Thursday, December 31, 2009

Auld Lang Syne

There are two significant events from 2009 that will always bring me to my knees in gratitude. The birth of my precious daughter, Eliza and God giving Chris and our family another chance at life. Give Praise! God is good!

Now to him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine.
~ Ephesians 3:20

That being said, I am happy to see 2009 come to a close and look forward to what blessings lie ahead for our family in 2010. Here are a few of our big events from 2009.
  • Owen turned 3, which has proven to be when he found his independent, stubborn personality.
  • I turned 36 and am now closer to 40 than I am to 30. Time just doesn't stop, does it?
  • We found out we were having a girl and my dreams became filled with smocked dressed and bows.
  • Chris had a heart attack and it forever changed the way I look at my family.
  • Ethan graduated from Pre-Kindergarten.
  • We sold our McKenzie house, bought a new house and moved when I was 37 weeks pregnant.
  • Ethan started kindergarten.
  • Ethan learned to swing by himself.
  • Ethan turned 5 and is growing leaps and bounds with his confidence.
  • I gave birth to Eliza Gale Bordman.
  • We lost both Corwin and Lou.
  • We celebrated 6 years of marriage.
  • I joined a bible study.
  • I was promoted to Associate Manager.

As I look to 2010 and begin to think about my new year's resolutions I know I want to keep it simple and be realistic. Afterall, succeeding at your goals feels so much better than failing at them. I want to focus on things that make me a better wife, mother and friend. So here is where I plan to start.

  • Love deeper.
  • Listen more. Talk less.
  • Appreciate my husband more.
  • Walk closer to God.
  • Play with my children more.
  • Laugh more.
  • Inhale. Exhale. Deeper.
  • And of course, the obligatory, lose this baby weight! :-)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bits and Pieces

We tried on a new dress today to see if Eliza could move into some 6-12 month things.

It fits.

She hasn't been quite as fussy today and one of her top teeth finally pushed through. She even slept a little better last night.

Now just three more to go.

She is trying to crawl. She digs her toes in and stretches her arms and fingers out to try to pull.

(baby feet are so stinkin' cute)

She has also started to notice this one.

And in true Emma fashion, she doesn't try to get away. Eliza has had a few handfuls of gray fur today and, of course, Emma just lays there. Even follows us if we leave the room. Silly cat.


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

One tooth, Two teeth, Three teeth, Four

We are seeing a lot of this these days

and this

She is one cranky little girl. And I am one cranky little momma. I knew Eliza was cutting teeth over Christmas because I could see the white of at least one tooth coming in. That and she started waking up every 3 hours crying and wanting to nurse. But last night I looked in her mouth and I could count 3 teeth coming in.

Chris went to CVS last night and picked up some Oragel and Tylenol. Not that it helped a whole heck of a lot, but we are trying anything. I am not kidding when I say she wants to nurse a.round.the.clock. And if she so much as sees me and I am not holding her, a meltdown ensues. How dare I do anything like take a shower without holding her???

So today when I was putting more Oragel on her gums, I counted FOUR teeth coming in.
Poor little thing.

Come on teeth. We could all use some sleep around here.


Monday, December 28, 2009

I Love a Good Book

We are home. Got home around 5.30pm. Started in with the unpacking and laundry right away and now Chris is upstairs happy as Larry putting all his "stuff" together. Eliza slept really well on the car ride back so it gave me a chance to read, Same Kind of Different As Me, and I finished it. I couldn't recommend it more. What a wonderful story about three amazing people and how God worked in their lives to bring them together. A few of my favorite lines in the book are these.

"When you get all the way to the end of your rope and there ain't nothin you can do, that's when God takes over." - Denver Moore

"Just tell em I'm a nobody that's tryin to tell everybody 'bout Somebody that can save anybody. That's all you need to tell em." - Denver Moore

"But I found out everybody's different - the same kind of different as me. We're all just regular folks walkin down the road God done set in front of us." - Denver Moore

I am not sure I will be able to participate in the online book club I mentioned yesterday. We are supposed to read the first 100 pages by sometime in January (I forget the date) and then log on to discuss. Since I have finished the book already, I don't want to give anything away to the others who are still reading and I am not sure now what was included in just the first 100 pages. This was one of those books that I just could not put down.

