Ice Cream! It’s what’s for Dinner!

We thought we would be fun, nonsense parents the other day and decided after a fun day of errand-running and just being a family we would use a gift card we had to get ice cream…for DINNER! πŸ™‚ Never has such a thing occurred in the Hardin home! πŸ™‚ So, we went, Molly too (though she didn’t cooperate enough to get her photo taken), and had us some ice cream for dinner! And, to top it all off what we thought was a $10 gift card was actually a $25 gift card!!!!! Wahoo!!!

(Please excuse the quality of the photos. All we had was the iphone so they’re not the greatest…)

This is the first time she's ever polished off her ice cream AND "comb" as she called it!

Ben doesn't get ice cream yet, just a few licks of Mommy's.

Daddy and his little girl

We give Ben the little sampling spoon to chew on...

I sure do love this girl!

I was instructed that I couldn't put in the OTHER photo of these 2 because David didn't like it of himself. However, it would have been a much better one to use because they had the EXACT same expression! But, this will have to do! πŸ™‚

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Stop Trying!

I am 19 weeks pregnant and feeling so much better!!!!! I am also better from whatever respiratory thing I was sick with 2 weeks ago and well, I haven’t felt this good in a long time. My dear husband mentioned the other night he’s looking forward to having me back. That made me really sad–for him, for Cora, for me. I guess I didn’t realize how “off” I’ve been since moving, being pregnant, etc. It never ceases to amaze me with all the change and moving in my life (being a missionary kid and all) I still seem to have issues when it comes to change and moving, etc. Will I never learn to just take change gracefully? In any case, I hope I’m back to my normal self, whatever that is! πŸ™‚

These last several months have been hard. Just plain hard. I have found that everything we went through during our time in MI, especially the last 2-3 years has finally been piling up on me and coming to a head–which is an ugly head. I have been angry, lashing out at my family, sullen, etc. Being newly pregnant (and not being able to take my prozac) didn’t help the situation as that just added feeling horrible to the pile. I have finally been able to admit I need counseling. Eek! I just mentioned a very taboo thing, especially in the Christian world, but who cares???? I need help! I need someone (other than my loving husband) to talk to, to get things off my chest, to give me a new perspective on life, to offer suggestions, etc. My husband has been wonderful, but we have talked and talked, and I think we’re both too close to the situation. I need an unbiased, fresh set of ears and someone who is trained. I have been resisting for many reasons, mainly the cost. Counseling is expensive, unfortunately. However, God works on our behalf anyway, and he has lead me to a great place that will accept my insurance! For 12 sessions I can talk to this woman (who happens to be a pastor’s wife herself!) for free. God is good, no?  I look forward to starting my sessions with her and have been praying, already, that God would use our time together to bring me to total healing and forgiveness.

With all this feeling better and the prospect of being able to talk to someone I have been feeling very convicted to get myself under control as far as being productive on a daily basis. When you feel horrible (for me during the 1st trimester of pregnancy) it’s so easy to become lazy. I have become lazy. But, I resolved starting this week things would be different. I am getting up before Cora, getting a shower and having my quiet time with the Lord. This is helping tremendously! I have also set up a chore chart for myself! πŸ™‚ I have found with a toddler it’s very easy to allow the caring for her to take over basic household chores that really should get done. I’m not going to give myself stickers (though it’s not a horrible idea! πŸ™‚ ) but this will help keep me organized and feel more accomplished when the week is done! With being a SAHM (stay at home mom) I have noticed I find it hard to look back and see what I’ve been able to accomplish for the week. When I worked at a paid job it was easy to say I had accomplished this and that.

I really do hope and pray all of these things will help me get back to being me and will help me be better than ever. Only with the Lord’s help will it happen, but I’m determined to stop trying and just do it!

Linking Verbs and Prepositions

Cora is talking like CRAZY!!!! It seems everyday her vocabulary is being added to and she is connecting things/concepts daily as well. Case in point: Sunday she threw a royal fit because she saw me getting a snack ready for her to eat during church. I told her it was for church and she could have it when we got to church. Thus ensued ANOTHER royal fit with her telling us, “bye bye!” over and over again. We finally figured out that she wanted us to leave for church so she could have her snack. She is so stinkin’ smart!!! She is also trying so hard to get her point across. Though she lacks the usage of linking verbs and propositions in her sentences she is successful in telling us what she wants. Sometimes it takes us a bit to “get it” but we do. We’re all learning how to communicate with each other! We have noticed in the last week, really, her wanting and trying to communicate concepts and have actual conversations–you know, as much as a 22 month old can have! Again, she is so stinkin’ smart! I have been telling David almost daily now, that I just don’t know if I’m smart enough to keep up with her! She’s so observant and we have long since realized that if she says something is there (bird, dog, balloon, etc) then she is right! She has eagle eyes and ears that anyone should be envious! πŸ™‚ No hearing aid for this one! Monday I asked David to bring the laundry down for me so I could get going on that. Cora proceeds to say something (we couldn’t figure out what) and so we finally asked her to show us. She confidently went to the basement door and said the word again. She was telling us that the laundry is done in the basement. Good gracious! I sure hope we can keep up with her!

Give, Don’t Keep!

NOTE:**** This is not all of this post, but for some reason what I had written before all of this is gone. So, apparently, what I thought was important isn’t. However, the below is VERY important and I hope at least makes you think!***

David read this to us on Sunday and it literally brought me to tears. It’s from the book The Hole in Our Gospel.

