You have to try this...Emma swears by it! Much better than any ointment we have tried ever....

Miracle Skin Salve 2oz

Thursday, March 29, 2007

All about Elliot

Elliot is a very smiley baby. I likes to look at things. Here he is sitting up like a big dude! Doesn't he look spiffy?
Here he is sacked out with his Snowman lovely that Aunt Fran gave him. He loves to hold onto it and chew on the feet. Such a great gift!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Two stories that have really made me think lately...

I have heard two stories recently that have really made me think....

First I have entitled.."The Raisin box is half empty"

Someone was complaining about the little time her father had for her, and her friend asked her if the little time she had with her father was better than no time at all. The first gal was considering alienating her father, since he was only putting minimal effort into their relationship. She hemmed and hawwed and said it was just so hard and he did not seem to want to really put much effort into it. Her friend replied with this story saying, if you were hungry and you had a box of raisins and in it was only three raisins, would you throw it out complaining that there were only three raisins so you would have none at all, or would you eat the three thankful for the little bit of nourishment you received? The lady said that of course she would eat the three raisins over nothing at all. Her wise friend then said asked her why she was not grateful for the little effort her father was able to put forth, instead she was throwing the three raisins he had to offer her.

Second, I have heard before and have forgotten its impact.

There were once three monks in a land far away. Each belonged to the same order, and order that has taken two vows: 1) Silence 2) They may never touch a women. Well, one day these three set out across the country side on a journey. As they walked in silence, they came to a stream that was swollen with rain and was rapidly rushing along. A frail, young lady was struggling to cross and was obviously about to be swept away. One of the monks quickly went to her aid, sweeping her up and carrying her across the peril. He immediately set her down and they went their separate ways. The three monks continued on theirs. About an hour later, the other two not being able to stand it any longer, broke their vow of silence and berrated him for breaking his vow of not touching a women. He quietly but firmly said, "I sat the girl down as soon as we set on dry ground, you have been carrying her for the last hour."

How many times have I critized someone's behavior, when really it was myself that is the one in need of saving? It is likes Shakespeare says of the tale tell heart, that often that which we point out as sin in others is really the sin we harbor in the dark places of our own.

Just my thoughts!

Updates from the Ewings

Well, I haven't really written much lately, I see. Just mostly pictures when I get the chance. So I thought today, on my birthday, I would give a little update to you all.

First, Tal is doing great. He is enjoying his new job and working so hard. He has started to pick up the pace a bit in finding clients. I can see him really enjoying this long term. He stopped by today to bring me flowers, so sweet! He is a great dad, always playing with the kiddos and loving being with them. He took Emma to the park on Saturday. She wore him out after three hours of wild playing. She would go to the park daily if we could. He takes her as many nights of the week that I am home and able. I think he has made friends with the other parents out there as well. He is looking forward to maybe getting some fishing in this spring. Other than that, life is the same for him.

I am doing well myself. I have been informed that this is officially my last birthday. I am 29 today. And don't feel that old. And I am told I don't look it either. Sometimes I glance myself in the mirror while taking care of the kids, and think I do kind of look like a baby myself. It is weird having two kids that I am responsible for. But I love every minute of it. Yesterday we celebrated my birthday with a dinner for Matt and I. It was nice, we ate outside. I have always liked celebrating with him (his 23rd birthday was Friday). As for life in general, I am looking forward to quitting working sometime in the next two months. My parents are bringing my grandfather home, and he is going to let me take care of him. So we are in the process of finding a place for all of us to reside. As soon as we know more of a definite, I will be putting in my notice here at St. Jude. Part of me is sad because this has been a great two years of my life. But I cannot wait to be a mommy all the time to my wonderful kiddos.

Emma is still a pistol. She is talking up a storm. Her sentences are well beyond her age sometimes that they make me laugh. Last night while trying to go to sleep, (she has trouble because her mouth wants to run 90 mph) she was talking about her Two Dad, she said he would come home tomorrow (from work) and she would say, "HELLO TWO DAD" and she screamed it like as if she had just seen him walk in the door. It was just funny. She in into ABC's and counting. One of her favorite games is telling you what each UNO card is. She is growing like a weed too. She likes clothes with stuff on them like butterflies, flowers, animals, etc. And she is all about changing herself and picking out her own clothes. She says, "Mommy, you stay here, I go by myself" The other day we had been talking about going to potty (She knows how, but just isn't interested and so we haven't mastered it yet.) She said" I wear panties now mommy?" I told her if she would go to the potty all day yesterday and on Monday then on Tuesday I would let her wear panties. Well, she got some of the message, just not the qualifying part, because she ran into the potty, tried, but did not go and then came running back out with her new panties for me to put on her. I let her try, and she did good but the next time she had to go she waited too long and had an accident. But she is trying!!! The girls still eats anything. Her new favorite is cooked onions.

