you know the old saying, "if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all?" well, that's the reason i haven't updated on ava's sleep situation for awhile. things are rapidly deteriorating to the point where her 45 minute crib naps sound like a blessing! its a struggle to get her down for any sort of sleep, despite trying everything i can think of, being diligent about not allowing her to get over tired or over stimulated, and spending way too much time in her room. thank you for all of your kind comments, it is so nice knowing that people do care and i have definitely tried many of your suggestions as well. obviously to no avail.
my sister cherie and her husband ben drove down from alberta to visit us last month and she took so many great pictures while they were here, so i thought i'd sift through them to see if there were any childless photos that i could post.
samuel's hand. as long as they have those little dimples along each knuckle, they are still babies to me.
we picked the hottest day of the month to go visit our local pumpkin patch and lasted about 20 minutes before hurrying back to the car for some air conditioning.
the boys loved uncle ben, who never seemed to tire of playing with them. i so appreciate the effort my family makes in staying connected with my children even though we live so far away.
a week after ben and cherie left, my dad arrived with his telescope for the moonless run. he stayed in our garage (he claims he doesn't mind!) and was able to be present for ava's baby dedication in church. pictured, from left to right are: josh's mom chris, me holding ava, my dad, josh and gramps.
God has been reminding me daily to count my blessings. there is a pumpkin on my kitchen windowsill with the words, "give thanks" inscribed on it. as i'm pacing the floor with the oven exhaust fan blaring, while trying to calm a sleepless baby i read those words over and over and continue to give thanks for all of the blessings in my life, of which i have many.