But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Mic-Key button is OUT!

Upon picking Seth up out of his crib today I noticed his little feeding tube button lying on the mattress. His little hole into his tummy had already closed up quite a bit, so I knew there was no chance of reinserting it. If it's been out longer than four hours it has to be surgically replaced, which of course Seth wouldn't qualify for since he doesn't use it for food anymore. So we taped some gauze on it, per the doctor's orders, and it's closing up more all day long. 

The kids are getting more and more smart and deliberate in what they do, so we're having to decide what to do about (1) throwing food, (2) screaming (for fun - they make a mighty chorus!) (3) biting (as always), and (4) laughing disobedience - e.g., "Give that to Mommy," at which point they run away! Since they aren't quite yet 18 months old adjusted age, it's hard to know how much to react, distract, time-out, etc. . . please pray for wisdom for us! And for patience and diligence and peace. It's exhausting. But the kids are super fun most of the time and cute all the time!

Miss Lynn and the babies one Sunday afternoon. Marcie is climbing on the book. She hurls herself into every activity.
Aunt Judy and Aunt Jennifer with the babies: David, Marcie, Seth, Will and Grace

Grandpadad and his girls (Marcie on left, Gracie on right)
They love wearing their harness backpacks with leashes
The nighttime routine with a happy Seth

Happy Will going down the slide on his tummy

Now it's Gracie's turn with David coming up behind

Darling Gracie.

Peek . . . 

Marcie is hiding a beautiful smile behind that pacifier!

David. It's hard to terrify people with your mighty axe when your pants keep falling down.

Monday, April 21, 2014

More Good Friday playground pictures

Megan and a laughing Seth (Isaac was at Peter's again)
Marcie smiling up at me. She loves to come up to me and say, "Oh, ho, ho, ho!" and then grin hugely

Silly Gracie has a pretzel bite in her mouth. David is behind her.

Gracie again with the pretzel bite again. :)
And again, Gracie eating her pretzel and smiling at a sibling in the log.

David on the fence, obsessed with the cars as always. His favorite Baby Einstein video is the "On the Go" one about vehicles of all kinds. He specifically asked for it last night when I put on Praise Baby. He started crying "Car! Car!"

Me, David, Seth and Will (with an unknown cute kid in the background)

Two serious dinosaur-climbing boys (Seth seated, David lying down)

Happy Will laughing at David

Marcie sitting pretty

Seth happily toddling around like he thinks he's king of the dinosaurs.

ALL our Fridays are Good!

[I started this post on Saturday and here it is Monday before I finish it! I know you understand.]

Yesterday was a particularly good Friday. In addition to it being in fact Good Friday, we got to go to a new play place and discover big plastic dinosaurs and soft pretzels (and the grown-ups had Starbucks - hooray!). Thanks once again to Naomi for the excellent photography.
Seth welcoming Grandma. Look how skinny he is. :(

Grandma Jane and Marcie Jane
Snack time!  Notice Gracie sneaking my coffee. She was only supposed to have a sip, but I got distracted and she drank so much I was worried she wouldn't sleep that night. She did chatter a bit longer than normal in her bed. :}

Last night when all were in bed and the house was blissfully quiet I got to have my own Good Friday time of Bible study, re-reading the story of Jesus' crucifixion. My favorite verse in the New Testament is Matthew 27:51a, starting in vs. 50: "And Jesus cried out again with a  loud voice and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple [blocking off the Most Holy Place] was torn in two, from top to bottom."

That verse always thrills me and practically gives me chills because it means that direct access to God is now possible through Jesus's death and resurrection. Anyone can come to the Creator of the Cosmos and lover of mankind through the Son. As hard as the trials and crucifixion are to read about, I love seeing how Jesus completely finished the work His Father had given Him to do. He, the only perfect man and God in flesh, drained to the dregs the cup of God's wrath against sin and took the punishment that I deserve. Therefore, instead of spending eternity separated from Him, paying the penalty for my own sin forever and ever, I can spend eternity with Him! This is what ultimately makes all my Fridays and every other day GOOD. I have been set free, and what's more, I have a Risen Savior sitting at God's right hand in Heaven interceding for me.

Since I'm writing this on Monday, I hope your Easter was blessed!

Poor Gracie, I couldn't get a good
picture of her! But her dress
was beautiful and she was beautiful in it.

Marcie refused to wear the jacket to church (Seth wanted to wear it for her!),
I finally got her to wear it long enough for me to snap a quick picture.

Love and gratitude always,

P.S. Bible references follow for those who are interested. Clicking on the links should take you to the verses or website.

Finished work: John 19:30
Diety of Jesus: John 1:1John 8:58John 20:28Col. 2:9Phil. 2:5-8Heb. 1:8,
Cup of God's wrath against sin: Isaiah 51:17
Jesus paid the penalty for my sins: 1 Cor 15:3-4
Those who refuse Christ's sacrifice and pay for their own sins: Revelation 14:10
Jesus interceding for His people at God's right hand: http://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-interceding.html

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Our new slide!

Thank you, Reed family!! The kids are crazy about this slide!

