Saturday, July 31, 2010

Curling up with a good book!

Under the Stairs at Oma and Pops' house have seen many of fun play days... and nights. We used to build forts and set up the Christmas train under there. Now Oma has a little reading nook for the grand kids. It is so sweet to see them run under there and  curl up with a good book!

ahhhh relaxed
so comfy
Let's see... Which one do I want?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Article from C Jane Enjoy it Blog:

My friend Jeni Land emailed this link to me today. It was a blog I had never heard of before. The article is titled "I want a lot of Children". I started crying then laughing, then sighing, then laughing again. If you are a mom, soon to be mom or want to be a mom some day you should read it. so cute! If you are a dad, soon to be a dad, or want to be a dad someday you should read it too. I think it may give some insight into mommy world. It kind of reminds me of our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) theme last year, Life on Planet Mom. Some of the things she points out in this blog article, we have all gone through, and probably have all felt. Which makes parenthood all the more special. It is so unique, and yet so universal.
(Click on the link above to go to C Jane Enjoy It Blog.
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Ask God, Boom Boom Come?

Yesterday, Liam and I were about to go run to the store when I heard rain out side. Heavy rain. The sun was shining and the rain was pouring sown hard. I love sunshine rain, it is so happy. I opened the blinds all the way for Liam to see and showed him how the sky was blue. His response was "Boom boom come?"(That is what he calls thunder) I said it probably wouldn't because I didn't see any thunderheads, but that only God could make the boom boom come. I told him that we could talk to God any time we wanted by praying. I let him know he could pray and ask God for the Boom boom to come. 

I was packing up our stuff so I walked out of the room for a few seconds. When I came back in, Liam had his hands folded and he was saying "Boom Boom come?"  It took me by surprise a little bit seeing him pray by himself. It was one of the sweet little daily blessings of parenting. 

Next he wanted to include me, "Mommy ask God, boom boom come?" So I stopped and prayed with him. 
Then I was really praying for boom boom to come, seeing how much he wanted it,
and knowing the chances were slim. 

We left to run our errands, and low and behold when we came out of the store and were walking to the car, she sky was dark grey. There were huge flashes of Lighting and a loud low grumble. "Boom Boom!" 

"God heard your prayer, Liam! Did you hear the boom boom?"
Liam's face brightened as he listened to the thunder.
After that he kept repeating "Ask God, boom boom come! Ask God boom boom come!"
It just made me smile.

Praise our heavenly father for revealing his greatness to a 23 month old. What a wonderful opportunity for me to explain to Liam that God hears our prayers. We can talk to him about anything, and he hears us. The answer may not always be yes, but what a comfort and peace we should have knowing that our Lord Jesus hears us when we pray!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Steak Tar Tar

The Giese's just got home from Colorado. So we met them over at Oma and Pops' house to play. It was Ella's turn to spend the night so while Will, Pops and I discussed our house buying process, Liam, Oma and Ella made dinner. We had burgers, and they were so yummy.
Ella and Oma showed Liam how to mix up the meat with his hands.
The were so nice to put the big bowl on Liam's chair so he could see.
Shaping the burger patties

Daddy is Home!

Sunday Night Will came home from M-Fuge, the Highland Terrace Missions youth camp. Liam had missed him SO badly. I knew I was in trouble when the first day Will was gone Liam told me he missed Daddy and he wanted him to rock rock him. Yikes, this is gonna be a long 10 days!

We made it though, and Liam was super pumped to have daddy back. I let Liam stay up late to make sure that he saw Will when he got home. They played for an hour and a half, running around the apartment before we had to get Liam in bed. It was so sweet to watch Liam take Will from room to room by  the hand.

He was so excited he got a bit violent, good thing Daddy can handle the rough housing!

We are SO glad you are back, Will! We missed you!

