Wednesday, December 26, 2012

christmas 2012


Christmas was amazing this year, as always.
Here's little Ruby helping me make Christmas morning breakfast (pumpkin pancakes and eggs).
I am constantly thankful for family that lives so close by and is so involved in ours and our children's lives. It is a blessing that I never take for granted.

We watched videos of little Kev soloing...


Ruby helped Aunt Julie and Lori go feed some horses and chickens they have as a side job. I *think* she had a good time...


 Aunt Lori, Ruby, and Pretty Boy


Candlelight service at my sister's church.


Cousins giddy with excitement to sing "Jingle Bells" with hundreds of people.


Nora was given the absolute cutest little shoe/sock/bootie things I have ever seen in my life. Every picture you see of her from now on, she will be wearing these. LOVE them on her chubbers wubbers legs!




After sitting on couches and opening presents and eating lots of food all day, I realized "oh! I have grandparents here! I have babysitters!" I rallied the Kiehn kid troops to go do a workout.
It was like 27 degrees and reeeeeeally windy (the "feels like" weather was 17) so I can't say that it was fun like I had hoped. I puppy-dog-eyed my husband into doing it in the first place and I felt a little sheepish when we were all doing burpees in the tundra.



It was such a good time full of family, excitement, and love.

And, in mine and Kevin's true nature, we hope to take down the tree and all the Christmas decorations and say BRING ON THE NEW YEAR!
Yahweh has so much for us in 2013. I love new beginnings!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

revelation



I got to spend a few hours while big sister napped this afternoon folding laundry and eating lunch with this little darling.




I just look at her and am in awe.
Because her arrival took this family to a whole other level, family-wise. 
It was all fun and cute and smaller and more contained when we just had Ruby.
But with two, especially seeing that their personalities are pretty different, I am reminded that I am so not in control.



That our little family is growing.
Our responsibilities are increasing.
Our parenting abilities are being tested and more added to us.
Our marriage is tested, and we run to each other in unity like never before.

I look at the girls and just think "Yahweh help me. I hope I'm doing this right"
I am constantly aware that something I say flippantly, or in passing could burrow itself into their little brains and stay forever, so it better be something good.






And then I tell myself:
"you are the steward and not the owner. Are you doing your very best, and giving it to Yahweh and letting Him direct you on how to mother?"
and I say "yes"
I think "are you worried about something that's not even happening or here?"
and I say "well, I was. But I'm not anymore" :)
and then i'm reassured and boosted to keep going. Because that's all one can do.  
 



Just do your best.
Pray for your children. Pray with them.
Talk around them all the time about what Yahweh is doing in your life, so that they can see it for themselves in real lives, in their own family's, instead of just hearing Bible stories and never making the connection that that God is REAL and He speaks today.



It's a mother's nature to brood over her children, but I know the even greater calling is to release them and know that the Father of all fathers is in control. Kevin and I often say "He's the ultimate parent". We try to raise our girls like He raises us.
 


The birth of Nora has brought on a flood of change in this home.
I guess she is holding up to her name - shedding light and bringing Truth to all that needs it.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

christmas 2012


Christmas was amazing this year, as always.
Here's little Ruby helping me make Christmas morning breakfast (pumpkin pancakes and eggs).
I am constantly thankful for family that lives so close by and is so involved in ours and our children's lives. It is a blessing that I never take for granted.

We watched videos of little Kev soloing...


Ruby helped Aunt Julie and Lori go feed some horses and chickens they have as a side job. I *think* she had a good time...


 Aunt Lori, Ruby, and Pretty Boy


Candlelight service at my sister's church.


Cousins giddy with excitement to sing "Jingle Bells" with hundreds of people.


Nora was given the absolute cutest little shoe/sock/bootie things I have ever seen in my life. Every picture you see of her from now on, she will be wearing these. LOVE them on her chubbers wubbers legs!




After sitting on couches and opening presents and eating lots of food all day, I realized "oh! I have grandparents here! I have babysitters!" I rallied the Kiehn kid troops to go do a workout.
It was like 27 degrees and reeeeeeally windy (the "feels like" weather was 17) so I can't say that it was fun like I had hoped. I puppy-dog-eyed my husband into doing it in the first place and I felt a little sheepish when we were all doing burpees in the tundra.



It was such a good time full of family, excitement, and love.

And, in mine and Kevin's true nature, we hope to take down the tree and all the Christmas decorations and say BRING ON THE NEW YEAR!
Yahweh has so much for us in 2013. I love new beginnings!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

revelation



I got to spend a few hours while big sister napped this afternoon folding laundry and eating lunch with this little darling.




I just look at her and am in awe.
Because her arrival took this family to a whole other level, family-wise. 
It was all fun and cute and smaller and more contained when we just had Ruby.
But with two, especially seeing that their personalities are pretty different, I am reminded that I am so not in control.



That our little family is growing.
Our responsibilities are increasing.
Our parenting abilities are being tested and more added to us.
Our marriage is tested, and we run to each other in unity like never before.

I look at the girls and just think "Yahweh help me. I hope I'm doing this right"
I am constantly aware that something I say flippantly, or in passing could burrow itself into their little brains and stay forever, so it better be something good.






And then I tell myself:
"you are the steward and not the owner. Are you doing your very best, and giving it to Yahweh and letting Him direct you on how to mother?"
and I say "yes"
I think "are you worried about something that's not even happening or here?"
and I say "well, I was. But I'm not anymore" :)
and then i'm reassured and boosted to keep going. Because that's all one can do.  
 



Just do your best.
Pray for your children. Pray with them.
Talk around them all the time about what Yahweh is doing in your life, so that they can see it for themselves in real lives, in their own family's, instead of just hearing Bible stories and never making the connection that that God is REAL and He speaks today.



It's a mother's nature to brood over her children, but I know the even greater calling is to release them and know that the Father of all fathers is in control. Kevin and I often say "He's the ultimate parent". We try to raise our girls like He raises us.
 


The birth of Nora has brought on a flood of change in this home.
I guess she is holding up to her name - shedding light and bringing Truth to all that needs it.