Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Congrats Beck and Jer!

I just have to shout out a big Congratulations to my sister Becki and her husband Jeremy, and their son Ethan. They have a new baby. Tiny Amelia was born early, so she's only 4 pounds, but she's making up for lost time.

I'm so happy.

You've probably noticed their button "Beck and Jer: Finding our baby" on my blog. Becki had cancer (she's doing great now - thanks for asking) 7ish years ago and they have been trying to adopt since. It has been a roller coaster. Just when we had all given up hope, here she is. I'd never pray for anyone to have an unwanted pregnancy, but we're so blessed to have someone selfless make the best of a bad situation.

What a beautiful, tiny, baby. Welcome to our family. You have cousins who eagerly await meeting you in June when we take a vacation to another hemisphere.


Sunday, March 21, 2010


Fetch was the magic word the last week.

We have friends from New Mexico that moved to Brisbane ahead of us and just had their first child. We watched their dog, Smudge, for several days while they were in the hospital recuperating.

I need to give a little explanation about Smudge. She is the most athletic, can't sit still, want to play, 6 year old dog I have ever been around. She will bring you the ball and set it in your lap, at your feet, next to you, time and time again wanting to play fetch. We had Smudge over a couple times over the last couple of months to swim. She played fetch in the pool for at least 2 hours straight each time.

Now when you take Smudge, mix her with a 3 year old boy that loves to be outside in the dirt, you have two of Heavenly Fathers creations in Heaven. Caleb could care less about how slimy the ball was that Smudge brought back, how dirty it was, how long she wanted to play or how long it took her to find it and bring it back. He just wanted to play. They were perfectly matched. After playing together for 3 days Caleb slept in a couple of extra hours and went to bed early too. Smudge, who normally wants to play fetch in the morning, actually didn't bug Mike (her owner) to play, the morning after she left our house. She even slept in.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Caleb loves to run barefoot in the garden. In addition to dirty feet, he also brings back flowers. Yesterday, he came running to me and told me I needed to see the hearts in the grass.

This is what we found.

It is finally beginning to feel like autumn. The weather has cooled off enough that we don't need our AC on. We keep the windows and doors open during daylight hours. The moment the sun goes down, the Aussie Mozzies (that would be Australian Mosquitoes) take over and we close up shop. This has been one long summer - since last June, to be specific. I never thought I would say it, but I'm glad to see the summer end. I have been waiting for the weather to change.

We'll see what Australian Autumn has to offer.