Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Arrival of Titus William

Team Worth has been blessed with our newest member! Titus William Worth arrived Sunday September 22nd at 8:41pm. Weighing in at 7lbs 14ounces 20 inches long. Titus came just 2 days passed his due date. I had been waiting, waiting, and WAITING for his arrival for several weeks. I was so sure I would deliver early, especially since my first child came right on time. A bit of advice, never set yourself up like that because you may only create disappointment. I not only made it to my due date, I went beyond it. However, God's timing is perfect and who are we to question that.

For those of you who didn't know, we were being surprised with the gender. I must say I was pretty sure it was going to be a girl. I even packed some extra girlie onesies and some hair bows. So when Mark joyfully told me we had a boy I was VERY surprised. I don't think I was ever so happy to be proven wrong. We were fine with a girl, or a boy of course! Having a child is a win-win.  However, if you know our story over the last year you would know that we lost Noah Matthew at 19 weeks gestation, last October. That was an extremely challenging time in our lives, and by far the hardest thing we have had to face since being married. God gave us the grace and strength and we have been able to move on.  I think losing Noah created a "boy" shaped hole in our hearts though. It is so neat to see that even when we do not actively voice our desires to the Lord, he hears and answers them.

Thursday September 19th God gave us a practice run of sorts.The baby's heart rate deceled during a routine NST (Non-stress test). My OB did not like that so she sent me to the hospital right away, and said it was time for the baby to be born. However, throughout our time there and our discussion with the nurse and doctor it was determined that there was no rush for the little one to make their appearance. The baby looked beautiful, all the tests came back just fine. So after a long day in the hospital we went home! So again we played the waiting game...Then Sunday September 22nd came along, and that is where the real story begins.
This day started out like any other normal Sunday. We went to church as a family and then came home for a relaxing and quiet afternoon. That afternoon Eden and Mark took naps while my mom and I headed out to the craft store. While we were out I could tell that my legs and lower back were causing a lot of discomfort. I even told my mom "This baby can't stay in here for much longer because my legs and back are killing me"......As we were wrapping up our shopping trip I had a contraction This was around 3:30pm. I of course kept it to myself. Then about 20 minutes later, a contraction. I even talked through a painful contraction on the way home, and didn't mention a thing. I wanted to be sure before everyone got all excited. So when we got home I went upstairs to take a "nap", or so my mom thought. I knew I needed to keep watching the clock and I truthfully wanted to know if this was the real deal. I went upstairs, laid down, popped open a WORD document and began writing down the start time of each contraction. They started out far enough apart that I began to fall asleep between them. After a few 20 minute apart contractions I realized they were coming quicker. 9 minutes apart, 7 minutes, 5 minutes... Between 5 and 5:30pm I had 7 contractions. I decided that it was time to wake up Mark. He was sleeping in preparation for working that evening, but that of course would not happen. We talked for a while in the privacy of our room about what our game plan should be. We came downstairs around 6pm to inform Grandma of what was going on. Then we took our time pulling things together. The pain began increasing, and as I gathered things together I would take breaks to breathe and work through the contractions. We knew we didn't want to wait super long to go in, especially if the baby's heart was deceling at all during contractions. Thankfully the hospital is only about 3 blocks away, so we knew we could get there relatively quickly. We arrived at the hospital around 7:15 or 7:30pm. On our way to the hospital I mentioned to Mark that things seemed to be moving along rather quickly and that I thought we might have this baby before midnight. Mark of course thought that I should not set myself up to be dissapointed. In his mind he was calculating the length of my labor with Eden, and was pretty sure the baby wouldn't arrive till the early morning hours.

We arrived at the hospital around 7:30pm. Considering that we almost didn't make it to the hospital in time with Eden, we felt prepared and ahead of the game this time. Yes contractions were coming at a relatively quick pace, but I was able to sign necessary paperwork and calmly walk into triage.
Once we were in triage the nurse wanted to check my progress, she was a bit surprised I think when she realized I was 6cm. I was glad to be so far along already! I had just been telling myself that I needed to be OK if I hadn't made a lot of progress yet. After all, that was what it was like with Eden. With her birth I was only 1 or 2 cm when I first arrived at the hospital, and they sent me home! But 6cm, I could handle that! Things happened very quickly after that. People were coming in and out of my room in triage. I met the doctor (laborist) who was working that evening and who would be delivering our child. He began talking and I rudely interrupted with a "WAIT, WAIT, WAIT!!" as I was being thrown into another painful contraction. I needed to focus on what I was doing and not talk to the doctor at that moment :). When I'm in labor I can be a bit rude haha.

