Thursday, December 30, 2010

Now and then...

It's hard to remember how small our Eloise was when she was born.  She is doing such a splendid job growing! 

Here's Eloise is at ten weeks old with her cousin Elisabeth who loves her very much. 
Here's Eloise the day she came home from Tacoma General.  She was three weeks old. 
See how much she's grown?   Look at the extra room above her head and by her feet. 

Eleven weeks old and so happy! 

One week old!  (I think she may be smiling here, too!)

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret,
and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand:
when I awake, I am still with thee.
~Psalm 139:13-18

Friday, December 17, 2010


On Sunday Eloise Joy was baptized along with her friends Isabella Jean and Madelyn Adele.  
Eloise was baptized by Pastor Williams, her Great Uncle.

"Through Baptism God has added you to his own people to declare the wonderful deeds of our Savior, who has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light."

Eloise is now ten weeks old! 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Our Breakfast Banquet

Saturday morning we had an open house breakfast.  It was wonderful!  I'm sure we'll be having many more! 

Helpers came early for hands-on training.

Helping takes many forms!

Here is the master chef:  multi-tasking!

The eggs-in-a-nest were a definite favorite.

We are blessed with lots of friends.

Nate cooked bacon, on these girls' special request!  (Varying levels of refined taste!)

More friends!

More helping?  :-)

Brothers in Law & Gospel

This picture makes me think ahead to when Eloise is a bit older.  I'm thankful we have so many friends to help us in raising her in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
More friends!

Aunt Naomi - the 'dotingest' aunt ever!

Guess who stayed to clean up?  It was another party for George, Jordan, and Jim.

One of my favorite parts of Saturday is watching Nathaniel with Eloise.  There is nothing like it.
We are so blessed. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

You are cordially invited...

This Saturday, December 11th 2010, we are hosting a breakfast in our new home! 
It will be an open house breakfast, beginning at 9:30am and continuing throughout the morning. 

Our family ~ Thanksgiving 2010
Part two:  Since I haven't posted in a week (and a lot of people are informing me of this gross neglect) I will add an update here.  Last week Eloise had checkups in Tacoma on Monday and Wednesday, followed by her eight week checkup in Olympia on Friday.  She did very well at all her appointments.  At her eight week checkup, Eloise Joy weighed an incredible six pounds, eleven ounces!  This means she's gaining about a half pound each week!  She also received her two month shots!  Ouch!

Part three:  We are always looking for new recipes to try.  If you have one you think we might like, please share it with us.  If you have eaten something exceptional at a restaurant, please tell us about it.    We want your ideas for breakfasts, appetizers, main courses, beach food, etc!