Thursday, February 28, 2008


Life keeps going. The house keeps looking more like a house. I keep succumbing to those first trimester involuntary naps, which admittedly makes the going a bit more slow...but oh well. Israel picked up his first "nursery bug" on Sunday in the nursery, and has been feverish (100-101), fussy, mildly snotty, and very Mommy-needy. Almost the only thing that lulls him besides Mommy is the Steve Green "Hide 'Em In Your Heart" scripture memory DVD that he LOVES. ADORES. I actually highly recommend that DVD - someone gave it to the boys over Christmas, and it is really good and the boys like it a lot.

Gabe. :) He actually seems to be doing better the past several days, but on our way out the door to church on Sunday he said "Today I'm going to go to Sunday School, and then I'm going to come back to this horrible, horrible house." :) :) :) I thought that one was alternately hilarious and revealing. I have encouraged him to talk about what he misses about the Kentucky house, but he is, and always has been, a deflector.

"Sometimes I just miss it."

"Gabe, what do you miss about our old house?"

"The - the - the birds!!! They are in the yard!!!" (pointing)

"Yes, Gabe, but what do you miss about our other house?"

"And then Maddie and Bridget (imaginary friends) are going to come over and we're going to see the circus!!" (hands gesturing expressively)

One day he said that the Kentucky house is empty, and it is sad. I actually think what it mostly comes down to is having a new, unfamiliar room, and the layout of our house here. His bedroom is around a corner and down the hallway from ours, and at night, when he comes out of his room, it takes longer to find us, and the hallway is dark. I think I'm going to get some night lights for the hall. He also was bothered for a bit by a dark colored game box in his closet, but now I close his closet doors, and leave a night light and the bathroom light on for him. He asked me the other day if we could move our bedroom closer to his. I have, however, heard less about the Kentucky house in the the past few days.

We have decided for various reasons that we are going to keep Gabe with us in the services on Sundays - which is something he is entirely unaccustomed to, as we have had him in the nursery at the past two churches we have attended - and I have been readying my purse for that event. I bought one of those pens that you can change the ink color on it between red, blue, green, and black, showed it to him, explained it was for Sunday during the service - and he cannot WAIT to use it. He has asked me about the pen regularly, and talks about it, and was talking to the lady at the bank about that pen. :) I hope it lives up to the anticipation.


Melody Stuckey said...

Thanks for writing about how you all are doing. I hate those nursery bugs. When Tyler was Isreal's age, it seemed that he was sick after being in the nursery every time he was in there. That gets frustrating. I think it's precious that Gabe called it a horrible, horrible house. Aren't they just cute! I mean, how sad. (I have to have some auntie empathy).

Lynette Polinder said...

What a little sweetheart. I love his little comment about the "horrible, horrible house" as well...but I wanna give him a hug. Thanks for the update.

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes, purses must be loaded arsenals of fun-yet-quiet toys for church. Try silly putty. It's a real winner! Angelina

Kathy Beachy said...

Sounds like you are getting settled in. Carol and Norm had told me about Gabe not being too sure about his new home. I love his responses.

Anonymous said...

Aawwww- poor little cutie. At least with our relocation, I found it was hard for a few weeks but they bounced back super fast. It didn't take them long until they could barely remember our Ohio house (which is kinda sad too). Now we have to show them pictures so they remember anything. Glad you love the new house and that you're getting settled. Let's skype soon! Candice

heidirhodes said...

oh i hope that Gabe gets used to his "horrible, horrible" house soon. i love the little things they come up with. i hear ya on keeping them quite during service. very rarely do we go to the nursery and if we do i have to stay with them or they scream bloody murder. i always have a purse full of smarties and raisins, it takes those little fingers a long time to dig in those little boxes, and of course about 100 backhoes and little trucks. hope israel is feeling all better soon. take care and take lots of those little naps while you can. =)