Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

Aaron's New Job!!!!!!

Praise the Lord, Aaron has joined the land of the working. And to make things better, he loves his job. He is the Marketing Manager/Business Recruiter for the Corvallis Benton Chamber Coalition. What a mouth full. I am not 100% sure exactly what his job is but I know he is now a budding politician jumping head first into the local political frenzy. I never knew Aaron was that kind of guy but hey, there are probably a lot of things I an yet to learn about him. Seems like we are constantly learning new things about each other. Just today he learned that one of my favorite foods are chili cheese dogs. I did not say I eat them anymore but they are one of my favorite things. Too much baby fat still to lose. Back to the job. It is a full time position, great benefits and he gets to golf on the company dollar. What could be better? Oh yeah, he gets to talk to people all day long, eat great food at all his business lunches and we get to go to fancy dinner events that we otherwise could not or would not afford. If you want to know more about it you will have to ask him. You can find out a little bit more about the chamber on their web site. Who knows where his political aspirations will lead? I love my hubby and am so proud of him for his determination and trust in God through his 2 years of unemployment.
So, you might ask, how am I adjusting? I thought about asking Aaron to quit his job after the first week. Just kidding. It was a very hard week though. The kids are really missing daddy and so is mommy. He has been my helper since Lucy was born and I never realized how much I depended on him in everyday things. I will survive. Lots of people do but it makes me feel special that I got to have him home with me for 2 years. 

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Where do I start? Why not yesterday!

It has been so long since my last blog I do not know where to start. My computer locked me out of my photo storage area and I just got it fixed this week so now I need to do some catching up. Thought I would go back and detail our extended trip to California but I think I will start in the now. Vaughnie turned 4 months old yesterday. I would have posted this yesterday but my camera would not let me upload photos. So after a few hours of work I finally got everything in order to sit down and do a post while all the kids are napping and Aaron is busy watching Rambo.

Vaughn Rockwell Edewards 4 Months old

Vaughn is my handsome little man, as you can see. He is such a joy to be around, smiles all the time. Lately I change his clothing about 4 times a day because he is a drooling faucet, a drip that just can't be turned off. To magnify the drooling issue he learned how to blow bubbles this week. Spit flies all over the place and the other three kids get a huge kick out of it. Good thing Grandma Pam gave him lots and lots of clothing. 

Vaughn rolled over for the first time 2 days ago. All the sudden my heart sank as I realized, "I am about to have four mobile children!" I already find myself running in three directions at the same time. Can I possible go in four directions at the same time? I had to remind myself that mothers are really super heroes in disguise. 

Back to Vaughn. He is my biggest baby yet, tipping the scales at 16lbs, 10 oz. I sometimes forget that he is still so young. Janine was baby sitting all 4 of my kids, thanks Janine, and she was holding Vaughn during dinner. She subconsciously started feeding him bits of food. JJ brought it to her attention and she realized that he was still too little. Kinda funny. He gets mistaken for a 6 or 7 month old quite often. 

He loves his swing and is starting to sit in the bumbo. Still quite useful even though it is pink. When you have a little girl everyone thinks pink. Poor little Vaughn gets the hand-me-downs because Mommy will not buy new things in blue. Maybe he will be in touch with his feminine side. JK. 

We love him very much and feel like he completes our little family. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Obama takes over UNDER GOD

What a whirlwind of emotions I am feeling this morning and really ever since the election results comfirmed Barack Omaba as our future president. Now as I sit and wait for the "Inaguration Celebration" to come on wandering if I am a bad mom for not joining Jodi at Janine's house and forcing my kids to sit down and watch as our next president is sworn into office. Yes it is a momentous occasion, but no more than any other. It seems to be huge but why, because his skin is a different color than any past president? But we are not supposed to see color, right? As they say, color only runs skin deep. 
I also wonder if he is too young to possess the wisdom and understanding to lead our country. But what it comes down to is GOD IS IN CONTROL. He brings people to power and also takes them from their thrones.
Job 12:
12 Wisdom is with the aged,
and understanding in length of days.
13 “With God are wisdom and might;
he has counsel and understanding.
14 If he tears down, none can rebuild;
if he shuts a man in, none can open.
15 If he withholds the waters, they dry up;
if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land.
16 With him are strength and sound wisdom;
the deceived and the deceiver are his.
17 He leads counselors away stripped,
and judges he makes fools.
18 He looses the bonds of kings
and binds a waistcloth on their hips.
19 He leads priests away stripped
and overthrows the mighty.
20 He deprives of speech those who are trusted
and takes away the discernment of the elders.
21 He pours contempt on princes
and loosens the belt of the strong.
22 He uncovers the deeps out of darkness
and brings deep darkness to light.
23 He makes nations great, and he destroys them;
he enlarges nations, and leads them away.
24 He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth
and makes them wander in a pathless waste.
25 They grope in the dark without light,
and he makes them stagger like a drunken man.

I think President Obama is a smart, smooth talker who promised a lot to those who have the majority of the vote. But then again that is what polititians these days do. He is nothing more than a man and sadly a lot of people are placing their hope in him to save them: their jobs, their family from the war, their planet, their all. He is being placed on a platform and worshiped. This is what our country has come to. People hurting and looking for someone to save them, turning to a man, a mere man, instead of to the only one with saving powers, God. 
Psalms 146:3 Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.
Proverbs3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.
I am curious to see what Rick Warren has to say as he prays for our new leader so I will turn it on and pray for him also. But I do not watch with a spirit of celebration as many do. I watch with fear and sadness. Fear for our nation and Christians in it. Sadness for those who are placing all their hope in a man. So my role is to pray. I found a way to remember to pray, and a resource to know how and what to pray for. Visit this link and join me in this. We don't have to like the results of the election but we are commanded to pray for those God has placed in authority over us.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Beach Day

So we are going to be tantalizing you with glimpses of our trip to California. First on the menu is a taste of sand and sunset. I bet they don't have this where you are! (unless, dear reader, your name is Pam, in which case you are sick of sunsets like this one) For your viewing pleasure I present: Daddy and the Big Kids

Sunday, January 11, 2009

An intro to my new blog idea: "Things you never imagined you would say before you had children"


Before I was a Mom, 
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom, 
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried. 
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down. 
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much. 
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby. 
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child. 
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache, 
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom.

Today I said, "Put the poop back in the potty!"

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year to All

A New Year Prayer

Holy Father,

God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.

We praise You for Your unequaled greatness.

Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead.

Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more.

To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them.

To teach others to love by loving them.

Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us.

So that Love could be with us, and we could know You.

That we could share Love with others.

Help us, Father, to hear Your love song in every sunrise,

in the chriping of sparrows in our backyards,

in the stories of our old folks, and the fantasies of our children.

Help us to stop and listen to Your love songs,

so that we may know You better and better.

We rejoice in the world You loved into being.

Thank You for another new year and for new chances every day.

We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others.

Forgive us for falling short this past year.

We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the unknown new year knowing You will go with us.

We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what's ahead, depending on You to help us do exactly what You want..

I say it again, we rejoice!

In Jesus name,