After briefly talking with the doctor and going over a few things with the nurses, I walked from triage into the delivery room. I met my new nurse, and then the nurse who would be taking care of the baby after birth. They again checked my progress soon after entering the delivery room. 8cm. WOW! Things were moving and I had little time to process everything going on around me. In the throws of contractions I would scream and want to give up, once I settled down enough I would become extra emotional and apologize to all those in the delivery room for being a wimp. Haha I was a mess.  I got to a point where I  told them I wanted to push. It seemed devastating at first when they told me I needed to wait just a little longer.  I remembered pushing came naturally, and seemed to be a good way to react to the pain when I was in labor with Eden. I was given the "OK" to push just a few minutes later. However, getting to "pushing" this time was entirely different. There was more pressure than I had ever felt before, it took all I had to just relax and listen to the doctors. I wanted the baby to just come instantly. Pushing was much harder this time, most likely due to the fact that this champ was a whole pound and a half bigger than Eden. Even once his head was delivered, there was almost no relief, for along came his shoulders. It took great effort and a God given sense of calmness to finish bringing my baby into the world safely! What relief when it was FINALLY over. We welcomed Titus with so much JOY. I'm pretty sure my first response to Mark's "IT'S A BOY" was "REALLY?" or "ARE YOU SURE?" But than an immediate connection followed as they placed him in my arms. I just started saying "I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!" Mamas everywhere understand this amazing moment! You have worked so hard (it's called labor for a reason ;), and now your eyes catch a glimpse of the little person you've been praying for and dreaming about for over 9 months. Your mother heart is left overflowing!

So for those of you paying attention to the clock, my labor was just over 5 HOURS long! I was only in the hospital for a little over an hour before Titus entered the world. I didn't know that labor could go so quickly! Everything went beautifully! As always the prize was worth every agonizing and painful contraction. We are so very thankful for our little man. God has richly blessed us. There were times in this last year that we faced fear and doubt, wondering if we might never be able to have a baby boy. As we spent time talking and recovering in the hospital it wasn't until the day after he was born that it hit me. All those doubts, fears, and worries were washed away because before my eyes was a beautiful baby BOY. A reminder to me that God is so much bigger than anything I will ever face! He has gone before me, and graciously planned out my future, and the future of my family. 

      So here are some pictures of the little guy!

And here is our family!

Thanks to all who have supported and prayed for us on this journey! We welcome it all the more as we face new challenges as a family of 4! :) 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

A word in pictures: Outside

I am very behind this month...But here it goes! The weather in west Michigan finally feels like Summer (at least some days). We have had plenty of opportunities to be outside. Woohoo!  We have been to the beach, the pool, the splash park, many playgrounds and more!...Unfortunately I haven't gotten pictures of Eden at the beach or pool recently. Rest assured...she loves them both!...Her own little pool though, she could really care less about (despite the picture below). She is an adventurer! The waves at the lake delight her, and floating around in Nana and Papa's pool is pretty exciting too. Summers do look different when you are following around a toddler. Children are a constant reminder to slow down and enjoy the little things! :)...So enjoy my month of June...Oh, and did I mention we celebrated 4 family birthdays this month...plus our Anniversary! It's been a full month folks! :)

Eden and her pool that she doesn't really like to be honest :)...Hopefully that will change as the Summer goes on.

Eden loving her first wagon ride!

The splash park she didn't want to go near...This was taken about 15 minutes after arrival :). As long as daddy was with her, she was pretty happy!

Ah! I just love them...My goodness! Super blessed :).

We really enjoyed our anniversary getaway to Ludington. The state park was beautiful! 
We did indeed climb Big Sable Lighthouse! It's 100 feet off the ground. Let's just say we both had to deal with our fear of heights :). 100 feet doesn't seem so bad...but man that small railing is all that's up there...I was like a fly stuck to the wall.

