Monday, August 25, 2008
You may have seen it on the news "Cincinnati Christian Professor Leaves 11 month Old Baby to Die in Mini-van." My brother walked out of class on Wednesday afternoon to find police tape surrounding a mini van, a coroner's van, and a woman laying face down in the grass. This woman has been the center of my thoughts and prayers, Jodie Edwards has broken my heart.
Yes, it has happened again. A good person, a good mommy at that, forgot her child in the car as she walked into work on Wednesday morning. There was a change in childcare last week in the Edward's family and this minor change resulted in a major disaster. This is the first such case that I have heard of since Ivy was born. And being that Jenna, Jodie's daughter, was so close to Ivy's age I feel like I have been mourning right there with her. I have prayed, just as she asked publicly, for her husband to have understanding, for her to be able to continue being a mom to her 3 year old son, and for the legal process to go smoothly. As I pray for her comfort and for her family I get so torn up. I don't know if I am saddened because I look at Ivy and think about what Jenna went through or because I look in the mirror and think about Jenna's mom and the pain she will feel every day of her life.
Regardless, of what is breaking my heart, I want this to remind us all to slow down. We are always in such a hurry and so consumed with the balancing act of working and taking care of children and husbands that we miss things along the way. Sometimes these are small things like leaving the coffee pot on or not returning a phone call and sometimes we overlook big things like Jodie did last Wednesday. I can't imagine what that family is going through- I feel like I have been through the ringer and I am VERY removed from the Edward's family. Let's just continue to pray for them and let this be a lesson of some sort to the rest of us. Sorry to be so depressing but this has been so heavy on my heart. I just had to share.
*You can find the newpaper articles if you google the subject but be warned some of it is quite disturbing.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Ivy carefully tastes what has been created.
John Hunter is an experienced painter so he jumps right in.
John Hunter has clearly shown Ivy the ropes of this art.
She is covered head to toe with artwork.
Painting is oh so tiring for sweet Ivy.
First John Hunter taught Ivy to paint with pudding and now he is on to bigger and better things!
I am so thankful that they are having a grand ole time together! Ivy and John Hunter will probably kill us for this when they turn 16 but it was too cute not to share.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
As a 1930s wife, I am
Good thing it isn't the 1930's! I think I am a little too outspoken and lacking in the cooking/sewing department therefore as a 1930's wife.... I pretty much suck!
Saw this little quiz on Kendra's blog and I must note she makes an excellent 1930's wife. I believe it is because she makes the cutest baby clothes EVER!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
This week I officially started school again. Emily (my job share teacher) and I welcomed back 22 amazing first graders on Wednesday. It was great to be able to open up the year together. We have an interesting dynamic with 15 boys and 7 girls :) They are chatty and many of them knew each other from kindergarten. Most of them are talkers so I have heard their life stories already... some of them more than once!!! It was great to get back into the groove of things. Especially knowing that I am working part time this year. I am so thankful for this opportunity to balance the two things I love (teaching and mommying)!! This semester I will be working Thursday, Friday, and every other Wednesday. I am already looking forward to this 5 day weekend that we have just began. Thanks for all those who prayed for God to open a door for me to be home more! I was elated to see this all work out.
While I am at work Ivy is continuing to have a great time at Kendra's house. (Thank you thank you, Kendra!!) I have received daily emails from Ivy telling me all about her day. It is so wonderful to know that her days look a lot like my days do with her. She has taken excellent naps- 3 hours plus (we are doing afternoon only again)!! YAY :) And she has gotten to go on many adventures. Ivy has also found a great little playmate in John Hunter. Tonight we are going to test out the church nursery again, with hopes that she will be more comfortable after playing with J.H. this week! Here is the latest picture of Ivy coloring a picture for Daddy and Mommy. And you better believe it was sent home in her "take home" folder. In tact with her name on the front of it! (Kendra is a teacher in heart... can you tell??)
Ivy loved sitting with all of the presents!
This is her more serious face with the fake cake :)
This is what I was most excited about. I know the quality of the picture isn't very good because it is a picture of pictures. You get to choose three pictures to be matted, framed, and personalized for a reasonable price. Not too bad!! Ivy loves looking at her pictures. She always touches the one where she is eating a cup cake. I think it makes her hungry :)
Monday, August 11, 2008
I love this picture of John Hunter and Ivy looking at the fish pond. Ivy is captivated by him and likes to watch everything he does. I heard JH may have a little crush as he has taken a liking to giving Ivy lots of hugs :) He's going to have to work pretty hard because I think she is just smitten with Mr. Eric (JH's Dad)!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
* Yay for Dara Torres! Any woman over the age of 40, who has endured the trauma of pregnancy, and still looks like that is definitely my hero!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Yesterday was so surreal for me. For the past two days I have been story telling.... 1 year ago right now.... It seems like yesterday and I am so thankful that I can remember that like it was just a moment ago. It is hard to believe that Ivy is already 1. Someone asked me does she look different, and no of course not. But now I no longer feel like she is a baby. She is little girl Ivy rather than baby Ivy. I am sure when she starts walking as her main means of transportation I will really feel like she grew up on me. As a mommy, each new phase brings new excitement and new joy. When she was a newborn I loved to cuddle then as she got older I was looking forward to smiles and sounds and laughs and then movement. Over the next year I am so excited to communicate with Ivy even more. I can't wait for her to narrate her thoughts out loud. I am sure age 1 will go by just as fast as the first 12 months did. Time flies when you're having a good time.... and with that said, I love being a mom! Here is a slide show capturing Ivy's first year month by month. ENJOY :)