Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hangin Around

Gloworm Girl

Shake, Rattle & Roll
Scootie Patootie
(Don't panic. I did NOT let her sleep this way.)

Monday, April 28, 2008

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away...

Three floating babies attended a wedding.

Friday, April 25, 2008


(Simplicity gets me every time.)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008

With Sadness

My Sweet Angel,
I love you with sadness and joy.
Sadness because I can feel you slipping away from me already, and joy because in you I can see the glory of God.
My heart is torn between the excitement of watching you grow and the agony of change.
I can't sleep at night, because it's at night that you change the most. I lie awake while you are sleeping and think about you and watch you dreaming about heaven as it grows more and more distant from your memory with each moment. I can sleep when I am dead.
While you are sleeping I pray for you, my darling. I pray for your future--your husband, the woman you will become, the mother you will one day be.
I pray that God will touch your heart as you sleep here in my lap and that He will walk with you as you grow and change as His creation.
I love you, my little girl.

Friday, April 18, 2008

MORE Grandparents!

Shirley Jean got to meet more Great Grandparents today! Great Grandma and Grandpa Busick stopped at our house today on their way home from spending the winter in New Mexico. She is one lucky little girl to have so many grandparents that love her.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Alarm Clock

If I pop the pacifier back in the baby's mouth, I can snooze for about ten more minutes. I've never had an alarm clock get more and more furious with me every time I snooze, though... Come to think of it, I've also never had an alarm clock urinate all over itself either.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

ShirleyGirly's First Bottle

I stood over Richard literally wringing my hands as he fed her. Everything went well and she still nurses just fine!

Friday, April 11, 2008


Last night when it was time to set up the pack n play for the baby, I told Richard I could hardly wait to watch him set itup. He said, "Why? Because you've already tried it and I haven't?" "Yep," I said, dancing with the baby. "I'll give you a hint. Put the sides up before you push the bottom down."
What did Richard do?
You guessed it.
I watched him try for about four minutes, and ofered to help. I handed over the baby and started over on the portable crib.
I had it set up in about 30 seconds.
Rich said, "Wow! That's slick!"

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Fifth Generation

Dear Erin & Richard:
I'm not going to write every night, but I do want to tell you some things tonight. I thought all day of her little face and her big eyes and little nose and chin, topped by red hair. She's a very beautiful baby! That's even with my bad eyesight. After you nursed her, I held her, and she laid there with her eyes open and stared right at me for the longest time. I hope what she saw was how much I love her. Her little hands gripped my fingers so tight ... a feeling I'll remember every day. Just wanted you to know that you have a very pretty baby.
I love you both and Shirley Jean.
Gram Helga

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Dear Naomi,

If you want to see the baby awake, you need to come over around 5am.
Erin and Shirley Jean

Monday, April 7, 2008

Thursday, April 3, 2008


I'm sorry, Brian and Jodi, but you're the ones who called our daughters TWINS.
I'm just saying.
What fun introducing Shirley Jean and Gracie Jo today!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


I have been fighting the pacifier battle. When my baby was born she sucked her thumb within minutes. My thought is that if she can pacify herself, why does she need a "plug?" Well, the problem is that she just can't seem to find those darn fingers when she needs them.
Last night, out of desperation, I offered her the pacifier. She was asleep instantly.
I cried, foolishly, near her bassinet and talked to God, "I so wanted her to suck her thumb," I said to Him. As soon as I said it out loud, I realized what a big deal this ISN'T. I fell asleep, too.
This morning when we needed a nap, I resigned myself to the idea that she would probably need her plug to fall asleep. I settled her in bed with it and snuck to the bathroom.

Imagine my joy when I came back to find this: