ is no longer dead

Joy to the world, he has risen, hallelujah
He is risen, hallelujah
He is risen, hallelujah
Hallelujah

The joy of Easter--belated but hallelujah for Easter!

Friday, April 10, 2009

The results are in!

We spent Friday morning at the perinatologist's office. While this pregnancy isn't technically "high risk", because we now know that there is the possibility (25%) that this new baby will have cystic fibrosis there is the possibility this new little one could have the same blocked bowel issue that Quinn had when he was born. 10% of kids of CF present with this blockage (called meconium ileus) so it doesn't always happen. We chose to have this ultrasound up at OHSU and we'll have another one around 37 or 38 weeks to see if any blockage has developed. If there is blockage then we'll deliver at OHSU and if not then we'll deliver in Newberg. There aren't any other complications related to CF for delivery and we'll be doing necessary testing after the baby is born.

Our time at the perinatologist's office included the ultrasound technician's thorough ultrasound and then a conversation with the perinatologist. We were amazed at the ability to listen to sound of each valve of the heart or to see the intricate detail of this baby's development. This ultrasound showed that so far the baby's intestines are clear (which is aweseome!) but again we'll have to determine what they look like closer to the due date.

We were waiting to see too if the technician could clearly determine the baby's gender. As we saw the various organs and bones, the technician said, "I'm 98% sure it is a....





girl. Let me do a little more checking..." And indeed, she cooperated beautifully and for sure it is a





girl. So if you voted...there are the results and we are really thrilled. Both with the clear intestines and the hearing that Quinn will have a little sister. When we told Quinn he wasn't very impressed--he has been saying all along it was a little sister. And that she should be named Annie. Everyone has a right to their opinion, right?

We're excited! Now we can focus on only one half of the name book!

Happy Easter!


Monday, April 6, 2009

A gazillion words to say...





Work.
Quinn's third birthday.
Doing life.
Sunshine.
Did I mention the sunshine?

I've had a thousand posts going on my head with cute pictures but here we are in April and I'm blogging. I'll keep the gazillion words to myself and hit the major points!

Quinn's third birthday was March 31st! This sweet boy is 3 and we can't believe it! We love his quirks, his fascination with Mickey Mouse and Handy Manny, his endearing phrases ("Excuse me, can I get a little help here?!"), his current passion for lawnmowers and fertilizer, and his purposeful questions ("When Jesus comes back will he knock on my door and ask me to play?)

Quinn had his first big time head scrape. Lots of tears and then he was running around!

We had a great day in the sunshine Sunday which included church, a trip to Coffee Cottage and the Fox track, and then a birthday dinner at my parent's house with special guests, Aunt Judy and Uncle Graydon.


Uncle Graydon and Quinn picked this one for you...

At work I've been busy putting together an exhibit called "Who Is My Neighbor?" Thinking about what Jesus had to say about loving our neighbor and who is my neighbor. The exhibit focuses on exploitation of others, culture and race, homelessness, and body image. I'll take some pictures and post them...and share some links that have had an impact on me and what I'm thinking about.

On Friday we get to find out the gender of this new baby! We are just about 18 weeks and we're looking forward to this time on Friday. Check out the poll on the right and let us know what you think we're going to have...

And sunshine is good for the heart and the soul!