Miss Olive: 10 Months

TEN MONTHS!?!? No way!! I’m not going to write it!! No way can my baby be 10 months already! 

I’m trying to savor all of Olive’s baby sweetness as this baby becomes more and more of a toddler every day! Olive is such a joy and delight and we feel so honored that God chose us to be her family.

Here’s Olive enjoying one of Isaiah’s old toys from when he was a baby. Isaiah never took as much interest in it as she does. Livy loves it!


Height & Weight: Olive is 20.2 pounds and TALL!

Eating: Loving Mama’s milk and nursing several times a day. Eating all table food. We try to sneak in some babyfood every now and then since we have a cupboard full but she pretty much always refuses it in lieu of something that tastes better. Smarty pants!

Did I mention that she likes food?
This girl loves her blankie! 
Love me a baby in just a diaper. ❤
Sleep: Finally, we have some structure going on around here and Olive is sleeping an average of 11-12 hours straight through the night!! Occasionally she will wake up around 5 and want to nurse but often times sleeps straight through to 7 am. Halleluiah!  
Olive has pretty much slept in a pack n play since she was born because of all the moving around that we did! We finally got her crib set up this month and this is her on the baby monitor taking her first nap in it. It took her a while to fall asleep but now she sleeps great in her big girl room!

Personality: Livy is a busy girl! Always getting into something these days. She loves to laugh and play peek-a-boo type games with people. She is a snuggler and loves to lay her face on your chest. She continues to be a sweet sweet baby and we’re all smitten. =) All of us, even Zai and Ellie, love having a little baby in the house!

Always. In. To. Everything.
Miss Troublemaker!

Milestones: So…. We thought for sure Olive would be walking by 9 months. Guys, she is so so so so close. She gets up to a standing position from the floor without holding on to anything! She can walk a step or two. But then she doubts herself and gracefully drops down and goes back to crawling. She’ll walk from one piece of furniture to the next if she knows she can make it but she just doesn’t have confidence to full out walk yet!

She has been learning lots of sign language this month- all done, more, please. Also she learned to raise her hands when we say, “How big are you? SO big!” She knows my name now and crawls around the house shouting “MAMA! MOM! MAMA!” when she can’t find me.

She waves “hi” and “bye-bye” and can say, “uh-oh.” She has 8 teeth, wears size 3 diaper, and size 9-12 or 12 month clothes.

Family walk to the park!

Isaiah and Eloise: I can’t tell you the number of times that Isaiah says to me, “Awww Mom, Baby Olive is so cute.” =) And the number of times Eloise grabs and hugs and kisses her. They both love her so much (except when she’s getting into something they’re doing or building or eating….). But for the most part they all get along well and I’m grateful!

Olive has started copying the things Eloise and Isaiah say and do. You can see the wheels in her little head spinning as she takes in all that they do and then tries to do it herself. Thankfully she has some good roll models to look up to as she grows up!

This picture cracks me up. Olive thinks it’s all about her! Eloise is like, “not another picture…” and Isaiah is thinking, “Mom, I’m smiling, let’s get this over with.”
This girl’s a climber!!
The kids love their playset from Grandpa!!
HAPPY TEN MONTHS, BABY GIRL!

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Christmas 2014

Alright, so here’s some pictures from Christmas 2014. Better late than never, right? We moved into our new house on December 14 and then my parents came a week later to spend the holidays with us so it’s been busy over here! But I’m trying hard to catch up on posts (starting with my Christmas post) and have several more in the works (including a house tour!).

 

Poor Olive…. or is it poor Santa!? =)

We had a great Christmas this year! Simple, but good. We decided to go small on presents. It’s so easy to get caught up in thinking we need to buy so much (especially for our kids). But with the budget stretched especially thin with having just bought and moved into a new house we couldn’t spend alot this year. That’s ok, though, because presents are not the reason we celebrate Christmas. We celebrate because Jesus was born to save us from our sins. We celebrate to spend quality time with friends and family. We celebrate to remember what an awesome gift we’ve been given through Christ!