So run! Don't walk! And get a copy of this book to read.


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Chris and I took Eliza to Huntington with us today. We needed to return a few things and I wanted to go to the Christian book store, Guiding Light. I have been wanting to join an online book club but haven't been able to find this months book so far. Well, today I did. Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.
So far, it is a really good story. I am about 40 pages into it. This is the online community where we will be discussing the book.

That's it for us. It has been a pretty low key day. Barbara had her post-Christmas get together this evening and Cam's girlfriend, Kara arrived today. Otherwise, not much.

Hope everyone is having a good after Christmas time.


Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to All!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6

We have finally had a chance to slow down long enough to post some pictures of today. Ethan was the first one up I think. He came into my room and said "Mommy, come downstairs. Santa has come." I went to get Owen up and I told him Santa came and he grabbed the covers and pulled them over his head. :-) I did manage to get him up and downstairs.

Eliza got a couple of baby dolls, a Leap Frog play table, some clothes and a Praise Baby dvd and cd.
Ethan got a few new games, a couple of Star Wars legos, a gumball machine (for he and Owen to share), an old fashioned popcorn popper (for he and Owen to share), several Batman cars and people, a remote control car, some movies, Wii games, a Pat White football jersey and a Leapster 2.
Owen got several Imaginext play sets, more train track, a remote control car, some movies, Wii games, a Pat White football jersey and a Leapster 2.
Chris was spoiled as usual - rightly so. He got a waffle maker, mini fridge, an in wall sub-woofer, WVU Mountaineer Field framed picture, movies, a new wedding ring, cordless phones, Wii remote charger, WVU Mountaineer banner and an HD video camcorder.
And me....if you notice my photos are looking crisper and sharper, well it is my new camera. The camera of my dreams. A Nikon D90. I cannot tell you how much I love this camera. It is by far, my main gift this year. I also got some new clothes, perfume, boots, bible, Pampered Chef food storage containers and a Coach checkbook cover. Oh and I almost forgot, this beautiful necklace.
Each of the bars as one of the kids names on it and then the hearts are each of their birthstones. It is very cute.

And now here are a few more pictures from our day.
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
~Luke 1:14

I don't know that I will get any pictures on today. We have been having computer difficulties throughout the day so it may be tomorrow before I am able to upload any photos. However, I did want to post this Christmas Eve as a reminder to anyone reading my blog of what tonight is to so many of people around the world. Now that I am a mother, it seems it brings a whole new meaning to me.

I think of a woman who had traveled miles trying to find a place to sleep. A woman who was pregnant and didn't know where she would deliver her baby. A woman who didn't know who or what her baby boy would be to so many. Simply, a mother.

So on this Christmas, amongst the presents and the family, I hope that you will take a moment in prayer to think about this lovely woman, a mother, who delivered her son in a manger not fit for a King.

May you each have a lovely Christmas Eve and have safe travels wherever this evening may take you.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Joy to the World

And there were shepherds out in the field,
keeping watch by night.
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them. ~ Luke 2:8:9

Mimi and I took the boys caroling tonight with her church. There were 4 trucks pulling trailers full of hay. I think the boys had a good time, although it started getting really cold towards the end.
Owen was the smart one - he wanted to wear his boots. The rest of us wore regular shoes and our ankles were freezing.
Owen sang Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and ABC's and danced quite a bit to Jingle Bells. Ethan didn't say a word. I don't think it was exactly what he had in mind. Although, he hung in there for the cookies and hot chocolate back at the church after we were done.
They had brownies, cookies, fudge and hot chocolate. Yum!
And here is a picture of Eliza and the outfit that I got at The Purple Turtle yesterday.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Good Morning Beautiful

Eliza and I got ready this morning and went to MiMi's office for a visit.

Then we all went over to the Purple Turtle.

The Purple Turtle is one of those boutique childrens clothing stores that would have my visa in big trouble if I lived up here.

I managed to escape spending less than $20, which is a miracle in and of itself.

And speaking of miracles, isn't she just a blessing? All of them really. Not a day goes by that I don't look at them and think I am not worthy of such wonders. But for a reason yet unknown to me, my God has blessed me as their mother to raise them honestly and lovingly. He has given me the gift of unconditional love both through Him and my children. My cup runneth over.


The Men in My Life

This is only one of the many joys of MiMi's house.