Category Archives: Zachary

And Now He’s Five.

Today marks five years since I became a mom. Those early days of baby-blue-onesies, diapers, blankets and tiny little socks have been replaced with legos, spiderman, jeans that are too short, and dirty fingernails.
Calls to me for help have been replaced with pleas to do it on his own.
I don’t have to lean over slightly to hold his hand when we’re walking anymore.
I need him to jump when I lift him into the cart, because he’s getting heavy.
He talks incessantly about all the things he will do when he “is a big kid”.
He buckles himself up in the car now.
He writes his name and reads some words on his own.
Instead of insisting he at least *try* his meal, I now cut him off after 3 helpings.
I don’t hear baby babbles anymore – I hear about how he’s going to design airplanes when he grows up.
Every day, he looks more like his dad – so very handsome.
Questions from him have increased roughly 849%.

My boy is growing up. I can’t believe he’s five years old.

Today, we’re celebrating all that makes Zach Zach :), enjoying the past 5 years, and looking ahead to all the changes his sixth year will bring.

Happy birthday to the best boy. I love you!






Time for a Pinterest Post!

I’ve started the year off with a lack of ideas for blogging! Actually, that’s not really true – there is a lot going on, just none of it seems blog-worthy. So, I thought I’d highlight some recent pins from pinterest…that’s always fun!
Before I get to that, here’s a general update on our lives:
Zachary just started YMCA basketball, and is in the second semester of Cubbies. He loves both. We’re still homeschooling, and he continues to soak it up like a sponge!
Rebekah is becoming quite the singer – she knows many songs by heart and belts them out in the car at the top of her lungs. She has several dolls that she spends her days playing mommy to – she just informed me one was named “baby Limbaugh” – that was a proud day for this conservative Mama! 🙂 She also is DYING to start dance classes…we’re going to have to get her signed up soon!
Tyler has been busy moving playing musical rooms for the kids. We did have them sharing the big bonus room, but decided to put them back in separate rooms for many reasons. So he has gotten the pleasure of moving all the heavy furniture. He also just finished building shelves for one of the closets downstairs – which has helped organize that closet sooo much better!
I have been busy with working out, homeschooling, adoption paperwork, and several other projects bouncing around in my head. I am trying to put together the 21 day prayer challenge for our daughters so that we can start soon, and I am starting to seriously consider a photography business – which would be a whole new set of challenges.
Our adoption is moving along – we have to make our first big payment this month, and then we will be “active” in the program. We’ve received more information on the child we are interested in, which has been good. We’re just praying now and waiting for the next step. I wish I could share more about this little boy, but I am not allowed to until he’s officially ours.
Anyway, that’s our life in a nutshell right now. Now, on to pinterest! Here are some of my pins from my Home Decor board – love ’em!

Source: bhg.com via Jen on Pinterest

Our old house’s entryway immediately opened up into the living room – there wasn’t really any division – I thought this was a great solution – 3 cabinets attached together and creates a separate entryway.

Source: houzz.com via Jen on Pinterest

I love the idea of a dutch door for our backdoor – it would be wonderful to have the top half open when the kids are playing back there. Plus, I just love the look.

Source: decor8blog.com via Jen on Pinterest

I am a sucker for quotes, lyrics, you name it. To have meaningful lyrics from a song on canvas would be so awesome! Now to try to choose a song…LOL!

This will be the accent wall in our master bedroom – love the stencil. Just wondering how many hours it will take.

I had never considered having a fireplace painted a dark color – they are always white! What do you think? I would be scared to try this, but I like how it turned out in this room!

Well, have a great day! I’ll be posting more about the 21-day challenge soon!

Spoken Lately…

Me: “Breakfast is ready, bud.”
Zach: “No, mommy, it’s breakfast is served.”

Zach: “Grandpa, why are you old?”
Grandpa: “What makes you think I’m old?”
Zach: “You’re a different color.”

