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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Raising Erohs

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Whew. Its been a while since I've been on here. Almost 1 1/2 years to be exact. A lot has happened since then and I want to catch you up on a few things, but first I wanted to mention one small thing. You may have noticed the blog's name change. When I first started my blog I couldn't think of a cool name so I used my last name and called it The Erohs. And it stayed that way for 6 years (wow, really?). Over the years I've thought of changing it to something unique that describes who I am and what I do, but I could never come up with the perfect name. I'd like to say I was suddenly inspired by the Holy Spirit or something to use our last name (pronounced "arrow") as a cute variation of the word "arrows" in the verse in Psalms 127 that says "like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth," but it didn't happen that way. I have no idea how it happened actually. It just grew in my mind over time until I officially changed my name over on Instagram recently. It suits me perfectly. This is my job, raising and crafting these little arrows of mine, these weapons really, so that one day, I may release them into the world where they can tell others of God's great love for them. I don't take this job lightly.

Next to God, the mother's power for good is the strongest known on earth. - White, Ellen G. Adventist Home. 240

Its seriously hard and humbling work molding Godly little characters (and big ones too...a mother's work starts with herself), but its heavenly work and in the past couple of years I've been realizing more and more the importance and long lasting effects of it.

Having kids - the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings - is the biggest job anyone can embark on. - Maria Shriver

So, here I am, a new year and a bunch of new happenings around our house. But more about that later...

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate. - Psalm 127: 3-5

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Summer, So Far

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I was lamenting to Andrew the other day that here it is already August and I feel like I've done nothing so far this summer. His response was "you just had a baby!!!" I guess what I meant was, two months into this whole mom of three gig and I feel like I've got a handle on things so I should be doing more of those activities I'd planned on doing with the kids back in the spring. More visits to the playground, more swimming at the pool, more crafts, more popsicles and ice cream, more day trips, more more more... My "accomplish something" alarm was sounding off big time and I kept thinking that I've been wasting my summer because summer is for making memories and we're not making enough memories darn it! Then I realized that my kids don't need planned activities, they're happy playing outside all day, rain or shine, with the occasional trip to Dunkin Donuts for a sweet treat. There is plenty of memory making to be had just doing that.

We've been working on the house starting with replacing our dishtowels, some of which we've had since our wedding 14 years ago. I also have a new kitchen sink and faucet! So many things need to be fixed or replaced around here. Why is it that everything seems to fall apart at the same time?

Some days (like today) I spend most of my time trying to get Calvin to nap. He hit 6 weeks old and decided sleeping was for sissies. He sleeps decently at night but refuses to nap during the day unless I lay in bed nursing him or rock him with my foot in his bouncy seat. I've been giving in a lot just to get him to go to sleep and then I end up not getting anything done around the house (what was I saying earlier about having a handle on this?). Please tell me this is a phase... It is right?

The kids discovered there are Lego games on my phone and now want to play them all.day.long. Its my fault for downloading them for the "occasional" moment I need them to sit still and be quiet. Its been a very rainy summer so they've been asking to watch more TV and play more games on my phone than I'm comfortable with. I'm looking for some toys and games that I can pull out for those times when they won't stop asking to watch or play something. So far I've purchased some pattern blocks and I'm looking to add to our stash of board games.

Of course, none of that other stuff matters. Hands down the best part of this summer is this little guy:

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Monday, July 06, 2015

Our 4th of July

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We had a low key, laid back Fourth, as usual. We never go all out and plan a BBQ or a party (although I'll bring the potato salad if invited to one!) we just stayed home most of the day. Since the 4th was a Saturday this year we did go to church that morning. My best friend was visiting from Arizona for a few weeks with her two boys so we got to see them in church and say our last goodbyes. And of course the highlight of every fourth are the fireworks. So that evening we packed a blanket, the umbrella (it is, after all, Florida in July) and the kids in the van and set off for our usual spot.

Last year both kids were terrified of the fireworks. In fact Lily hasn't been ok with them since she was a year old. But she was convinced that this was her year and kept telling us that she's 5 now and five year olds aren't afraid of fireworks. Both kids were super excited to check them out.

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Once the first set of fireworks were set off Lily panicked a little and asked her Dad to carry her away from the noise and activity. They ended up in the van which was parked a ways away where they couldn't see the fireworks or hear them too well. Andrew told me that as soon as they walked up to the van Lily frantically tried opening the sliding door and when she couldn't get it open she quickly abandoned that and went for the passenger's door. Unable to get that open and seeing that in the meantime Daddy had started opening the sliding door, she flung herself in the side and flew to the back of the vehicle before he had even finished getting it open all the way. Needless to say she was more upset than I thought. In the meantime, down where we were, there was a malfunction of some sort and after the first few fireworks were set off they stopped and didn't resume for another 30 minutes or so. Calvin nursed and slept and Reuben had fun with sparklers (finally brave enough to hold them himself this year) and cherry bombs. Andrew and Lily came back later to see what was going on just in time for the fireworks to start up again. Because of the malfunction the show ended up mostly consisting of a grand finale of fireworks which is always the best part anyway. Lily shrieked through the whole thing, poor baby, but didn't ask to leave. Even Reuben asked to sit in his uncle's lap and stared up at the sky with huge eyes exclaiming "wow" after each one lit up the sky.

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I look forward to this day all year. It didn't fail. :)

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

One Month

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11 lbs. 13 oz.
23 inches long
Good sleeper and sometimes sleeps 4 hours straight during the night
Can Houdini his arms out of a tight swaddle like nobody's business
Loves having his diaper changed (no, really)
Tries to suck his thumb and loves his hands in general
Burps on his own
Doesn't spit up at all
Snorts when he cries
Enjoys staring out windows
Likes to sleep in bed cuddled up next to Mama

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

5 Years

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^Taken June 27 at 10:03am. Five years to the minute that she was born.^
Just like last year and the year before, here are Lily's answers to 20 questions I ask her on her birthday.

1. What is your favorite color? Purple and pink
2. What is your favorite toy? Dollhouse
3. What is your favorite fruit? Cherries and strawberries. And bananas with peanut butter and a chocolate chip on top.
4. What is your favorite tv show/movie? Cat in the Hat
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Cauliflower curry
6. What is your favorite outfit? Heart bathing suit
7. What is your favorite game? Uno
8. What is your favorite snack? Banana snack
9. What is your favorite animal? Giraffe
10. What is your favorite song? Twinkle Little Star
11. What is your favorite book? Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
12. Who is your best friend? Alice and Seth
13. What is your favorite cereal? The ball cereal we had at Daddys cousin's house last summer
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride my bike
15. What is your favorite drink? Pink lemonaid
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Cuddle (her blanket)
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Shish kabobs
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A guard crosser

Oh this little girl of mine. Well not so little any more. Is five a magical age or what? It seems like she's grown up overnight, no longer needing her mama as often for comfort and security. She's now venturing out on her own, confident in herself and her ability to handle any situation. This was evident when I dropped her off Sunday morning for an all day VBS program and she didn't look back once as I left. I was counting down the minutes till it was time to pick her up and when that moment arrived she didn't want to leave! I love her sweet, helping nature and her curiosity about everything. She's a great big sister to Reuben helping him when he needs it and encouraging him in those things he's trying to learn to do himself. She adores Calvin and holds him and burps him but does not want to help change his diaper! Haha! She's opinionated, funny, intelligent, stubborn, whiny, caring, creative, adventurous, loud...and I wouldn't have her any other way.

I love you Lily.