Monday, October 24, 2005

More Simple Joys

A few more simple joys of motherhood that I was thinking of today.  Please feel free to contribute your own simple joys too!

9. When you feel a huge sense of accomplishment in getting your baby down for her nap, but you can't wait until she wakes up again so you can play with her.

10. When you are short on time in getting somewhere and you decide not to risk being late by kissing your baby because you know that once you start, you just can't stop.

11. When your baby does something new like grasping a rattle or holding her head up, you know that she is progressing along normally in her development but inside, you totally believe that she is super genius baby.

12. When while admiring your baby's cuteness with your husband, you both share a deep and weirdly natural desire to eat her.

13. When during a middle-of-the-night feed, you find a rather large booger on her face and since there is no Kleenex within arm's reach, you decide to wipe it on your arm.  And after putting her back down to bed, you peel it off yourself and dispose of it appropriately.

14. Spot-cleaning your baby in the sink after a poopie diaper.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Simple Joys of Motherhood

Here are Audrey and Jacob Park getting ready to get their diapers changed last Sunday.  Notice they are more interested in their hands than they are in each other.

This made me think of when Daniel Pyo told me that his mom used to watch my sister Jane and his brother Joe during church when they were babies, and how she used to change their diapers at the same time.  My, how time flies, huh?  Before we know it, Jacob and Audrey will be reminiscing about these times together...Lord willing.

I've learned that babies are kind of schizophrenic (did i spell that right?).  Here is Audrey BEFORE her feeding.

And here she is right AFTER.  My, what a difference momma's milk can make!

Now for some simple joys of motherhood that I was reflecting on during my walk today:

1. When you hear your baby crying as she wakes up in the morning, but you realize it's just to call you over to her crib so that she can give you a "Good morning!" smile that just melts your heart.  (This happened this morning.)

2. When you do something silly to make her smile or laugh, and afterwards she makes you feel like you're the funniest person in the world and the most fun person to be around.

3. When you grumble in the car on your way to the grocery store because it's raining and entertain sinful complaints like, "Do we REALLY need groceries?"  or "Is ramen really THAT unhealthy to eat for dinner tonight?" or "If we only had a garage, this would be SO much easier."  But, when you take your baby out of the car and realize it's her first outing in the rain, you are rebuked and decide to teach her about thanking God for all types of weather and to marvel at his creation instead of complaining about it.

4. When you watch your husband holding your baby, you think to yourself, "There are my two favorite people in this world!"  And, you also marvel at how your baby is 50% you, 50% your husband, and 100% a gift from God.

5. When you talk to your 3-month old baby and she coos back at you, you really feel like she's totally understood what you were saying and that you've just had a really deep conversation.

6. When after you've cleaned the kitchen after dinner and you've put your baby down for the night, you kind of feel like the day's work is "done" (although, is a mom's work ever really done?) and you can enjoy sweet alone time with your husband.

7. When after nursing, your baby lets out a deep man-belch and you're thankful that you've been able to provide a hearty meal for your baby for free!

More simple joys to come at a later time...o wait! One more!

8. When you've managed to dig out a huge booger from your baby's nose and you're so proud that you run to your husband to show it off to him.

Sunday, October 9, 2005

Recent Pics

Here are some recent pics...

Audrey's appetite has really grown.  Yesterday, she downed the large bag of kettle corn that we bought from the farmer's market...all in one sitting.

Our beloved Elder Bob is so good with kids!  He played so lovingly with Audrey's face today and introduced her to Star Trek.

Here we are after church.  I was so blessed by both Pastor James' and Pastor Marcus' teachings from the Word.  So convicted that if I want my prayers for my family to be answered, I need to first pray for myself...that I would be a holy and sanctified wife and mother to be able to minister to my family as a clean vessel.  Also, that if I really love God, then I will love scripture and pray.  Such a simple and profound truth that breaks my heart and reveals many areas where I lack.  Got a full week ahead with much to apply and meditate on.  Praise the Lord for the purity and power of His Word to direct our hearts, and for equipping righteous men to proclaim it!

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