Wednesday, January 7, 2015

September-December 2014

Told the kids I had exciting news, that they completed all their math for First grade and we only have some bible reading to do, one more verse and one more art history painting and a little science. And their reaction.... "But we love math!!!!"
Livy: Mom, are we having group today? 
Me: Not today.
Livy: Aww. I miss Turner and Lona and Taylor E and Addy and Ryan and Jen and Bella. 
Can I play on the tablet? Is it charged mom? 
Me: yup
Livy: Sign me in!
(Talking like she's grown :/)
Livy keeps grabbing me and hugging me and saying "That's my mommy, that's my girl." :)
Livy: (from her crib after I tucked her in) Mom! C'mere a sec!
Me: Yes, Liv?
Livy: Lila had a bucket and she filled it with sand and water at the beach. I prayed for Lila. I made a new friend today mom, Jacob and there was Liam and James and baby Madison.
(mind you...she prayed for all of these the midst of telling Luke and Taylor to shut their eyes! lol Lila the 2 year old she met one day at the beach over July 4th and the other 4 kids she met at Chickfila's playground today...I didn't remember their names lol I wasn't sure who she meant until Taylor told me)
She also prayed for baby Morgan who is a baby with cancer. Luke has prayed for her everyday faithfully for 6 months now. Just awesome how they pray. Love it.

Was driving home with just Livy in the car and she kept singing and singing and if it got quiet she'd yell...TALK TO ME MOM! B-I-B-L-E and There is POWER in the name of Jesus are her favorite songs to sing right now...she also sang Jesus Loves the Children of the World and Jesus Loves Me....over and over....and I asked her...
Me: Do you know what B-I-B-L-E spells?" 
Livy: What mom? 
Me: bible
Livy: Dear Lord, thank you for the bible. Amen! :)

Taylor: mom, when do we get to see a real dinosaur?
Me: I don't know because they don't exist anymore.
Taylor: least we'll get to see them in heaven and they will be nice. 
Livy: dinosaurs are sparkly. And yucky and I don't like dinosaurs. 
(Kids laughing like crazy so Livy keeps repeating....dinosaurs are sparkly!)
Last night Nick took the kids to the grocery store so I could work and the kids were helping him put away groceries. Livy is just as involved as anyone of course. Nick threw away an old frozen yogurt container to make room in the freezer and kept putting things away. He went to put something else in the freezer and the frozen yogurt was back in the freezer. I heard him ask, Who took the frozen yogurt out of the trash and put it back in the freezer? Livy says, I did. :) mind you the freezer door is heavy but I seriously am shocked at what that girl can lift, drag and carry just from sheer will power.
The kids at coop learned about the sun and Livys been talking all about it...."The sun is AMAAAAZING momma!"
The sunshine just came in the window where Livy was playing and she says "Oh my sun! Hi sun! Thank you Jesus for the sun!" Ha la la la la Lay Lu ya!" (She cracks me up)
Livy: I'm getting married mom!
Me: You are? Who are you gonna marry?
Livy: Jesus!
So today I walk into the girls room and Luke and Taylor have crowns on and sticks and Livy is holding a baby, bouncing and hushing her. They said they were king and queen and Livy was their servant taking care of the baby Taylor just had. Was wondering how Livy was going to fit into their kingdom. Now we know. Lo
Luke this morning. "Mom, you are awesome just the way God made you." :) Then Taylor chimed in.... Then in the car later...
Taylor to Livy: God made you beautiful just the way you are!
Livy: Awww thank you. Hug and kiss? (Hugs and kisses) Livy: God made you pretty sissy!
Taylor: thank you! 
Livy: God made you pretty momma!
Me: Thank you.
Livy: God made you awesome Luke!
Luke: thank you. God made you beautiful Livy.
Livy: awww thank you Luke! Hug and kiss? (Can't reach!!!!)
Then Taylor starts singing the song.... You are beautiful, so beautiful , Oh God there's nothing more beautiful....
Luke: than you Taylor.
Taylor: mom, did you hear Luke? He said there's nothing more beautiful then Taylor.
Luke: and Livy, and momma.
(Wow they do love each other when they aren't pestering) lol

Livy: No boys on the slide or the cops will come! (What?!?) lol
Luke and Livy come running out of his room...
Luke: show mommy Liv.
Livy: (points to Luke) You're under arrest! (Hits him, he falls to the ground and she sits on his back.)
Me: wow. 
Livy: I batman, I arrest Luke!
(Mind you they both had the biggest cheesiest smiles on ever.)