My three Christmas cuties!
The kids and their cousin, Gavin.
Christmas Eve!
As per Hutcheson tradition, the kids get to open their stockings on Christmas Eve. =)

 

 

 

 

 

On Christmas Eve we went to see some amazing lights in a nearby neighborhood with my parents and sisters. It was alot of fun!
Oh my!!! Look at that pout when she wanted to open a gift Christmas morning but it wasn’t her turn yet! Lol!
Ironically the pout disappeared when she opened her present. =)
Isaiah wrapped up a picture of himself as a baby, then gifted it to himself, then opened it up saying, “Oh!!! A picture of me as a baby, how cute mom. Look at me, I was so cute”. We were cracking up!
You can always count on Drew to make an amazing face on Christmas morning. =)
Like I said, we totally went all out this year on presents…. my husband got me cheese popcorn!!!
A gift for Meema.
New gloves for Papa (can you tell he doesn’t live in Florida?)
A gift for Janae!
I think Meema liked her gift! (A bird feeder)
Isaiah wrapped up a gift for Eloise – some of her own old toys. =) And then he opened it for her on Christmas morning. Lol!
One of Isaiah’s favorite gifts – A Nerf Gun from Meema and Papa. Isaiah could not understand how in the world Meema and Papa knew what he wanted most for Christmas! 😉
Adelynn got body spray!

 

 

Pacis and sippie cups for baby Livy!
That little pony tail!! ❤
Olive got her first baby doll!
Another of Isaiah’s favorite gifts!
Opening up gifts at Mimi and Grandpa’s house!

 

It was a wonderful Christmas and we all got more than we needed! We were so blessed to be able to spend lots of time with my parents and little sisters as well as Drew’s family. Thank you, Jesus, for coming as a tiny baby to save us from our sins. We are so unworthy and yet so grateful. Merry (late) Christmas!

Miss Olive: 9 Months

9 months old!

Olive is 9 months old! She is 3/4ths of the way to one year old! How in the world did that happen!?!?

This month Livy celebrated her first Christmas, moved to a new house, wore her first ponytail, and took her first step! Meema, Papa, Janae, and Adelynn (my parents and little sisters) came to visit over Christmas and Adelynn is currently staying with us until the end of January. Olive was unsure about them at first but quickly warmed up to them and is especially loving having Aunt Adelynn around to help take care of her.

Like seriously….. This girl with all her cute little faces has stolen my heart!

Height & Weight: Don’t know her height but she’s TALL! She weighs 19.4 pounds on our home scale.

Eating: Bye bye baby food!! These days we can’t get Olive to eat much baby food. I have a whole cupboard full of it but she’s decided to move on to bigger and better things. Her favorites this month include muffins, chicken, and green beans.

Always has her feet on the table… No matter what height we move the high chair to she always seems to be able to get her foot up there!!
This girl can down two pieces of pizza in one sitting, no problem!
Out to Indian with Meema, Papa, Mommy, and Daddy. She loved it and was such a good girl!

Sleep: Still waking up 1-2 times a night. It seems that as soon as she gets into a good sleeping routine things drastically change around here! But now that we’ve moved into our house, my parents have come (and gone), and things are beginning to settle into a routine around here, we are hoping that we can get her sleeping through the night again. She is currently sleeping in a pack-n-play in our room but her crib is set up in the room she will share with Eloise and soon we plan on moving her into her room!

Not quite sure about Meema tucking her into the car seat instead of Mommy. 
Her first ponytail!!!!!!

Personality: Livy loves to smile and laugh. She is very perceptive and sometimes it almost seems like she can read your emotions. She is sensitive to loud sounds and when she sees others get hurt or cry she will cry also. She can sit perfectly still on your lap for the longest time or she can be all over the place crawling and walking along furniture as fast as she can. She is such a sweetheart and people are always commenting on either how cute or how good she is!

Olive was slurping up her spaghetti noodles and we were cracking up!
I walked away for a minute to put in a load of laundry and apparently Olive got super hungry and took matters into her own hands. What a mess this little episode made! Bath time for baby, chair, table, and floor!!

Milestones: Olive celebrated her first Christmas this month. Let’s just say she’s not a fan of Santa! =)


Oh well, there’s always next year. =) 

She is so close to walking. Like SO SO close. I thought she might be an 8 month old walker when she took her first step a few days before Christmas but she hasn’t done anything more than stand and take a few faltering steps since then. She can stand up all on her own from a sitting position on the ground but she just stands there…. She can walk, she just doesn’t have the confidence to know that she can yet! Lol! =) I guess she’s just waiting to be a 9 month old walker like her mama was. =) Either way, walking is not for off for this little cutie!

Olive learned to say both Dada and Mama this month, although she says Dada far more often! Although she says her daddy’s name more often, there is no denying it…… this girl is a MAMA’S girl!!!!!!

Isaiah and Eloise: Big brother and big sister are still lovin on baby sister! Livy loves on them too and always wants to be where they are. You should see her face when she sees her siblings. She lights up! I honestly can’t imagine families that only have one child or children that grow up with no siblings! Although my children fight {PLENTY!!!!!} with each other, it makes it all worth it when they love on each other. Nothing in the world like it!!

Sisters!
I don’t think Olive enjoyed posing with her brother as much as her brother enjoyed posing with her….
Those cheeks! Melt my heart!

The Hutcheson Family’s Top Ten Best Moments of 2014

I’ve been a little MIA lately and I apologize! We moved into our new house the middle of December and a week later my parents and little sisters came for a visit! Christmas with them was wonderful and I will try to post some Holiday pictures soon. They left yesterday and now I’m back to trying to unpack and get settled in this new house!

I am feeling overwhelmed with all I have to do and have hardly had time to sit down, let alone blog. I had wanted to write a Christmas post and put up our Christmas card but never got to it! =( Drew’s hair is so long and I desperately need to cut it but haven’t had the time. My family is seriously living on Pop-Tarts and oranges as I try to pull it together enough to make meals! =) Life is crazy but I know it will settle down and soon enough we will be comfortable and at home in our new house. Anyways, I just wanted to pop in to wish you all a (belated) MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

God has been {SO} faithful to us over this past year and I wanted to take some time to post our top ten best moments of 2014. 
To God be the glory!

10. We vacationed at Myrtle Beach for the first time over the summer and had a great time with our extended family.
9. We realized how much we LOVE Chick-Fil-A now that we live near tons of them!
8. Drew finished his first semester of grad school!
7. Isaiah turned 4 years old! What a funny kid he is and always keeps us laughing!
6. Eloise turned 2 years old! This sweet little girl (with a big attitude!) is so snuggly and loving. We are so glad she’s in our family.
5. Drew and I celebrated 5 years of marriage. So thankful I have such a great partner who points me to the Lord as we navigate this crazy life together.
4. We moved to Florida! Drew never ever thought he’d move back to his hometown of Jacksonville but we are adjusting to life in the South and learning to make a home wherever we are!
3. We bought our very first home! We are so thankful for how far God has brought us since this time last year when Drew had no job and we had very little to our name. Only the Lord could bring us this far.
2. Sweet Olive Kay joined our family in April! Praise the Lord for a quick and easy delivery and a healthy baby. She brings so much joy into our lives!
1. Everywhere we went and in everything we did the Lord provided for our every need, going with us every step of the way.

Happy New Year!

 

Miss Olive: 8 Months

Livy is 8 months old today! Things have been so crazy around here with our new house that I almost forgot! Some friends of ours reminded us last night. Whew! 

This past month, Olive learned how to walk while pushing her walker (can’t walk on her own yet), celebrated her first Thanksgiving, learned to give open-mouth, slobbery kisses, and tried her first olive (she loved it, of course!!!)!

Super baby!! Walking with her walker!

Height & Weight: Don’t know her height but she’s TALL! She weighs 18.6 pounds on our home scale. She’s somewhere around the 95th percentile for height and 75th for weight.

Could anything smell sweeter than a freshly bathed baby?!?

Eating: Olive is quite an adventurous eater these days! This past month she has eaten pizza, pumpkin pie, potato salad, and chicken. She still likes her baby food but is starting to get savvy as to how good “real” food tastes! =) She does well with finger food and feeds herself most of the time. She still nurses regularly and loves her milk from mommy!!

These pictures are from the family pictures we got done last month. ❤
Sleep: Doing pretty good these days!! Olive usually goes down at 8 pm and wakes for a feeding (or I wake her) around 11 pm, right before I go to bed. Then she’s up to eat again at 6 pm. She could probably wake up for the day at 6 am, but {I} do not want to wake up for the day at 6 so I usually feed her and put her back down and she sleeps till 7:30/8 am…. a much better time. =) She takes a morning nap, a looooong afternoon nap, and sometimes a quick catnap around 5 pm. She goes down awake and snuggles with her blankie and paci to go to sleep. She’s a belly sleeper!
Sometimes I like to imagine that Livy has luscious, blonde curls…. but then I realize that it’s just how her headband bent her hair and that really……. it’s pin straight.  =)
Movie and milkshake night! The kids were helping daddy blend up the ice cream! 

