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First Vacation and First Food

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Dscn2227 This has been another month of firsts….first vacation to see Mimi and Poppa, first vegetables, first sippy cup and first Mother’s Day!  We had a great time visiting Midland and Ella did quite well in the car.  I’ve learned how to change a diaper while she’s strapped in the car seat and Ella has heard Joel and I sing round after round of "Old MacDonald."  Did you know that Old MacDonald had a hyena and an iguana on the farm?  We got creative……  Ella’s first veggie was sweet potatoes, which she inhaled.  Squash came next and she seemed to like that too.  Carrots, green beans and peas soon to follow.  She’s trying to grab cups out of our mouth, particularly water bottles, so we decided to get her a sippy cup.  She’s not quite figured it out yet, but she likes putting it up to her mouth and gnawing on the lid.  She does drink from the water bottle with daddy’s help….only to smile and give us a "Mmmmmmm" between sips.  Of course, she’s growing like a weed and way too fast, in my opinion.  We can’t believe she’s already 5 1/2 months.  Ella is close to sitting up on her own and is loving to roll from tummy to back.  Joel is doing GREAT with the rehabilitation of his knee.  He’s not had to go to physical therapy and the doctor said he’s made great strides in a short amount of time.  Nothing new with me…love being at home with Ella and having lunch with Joel every day that he comes home.  God is so good to us and we’re so thankful for His many blessings in our life!   –Em

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God is good!

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Thank you so much for your prayers and words of comfort!  God is so good and what a great reminder that He is in control of all things.  He promises us to never leave or forsake us and I know that His angels were surrounding us then and now.  I’m so grateful for the safety of our sweet Ella.  I was ready to fight to the death to save her should the situation have required it….praise God it didn’t.  Here are a few verses that have given me comfort these past few days:  “And we know that ALL THINGS work together for good to those who love God to those who are called according to His purpose.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor ANY OTHER CREATED THING, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:28,38-39  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7  “We also glory in trials, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4  “for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.”  Hebrews 10:34       Love you all, Em

We are thankful

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Scary Situation

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Emily was robbed with a knife in the parking lot of the church tonight around 6:15pm. She refused to go with the man and offered up her diaper bag that she said had a $100 in it. He decided to take the bag and nothing more, but Emily is pretty shaken up. Neither Emily nor Ella were injured. I was on the way back from Austin on a business trip when she called me with the news. Emily filed a police report, and we just heard that the cameras at church caught the actual robbery. Pray for peace and justice in this difficult time.

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Outdoors Ella

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Outdoors Ella

Tasty fingers

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Visit with the Aussies

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Dscn1410_1 Jamey and Gillian came to visit us for several days and we LOVED the time together.  It was neat getting to introduce them to Ella for the first time and we laughed every time Jamey said, "Man, I just can’t believe y’all are parents….it’s so strange!"  (Background:  Jamey/Gill are some of our best friends who moved to Australia just 5 weeks before Ella was born.)  They brought her a stuffed koala and named him Banjo.  He’s almost as big as Ella and she loves to squeeze him and chew on his ear.  More pics posted of Ella…..I’ve been trying on outfits to determine what she’ll wear on Easter Sunday.  Stay tuned!

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Good Taste

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Dscn2052_1 Ella is now putting everything in her mouth….including her toes!  She’s eagerly grabbing at toys, blankets, clothes, MOMMY’S HAIR and even those little feet and putting them in her mouth.  She had her four month appointment last week and was 25.5 inches long and 12.5 pounds.  She was brave for the shots and hDscn2094er doctor said that everything looked great!  She’s holding her head up well and rolling from side to side, and also from stomach to her back.  She laughs and loves to play "fake cough" with anyone willing to humor her.  This morning, she got her first round of rice cereal and did pretty good for about 2/3 of the bowl.  I didn’t force the last bit down, figuring she’ll get the hang of it soon enough.  We’re excited because Jamey and Gill are coming to stay with us this next weekend for a few days all the way from Australia!  It will be their first time to see Ella, so we’re brushing up on all her tricks….

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Picture Day

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Ella_7 Mimi and I took Ella to the mall for her first professional photos.  As you can tell, she got her beauty sleep!

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Flower Child

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Mimi has been with us the past few days and Ella has worn some new outfits!  We’ve been shopping and even to the mall for Ella’s first professional photos….as a mother, I almost felt guilty for leaving the store without buying every one of my baby girl’s sweet pictures.  I guess that’s how they get a lot of people, but I was strong and didn’t go overboard.  Joel and I participated in our church’s “Parent Commitment” service, in which we were reminded that we need to daily seek God’s wisdom and help as parents.  Ella has finally rolled over!  She’s also now reaching out and swatting at toys that we dangle in front of her.  I even get a few hearty laughs out of her when I strip her down right before bath time (still a favorite).  I LOVE THIS JOB!!!

Lovely flower hat

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Scoot-a-Loot

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Dscn2020 Ella is on the move!  Joel and I placed her on the floor this evening with the blanket over her while we sat down to eat dinner and a few minutes later, she had scooted around on the mat a full 90 degrees at least…..kicking the blanket all the while.  We watched as she was scrunching up her legs and arching her back to get a full scoot.  At one point, she’d scooted off the quilt and on to the wool rug, almost pinning one of her feet under the ottoman.  (Don’t fear grandparents, she was in no danger or pain.)

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Tummy Time

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Dscn2002Ella is doing a good job of lifting her head up and holding it up for several seconds while she’s on the prescribed "tummy time" to build the neck/back muscles and avoid flat-head syndrome.  Pappy seems to really check out the shape of her head every time he sees her, so I’m sure we’ll hear it from him first if he thinks there’s a problem!  She’s still not doing so good with her balance and after she’s been up for a few seconds, she promptly starts kicking her feet and then flops nose-down into the floor.  At least she’s not screaming the minute I place her on her tummy any more…it seems to be a bit more tolerable.  She’s also found her hands and is constantly putting them in her mouth if it is not occupied by a binky.  She’s a happy little girl and smiles more readily to strangers now…..that makes Nanna and Pappy happy….not that they’d like to be called "strangers."

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