But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Good Morning, America!

We love and miss so many of you!! We know you are missing our kiddos, too, so hope this cheers your hearts. Sorry, Isaac was off having fun with friends so he's not in this impromptu photo.

Gavin pointed out that this photo really captures each individual baby's personality: sweet contented Seth, crazily excitable Will, delighted and charming Marcie, fun-loving and laughing David, winsome and darling Gracie. [Gracie did match Marcie, but then needed an urgent clothes change. We weren't planning a photo shoot!]

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday morning tea

Our friends Noel and Catharine kindly host a community tea at their house each Tuesday morning. It's fun to take the kids and get out of the house. They LOVE it, and I love visiting with friends and meeting new people. I got this photo with a friend's iPhone (Thanks, Aidee!).

Seth, Marcie, David, Will, Gracie

Gracie and Marcie's good times

The girls in the morning

Gracie put this train together. It didn't matter to her that the sheep car is a Mega Block and the other trains are Thomas the Tank Engine (James, actually), not to mention that they are back to back. I was impressed!
My lovely cleaning lady Sinta with Marcie

My little helper Dilue with Gracie

This is a very naughty but very cute picture. They are NOT supposed to be on the table. Mommy was too busy cooking to notice!

More pictures from Sunday

Smiling at Daddy

This is what we did to make them laugh.

Love Marcie's pose in this picture. Her brother matters not.

This is a close second favorite to the one I actually posted.

Seth and David are smiling so big in this one!

Isn't this a funny juxtaposition?

Happy Birthday, Gavin/Daddy!

Close friends Natalie and James came to celebrate with us tonight. Natalie made a delicious dinner and cake for Gavin!

The babies yesterday with their new friend Joel. Left to right: Seth, Gracie, Will, David and Marcie

Monday, July 28, 2014

I love this blog post!

Motherhood can be magical at times, but boy howdy, it can be HARD and tedious and feel like drudgery! I felt like I was practically engulfed in toddler waste today. I can't tell you how many items I have soaking in Napisan as I write. (Napisan is a gift. I miss it so much in the US.) Seth's diaper rash was a lot better this morning, but is pretty terrible again tonight. He just keeps burning his own little bottom, no matter how immediately we change him. I felt so frustrated at times today, and indeed at several times during this past week, I wondered if it was normal or if I was needing a serious break. I think it's normal. I've just never mothered this intensely in my own home for this long before. :) The kids are absolutely adorable, but also hysterical when they wake up too early from their nap because they can't find their pacifiers, or when they can't come into the kitchen while I'm stirring a pot of bubbling marinara sauce, or when they can't go bye-bye with Daddy when he goes to work.

All told, however, this stage with five babies is definitely MUCH easier than the newborn months with only one baby. I was isolated then, lacked experience and perspective, had a husband who was gone 12 hours a day (he flew early in the morning), and had postpartum depression. I wish I had read this blog then. I felt like SUCH a failure. I still struggle with feelings of failure every day, but I know what is realistic and what I need to ignore or laugh off. E.g.: I didn't put the clothes away AGAIN today! I am such a failure!! ;)


P.S. Gracie can point to so many body parts now! Eyes, ears, mouth, nose, hair, head, arms, tummy, legs, toes, fingers. I was shocked as I quizzed her today. I had no idea she knew all of those. Marcie can name everyone in the family. When she says "Marcie," she pronounces it perfectly and points to herself. She says "Seth" with the "th" sound even! She also will point or lead the way to wherever her siblings are if I ask her (I frequently misplace David and Will, they are SO busy!). Tonight David "hugged" her with a gleeful grin, but the hug turned into a wrestling match. Marcie giggled throughout, even when Will joined the fray. Will tried to wrestle Gracie when she was trying to "go to sleep" on her blanket on the floor in the living room. He wouldn't get off her, despite her protests, so we asked David to go over and push him off her, which David did! It was pretty funny to watch. He just bowled Will over very gently but effectively, and Gracie was freed.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Christmas in July?

When a friend announced that our community church service this morning was going to be "Christmas in July," I was confused until an Aussie friend explained that they do that sometimes Down Under, since July is the coldest month of the year, the time when the traditional carols most apply. Christmas is actually the hottest summer month for this side of the world. So I gamely picked out semi-Christmassy outfits. It was fun to wear a red sweater - I won't be able to in December! Because the kids were so cutely coordinated we got another photo. They are just about 2 years old, or 21 months adjusted age. (Sorry! I'm going to keep adjusting until they are 2 years old adjusted age, or November 3rd of this year! I'm just following what the developmental specialists do!)

David, Gracie, Seth, Marcie and Will, July 27th, 2014

Our sermon today pointed out that every time we remember our salvation in Christ, we "celebrate" Christmas, the baby born in the manger. He came to live a perfect life, die and rise again so that we can be made right with God for all eternity.

The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia summarizes the gospel message this way:
The central truth of the gospel is that God has provided a way of salvation for men through the gift of His son to the world. He suffered as a sacrifice for sin, overcame death, and now offers a share in His triumph to all who will accept it. The gospel is good news because it is a gift of God, not something that must be earned by penance or by self-improvement (Jn 3:16Rom 5:8–11II Cor 5:14–19Tit 2:11–14).3
Some more pictures from the past week:
Marcie loves to pose for the camera. This was where she had decided to take her nap, so she brought her two most fluffy blankets and laid down. Typical Marcie, it's also the hub of the house, at the entrance to the kitchen, where she wouldn't have to miss any action while "napping." Mommy didn't succumb to her charm and actually let her nap here, of course. 

It's so cute how the babies like to cover themselves with blankets. (Marcie still)

Marcie again


Grace and Will

Marcie and Will


Marcie's arms in the air (previous photo) remind me that Gracie loves to raise and even sometimes wave her arms during praise music or hymns. She didn't learn it from watching us because Gavin and I don't usually do so. Our Praise Baby CD and the hymns or worship music at church both elicit this darling and touching response from our littlest girl. Music moves her greatly.

David with Amanda. David is getting very good at hugging his siblings with this same huge grin, and he also goes on pacifier hunts around the house so he can hand them out to any baby missing one.

Marcie under the "parachute" at the Weavers'. It's been sweet to see Marcie taking double-portions of a snack so she can give half to Gracie. The girls really love each other. They laugh and talk a lot in the mornings before we get them out of their cribs, and they play little games and laugh so cutely together. Tonight the game was "grab Marcie's feet," which both Gracie (the grabber) and Marcie found hilarious. The boys, however, focused on wrestling. (Poor Seth wasn't much in the mood as he's had bad diarrhea and terrible diaper rash as a result.)

Will and Seth. Will's grin is just priceless in this photo! Seth's expression is pretty darn cute, too. Will continues to be the alpha male of the quints and a princeling of this community, but Seth is probably the prince of even more hearts with his loving cuddles and winsome smile. Will is busier than Seth and much less easy to hold and cuddle. ;) David kind of keeps to himself and takes his play so seriously our cleaning lady jokes that he has a lot of work to focus on and accomplish each day. His impish grin and dancing, running feet still bring plenty of admirers! Each child is so different but equally precious and immensely enjoyable. This is my favorite age, but I've said that every month so far!

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones