Sunday, May 29, 2011

Life this Week

Thank you to those of you who have been praying for me this week.  I’ve had some good days and some bad days.  The days have definitely been long for the most part.  A friend in CA put it well by saying that sometimes a day seems like a year when your husband is gone. 

Our team leader and his wife brought dinner over on Thursday.  Ethan loved having the company (and so did I).  Ethan’s nose has continued to run all week, so he still hasn’t been able to get together with friends his age.  A couple of his friends got a runny nose last week too, so they were going to come over on Friday, but then the Mom called and said that one of them had a fever.  Sadly, I had already told Ethan that they were coming over.  Before that we had planned to go to a friend’s house, and she cancelled that morning.  I had also told Ethan about that, so, the rest of the day, Ethan went around saying, “Someone’s house.”  He was thrilled when some “big kids” came over yesterday and he got to play with them.  We didn’t get to go to church today between him still having a runny nose and me not being able to nurse Sienna/hold her and keep Ethan until children are dismissed for Sunday School. 

Emily came over for dinner tonight, and once again Ethan was excited.  He wanted Emily to brush his teeth and orszivo him.  When it was time for him to go to bed, I told him to go upstairs to pick out a book to read.  He wanted to read the book to Emily.  So, when I went in the bedroom, Ethan was reading a book to Emily, and wanted me to go back downstairs.  Of course, she had to put him in the bed too.  Then after I prayed with him he wanted Emily to pray too.

Here are some pictures since Gary’s been gone.  Gary, I can’t remember if I told you about this lawnmower and scooter or not.IMG_9115IMG_9117These 2 pictures were taken at the house of one of the Hungarian women in my exercise class.  Ethan hasn’t ever seen a riding lawnmower before.  I still don’t think he really understands that it mows the yard like our push lawnmower, but he had a blast “driving'” each of these.IMG_9119Ethan wanted to wear his sunglasses when we went outside to play later in the day.  I think Ethan looks like a little cool dude here. :-)  Ethan pointed to the guitars on this t-shirt while it was on the drying rack today and said, “Acoustic.”  (Gary has taught him the difference in acoustic and bass guitars.)IMG_9134          Here’s a picture from when some of the “big kids” came over yesterday.  Carina seemed especially happy to hold Sienna.  Her mom joked about how our car is a Toyota Carina, and they would like to have a Toyota Sienna van.

I have another blog that was actually ready to post before Gary left, so hopefully I can get it posted soon.  I just wanted to get some new pictures on here for Gary to see while he was away and to let those who have been praying know how it was going.  3 more days to go!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pray Request

Please pray for me and Ethan over the next 9 days.  Gary left for Macedonia this morning, and this is the first time that he has traveled since I had Sienna.  Ethan and I are both extroverted so definitely need to socialize.  Ethan got a runny nose on Sunday, so that means that he won’t be able to play with any other kids while he has the runny nose.  This will seclude all 3 of us possibly until Gary returns.

One of my friends has never cared if Ethan had a cold; she would bring her son over anyway.  When her son was over last month he got a cold from Ethan.  After that his dad didn’t want her to bring him over if Ethan was sick.  I understand and don’t blame them.  I just can’t believe that out of all of the times he has been around Ethan with a cold, he just got it recently, thus isn’t able to come now while Gary is gone.  Such a bummer!

So, please pray for Ethan’s nose to stop running ASAP and for God to give me wisdom and creativity with things to do with him in the meantime with it just being us together all day and evening.  I have some toys that my mom brought over and that we bought off of people moving back to the States hidden from him.  I plan to pull them out during this time, but had planned to do that in addition to getting together with people.  Hopefully the toys will be more entertaining than I expect. IMG_9068 I took this picture before Gary left this morning.  Ethan will enjoy looking at it later today.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sienna’s Dedication

