Thursday, March 31, 2016

Easter For the Win

It was our first Easter in St. Louis and that meant we got to participate in a long standing tradition of all day Easter brunch with the Roach family.  Matt and Carly hosted us all in their new home and Dennis and Geri were in town to celebrate Easter and Geri's birthday.  The kids played hard all day, inside and out and our bellies were full from the delicious brunch spread.  Community is a large part of what brought us to St. Louis and it felt good to share this holy day with our friends and family.  

 Lakin emerged for the outdoor bubbles wearing this sequined number.  Always was a show stopper.

Our friend, Kevin, dressed as the Easter bunny and surprised the kids.  This costume was made by Kayla when she was little and has been an Easter tradition year after year.  Kevin was the most amazing E. Bunny but the kids quickly figured out his true identity.  

Julia and Bennett were leery of the bunny and shed many tears over his presence.  It's all fun and games until someone dresses like the Easter Bunny and crashes your party...

The girls gave an impromptu dance performance that really knocked our (and their) socks off.

Bennett's other best friend, Abe.  (Bennett Camp, we miss you buddy and still talk about you all the time.)

These are some of my favorite girls.

And look at dem muscles.

Scott and Kevin with their biggest fans, Abe and Bennett.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Ballu and His Family

We had the honor of hosting Ballu and his family for dinner the other night.  They are here temporarily from Nepal while Ballu is getting his PhD.  Ballu shared stories about life in Nepal, many heartbreaking, and about his heart to change his country and bring hope to the destitute through education and opportunity.  He's spent his life work studying international economics and dreaming of a new world for Nepal.  When he completes his degree in a few years he'll leave behind the comfort and convenience of America to return to his true home and tackle a gigantic task and life long dream.  I'm thankful for dreamers and doers like Ballu.  It was an honor to share a meal and stories with him and his sweet family.  I pray for Nepal and Ballu.  I am confident God's got his hands all over this mission.  

Above is our self timer attempts to get a group photo.  Nailed it, right?

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Julia Kate {One Year}

Julia. forgive your mother for failing at the monthly updates.  Turns out three small people up in your grill day in and day out makes for a lazy blogger.  But you know we soaked up every minute of this first year with you, even if you don't have the blog posts to show for it.  Or the photos.  Or the baby book.

But hey, that's life in a family of five.

Julia's birthday was full of fever, runny noses and a lot of crying.  Lucky for Julia it won't be a permanent memory.  We spent the day at home, snuggling, crying (all of us at some point, I'm sure) and praying for some healing.  When she was feeling more herself we took her to Chipotle.  Because that is how this family loves and celebrates.  And no e. coli outbreak is going to scare us away (yeah, that's right Steve Ells, the Jaegers will always be loyal customers).

Jule Bug did put on appropriate birthday attire because a lady is never too sick to wear a tutu.

Lakin was my photographer assistant and helpful in entertaining the babe in the crib while I ran around gathering materials and switching lenses.

And here was the moment where she was D.O.N.E.  Forget this birthday photo garbage!

So what's the little Miss up to at the ripe age of one...

Julia is able to stand for a couple seconds unsupported and cruises her way around any furniture.  Walking is not even on her radar and I'll give the evil eye to anyone who shows her prematurely that if she wills them, her legs will take her where ever she wants to go.

She's an excellent night sleeper, but it took months to get there, and prefers a 5:30 or 6:00 PM bedtime.  No complaints here. I think a few of our friends here in St Louis think she's a made up baby since she's always in bed by the time they come over.

Julia shakes her head "no" when you ask her any question.  It's up to you to discern if the "no" is actually a "yes."  Which makes for some emotionally charged moments from the kid.  But she's got a couple words and new ones surface every day.  Her newest word is, "kiss" which means, "this" and she uses it to indicate when she wants anything.  For example, when I'm eating breakfast, she emphatically points and asks for my food.  It's worth noting that pretty much anything you eat in front of Julia will cause such a commotion that you have no other option than to forfeit your goods.  Persistent, that one.

She's my little shadow.  Claws at my legs, accompanies me to the bathroom, calls my name non-stop, desperately peeks around corners if I've left her sight.  Lots of validation.  Little smothering.  But all the kids had this phase and they all grow out of it.  Eventually it'll be like, "Mom, you mean the lady that makes my meals?"

Julia's infatuation/ co-dependency/ love affair with me is the reason this post took all day to write and is about two weeks late.  While I'm at it, I'll blame the dirty laundry, lack of blog posts and our incessant tardiness on it too.  Because... neediness is a thing.

Love this little lady and all the joy she brings.  When the older kids are making me crazy I hold her and smell her skin.  Which is pretty much daily.

Happy birthday, Julia Kate.  We're praying for all that the Lord has in store for you in this world.  No doubt, you will have one beautiful (and crazy) story.