Our journey

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sliding w/ Grammy and Pops

We had a great time w/ Grammy and Pops this past week. We did several fun things together. As usual, the park was one of the highlights. One thing that I love about Selah's personality is that she is pretty fearless. I know this is something that will probably get her in trouble and will trouble me later in life, but for now, I enjoy.

The following video is not for the faint of heart, but rest assured, no Selah's were harmed in the making of this video. It sounds like she cries after the first one, but I think it was more of an excitement/fun noise. And she kept coming back for more!

Cute Spring Girl

Grammy & Pops Apr 08
Originally uploaded by ryanandlaurawolf.

Pops found her!

Grammy & Pops Apr 08
Originally uploaded by ryanandlaurawolf.

Grammy & Pops Visit

Grammy & Pops Apr 08
Originally uploaded by ryanandlaurawolf.
They brought so much cool stuff for Selah!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Single Parenting

I am always aware of how much Ryan helps me with daily tasks and am very thankful for him. However, when he goes out of town, I am amazed to realize how much more he does to keep things running smoothly in our home. I realize things that I never noticed until he wasn't here doing them. I list just a few of the reasons I needed him here in the past 24 hours:
  • I needed to plug in the microphone to talk skype yesterday. It took 30 minutes of trying to figure out how to make it work then a 10 second phone call to Ryan to get the mic working.
  • The skype phone is not working and, again, Ryan had then answer immediately.
  • The stray cat that likes to sleep in our building pooped on our doorstep AGAIN, but the doorman didn't notice til 9 PM tonight when he came to get the trash. Ryan gets that taken care of as soon as he sees it.
  • I needed gas on the way to church today but didn't know which of the 6 options I am supposed to request to be put in the tank.
  • I had a tough time carrying everything for church (food, diaper bag, toys, pack'n'play, birthday present) plus Selah to the car. Thankfully I have a car b/c I probably would have stayed home if a bus was my only option.
  • Last night as I tried to fall asleep, I heard a loud noise in our apartment and got pretty scared. My hubby wasn't there to be my lookout. Everything was fine, but I definitely wished he was here.
I have always had a solemn respect for single parents because I can't imagine how difficult it is. I am certainly not equipped to be a single parent even for a week! My husband knows how to get things done. I am so thankful because I tend to fall on the other side of the spectrum. I over commit myself and often wish I hadn't committed to do anything. I want to do a lot of things, but I don't do such a good job of getting them done.
I started to think about how much I take for granted--especially from the Lord. What if He "packed his bags" and left for a week. What would my life be like? I can't even imagine. I don't even begin to understand all that He is doing for me and my family. How much more desperate would I be without a relationship with the living God and hope through Jesus? Are the angels fighting spiritual battles around me right now? As me and my national friend like to say, "Life is hard, but God is good." He's really good....so good I can't even begin to wrap my brain around His goodness alone-and there is so much more to Him than that.

I'm including a video of Selah from 1 week ago. She is talking more and more everyday. She has a sound for raisins, bubbles, beans, cheese, shoes and some others. Honestly, I don't think I talk on the phone THAT much, but Selah loves to talk on the phone and try to rest the phone on her shoulder while she talks. Enjoy the footage.

Monday, April 07, 2008


We think Selah had rotavirus last week. I can give the messy details if you want. It was pretty gross. Both ends. One lesson learned: if you think your toddler might want to throw up, don't give her a nice tall warm glass of milk. It will come back still milky and still warm. Mainly it was just sad for us to see Selah so lethargic--and lacking her usual spark. She would look at me with the saddest eyes, as if to say, "What's happening to my body? Help!"

For the last 3 days, she has been improving. She is slowly regaining her appetite and should be 100% in a few days. Here is a pic of her with her sick sadness. The lower pic was taken a few days before she got sick. Our neighbor is helping her acculturate a bit.