Franklin Five

Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Monday, August 27, 2007

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles!

Graham loves trains, trucks, cars, and anything that has wheels on it.

My Favorite Fellas!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Enjoying Life

We're enjoying more smiles from Wesley.
I think he's enjoying life more now that his tummy feels better.
Tim found this Elmo towel for Graham. Graham loves to run through the house after his bath and flash us. His favorite game right now is chase. He's always saying, "Catch me, Mommy."

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A Humble Mom's Thoughts

Wesley has been struggling with reflux problems which was making him pretty fussy after each feeding and keeping him up at night. He is now on medication, and it has started helping a lot. We are all getting more sleep because of it. He is smiling more which is so fun to see. I can be feeling so tired or frustrated, and when he smiles at me, I instantly feel better.

Being a mother is the hardest thing I've ever done, but I know it's one of the most important things I'll ever do. These past six weeks have been extremely difficult, but God has been teaching me so much through it. My time with Him has become more precious to me, and He is showing me how much strength and wisdom He can give me when I feel so drained.

I feel so blessed to have two healthy boys, and being a mom brings me a lot of joy. It also has humbled me and shown me my weakness and need for God. For this, I am thankful. When I am weak, He is strong.

Several verses have really stood out to me during this time and here are a few of them. I hope they can encourage some of you.

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23

Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalms 28:6-7

By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me-a prayer to the God of my life. Psalm 42:8

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Hooray for Sticker Charts and Chuck E. Cheese!

Graham has been struggling with naps for the last month, so my wise friend, Heidi, suggested making a sticker chart to give him some incentive to go to sleep. Everyday that he took a good nap he could put a sticker on his chart. After he earned 7 stickers, he got to go to Chuck E. Cheese. I thought he might like some time alone with me, so I asked him if he wanted to go just with me. He said he wanted Daddy, Mommy, and Baby Wesley to go with him. It made my heart smile that he wanted everyone there-even his little brother.
Wesley spent his first trip to Chuck E. Cheese asleep in the sling.

We had a great time with Graham, and he's already talking about a starting a new chart so he can earn another trip to Chuck E. Cheese.

I'm so thankful for good naps, quiet afternoons, and wise friends!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Wesley is one month old!

This is Graham when he was about 6 weeks old. See any resemblance?

Wesley is beginning to smile some. He also rolled over from his tummy to his back. I'm sure it was just a fluke but it made me excited. He's starting to be more alert and make good eye contact. The evenings are still pretty fussy for him, but he's happy most of the day. He loves to be in the sling so that's where he hangs out a lot. It's a very busy time for us, but I'm trying to enjoy this stage in his life. It'll be a little easier when I start getting more sleep.