Personality: Like seriously, could a baby be any sweeter than Olive is? Livy is a happy, easy-going, smiley, content, and snuggly baby. She melts my heart. =) The past two weeks she’s had a cold and been teething (three teeth now!) so she’s been clingy and a bit grumpy. I miss my normal Olive and hope she gets back to health soon! I think her cold is on it’s way out the door so that’s good.

Pool baby!
Ellie climbed into Livy’s bed and wrapped her up like a burrito one morning. Olive loved it. =)

Milestones: Livy got her ears pierced two weekends ago! We pierced Eloise’s ears when she was six months old, so it was only fair that we get Olive’s done too! =) She cried and cried when she got it done but it was short-lived and they don’t bother her at all now. Olive learned to push her walker across the room this month and is close to walking on her own. She still zooms around the house on hands and knees as her main mode of transportation but I don’t think walking is far off! Olive also wore her first pair of jeans this month. Big girl!!

Ready to get her ears pierced! All smiles now but that changed soon after this picture was taken!! =)
Olive and her new friend, Bailey, just two weeks older than her!
My sweet sweet Olive.

Isaiah and Eloise: The other day I asked Isaiah if he thought that Baby Olive was going to be a boy before she was born (we didn’t know her gender before she was born). He said, “Yea…. well mom, I’m still thinking she’s going to be a boy someday.” Lol! He still hasn’t give up hope for a brother! =)

Olive is soooo mobile now that she gets into the kids’ stuff all the time. They are pretty good about it but sometimes it gets on their nerves. Usually Isaiah will just pick Olive up and move her away but that doesn’t keep her away for long…. she’s a speed crawler!! For the most part they all play pretty well together, though. 
Last week we were driving and I went to get the kids out of the car and found gobs and gobs of Eloise’s hair in Olive’s hands! Their car seats are right next to each other and Eloise had fallen asleep and while she was sleeping Olive pulled out tons of her hair! I don’t know how Ellie didn’t wake up, it looks like that hurt!!! Oh well!
Eloise, the paci stealer!
Big brother, little sister. 
Big sister, little sister. 
The kids with their cousin, Gavin! 

Happy Eight Months, Olive! We Love You!

2014 Family Pictures

I try and get family pictures done every year and for the past three years (ever since we’ve had more than one child in our family) I always leave the session thinking WHY IN THE WORLD DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF!?!?
Not only is it stressful coordinating everyone’s outfits and trying to get everyone to look perfect and STAY looking perfect before the session, but during the shoot the kids are running all over, someone gets dirt on their white shirt, someone doesn’t want to smile and has a meltdown, someone spits up babyfood all over, someone cries because they’re cold, someone cries because they’re hot, someone’s hungry… ALL the children want to do is play instead of take cute, sweet pictures that help us look like a perfectly put together family. It’s pretty much impossible to get all the children to look and smile at the camera at the same time and every year, by the end of the session, Drew and I are pretty much exhausted and swear we’ll never do it again.
But THEN… I get the pictures. And no, they’re not perfect. There is not one picture where everyone is looking and smiling. In most pictures one kid has a goofy look on their face. Usually (if the kids are smiling) they’re cheesy smiles. In some pictures one kid is a blurr because they were moving.  But you know what? They’re {REAL}. They are pictures of what {REAL} life is like for us with three young children. They represent a far from perfect and yet completely beautiful time of life that we’re in.
And so, we’ll continue taking family pictures every year. We want to remember how our children and our lives are {now}. And someday we’ll be thankful that we didn’t wait until everything was “perfect” to take pictures and make lasting memories!!
To see our 2011 family pictures click here.
To see our 2012 family pictures click here. (This was before we could show Eloise’s sweet face!)
To see our 2013 family pictures click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures taken by the lovely Kimberly at Kimberly Renee Photography.

Miss Olive: 7 Months

Olive turned 7 months old a few days ago! Crazy! This month she celebrated her first Halloween, began sleeping (pretty much) through the night, and got her toe nails painted for the first time. We are so in love with her sweet personality and thankful she’s in our lives!

