For Luke's birthday party, we invited family and friends and went to Monkey Joe's to jump. The kids had a blast...all eighteen of them! (Well, if you don't count the three babies under nine months, all fifteen of them.) And to think all those kids belonged to only four families!
Austin gave me a new pocket sized camera to keep in my purse as an early Valentine's Day present. Apparently it doesn't take very good motion pictures because every picture I tried to take of someone jumping ended up looking like this one. I'm sure my lack of photography skills had nothing to do with it. :)
The camera does, however, take great videos like this one of Chloe singing. It's slightly repetitive but worth the wait to see Jacob using the Chapstick. Now you see why all the kids have the same cold.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Crystal, over at Money Saving Mom, is hosting a fund-raising effort to help the people of Haiti. (Be sure to visit her site as she is donating $0.30 for every comment and $10 for each blog link-up!) I feel it is an extremely worthy cause and would love to do my part. Thousands of people are hurting and need our help.
First, and foremost, we can pray, pray, pray. I showed some of the pictures of the devastation to the kids this morning and we talked about what these people were experiencing. Then we prayed together. It was a sobering time for everyone and also provided a wonderful discussion about the power of prayer and our God!
We can also give to those in need. No matter how much or how little, surely there is something everyone can give, even if it's just a few dollars. A little goes a long way, especially in Haiti.
Austin and I will be donating $0.30 for every comment left on this post to Numana Inc., an international hunger relief organization. $0.30 can provide one meal for a starving person in Haiti. So your single comment will essentially provide a person with a meal! How awesome is that?
Comments will be left open until Jan. 21. So what are you waiting for? Blow my socks off with comments! Let's work together to Help Haiti!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
What an unexpected Christmas surprise! Although we weren't expecting him until after the New Year 2010, December 17, 2009, was when Asher Alexander Harmon decided he wanted to make his grand entrance! He arrived via Cesarean at 4:54 p.m. His 19 1/2 inches weighed in at 7 pounds 2 ounces!
Because he was almost a month early (due January 11) his lungs weren't fully developed so he had to stay in the NICU for a week, until he proved he was breathing like he should be.
Wow, that was a really trying time for us as parents. It was heart-wrenching to have to leave him....especially after I was discharged and had to leave the hospital. We rented a hotel room nearby and stayed there until he came home on Christmas Eve.
This will definitely be a Christmas to remember! It was wonderful to be able to bring him home before Christmas so we could all be together. We are so thankful for all the prayers on our behalf. God's presence and strength were with us as we faced this difficult time. How good it is to know He does all things well, even when it doesn't seem that way. We thank Him for a beautiful pregnancy and a beautiful, healthy baby boy! How great is our God!