In October we realized we were pretty close, and if we made a little extra effort, we could finish by Thanksgiving! We thought that would be a great way to show our gratitude for the many many blessings the gospel has brought into our lives. So Thanksgiving night we read the last 2 1/2 chapters, and accomplished our goal! We now have read the entire Book of Mormon 7 times as a family!
And to keep with tradition, we always take the kids picture to commemorate the accomplishment, and use it to point their hearts toward being missionaries! HERE are some of our other Book of Mormon pictures. It's fun to see our family grow through the years, and realize what an important part of our lives the scriptures have been! Our home and heart are more fully turned to the Lord, and our desire to be like our Savior continues to increase. We feel God's love in our lives. We are so thankful!
I just didn't want to believe it. Josiah turned 6 months old...2 months ago! I'm just now able to think it's possible. Every momma asks, "Where does the time go?" Well let me just ask,
"WHERE DOES THE TIME GO??"
I mean, seriously, I'm pregnant for like 12 years, and he was only born like a few weeks ago, right? Nope. So let's look at the bright side of things, right? What's one of my favorite things about turning 6 months? Comparing the littlest guy with the other brothers when they were 6 months!!! So let's have even more fun and make it a game, OK? Below are brothers A, B, and C. Identify each brother, and then tell me which one you think Josiah most closely resembles! Here we go!
Brother B Brother C
So what do you think? I think he has a lot of all those guys in him, is totally a brother, but he does remind me of one guy in particular! Oh, and look how cute these next pics are... 6 month b-day 1 day birthday He still clutches his hands like that! Funny the unique little tricks they have from day one!
And here is a total bad momma testimonial. When Josiah turned 6 months, I took out all the brother pictures and realized baby #8 was a bit....ummmm.....behind developmentally. the little guy was so loved in arms all the time, he was my first baby not to be sitting at 6 months. Oops!!! Or roll over both directions. Another Oops. We just all snuggled and cuddled him so much, he was rarely down. Well, it was kind of tough, but we all made the effort to get our little guy up to speed, and within the month he was totally on target! I love to see each new stage, but it was particularly hard this time to say goodbye to the baby baby stage! sigh. Which makes me ask again,
"WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?!?!?!"
Maybe I'll blog his 7 and 8 month birthdays in a year or two....
Eleven Days AgoAll that slobber can only mean one thing...(see it dripping off he cute baby chins!)
FIRST TOOTH!!! (ok, just barely cut in, his bottom left)
2 days later
SECOND TOOTH!!! (look very closely...)
1 week since first tooth, 3 days ago
Yep, they really are there!
1 week since second tooth, today
So Josiah's happy disposition has only been slightly off, but teething is never fun! What IS fun, though, is watching Little Turtle enjoy his new chompers on pizza crust, crackers, books, yogurt, socks...anything he can get into his mouth!!
Maybe for Christmas he'll get his two front (top) teeth! I bet that's really all he wants!
So I woke up this morning to a note Brian had left before going to work....(he gets up at 4:45...I DO NOT)...asking me to send him the Halloween pics! I interpreted that as meaning I should do the blog!! I'll have to go out of order, 'cause I still need to blog Josiah's six month b-day and Rebekah's big #8 b-day, but maybe this'll motivate me! It'll make me crazy not to have things in chronological order!!! Anyways, this blog is for you, Honey-Love!
By the time Halloween night actually comes, we've been in and out of our costumes at least 5 times! These pics are a mix from all different times this past week!
So how cute are this lil' punkin' and the black cat? Oh, wait, the cat needs whiskers...(Ok, really I just couldn't choose which picture was cuter, so I had to post both!) And some more classic Halloween cuties! And the revival of old costumes that you just love so much you have to wear again! Here's where I would post Christian and Jonah....but they somehow fulfilled their goal to escape the picture taking horror! Don't worry, they will be dealt with severely!!
So on to our superhero! I love this one! And now my favorite from "The Big Night"!
I made this "Little Bo Peep" costume for Kamberlynne...and now we've had all combinations of Peep and sheep....so adorable! (And I just love the kool-aid face on Ellie....ahhhh, childhood!)
