Good Friday

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“Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God.”

We sang those words every Sunday growing up, and I still cherish them today. Rending our hearts today as we mourn our sin that nailed the savior to the tree, and thankful that there is a next line in the story of Christ crucified…

Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God.
This is the feast of victory for our God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Power, riches, wisdom and strength, and honor, blessing, and glory are His.
This is the feast of victory for our God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Sing with all the people of God, and join in the hymn of all creation.
Blessing, honor, glory, and might be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen.
This is the feast of victory for our God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

For the Lamb who was slain has begun His reign. Alleluia.
This is the feast of victory for our God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Finally, a spring day in Nebraska!

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We couldn’t ask for a more perfect afternoon. Shepherd and I walked to the park and I enjoyed the amazing weather while he dug in the sand, threw bark and ran from toy to toy. He especially loved the four-person see-saw. He also met a dog named Sammy whom he was smitten with. I think he may even have said “do!” (dog) as he was pointing to it. I am so thankful our little town has such nice neighborhood parks.

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Shepherd is 13 Months!

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Happy 13th month, Shepherd!

We have had wonderful month together, buddy. You have turned in to such a spunky, funny little boy seemingly overnight. I am so glad we get to spend our days together, because you make me laugh with your discoveries and your likes and dislikes. New things you’ve learned this month include making funny noises with your tongue, giving kisses (always open mouth) more and more often, pushing your “pusher” around the living room, and finally seeming to take an interest in the myriad books around our house. You will get a book from your book bin if we ask you for a book, take something to the trash can if we ask you to throw something away, and you understand and can point to things we ask you about, like books, calendar, clock, bunny, family members in pictures. You can point to your eyes, nose, mouth and ears (sometimes) and your tummy. You clap when you see other people clapping and dance so adorably, usually by shaking your hands above your head. Dad and I taught you to clink cups and do “cheers” with your sippy cups, and it makes us laugh that you do it so well and often.

Some of your favorite things:

  • taking the cupcake liners out of the kitchen drawer and carrying them all around the house;
  • playing with coasters;
  • pretending to go night-night (pretend to sleep);
  • climb the furniture, move chairs, move your high chair when you are hungry;
  • play with the swiffer, mop and broom; and
  • watch the trains. You love to blow your train whistle while you stand at the window and watch the cars go by

You don’t yet say any words other than mama and dada, but you “talk” often and point to communicate with us. You sometimes sing to yourself and talk to your babies in your crib when you wake up from naps. You know what a puppy says (“oof”) and what a kitty says (me-yah) and it melts our hearts when you point to animals and make their noises.

You are a speed demon; when you want to get away, you can walk pretty quickly to where you want to go! Your legs are a little bowed, but nothing we are worried about.

You have stopped eating as much at meals, but you are still an adventurous eater. You hated goat’s milk, and after three weeks of trying it, we finally transitioned to whole milk, though you still prefer water to drink out of your cups. When we give you a fork or spoon, you know exactly what to do with it and impress us with your fine motor skills.

You are clever and can be naughty. You take the cats’ food out of their dishes and will test your boundaries by inching toward the computer with your finger out, acting as if you are touching the computer, after we’ve told you no. Sometimes, if you do something very naughty, I will try to redirect you to look at me, which makes you laugh! If I use a strict tone, you will cry very easily, and you grab my leg as if to say sorry. If you are told no, you will sometimes start to cry until you realize we aren’t going to give you what you want despite your tantrums. It’s not fun to be the disciplinarian, but I’d rather do it now than down the road.

You continue to sleep well and your nap habits are unchanged. You have so much fun at library story time and MOPS and pretty much any time you get to play with your friends. You love other kids, which warms my heart. It’s so fun to watch you explore communication and interaction with others, but if you are scared and aren’t ready for me to leave you, you will hug my leg and whimper “mama.”

You’ve started running to the door when Daddy gets home from work, which makes him so happy! He makes you laugh like no one else can.

You are a little ball of fire and such a joy, Bunny Pie. I am so thankful to be your mama. We love you!

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At Thirteen Months:
Height and weight: unknown
You are wearing size 12-18 and some 18-24 month clothes. We’re eager to start wearing shorts and short sleeves so you get to wear some of the spring clothes that are on the smaller side of 12-18 months.
You are wearing size four diapers and size five shoes.
You have dark brown eyes that sometimes change to brown/green (hazel?) but not hazel like Daddy’s.
Your hair is light, light brown and almost looks dark blonde. You need a hair cut to even things out, but I think we will wait until you are talking.

