Thursday, September 15, 2016

Christian is ONE!

Christian had his first birthday last Wednesday, September 7. I can't believe he's already a year old; this past year has flown by! Chandra didn't want to have a big party, so she, Joe and Christian brought dinner over to my mom and me, and the five of us had a small celebration together. Chandra made a delicious lasagna; she honestly makes THE BEST lasagna I've ever had!

I wanted to get a couple of pictures of Chandra and her little family, so my mom snapped a couple pics of Chandra, Joe and Christian as soon as they arrived. They all looked so cute in their denim shirts!
Chandra made an Oreo poke cake for Christian's birthday cake (and my mom made some homemade vanilla ice cream). The cake was chocolate, and you poke holes in it after it's baked. Then you pour a homemade chocolate sauce over the cake, so that it sinks down into the holes. After that, an Oreo whipped cream topping is spread on top, and it has crushed Oreos on top. An Oreo theme was perfect for our half-black, half-white baby! :)
Christian wasn't quite sure what to do with his cake, so it's a good thing Mom and Dad were there to help him blow out his birthday candle! Christian hadn't gotten much of a nap that day, so he was pretty tired and not really interested in his cake. He loved the lasagna, but didn't even take one bite of his cake! It was kind of disappointing, but it meant more cake for the rest of us. :)
My mom and I had had a very busy day, so my mom didn't have time to wrap the presents we gave Christian. Instead, she put them in two Victoria's Secret bags. I don't think Christian minded. I got him this little tool bench, which you can see him checking out in the pictures below:
My mom gave Christian a little tractor with Legos inside, plus a book. Out of all the birthday gifts Christian got, I think that the little book was his favorite. He kept holding it carrying it around (which you can see in most of the pictures). Good... I hope this means he will love to read!
Chandra hadn't had time to wrap the things she and Joe got for Christian, so she just brought them over unwrapped, so my mom and I could see them. They got Christian a riding toy that plays music, a little laptop that makes noise when you push the different buttons, a corn popper, a hammer that makes noise when you hit things, and a ball.
My mom also gave Christian one of our Value Tales books that we had growing up. She gave him the value of truth and trust, which was the story of Cochise, the Native American, since Joe has Native American blood running through his veins (which means Christian does, too).
Last weekend Chandra tried again to see if she could get Christian to eat some cake, but he still wouldn't try it! That's disappointing, because I wanted to see his reaction to it, but I suppose it's all for the better. She also wrapped Christian's presents and let him unwrap them.
Trying his little riding toy, and playing with his tractor from Grammy:
Christian on two feet. Yup, he's walking now. I was pretty sure he would be walking by his first birthday, and I was right!

Here are a few pictures from the past month. Chandra and Christian came to visit me when I was in the hospital. I didn't want Christian to get bored and cry (since I was hoping he would stay in the stroller, because I didn't want him crawling around on the dirty floor). My mom's friend Judy sent this little flower arrangement and balloon, so I had Chandra tie the balloon to Christian's stroller, and he had a great time trying to get the balloon!
Above are pictures of Chan and Christian out shopping, and below are pictures of them each debuting new outfits for church. Looking good!
Above are pictures of Christian and his little friend, Tom-Tom. Chandra and his mom, Ryanne, are good friends, and these little guys have become good friends, too.

Well, this is the final monthly blog post about Christian. I don't want anyone to think that he is my favorite of my 24 nieces/nephews, but it sure has been fun to have one of my nephews living close by. And this way I could keep the rest of my family members updated on Christian, since Chan isn't much of an emailer/blogger. I love this little guy so much. There's nothing like a baby to bring you happiness and joy. :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Lincoln's Sponsor

On September 4, I had the privilege of attending the baptism of baby Lincoln, son of my long-time and loyal friend, Lacee. What an interesting experience it was to attend this special event! I've never been to a Sunday service at a Lutheran church before, and I really enjoyed it, especially the music!

