Monday, September 27, 2010

Crunch Time

The next few weeks are extremely busy, and full of celebration!

Wednesday Lawrence and I will have been married for 3 years. Friday we actually get to celebrate, thanks to some amazing friends watching Coralyn for a couple of hours.

Saturday we are having Coralyn's first birthday party...a safari theme. Needless to say, I have much to do. It's going to be a great time though and worth every minute I have spent planning and every dollar we have spent on supplies.

The following Wednesday is Coralyn's actual birthday. And my in-laws' wedding anniversary.

Sunday, October 10 is my mom's 60th birthday and my parents' wedding anniversary.

Once we are done celebrating all our family stuff (and eating all that cake), we get to have Halloween at the end of the month! :) Like I said, we're going to be busy, so as I get ready for the coming celebrations, it's crunch time!

Monday, September 20, 2010

True Love

God continually uses my daughter to teach me about His love for me. Today I was reading her a book before nap time. It's one of my favorites. I think I have it memorized since I have read it so often, but it never gets old. The message is just too good. The book is called I Love You Because You're You. I thought I would share it with you (you'll have to use your imagination to create the pictures, but think about a momma and her precious baby -- in this case they use a fox family).

I love you when you're happy and grinning ear to ear.

I love you when you're sleepy and want to snuggle near.

I love you when you're silly and dancing round and round.

I love you when you're frightened and hear a scary sound.

I love you when you're bashful and hide behind my knee.

I love you when you're brave and from my arms you flee.

I love you when you're curious and searching here and there.

I love you when you're proud your head held in the air.

I love you when you're sick and need to rest in bed.

I love you when you're frisky and standing on your head.

I love you when you're sad and need a kiss and hug.

I love you when you're playing and rolling on the rug.

I love you when you're angry and cross your arms and pout.

I love you when you're wild and yell and scream and shout.

I love you any way you feel, no matter what you do.

I love you any way you are. I love you because you're you!

Isn't that just how God loves us. Amazing. We don't deserve it. At all. Yet He keeps on loving us. Abundantly, too.

Oh, that I would learn to love as God loves me!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Everything in Its Place

This weekend was a busy one for us in the Young house, and it felt really good to get so much done. We coached a volleyball game, went to some garage sales, bought groceries, and then reorganized our kitchen and play room. I had been getting really frustrated with all the clutter and lack of space. My perfect solution: have bigger kitchen with more space (well, really a bigger house all together would be absolutely perfect...until we ended up with more stuff to fill all the space). Since we obviously can't just go out and get a new house (and don't really need one to be honest), we decided to make due with what we have and make it feel bigger. Our plan: get rid of what we don't need at all, put stuff downstairs in storage that we don't use that often, and reorganize what we have left so that's in a practical, easy to use arrangement. It's amazing how big and uncluttered our kitchen was after just a couple hours! Our next move was to the play room. We bought a shelf thingy at Aldi. Lawrence assembled it, and I put all the toys in the bins. Once again it was amazing how much more space we seemed to have in the play room. Granted, it will get cluttered (numerous times a day!), but at least there is a place for everything and for a few minutes each evening after Coralyn is in bed, you will be able to see the floor.

This weekend I was reminded of the verse, "Godliness with contentment is great gain." I would love a kitchen with more counter space, more cabinets, a pantry for our food, and an island in the middle to boot. I would love to have a play room without having to "sacrifice" having a formal dining room . I would like to have a room that is just an office, where the kids can't get in and push buttons on the computer. But all of these things aren't really absolutely necessary. They're just wants, nice bonuses. So I have to learn to be content, like Paul, in whatever circumstance I am in at the time. And enjoy all that God has given me, and He's totally blessed our socks off! Right now I am taking great delight in my newly organized kitchen and play room where everything is in its place.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Out Spot Out

Lady Macbeth couldn't get rid of the blood stain. Too often I can't seem to get rid of the blueberry, peach, banana, black bean, carrot, or whatever else she ate stains out of Coralyn's clothes. Today is laundry day in the Young household, so as I read Hebrews 1:3 this morning part of the verse really stuck out to me.