RELAY FOR LIFE...We had a great experience. Our team raised over $6,000! Way to go McCann Cancer Cancel Clan!
Best walking partner!
After the relay, the young ones enjoyed time playin' with the water table, slip and slide, and of course these fun cars :).

Head on over to Robyn's blog and see how she captured her month of June, outdoors!

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Word in Pictures: NEW

The theme for this month's blog circle is "NEW". At first I thought I might not have enough good pictures. But looking back, this was a pretty fun month. Filled with great memories! We have had many new OUTDOOR adventures with our little explorer. So thankful the warmer weather finally decided to show up! I must say it is such a joy seeing the world through Eden's eyes. She absolutely adores being in the great outdoors! So enjoy my take on "NEW"!

Eden loves going down slides...This new warm weather allows for many "sliding" opportunities. 

The beach is quickly becoming her new favorite place :)

Speaking of "New".This month we enjoyed seeing our good friend Greg Howard start a new journey with his Bride Jodi!

She likes to walk...But she loves to run! So thankful for the beautiful weather these days!

Our gorgeous girl playing with stones :).

She loves to touch the water with Daddy. They will be quite the pair this Summer!

The carnival came to town Memorial Day weekend! Eden's 1st time. She loved it!

First ride on the carousel!

This month we had many "new" experiences with our sweet Eden. Looking forward to a Summer filled with water, sand, and more memories!

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Little Girl Before Me...

18 months. 18 months of diaper changes, laughter, tears, hugs, smiles, words, milestones...and so much more! Our sweet Eden Grace is a year and a 1/2 today! Really? How did that happen. I so distinctly remember the day she entered our world and captivated our hearts. We would never be the same.

 Our family of 3 (almost 4) is such a blessing! I am so thankful to our great God for giving us such a precious gift in Eden. We have so enjoyed watching the world through her eyes. Her sense of wonder is incredible. The joy that dances across her face when she runs is non to be compared.  Now we will admit that parenting is not easy, and it's not always enjoyable. But we would also say that our hearts could not LOVE this little girl more! We are blessed beyond measure to have the privilege of raising her.We look at this task, and sometimes it can seem overwhelming. It is easy to wonder if we are doing it "right". The truth is we are imperfect parents in an imperfect world, loving and nurturing our daughter, and hoping that one day she will come to know the one who is PERFECT. Who is her Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. As Christian parents, it is our mission to raise Eden to love and serve her Creator in whatever way she feels called to.

So although, we've only been on this parenting journey for 18 months, we have learned a lot. The most important of all, is that we are not ALONE. Not only has God given us other parents to walk this road with, but He has given us HIMSELF. God did not hand us an instructional  manual  when Eden was born and say "Good luck". No, He is with us always. In the ups and downs. During the temper tantrums and strong willed moments. During the cute cuddly times and melt your heart moments. He is there to lead and direct us and grant us wisdom and patience as we raise our little girl.

Eden means "delight", and what a perfect way to describe what she has brought to our lives! Our world is more colorful, our home more full, and our hearts have been left overflowing with thankfulness to the Lord! All because of this...one...little...girl. Eden Grace :).

Allow us to share with you some things that we simply don't want to forget about our Eden at this age.

Dear Eden...

At 18 months you already have quite the personality :). You are sweet but stubborn. You are independent. You have begun to reason things out, which we find utterly adorable.  Your  two favorite things to cuddle with are your blanket and Mommy. You feed yourself, and will almost NEVER accept help while eating. Your favorite show is Veggietales, which you affectionately call "Tales". You already say so many things...hi, bye, Daddy, Mommy, no, ut-oh, oh-no, ei-ei-o, nice, dog, cat, Papa, Casey, rice, wall, bath, car, slide, ball, bubbles and water :). You absolutely love to be outside and take walks. You love animals, especially dogs. You enjoy books, and have to point out every single dog or cat that is in them.  You don't quite understand sharing, but you'll catch on soon enough. Your favorite food is yogurt, with rice as a close 2nd. You would almost always rather follow Mommy and Daddy around than play with your toys. You are simply YOU Eden, and we love seeing the little girl you are becoming!

Love always,
Mommy and Daddy

Oh, and we celebrated Eden's 1/2 birthday by taking her for her first ride on the train, at the mall. She definitely enjoyed it! We then went to Pizza Ranch with the rest of the family to celebrate Nana's actual birthday! What a fun evening!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Daddy Date

Dear Eden,

You can't understand this yet, but you are the first "first date" I have had in almost 6 years.  All you know is that your Da Da took you to the playground, pushed you on the swing, climbed on the play equipment with you, and slid down the slide with you.

It was a nice day out, and we still had the whole play place to ourselves.  I watched the wonder dance across your face as you climbed the play place and explored every crevice.     
I'll never forget this date.  I'll never forget the way
you giggled every time you slid down the slide,
or when we walked over to see two dogs; you 
nearly had a panic attack from excitement.
I'll remember how you wouldn't let me
stop singing "I've got a river of life"
the whole half a mile walk home.

This may have been our first date, but it will not be our last.  There are more playgrounds to be discovered, zoos to be visited, lakes to be swam in, and doughnuts to be eaten... But mostly, there are more times for just you and me to laugh, play, explore and love.

I love you forever Eden,

Your Dad

PS. Check out the video of us below!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Word in Pictures: In The Kitchen

I must admit, I'm not the greatest cook, or at least the most creative one. I often stick with ordinary meals around here, and find myself comparing what we eat, to what others eat. We're a busy family so planning out new,complicated, or time consuming meals is a challenge. I do desire to branch out more, and as you'll see in these pictures, I did a little bit. I love the idea of trying new things. I'm adventurous when it comes to food. When I find a new recipe and we love it, I feel such a sense of accomplishment. So here's to hoping I have many more NEW food ventures in the Kitchen. Take a minute to see  how I captured "In the Kitchen" this month!

YUM! Homemade pizza!

First attempt at homemade yogurt bites. They turned out fine, but Eden wasn't such a fan. Bummer.

We love our taco nights around here!

Sometimes...You just have to keep it simple :). ( Don't worry this is not all we had for lunch).

Love having a whiteboard in the kitchen.  I love making lists, although I rarely accomplish everything on them.

This can happen in the  kitchen too :).

Eden thoroughly enjoyed discovering this box.

First go at roasted veggies. AMAZING!

Homemade potato soup. Next time hold the crushed red pepper!

Head on over to Arlee's blog and see what's cookin' in her kitchen!

Friday, March 22, 2013

New Life

The hope of Spring is upon us. The days are getting longer and sunnier, but when venturing outside it is clear that winter is still here in West Michigan. So we must wait a little bit longer. Spring brings with it the reminder of new life, and the joy of seeing God's handiwork come ALIVE! I cannot wait to take Spring walks with Eden, or go to the park or beach as a family! The warm days cannot come fast enough. 

This time of year not only reminds us of trees sprouting, and flowers blossoming, but of the new life we are given in Christ. Easter is right around the corner. Although this world tries to ignore it's meaning and instead focus on chocolate and the Easter bunny, the fact is, this LIFE CHANGING truth cannot be ignored: Easter is ALL about the RESURRECTION of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Easter, we have no hope. As the Scriptures say If Jesus Christ was not raised from the dead, thus securing eternal life for us all, than we should be "...Of all people most to be pitied" (1 Cor. 15:19).  Unlike the ever changing seasons, our souls are forever alive because of Christ. We do not have to worry about them fading away as Autumn leaves. Our hope is built on the Lord, and that is truly something to be thankful for.

New life is a concept that transcends any culture.  Nature itself follows a pattern of life and death. It is in who we are as people to rejoice with new life, and to despair when it is lost. I'm sure we would all agree that there is something incredible about meeting a new life. A precious and vulnerable little one, that leaves your heart overflowing with thankfulness to the Lord. For it is in the face of a child that we are reminded of God's most amazing creation: Human Life! Babies have a unique way of making you pause, forget your busyness, and wonder at their very existence.The handiwork of God is incredible!

 So it is with GREAT JOY that Mark and I announce to you that we are expecting another child! God, at this very time is creating this new life inside of me, whom we cannot wait to meet! Our hearts are so very thankful. We are hopeful, and continue to ask God to grow and protect this little one. For those of you who may not know, we lost a child in the Fall at 19 weeks, our sweet Noah. We were overwhelmed with heartache, but also have never felt the love of our friends, family, and church family, so clearly. In the midst of the hardest moments God did NOT leave us. So although we must admit fear fills our hearts at times, and we worry that we may never get the joy of meeting this child, we have to remind ourselves that fear and worry will not add an extra minute to this child's life. For his life is securely found in the arms of our great God. He knows what is best, but trusting Him can be so very hard. We cannot imagine the loss of another child, and hope that we will never have to.

It is wonderful to experience the first part of this verse "The Lord gives, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21). Although, this verse often comes to my mind in the midst of trials. Right now I am so thankful that the Lord has given! He has granted us the desire of our hearts in a way only He could supply! 

So for all those curious minds...I give you our journey thus far: After losing Noah Matthew, we had decided that we would begin trying again in January. However, once it was clear that things were physically as they should be. We decided to start trying at the end of December. As God would have it, I conceived very quickly. Early January I found out that I was pregnant. What a mix of emotions we felt in those early weeks. We felt that we couldn't be completely excited; what if we lost this child too? But we didn't want fear to keep us from loving this child with our whole hearts either. During my 7th week we had our first ultrasound. Praise be to God! We saw a flickering heartbeat, but not much else :). Even a week and a 1/2 later (at my first official OB appointment) it was still early to hear the heartbeat externally. My OB suggested I come in the following week so I wouldn't have to wait a month to hear it! So at about 10 weeks I returned. What a joyful moment it was to hear that fast strong heartbeat! 160 bpm! Woohoo! :). It was after that appointment that we more openly began to share the news with our family and some close friends. My heart wanted to wait longer to share this news with the world (all of you :). I knew that I would never feel completely "safe" during this pregnancy though. Last week we had an appointment. Mark and I had the blessing of hearing our child's heartbeat for the first time,TOGETHER :). So as far as we know, things are going well. Praise the Lord!

 We are so excited to be on this journey again. But as we reach each mile stone we grow nervous. We already find ourselves at 14 weeks, which is wonderfully encouraging! My quickly expanding waist line, and popping belly would prevent us from keeping in this news much longer. Our precious miracle is due September 20th! :). It is a joy to finally share this news! We will keep you updated as we get closer to becoming a family of 4. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers!

***On another note***
We felt that this blog post should appropriately end with a reminder of where we have been. As we briefly shared above, we lost our Noah Matthew in the Fall. October 29th was by far the hardest day we have faced yet as a married couple. Holding our lifeless little boy, tears streaming down our faces, we fell apart in each others arms. Even in these unimaginable moments we want you to know that God is still so very very good! We had 19 weeks to love our little boy, and although we wanted a lifetime, we were not given that. God knew what He was doing, and we must trust Him daily with that decision. But today, March 22, is Noah's due date. We feel his loss in a fresh new way today. They joy of his arrival has been replaced with the heartache of his loss. We will never forget him. Although we have the blessing of another child to give us hope, we can't help but imagine what he would have been like. Oh, just to watch him run, play, laugh, and grow up. We hope one day to have the joy of meeting our Noah. But for now we confidently walk on. Looking forward to the plan God has for us, and knowing that He holds us ALL in His hands!


Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Night in Their Shoes

Team Worth (minus Eden) spent Friday night sleeping in a box. Well, I'm not exactly sure how much sleep was had a midst the cold, snow, and rough sleeping conditions. However, we learned some very valuable things that I think are worth sharing.

I have never before experienced homelessness, and to be very honest hope that I never will have to. But last night we got at taste, just a taste of what over 600,000 people face on given night in America. Even with our fire barrel and 2 small fire pits, a soup kitchen (out in the elements), card board boxes, sleeping bags/ blankets, and our pillows, we still had a very hard night. Mark and I shared a box of course that was constructed simply out of boxes and duct tape. (But stop and think about this MOST homeless people would be lucky to find warm/dry boxes to sleep in, let alone have the duct tape to create a shelter with those boxes). We had 1 sleeping bag, and 3 other blankets, plus our own body heat. Despite this there were many times we were cold, or uncomfortable. We even had tarps to put under/ and on top of our boxes. What a luxury right!? Well for many in our country it is!

