I am thankful for Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). I've been going for nearly 5 years, and boy has my walk with the Lord grown in that time. I find the study to be convicting some days and comforting others. My teaching leader doesn't sugar coat, and I walk away with many things to think about. Eliana loves her class and willingly leaves me to go play and see her teacher. I know she is learning things in her class, and that is a blessing. Next year's study is on Genesis. I actually took the first few weeks of this study several years ago during my first year of teaching. I was drowning with the new responsibilities and had to let it go then. I'm looking forward to picking it back up this fall. There is an intro class in two Mondays for those in my area. Feel free to contact me if you're interested in checking it out. It has truly been a blessing. You can find a class near you here.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
chocolate babka for my mom's birthday! The split in the bread on the left side of the picture is chocolate bubbling out. Yum! My friend Sara had made it last fall, and she graciously shared the link with me. The bread is tasty and a labor of love as it takes about 3 hours to make if you include all of the rising and baking time.
I'm so amazed at how much she has grown! She can now finger door handles, and likes to knock (not just hit) on doors.
Right to Life). She initially didn't want to eat her dinner tonight and loudly told me so, yet when she wasn't given other options she eventually tried it and ate most of it.
Other things Eliana is up to:
*She is helping to set the table. I bring the forks, napkins, etc. to the table, and she puts one for each person.
*Kyle and I were told by several people yesterday at church and our small group that Eliana is a big helper and kind to others. Those complements are music to my ears!
*Eliana's nose has been running for 7 weeks. Sigh. I love spring, but I don't love allergies. Thankfully, she seems to be doing better the last few days. I hope her ears don't hurt in the middle of the night like mine do on occasion.
*I can't believe she'll be two in a little less than three months. Where does the time go?
*We love to go on walks to get the mail and explore. Today's observation was that numbers and letters are on license plates. She wanted to know which plates had the number 6 on them since that was the first number she pointed to.
*Eliana has told us several times over the last month when she needs to use the toilet. Although we aren't in full force potty training yet, she has gone four times for us when she told us she had to go.
*We love our little girl!
Monday, March 12, 2012
I feel like the trees bloom for such a brief moment, and then the green takes over. It isn't that I don't like green; it is after all my favorite color. I simply am amazed when the trees turn white, pink, and purple.
Eliana and I visited with these amazing kiddos last week. Oh how I love them! Timothy has grown so very much! They all have!
I love when we visit Michele's house, because Eliana always gets a lesson in sharing. :)
Notice that they toy Eliana is using to try and open the front door has WHEELS on it!?!?! This child has no fear when it comes to exploring. Her creativity and curiosity seem to be limitless. Tonight Kyle attached a basket to the front of this toy. Eliana was thrilled to carry her panda around from Grandpa Hal and Grandma Sue. It is currently one of her favorite toys.
I love the variety of colors Eliana and I see as we go walking together.
Right to Life's 25th Anniversary Dessert last Thursday. I must say I walked away with a lot of things to ponder about life and abortion.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Well, I guess she was 20 months a few days ago, but I just haven't been on the computer much to post about it.
Eliana continues to find creative ways of doing things, like how to crawl underneath chairs.
She continues to learn to mimic. In the Fiful newsletter, there was a picture of a bunch of people with their hands up. Eliana thought that was a good idea too!
Eliana has scared everyone who watches her fearlessly ride this rocking horse that used to be Kyle's. She has only gone fast enough once to make herself go head first overboard. Thankfully, I happened to be getting off the couch to get something and caught her. She had no idea of what happened.
Eliana continues to love to help. I had swept the day before this picture was taken letting her hold the dust pan. When I went to get something out of the linen closet, she got out the broom. She even moved the rug out of the kitchen so she could completely sweep. Awe, I hope she always loves to help!
Other things Eliana has been up to:
*She got a bottom canine tooth without a fever! I think the other one is also poking through, but Eliana doesn't want me to check.
*Eliana decided tangelos are good. You must understand, she refused to eat ALL citrus prior to this. My friend Michele is right to continue to try foods that before were deemed inedible.
*Eliana loves grapes! I'm so glad that even though they aren't in season, we can still find them at the grocery store.
*Many friends and family have commented about Eliana's hair noticeable growing.
*Eliana has fun with Michele and her kids while I teach art lessons on Thursdays. Eliana so far can say Nate for Nathan. I'm sure the other kids' names will come in time too.