We had Sienna’s dedication at church today.  Two years ago we walked into church and sat behind the pastor on Mother’s Day, and the pastor turned around and asked us if we wanted to dedicate Ethan that day.  He told Gary to share something from up front about it, so Gary had about 10 minutes to decide what to say for Ethan’s dedication.  This time we asked about dedicating her, so Gary knew ahead of time that he would be speaking.  He said that he wanted Mary, the mother of Jesus, to be her model-- that she would be the Lord’s servant and trust in Him and that God would fulfill His purposes for her (based on Luke 1:38).IMG_9041 IMG_9048      Here’s a more up close picture of Sienna that we took after church.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Dr. Carson

The team that we are on with CCC offers a seminary class in Budapest each semester and brings in seminary professors to teach.  The course is this week, and Dr. D.A. Carson is the professor who is teaching.  For those of you who don’t know who he is, he is a professor of the New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  He is the author/editor of over 60 books, and is one of the top evangelical scholars in the world today.  He preached at our church on Sunday and Gary thought it was the best sermon that he’s heard in a long time.  Sadly, I didn’t really hear it all.  We do have speakers in the nursing mothers room, but I’m very visual and have never been able to listen to preachers on the radio or books on tape, etc.  When Gary preached a few weeks ago, I just sat in the back of the church because I really didn’t want to miss what he said, and I knew I would if I couldn’t see him (and I still didn’t catch it all due to nursing [keep in mind, I can’t even talk and cook at the same time]).  So, it won’t even work for me to go online and listen to Dr. Carson.

He came over for dinner on Monday night.  It was amazing how well rounded he is and how many things he actually does.  He was a chemistry major in his undergraduate degree, he writes poetry and hymns as well as plays the piano.  I just find it interesting for a “science” type person to do these other types of things as well.  He is also a pilot and rides a motorcycle.

I was able to go for part of a day to hear Dr. Carson teach.  I was glad but once again had a difficult time paying attention while sitting in the back and holding or nursing Sienna.  I was able to focus in while she slept, but sadly a window blew shut and knocked a glass in the floor which woke her up.IMG_9010 IMG_9012 Sienna did not pay much attention to what Dr. Carson had to say.  As you see she enjoyed some snoozes.

At some point, another woman was holding Sienna.  Sienna started making some noises, so Gary went over to get her.  When Gary picked up her, Dr. Carson interrupted himself and said not to take Sienna out of the room if she is making a little noise.  He said that if she gets up to 140 decibels then we can take her out, but that he would like Gary and me both to be able to stay in there, and if Sienna leaves that means that one of us has to leave.  Then he told the singles that if they didn’t like it to suck it up.  I thought that was very gracious of him (on our part).  Thankfully, she did very well and wasn’t fussy like she can be at times.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

3 Months Old

Sienna is now 3 months old.  The time seems to be going by faster than it did with Ethan.  She is a lot smaller than Ethan was at this age (12 pounds compared to his 15), so it’s hard for me to believe that she is already 3 months old.  I remember that Gary and I thought things got a lot better with Ethan at 3 months.  I think some of it is because he went to a 4 hour nursing schedule then.  That won’t be happening with her. :-)  She basically nurses every 3 hours during the day, and I don’t see her moving to a 4 hour schedule anytime soon (at least not for every feeding).

She still sleeps well at night.  We put her down for bed around 8:30 or 9:00 and then have still been waking her for the late night feeding (between 10 and 11).  She eats a little and then goes back to bed, so we will probably start working on getting rid of that feeding before too long.  She typically wakes up between 7:30 and 8:30, though, I tend to wake her a couple of days a week if she’s not awake by a certain time.

Her naps are getting better which is nice.  I was afraid that they were going to be like Ethan’s, which were short.  This still may happen, but it seems not.IMG_8929IMG_8881 We love her big blue eyes.IMG_8897 It’s so hard to believe that Ethan’s hands were once the size of hers.  And just 2 years ago!  I enjoy watching her respond to Ethan’s voice.  Sometimes I think she responds more to his voice than mine or Gary’s.IMG_8857 As you can see Ethan is doing well too.  William came over last Saturday and managed to stay a bit more clean than Ethan.Ethan racoon face It took quite a while to get all of the dirt out of Ethan’s eyes.  I think he looks like a raccoon here.