Monday, June 20, 2011

Counting #136-150

136. rose bushes, a reminder of my grandmother
137. an encouraging and selfless husband
138. a visit from my mom
139. double strollers
140. late afternoon rainstorms

141. Mylicon drops for babies
142. a new phone that takes pictures
143. motivation to live a healthy lifestyle
144. Anna Claire singing along in the car to her worship CD's
145. a church family who provided meals for us for 2 weeks

146. Father's Day gifts and cards with scribbles instead of signatures
147. a day set aside to honor men and the role they play in their children's lives
148. books for all ages at McKay's
149. babies and toddlers who like to snuggle
150. my marriage

Monday, June 13, 2011

Counting #126-135

126. birth of Molly Christine on June 3, 2011
127. a (very) quick and easy delivery with nurses who cared
128. an anesthesiologist who knew what he was doing with my epidural
129. Mike's last day of school being Thursday; Molly was born on Friday
130. family and friends, phone calls and cards, meals and congratulations

131. a content newborn
132. big sisters, both mine and Molly's
133. a summer job for Mike
134. tricycles
135. clean bathrooms and a scrubbed floor throughout the house, courtesy of my husband

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Daughter's Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick

I requested to read The Daughter's Walk because I enjoy reading historical novels. The fact that this is a true story added to my interest. The author tells the story of a mother and daughter (Helga and Clara Estby) who journey across the United States by foot in order to receive enough money to save their family farm. After returning home to find things not as they left them, the daughter chooses to walk away from the family which leads to a 20 year separation from the people who she thought knew her best.

Jane Kirkpatrick weaves women, their fight for independence, and a story about a woman who is searching to find out for herself what her purpose in life really is throughout the book. This is a great book--one that includes fact and fiction and leaves the reader wanting to know more about the Estby family.

I received this book from Waterbrook Press as part of their Blogging for Books program.

Friday, June 10, 2011

A special surprise

With the arrival of Molly, we wanted to make the event special for Anna Claire too--something that would be more along the lines of what a 2 year old thinks is fun. She got to go on a Daddy date to pick it out--what could be better than your first bike?

She hasn't gotten the hang of how your feet push the pedals, but she is a fast learner so I know it won't be too long before I see her doing donuts in the driveway.

Anna Claire's newest saying is..."Molly is my best, best friend." I can't get enough of it!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Pure Joy

 Molly Christine
18 inches

Big Sister is in love