Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

Happy Halloween from Elsa, Anna, and Superman!
 


It was 75 degrees on Monday night, so we took the kids downtown for a trick-or-treating event. It was so busy and the lines were so long. We ran into some friends who let us cut in line, thankfully, so the kids were able to get a few pieces of candy. They loved it!



 
Tuesday night, there was another trick or treating event at a local outlet mall. The weather was a little bit cooler, but still warm enough to be enjoyable. The kids got a few more pieces of candy and had a great time.
 
 
 
 
 
Last week we made some Halloween cookies, last night we carved the pumpkin and today we watched "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". Lots of fun family time together. The weather today has been pretty chilly and it even snowed. Bob took the kids door-to-door for about a half hour and then we went to the Halloween party at our church. The kids have had so much fun this week, and Bob and I have really enjoyed watching them enjoy these events.
 

















 
Just for fun, check out the pictures of Halloween 2012 and 2013! Our kids are growing quickly!
 

 

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Today Would've Been....

Today, October 28th, would've been the day that Baby 4 was due.
  Actually, I keep saying that he/she was my fourth baby, but in reality, he/she was my fifth baby. I miscarried my first baby, too.


When I think about the words of Psalm 139:1-17, I can't help but be amazed by God. 

1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways4 Even before there is a word on my tongueBehold, O LORD, You know it all5 You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in SheolbeholdYou are there. 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. 11 If I say"Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night," 12 Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the dayDarkness and light are alike to You. 13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O GodHow vast is the sum of them! 


This passage brings me so much comfort because I know my babies lives, though unborn, had purpose. They were precious to God. Even more than that, I love the way it describes just how loving God is. He's intimately acquainted with us. He knows every detail about us, how many days of life we'll have even before even one day comes to pass (v.16).

These past few months, my grief has caught me off guard on several occasions. Often times when I was playing with my children, I would find myself in tears. One time I went to the dentist and it occurred to me that the last time I had been there, I had my little one "with" me. There was a time I attended a baby shower, and I saw an ultrasound of a beautiful little unborn baby moving and so full of life, and I couldn't hide my emotion.  When I would say "surely the darkness will overwhelm me.." (v 11) I realized that all along it hasn't, because my Creator has sustained me. He has searched me and He knows me. He understands my thoughts from afar (v1-2) He has laid His hand upon me (V. 5)


He has been faithful to me. 


No human person or thing could offer me this type of hope, comfort, or peace. Only Jesus. I said in my post in April, that I don't know how anyone can handle the hardships of life without Jesus, and I mean it. He is hope, when life is hopeless. He is peace, when life is chaotic. He brings joy in the midst of sorrow. He sets my feet on solid ground, when circumstances try to shake me. 

This song, once again, has been an encouragement to me while grieving the loss of my unborn babies. I wanted to share it, in closing, because I choose to praise the One who allowed me to carry these two babies. I choose joy in the midst of sorrow. I choose hope when life seems hopeless. I choose peace when life is chaotic. I choose to be healed by the greatest Healer of all time. 


 I choose Jesus.

 


Today, October 28th, though I won't see life for my unborn baby, I hope you'll choose to give your life to the One who gave His life for you. Jesus said "I am the way, and the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but through Me." (John 14:6) I would love the opportunity to share the good news about Jesus with you if you haven't made Him Savior and Lord of your life yet.  Please email me at carpentersthree@gmail.com. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fall Fun

Hard to believe it's October already. It's just starting to get cold outside so we've tried to squeeze in outdoor play time on the nice days as much as possible. 


We are loving that football is back! Bob sister Becky is a good sport and played with the toddlers while the game was on. 


Right around the time Isabelle stopped taking naps I decided to not make Bobby take them either. However, he usually can't stay awake all day and will lay himself down and fall asleep. This particular day he made himself comfortable in the middle of the living room floor. 


Little Miss loves getting into my make up.




Ilya hasn't started walking yet, but she is getting so close. She loves to stand on her own and will take a couple steps at a time but that's about it. 



I decided to implement a few "new" consequences for the kids when they are disobedient. They've gotten familiar with sitting on their beds and standing in the corner. I had to laugh at Bobby though. I said to put his nose in the corner. So, that's about all that made it. 


Silly kid loves taking his sister's headbands. 



Friday night our neighbor hosted a barbecue for the neighborhood. The kids had a great time mingling with the adults. Didn't take long for Bobby to go around and make dinosaur noises at everybody. 






Saturday morning Bob and the kids had a tea party.



I decided to bake some bread yesterday. Using the oven is a great way to warm up the house on these cold fall days without turning on the heat.



Hunting season is upon us. The kids loved petting the squirrel. Haha! Bobby is looking forward to eating it. He is his father's boy.