Liam takes mommy on a date

The Saturday before Will got home we were supposed to meet our ABF (Sunday School) at Cici's for Pizza. We must have picked a bad time because no one was there. I kept asking Liam if he wanted Pizza and he kept saying no. So I decided to go somewhere else, just the two of us. (Of course when we left the cici's parking lot he fussed and said "Pizza") We ended up at McAlister's, It had been a long week and needed some sweet tea. Liam and I had a great dinner just playing at our table.
Liam loved the order number holder, he was confused
when the man took our number after he brought our food.
Well, I wasn't gonna do that! But ...
Liam wanted to try mommy's drink, So I gave him ONE sip... he liked it!
This is what Liam's highchair said. I thought it was cute
By the time we got our food we were in the sun so Liam put his sunglasses back on.
I put a cars picture in the number holder, he waved it around the whole dinner

I was so proud of him eating like a big boy!
I told him to put one hand here and the other here...
When he picked it up he repeated exactly what I said.
"Han here- oter han here"
Then he took a big bite. oh he is growing up so fast!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Learning to spit.

I should know better than to try to teach my son to spit without Will there to really show him how it is done. After that Ice cream I wanted to make sure we really brushed Liam's teeth well. Ben,Tracy and Debra, let me know if I am wrong, but I just read an article saying that a two year old can use the kids toothpaste instead of the baby stuff, if they can spit, so Liam and I worked on brushing and spitting tonight. It was funny he would spit and nothing would come out. Probably because the baby toothpaste dissolves in his mouth.
We definitely need daddy at the next lesson.

Brush brush

Yea I did it!
(Notice the bruise on his cheek, it has been a rough week for falls, he runs everywhere he goes.)
do it again!
cleaning off his brush
Yea for oral Hygiene!
The article also said that once two teeth are touching you should start flossing them.
Someone please tell me how to floss a toddlers teeth!?!?!? I'll give it a shot.
Maybe that is the next lesson... for me.

Busted nose!

Liam took a pretty big spill tonight and busted up his nose. He was amazing though, he only cried hard for about 30 seconds. I had just bought a new boo boo ice pack at Hobby Lobby (FYI $.40) in the shape of  a Lemonade glass. Liam likes to say the word Lemonade, so it distracted him from the pain I think. We went into the bathroom to wash off his nose and he was smiling by the time we got there. He kept saying "Lemola-lemola-lemola". Later we decided that a special Ice-a-ceamy sundae trip would make everything better,
so we had a date night.

Liam checking out his boo boo
All smiles... surprisingly!

We ordered and Liam "Vroom vroomed" (drove).

Liam ordering
Oreo Jr. Candy Sundae, WOW...  Dig in Li-man!

Will has the big camera with him at camp so this video doesn't have sound, but Liam was dancing to Spaghetti Eddie and was super pumped about the Ice-a-Ceamy sundae.

Big bite!
We had a great time and I was so proud of my tough boy!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

M-FugeVideo and Update!

The Crums' lives are about to change. Here is a taste of things to come.
Oh how I have missed, the uninhibited silliness of Student ministry.
Check out the website that the Youth intern Deven has set up to keep us updated while they are all at camp.
Click on dful10 07/20/10 06:27 PM in the Live Video Box
 Each night they record a silly video explaining the highlights of the day.
It is about a 10 minute long video.
Will and Deven are all dressed up in a crazy get ups and the students are funny.

I bet 13 years ago when Will was snickering at me in the back row at The Bridge, in the Prestonwood student ministry, he didn't see this coming. Who's laughing now sweet heart?
Will, I Love you and am so proud of you! I know that the Lord is going to use you in amazing ways in the students lives. They have a great role model in you. I am so excited to be sharing this with you.
All my love, Jenny

Corn in My Teeth

In watching my son attempt something new tonight, The Holy spirit reminded me of a truth that I needed to hear. While this may be an unorthodox analogy, and to some, let's just say gross, stay with me here. 
Tonight at Dinner Liam announced that he wanted to eat his corn ON the cob. Well he didn't actually say those words, it was more like, "No, mommy! This!" as he reached for my corn. His striving to be a big boy, to grow and mature, to be like the adults, has brought him to the conclusion that he needs to do this. Oma handed him half of her corn to give it a try. Liam took a big bite, he successfully pulled off a mouthful of corn. It was buttery and sweet, but Liam soon discovered an unpleasant side effect from eating corn on the cob. It gets in your teeth! Liam picked and poked at his teeth but being his first cob experience wasn't adept in teeth picking just yet. With a concerned look he sucked on his finger, showing all at the table the corn in his two front teeth. "That's okay, keep going." Pops told him, "It'll come out if you keep eating." On a practical side note, if you have corn on the cob in your meal you should eat it first, the corn pulp in your teeth will un-lodge it self as you eat.