Taylor started choreographing a dance today...she's been on me to help her come up with a dance for Jamie Grace's Beautiful Day. Watching her just free dance to worship music with a HUGE smile on her face just makes me cry. A good cry. ;) This is 7 months ago...girls got passion. ♥
Livy brought me her blanket and a book to read.
Me: can you share your blanket w me? 
Livy: say please momma?
Me: could you please share your blanket w me?
Livy: okay. :)

Having only Jesus is better than everything in the world minus Jesus. -Carl Lentz
So what's Luke do after an 1-1/2 hr hockey practice. Come home and play hockey outside, eat dinner, then go to the basement to play more hockey
Me: guess what?
Livy: what?
Me: I love you.
Livy: I love Turner.

I walk into the room and Livy is sitting on the chair holding Taylor on her lap with a blanket on.....She said....It's okay baby.....shhhh....and then fed her a bottle. lol Livy in control and Taylor being babied....sounds about right for them both. ;)
Me: Dinners almost ready.
Livy: (runs as fast as she can to me) I get plates??? :)

Last night I was taking off my makeup and Livy was watching and waiting for me and she says so sweetly. "You're pretty momma." Not exactly what I had going through my mind. I love her. :) ♥
Listening to Livy singing Bless the Lord O My Soul this morning ♥
Livy: momma, guess what?
Me: What?
Livy: I........Love.........YOU!!!!!

Taylor: I can't wait to get married!
Me: whys that?
Taylor: because I can't wait to get wear a beautiful dress and have you do my hair.
Luke: what if it's too cold for a dress? 
Taylor: it won't be because I want to get married outside in the summer. It will be so beautiful mom and just to be married and have you there. How old will Livy be when I get married?
Me: depends when you get married.
Taylor: well I want to get married when I'm 18. So Livy will be 14.
Me: What if God shows Livy who to marry first?
Taylor: noooo! That won't happen.
Me: just saying it could. Ya never know what Gods plan is.
Taylor: I don't think so. I think I know who God wants me to marry.
Luke: you do not! Stop it.
Livy: I'm gonna marry Reed.
Taylor: awe that would be so cute.
Luke: maybe she will marry Reed mom. Ya never know.
Livy: yeah, I'm gonna marry Reed. (Big grin)

Luke: MOM! You're not gonna believe this. Livy was brushing her teeth and she put her toothpaste on her toothbrush perfectly all by herself!!! Seriously, she's getting so big! (How did she reach? What the world)
Livy: Momma, Ellianna wears pull ups now.
Me: Really? Wow, that's awesome.
Livy: I wanna wear pull ups.
Me: You have to use the potty to be able to wear pull ups.
Livy: Sigh, oh. Can I just wear my hello kitty underwear like sissy?
Me: You have to use the potty to wear those.
Livy: Sigh, Oh. 
Me: Are you going to start using the potty.
Livy: Hmmm, I don't think so.
Me: Well then you can't wear anything but diapers.
Livy: Sigh.
(Few minutes later I walk into my room and she's opened the underwear package and has a pair out and has her pants off and she's putting the underwear over her diaper.) ‪#‎stinkerpot‬

I love that Livy was looking for Jesus the whole time as we watched Sight and Sound's Moses. She was raising her hands to the worship and calling out for Jesus several times and was very happy to see him at the end. :) she also loved the horses, sheep and donkeys. :) thank youMargaret McGlaughlin for getting us tickets!
Kids didn't get to bed until 11 last night and Luke had hockey practice this morning. Nick went to wake him up at 6:00am for his 7:15am practice and he was already dressed and ready. Kid loves to play hockey. He should crash later.
Luke's first hockey game was going to be tomorrow but we found out earlier this week that only the mites would be playing. He had been counting down the days so was disappointed. Then, His coach called tonight and asked if he could play tomorrow. He was SO excited. Jumping up and down. Talking non stop, asked Nick to go over all the things he couldn't do in a game, he watched miracle on ice and I just went into his room because I kept hearing noise and he was in front of his bed dropping to his knees, pretending to be a goalie. He said he really wants me to pray over him tomorrow before the game. Never seen him so excited. Boy loves to play hockey.
And Luke's watching Miracle on Ice again this morning. Lol kid cracks me up. "Who do you play for?"
Give my kids cucumbers and cherry tomatoes and they literally cheer. Lol the Bair Cubs can devour some cucumbers and tomatoes.
Without being asked, Taylor made Luke and Livy's favorite thing for breakfast. PB bread. She's such a sweetie.
Livys been talking to Turner on the phone a lot on her cell phone. She's been talking to him about football and baseball and the drama around here with her siblings. Then all the sudden she says, My phone died! I have to charge it. Oh no, it's not charging. I can't talk to turner! Lol
Livy was pitching a fit and I took her to her crib while she continued to scream. Luke says very seriously, "Being a moms hard huh?"
Luke and Taylor are starting to learn to divide. Didn't realize how easy it would be for them to divide by two. They've done it their whole life! lol And of course Luke explains to me if we had two teams of hockey playing against each other, how many would be on each team.‪#‎homeschoolfun‬ ‪#‎firstiveeverenjoyedmath‬
So Livy is carrying the picture of turner around talking to him. She says, What kinda picture is this mom? I realized she's not seen making printed pictures lol. She keeps saying, He's looking at me! :) kids are all talking about how much they love him this morning. lol
Livy: Momma, I wanna kiss. 
(She melts my heart!)

