Saturday, January 23, 2010

4 months

Now that I have thoroughly fallen down on the posting pictures job, here are a few new ones to tide the grandparents over.


The serious face. Yes, that hair is red.




His favorite position


Aiden is now 4 months old and getting so big. He is now weighing in at almost 16 lbs, and most days my body feels it when I go to bed! He has grown so much in such a short time that Chris and I can't believe it sometimes. No longer do we have just a little baby who eats and sleeps, but now one that laughs and talks, and throws some wicked fits! His personality is definitely taking shape.

He is rolling from belly to back and loves being in his exersaucer. Most of all, he loves being sung to by his big brother. Those two adore each other and sometimes Christopher is the only one who can calm him down. We haven't introduced him to snow much, mostly because the snow comes up to my knees now, so it would be hard to carry him on a walk and not fall over.


In the calming arms of big brother.

He is one ball of fire that just keeps getting bigger. He teaches us new things about himself, and ourselves, almost daily.

Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Year

Well, just as with most people, I have spent a lot of today (actually starting in the middle of the night thanks to Aiden) reflecting on 2009. When I have to be up most of the night with him, I tend to put it on one of the news channels and just zone. Last night and this morning, I saw a lot of talking heads making a list of things to say good bye to from 2009. Their lists all consisted of the bad of the last year and what went wrong for so many people. There was even an event in NYC this week where people wrote "Good riddance..... (fill in the blank)" and then put it into a giant shredder in hopes of it never rearing its ugly head in 2010. I decided I didn't want to do that on a day that marks a new year and still holds so much promise.

It would be so easy to sit and reflect on those things that have been hard this past year. I know how easy it would be because I spent much of the past few months dwelling on those thoughts. I am done with those (something I have to fight for every day), and the best way I can think to do that is focus on the good things that happened.

So here goes:
In 2009, I was blessed to teach in a school where I loved my students and my job. I looked forward to work and came home knowing that God had me where I was supposed to be at that time.

In 2009, we were blessed with the addition of the newest Harrist. Aiden has been a wonderful new part of our family and has really taught us new patience and love that we had forgotten. Through Aiden, we have seen Christopher flourish as a big brother and he has had so many opportunities to show his loving and caring nature daily towards his brother.

In 2009, Chris was able to complete his dissertation in a phenomenal 5 month, start to finish time line. Knowing only that it had to be done by August and that most people cannot even think of finishing in this time, he put his head down and focused on what needed to be done while never faltering in showing his love for us and his desire to follow God's plan for his life.

In 2009, we made a gigantic move to New Hampshire. Something that in December 2008 I would not have ever thought possible. We have all been blessed by Chris's new job here at UNH and by the people he works with daily. Our new church home is not our old church home, but it is where God has us. I have been blessed with many new friends that have helped me through some rough and lonely times during our transition to this new world. Christopher has been fortunate enough to attend a school where he learns about God daily and where he is challenged to pursue his faith daily.

There are many more things that have blessed us through out 2009 as we went through so many new things that we were not prepared for emotionally or spiritually. In this past year we strengthened friendships, said let go of other friendships and both grew closer to the Lord in ways that we did not even know were lacking before.

There was so much that was hard and drained us physically, spiritually and emotionally. But, as I said earlier, I have spent so much of the last few months focusing on that. I look forward to 2010 and the new challenges it will bring. I pray that we all continue to grow closer to the Lord as He challenges us to join Him daily. I pray that we continue to grow closer as a family and that we continue to honor Him in our home. And I pray that for all of you as well. We couldn't have gotten through this last year with out all of you and the love and faith you exhibited. Thank you for that.

We love you all! Have a wonderful 2010, with all of its trials and triumphs.

Happy New Year!