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Funny Things She Says…

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This is for Nana- we wrote it down this time.  Now we’ll always remember how funny Ella girl is:

1.  “Yeah!  That be be fun!”
2.  “Don’t hold my Seffy!”
3.  Ella, it’s time for a nap in 10 minutes, but if you start fussing now, we’ll just go straight to bed:  “Okay- I’m a happy girl.  Whew!  That was a close one!”
4.  The end of a Boz book- ‘What better way to start the day?’:  “Oh, I don’t know….how about another one”
5.  Ella, where’s Poody?:  “He’s at Audrey’s house.”
6.  “Don’t feed Seffy….feed THIS baby!”
7.  At the dinner table:  “Mommy, are you finished?  Come on!  You can dood it!”
8.  “May….I need some chockit milk please….PLEASE!”
9.  “Wanna go swimmin in the big pool?  Come on daddy! Want to?  Come on!”
10. “I just need my small bank-a-wet (blanket) and small puppy!”
11. Ella, do you love Rosie?  “Yeah.  She’s a NICE friend.”
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Swing sleep is the best!

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Seth is loving this swing

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Video: Obedience

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These days when I tell Ella to obey, she often says, "Like Jonah?"  Watch Ella and Daddy read through this story.


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Happy Father’s Day!

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I hope yours is as good as mine.

Happy Father's Day

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Update on Ella’s Growth @ 30 months

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27.5 pounds or between 25th and 50th percentile for girls 

38.5 inches or greater than the 95th percentile for girls 

See the growth chart for girls here

Additionally, she's smart, prettier than ever, and very hard-headed! 

Joel
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Video: Scary Monster

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Ella is the scary monster!

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Video: Pick which one

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Mommy’s bath or Ella’s bath?
Click hereor watch below.

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Video: Bringing Seth Home

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It was a great day.  See the highlights.  

iPhone users can click here.

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I Am Strong in the Lord

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In the wee hours of the morning following Seth’s birth, I found myself alone and afraid in a cold, dark hospital room. Despite comforting words from nurses and doctors, and Joel being just a phone call away, I don’t think that I’ve ever felt so alienated. My only comfort came from clinging to God’s Word- and I mean that literally. I held my Bible against my chest while I tried to sleep, with fears, anxieties and stereotypes dancing through my head. At 4 am and with no chance of sleeping, all that I could think of was a song written by my sweet friend Star Smith that I clung to during dark days throughout our time of waiting- “I Am Strong in the Lord.” (If it’s not in your iTunes library, I highly recommend you download “I Am Strong in the Lord” by The Smith Band. It will bless your socks off.)

It's just the beginning for Seth and Ella

So, I pulled out my iPod and found the song. Turning it on and just opening the Word of God, I sobbed. I wept. I cried out to the Lord. “Why Seth? Why our son? Why does he have to have Downs? How am I supposed to do this? How can I give him what he needs when I feel like I haven’t even mastered mothering a perfectly normal toddler? How is this going to change Joel and me? How will people treat us? How will people treat him? I don’t want to do this, Lord. It’s going to be hard and it’s going to hurt.” I closed my eyes and with tears streaming I sang these words:

I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might
I confess that my strength comes from Him.
On my own, I am weak, and I cannot see to fight
But my strength- it comes from the Lord.

I lift my eyes up, where does my help come from?
It comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and maker of earth.
He is the fortress of salvation for His children as they cry
You are the Lord and you are the strength, the strength of my life.

You held out your hand and your healing power
Causing my eyes to see
You poured out your Word in my darkest hour
Teaching my heart to see

That I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might
I confess that my strength comes from Him.
On my own, I am weak, and I cannot see to fight
But my strength- it comes from the Lord.

Once again, I felt His supernatural peace and healing wash over me- I felt His presence heavy upon me as I sat there in my bed and just worshipped Almighty God. How humbled I am that the God of all the universe is interested in helping me walk through this. I am not alone- I am not alienated. No, I am even more aware now of His help and His love for me and Seth. I furiously scribbled these words in the back of my Bible, knowing full well these words were from the Lord and were direction for me in how to walk through the unknown days ahead. I searched my concordance for the word “strong” and reflected on the following:

Deuteronomy 31:6- Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of this, for the Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Proverbs 18:10- The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

1 Corinthians 16:13- Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10- “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Ephesians 6:10- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Praise you, Lord Jesus! You are my strength- and I don’t have to try to do it by myself. You are my fortress that I will run to every day. It’s neat how the Lord prepared Joel and I for this in the months, weeks and days leading up to Seth’s birth. I was studying in Ecclesiastes 3 the days before delivery- where Solomon talks about how there is a time for everything. A time to weep and a time to laugh stands out (vs 4), appropriately. Surely, the Lord promises us in Psalm 30:5, “weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” With no physical strength to speak up, but certainly a renewal of my spirit by Jehovah Jireh- my provider- I buzzed the nurse and asked to be wheeled down to the NICU at 5 am….I had a very special little guy waiting for his mommy to come sing over him.

Still praising, Em

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Video: Ella playing hard

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Dad and Poppa enjoy the show and also ensure there is no bodily harm done. She did this for a good 45 minutes straight.

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