Wait for it…

Living a simple sweet life, and learning to wait on the Lord

Jack Talk July 28, 2007

Filed under: Jack Quotes — Michelle @ 12:03 am

Jack is 2 years and 8 months old.  He loves to talk.  All the time.  And sing.  All the time.  And ask questions.  All the time.  Consequently, we are blessed with unexpected and sometimes pretty witty responses and reflections about life.  I am doing my best to write them down, and I thought I would begin posting a few, when I think they are especially funny, sweet, smart, or just plain surprising.  And maybe some of them will be none of the above to my readers, but will be significant to me because he is my precious boy, who brings a smile to my face and to my heart every single day.  One more thing:  Lest you think I have abandoned all attempts at correct spelling in these particular posts (if you really know me you will know this is NOT the case), please be aware that I am only hoping to aid in your understanding of his little voice and toddler speech…which I SO love.  So here goes…

Scene 1 –  

Background:  Jack is disobeying an instruction that Daddy gave him.  Daddy is not in the room.  Mommy notices that Jack is not obeying.

Mommy:  “Jack, what did Daddy say to you about pounding on the table?”

Jack (quite sincerely): “He didn’t say anyfing.”

Scene 2 –

Daddy gives Jack a graham cracker. 

Nana: “Jack, what should you say to Daddy for giving that cracker to you?”

Jack: “I can’t say anyfing.  My mowf is full.”

Scene 3 –

Jack: “Should we play togever, Mommy?  In my room?”



Dinner and a Movie…or actually, a Movie and Dinner July 26, 2007

Filed under: Fun — Michelle @ 10:45 pm

This week, Ryan and I got to go out on a date (thanks, Mom!).  We went to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, (LOVED it, by the way…how fun it was to see them all grown up and so cute…I thought Umbridge and Luna Lovegood were cast perfectly, too), then went to dinner at Baja Fresh (yes, we’re on a budget…at least it wasn’t Taco Bell…no offense to those who go out to Taco Bell on dinner dates) where we got to eat outside, although it had just rained (in So. Cal?  in the summer? yes.  SO fun.) under a GORGEOUS sky that was greyish and bright blue and gleaming gold all at the same time, and we just talked and laughed and got caught up on all the things that seem to pass us by during normal life.  It was wonderful.  It’s an incredible thing to be married to your best friend, and this was just another reminder of that fact.

Here’s what the sky looked like as we were walking out of the theater.  Can you see the moon right next to the 2nd palm tree from the right?  That’s why I took the picture.  Ryan said I looked like a tourist.


Here’s what the sky looked like from the parking garage.


Isn’t this one of the most GLORIOUS cloud pictures you have ever seen??  It was even better in person.


Here’s Ryan with his Burrito Ultimo, and me with my Baja Burrito in a bowl


Our beautiful view…


The Power of the Cross July 25, 2007

Filed under: Music and Lyrics — Michelle @ 9:19 pm

We sang this song at church on Sunday and it has come to my mind every day this week.   The lyrics and music are perfectly blended to make it a powerful reminder of our hope for living…the cross of Christ.

The Power of the Cross

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.


This, the power of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Every bitter thought,
Every evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.


Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
“Finished!” the victory cry.


Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend 
Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music


Elaboration July 21, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michelle @ 11:39 pm

I said I might elaborate on a few of my recent mentionings.  Then I realized that my 2 aunts have already helped me out in this area.  Happy times!  So, if you would like to see more of our evening at Disneyland last Sunday, go here to my Aunt Lana’s blog.  And, if you want to see more of our dinner at my grandparents’ house, click here to go to my Aunt Ellen’s.  Their blogs are encouraging, inspiring, and fun.  Thanks, you two lovely ladies!



Filed under: Fun,Summer — Michelle @ 12:15 am

I had so many great ideas for posting this week, but things got busy.  So, I will just share a few things about this week that made me smile.  Maybe I will elaborate, if I feel so inclined in the next few days…

The hydrangeas that my sweet friend Lisa cut for me from her backyard…I love hydrangeas.  And I love my friend Lisa.

This little boy and his precious face…swimming in Gramma Kathie’s pool

A few happy shots of the Happiest Place on Earth…the one on the left is of the Blue Ribbon Bakery, where we love to grab “delicious coffee and fresh baked goods.”  I was especially pleased with the one of the castle through the trees…

The way Jack finally fell asleep.  Yes, that’s the foot of his bed, and yes, his head is hanging off.

