Thursday, 26 February 2015

7 months

We had a busy and fun February! This is the 3rd February our friends John & Larry from Missions to the World organization have stayed with us. We love them and always enjoy their company. They also worked their hearts out to put 3 rooms up in our basement. It looks amazing! We are soooooo appreciative of them. Another couple, Bill & Mae Lee Letchworth came up here, and though they didn't stay at our house, they were over most of the time! It was a great time! 
After they left we had a week with just us 3, then 2 more guests came this past Friday and stayed for the weekend. One of the men is a Pastor from Southern Ontario. He preached several times while he was here. Once Tuesday hit I fell into a little bit of a funk. I'm not sure if it was the excitement of all our guests coming and going, or if I'm fighting sickness, not too sure! I haven't been feeling great, and have been praying my heart out that it's not the awful flu that's going around Moose Factory. I don't think it is! Whew! So now life settles back to "normal" until April when Josh is preaching 3 sometimes 4x a week! Craziest month ever! As always though, the Lord is working and teaching me in this time, through the different people. That's the blessing of having so many guests so often. I get to glean and learn from each of them. Anyways, without further ado, the man of the hour...
Caleb Joshua :
Weight:  20 lbs
Height: 27 inches
Doctor appointment: He had his shots! He did well!

Nicknames: Calebogee is a nickname that Allan (a Quebec Cree) calls him and we've totally picked up on it! 

Eating: He's a great eater! He's eating solids for breakfast and dinner and still nursing sporadically throughout the day. He loves pears, apples, yogurt. He doesn't love any veggies at this point...reminds me of someone...his DAD. Ha! He liked carrots at one point, but not much anymore...I will not give up! :)

Sleeping: He's sleeping pretty well! Last night he went to be at 6:30 PM and woke up at 7 AM! WOWOW. Though, I think he was teething or feeling off yesterday because he took lots of naps. Regularly he's been going to bed in the 8 o'clock hour and waking up around 7 AM! There have been a few nights where he has woken up, not sure if it's teething, or he misses us, or what. He's usually fine and goes back to sleep on his own. I'm beyond grateful to have a schedule now and have him going to bed earlier.
Diapers: Still using cloth and loving them.

Clothing: 9 months mostly, but 12 months bottoms when he's wearing a cloth diaper.

Social: Our house was filled all of February and he did SO well. He was so social and smiley with everyone. It made my mama heart so happy to see Caleb get so loved on by all of our company. The flu has been going around Moose Factory and it is BAD, so we've been kinda trying to do everything we can to NOT get that.

New this month:  He's officially on the move! He started army crawling on February 7th and he hasn't stopped since. He's getting into cabinets, crawling under chairs, getting into everything he shouldn't be! I can't believe I'm to this stage. I can't believe I have a baby pulling at my leg while I'm cooking dinner!!!! WOW! He also started getting on his belly in the bath tub and going NUTS! He loves it! We have a little fishy on our hands! He's gabbing lots...says "ma ma ma ma ma" mostly! 

Likes: Yogurt, his bath, drinking out of his sippy cup aka pouring water everywhere, Praise Baby worship

Dislikes: When I wipe his nose or face after he eats, veggies, when I don't let him eat, I'm the worst!!

Mama:I'm doing pretty well! I'm ready for winter to be over and we realistically have about 2 months left. That's kinda hard. I want to take Caleb outside to play and I want to not have to bundle him up to walk 25 feet to the church. I started a new Bible Study on 1 & 2 Thessalonians that I'm enjoying so far. My 83 year old grandma & Aunt Susan are doing the same one!! Many of the girls doing it with me don't come from Believing families so they just get such a kick and joy that my grandma is doing the same study as us :) I'm also planning a Ladies Tea for the women of our church and the church in Moosonee for March 7! I'm really looking forward to it.
Daddy: Caleb's daddy is doing GOOD! :) He's the best ever ever ever. I love him a whole lot. So does Caleb. He recently started teaching in Ecclesiastes and it. is. awesome. Man, the Lord has SERIOUSLY been using Joshua and his preaching in this community. We see the Lord stirring hearts, mostly of those in our congregation. EXCITING.
         What we're looking forward to: Warm weather...but sooner than that I am looking forward to taking a trip to Timmins (the nearest "big" city). During the winter months a winter road is in that allows us to drive down south instead of taking the train. It not only saves $100 round trip for train fare per person, but also $250 round trip for a vehicle and you can drive whenever you want instead of having to stick to the train schedule. Our friends are letting us borrow their truck with a cap, so we are able to drive out, stock up, stay at a friends house, and come home the next day! It's about a 5-6 hour drive and we'll be gone less than 48 hours...but I'm stoked! 


