Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Learn to Jive!

Isaac is featured here from his Kindergarten program last night.
I'll let the clip speak for itself.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Some recent happenings

This is going to make our posts out of order, but it's not really a big deal.
I'm posting some pictures of some of the recent activities around the Henn Homestead
The top 2 are from Tanya's cousin's wedding in Des Moines a few weeks back.
We had such a fun time and all the kids (except Jesse) got a part to play in the wedding. Erin was the Flower Girl, Kaylee was a greeter, Isaac and Levi rang the bell.
The next picture down is the Valentine Tree that graced our dining room table for Valentine's Day. We all gathered around it for a special Valentine Breakfast last Thursday.
The bottom photo is Kaylee and Daddy all dressed up the for the annual "Daddy/Daughter date night" at the LongLines family center. We had a special meal and dancing for just Daddy's and their little girls. Erin isn't old enough yet. Kaylee and I had a great time and we both made special memories!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

3:00 am

It was 3:00 am..................Pit a pat, pit a pat down the unlit hall to our room someone comes. All I see is a silhouette of a face. The beautiful brown skin of my son Levi, blends into the darkness in the room. He seems upset and eagerly climbs into bed next to me as I pull back the covers to make room for him. He snuggles close and tells me his finger hurts and that his birthday is coming soon?! (He cannot wait for his birthday) I think he has been dreaming.............
He smell so good and his curly head rests on my chest. We can feel each other breathing. His arms are wrapped around my neck. He looks younger than 4, all dressed in his soft, zip-up, feet pajamas.
I wanted to record this moment because Levi has hardly ever come into our room in the middle of the night since coming home almost 7 months ago. He wants to be so self-sufficient during the day that I sometimes forget to take the time to rock him, hold him, scratch his back and sing to him. I have done all these things with my children that I have had since birth. I am sad at times to think of the "mothering moments" I have missed in his life.
When he came into our room this night, God gave me the awareness that this 3:00 am time slot was a gift of His grace. It was time to hold Levi, feel his breathing up against me, a time to tickle his cheeks and arms and tell him I love him.
Levi felt comforted. I felt my heart fill with thankfulness for the son God has given me.

Posted by Tanya

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

new words

Jesse is starting to talk more. Here's some stuff we're hearing...
eeeee (please)
gog (Dog)
Doon (Kaylee... haven't figured that out yet?)
gunkgunk (thank you)
nuah (yeah)
kah (okay)
gown (down)
fuhbull (football)
rahroo (I love you)
Izah (Isaac)

We are constantly catching Isaac kissing Jesse and squeezing him (sometimes a little too tight) When we talk to Isaac about this, his response is usually "Mom, I just need to kiss his chubs! He's so squishy."

Friday, February 01, 2008

Have you ever wondered?

This doesn't really have anything to do with our family, but it is timely.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the t shirts that are printed with the losing superbowl team -the 288 T-shirts and caps made for the team that did not win?
Here's an article in the NYTimes (last year) that tells what happens to them.
They go to World Vision where they are then "the gear is flown, along with school and medical supplies, into a major city. It is then driven to one of the villages where World Vision staff members work. They distribute the shirts and caps at a community center, about two per family."
I thought this was really cool. At least they are not destroyed and wasted.
Here's a more up to date article: http://www.worldvision.org/Worldvision/pr.nsf/stable/20080125_superbowl