So, I decided that I could probably win awards for my bedhead. When I was little momma always clamped my hair back with one of those huge barrettes at night to keep it out of my face. Now that I wear my hair shorter it goes crazy. I am going to start taking pictures of it when it is award-winning. I leave it crazy until Jeremy sees it, so he can have a good laugh. Guess who is following in her mother's footsteps?!
This weekend we went to the Charleston area for Bonnie and I to run the Cooper River Bridge 10K. It was only the 2nd 10K race of my life, the first being the Run for Peace in 1999. The only reason I did that one was to win a $500 scholarship. My sister had to plead with me multiple times during that race to keep moving. I enjoy running, but I don't see myself choosing to run more than 1 hour in the future. We finished the CRBR in 1 hour and 5 minutes. We kept a great pace even in the thousands of people. I felt great and had a great running partner. Bonnie had never run this far ever, so she did fabulous. She carried her camera and took all of the race shots.
Here is the view behind us from the starting line. Notice the man praying. Too funny.
Pre-race smiles. Notice the red nose. It was cold.
Here we are approaching the start line. We finished in the first 18,000 of 38,500.
We made it to the top of the bridge and Bonnie took a picture of the view.
Haven and Stella had so much fun playing together. It was fun to watch them all day. Stella was searching for Haven first thing in the morning by yelling "Ha, Ha!"
Haven and Stella thought it was funny to sit on the blocks.
Vickery's was full of cool artwork inside and outside of the restaurant.
This is a delicious restaurant on the river near the shrimp boats.
Sunday, we hosted a baby shower for our cousin, Mary. Well, actually a "babies" shower. She is having TWIN BOYS. They are already so loved and we know they are going to bring lots of new experiences to our family. Isabella will be a great big sister and we are so excited to meet them in a few months.
stomach bug of 2010 hit our family/friends almost two weeks ago and finally made its way over to our house this week. Haven was the least affected, but Jeremy and I were sick. Nasty sick. So, this week was pretty low key. We stayed home most everyday to stay away from spreading the germs and got rest when we could. The weather was beautiful, so we did get outside some to enjoy.
Yesterday, was like a fresh breath of air. We all felt better. I ran 6 miles for the first time since high school and felt great. We visited with Meems for a little while and then just enjoyed the sunshine.
Despite the low key week, we really enjoyed watching Haven grow. She is talking so much and playing so hard. She loves baths and sits like a little lady in her wagon when we pull her around the neighborhood. Life is good.
Here are two of Haven's favorite toys over the last few weeks. She has been sleeping with the purple monkey, which I call "monk monk." She has loved for others to pull the dog around the house, hug it, and kiss it. She likes for you to pull him up to her, so it will bark at her.
I just read this nice article in Real Simple about a man learning from his daughter. He decided to let her set the speed of their walks, so she could explore and he encountered so much more of life.
This week, I actually did that too. After one loop around the neighborhood with the stroller at my speed, Haven was ready to get out and I let her explore. Here are the things we learned:
- The flight/landing patterns for many airplanes - How long it takes an airplane to come into view and then out again - That we have cute little sprigs of green grass/moss coming through a crack at the end of our driveway. - That mulch should go in the bed rather than on the driveway - That Joey has nice rocks in his driveway - That Mrs. Laura has perfect sized twigs in her yard - The little, street wondering dog is pretty cute - Zoe, the dog, misses her owners throughout the day - Flat rocks are easier to stack - Rain puddles can be splashed - Neighbor little girls think Haven is super cute and like to talk a lot - Our street is perfect for bike riding - Joe and Jacob turned 3, but can only hold up 2 fingers at the moment
Jeremy and I prayed for Haven every night as she was developing in the womb. We used a prayer guide called, "31 Christian Attributes to Pray for Our Children." A client gave it to me, so I have no idea where it orginated, but I will see if I can find out. Now that Haven is developing a wonderful personality that we can interact with daily, we decided we should start praying for her using these attributes again.
Last night, the attribute was "a spirit of assurance, a depth of faith." It made me think of the scripture Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
We pray that as Haven grows older, she finds God in our daily lives and really believes that he IS. But, believing that he is a rewarder is even deeper. Not only, does he reward us here on earth, but we have a heavenly reward. I think the heavenly reward is what drew me to Jesus as a small child, but the earthly rewards are what keep me in close communion with him. Jeremy has said many times that as a child he knew that obeying his parents would make life a lot easier for him. He didn't want to learn things the hard way. The same is true with our heavenly father. He wants us to seek him, so that he can reward us. Not that everything is always easy, but things are so much easier with him. Is seeking him and enjoying his rewards better than a few moments of earthly pleasure? You better believe it.
Our sweet, niece Bethany is 1 today! She has brought so much joy to our family over the last year. Haven loves her and they are going to be such good buddies. Bethany is filled with giggles, squeezes, and lots of growls. Uncle Jeremy, Haven, and I love you very much Bethany!
Haven got her first purse from the cute store Swoozies near Southpark. It is so cute and she "hoos" at it all the time. She was helping mommy recycle.
She enjoys playing with the blinds while I am supervising and she got herself in a mess the other day. From now on they will be pulled up so she can just look out the windows.
Sunday, Haven was so tired and woke up crying from her nap, so we got her up and she played on the couch. After a few minutes, she ended up like this. She hasn't slept on my lap since she was a tiny baby. So sweet.
I think her face is so funny. As you can see, she has amazing fine motor skills and enjoys tearing paper and leaving it all over the house. The good thing is she does bring us trash and she sticks out her tongue if she puts something in her mouth that she shouldn't have.
We've been taking care of some drainage issues the last few days in our yard. We woke up today to find this. Was it a worker just leaving his tool overnight, or could it have been a citizen of our township committing a construction related hate crime? Tomorrow if we wake up to a burning ladder, I will know it's time to put the house on the market, and get my family to safety...
We started this blog when Haven Noel was born on December 9, 2008 at 32 weeks and 2 days. We have been so blessed to watch her grow and now she is a big sister to Jovie Patricia. She was born on February 24, 2011 at 35 weeks 2 days. Both girls were little peanuts, but absolutely perfect. Jensen Phillip was born on November 28, 2012 at full term and we thank God for that miracle. We love God, our family, traveling, sports, and laughing.