Saturday, 7 February 2015

6 months

Whoopsies! I'm way late! We were in Philadelphia on the day Caleb turned 6 months! Then we traveled back, had our gospel meetings and have had guests staying in our house (and still do!) so there has just been no time to update! I'm determined, even if shorter than normal, to post today because it has been a HUGE month & very special month for Caleb!!!

I'll let the pictures do a lot of the talking!

Caleb Joshua :
Weight:  20 lbs
Height: 28 inches
Doctor appointment:  He had his 6 month well visit...and he is WELL :) 
Nicknames: Mr. boy !!! among 7,000 others.
Eating: LOTS. Nurses tons and eats solids for breakfast and dinner. He's had apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, avocado, and more!!! He loves food and is a great eater!
Sleeping:  We've been trying to sleep train him a bit to go to bed earlier! It's gone okay...but it's been really tricky having so many guests in our house. He's still taking short naps during the day and sleeping pretty well through the night. 
Diapers:We started cloth and they are amazing!!! I'm really loving them! But also...the same week we started cloth, friends ( a few different people) brought us 3 HUGE boxes of diapers! So we use a bit of both!
Clothing:He's in size 9 clothes. Sometimes I'll put him in size 12 pants because his bottom is extra chunky with those huge cloth diapers!
Social: Super social! Going to the States was a bit of a shocker for him. He clinged to me for dear life much of the time...but he also warmed up to people and was held by hundreds of people! He was pretty smiley for most people. He was more social than I wanted him to be in the airports! HA! I was tired and hungry and he was pulling people in with that huge contagious smile left and right! So many people had very nice comments to say about him! It was nice! :)

New this month:  He traveled on several planes! Went to a NEW country! Met hundreds of new people! Had 2 parties that revolved around him! Sits up well! (now he's a pro...but that's just because i'm really late to post this!) Talks tons. Laughs more and more. scoots all over the floor. Dances.
Likes:  Food, music & dancing, being tickled. 
Dislikes:getting the snot sucked out of his nose! Ha! Going to bed!
Mama: I'm doing great! We had a great Christmas, a GREAT time in both Georgia and Philly! Flying with Caleb alone was HARD. He did amazingly...but carrying a 20 lb baby, plus jackets and his diaper bag is just exhausting! I'm loving this new stage with Caleb. Love being his mama!!! We had the Gospel meetings (4 days of evangelistic teaching) right after we got back in town and they were phenomenal. Gil Trusty, the man who married Josh and me, came to the Moose and preached for 5 days. It was truly life changing. Josh & I feel the most blessed since Gil stayed with us. His life & love for the Lord challenged us greatly. He's an amazing man of God & an amazing man of prayer. We absolutely loved having him here and truly believe the Lord worked deeply in our congregation that weekend!
Daddy: Josh is great!! He was also GREATLY challenged after the Gospel meetings and after having Gil stay with us! He's absolutely enthralled with Caleb. Josh makes Caleb laugh more than anyone!! We have prayer on the first Monday of every night and that has been great and encouraging! It's cool to see some of our church members develop a heart for prayer. Josh has been very stirred and encouraged by Isaiah 44:3-6 and Luke 11:13; our church and our community need a fresh moving of God's Holy Spirit.
Fun things we did:  Christmas was fun! New Years was fun! Georgia was so so so fun! Having Caleb meet everyone was just top of the list of fav memories! Seeing my grandma play with him was just the sweetest! Going to Philly and having everyone meet him was amazing! We felt so loved and loved seeing our little man SO loved!!! Caleb was also dedicated on the day he turned 6 months! He wore the same outfit that Josh wore 26 years ago and was dedicated by Joe Focht, the same Pastor who dedicated Joshua! So special! (the photo below of Josh's mom dressing Caleb is so cool because that's the same outfit she dressed her baby in 26 years ago!!!)
What we're looking forward to: February is always a great, BUSY, month for us! Right now we have 2 house guests, but 2 others who are here during the day and for meals too! It's always a good and encouraging time to have them up from the States (they are from a mission organization called MTW!). They are, as I write this, putting 2 bedrooms in our basement and working on adding ceiling and flooring. A week after they leave a few more people from southern Ontario come up and stay with us! 


 (that 6 month picture makes me LOL!!!)


Thanks to all who came to meet Caleb and see us while we were in the States!!!

Have a great weekend!