Me (in the grocery store): “Rebekah, you need to be quiet, and have a good attitude.”
Rebekah: “But mom, girls can be angry any time they want to.”
Me: “Umm, No.”

Zach: “Lots of silly things come out of Japanese boxes.”
Tyler: “What?”
Zach: “A lot of silly things come out of those Japanese boxes.”
~long pause~
Tyler: “You mean Jack-in-the-boxes?”
Zach: “Yep.”

 

Oh Good! Pouch Pockets.

Cubbies has started up again for the year.

Zach is in second-year Cubbies – the big 4-year olds 🙂

I am the secretary for his class like I was last year….it’s good to see all my little people again!!

During Cubbies, we have story time, craft time and music time. The kids go to different rooms for each activity.

Even though I volunteer in Zach’s class, I try not to be overly involved with him – I don’t want him to use me as a crutch, or be annoyed that I am there. But sometimes, I have to step in:

During music time, the music teacher, Miss Robin, leads the kids in singing. Zach loves music time. This year, he stands right up in front – smack dab in the middle. I stand in the back to keep an eye on the kids that don’t want to stand up front – those shady back-row 4-year olds are the ones to worry about. 🙂

Much to my surprise, I looked up to hear what Miss Robin was saying – just in time to see MY SON (who was standing right in front of her) put his hands in the front pouch pocket of Miss Robin’s sweatshirt. He was listening to what she was saying intently…and was almost absentmindedly stroking the inside of her pocket. Miss Robin looked at me with a surprised smile on her face, and says “this is interesting!”. At which point I tell Zach to come back to where I’m standing. The next few seconds are filled with my best lecture on personal space, and the importance to leave other people’s sweatshirt pockets to themselves. Huh.

So this is my warning to friends and family: be very careful around my son if you are wearing a sweatshirt with pockets. He seems to be attracted to them. Better yet, just don’t wear pockets at all – it’s in your (and my) best interest!

 

Pictures of You

Zach: Mommy? Will you take a picture of me so that when I am older I can see it and see how tall I was?
Me: Zach, we take a lot of pictures of you.
Zach: Yeah, but I want you to take a picture of me being silly. So that when I am older you can show it to me.
Me: Is that something that is important for you to remember?
Zach: Yes, mommy.
Me: OK.

To my Zachary– please don’t worry about remembering these days and moments. I never really thought about it until today, but as your parents, we are here to remind you of who you are, and who you have been. When you can’t remember, we’ll remind you. When you want to hear stories of when you were a little boy, we will gladly oblige. We will be your reminders, your memories – for as long as you’ll let us. Childhood is fleeting, and I don’t want you to worry – for a second – about what you will and won’t remember. Enjoy these days, live fully in these moments. We will tell you all about them in the years to come. My sweet, silly boy. We love you.

 

Regret

We all feel regret for things – sometimes it may be something we said to someone else, or something we did before thinking it through…the examples can be endless.

But I was surprised at the display of regret Zach showed this week during the Bible portion of our homeschooling.

We were reading the story of Adam and Eve.

As I read the section about the snake telling Eve that she should eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Zach put his head in his hands and started saying, “No, no, no, no!”

He wasn’t yelling it, just saying it to himself – kind of quietly.

I continued the story, and read that Eve decided to eat the fruit, and so did Adam.

This time, I heard Zach say, “Nooo, now we have sin”

Again, not yelling, but in a highly disappointed tone.

Still, I continued. I was met with the “No”s again when I read that God placed an angel at the entrance of the garden and Adam and Eve had to leave.

With his head still in his hands, Zach said, “Oh, WHY did they DO that?!”

I didn’t have the heart to tell him that if Adam and Eve had passed on the temptation, someone else would’ve inevitably fallen for it.

