Monday, February 18, 2013


Kinsey learned how to trace letters today, and traced her name for the first time!  Then, she ran into the other room and I said, "Kinsey where are you going?"  And she replied, "I'm going to get Jesus!"

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Me: I need to go wrap Ariah up because she's crying.
Kinsey: It's ok, she can cry if she wants!

Saturday, February 2, 2013


Tonight at bedtime Kinsey was saying her prayers and at the end she said " And Jesus want to play" instead of "In Jesus name I pray."

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Kinsey Update

We've been potty training this week, it's going well!  She has accidents, but I can also see her progressing.  I remind her to stay dry every now and then and especially when we're out.  She's pooped twice on the potty, both times without any prompting from us.

Today we had some friends over to go swimming and she jumped in the pool by herself for the first time.  She's been going down a little plastic slide by herself but today was the first time she jumped in.

She can also do somersaults on the couch as of today, too ;)

Her two year molars are coming in.

We saw her birth mother and her half sister and a few other family members yesterday.  It was a good visit.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


A good part of the sermon tonight was about humility.  I wrote down the questions to ask yourself to guage your own humility.  I love, love, love being around people who are authentically humble.  I usually find myself wanting to be so much more like them.

1.  Are you teachable?
2.  How do you respond to correction and rebuke?
3.  Do you repent quickly and thoroughly?
4.  How considerate are you of others?
5.  Do you give and receive service well?
6.  Are you constantly aware of God's grace?
7.  Do you disagree agreeably?
8.  How much do you need attention and affirmation?

"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble"...1 Peter 5:5

You can go to tucsonrevolution.com and find the link for the sermon by Josh Reich, should be posted tomorrow sometime.

One more thing to add from last week's sermon that was a big hitter for me..."If there were 10 more of me would it be great or would it just be full of problems?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Kinsey!

Kinsey is 2 today!  I haven't been blogging lately but I wanted to write down a few things to remember when I look back.

*She's nice and healthy.  80-90th percentile on height and weight, and 60th percentile for head circumference.

*She is using sentences now, 3-4 words. 

*Her latest tv obsession is the Wiggles.  Barney still holds her attention, but she asks for Wiggles now instead.  We have been doing better in cutting down her tv watching to an hour a day.  The Wiggles are supposed to come to the States (they are Australian) this year so we're hoping they'll come close enough for us to go see them live.

*She's learned the word, "scary".  Most recently she went to the zoo with our friend Chris who watches her.  She stood in front of a tiger who put his front paws on the window towering over her, and she was saying "Scary tiger" that day.

*Apparently she wanted to go swimming on her birthday because she fell in the pool today while we were all in the pool area working on the pump.  David plucked her right out but she was saying "scary water!" after that.

*She is extremely active!  The only time she sits still is during tv.  Otherwise she does not stay still for more than a few seconds.  Literally.

*She is learning how to take turns.  It's very hard!

*She loves jumping castles!

*She goes lots of places around town.  The local gymnastics gym, playtime at the library, the zoo, the Desert Museum, a jumping castle place, a local nursery that has goats you can feed, the park, the Children's Museum, and most recently Mt. Lemmon to play in the snow.

*She loves to look at pictures on the computer and she picks out different people/friends she knows.  She probably talks about Baby Nola the most.  She loves Baby Nola.

*David and I took two trips by ourselves in the last year.  She stayed with Chris both times and had a blast I'm sure.  Chris LOVES her and she LOVES Chris.  And Chris' whole family.

*My sister and her family came to visit a couple weeks ago.  It was a great visit and Kinsey played very well with her daughter.  I was expecting lots of time outs for Kinsey not sharing, but she only had to go a few times.  It helped quite a bit that my niece is extremely good at sharing (she's 3 1/2).

*My Mom was here to visit in May and October and she watched Kinsey a couple times for us so we could go out.  It was nice!

*Barney (David) was at her birthday party two weeks ago.  She was not a fan!  She latched onto Chris the whole time.  We eventually got her to wave at him but she wouldn't do anything else. 

*She has seen her birth mother about 4 or 5 times in the last year and it is always a positive experience.

*We keep asking her if she wants a baby sister or a brother and she can't seem to make up her mind.  Sometimes she says sister and sometimes brother.  We have been on the waiting list since February so, Lord willing, we will find out in the next year or two!

Saturday, November 5, 2011


The last couple days have been worrisome for me.  David actually couldn't go to work on Thursday because he was too tired.  He slept pretty much the whole day except for lunchtime and dinnertime.  Then on Friday he went to work but was so tired and didn't feel like he could do his job because he was too sleepy.  David has always worked sick unless he was absolutely, head-in-the-toilet kind of sick.  So for him to stay home two days in a row was a big deal.  I was home with him Thursday.  Friday I went home early from work because I was was so worried about him. 

He decided after coming home Friday to go back on his previous medication regimen that gave him some side effects but that did help with his alertness some.  And for the first time in weeks I saw a little bit of light in his face!  It was so encouraging and refreshing.  It may only be a temporary fix because of the side effects but still I'm thanking God for a little bit of hope.  I'd been getting more and more worried each day, wondering how he was possibly going to enjoy life.  At the same time, being worried gave me the opportunity to trust in God, something I can easily ignore when I have little to worry about.  So while I'm praising God for the little bit of hope, I'm also thankful for the opportunity to accept God's sovereignty in my life in the midst of uncertainty.