First of all, I can’t believe my baby is 6 months old. Second of all, I can’t believe Micah is totally potty-trained (even at night). And third of all, I can’t believe the triathlon is in 2 weeks.
Ty is such an amazing baby. ‘Tis true that the Lord only gives us what we can handle…and He knew that I’d only be able to handle 3 kids as long as one of them was virtually stress-free. (I hope I didn’t just jinx myself.) I believe he weighs about 23 lbs or more and he is very long. Last time I weighed him was a few weeks ago. He has become an avid left-thumb sucker this past month and he has also grown his bottom two teeth. He has learned to roll over from tummy to back but has yet to maneuver himself from back to tummy. And just yesterday, we moved him into his big brothers’ room so the three of them all share their bedroom. They love it (-at least the two older boys). 🙂
Micah has become fully potty-trained after about 3 weeks. The incredible thing is that since then, he hasn’t wet all night either. (Imanuel still requires a pull-up at night…but he is quite determined now to quit wetting the bed!) It is amazing the amount of pee he puts out every morning. He sounds like a man. But I am proud of his progress. Believe it or not, I used tips from watching the free DVD put out by “Big Kid Central” (from the Huggies/Pull-Ups Brand).
Imanuel has been in learning mode and loves anything that involves books/reading, triathlons (-his daddy promised to train him for his first triathlon when he turns 7), and bells. We started a little bell choir with our home school group and during our first performance at a nursing home, Imanuel played his bell notes flawlessly. It shocked me…but it shocked me more to realize that he is 4 and he will be starting school soon! We’re also going to enroll him in swimming lessons sometime soon (part of the triathlon training).
Israel completed his first triathlon, Hawk-i, on Sunday, June 6, 2010. We were so proud of him as he finished nearly 20 minutes faster than his trial race a few weeks earlier. On July 11, our 6th year anniversary, we’ll both be participating in the Belle Isle Triathlon in Detroit. We’re both going to be on relay teams with Israel doing the swimming portion and I’ll be doing the biking portion.
We drove down to Michigan Camp Meeting 2010 in the Freestyle and Leon. We’re thankful for Leon because Bentley was able to drive down with us and he’s come to view Leon as a second home. On the first Sabbath, Israel was ordained into the gospel ministry. That was a very special experience for our family and a true milestone in Israel’s life. We’re so thankful for all of our family and friends who attended.
In just less than 2 weeks, we’ll be heading down again for CAMPUS l.e.a.d.s. A couple weeks after that, we’ll be at Camp Au Sable for Family Camp with Israel being camp pastor, then U.P. Camp Meeting at Camp Sagola at the end of July. To top off the summer, we’ll be back downstate at the end of August for Stephanie & Jeff’s wedding! We’re hoping sometime before then, we’ll be able to sneak in a week of vacation. Lots of plans but hopefully lots of fun too.
This is also a memorable time for us because taking place right now in Atlanta, GA is the 59th General Conference session. At the 58th GC session in St. Louis, Israel and I found out that I was pregnant with our first son, Imanuel. So, within the 58th and 59th sessions, we’ve had our 3 boys. And we now have a new GC president, Ted Wilson.
We’re so thankful for God’s guidance and leadership in our lives. He has proven time and time again that He is in control and He has carefully mapped out plans for us and all we need to do is stay faithful and trust Him. There are so many more updates that I can think of, but it’ll have to wait until another time.
Here are some memorable pictures and a special video that the boys made to remind us of the importance of daily studying His Word (-they thank their buddy Elisha for teaching them the song!):
We are going to miss Ian & his family!
The boys & Abuelo. Ty got to meet him for the first time!
Ty wearing the pink PJ set that was passed down from both Manu & Micah.
At “Harmuhnee & Harabuhgee’s mall” for lots of playing & yummy treats.