Our Family

Our Family

Why I Blog

I decided to start a blog not only so others can read about what's been going on with the Lawrence family, but also to help me remember these wonderful years while my son is still so young.
It feels like just a little while ago I told my husband that I was pregnant. We spent that evening curled up on the couch dreaming and talking about what it would be like to be parents. The joy and excitement was almost unbearable. Now, 18 months later, I look back and remember the way that felt. I thought it would be wonderful, but I had no idea just how awesome it would be!
I want to write about this awesome experience of motherhood and the joys of building a family! I know there is no way to truly express the joy I feel or the love that I have for my son and his wonderful father...but I'll do my best. :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Maybe I'm Just Not a Blogger.

I love the idea of blogging and talking about stuff that's going on in my life, but when it comes right down to it I don't have the time and when I do I feel like blogging is a waste of my time...I mean who really reads this anyway? lol I also feel like I have to watch every little thing that I say so that I wont offend and so that it doesn't sound like I'm bragging when I talk about Rogan. Over all I'm not a very good writer and knowing that makes me cautious to blog.

Now my thoughts are..."I can't blog that. Some one might think I'm crazy!" ...good thing I don't really care what you think...I'm posting it!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Good Memories

Rogan's Cousins!
Rogan loves his cousins. We have spent several weekends with my sister Tabitha, her husband, and their children many times but I choose this weekend to talk about because I have pictures to share!
This was both Mother's day weekend and Daphne's birthday. 

Daphne is an adorable child and she's also very photogenic so it was hard for me to choose a picture that I liked best. I love this picture because it captures the beauty of childhood and the "fairy tales" of a little girls imagination.   

My niece, Keira is such a doll. She's loving a sweet to everyone. She always trying to look out for Rogan and Daphne when they play and she's very good at mothering. I have so many fond memories of Keira and this weekend is one of them. 

One of my favorite memories from this trip was when we put both Rogan and Daphne in the crib thinking that they might enjoy playing with each other in there, but they would have none of it a raised such a ruckus that everyone had to come and see what the fuss was all about. 

I love my family and although Tabitha and I are not blood sisters (we're actually cousins) I feel that she has been more of a sister to me then most of my other sisters. She's been a wonderful example to me of what a Godly wife and mother should be and I know with out a doubt that if I ever need a shoulder to cry on of some good advice she'll always be there to help me out. Matt is pretty awesome too! I like to refer to him as SUPER DAD!!! I'm just so happy that I have wonderful family and that my son will grow up with such awesome cousins!

The last picture I have for you today is to celebrate the little boy that made me a mother...my sweet little Rogan...Don't you just love his little foot.

A Year Well Spent

I was sitting here and I thought I would look at my blog and see just how long it has been since I last wrote. Wow! It's been so long. I guess I've been busy! (no kidding)

This year has been the best year of my life! I know I say that every year but it's so true. My life just gets better and better. I have a healthy, smart, and happy little boy! I've got a wonderful husband who I've been married to for over 5 years now. We're living in our new home and loving it! See? So much to be thankful for!

So to catch up my blog I plan on going through all that photos on my computer over the last year and post some on here while I go. I know that most of it will be old news but it will be nice to have it here to look back on and remember.

With that said...I should start looking at some pictures. :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Where Does the Time Go?

I've been thinking back to what feels like not too long ago...when my little Rogan was so very little. He was so cute in his little swaddle and I remember how light he felt when I would lift him out of his bassinet. He always had a calm spirit and a sweetness that I'll never forget. I would sit and rock him for hours and he fit so perfectly in my arms. Last night as I was rocking him to sleep I noticed that even when his head is on my shoulder his legs drape over the edge of the chair. My little baby has grown to be a big boy. He still has that sweetness he did when he was so very little, but I wouldn't use the word "calm" to describe him now. :)

Oh what joy that boy brings to my life!

His vocabulary has really grown in the last month he says
1. *Dada
2. *More
3. *Thank you (it sounds more like hi you)
4. All done
5. Cat
6. Outside
7. Bye bye
8. Grandpa
9. Grandma
10. Daph
11. Giddi (his little cousin)
12. *Baba
13. Bop Bop (he says this when he wants food)
14. Cheese
15. Figgy (fig newtons)
16. Mama (only when he's sad. Otherwise I'm dada)
17. Baby
18. *Quack quack (this is what he calls his toy duck)
19. Fan
20. Light
21. Violin (He's only said this for one day)
22. *HEY!
23. No!
24. *Uhoh
25. Micha (it sounds more like Ki ka)
26. Night night
27. Shoe
28. Moon
29. Fly away (I've never heard this, but Grandma says he said it)
30. Star
31. Fish
32. Guck (Duck)
33. Cynthia (he called me Cynthia for about 2 weeks)
34. Eyes
35. I (he will point to himself when he says "I")

He's not too consistent will all of these words yet, but he will usually say them if prompted. The ones with a star are his favorite words to use. :) I know I've forgotten some, but oh well.
He makes a lot of animal noises: meow, moo, woof woof, cluck cluck, roar, quack quack, baaa, hoo hoo, and the deer sound. Once again, I'm sure I've forgotten something.

He's walking really well and he can go up stairs like a pro. When he gets to the top he will turn around and yell at me. He has not tried to go down the stairs which is a good thing. I've been trying to teach him how to go down on his belly, but he doesn't want to try he just wants me to carry him down so he can go right back up. :)

Well, that's all for now. Hope to talk more about my little guy real soon.

Friday, July 16, 2010

A little update

Oh my, where has the time gone!!! So much has happened since I blogged last. Rogan birthday was awesome! Auntie Laura came for a surprise visit for his actual birthday and Nana got to come see us a day or so after his birthday. On the Saturday after Rogan's birthday we had a birthday party and invited some of Rogan's friends and family. He had a ton of fun! He enjoyed all the attention and opening his gifts and MOST of all he enjoyed digging into his first cake. For his cake I make a lego cake. It was an interesting time trying to make it work. I really have no cake making experience or training so I was going out on a limb to make this cake. :)

Rogan was taking a few steps and getting really close to walking by his first birthday, but didn't quite make it. He started REALLY walking about two weeks after he turned one. Now he's running around like a crazy kid and he's into everything. Even though we are in the middle of building and finishing our house I've kept it fairly kid friendly and he enjoys running around in the big room and getting into our cabinets in the kitchen. We don't have doors on them yet, so he pulls everything out of the lower cabinets while I do the dishes. :) He want's to be involved in EVERYTHING! The other day I was mopping all the floors and he wanted to help, so I gave him a little hand broom and he would dip it into my mop water and scrub the floor. He made a big mess of water, but we had a lot of fun "mopping" together. It had to come to a stop when he thought it would be a good idea to give all his stuffed animals a bath in the mop water. I was about to prevent all but one stuffed animal from getting a bath...poor giraffe. :(

Shortly before Rogan turned one we had a photographer come to the house and take Rogan's pictures. I was very impressed with her style! Rogan did very well. In the middle of the photo session he fell of the chair. He cried for awhile, but a pop tart made him forget that he was sad and we were able to continue. :)

Bible School/VCS was last week. I have always been put where ever there's a spot to be filled. This was my 10th year of doing Bibles school. For the first three years I taught the 3 year olds. The 4th and 5th year I played the piano. For 3 years I was in charge of the nursery. Last year I taught the 5 year olds. This year they needed a teacher for the 8 year old class. I've never worked with kids that old, but I was willing to try. I was told that I needed to teach about the life of Christ. I had to start from scratch, but I enjoyed preparing a lesson plan for teaching the kids. When I got to VCS there were 8 wonderful 8 year olds there! We had a grand time learning about Christ and some of the things that he taught us while he was hear on earth. This was by far my best year at Bible School and I think I will tell the committee that I'm done being "put where ever." I'm sticking with this class and I'm trilled to teach the 8 year olds next year!