Cirrus clouds in a lovely sunset 

Purchases from two of my favorite stores (using gift cards is a happy thing)…the fun red tray and pretty notebook are from Pottery Barn and the flowy (sp.?) top, delicious candle, and smiley yellow bowl are from anthropologie. 


The special gluten-free dessert that my grandma (Baba) made for me when we went over for dinner with “the girls” (my mom, sister, 5 aunts, cousin Debbee, and cousin Katie here from Seattle, plus my Deda and Jack…it was a full house in my grandparents’ little apartment, and my amazing Baba once again outdid herself…I will write more about her another time)


Don’t you just want to kiss those cheeks?  And the flourescent safety-orange Crayola play-doh…kinda scary.  What DO they put in there?  One of these days, I will make my own.


Here’s one I just had to include…this was attached to our garbage can on trash day.  Just in case the print is too small…

Ok…really???  Have we gotten so lazy that we are actually willing to PAY someone $9 per month to clean our trash cans????  Pathetic, if you ask me…but really funny.  Thanks for the grinning, winking, waving thumbs-up trash can friend on the right.  Don’t you want your trash can to look like him?  All it takes is a simple phone call…


And, a few more things I didn’t get pictures of, in no particular order:

  • Re-connecting with a dear friend

  • Psalm 103

  • Dinner and shopping with my favorite sister in Newport Beach

  • My mom’s giving heart and willingness to keep Jack while I had a day away

  • Jack singing an original composition, “Daddy and Me,” into his microphone (actually our old shower head)

  • Watching Ryan play with Jack in his room

 Yes, it was a good week, and today, I’m thankful.


My Sweet Sweet Son July 13, 2007

Filed under: Jack Stories — Michelle @ 5:03 pm

Recently, I had a “struggling” sort of day…personally, physically, spiritually…it was just hard.  At one point, I was on the phone with my mom, and I was crying (it is an inexpressible comfort to have a mom to call when you need her…even at almost 30).  What happened next shows just a glimpse of the sensitive heart of my little boy:  Jack came over to me with a concerned look on his face, patted my knee, and said, “I’m gonna pray for you, Mommy.”  To which I responded with even more tears, at the sheer sweetness of his little, 2-year-old person.  (Don’t worry…it gets worse)  I knew I had to get it together, but my composure continued to be threatened with his next gesture – he left for a second, and returned with a tissue, then proceeded to say, “I’ll wipe your tears, Mommy” and he did just that (yep…tearing up again as I write this). At this point, my tears had turned into tears of joy and gratitude to a God who would allow me to be the Mommy of such a little one…he brought a few of his “friends” (Patches the dog, Tigger, Big Bear, and Bob and Larry–side note: if you ever need some comfort, plush veggies are really helpful), and told me that they would “hug you and make you happy”.  And you know what?  Things weren’t so bad after that.

We’ve had our days recently…after all, they don’t call them the “Terrible Two’s” for nothing…but this particular day was a reminder that being a Mommy is the best job in the whole world, and that God shows His love in many ways, especially in the face and words of a sweet little boy named Jack.







Sweet Summertime July 11, 2007

Filed under: Family and Friends,Summer — Michelle @ 11:46 pm

I live in Southern CA.  I have since I was born.  So I’m used to drought, record-breaking numbers of days without precipitation, and soaring heat (although it IS a dry heat, so that makes a big difference…a running joke between my husband and I).

However, I am also used to beautiful days at the beach, outdoor parties with family and friends, and a nice refreshing (non-alcoholic!) Mint Julep from New Orleans Square at Disneyland (when you have an annual pass, you can go to Disneyland for a short time, catch a few rides and a Mint Julep, then leave when you get hot or tired, and you don’t have to feel guilty!!  Its the greatest…I highly recommend it)  Here are a few snapshots of  our summer so far…we’re having lots of fun.  🙂

Jack LOVES the beach! The other people in the collage are Jack’s Aunt Mimi and Aunt Debbee, along with my cousin Levi


We love Disneyland!


I really have to figure out the spacing on this thing…it feels kind of cramped to me.  Oh well, one step at a time-today’s new project was making collages.  Thanks, Aunt Lana, for all your help!!  🙂