Thursday, October 27, 2016
We got to get away for a couple of days earlier this month in Lake Arrowhead. The last time we were there, we were celebrating our third anniversary. Serene was Valor's age (17 months) and I was 7 months pregnant with Valor. We had such a fun time resting and enjoying the ample nature surrounding us. Our favorite part of the trip was hiking; it was our most memorable pastime last time too. It's so sweet to see our kids enjoy one another's company so. Thankful they have one another. Siblings are a precious gift from the Lord.
On an unrelated note, photos have been coming up super blurry lately. I'm a little bummed I can't seem to figure out why.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
We love watching our family grow through annual pictures at the local pumpkin patch. Last year was Valor's first jaunt there, where he couldn't sit up on his own yet. This year, he's running around trying with all his might to lift as many pumpkins as possible. The kids were so busy harvesting the crops that my camera wasn't fast enough to catch many clear shots. We went last Friday as the sun set, where the cooling weather made it feel more like fall in Southern California. It's been a trying past few weeks, during which God has been teaching us that no matter the season, He is sovereign and faithful in them all. We've so much to be thankful for!
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
We heralded Serene's golden birthday two days ago with a special breakfast (layered pound cake slices, strawberry Greek yogurt, strawberries, and orange juice) and her gift: a mama-made mermaid softie, her third request besides a mermaid tea party and chocolate cake. Since she had been asking me to sew her a mermaid doll, she was so excited to meet her new lovie. I gave the doll a heart "ballerina bun" (Serene's favorite hairstyle), and a mermaid tail in orange, Serene's favorite color. She turned out much larger than I had anticipated - nearly as tall as Serene herself, but it's so cute to see her loved already. Serene named her Isa, short for Isabelle. Isa currently accompanies her wherever she goes. After breakfast, we spent the midmorning at Disneyland, where the refreshingly balmy weather facilitated the loveliest time celebrating our sweet girl. I can't believe we have a three-year-old. Serene Joy is perky, chatty, silly, and sweet. She is inquisitive, talks and sings all day long, loves spending time with friends, prefers wearing dresses, answers catechism questions with gusto, insists on doing things by herself, cares for her little brother, and enjoys role playing. She says silly things that make us laugh like "My tummy hurts. I need ice cream." She is such an inexpressible treasure to our family. We thank the Lord for granting her three years of life thus far. We love you so, Serene Joy Joy! May you come to know the Lord's deep love for you which surpasses all the world has to offer.