Monday, February 13, 2012

4 Month Photo Shoot

Photos shot outside,
So this was a quicky!
Eden wondering how she
can get these in her mouth
Here again we see a perfect example of how child #1 is treated far differently than all other proceeding children. Baby two and three should consider themselves lucky if they get 6 month photo shoots, and as for baby number 4 (baring any gap of 4 or more years between children) should be happy if her first birthday is celebrated with the same vigor that Eden now receives every month on the 12th!

Mark pinning her 4 month sticker on
Here in the Worth household we choose to celebrate and embrace this natural inequality.  Join with us and enjoy these photos taken by the talented Katie Worth of our daughter on her 4 month day.
Mark is ever trying to teach
Eden how to walk

One of our favorite pictures of Eden already
One of the only smiley pictures we could get of her on the day

Eden gave daddy the hearts on sticks
Every month at her photo shoot Eden has a different E that are in some of her shots
The creative and wonderful Kaitlyn Worth selects and/or creates these Es!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

God Worked in Our Lives

We did not happen to walk on Lake Michigan, and we have not yet been able to feed the hungry in West Michigan with the little food God has given us.  The IRS has not fled before our face, and Eden did not pick up her play mat and walk... but God did work in our lives this week.

All went well with the move to Michigan: we got packed up, I was able to work up until the day of the move, I didn’t fall asleep at the wheel on my overnight drive, and Katie successfully chaperoned Eden on her first flights.  But one thing was missing, a job to provide for our needs here in Michigan.  I began to get discouraged when every place called would not hire me with my exemption from training (which legally allows me to work for 4 months before I get my full certification).  

After a week I had one place, only one place, that would even take my application: Lake Woods Nursing Home.  So on Monday I picked up an application, returned it Tuesday, interviewed on Wednesday, and accepted the job 4 hours after my interview!  And so, God worked in a great way to answer our prayers this week.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Terrible Horrible...Not so Bad Flight

Many of you know that Eden and I had our own little flying adventure last week. However, it did not go exactly as planned. In some ways it was much worse, and in others it couldn't have been any better. Flying sure can have it's challenges and set backs. Delays, missed flights, and disgruntled passengers can be enough to put you in a funk. Traveling with an infant can make all of the things listed above 10x worse!
It all started in Philadelphia International Airport on Monday January 30th. Eden and I were due to take off around 4:15pm. Like any wise person would assume, it would be fitting to arrive about 2 hours before take off. That of course was the plan. A few minor set backs changed that plan: The desire for pacifiers, difficulty finding a parking spot, and a broken elevator...just to name a few :).
I finally was handed my tickets (they were ordered in advance, online) at the time my flight was boarding! YIKES! We still had to make it through security and to my gate. Going through security with an infant ALONE is quite the task! 2 bags, a stroller, and a baby. It was terrible! Obviously if I had more time, I wouldn't have rushed so much. I felt as if people were not very helpful unfortunately.  I put Eden in her stroller quickly after going through the meddle detector. Sadly, in my haste, I pinched her finger on the stroller buckle/strap. Oh my word! What came next was a break your heart kind of scream! Boy did I feel like the worst Mom on the planet! I know, I know...everyone pinches their child's finger at least once when their young, but the knowledge of that did not make the feeling of sadness in my heart go away.
So there I am trying to gather my things with a screaming infant, and make it my gate. I practically ran through the airport! Eden's blanket was falling off and getting stuck in the stroller wheels, while I was trying to hold onto my bag, and grab my sweatshirt that was falling off my shoulder. Can you picture it? Funny to explain, but in the moment it was one of the most stressful moments in my life haha.
But, by God's grace we made it to the gate! I carried a crying baby and 2 bags onto the plane. Eden and I were the last 2 on board! As we walked down the very narrow isle, I must have hit everyone with my bag. Goodness! Getting on board late really stinks when you have a window seat. Finally, I made it to my row, sat down, and immediately began feeding a very upset Eden Grace. My whole body was burning up. I was finally able to catch my breath! Now to survive the flight. I was already beat!
The first 40 minutes or so were relatively uneventful. Then it happened. Why here? Why now? Eden pooped up the back and out her diaper, all over her clothes. Where in the world was I going to change her!? I got out of my seat, feeling awful that the two ladies next to me had to move. The flight attendants told me there were changing stations located in the restrooms. They pointed me in the direction of the bigger one. Changing a baby on a plane, standing up in a very tiny bathroom, is challenging! Eden did ok, and only fussed a little. Where was I to go after? There was no way Eden would let me just sit down. Thankfully the flight attendants let me hang in the back with them. How cool. They even gave Eden her first set of wings since it was her first flight. God was sure watching over us. We didn't need to return to our seats until about 20 min. before landing. I began feeding Eden after I returned to my seat, and she fell fast asleep soon after. We then landed safely in Chicago :).
As the flight ended,God blessed me with a very helpful middle aged woman. She happened to be the person at the end of my row. This lady helped me with my bags and with little Eden. She went to get my stroller, stayed with me to help me find my terminal, and even allowed me to go to the bathroom and grab some food. Where would I have been without her!? She said she remembered traveling with her young kids and wished that someone would have helped her. Yes, I must say I was a little skeptical leaving Eden with the woman for a few minutes but she assured me she wouldn't know what to do with her anyway :). What a God send!
It was nice to be at my gate early for a change :). I was able to board my second flight in plenty of time, and it made me feel better knowing I had the same flight attendants as my previous flight. They new my story, and would understand if I had to stand in the back again.There was also a nice gentlemen across from my row who offered to help me with my carry on luggage. So far, so good. I had a window seat, but who would be the ones to join me? My heart was overjoyed when a middle aged couple who were "Want to be Grandparents" showed up in my row. They were excited to sit next to a baby. Are you kidding? How did I get so lucky! They were also Christians, and extremely helpful. The couple was so sweet, and I chatted with them most of the flight. The woman, (I'll call her Wendy) was so nice! She carried both my bags off the plane, so all I had to do was push the stroller.Then she stayed with me till Mark and my Sister-in-Law, Casey arrived.
So although the journey started off terribly, it ended with Eden and I safely arriving in Michigan. We are thankful for God's protection over us. I am especially thankful for the "Angels" God sent my way to help carry the burden of traveling alone. The trip would have ended up very differently if it weren't for those who stepped out and lent a helping hand.
I am glad that my next flight experience with Eden will not be for a couple more months. Eden will be older, I WILL arrive at the airport earlier, and I'll think through everything I have to do a bit more! Here's to      happy and uneventful flights in the future!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