Marcie, Seth, Will

Seth's turn! 
What a blessed mom to get to catch this little blondie at the bottom!

Marcie giving me kisses after kissing her own hand. All the kids blow or give kisses now. LOVE it!
The girls fighting for supremacy. Gracie is winning - but watch out, Will's coming!

Will is so happy and proud.

Interesting facts from everyday life right now

Interesting facts:

Isaac loves to comfort the babies and help put them to bed. It's so sweet! He's really, really amazingly good at it, too! He strokes their cheeks, prays with them, talks to them softly, and cuddles them in a blanket if they're having a hard time settling down. Or he plunks them in their crib if they're just ready to go to sleep. :)

Will can say 19 words, the most of any of the kids. I never would have thought he'd be the most articulate!

Seth likes Carnation Instant Breakfast mixed with chocolate milk, whole milk and half-and-half.

Gracie says "up" or "uppy" now when she wants to be held. She is certainly the most verbal, if not actually speaking the Queen's English. ;)

Marcie is as rough and tumble as the boys. She likes throwing herself up and over into a huge cardboard box 2/3rds full of stuffed animals. I guess she knows the landing will be soft?

David is fairly obsessed with cars and push toys and push carts and a specific truck book he makes us read to him over and over and over again, always with great delight on his part.
David in the cart he accidentally knocked Gracie over with, (see previous post) enjoying his milk and resting.

THE truck book David loves so dearly. Grandpadad sang it to him! He had to make up both the lyrics and melody. Impressive.

Gavin has been out of town since Sunday. I keep forgetting to mention that. He's doing a training course in maintenance of the engine in our Quest Kodiak aircraft in PNG. He's also getting some more helicopter flying time so he can be fresh for his next and last training: Bell Helicopter's full touchdown autorotations (practicing landing without any engine power to the rotors). He returns Saturday. In the meantime, we're doing great, thanks to lots of help and God's mercy! But I need to go to bed since I am a single parent currently. :)

The joys of single parenting: one can't keep an eye on all kids simultaneously. (Okay, so that's always true, no matter if both of us are home!) David came running down the hall with this toilet paper streaming out behind him like a bride in her veil. 

SWEET David story!

David accidentally knocked Gracie down with one of his push carts this afternoon. When I told him he needed to be more careful of poor Gracie he immediately pulled his pacifier out of his mouth, ran to her and popped it into her little wailing mouth. She promptly quit crying and he went back to his push toy, and both kids were as happy as could be. What a sweet boy to want to help her feel better; what a smart boy to know what would make her stop crying; and what a surprisingly unselfish boy to give up his one and only pacifier to his baby sister!! From David, especially, that is TRUE LOVE. He is a pacifier maniac. Only an hour before I had been frustrated at him stealing her pacifier and being slow to give it back!

Another mother of quints! Plus another zoo visit

My new friend Opalyn is 22 weeks pregnant with three little boys and two girls! This is her first pregnancy, and she's only been in the U.S. for a couple of years. She is from the Philippines, married to an American. I will hopefully get to meet her next week. She lives quite a ways from us but is still in the Dallas area.

If I have loaned anyone anything that you are now done with (or if you happen to have extra baby stuff floating around that you'd be happy to give away), could you please contact me so I can start collecting quint paraphernalia for Opalyn? We are so excited to be able to pass on the blessings we've so richly received!

Also, please pray for a safe pregnancy and healthy babies who will stay in their momma lot longer than mine did in me, Lord willing!

As we well know, having five babies at once is a ZOO! Speaking of which . . .

We went to the zoo again! The kids love it, Megan and Naomi can get us in for free, and Megan even works there now as a junior zookeeper! Such fun for us all!

Gracie's all wet after playing in the water at the Children's Zoo

Marcie loving the slide

Grandpadad and David, who thinks he owns him.
[I had the wrong camera lens on and completely ruined all the pictures I took of my mom with the kids. Sorry!]

Peek-a-boo Gracie!
Peek-a-boo Seth!
Strawberry Marcie! Her onesie from Aunt Krista and Co. has strawberries on it and she's
eating a strawberry in this picture. She loves Grandpadad's hat.
Marcie again

Gracie and Megan
Will was VERY excited about the big flying birds at the bird show!
Big Girl Gracie sitting patiently at the bird show

Climbing the stairs was the most fun part of the bird show!

Seth with David behind him on the stairs (and those are my white pants, ready to catch any falls - and dirt!)
Hugging the metal kangaroos was obligatory, apparently.

Petting the goats: David, Marcie and Seth in the very far right corner

Brave David. The last time they called the goats "doggies," but I don't think they did that this time. I'm pretty sure they barked, though! (The babies, not the goats.)

Doesn't Will look pleased with himself?

Gracie and Seth visiting the goats with Megan's help

Lots of tired kids ready to head home. My favorite, most often-repeated comments during the day were: "Are they all twins?" and "That is the CUTEST thing I've ever seen!" Dress 'em alike, line 'em up, they cause a stir!

Goodnight, Marcie!

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones