Friday, November 26, 2010


I don't know if you can tell, but I am camera-less right now :) So.. updates will be perhaps less than exciting, my apologies.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving day. For the last three years we have celebrated the holiday amongst friends in a country that doesn't share it. They were special and sweet, and we have very precious memories from those Thanksgiving meals in Scotland. But.. I am so thankful that this year we got to be in the United States, with some family members, eating a traditional meal and enjoying that afternoon lethargy that follows the consumption of much good food.

We have so many things to be thankful for, and as always, are trying to live each day in testimony to that. I am often overwhelmed by the way the Lord is taking care of us, ways we never expected. Just the other day I was praying with Aed before bed and thanked the Lord that life is not as plush as it has been in the past, because it is absolutely amazing to watch what He does to make much from little. Somehow, things just keep working out. And for that, I am beyond thankful.

We have great expectations for the year ahead. A lot will change, that much we know. And I, for one, am thankful that it is Jesus that will be leading us along the way. One day at a time.

Now I know I haven't been posting very frequently, and I know I haven't posted enough pictures of my darling babe, and I do apologize. Life is life and I always let it win over the blog. :) And even though I don't have a camera at the moment, I do have some pictures from September/Octoberish that I would love to share..

Isn't he cute?!? Just kidding! This, though, is Aed's first personal pizza :) We like to make homemade pizza, and do it about once a week. So last time we made them, I made the Aedster his own little pizza with quinoa, spinach, chicken, pesto, and cheese.. He LOVED it!

I often try to do some dishes while Aed is eating lunch. One day I heard some strange noises coming from the highchair, but didn't bother to turn around to see what he was doing. When I finished what I was doing, I turned around to find this:

My little orange-juice soaked stinker, who figured out that if he shook his sippy cup really hard, it would spray him with juice :) And he was loving it.

Isn't he cute? :)

Curls. I was so surprised when I looked at this picture, because he has so much more hair now then he did when it was taken. I am thankful for a baby with curls! I hope they last! :)

This is just a beautiful view of the clouds from our window in St Andrews. I love those clouds.

And THIS is a special hairdo that Daddy did in the tub one night. Aed was a fan.. but he didn't let on :)

I have some cute pics of the three cousins in the tub, and the biggest goose egg known to mankind on my not-so-big Aedykin's head, but they are on other people's cameras, so you'll just have to wait :) Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Something is better than nothing

So I am the kind of person that likes to do things completely. When I clean up the dishes, I clean the kitchen too. Wipe down the counters, clean the stove, etc. When I put away the toys, they all go away to their little homes on the shelves. When I commit to something, I feel the need to see it through. Sometimes Ian and I refer to it as ‘go mode’. I get started and can’t do anything else until I finish.

I am finding that this is good and bad. It’s bad in that if I don’t think I’m going to be able to finish something, or to succeed at it, I just don’t do it. As one example, there have been times when I have given up altogether on attempting to read my Bible or have a ‘quiet time’ with the Lord because I knew that each day was too unpredictable and I wouldn’t be able to be consistent in it. Another example would be my lack of personal artwork. I know that chances are if I sit down to start something, I will be interrupted and most likely it won’t turn out the way I want it to, so I just don’t do it.

This started to frustrate me because I was doing this with things that were really important to me. Things that I felt an urgency to pursue.

One day I was doing something (probably making the bed.. that tends to be when things suddenly hit me :), and I realized that something is better than nothing. You know, maybe I won’t be able to carve out a time to read all that I want to read in the Bible each day, but it’s important for me to seize the moments I do have, even if it’s only 15 minutes, and use them well. Maybe one day I’ll only be able to get ready to paint and not even actually touch a brush to paper, but I’ll be that much more ready when an opportunity might arise the next day.

The pace of life and my opportunities to do things I used to do have changed. And they’ll keep changing. My making-the-bed-epiphanies are helping me adapt. Like realizing that oh-so-often, something is better than nothing.