2012 Goals Update

With the start of 2012 Katie and I set 5 measurable goals in place of a resolution. We figured having a measurable goal may give us some hope of following through with them as opposed to the typical ambiguous resolution (ie be a happier person, or be healthier) which is forgotten inside of two months.

In honor of making our goals measurable, we decided to post an update of where we stand on our 5 goals on the first of each month, and in doing so we will ironically get half way to our goal of posting on this blog at least twice a month.

So here is a quick update on how we are doing with our goals:
  1. We have identified 1 of the two parenting books we would like to read: “Shepherding a Child’s Heart”. I suppose that is a start. Maybe by next month we will have purchased the book.
    1. Estimated percent of goal completed: 1%
  2. Although it is the dead of winter and jogging is harder than any other time of the year, we have yet to exercise at all together this year. So the goal of finishing a 5k together without walking is yet to be started.
    1. Estimated percent of goal completed: 0%
  3. We intended to get a calendar to track our nightly prayer times on... and we still intend to do that. Still, in spite of not tracking the prayers, done pretty well with this goal. It has been a huge blessing spending most nights in prayer with my wife.
    1. Estimated percent of goal completed: 8.34%
  4. We have been in Michigan for less than a week now, there is very little work we could have done towards taking on an active ministry role in a church in Michigan yet. We have, however, been praying for that oppertunity and we know it is the will of the Lord that we be involved. I would consider that a fine start. Plus, Mark is the guest speaker at Bethel’s winter youth retreat.
    1. Estimated percent of goal completed: 5%
  5. As for updating the blog twice a month, this is our third post of 2012, so we are right on track. Katie and I are really enjoying the blog as we now call three states home and our hearts long to stay connected in all of them. I anticipate exceeding this goal by the time the year is over.
    1. Estimated percent of goal completed: 12.5%

And so concludes our first 2012 goals update! You can anticipate a blog post in the near future chronicling Katie’s decorating project for the upstairs of our new living area, a recap of our trip out to MI, plus an update on Mark’s job hunt!

PS. Leave us a comment and let us know how you are doing with your 2012 goals/resolutions!