* The total annual income of American churchgoers: $5.2 trillion
* Amount available if each of them gave 10% of their salary: $520 billion
* Estimated annual cost to eliminate extreme poverty in the world: $65 billion
* Annual cost for universal primary education for ALL children in the world: $6 billion
* Annual cost to bring clean water to most of the world: $9 billion
* Annual cost to bring basic health and nutrition for the world: $13 billion
* Total to eradicate the world’s greatest problems: $93 billion (1.8% of American Christian’s income)

Did that not make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end? Do you read what this   is saying? If AMERICAN (not the world) Christians simply gave 2% (even though we’re to give 10%) of their income all of the world’s greatest problems would be  ERADICATED!!!!!!!!!! How can that not make you stop and think? How can you read that and not be changed? How can you read that and not start tithing your required 10%????? 

I want to leave you with this. Read these words from Acts and don’t just read them, but read them and be changed! Read them and ask the Lord how to make them applicable in your life. Read them and ask the Lord how you need to change so you too can be filled with His grace. Acts 4:32-35 (NIV) says this, “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.”

May God forgive us for our selfishness and not truly giving. May he forgive us for keeping back too much for ourselves. 

Our Week at Grammy’s

Cora, Molly and I spent last week with my parents while David was in Chicago. We had a great time, and it was good for me to not be alone the whole time! πŸ™‚ I was not looking forward to being a single parent for a whole week. The 3 of us hung out by ourselves M-W as both my parents were working all day, but TH and Fri Grammy (or Mimi as Cora has started calling my mom) didn’t have to work so we were able to do some fun things! We spent TH with my sister and her gang–which is always fun and full of adventure! Friday we went in search of chocolate covered strawberries for David and my 5th anniversary. We had success and while searching we partook of hot chocolate and a hot, gooey cinnamon roll! πŸ™‚ It was a good time, and I’m so thankful for parents who were willing to put up with us. I also appreciated them getting up with Cora during the night and in the morning allowing me some extra sleep as I recovered from whatever icky respiratory thing I had. We missed David like crazy and were thankful for Skype. Cora got to the point where she would kiss Daddy on the screen and performed her new tricks for him! πŸ™‚ Below is a showing of some of the other things we did! πŸ™‚

We slept: actually, just Molly did. Cora was on a napping strike last week, which meant I also did not get my naps! 

We ate! πŸ™‚ Grammy had all sorts of fun, new things for Cora. Cora also has decided that yogurt (“yot” as she calls it) is good to eat again, and she ate a lot of it last week!

Cora made sure the dog had a heartbeat, everyday, much to the dog’s “joy” and “delight!”

Cora LOVED playing with these stethoscopes! One was a toy and one was a real one my sister had used in nursing school. Future doctor or veterinarian??

Cora got to watch some new videos (“hehoos” as she calls them) with her cousins. She and Riley are so sweet to watch. Every now and then he would reach over and pat her on the head. He also tried to eat her lunch and when he was all done with his snack of popcorn he helped himself to Cora’s! Hey, she was eating slow and he was hungry! πŸ™‚ 

Happy 5th Anniversary Dear!

Five years ago today we became man and wife. ο»ΏFive years ago our lives changed, forever, for the better! Five years ago I got to be with my best friend all the time and for the rest of my life! Five years ago today was one of the happiest days of my life! I was so excited to be marrying, you, David Hardin, and becoming your wife and life partner. Wow. Five years. Hardly seems possible. I feel sometimes that we’re still in our first year, I can hardly imagine anymore what my life was like before you.
These five years have been fun, heart-breaking, hard, years of learning and well, I’m glad I had you by my side to go through it. We have gone through first jobs, had our first child and bought our first house and now are expecting our 2nd child! πŸ™‚  We have had tears and laughter, uncertainty and the promise that the Lord would never leave us. We have grown as individuals and also as a couple and God has shown us the way the whole time.
I love you, David. I am so thankful for you and so thankful the Lord saw fit for us to share life together. I am so excited to see where the Lord is going to lead us in the years to come. I’m excited for our new bundle to expand our family and I’m excited to see what more we can learn about life and each other.
Happy Anniversary! Below are some of my favorite photos from over the last 5 years!

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The weekend we first saw each other. I knew I was in love before, but after seeing you it sealed the deal!

That special day, 5 years ago!

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Our first “born”

Our last “hurrah” (NYC) before Cora was on the way!

Family photo with Cora

Our first family photo, just the 3 of us!

Is there a Doctor in the House?

Not yet, but soon! πŸ™‚ David will be starting his doctrinal work next week!!! Actually, he’s finishing it. Due to a program he was a part of while we were in MI, he is 1/2 way done with his doctorate! Remember how he/we would go to WI for the Center for Excellence in Congregational Leadership (CECL) sessions? Well, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL thinks so highly of the program that they are allowing the CECL program to count as 1/2 of a doctorate in Congregational Leadership. What does he have to do? Well, between sessions in Chicago (he’ll go to campus 2-3 times a year for the next 2 yrs) he will be given a list of close to 10 books of varying subjects he’ll need to read and write papers on. When all of this is done he’ll then write his dissertation and well, I guess once that’s done and approved he’ll be Reverend Doctor David Hardin! πŸ™‚ I am so excited for him and proud of him! He has wanted to get his doctorate for a long time, always been a goal for him, we just didn’t expect it to happen so quickly and in such a great way!!!!! Because of the CECL program we have a lot of it already paid for, and with the continuing education budget at church which will help, and help from family, that leaves only a small amount to pay ourselves! The timing is right and we’re jumping in! πŸ™‚

Next week David will be heading to Chicago for the week. Cora, Molly and I will be in Akron with my folks. We thought we’d all go (minus Molly) but the thought of being in a hotel room with a 22 month old just doesn’t sound appealing! The next session I won’t be going either as it is around the time the baby is due! πŸ™‚ But, the campus does offer on-campus apartments so we hope to be able to use those in the future so we can all go and see the sites of Chicago a little too!