Cracks me up that Luke continues to wake up early when he has hockey practice. Up at 5:30AM and excited to go...bugging Nick to hurry up. Crazy kid. (doesn't have to leave the house until 7)
Livy has a cold so she is sleeping beside me on her mattress on the floor. Nick and I crack up at how much she talks before bed and how excited she is to be there. After she finally stopped talking she got up and whispered, Momma. (Yes Livy) she whispered, I......(waited) Love...... (Waited) You......(and hugged and kissed me.) (nick says she has my number but seriously, does it get any cuter)
Pretty sure Taylor and Livy can manage to say "like" and "okay" more than anyone I know and together it's just crazy a lot
I was talking on the phone and started to give the area code of my cell number and Livy finished saying my cell number. What?!? Lol
We went to visit our neighbor today and Taylor took her bible over and read to her. Luke drew her LOTS of pictures (Taylor and Livy made art too) and then when I asked the kids if someone wanted to pray for her before we left, Livy immediately folded her hands and said, "Dear Lord, thank you so much for Mary, in Jesus name Amen." She started to cry and gave them the usual hug after hug and kisses. They proceeded to tell her they love her. She melted. So thankful for how my kids are loving on this sweet woman who desperately needs it.
While eating lunch Livy comes over to me and whispers in my ear, "You're my cutie pie and I love you. " then Taylor whispers, "You're the best mommy in the whole world and I love you." Then Luke whispers, "I love you momma." ♥
Listening to Livy parent her babies is hilarious. "You don't say no to mommy. Say YES mommy. Sigh. Say YES mommy. Sigh. I'm gonna have to spank your butt if you don't listen." Turns to me, "Sigh, she doesn't listen to me. She keeps saying no mommy to me. She's not being nice. She needs to say yes mommy." (Can you tell what Livy's been struggling with? Lol least she understands the frustration of being told NO to everything.)
I was talking to Luke and Taylor for some reason about when we went to pick apples and Livy says, "Mom remember how you get the apples from the tops of the trees? You use a basket on a stick and you pick it off and it drops in like Thomas Jefferson made." Hahaha this girl. We read a book with several of Thomas Jeffersons inventions in it a few weeks ago. She also knows and points out Abraham Lincoln every time she sees him.‪#‎twoyearoldin2ndgrade‬ lol
Can't wait to hear from Luke about his 2nd hockey game this morning. The last few days as he's been counting down, he's been posing play scenarios to me, what if? What if? He said, mom, I gotta practice hard cuz Lancaster might be better than the Buffaloes (first team they played) then of course last night he couldn't sleep. I go in to check on him and he's playing goalie dropping down in front of his bed. He came out around 11pm to tell me, mom, I'm just gonna try to get a couple good saves, couple good passes and a couple good scores. He said the other day, mom, ya think I could be the next Mario Lemieux? I could take his place mom. Do you think I could? Kid cracks me up.
Taylor: Mom, when can I start my own business? I want to sell jewelry. I want to start it so I can buy Livy a Christmas present. :)
When I was getting Livy dressed....Livy: Ya know what're beautiful.
At Panera yesterday, Livy pointed to one of the wall hangings and said...LOOK IT'S ADAM and EVE!!! :) (did kinda look like them ;))
Luke and Taylor just shared the gospel with Livy and had her repeat a prayer to receive Jesus into her heart. They were all so excited. I was trying to explain that she probably can't understand her sin and need for Jesus yet but that they did a great job explaining it to her. Then Livy said no to me when I told her to sit while eating and I looked at her and she said, I'm sorry mommy. Taylor says, Livy now that was a sin to disobey momma. And Luke says but she was sorry, see the Holy Spirit made her sorry she sinned! See mom!!! ;)
No matter how naughty or nice you've been, Jesus came for you to free you from bondage and give you his free gift of hope, peace and life, that you could never be good enough to earn. That's the beauty of grace and the redemption plan Jesus was born to fulfill. Thankful this Christmas. ♥
Taylor's been having a fear of the dark when she goes to nap late and it's dark when she wakes. She went to nap late today so it was dark and she came out crying, I prayed with her and sent her back to bed so she could pray on her own and not allow fear to consume her. So she comes back out an hour later. She said, "I didn't fall back asleep mom but this is so cool....I prayed and asked God for help and for his protection and I started talking to God and thanking Him for helping me to not be afraid. Then I started thanking Him for all the people in my life who I love, one by one I started naming them and thanking God for them and praying for them, then I started singing to the Lord and rocking back and forth. One direction I would say Thank you God and the other direction I would say I love you Jesus and I just felt so good that I started to cry. Not because I was scared but because I was so happy. I'm so thankful I don't have to be afraid and I can just pray and praise Jesus" (umm wow, boy am I glad I sent her back to bed to pray...I felt a little guilty for making her go back when she was so upset...confirms again..JESUS can comfort her in ways that even me as a mother can not.....HE is ultimately her refuge, her shield, her rock and I need to keep pointing these littles to their savior.)
Me: What do you want for breakfast?
Livy: Chocolate ice cream. {big grin} 
(I. think. not.)

