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Fall is a busy time!

The last few months have gone the way they tend to in the fall… entirely too fast! It is hard to believe that November is here already (especially since the weather this week was in the mid-60s!) and that the fall semester is over half finished.

We’ve been keeping busy – enjoying the beautiful fall weather, spending time with new neighbors, making pear and apple sauce, filling our house with students, hosting Sarah (our planting coach with InterVarsity) for a visit, two fall conferences, garden and yard work, hosting our parents, and seeing our kids grow right in front of our eyes.

With all of the activity, I think a photo update will be more interesting than reading my account of these activities. Enjoy!

Happy 4th Birthday, Caleb!

Caleb turned four in August. He’s such a big boy and has embraced his role as a big brother!

Painting trim

Our old house has gotten more updates this fall – and the trim on this window now matches the rest of the house. We’ve removed more trees from the yard, painted a little more in the kitchen, and are halfway through adding more insulation in the attic. (Hopefully it will be done in a few days!)

Big boy!

These days Elliot is sitting up unsupported, cut his bottom two front teeth, is eating solid foods, and giggles (often with Caleb) all through the day.

Making pear sauce

Our pear tree gave us a ton of pears, and we made 20 quarts of pear sauce this fall!

Ridiculous-looking pear tree

The pear tree got a makeover when it was time to harvest the pears, since it had been allowed to grow waaaaay too tall. It looks ridiculous right now, but we’re hoping it will grow well so we can remove the really tall part next year.

Sunset

When Sarah, our planting coach, came to visit, she spent a lot of time on campus with Hans – meeting students, learning about Michigan Tech, and helping with an interactive gospel display. We also showed her the Keweenaw, and went up to Brockway to watch the sunset.

Merry-go-round!

October had wonderful weather, and one Sunday it was in the 70s. We enjoyed a picnic after church and spent time playing at the park.

Halloween - a mailman and a little envelope!

Halloween seemed to last forever this year – our little mailman dressed up four times for Halloween events. (Thankfully only one of those gave much candy.) Elliot went to Safehouse at Michigan Tech as an envelope. (pictured)

One Month Old

Elliot

On Sunday Elliot was one month old. It seems like he has been a part of the family for a long time, yet it’s only been a little over four weeks. (Of course, some of that feeling probably comes from the fact that I’m not sleeping more than three hours at a time…) We’ve been asked over and over how we’re adjusting to being a family of four (rather well, if you’re curious), and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how little stress I feel compared to when Caleb was a baby. At least, I don’t have nearly as much of the “am I doing it right?” stress. I’m learning that having a second baby brings different kinds of stresses and joys than the first baby.

For example:

  1. Less Sleep
    Common sense tells me that I’m going to sleep less now that there’s another child in the house, but for some reason I was surprised by how tired I’ve been. It actually took a week or two for me to realize that I’m more tired because I nap less with Elliot than I did when Caleb was a baby. Little sleep heightens my emotions, so it’s been a little bit of a roller coaster ride.
  2. The Big Brother
    I wasn’t sure how Caleb would adjust to being a big brother, but he is doing great and is a big help. For example, when we were at church this morning for Bible study, some of the other kids were trying to rock Elliot in his carseat and Caleb got upset – trying to push the other kids away, saying “he’s my baby”. While I don’t want him to be too possessive of Elliot or get jealous because the other kids are trying to help, I love that he has started to bond with his little brother.Tummy Time!It’s definitely been different juggling caring for a baby with caring for a preschooler, and sometimes I feel guilty because I think I’m not interacting with Elliot enough, but then I see Caleb run up and sing Elliot a song because he is crying. That’s been a reminder that Elliot doesn’t just have Hans and I – he has a big brother, too!
  3. New Parent Stress
    Like I said above, this time around I have felt much less of the “am I doing it right?” stress since a lot of the actions of caring for a new baby seemed to come back naturally – I have just enjoyed taking care of the baby instead of worrying about doing it “right”. But Elliot has been a gassy baby from day one, and has had a lot of pain (and therefore, lots of crying). The stressful part is trying to figure out what to do to help him feel better. He was put on medicine to help with reflux, but the medicine seems to make it worse, so we’ll see what the doctor says.

I could keep coming up with differences, but it doesn’t matter. Elliot is a different child than Caleb and I am enjoying having him in our family. It will be fun to see how he is like his big brother and how he is different as the days and weeks progress. And it will be fun to continue to see Caleb and Elliot’s relationship grow, too!

Easter Sunday

Easter, 2015

Making Birds Nest Cookies

For Easter, we made birds nest cookies. Caleb did most of the work all by himself!

Brothers

Taken just a few days after Elliot came home from the hospital.

Introducing Elliot Andrés

Elliot Andrés (Andrew in Spanish) was born on Thursday, March 19, at 3:36 pm, after 15 hours of labor. We had an exciting trip to the hospital in the middle of the night, since the Portage Lake lift bridge was closed for maintenance when we needed to cross. I never expected to need to call 911 on the way to the hospital to ensure that we could cross the bridge, but that’s what we had to do, and a police squad car came to let us on the bridge.

But other than that, Elliot’s delivery was pretty normal (at least, that’s what I was told – I don’t exactly have anything to compare it to!) and we now have another healthy little boy in our house! I am enjoying all of the snuggles that he gives, and it has been really fun to see how excited Caleb is to help us with Elliot. He is very observant of how we take care of Elliot and has started doing things on his own to help. (For example, he will come pat Elliot on the back when he is fussy. It is really quite precious.)

But that’s enough info… I know you really just want to see pictures!

Just born!

I didn’t get a chance to hold Caleb right after he was born since he was born via C-section, so the moment they put Elliot in my lap was pretty special. Plus, it made those 15 hours of labor more than worth the effort!

Elliot

Now we're a family of four!

Children (even siblings) hadn’t been allowed into the birthing center due to high rates of illness in our area, but the hospital changed the policy the day Elliot was born! It was special to have Caleb meet Elliot just a few hours after he was born instead of a few days later, and we are thankful that God worked everything out to allow it to happen.

Caleb's first time holding Elliot

This was the first time Caleb held Elliot. He’s a very proud big brother!

 

Home Improvements

Life has been moving ahead at full steam, especially due to the large amounts of home improvements we’ve been working on the past few weeks. Hans spent almost all of last Thursday (his day off) sanding the drywall of the last bedroom. A few students came to help Hans prime the two remaining rooms on Saturday, and then Hans and I painted one room yesterday (Sunday). We finished up the crazy weekend of house work by painting Caleb’s room this morning – with his help. (Who knew our three-year-old is such a good painter?! He worked with us for an hour and actually was helpful without making any extra messes!)

With the baby due in less than two weeks, we were pushing pretty hard to finish and are in a pretty good spot. All we really need to do now is mop and set up furniture – it will be nice to have three finished bedrooms for the first time ever in this house!

It’s been nice having Hans’ flexible schedule (we moved his day off to Monday this week since his supervisor is visiting on Thursday) to be able to get more done. We’re all looking forward to having truly restful days off now that the pressing work is finished.

Finally done sanding!

It's primed!

Caleb likes to paint

All Done!

For some reason we only took pictures of one of the rooms when we were painting. Eventually we may get photos up of the completed rooms!