Sweet Little Pumpkins

Fall is here! I love this time of year; the Holliday season is being ushered in, filled with family traditions. I think back on the traditions we celebrated in my own family with warmth and nostalgia and realize that those moments truly created my childhood. From road trip summer vacations to watching 4th of July fireworks over the Open Cut at the Maki’s house (with John’s yummy homemade ice cream). From floating the Black River to eating biscuits and cocoa gravy Christmas morning.

When Josh and I first were married we discussed our own childhood family traditions and began to plan what it would be like to merge the two. What should we keep? What didn’t serve our new, little family well? And we wondered what new traditions would develop over time.

This Fall makes the 4th year we’ve taken our family to the local pumpkin patch. I realize this is a tradition that many families have enjoyed for many years, but it is a new one to me and I love it. We check out the animals, run laps through the hay bale maze, climb the pumpkin piles and of course, pick out a pumpkin to take home. And what pumpkin patch trip would be complete without pictures! Lots and lots of pictures.

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Checking out the animals.

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Climbing, climbing, climbing.

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I love that face!

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Big Brother is having some major fun back there.

Check out these faces! He cracks me up.

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If you look closely you can just see his new tooth poking out.

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And just for funsies, here’s a side by side of the boys. Short Round at 7 months and Big Brother at 5 months.

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Mandatory Mom pic.

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We’re cute, right?!

A Bed For Big Brother

Have I told you about the bed we built for Big Brother? No?…hmm…that’s strange…it’s been so long I thought for sure you would have heard about it by now. It’s almost like I’ve been busy doing other things, other really important things like marathons. Yeah, you know, I Netflix marathon daily. I’m getting really good at it.

Well, I say that “we” built a bed, but I was as big as a house pregnant at the time so what I really mean is, my dad and Josh built a bed while I sat on the couch and ate fries and Oreo McFlurries.

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Don’t judge me mmmkay?

Anyway, the new baby, who I will lovingly refer to as Short Round from now on, was on the way and would soon take over the nursery. It was time for Big Brother to move on up to a bigger room with his very own full size bed. I wanted something that would work for him even as he got older and storage was a must so I looked all over Pinterest for inspiration. I found plans for a great little storage bed here.

So Dad got to work.

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See how cold it was? It’s been so long!

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Building the boxes.

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Big Brother checking out the handiwork. He’s saying, “Thanks Daddy and Papa!”

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Josh taking care of the staining. We modified the original plans a bit and left off the trim for a more unfinished look.

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I love how it turned out. Even though we decided to push the bed up against the wall, there is storage on both sides. We can also lift up the mattress and slats to have even more storage.

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Side view. The baskets are from Target and fit the cubbies perfectly. We purchased a memory foam mattress from SAMs Club and it is crazy comfy.

Big Brother loves his big boy room. At some point I’ll post pics of it all decorated..you know…in about 6 months or so. What?! Gilmore Girls just came out on Netflix!

A Quilt For Baby

I had been working on a quilt for Baby Brother ever since I found out we were having a boy. Unfortunately, pregnancy makes for less than stellar sewing conditions so I didn’t finish until a couple of weeks ago and finally got pictures of it last weekend.

I had found this ridiculously adorable fabric collection by Sarah Watson called ‘Indian Summer’ and knew I had to use it for his quilt.

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I used ‘Woodland Pine’ for the backing and on the front did a reverse appliqué to make the tepees in ‘Basket of Thyme’ and ‘Pebbled River Path’. You can check out the fabric here.

Isn’t the fabric adorable?

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I was super happy with how it turned out and especially liked the quilting. Here’s a closer look where you can see the reverse appliqué and quilting lines.

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I tried freehand quilting for the first time on the bottom section in the navy blue to resemble moving water. I was pretty pleased although I’m not sure how often I’ll be free handing; it was tricky.

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6 Weeks

Last weekend we all loaded up in the Prius and headed to Papa’s house in Missouri. Josh had never been hunting before and it’s turkey season so Dad invited him to come down to hunt. We love going to the country and the weather was incredible while we were there.

We went riding with Papa.

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And Uncle Chris gave him his first gun.

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He was pretty stoked although he didn’t quite know what to do when we took it out to shoot.

Josh had a great time hunting. I figured he would love it; I always found hunting with my dad to be really peaceful. And what’s not to love about hiking through the Ozarks in cool weather? Wish I would have gotten a pic of Josh in his camo though.

We also took time to go down to the farm to take some pics of Baby brother. I had wanted to take newborn photos of him, but had not managed to find the time. So here are his 6 week photos instead.

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I made this blanket from some plaid I found at JoAnns and just love how it turned out. I think I’ll make more this fall.

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Sweet little piggies.

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Those lips!

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This one is my favorite.

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I wanted to get more poses but after laying on the ground for a few minutes to snap these I found myself covered in ticks, a hazard of country life. I’ll take more at some point…maybe in 6 more weeks?

New

I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been busy doing this:

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On March 14th I looked like this:

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And I was doing this:

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That night and the next I wanted to be doing this:

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But couldn’t because of some pretty intense contractions.

But by Sunday evening, March 16th. After only 8 minutes of pushing I was holding all 9lbs 3oz of this guy.

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And now I get to spend my days in bliss looking at this:

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Advent, Day 21

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The Magi Visit the Messiah

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Matthew 2:2-12

Let the just rejoice,
for their justifier is born.

Let the sick and infirm rejoice,
For their saviour is born.

Let the captives rejoice,
For their Redeemer is born.

Let slaves rejoice,
for their Master is born.

Let free men rejoice,
For their Liberator is born.

Let All Christians rejoice,
For Jesus Christ is born.

-Augustine of Hippo

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Advent, Day 20

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Carl H. Bloch. The Birth of Christ.

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yetdid not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”(which means “God with us”).

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Jesus Presented in the Temple

When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”),and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Advent, Day 19

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Jacopo Pontormo. Birth of John the Baptist.

The Birth of John the Baptist

When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.

On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”

They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”

Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.

Zechariah’s Song

His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.

Advent, Day 18

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Mariotto Albertinelli. The Visitation of St. Elizabeth to the Virgin Mary.

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song

And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

Advent, Day 17

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Alexander Ivanov. Archangel Gabriel amazes Zachariah with dumbness.

The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.

Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”

Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.

When his time of service was completed, he returned home. After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”

Luke 1:5-25

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