Saturday, June 14, 2014

Big Boy Gabriel

Big boy Gabriel trying out his "new" bed!

How on earth did we get to this day?  Gabriel should still be my "baby".  I know I still think of him as my baby.  I'm sure I always will...  But he will be two in three weeks and I must face this reality... he's not a baby anymore.  Technically, he's a toddler.  Even though he will always be my baby. 
And so, because he's growing, yesterday we decided to give the toddler bed a try.  Daddy brought the bed down from our attic space.  Gabriel was excited as soon as he saw the "truck" on this bed.  (At this point, he could care less about the fact that it's actually Lightning McQueen on his bed.)  As soon as he had his bath, he was ready for bed.  He's always been good about going to bed, and last night was no different.  He slept like the baby that he is in the big boy bed.  He did come to my room once through the night, about 1 AM.  I heard the pitter-patter of lil feet, running through the dining room, into my room.  He'd gotten cold and needed Mommy to make it all better.  So after a short cuddle, he went right back to sleep in his own bed...
Yes, the crib is disassembled for the final time.  Such a bittersweet development.  There are those who believe we need a little girl, but I'm satisfied with our two boys.  Unless God changes our plans for us, Gabriel is our last baby.  I guess I need to think about selling the crib... I'll get right on that... maybe. 
I'm so thankful for the relationship my boys share.  Elijah was just as excited about Gabriel's "new" bed and was so sure they could sleep together in the toddler bed.  Ha.  They're best friends - even though they still act like brothers from time to time.  For example, this morning Elijah brought Gabriel a ball cap to wear... put it on Gabriel too low, then immediately proceeds to try to hit the hat off Gabriel's head.  Seriously?  C'mon Elijah!!!  They tend to be a bit competitive... but I think it's a healthy type of competition.  My prayer is that they will continue to be best friends and that their relationship will carry them through their whole life.  There's nothing like a sibling's love and friendship.   

Saturday, February 1, 2014

My favorite kind of Saturday...

Chris hasn't worked Saturdays for quite some time. Maybe two and a half years?? He's taken the role of chef on Saturday morning; bacon and eggs are two of our favorites 'round here!  I love these lazy Saturday mornings. Enjoying coffee in my PJ's (no, I don't typically get to do that through the week), listening to the boys playing in our room as Daddy and I pretend we are getting a few more winks of sleep... All these moments are so lazy and yet, precious.  Especially considering that these lazy Saturdays are coming to an end...

A little background:

Chris has worked at the local lumberyard/hardware store for 23 years. The current owners are ready to sell and we have decided to buy this business. We are joining in a partnership with Chris' brother and wife, Ben and Tiffany, on this venture. We are SO excited and ready to take on this challenge. We are implementing a computer based sales/inventory program which will help build the business too! Our first day as owners is April 1 but we are still deciding our first day of operation.  Our hope is that we will eventually be able to switch off Saturdays with Ben and Tiffany so that we can keep having these wonderful Saturdays. But for the moment, we will sacrifice for the good of both families. 

It's been a long road to buying the lumberyard, but God has paved road after road. The doors have been opened time and time again. He's been so good to us in so many ways. I have no doubt that the business will be successful because God is the ultimate owner! Even if times are tough, I trust Him to supply every need.