And one last pic for my Lovie... Thanks to him, I have one less blog to be behind on!!!
(Yes, I know this picture is out of focus. It's kind of symbolic.)
For those of you who don't know the story, I'll sum up.
We've got a pretty awesome girl in our family. I'd even say she is an inspiration. She knows what she believes, and the kind of person she wants to be. And she knows always doing what is right doesn't mean things always turn out right at the end of the day...or the softball season. Last year Kamberlynne's travel softball coaches decided that since Kamberlynne absolutely totally and completely does not play sports on Sunday, she would need to find another team. Yes, she shared the starting pitcher position with only one other girl. Yes, she is a talented athlete. Yes, she played with that team for three years. Yes, they originally invited her to play knowing she didn't play on Sundays. Yes, they ultimately left the decision up to her. Yes, she totally loves softball. So what did she tell them?
She told them she loves God more.
Like I said, she's pretty awesome.
And what happened? She went this summer season without playing. The whole situation was really hard, But God "works all things for good to them that love Him". He really does. A couple of weeks ago, Kamberlynne stepped back on the mound for the first time in a year, playing for a team that is very very happy to have her, and very very supportive of her Sunday worship decision. It's been a year, but her 4-0 pitching record and homerun 1st game back make it hard to tell!
The Thunder are lucky to have her on their team, but we are luckier to have such an amazing girl in our home! Welcome Home, Loo!
I'm getting pretty good at this! Actually, I smile all the time...momma caught this one on the first try!
Momma LOVES my chubby leggies!!! She tickles me and kisses me and squeezes me! Actually, it's kind of embarrassing, but she just loves my thigh and ankle rolls! And all this comes just from my milk! Momma says all the other kids started eating cereal and food by now, but I just love snuggling with my momma and my bottle! Maybe next month I'll try something new!
Sister insisted I have some pictures without my hat!
As for my usual super pleasant disposition, that pretty much hasn't changed. One thing has been bugging me, though. Ok, two. Can you see them?
How about now? They haven't broken through, yet. I wish they would. Momma wishes they would. Daddy wishes they would. Brothers wish they would. Ok, everybody wishes they would! This is how I feel about teething:
But on a happier note, here is me live action trying to learn how to belly laugh. I talk talk talk and sing sing sing, but I just haven't figured out how to laugh yet. I'm a good tryer, though!
It's ok if you think I'm the cutest Josiah ever. Momma tells me that all the time!
Harford County---Celebrating Chesapeake Bay and Maritime Heritage
Some of Harford County's most beautiful places to visit also highlight the unique and lasting attribute that water brings to the county I call home.
Gun Powder State Park
This is one of the greatest places to enjoy water in Harford county if you want to spend the day at the beach. Not only do you get to swim, but you can also go kayaking, fishing, and picnic-ing. You can also go hiking. though I've never been hiking here, my brother has, and he liked it alot!
As you can see, this is a real waterfall! It's such a beautiful area, it was even featured in the Disney movie "Tuck Everlasting". You can hike around the falls, and some people even jump off the top! I don't feel like trying it, but I do love jumping off the smaller rocks!
Havre de Grace Maritime Museum
There's not only fun outings, but alot of historic water places to visit. At the Maritime Museum you can find out about the unique history of waterman in our area. You can also learn about John Smith, the famous explorer, and his exploration of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. There is also a boat building school, which is pretty cool.
The Skipjack Martha Lewis
This is one of the most unique museums in Harford County because it is the only one that floats!!! I've never been, but I sure would like to! This would be a great way to experience firsthand what it would have been like to be a Chesapeake waterman! The Marth Lewis offers public and private tours and cruises depending on the season.
These are only some of the unique places we are able to enjoy here in Harford that highlights water and its history in our county!
Before Brian and I were married, if you would have asked us what we'd like to be doing in 15 years it would go something like this! "We want a big happy family! Catherine could homeschool the kids, and Brian could coach their sports teams. We'll serve in the church and teach our children about Jesus. Maybe we'll even adopt some kids!" Well, we're living our dream, and we love it! God is good!