New Goals for our New Home

We are moving to our new house in a little more than a month, and as usual, I have a freshly minted list of goals for our new home. Some things we will accomplish quickly, and others we will work on patiently, layer by layer. We want to be mindful of our home budget, especially as renters, but we’re also eager to dig in, because we plan to stay here for a while. Here’s an abbreviated list of short-term goals we’ve set for our new house:

  • Install a flag pole.
    This will be an easy job, and it is one of the first things we will do when we move in. We live in Nebraska’s Fourth of July City, so it’d be a shame to not have the stars and stripes displayed. Also, we’ll need to buy a flag! Can you believe Patriotman has never had a flag pole at his home?
  • Paint the living room, kitchen, dining room, hallways, and playroom.
    We have the freedom to choose paint colors with the approval of our landlord, and I’m looking forward to bright, crisp rooms that are full of light. The main living areas are currently bolder, darker colors, which make east-facing living and dining rooms seem smaller than they are. The colors I’d like to use are mostly whites and grays, so I’ve been pinning a lot of inspiration on my sunrise cottage and home life boards. In exchange for getting to choose our paint, we will be doing the labor, which means it may take longer to accomplish some rooms. Do you have any suggestions on color?
  • Plant a garden.
    This one is pretty straight-forward. This is my first major foray into gardening, so with advice from my parents, aunts and grandma, I’m hoping to have at least a few fresh vegetables to serve this summer. I’ve had pretty good luck with container gardening on our patio in Florida, but I’m not too familiar with what works and what doesn’t in Nebraska. If any readers have any tips, I’d love to hear your advice. If you’re local, I’d love your help! I’d like herbs, tomatoes, peppers, onions and maybe lettuce; we will have to wait and see what’s possible. I hope to update this more as we move in and the weather starts to warm up (we are currently in the midst of another winter weather advisory through Sunday, and I’m over it).
  • Plant flowers.
    This is really part two of the above goal, but I plan on adding some lower-maintenance annuals and perennials to the front and backyard as soon as we move in. I’ve got seeds for zinnias; my aunt has offered to give me cuttings from her yard, which once was my grandma great’s yard, so I’m very excited to have some special blooms. Some things will take a year, which is OK, as we plan to be in our new house for at least two summer seasons.
  • Set up our “outdoor room.”
    As you can tell, I’m really excited about having a livable yard. My parents are avid gardeners and impressed on me the importance of enjoying all of your home, including the outdoor spaces. After this winter, I’m craving a green space for Shepherd to play in and Aaron and I to enjoy the warm weather. I plan to create a sitting area with the patio furniture Aaron bought me on our first married Valentine’s Day (still one of my favorite gifts) and perhaps string lights and a fire pit. I’d love a big copper fire cauldron like this or like this, so I will have to keep an eye out for one that’s closer to my budget. After three muggy, buggy Florida summers, I can see us spending a lot of time outdoors this year!
  • Set up the guest bedroom.
    We haven’t had an operational guest bedroom since we sold the what was in the Florida apartment’s guest bedroom to make room for Shepherd’s nursery, so we will be essentially starting over here. We need bare basics: a mattress and frame/headboard. Even if it’s not perfect, I’d like to have a place for guests to sleep as soon as possible.

Of course, until then, we will be keeping our current home in tip-top condition in hopes that the right person comes along. If you would, we’d appreciate if you kept us in your thoughts and prayers: for our patience and trust in God’s timing/plan/things we don’t understand, and for a new tenant to rent this house, and quickly!

Housekeeping note: I realized that by changing the blog layout, I’d inadvertently skewed many of the photos on the blog, especially the set from Shepherd’s first birthday. Until I get around to resizing those, you can check us out flickr.

shop update! {hi, bunny pie!}

I’ve added a new item to the hi, bunny pie! shop, and I thought I’d let you all know in case you’re interested: custom burlap letters. Just pick your upper or lowercase letter and paint colors. These are fun for your front door and also cute as decorations in kids’ rooms.

Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 9.56.49 AM I also have a few more Easter flags left… there’s still time, so order soon!

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Don’t forget,  I’m offering 15 percent off your purchase. Just enter the code hurryupspring when you check out! Thanks for looking and supporting this mom’s small business!