Just like Liam we want to grow up, be a big boy, and mature. In wanting to be like our heavenly Father, our walk will inevitably lead us to want to grow, mature, eat the proverbial spiritual meat. Or should I say, the proverbial spiritual corn ON the cob? It's gonna be good. It's gonna be sweet and buttery. But life if full of pulp, that annoying stuff that is stuck in your teeth. You pick and you poke, you run your tongue over it, you drink some of your water, and you even ask someone to give you a tooth pick, but it still won't budge. It is uncomfortable. It is part of living for Christ in a fallen world. It may be something the Lord is asking you to do for Him, to advance his gospel. It may be a certain sin the Lord is calling your to give up, and give over to him. It may be giving up what your colleagues or friends think of you so that you can share Christ. Trying new things in your spiritual life, may cause discomfort. But what good is trying something new if you are just going to stop when it gets uncomfortable? If you stop you won't have experienced it fully. If you started the meal the Lord has cooked up for you with the resolute decision to eat it as he did,
then why not continue as He would. 

In Philippians, Paul tells the church in Philippi that they should continue in their faith, even though they were facing some serious corn pulp in their teeth. By pushing through all of that, they stand out from the rest of  the people who cut the corn off the cob, just to get by. Paul and the Philippians
 got to taste the juicy, sweet, buttery, goodness of our Lord.
Here is how Paul put it:

Philippians 2:12-18: 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-- not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence-- continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. 14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16 as you hold out the word of life-- in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.  

The Lord may call us to do some uncomfortable things in our walk with him. Keep eating, keep being obedient, push past the un-comfort, to taste the incredible sweetness of our Lord Jesus. Watch how he'll spread your eating habits to those around you.
Other who see you taking a big bit of his Goodness and want to enjoy Him too.

 1 Peter 2:2-3 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Be Like Christ
Matthew 5:46 - 6:1 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Romans 12:2 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--
his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Take a Big Bite
2 Peter 3:18 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
In Life... things get stuck in your teeth
1 Peter 3:14-22 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." 15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, 19 through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20 who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also-- not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand-- with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
Take another big bite
1 John 2:28 28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
MMMMMM! That's so good!
Nehemiah 9:25 25 They captured fortified cities and fertile land; they took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things, wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished; they reveled in your great goodness.

Psalm 84:11 - 85:1 1 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12 O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Pool Boy

My big helper, Liam wanted to sweep the pool for Pops. Wow, two summer jobs in one week! 
I hope this pattern continues.
He saw Pops doing it and went and grabbed the smaller brush.
It is so funny to watch him observe every move we make, okay I'll admit it is a bit scary too.

My little pool boy
reaching the last step
Watching Pops

I was just telling Yiayia today that my mom always finds amazing things in Large trash pick up. She'll go knock on the door and ask if it is okay if she takes whatever it is that is laying out on the side of the road. You would be amazed at some of the things she has refurbished, Furn plant stand that I used as a night stand in high school, Big stuffed chair she recovered (Also in my room) even a sewing machine. Anyway, today she saw a train table across the street and down a few doors was a whole swing set. Most of the swing set was falling apart but Oma and Pops saved this swing from it. Liam gave it a
test drive after they were finished with the pool.
Liam usually doesn't like swings (A bit like his mommy)
but he seemed cautiously amused by this one. It is a start.

I took this video, it doesn't have sound though. you can see a little smirk  on his mouth,
I think he is getting braver.

"Ash Park at I-yas"

Today we visited Yiayia's splash park! It was super hot out so it was a great way to cool off.
Liam's ready to go
You have to hit the flowers to make it go
There is a water sprayer that is a man and it shoots water out of nose! GROSS!
I caught him in the middle of saying "Ash Park"

Liam getting Yiayia
Sunny Summer day!
all smiles
We took a very short dip in the pool
After we came in Yiayia made a little lunch for Liam,
Liam shared a little with Tui!

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