Monday, February 28, 2005

Jonah's new name, according to Jonah: "Jonah Spider-Man Brawley"

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Jonah and Ava playing "nap time" today. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

This morning I asked Jonah what he is going to buy me for my birthday next week.
"Do you want socks, Momma?"

Monday, February 21, 2005

Tonight I went out to dinner with my sis in-law, Heather. While we were there I got a call from Jon saying the car wash had broken and he needed me to pick the kids up at the station and take them home with me. So, I get to the station and Jonah is really bummed that he can't ride home with Daddy. He told me very loudly that he wasn't ever going to ride in my van again and that he wanted to ride home in Pop-Pop's truck (Jon has been driving Jerry's truck since the flat tire for his truck is on order).
Then, just a little ways down the road, Jonah says to me, "Momma, I'm reawwy sorry I said that to you. Will you forgive me?"
It was so sweet!
I mean, how fast can a mother's heart melt?

Sunday, February 20, 2005

This morning we went out to breakfast and when we first arrived, there was a whole table full of firefighters eating together. We told Jonah that they were firemen, and he was staring at them in awe. Then as the firemen were leaving, one of them came over and gave Jonah and Ava each a sticker "badge" (so nice). After he left, we asked Jonah if he wanted to be a fireman when he grew up. This is what he said:
"No, I'm gonna be a driver."
Elisabeth: "What are you going to drive, Joe?"
Jonah: "I'm gonna drive a Chevy truck!"
We noticed most of the tables around us overheard it and were laughing, too. :0)

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Jonah went to preschool today and when he walked in his teacher said, "There he is!"
Jonah responded, "Yeah, I grew up! "
Then, less than a minute later, he said, "Teacher Sharon I have Jesus in my heart so I can die now." :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

"Hey, mom! Look what I did!!" Posted by Hello

The sweetie part of the chocolate cake. (cheesy, i know) Posted by Hello

A portrait of what could have been had Jon become a hockey player. . . Posted by Hello

Jonah trying to make "blacked out" teeth... Posted by Hello

Our neighbor Pat brought over some chocolate cake for dessert was all downhill from there. :) Posted by Hello
Yesterday I was writing Ava's name on the growth chart in her room:
Jonah: A-V-A. That spells Ava!
Elisabeth: That's right, Joe. How did you know that?
Jonah: Cuz I'm so smart.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Seen "Napoleon Dynamite" yet? Perhaps only a couple people from our Life Group will understand this pose... (Ben and Sarah??)Posted by Hello

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Learning all about the fireman uniform! Posted by Hello

This is a firetruck bush! Posted by Hello

Sitting in the drivers seat. Posted by Hello

On the back of the firetruck. Posted by Hello

Today we visited the fire station for our neighbor Marcus' birthday party and Jonah got to spray the water hose! Posted by Hello

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Last night right before dinner...
Jonah: "I can't eat dinner cuz my tummy hurts really bad."
Elisabeth: "Why does your tummy hurt?"
Jonah: "My tummy hurts cuz Jesus lives in there."
Jon (after we stopping trying not to laugh): "So you don't want to eat this roast Momma made?"
Jonah: "No."
Jon: "Do you think you could eat some chocolate?"
Jonah: "My tummy doesn't hurt anymore!! I can eat Chocolate!"

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

A windy and cold day in San Sebastian, with a couple of our teammates and some locals who went through the program a few years ago. (L to R: Megan Walker, Chris Probasco, Jon, another Jon, and Hizaiah) Posted by Hello

In San Sebastian with some students. Mikel, the one dressed like a chef, was playing in the Tamborradah festival (imagine hearing beating drums, all night long). Posted by Hello

Here are some pictures of our trip! (courtesy of Chris Probasco) This is at the Sideria with all the students who came to the states last summer. Itziar is right across from Jon and her father and mother are on either side of her. Posted by Hello

Monday, February 07, 2005

Jonah attempting a: double-hand-free-head-stand-flip-from-the-edge-of-Ava's-bed.  Posted by Hello

Avie bein' silly. Posted by Hello

Playing doll house this morning... Posted by Hello

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Just now I put Ava down for a nap. On the way up the stairs Jonah yelled out, "Goodnight Potato Head!"

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Jonah pretending to be Captain Cookie. Aarrgghh... Posted by Hello

Jon bein' silly. I guess Chevron finally drove him over the edge.
Posted by Hello

Jonah likes to dress himself.  Posted by Hello

More nicknames for our girl: Avie-bean, Aviator, Avie, Weazie, Avie-baby, Rella or Rellie (she loves Cinderella). Posted by Hello

Chubby-cheeks eating her breakfast this morning. PopPops and Nana gave her the nickname "truck stop" because she can fit so much in her mouth! Posted by Hello

Friday, February 04, 2005

Jonah: "I missed you a yot for a yong time, Mommy. I am glad we are in my house again."

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Hey everyone!! We just got back home late last night. We spent 9 days in Spain, 3 days in France, 2 days in London, and 2 days in California. Now we are home and can sleep in our own beds!! We missed the kids so much and they missed us. We are so happy to be a family again. I don't think we will be doing a trip like that again any time soon. It was so hard to be apart from our kiddos. My grandma Grace died while we were gone, and we were so sorry to have to miss the funeral, and the family sharing times. That has been really hard on me. Plus while we were gone Jonah got sick and had a double ear infection (we didn't know why he was being so cranky--we thought he missed us). He had it for a week before it was diagnosed by our friend Mindy and she was able to get him to the doctor and get him some antibiotics.
While there we had some great opportunties to talk about our Father, and were able to stay with our Basque daughter's (Itziar) family in Spanish Basque Country. That was the BEST part. Another great experience was sharing in their schools about life here in the USA and how they can come over and learn english here (and go to Young Life camp to hear about the Lord) this summer! We had a lot of students come to the interested parent meeting, so that was encouraging.
Overall it was a very hard trip. We learned a lot about relying on our Father and trusting in Him for everything (it was very hard for me to do under all the circumstances). I have also learned to ask "What are you trying to teach me through this?"
Thank you so much to all of you who kept us in your prayers. Please continue to pray for us as we readjust to life here: having to discipline again; as we begin to process the grief; dealing with jet-lag, too.
Thank you!!