Elliot is so adorable! And so good. He takes pretty scheduled naps everyday. And is a great sleeper, only getting up once or twice a night usually. His big news is that he rolled from front to back this weekend. And almost made it from back to front. I could not believe it, Emma did not roll over until five months old. He can scoot around fairly well too. He doesn't like to stay still. And he prefers to see what is going on. When he takes a bottle, he must be sitting facing out so he can watch what is going on, or he will take that bottle and push it out of the way until you reposition him to sit up and see. But he is a smiley baby always talking and cooing.

So that is our life in a nutshell. More pictures tomorrow!

Mary

Friday, March 23, 2007

Smart as a whip

I just had to brag on my little girl! She has learned her right from her left. I did not know that until I was about ten. I am going to have to be so careful with her. She is too smart for her own good.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Praise and prayer for Ethan

www.ethanpowell.com

please visit and pray for this adorable boy!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Pictures from this weekend

Mommy and her little boy, aren't they a cute pair! She thinks she is the star of the show!
Little Mommy!
Emma loves her Bubby!
She is making him take his pacifer whether he wants it or not.
I think it was a not.
Emmy with her Emmy's daddy
Mommy with her two precious kiddos.
What a cutie!

He takes naps....Emma still doesn't know what that is.

Emma said, "Put him on my shoulder, so I can get him to sleep." Then she proceeded to pat his back (although it was more like, hitting) and tried to bounce him to sleep.
She said, "I love my Bubby sooooo much."
Emma loving the weather


Emma going through the knick-knacks at Big Daddy's house
Something was funny, can you believe how big that mouth is?
Emma loves to color
Emma coloring, she said she was drawing mommy's name

That is all for now. Maybe more to come.

Prayers are needed

Hey,

I have an adorable little patient that is just a few days older than Elliot. Ethan is in a fight for his life and needs your prayers. His parents have set a up a website for him, so that you can be updated daily about his needsand have asked us to help get out the word. God has been so faithful to this little boy. He had a very slim chance at survival from day one and has thus far proven the earthly predictions wrong. It is amazing to see how God is using his story to reach people all over the area and even farther. Pass this along, and please put him on your prayer list. And his parents, Ben and Becky, too, they are a sweet couple with a lot to handle at this time.

www.ethanpowell.com

Thanks,
Mary

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Kids

I got the kids to pose for me yesterday. Poor Elliot still gets abused in the situation.

I found a better position to sit Elliot. He likes this, he is just chillin....
What a handsome one he is
Emma loves her brother. How precious.
She looks like an angel....so deceiving huh? Isn't that the cutest dress though? It has really cool bloomers that are as long as her legs. She saw me pull the dress out of the closet and she threw her hands up and screamed. Then said oh, I love it.
Elliot crashed with Daddy, he could not keep his eyes open. Emma found a ballerina outfit on clearance at Target. She was so excited.
Bubby really could barely keep those eyes open.
He loves to suck his fingers or hand, which ever he can fit in his mouth.
Busy bee.
We went to Tracy and Deryl's for an afternoon of relaxing.

Emma ate up the strawberries. You cannot see her face really well, but it is painted red.
Reece is driving Emma's jeep. But Emma likes it now too!
Bubby loves his mommy!
This is our friend, Sam. He is about six months older than Bubby.



Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Fun times

Yesterday, Nuther Mother thrilled Emmy's little heart by suggesting that we pack up and go to the park to enjoy the glorious weather! So we did and it was so much fun. Emmy had a blast. She did everything by herself though. She loved the slides. And she was running around having so much fun. The next thing I knew she was basically on top of the entire playground. The spiral thing that you see inthe picture right below here, she climb up it and was sitting on top of the bar that is directly above her head. You cannot tell for here, but that is about eight feet in the air. Crazy, my heart skipped a few beats. She was so tired she fell promptly asleep. Bless her little heart. This morning when she found out that I had to work she was so sad. Then she said, "Nuther mother play outside with me" I think it dawned on her that she might get to go outside even though I wasn't there. Thankfully, Bubby took a nice long nap this afternoon, which afforded Nuther Mother and Emmy time to play. I think Emmy is learning how to pull weeds.

Emma at the park Emma in the submarine
Emma loves the slide
Look, All by myself

She decorated her face with stickers
Aren't I cute?
Elliot sits up! Well, with help


And we are gone for now...

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Pictures from the homefront

Elliot finds his smile!





Emma is too cute!