Tuesday, May 31, 2011
When I was pregnant with Joshua, I KNEW he was a boy...and I named him Joshua long before he was even due to be born. I knew who he was! There was no ultrasounds...well, there might have been, but the average healthy pregnancy didn't get them. I worked for a school district as a secretary ... and everyone would greet me with, "How's Joshua today?" or just "How's Joshua?" I would rub my growing mid-section or give him a pat or two and tell them he was just fine!
I had a dream about Joshua...also before he was due. I don't remember how far along I was...but in my dream, I saw him...it was so vivid.... and then when he was born... he looked JUST like he had in my dream. I knew...
He started calling me 'Jutze' a long time ago....not sure how that started...but it's a term of endearment. He still calls me Mom...but Jutze is in there sometimes... I love it...
I love him... I love who he is... I love the family he has given us... I am so thankful, so grateful for him....
Monday, May 30, 2011
I am so grateful for these little men! Benjamin's actual birthday is today, May 30th. His party was yesterday. Emerson's birthday was May 13. Two years old...do they come any cuter than that?
I remember this time 2 years ago...not knowing who these little men would be...knowing they were both going to be little men... watching their mamas blossom... praying they would be healthy little guys... praying their mamas would come through their deliveries well... just being so, so excited about their coming into this world...into our lives...
and my prayers were answered...
These photos were taken at Benjamin's party...which had a baseball theme.
I loved watching them play together...talk to each other...take turns with each other...have a squabble or two with each other...run and jump together...
What fun they are!
I can't imagine my life without them...
Friday, May 27, 2011
We spent part of one day at the beach. Benjamin wasn't walking alone yet...he was about there, but not quite!
And, of course, his Uncle Joshua...who couldn't love him? Joshua made his character for the wii 'Uncle Josh' in May of 2009....can you figure out why?
Fans...Benjamin has loved fans for a long time...and here, in July 2010, they still fascinated him. He loved to turn them on, "The fan is on!" and turn them off. He tried to figure out how in the world they worked. He would turn it on, then quickly look at the back of it...
He was sitting in the rocking chair that had been his mama's...and was now given to him.
July was a big month. We also spent a day at the zoo. Not only did Benjamin love all the animals to pet, but so did Thalia!
|In August, we were down at Uncle Gabe and Aunt Emily's. Benjamin came up to visit with his mama and daddy.|
|After his bath, we had a little streaker!|
|Later in September, Benjamin came to visit. His mama had bought his Halloween costume...which wasn't really a 'costume', but a regular soccer uniform!|
|He turned around to see if I was watching. "Put your cap back on, Little Man!" I said to him.|
|In October, Benjamin was dedicated to our Lord. He had actually been dedicated to Christ from the moment we knew he was being formed in his mama's womb...but this was the formal dedication!|
|To celebrate his dedication, Benjamin's mama and daddy decided to have a celebration. Donnie was getting the backyard ready for the party, and his little man in his tuxedo, came out to see if he could offer any advice or assistance!|
|He loved his watermelon!|
|Benjamin enjoyed hanging out with his daddy in November..watching his mama play indoor-soccer.|
|...and talking to his mama about everything he was seeing...|
|He thought about doing a little woodworking. He needed to measure it all first.|
|Of course, we spent a lot of time indoors...but never fear, there are fans at Mimi's! Benjamin showed Emerson where each of them were. They hung out a lot by the fans...|
|The boys...what fun they had together...what fun I had watching them together!|
|They hung out sitting on the kitchen counter, eating their watermelon. Their Papa kept cutting it up and they kept inhaling it!|
|He asked if he could check out the JohnstonChronicles...we obliged...|
|He was also only too happy to give his sweet mama and daddy a kiss or two.|
|Benjamin LOVES tractors. This one was working on some property behind the house. His mama and daddy took him over to see it. "WOW!" is exactly what Benjamin said when he stood next to it!|
|Benjamin and Emerson also loved this wooden play structure, especially the little room underneath. They would take turns going in, closing the door, and telling his cousin, "Hi!" Then they would switch.|
|In March, Benjamin also went to Great America with his sweet friend, Caitlyn.|
|Benjamin loved having Emerson come play and spend the night. They had had fun jumping, and playing ball, and throwing lemons, and shoveling wood chips...and ... and...|
|Happy 2nd Birthday, Benjamin!|