I was honored that Lacee asked me to be her son's sponsor. I'd actually never heard of being a baby's "sponsor" before, but Lacee said that it's like being a child's godparent (and I have heard of godparents). Imagine me being a godmother! [A sponsor/godparent is supposed to help the child receive a Christian education, and develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. Lacee and I aren't the same religion, but we are both Christians, and I definitely love Jesus Christ, so I hope I can and will influence Lincoln for good!] Anyway, Lacee said that she'd been contemplating who of her friends to ask to be the other sponsor (since she had already chosen her brother, Kyle). She had thought of several of her friends, but couldn't decide who to choose. The lady at the church that was scheduling the baptism told Lacee to go home and pray about it. She did, and as she pondered it, she said that all of a sudden I popped into her mind, and she was like, "Heather, of course! She's the most spiritual person I know." She also said that I am the most kind and gentle soul, so who better to lead her son to Christ and help him develop his own relationship with faith. (Those were her words, not mine!) I was so humbled and honored to be asked. Of course, I said, "Yes!"

I'm so glad I made it to the baptism! I needed to have surgery to remove some kidney stones, and if I didn't have it on September 2only two days before the baptismI would've had to wait several more weeks to have it. I was also unexpectedly hospitalized for several days prior to the surgery, and I was only released from the hospital on Friday night, a mere 36 hours before the baptism. I told my doctor that I had somewhere to be on Sunday morning, and that I didn't want to miss it! Fortunately, everything worked out, and I was able to make it. Whew!
Lacee and her husband, Ryan, along with their baby, Lincoln.
Below are pictures of Lacee and her husband, Ryan, plus her brother, Kyle, and me. Lacee's parents are with us in the first picture, and Ryan's parents are in the following picture.
Here are two pictures of Kyle and me, Lincoln's two sponsors:
This is a picture of us by the baptismal font, along with the pastor who baptized Lincoln. He was SO nice!
Lincoln was so mesmerized by the trickling water, that it was impossible to get him to look at the camera for this picture! Lacee and Ryan sure look great, though!
I regret not getting a picture of Lincoln in his cute little outfit, but above is a picture that I cropped. His darling outfit was made from the skirt of Lacee's wedding dress, so that was really neat. 

What a memorable day! I'm so glad I could attend and be there for such a special day in Lincoln's life. :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Coffeys' Visit 2016

We said goodbye to the last of our summer visitors last Friday. My sister Annette and her family visited from New York last week, and it was great to see them. It's always great to see the kids, because they grow and change so much in a year.

All of Annette's kids loved meeting their new cousin, Christian! Chandra came over several days while Annette was here, and her kids were so excited each time knowing they would get to play with Christian again. Even Kimball was excited to play with him, which kind of surprised me, but it made me happy seeing him sweetly play with Christian. Chandra is going to be going to New York in October when Annette has her new baby, because she doesn't have anyone to help her. My mom would love to go and help, but she can't leave me, and NY is just too far away for me to travel to. Annette was desperate for some help, so Chandra, knowing that she is in the best position of all of the sisters to pick up and go, volunteered to go to NY and stay with the kids when Annette has her C-section. The kids are SO excited that Chandra (and especially Christian) will be coming to stay with them.

I wanted to take some pictures with Annette's entire family when they were here, but we never got around to it. The day before Annette's family left, Chandra took some pictures of Annette's kids with Christian. None of them turned out very well, because it's difficult to get all three little ones looking and smiling at the same time. The first picture is probably the best of the five kids, even though it isn't that great.
Here are a few pictures of the little ones. Christian is almost a year younger than Annika and Lincoln, although he outweighs them by several pounds. It was impossible to get a good picture of all three of these guys.
They sure had fun playing together, though, and it was cute to watch them interact. I think the twins liked having a playmate that was more their size.
Kimball and Rebecah went on several adventures with their dadElephant Rocks State Park, Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, a Cardinals baseball game, and a trip to a water park. It was awfully hot, so Annette stayed home with the twins who weren't feeling so well on those days. 

Here are some pictures of Kimball and Rebecah playing a game. I watched them out my front window. 
These sneaky little ones got into the pantry and helped themselves to a box of animal crackers. Finally, a cute picture of the sisters, Rebecah and Annika.
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