Seven Months!


Height & Weight: 18 pounds 3 ounces and 27.2 inches long


Eating: Olive is doing great on baby food and also enjoying finger foods like cheerios, baby mum mums, canned green beans, and yogurt melts. She continues to nurse like a champ and loves her mommy milk. She can also drink water from a sippy cup by herself (though she makes a mess!). 

Sweet girl. 
Yes, sometimes things get messy at Chik-Fil-A. 
Getting ready for Halloween
Sleep: Two naps during the day and sometimes a cat nap at dinner time. She goes down awake and soothes herself to sleep. She is a great napper! We finally were able to do some night time sleep training with Olive and it has helped alot! With all the different houses we’ve lived in during her lifetime and the lack of routine and structure as we’ve moved from place to place, it was hard to get her a routine set up. Also, in our temporary apartment we’re all sleeping in ONE room which makes it kind of hard to let her cry it out. However, I finally bit the bullet, bought some earplugs, and let her cry a few nights. Isaiah and Eloise did wake up from her crying but went back down. It took a few nights but she is sleeping much better and not eating at ALL at night! She goes to bed at 8 pm, I wake her up for a dreamfeed at 11, and then she sleeps through till 7/8 am. Sometimes she’ll wake up during the night but will easily go back down without being nursed. Progress! =)

Who, me? Just pulling out the laundry to help Mommy out. 
Personality: Olive continues to be such a loving baby! She recently learned how to give kisses on command and loves to give big, slobbery, open mouthed kisses. She loves to cuddle and has become such a mama’s girl. She does NOT like to be away from me these days! She is a very content baby. Honestly, she’s not much work, and I’m grateful for a baby like this as my third!! She will play on her own, entertain herself or be entertained by her siblings for most of the day. 

                                                                         Clapping girl!

Seriously, the world’s best shopper. She could go for hours and be content!
Milestones: This month Olive has become a lean, mean, crawling machine. She’s been crawling since the latter part of 5 months old so she’s an old pro by now! She is FAST! And she pulls herself up on anything and everything, even flat surfaces. She is even starting to let go and see if she can stand by herself! Crazy girl!!! This month she learned to clap her hands on command and loves doing it. She also got her first pedicure (Pink!) and celebrated her first Halloween. She was a cute little ladybug. 

Little Livy Ladybug!
Livy, the crawling and climbing machine. 
What could be sweeter than cute, pink baby toes?!?
Trying to stand on her own!
Isaiah and Eloise: Isaiah and Eloise love their baby sister, that’s for sure! Isaiah is enjoying her even more these days as she’s able to do more. He will often go up to her and jiggle her cheeks and say, “Hey there, Little Cutie.” He interacts with her a lot! Eloise does too! Olive is her baby and she LOVES her baby!! We’ve begun talking about how in our new house Olive and Eloise are going to share a room and Eloise is very excited about that! Isaiah’s a little bummed though! We told him he can sleep with the dog, though, and that seems to be enough for him. =) 

Happy 7 Months, Baby Girl! We’re glad you’re in our family!

Why Our Daughter is a Princess AND a Servant

Just like many little girls her age, Eloise is obsessed with princesses. Her current favorite is Elsa from Frozen (Ummmm hello? Isn’t every little girl currently obsessed with Elsa!?). For Halloween she is going to be Cinderella (she’s content being pretty much ANY princess). At the top of her lungs she points out any princess she sees. She loves to read princess story books and watch princess movies.

Sometimes she even thinks her name is Princess. The other day I watched a hilarious exchange between the kids and some complete strangers. The kids were out on our deck and were yelling out to some strangers in the parking lot (we currently live in an apartment building). Isaiah shouted, “Hey, my name is Isaiah!” and the strangers politely responded what their names were. Then he yelled out, “And this is my sister. Her name is Ellawee!” But Eloise was having none of that and she shouted, “NO I’m Princess!”. And thus started a debate of the two kids yelling out to the poor, unsuspecting strangers, “Her name is Eloise” and “NO I’m Princess!” over and over again. I’m pretty sure those dazed strangers left without understanding a word of what was going on, just happy to get in their car and speed away from those crazy children. =)

We love that Eloise loves princesses and says that she is one. BUT we are very careful with how far we allow the whole princess attitude to go. We want her to grow in her understanding that her princess playtime is clearly fantasy and not something to truly aspire to.

