I wanted to share a few things with you that have been wandering around my mind for the past few days but have little to do with one another. These pictures are of the day Rio arrived. I think they sum up each kid's attitude about the new little one quite well:
Diego: adoring, protective, big brother
Eliana: Absolutely in love and perhaps a bit infatuated... leaning to the slightly crazy/dangerous side
Cruz: Happiest at a distance and to have a parent all to himself; far, far away from baby sister. In fact, he would much rather learn the name of a friend's dog in an hour than say baby sister's name in the first two weeks :/
My wonderful cousin, Emily Bergquist, took some beautiful shots of Rio this week. Love them!
Went to a Porterbrook Kansas Conference today. Was not looking forward to it really because it meant spending the entire day away from Cruz who is in need of much mommy attention/instruction/discipline. Heard Joe Thorn speak. Was incredibly challenged in so many ways and am so thankful I had the opportunity to go! Not only is Joe a pastor and author, he is also the founder of Bearded Gospel Men, which is super funny, especially if you've seen the pastors at my church... or my brother.
The Red Barn Outdoor Market is next weekend. I would love to go if I have the chance, but don't really have extra spending cash right now so I might not. I'm not sure. But if you have time and change you should! I really enjoyed it last spring. So much so, I considered having a booth this time, but then thought the better of it. I mean, seriously, how on earth would I manage a booth and a 3-week-old at the same time? Maybe next year.
For those of you not aware, I've had four c-sections... the first one, an emergency. It was devastating to me at the time: that I didn't "really" give birth, that it didn't go according to my "plan," etc. And although I do realize that more c-sections happen in the US than are truly necessary and that should be fixed, I do also wish that someone (that first time around) had told me to hold more loosely my own "birth plan," find a good doctor I could trust, and to have an attitude of thankfulness to a God who is good and always has a better plan for me (and my kids) than I could ever come up with. That's why I loved this post so much.
Okay, that's all for tonight! Blessings!