In the days since, we’ve discussed the hope and promise of a new, perfect world that will be free of bad things. As funny as Zach’s reaction to the story was, it reminded me that there is an aching in our hearts for things to be made right. Adam and Eve got a taste of the perfect paradise God intended for us – we never did. There are wonderful things in this world, but it’s good to be reminded that this is not what was meant for us – we are trudging through a fallen, lost world. We can get caught up in this world, and what we see as normal – and sometimes it takes the honest regret of a 4 year old to remind us of what we’ve lost, and what we will one day regain, thanks to the mercy and grace of Christ.

 

Take me out to the ball game,

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Take me out with the crowd.

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Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,

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I don’t care if I never get back,

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Let me root, root, root for the home team,

If they don’t win it’s a shame.

For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out,

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At the old ball game.

Love & Marriage From The Toddler Perspective

Conversation overheard in the car:

Rebekah: When I grow up, I am going to marry a girl!

Zach: No, Rebekaaaah! You can’t marry a girl, you have to marry a boy!

Rebekah: But Zach, I don’t WANT to marry a boy!

Zach: Then you can’t have children.

Rebekah: But I waaant children!

Zachary: Then you have to marry a boy.

Rebekah: Oh, ok. I want to have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 children!

Zach: That’s good Rebekah! You can get some of the kids that don’t have mommies and daddies, and some of the ones that Jesus made too!

Rebekah: Zach, when I grow up, I am going to marry a BOY. And then, you will marry me.

Zach: No, Rebekah. I am going to marry someone ELSE. And I am going to ask her, “do you want to get married to me?” {giggle}

My thoughts:
1. I don’t understand the obsession lately with talking about marriage and kids. Thought we had at least a decade before this subject came up?!
2. I don’t know when my kids started using the word “children”. But it sounds hilarious – especially when the 2 year old is saying it.
3. For all the conviction Rebekah displayed over wanting to marry a girl, she sure abandoned it quickly.
4. I have no desire to have 14 grandchildren – that is way too many names and birthdays to keep track of in my old age.
5. Note to self: explain to Zach that kids with no mommies and daddies WERE created by Jesus – they did not spontaneously appear on Earth.
6. Rebekah’s idea of who marries who could be a new hit show on The Learning Channel.
7. We need to work with Zach on his proposal delivery – but I think we have time. 🙂

P.S. If you haven’t already, please check out my new page on fundraising for our adoption. We need your help!

Definition of “Cute”

Even though Zach has a younger sister, he was only two years old when she was born – so he was too young to remember most of her “baby days”. So it’s fun to see Zach’s impression of babies now that he’s four.

Yesterday evening, we went on a walk, and stopped by a new neighbor to introduce ourselves. They have a 5-month-old baby girl, and she was flashing every type of smile at Zach and Rebekah. Zach was getting a total kick out of the fact that she was smiling at him. Then he said, “Oh! Your baby’s face is dripping!” – otherwise known as drooling. It cracked us up.

Once we left and were walking back home, the following conversation took place:

Zach: I wish I could have a little baby like that one.
Me: Zach, you did have a little baby – remember Rebekah used to be a baby just like that.
Zach: Yeah, but Rebekah isn’t cute anymore.
Rebekah: Yes I am cute, Zach! (She was pretty annoyed)
Zach: Rebekaaaah, you’re not that kind of cute. (He used his lecturing voice)
Tyler: ~laughing~

At least we know Zach has a way with the ladies. 🙂

 

The Next Summer Activity

Zach had his last Tee-ball game on Monday. I would’ve been sad to see it end, except that it was hard to sit out in the 90-degree sun to watch him. The spring weather is much more tee-ball friendly!

Rebekah also finished her dance class.

So our schedule is wide open.

Today, Zach asked me what was next now that tee-ball is over.

I told him that I didn’t know, and asked him what he would like to do next.

Would it be swimming lessons?

Tumbling?

Soccer?

Zach thought for a moment and then told me he’d like to play…

Badminton.

Who is this child?

You can’t make this stuff up.