"After He died to cleanse us from the stain of sin..." I was already thinking about stains and God knew that. He speaks my language (funny, how He seems to relate every day things to His Word and living for Him). To God our sin is a big stain. We are dirty and gross. We are grimy and yucky. We are really one big nasty stain, compared to God's holiness. I think of the verse in Isaiah where it compares how even the good deeds that we do are like filthy rags. Thank goodness God has the power to remove even the toughest stains! His magic formula? Jesus' blood! Normally you would think of blood as a hard stain to remove not something you would use to get a stain out, but God always seems to do things a bit differently than we would! :) And God doesn't just spray a little bit of Jesus' blood on our sin. No, no, no. He washes us in the blood and makes us completely clean. As the verse says in 1 Corinthians, we are totally new creations! There is no hint whatsoever of our sin once we have been cleansed by Jesus' blood.

How thankful I am that God knows how to get even the worst of stains out! Now, let's just hope that Oxy clean does the trick on Coralyn's clothes today! :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

One Month Away

How is it possible that in just one month my baby girl will be 1 year old?! Seriously, has it been a whole year already since she was born and totally changed our world?! What a year -- or 11 months so far -- it has been!

In the past month alone, Coralyn has grown so much and is able to do so much more. A month ago she started walking. Now she can go from sitting to standing without having to hold onto anything to get up and get on her way. She can carry things while she walks, usually a ball or a car or a book or a stuffed animal. And since she can get around so well, she is able to get into everything! One of her favorite things to do is go in her room and plop down by the little pails that I have her socks in and either dump the pail out all at once or pull one pair of socks out at a time until she has completely emptied the entire pail. Then she moves on to the next one. When both pails of socks are spread out on the floor around her, she gets up and walks over to her book shelf. She then proceeds to pull off every single book. She might sit down and "read" through one, but then she's on the move again. Usually she heads to the dresser where she opens the drawers and pulls out the onesies or pants or towels or diapers or PJs or whatever else she can find. After destroying her room, she comes out with a huge smile and something in each hand. About the only time Coralyn is still is when she is standing in front of the door, looking outside. She loves this! She would rather be outside, but if she can't do that, she at least likes to be able to see what is going on out there. When we do get to go outside, she loves to ride her tricycle that my mom got her. She may not be able to move the pedals, but she holds onto the handle bars and grins from ear to ear while we push her. If she wants off, she just "hops" right on down and will try to push the trike herself. Another favorite outside activity is blowing bubbles and trying to catch them. She lifts her little arms in the air and waves as the bubbles go by. She also loves to pick up balls and carry them wherever she may be going. Jumping on the trampoline is also quite fun. Coralyn is already a pretty good gymnastic, as she enjoys standing on her head while we hold her legs up and help her point those toes.

In addition to constantly moving, Coralyn is starting to "talk" more and more. She knows exactly what she wants and thinks we should be able to understand her. Unfortunately, I haven't quite mastered her language yet. She is learning some signs though and that is helpful! She has "milk" down really well, but hasn't figured out that she can use other signs when she wants something else. More than once, she has stood by the door and signed milk furiously. As soon as I opened the door, she was happy. We're working on "eat," "more," and "drink." She really needs to get that last one down, as she loves to drink from her sippy cup with a straw. She grabs onto the cups and just gulps down the water. At times she drinks so fast she about drowns herself with all the water. She says "Mama" really well too, but like the sign for "milk" she says "mama" for just about everything. I hear other sounds more and more when she is trying to "explain" what she wants, so hopefully we start understanding each other better soon! Coralyn is also good at waving bye-bye and hello. We went to the zoo this weekend, and every time she saw an animal that we pointed out she would lift up her arm and wave to the animal.

Some of her favorite toys are books, balls, and cars (not much of a doll girl). She loves paging through her books all by herself. When I sit down and read with her, she likes to turn the pages before me (sometimes before we are ready to move on though). She loves to play with balls too, now that she can pick them up and carry them all by herself we have started working on throwing and rolling them. The car is a favorite too. She takes the little cars we have and moves them back and forth on the coffee table. It's fun to "race" them with the daycare boys.

Coralyn's still a great eater too. She loves just about everything we give her, even asparagus! I don't know where all that food goes though, because she still weighs about 16 pounds and is wearing 3-6 month and some 6-9 month clothes!

It's so much fun to watch my little girl walk around, play, talk, and do so much more. I love being a mom! The best part is knowing that she loves me. I just about melt when she looks at me and smiles for no other reason than I am her mama. She is getting good at giving kisses and hugs too. I usually end up all wet after she kisses me, but the slobber is totally worth it! The past 11 months have been such a blessing. I am looking forward to celebrating her birthday in a month and hopefully many, many, many more in the years to come. Watching her grow up and become a godly woman is going to be an amazing journey!