Our evening started around 6pm. Once all boxes were done being created, we made our way outside to discuss the expectations of the night and to begin our evening as homeless people. Their were activities and discussions that guided the evening, and some lovely ladies who brought us soup. The night ended with the gift of hot chocolate in the shelter of the church. ( A blessing so many do not get on a daily or even weekly basis...A warm drink in a warm place). Everyone was to be in their boxes by midnight.

I must admit I was nervous about the evening. I easily get cold, and didn't know how I would handle hours of being outside! However, I did quite well. That is until by boots got wet. By the time I departed to my box my jeans were soaked, along with my boots, and the 3 pairs of socks I had on. Luckily, Mark had an extra pair I could wear to sleep in. I was very thankful for when Mark finally joined me in the box. I could not wait for the body heat. However, it was almost impossible to get fully comfortable sleeping out in a parking lot. We tossed and turned and although we thought we built a good structure we were soon proven wrong. Due to the heavy wet snow falling our box began to collapse and leak. Talk about being claustrophobic. By 5:30am the tarps blew off, and the tape was separating from the box. Mark was already out talking with some people who were up. I called him over, and asked for help to fix the box. But in his mind the box was a lost cause. He suggested I just get up and join the ever growing group by the fire. As I soon came to realize, almost ALL the boxes had collapsed during the night forcing people out of their boxes, and most did not sleep much at all. We were amazed with the few that did. Considering 2 of them were our younger middle schoolers who had their own boxes. No extra body heat for them. They slept great :). AMAZING!
So I put on my wet boots, and only having my leggings and PJ pants for leg warmth headed inside for a little while. This was so Mark could have a chance to take my boots and warm them by the fire. What a wonderful husband. They were a little dryer when he returned them to me, but that didn't last long. I grabbed my coat, wrapped my fleece blanket and joined the group by the fire.
Finally, the collapsing and clean up process began. We had are final wrap up discussion around 7:30am  in the shelter of the church. I have never been so happy to go home and take a nap in my own bed.

I have definitely been humbled by this experience. I shamefully admit I almost always look at homeless people with disgust and think " Stop being so lazy, get a job". But the reality is that many do not have ANY support from anyone! No guaranteed food or shelter, no job that would accept them the way they are. Even if they could land an interview, what would they wear?  Where would they shower, and how would they get there?

Many are homeless due to financial situations out of their control, some from addictions, and others because their families have abandoned them. But truth be told they are no less valuable.God has made us all in His image. God has made us all valuable.What right do we have to look at someone who may be less fortunate and define them as less valuable?   We need to care about them the way that God does. We need to love  them the way that God calls us to. How often do we take that calling seriously?

I have a lot more appreciation for what homeless people face day in day in and day out. Yes I slept in a box, and it was HARD, but I got breakfast from Mcdonalds afterwards and went home to a warm safe house, and took a wonderful nap in my warm bed. I caught my break this morning, so many never get that break. They sleep in a box like I did, they toss and turn and freeze. But they start all over again the next day. Walking miles  for food, begging at street corners, just hoping that maybe the next day will be better than the last. Just maybe someone will give them a meal, or a blanket. Maybe tonight they'll find a warm place to sleep. I NEVER have to wonder or worry about those things. I am so BLESSED. Sure maybe I took a nap in a bed, ate 2 meals so far today, showered, and put on warm clothes. Big deal...But wait...All those things are question marks for those who are homeless. When will they shower...eat...sleep...?

So the next time you see someone homeless think twice. Think about how YOU can be Christ to them. This event has challenged my heart, and my view of those who are homeless, and I hope reading this has challenged you!

