Wait for it…

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

Halloween Fun October 31, 2009

Filed under: Fun — Michelle @ 10:25 pm


Lombardi Ranch



Jack & Avery’s pumpkins



My little Anakin Skywalker strikes a serious pose



We had a fun evening with our friends the Kellers!



Here’s what Avery did during her 1st trick-or-treating experience…



The loot



May the force be with you.


One Month with Avery October 17, 2009

Filed under: Family and Friends — Michelle @ 9:56 pm



Here’s how much Avery loved her first bath



Chatting with her big brother…he’s so sweet with her!



Relaxing…she loves having her hands up near her head



Some of Avery’s biggest fans…Baba and Deda (my grandparents)



Resting with Dad



Resting with Mom



Avery goes to the pumpkin patch!



Jackson Moses Dean and Avery Elaine  🙂



Our family of four!



Avery in her swing



Avery’s 3rd bath was a much calmer experience for everyone involved.



Today on her 1 month birthday, Avery got to go to her first tea! Some of the ladies in my family got together to celebrate and honor my grandmother, and we had a wonderful time. There are 4 generations represented in this picture.



Avery sleeping peacefully in her great-grandmother’s arms


She’s Here! September 30, 2009

Filed under: Events — Michelle @ 9:45 pm


Avery Elaine Anthony

Thursday, September 17, 2009

5 pounds, 13 ounces, 19 inches long



 So tiny and new



“She’s massive little!” — Jack



Such a sweet and gentle big brother already



I couldn’t stop telling her, “I prayed and prayed for you!”








So thankful for the gift of Avery Elaine…


Waiting for our Little Girl… September 11, 2009

Filed under: Learning — Michelle @ 11:38 pm

I was just telling Ryan that it has been so very, very long since I’ve blogged…I have no idea how to condense the past months into a relatively cohesive post.  But he says that’s part of the joy of blogging…you can just pick up where you left off and no one really minds.  So I hope you don’t mind, blog readers, if you’re even still checking my blog, which I sort of doubt and don’t fault you for in any way if you’ve given up on me… 🙂 


It’s funny how you can pray and pray for something, and the Lord kindly and graciously sees fit to give it to you, yet in His perfect plan, He makes sure that you stay dependent on Him, having no cause to boast in yourself, and your weaknesses come through all the more, making His strength perfect.  That’s how this pregnancy has been for me.  In the midst of overwhelming thankfulness to God for this miracle that He has created inside me, the past months have also brought more trials on more fronts than I ever expected.  Most have had to do with the pregnancy itself, in the form of OUT OF CONTROL hormones and lots of physical pain and discomfort, pretty much the whole time.  It has been almost the complete opposite of my pregnancy with Jack, which I can now say was pure bliss compared to this one!  I feel like in some ways I don’t even know “who I am” anymore (whatever that means), or what “normal” is, and I’m just waiting for the day when I will get to see this sweet little child whose presence has brought such turmoil into my life and my emotions, yet such joy to my heart.  As of right now, I am 38 1/2 weeks into my pregnancy, and although everyone tells you “not to compare it to your last pregnancy”, which obviously this one has NOT been like, I have still fallen prey to the “maybe she’ll be 17 days early like Jack” train of thought.  Well…we’re one week beyond that point, and each day that passes has found me a little more impatient, uncomfortable, and stir crazy than the one before.  My mom came to save the day today, and she did SO much…cleaning, cooking, organizing, flower planting…but the best thing she gave me was a simple little piece of advice: “Let’s just plan on the fact that she’ll come on her due date (Sept. 21), and then maybe each day in between won’t be so frustrating for you.”  Amazing, huh????  I know…pretty simple, but in my world, pure sweet genius.


Over the past 6+ months since my last post, I’ve taken hundreds and hundreds of pictures, which represent hundreds and hundreds of little events that I wish I could share.  But for now, I chose just a tiny few to represent some (not all) of the things and people that have been little blessings from the Lord and have kept me going when I have wanted to give up.  Here they are in no particular order…



My mom’s homemade peach pie.  Craving?  Yes.  Jack’s graduation from Master’s Kids…what a wonderful year with my sweet sweet son.  Moving into the perfect house that God provided right out of nowhere.  Jack’s hair.  The sunsets over Lake Michigan and a wonderful time of refreshment with family during our vacation.  Jack’s face.  Disneyland.  My Aunt Lana.  Friends. Specifically the Bohrs.  The Anniversary Getaway that my incredible husband planned for me, including a perfect spa day.  My sister.  My boys, who have kept me from going crazy and kept me laughing.  Coffee Bean Iced Tea with crushed ice….actually, crushed ice in general.  My mom.  Costco ice cream bars.  The beach and the beautiful girls pictured. 



But mostly, this guy.  My amazing, patient, kind, thoughtful, funny, comforting, understanding, sacrificial husband.  He has been my rock, and has shown me the goodness of God more than anyone or anything else.  I think I may have mentioned it before, but I seriously don’t deserve him. 


That’s all for now.


Guess What!!! February 28, 2009

Filed under: Events — Michelle @ 10:46 pm



The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and kind in all His deeds.

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.

He will fulfill the desires of those who fear Him;

He will also hear their cry and will save them.


Psalm 145:17-19


Before it slips away… February 27, 2009

Filed under: Fun — Michelle @ 10:56 pm

February has absolutely flown by for this little family!  Before March gets here, I wanted to share a few highlights of this month…



We found a new favorite ride at Disney’s California Adventure…Toy Story Mania!!  Earlier this month, Ryan took a day off and we had a great Disney Day together…we got to meet up with our dear friends Chad, Mindy, and Danny, and then my mom joined us as well.  Jack had fun with the 3D glasses, as you can see.  🙂 




We’ve had some interesting weather (for California, at least) this month, with some deliciously cold and rainy days.  Jack loved the chance to break in his new rain boots from Grandma and Grandpa!




A special treat for Jack was Dad’s Day at Master’s Kids!  I loved watching my boys hang out together and make crafts (one of which was a sweet heart pin for me!), paint with snails, and race their very own paper airplane.  Ryan is wearing a shirt that Jack and I decorated just for this day.  🙂



One of my sweethearts



Making Valentine “people”


img_54861  img_54901

Last but not least, I couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favorite tastes this month…a Raspberry Vanilla Cupcake from Crumbs (I think it became my favorite cupcake EVER after just one bite), and Chocolate Souffle from the Tam ‘O Shanter (our Valentine tradition)


Michigan! January 9, 2009

Filed under: Family and Friends — Michelle @ 11:16 pm

On Christmas night, we left California for snowy Michigan!  We had a wonderful and relaxing time with the Anthonys.  Thank you, Mom and Dad, for all your help, generosity, and love!










Jack loved playing with his Gramma!







Jack’s feelings about going inside



Ice skating in an outdoor arena…so much fun!



This is a view of sunset over Lake Michigan…I was obsessed with these trees and their haunting beauty



Ryan and his sister Jennifer…looking for baby names!  Jennifer is due with their 1st (and Jack’s 1st cousin!) in May.



Here’s the snow story: After one day of getting to play in the snow, the weather warmed up and it rained, which melted all the snow away.  Sad!  So, naturally, I started to pray for snow.  And God gave me some!  Although it started late on the evening before we left, it was magical all the same.



This one reminded me of someplace like Narnia…maybe it’s just the lamp-posts  🙂