Goodness and mercy

Beautiful moments and lots of photos

The other day, Natalie added a new song to her repertoire, which includes "Happy Birthday" and "Ladybug Picnic." Bret first heard her in the garden singing "forever, forever, forever, forever." He asked her if it was a song from church, and she said yes. I later heard her singing it, but couldn't place exactly which song it was, since her tunes aren't totally reliable.

This morning while getting ready for church, I figured out the song -- "Surely Goodness and Mercy" -- one of my favorites. Then we sang it in church today, and Natalie clapped along and joined us in the chorus, which ends with "forever, forever, forever, amen."

My heart overflowed with joy and worship as my eyes brimmed with tears to hear my daughter singing a praise song along with the congregation, with her daddy leading on guitar. I hope and pray that she will always have this childlike love and joy for worshipping God....

In other news, we've had many happy moments, disciplinary challenges, and small miracles over the last week. The temperature soared past 100 degrees at the end of the week, which presents an extra challenge for the best of us. We survived, thanks to strategic fan placement and sweaty naps, and we're again enjoying this area's blissful breeze...

Here are some photos from this past week or so (click on 'read more' for the rest):

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Andrea,
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Sunday 30 August 2009 at 5:51 pm
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Engineer's daughter


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Natalie stacked all 16 little Boggle cubes entirely on her own ... she's definitely an engineer's daughter!

Andrea,
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Saturday 22 August 2009 at 6:36 pm
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My "belly"

Now that I have an external baby, I have to re-create the hands-free convenience that comes standard with all internal babies. I have two different slings, a wrap, and an Ergo Baby Carrier. Right now, my favorite option is the wrap. It's comfortable and beautiful, and I can nurse Naomi in it. This wrap is handmade from Lovey Duds on Etsy.

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After:

Andrea,
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Thursday 20 August 2009 at 4:45 pm
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Small miracles


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Have you ever had one of those days that have gone suspiciously well, so well that the only explanation is that someone must be praying for you? I've now had two of those days in a row, and my heart is overflowing with gratitude...

I've photographed the main phenomenon that has made these two days so wonderful: two napping girls. Yesterday, all three of us napped together. Today, Naomi woke up before I could nod off. Natalie woke up about 20 minutes later, and we're going to try napping on the couch together...

Two hours later ... all three of us enjoyed phase two of the nap on the couch (thanks to my friend Laura for snapping this photo).

Andrea,
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Tuesday 18 August 2009 at 6:01 pm
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Cuteness

Shortly after I set Naomi down in Natalie's bed while I sorted laundry, Natalie climbed into bed with her little sister and shared a favorite book...

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Andrea,
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Friday 14 August 2009 at 12:41 pm
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Recent family fun

a whole bunch of photos

We've been blessed with family visits since Naomi's birth, and we are extra blessed by our families' digital cameras! Here are some fun pics from our camera, Grandpa Larry's camera, and Grandpa Clay's camera. I'll soon make a special post of pics of the kids with their grandparents...

Lots more photos below...

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Andrea,
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Friday 07 August 2009 at 3:30 pm
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Naomi's birth story

Here's the scoop--in one big entry--on my 2 1/2 hour labor and Naomi Elizabeth's birth...

For background on how Bret and I decided to have a home birth, read Natalie's birth story, intro part 1 and intro part 2.

After waiting 10 extra days (and being ready for three weeks before Naomi’s July 13 due date), labor began at about 10:30 p.m. July 23. ...

The story continues below.

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Andrea,
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Monday 03 August 2009 at 6:27 pm
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Sunday Morning Eggs

A quick recipe

Since Naomi has been born and Andrea's mom has gone home, I've been in the habit of getting up first thing to make coffee and breakfast. This morning, I decided to improvise a bit, and it came out tasty, so I thought I'd share what I did.

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Bret,
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Sunday 02 August 2009 at 4:22 pm
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Baby face

Who says second children aren't photographed as much as their older siblings?

There are more photos below...

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Andrea,
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Sunday 02 August 2009 at 09:21 am
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