It's one of Luke's jobs to feed the dog in the morning and He let Livy feed him once and now she begs him to let her pour the food in the bowl. This morning he asked her if she wanted to instead of having her get upset when he does it. She runs to the job, Yes Luke! Yes! Luke! I help! She feeds him and then proceeds to hug and kiss him and tell him she loves him SO much! He eats it up even though he rolls his eyes at me and wipes off the wet kiss. Now she's offering to make his bed and help him get dressed. He says, I don't need help getting dressed Livy but you can pick out what shirt. Yes! Luke! I will pick out your shirt! (They are so stinking cute together)
Luke wants to know if he can play hockey on the neighbors pool. :)
Livy at lunch whispers in my ear, You're a cutie pie momma. Then she dips everything in ketchup. Peppers, cucumbers, apples. Crazy girl.:)
Kids were matching socks and folding underwear...
Luke: I wasn't made to do laundry mom.
Me: Really?
Luke: Taylor's much better at the little socks. 
Me: You were made to help.
Luke: No, I was made for God. 
Me: Yup, to worship him and you can do that by helping your momma.
Livy calls me in after she's been in bed. "I want you to call me a pretty girl momma." 
Me: you are a pretty girl.
Livy: awe. You're a pretty girl too momma. Love you nigh night. :)
Nick put on a suit jacket for his work party tonight and Livy says "Are you getting married?" 
Nick: Yup to your momma.
Luke: you're already married.
Livy: You getting married?
Me: Who is he gonna marry?
Livy: You!
Me: are you gonna be in the wedding?
Livy: YES!
Me: What are you gonna be?
Livy: A princess!
Me: wow with a dress and flowers?
Livy: Yes! That's all I need! (Big grin and jumping) :)

Livy: Reid is going to dance ballet with me when we are 4.
Me: Really? Did you tell Reed that.
Livy: Not yet.

Me: Which dance did you like the best?
Livy: Sissys....and My Dance....I'm gonna be an angel and I'm going to fly in the sky with wings. That's gonna be my dance. Seriously mom. I'm not joking

Livy: Dear Lord, I thank you for Gods word and that you always help me. In Jesus name Amen.
Tonight while I was praying for Taylor, Livy comes up and puts one hand on Taylor's head and the other on mine and starts praying, "I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life! Amen." I'll take that verse prayed over me! :) ♥
Livy: I can use the nail gun, mom, I'm a big girl now. I CAN. (scary thing is she's NOT kidding)
Taylor is teaching Livy about the trinity. :)
Livy: I don't like that nest on Jesus head.
Me: the thorns?
Livy: yeah that nest looks like it hurts.
Taylor: that was what they did to Jesus and he died for our sins Livy so we could live!
Livy: well I don't like the nest.
The funniest is that we were in the car. She wasn't looking at a picture or anything. Completely random.)
Livy: Luke! Don't argue with me. 
Luke: No, you don't argue.
Livy: No, you don't argue.
On and on....

Today...Livy randomly stopped and started praying...
Livy: Dear Lord, Thank you for healing my leg, Amen.
Me: Did you hurt your leg?
Livy: When I broke it and had a cast on. Jesus healed it. :) (8-1/2 months ago)

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