During Bible School Rogan stayed in the nursery. The first 4 days I put him down in the nursery, with the other 14 kids, he would go right to playing and having a grand ol time. He didn't seam to miss me at all until the last day. By then we were both ready to be back to spending all our time together. :)

Jose and Esme's wedding is in a few days and we've been getting ready for that since the whole family is in the wedding. Jesse is the best man, I'm the matron of honor, and Rogan is helping carry the brides train. So things have been busy with getting a dress, a tux, showers to throw bouquets to make...the list goes on. Yesterday I was driving around with my husband and I realized that I had forgotten to buy something for Rogan to wear to the wedding!!! I decided that I would try the Children's Orchard first. They didn't have anything at the store closest to us so I headed to the next closest one and with the help of a very nice lady I found a little out fit with pants, button up shirt, vest, and tie for $6.50! I know this was a blessing...I could have been searching for a long time and it could have cost a lot of money to come up with something for a one year old to wear in a wedding. They don't make many cheap formal outfits for 12 month olds. He looks so cute in the suit. I can't wait till the wedding! I'll be sure to post some pictures of him on here in his little suit.

Well, there have been a lot more going on then I've been able to write, but I'm sure that you're already board by now, that is if you bothered to read down to here. So I'll end and try to blog more ofter with shorter more readable posts. :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Eating Flowers is a No No!

What wonderful weather we are having here!!! I just love the spring when all the flowers are in bloom and the grass is green. I love the evening storms and the sunsets that go with it. With this awesome weather we decided to get Rogan out there and have him try out the grass. He didn't like it too much. I don't think that he understands that he can crawl and move around on the grass. He just sat there and with this funny little look on his face. When I put him in the crawling position he just stayed in one spot and cried. He looked at me like I had just done something horrible to him. What a silly. After making him suffer through sitting in the grass for awhile we showed him some of the new flowers. before I could do anything...in the mouth it went. I guess he liked the way that it tasted cause when I tried to get it out of his mouth he got mad at me and stuck the flower right back in his mouth. Too funny!
I'm hoping to spend a lot of time with Rogan outside this year. Jesse and I are planning on having a garden in the field by the house that we are building. I've always loved gardening, but this will be the first time that I'll have a garden of my own! I want Rogan to help me water the plants and play in the dirt...won't that be just great!!! I want for him to have a love for this awesome earth that the Lord gave us and for the plants that are actually edible. :)
I would love to write more...but I don't gots the time.
Happy Spring to all!!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

For God so Loved...

Today I was driving in the car thinking about the the judgment I have passed on those for whom I am better. In my mind I was trying to justify my self righteous feelings. "It's not like I'm saying that they're going to hell. I'm just saying that they don't have a very good chance of getting into heaven." I was thinking about some one who I knew to be (what I thought) truly evil. They did awful things to innocent people including children. How could they get into heaven and how could he have mercy on them. God in His wrath killed Ananias and Sapphira for lying. They hadn't killed or harmed anyone. While I was thinking all these things an image came to my mind. I could see Christ hanging on the cross and I could hear him whisper "Forgive them, for they know not what they do." I was so humbled in that instant. Christ showed such mercy for those people who tortured and killed Him. Who am I to pass any judgment...on anyone. I've always thought of Christ as being merciful, forgiving, and kind. Maybe it's from all the Old Testament stories, but I've never thought of God, the Father, being merciful or forgiving. I think of where it says "vengeance is Mine" and that's how I see him. Today I realized that I'm so wrong in that thought process! God is the One who sent our Savior! I've never really understood the verse (or even really thought about it) "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." When I remembered this verse today, my eyes stung with tiers of joy. It filled my soul with gladness!!! Our God is truly awesome and so LOVING to me. I just want to praise the Lord with thanksgiving. I'm so happy that both God and Jesus love a sinner like me!!! No one deserves His mercy, and yet, He freely gives. :)