Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Eden's Fist Olympics - Among other things

I LOVE the Olympics. I don't know why but there is just something about the Olympics that gets me excited. So, for opening ceremonies, we decided to get in the spirit of the Olympics! Okay - it wasn't just me, Eden and Josh - though that would have been very funny - Our small group had an Olympic kick off party on Friday to watch the opening ceremonies (amazing might I add) and enjoy some Chinese food. It was a "dress up" party so, of course the Carrolls became the newest addition to the USA Track and Field team. 

Our typical family photo

Eden was more interested in eating her USA Bib - and that is a massive javelin Josh is holding

Maybe every mom is like this, I don't know? but its the little things that get me... the little things that Eden does that make me realize she is growing up. It does my heart good to see her do these small things and I don't wish for one minute for her to "stay small forever". I have heard so many parents at work say that about their newborns - how they wish they could stay that way forever. Those comments have new meaning to me with all we've walked through the past year and I rejoice every time Eden does something that indicates she is "growing up". To me it reminds me that God is still at work and is still answering prayers for our little girl. This week, Eden has sat unsupported a few times (though not for very long)... and every day when we "practice" sitting, it gets a little longer (seconds, that is). I almost cried the first time she did it. I yelled down at Josh from the nursery, but of course by the time he came up there she wouldn't do it anymore. She is also sitting up and playing in her exercauser. I might have mentioned this in my last post, but it makes her look like such a big girl - and it keeps her occupied by herself for a little while. 

Playing (aka chewing on toys) all by herself.

Then she realized I was watching her and taking her picture!

On another note - Josh got a new job teaching at Wakefield High School... though I'm still not quite sure what he's teaching (something business/computer related). He is very excited and may also have the opportunity to coach as well. He finally got all his paperwork and found out that he starts on THURSDAY! So - our life is about to get a lot busier with that and with seminary starting back in a few weeks as well. 

And lastly - another update on my ETSY site. I ordered some stamps a few weeks ago that I just got in the mail this week that I am Oh so excited about.... Here's a preview just for you! Eden is already asleep or I would have her draw a name from the comments last week - but I promise, before Friday I'll have a winner! Keep the comments coming though - I love to read them!

This one is for the back of my cards

And I'm not sure what to do with this one yet - its a bit larger, but very cute! 



Beth Ignatz said...

I cannot believe how much she has grown! She is so adorable and such a reminder that God does work in our lives. Enjoy these moments of watching her do new things....they go bye way too fast! As much as I loved just sitting and holding Anna, I have really enjoyed her growing and discovering all the new things. We now sing, dance, talk (alot), and act out scenes from movies. It is so precious! You will see soon enough. Thank you for keeping us all up to date on your wonderful family! You are all beautiful in so many ways. God Bless!

jermswif said...

I am so glad Eden is doing so well!! Our God is awesome and ALWAYS in control!!!

Kristen said...

Oh my goodness...you two are so funny. The pictures of the Olympic track family are the best. I seriously laughed out loud. Josh, why do you have a javalin pole? Stephanie, you are a very supportive wife. You guys crack me up.