**This is the box Team Worth slept it...Just in case you were wondering :)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Word in Pictures: Messy

So this last day of February came quickly, that's for sure. My photographer friends and I agreed upon the theme of "messy" for this month of pictures. All of us have children, so messes are not hard to come by, at least in my house anyway :). But I would be lying if I said all the mess revolves around my daughter haha. Truth  be told, I am not a very neat person. I desire for my home to be clean and organized, but drastically fail with the follow through. There are often mountains of laundry around my house, and piles of dishes by the sink. What I need is a system for cleaning, but I severely lack in motivation and often procrastinate my house responsibilities. So that being said, it's hard to share some of my "messy" pictures. But this is real life, for better or for worse :)....Psst. If you have a cleaning strategy that works well for you, share it with me! :)

2 days in a row Eden found her box of wipes, and decided they were better off on the floor.

I would love to have a maid. Even if all she did was my laundry!!

Oh dishes! You never seem to go away...

Proof of a fun morning bath.

Wooden Blocks, legos...and more! Yes, we have a Toddler :).

Head on over to Arlee's blog to see how she captured "Messy" :)....http://www.timandarlee.com/blog/ 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fly by February!

So it's time for an update from Team Worth.We find ourselves about to close the month of February. As a person who could really do without most of winter, that is a great thing! :). Winter is hitting hard here in  West Michigan, and the warmth and colors of spring seem very distant. I cannot wait for that first "open your windows" kind of day.
 Like many of you, sickness has not escaped us this Winter. The last few weeks have been challenging. I started with a cold back in January, and then Eden got a cold and her first round of Croup. That was not fun for any of us. It seemed like we were all on the upswing and that week I started subbing in Michigan. ( It was a TERRIBLE experience. I picked a school that was about 2 blocks from my house. I knew that it could be a rough experience, but I was not ready for what I got! Needless to say I'll be subbing in other districts :)... Following my subbing experience, Eden took a turn for the worst. She starting coughing a lot, she was super congested, and on top of that she would have horrible meltdowns. Hours of crying, that were just unbearable for us. We had never seen Eden in such a state. It was almost discouraging to find out that everything looked good at the doctors, he attributed most of it to teething. He said all teeth come in differently, and that teething pain comes in waves which would explain hour long crying fits. Poor girl! Wow, were those canine teeth terrible!
As Eden finally started to improve, Mark became the next victim. He got hit hard and fast with what we could only guess was the Flu. Mark, the always on the go guy, was on the couch for about 5 days! His sickness came at a rough time, right before our youth retreat. Mark was actually on the couch all the way until we left for the retreat. I am so proud of him, and all that he endured to lead our teens. By all means he should have been on the couch, ALL weekend. However, whenever there was something fun going on with our teens, Mark was right there in the center of it. He put aside his fatigue, tiredness, and sickness to give his heart to ministering to our kids. Although, there were times I would say he didn't make wise decisions being as "active" as he was. I know his heart was in the right place. We had a fantastic weekend with our Youth Inc. kids. Our hearts were challenged by the Word, and we were united by many different games! :). I think it's safe to say we all had fun!
I just wanted to say how impressed we were with Lincoln Lake's program, Lake Effect. Our group was used to doing their own thing. But it was decided this year to branch out a bit, and do something with a bunch of other youth groups. From hockey, tubing, 9 square and more, we had a blast! Lincoln Lake took care of everything so we could just focus on learning, growing, and having fun with our teens :).

So it's been a busy, and sick filled month for us. As we wrap up February, we look forward to a healthier and warmer month ahead!


Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Word in Pictures: Winter

For those of you who have been following my "10 on 10" you may have noticed that there was no post on the 10th this month. We decided to changed things up a bit, and pick a theme for our pictures each month. Our new project is called  a "Word in Pictures". Appropriately this month's theme is "Winter". Enjoy!

Modeling in her sled :).
Shouting to a dog across the street :).

Taking a break on our walk. 

A pretty great drink for the winter time if you ask me :).

Enjoying watching  the neighbor's dog.  Sometimes staying inside during the snow is best.

Indoor play places are awesome in the winter!

Daddy and Eden sledding. This is Eden's 1st official sled ride!

I was totally and completely chilled to the bone. However, Eden looks pretty toasty warm :) .
Natural beauty.

Our front porch swing :).

So there ya have it! It took a while, but West Michigan finally got some great snow!  Hope you enjoyed looking at how I captured "Winter". Head on over to Arlee's blog to see her project for this month!