August 2006

Monday, August 21, 2006

It's Monday, August 21st, boy has it been a while since I gave you some written updates! But a picture's worth a thousand words, right? Life has been lots of fun these past few months. Joshua has enriched our life and brought us so many happy memories.

It's hard to believe that our little boy is already almost seven months old! He sits up on his own, scoots around like a pro, pulls himself up on anything within reach, and just got his first tooth. He sleeps well at night and takes his naps without crying--as long as I don't try to make him sleep too long. He doesn't like to miss out when there's things to see and do! On Saturday he went to a babysitter's house for the first time officially. We had left him with Grandmas and Grandpas for short periods of time before, but this time was for real. We had a gift certificate to the Hoffman House Restaurant in Molalla that was given to us for our wedding or Christmas, depending on who you ask, and I thought that last Saturday would be a good day to use it. Both our parents were busy, so I called up Mrs. Tooze, a wonderful lady from our church who loves babies, and she jumped at the opportunity to watch Joshua. So, I dropped him off, got him situated with toys, and drove away. I told myself that nothing could happen to him that I couldn't fix when I got back. Eli and I enjoyed our quiet dinner, but were very happy to get back to pick up our baby. We love our Joshua and we love being parents!

Other than baby stuff, our home life hasn't been very busy. We've been having lots of friends from church over after church and enjoying some Christian fellowship, reading a few books, watching a few movies, and enjoying our new car. Yes, we bought a new car. Our poor old green Ford Contour, with its missing hubcaps and unmistakable dent runs no more. Well, it goes forward, but not backwards. The transmission is broken and it would cost almost as much to fix it as it would to get a new car so we opted for the latter option. Eli's dad found us a lovely light blue 2000 Mercury Sable with only 46,000 miles on it, complete with all the bells and whistles we could want. It has a remote clicker so we can unlock it from across the parking lot, a number pad so we can get in if we lock the keys inside, anti-lock breaks, a spacious trunk, leather seats, etc. And I love the color! Pretty soon we'll have to post a picture of it.

Notice that I said that our home life hasn't been very busy. Exodus has been very busy. Eli was worried for a while because June and July had come around and he didn't feel overwhelmed with customers. Was the business slacking off? Was homeschooling on the decline? But he should have had more trust in our caring God. August has come and we are having another record breaking month. God never fails!

Next time I write we'll probably be millionaires and Joshua will be walking and talking. Well, probably not the first, but at the rate that I write updates the second is quite likely. I hope that God is blessing your summers as much has He has rained blessings down on ours. I'm excited to see what's in store in the fall!

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