I think there are some serious issues with kids growing up in our country these days. Since we’re talking about girls I’ll focus on them for now. Girls are growing up thinking they are not only princesses but QUEENS, needing to be served, having people (men) bend their wills to them, thinking they are in charge of life! Many parents are raising a generation of spoiled, rotten, brats (to put it frankly) who get what they want when they want it because they are “royalty”! Girls are fixated on looking perfect and are constantly searching for the newest thing to make them look more beautiful. And I think some of it starts at two years old with the princess mentality (though obviously not a complete and holistic source). Our girls are growing up from a young age thinking they rule the roost! They are the princess, the boss, the chief of command! (And please, if you don’t believe me just watch the show Toddlers and Tiaras.) This is not the mentality that we want to instill in Eloise or any of our children. And it’s not the example that Jesus set before us…

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28


We need to be careful to set the example of Jesus before our girls, not the example of the world. Yes, Eloise can pretend to be a princess. She can be Cinderella for Halloween. She can dress up in princess dresses and read princess books, and have a princess themed room. {BUT} she is also a servant. She is a princess AND a servant. And if you ask her she will tell you that! (Hopefully…. we’ve been working for some time now to drill it into her). We want to teach Eloise that in order to be a great princess, she has to be a great servant. She needs to serve others, to look out for others above herself, not to expect everything to be handed to her but to be willing to put in hard work and effort. Not to live on a throne above the rest of society but to get her hands dirty digging in the dirt, taking care of herself, her family, and helping others. 
While being a princess sounds wonderful (beautiful, “saved” by a prince, rich, etc), it is not realistic. For most of us life does not provide (on a constant basis) a flood of lavish gifts, attention, and assistance in times of need. And we don’t want our daughters growing up thinking that that is how life is supposed to be. I don’t want my daughters to expect to get everything they want; Drew and I hope to raise them to be thankful for getting the things they need.

The Bible speaks of a reputable woman as being a servant,

“She must be well respected by everyone because of the good she has done. Has she brought up her children well? Has she been kind to strangers and served other believers humbly? Has she helped those who are in trouble? Has she always been ready to do good?”
1 Timothy 5:10

And does the Proverbs 31 woman, the woman God calls “excellent”, sound like a Disney princess to you? She is a princess for sure, but not the kind we think of. (Not all verses from the chapter are included)

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    and portions for her maidens.
16 
17 She <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-17302U" data-link="(U)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>dresses herself with strength
    and makes her arms strong.
18 
20 She <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-17305V" data-link="(V)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>opens her hand to <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-17305W" data-link="(W)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>the poor
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    and she laughs at the time to come.
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27 She looks well to the ways of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.

And what does God say about this woman?

Her children rise up and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-17314AF" data-link="(AF)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>women have done <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-17314AG" data-link="(AG)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>
excellently,

    but you surpass them all.”
30 <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-17315AH" data-link="(AH)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,

    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

This is the type of woman we want Eloise to be!

And we teach the same concept of servant hood to Isaiah. He is told by Drew often that, “In order to be a great leader, he must first be a great servant.” And we will tell Olive the same things as she gets older.

Please, don’t get me wrong. We want our kids to know how special and loved they are to us, others, and God. We want them to feel treasured. Eloise {IS} treasured. She is LOVED. She is special. She is priceless to us. And we want her future spouse to feel and treat her the same way. We want to give her the whole world and then some! But, more important than the things we WANT to give her is our overarching desire not to have her (or any of our children) grow up with a sense of entitlement in life. Thinking that they deserve more, better, the best out of life because of the priceless prince or princesses that they are.
We believe Eloise is a princess. But we remind her that she is also a servant. And she is for darn sure the cutest princess/servant I have ever seen!  

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Yesterday we made a little visit to a nearby pumpkin patch. It’s a tradition of ours to take the kids to a pumpkin patch each fall and let them each pick out a pumpkin. Isaiah was so excited all day long… He couldn’t WAIT for daddy to get home from work so we could go! Eloise caught onto Isaiah’s excitement but I don’t think she had any idea what a pumpkin patch was because she was too little to remember last year. But all the kids had a blast and we found some perfect pumpkins that we are going to work on carving sometime soon. =) Krispy Kreme donuts on the way home made for a perfect evening.

What fall traditions do you have for your family?

Let the pumpkin picking begin!

 

❤ The cuteness!!!! ❤

 

I promise you, we TRIED to get a good picture… after about 10 shots, cheesy smiles, and silly gestures, we took what we could get. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

So thankful for my family!
Leaving with pumpkins in hand! (Daddy carried the big one!) It was a fun evening!

Miss Olive: 6 Months

Six months old and happy about it!

It’s Miss Livy’s half birthday today! Can’t believe she is half way to one! Olive learned so much this past month. Before she even turned 6 months old, she learned how to sit on her own, crawl, and pull herself up to a standing position! Seriously!?!? Nothing slows this girl down and she’s determined to do everything that her big brother and sister can!! =)

Above is a video of Olive crawling, pulling herself up on the couch….. and eating big sister Eloise’s toes. Gross, I know. 


Height & Weight: 17.8 pounds and 26.5 inches long

Eating: We haven’t officially started Olive on solids yet but we have given her a few tastes of solid food here and there. She doesn’t seem to be accepting it as readily as I had anticipated she would. We’re not pushing it at all on her and will just keep trying every once and a while until she feels comfortable with it. She’s still nursing well and loving her milk!

First time in a highchair! She’s not too sure about it…
Her first Baby Mum Mum!
Sleep: Pretty much the same with sleeping as the past few months. Waking twice a night but one time is usually around 11 pm before I even go to bed, so it’s not too bad! Last week she was sick and was waking up every 1-2 hours and wouldn’t go back to sleep, taking 45 minute naps, and wanting to be constantly held. Let me tell you, I am {happy} to have my sweet Olive back and I’ll take a baby who sleeps 12 hours a night with two wakings any day over that!!! Olive is taking three 2 hours naps during the day and sleeps great on her belly in her own bed. I usually find her sitting up and almost standing up when I go to get her after naps!
Love this little burrito
Silly faces
 Personality: Livy is such a ham! She wrinkles up her nose in the cutest way when she smiles. She LOVES to smile and does it often. She is sweet and cuddly and oh… I could just eat her up!!! Can’t get enough of this girl!!

Livy didn’t make this mess but she had fun playing in it!
Milestones: Olive learned to sit on her own, crawl, and pull herself up to a standing position this month. She also tried her first bite of solid food, sat in her first highchair, rode in a shopping cart for the first time, and swung in a swing for the first time!
First time in a swing!
First time sitting on her own!
One of her first attempts at crawling!
First time sitting in a shopping cart!
Isaiah and Eloise: Now that Olive is mobile it’s created a little bit of a different dynanmic between her and the other kids. She can sit and play with them and crawl after them which is fun. But now she can also get into their toys, pull down their forts, mess up their lego buildings, etc. So far they’ve seemed to be ok with it but I’m anticipating it getting worse as she does it more and more! 

Eloise still thinks Olive is like the sun, moon, and stars!! If Olive is crying she always calls out, “Mom! My sister’s crying!! Get her!” She’s very concerned about her baby sister. Isaiah is concentrated on getting Olive is say words and so when Olive babbles he says, “Mom!! Did you hear it? Olive said my name!” =)

One thing that’s been fun is that this month Olive started fitting into Eloise’s hand-me-down clothes. Since we adopted Eloise at 6 months old, I don’t have any clothes from her smaller than 3-6 months. I didn’t bring many of her hand-me-downs back with me from Uganda but I did bring some of the more special ones and it’s been fun to see Olive wearing them!!
This is Eloise on her VERY first evening with us. We had just gotten home from picking her up at the orphanage!
And this is Olive in Eloise’s “coming home” dress. So special!
This is the very first outfit I bought in Uganda for Eloise, before we even knew when or if she would be our daughter. It’s the outfit she wore on her first full day home with us. 
And here’s sweet Olive in the very same outfit. ❤

Big brother loves his little sister. 

Sisters and best friends

Poor Eloise, Olive always wants to be right where she is… even when she’s on the potty. 


Three of my four favorite people in the world! ❤

Isaiah asked if he could push Olive around in a laundry basket. He’s a good big brother. =)
Eloise loves to make her sister laugh!
And she thinks that Olive is her own personal baby doll. =)

Isaiah wanted his whale to be in this picture with Baby Olive and her piggy. =) Happy Six Months, Baby Girl!!!