Monday, October 17, 2011

the leaves have fallen!

We have been having so much fun this fall!  Owen enjoyed the fact that we had to rake the leaves every few days to keep up with them falling.  We also took advantage of the beautiful fall weather by going to play putt-putt.  Owen did well for the two holes that he played!  He scored a 3 and a 4!  We also went to the apple orchard this past weekend with our Bible study.  They had so many great activities for toddlers... and adults!  Anyway, here's the handsome man and beautiful little lady!

A few days last week Owen had a high fever, I felt so bad for him - but we all loved the cuddly time with Owen.  Here is a picture with "Aunt" Carol and another one of how he looks when I put him to bed. 


This past weekend our kiddos had three lovely visitors from Minnesota - Grandma Deb, Great-Grandma Bernie & Great-Aunt Linda.  Owen & Eden truly enjoyed the love, cuddles and laughs from the ladies.  Jon & I loved hanging out with them & doing what they do best - shopping & card-playing!  Thank you for your visit, we love you!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Two Months of Eden

Today Eden is two months old!  We are loving her more and more each day.  She is sleeping right beside me in her bassinet, her hands are crossed but kind of hovering in the air.  I don't know how she's doing it but it is so cute.  She is also snoring.  Equally as cute.  As I am looking at her I am just amazed about how much I love her.  Even though it's not easy having an infant & a toddler running around, I love her immensely.

A few people have asked why the name Eden.  While I can't speak for Jon, I would love to share why I loved her name for her.  It all began with Owen's name.  Owen's name means "young warrior."  I found the name after I'd already been praying for him that one day he'd be a christian and be a warrior for Christ,  Then after his birth story it just fit perfectly.  Thus begins my desire to her name mean something appropriate for her.  So, as we were searching for a name we pretty much didn't agree on anything.  Then one day Jon threw out the name Eden.  At first I was unsure, but I grew to love it.  I pray for Eden that she would be beautiful and confident but not trust in her beauty.  I love the verse in Proverbs 31:30 that says Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  So I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to remind her of the beauty of the garden of Eden and help her to grow into a woman who understands her true beauty.  I also look forward to using the story of the garden of eden to share with her God's desire for a true relationship with her.   Maybe we'll sit down with coffee (hot chocolate for her) and I'll explain how in the garden of eden God actually walked and talked with Adam and Eve - can you see her face light up in awe!  We'll talk about sin and how it messed everything up.  We'll talk about how she sins.  Maybe she'll be sad about her sin and be sad for how it causes her to not be right with God.  Then I'll get to share about Jesus.  We'll talk about how He is God but became a baby.  We'll talk about how as he grew up to be a man, he never sinned.  We'll talk about his miracles, how he helped blind people see, helped paralyzed people walk and helped a girl about her age that died come back to life.  We'll talk about how he loved sinners, how he ate with them, laughed with them, cried with them.  Then I'll have to tell her about how he died on the cross, a criminal's death even though He was innocent.  That He died because of her sins.  Maybe she'll cry, maybe she won't.  But we won't stop there.  I'll get to share with her about how He rose from the dead!  Then I'll share the glorious news that even though her sin separates her from God, that it doesn't have to stay that way.  We'll talk about God wants to have a relationship with her, like with Adam and Eve in the garden.  I'll explain that if she asks forgiveness for her sins, that she believes that Jesus died to save her and that she wants to live her life for him, he'll have her.  Then it'll be up to her.  But I am thrilled for those conversations and for her to hear her name and remember true beauty, to remember that God wants a walking and talking real relationship with her.  That's why I loved the name Eden.

Below are the many beautiful faces of Eden:

I even love her sad face... well, some of the time. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

weekend in KC

Jon playing golf with Chuckles on Friday + 27 guys going to the Chiefs/Vikings game on Sunday = a weekend of extreme fun for Jenny, Owen & Eden in KC.  (For Jon too... I just don't have any photos from those events.)

We were so excited to have some quality time with our friends Rachel, Landon & London with Rachel's parents & sisters too!

It was good practice for Rachie & Landon to be
around a boy since they're having one this winter!

I was thankful for some girl time with my friends Kelsey & Juhi too.  And Eden got to meet Juhi's baby girl, Afsana.  She's so precious!

On Friday night we got to see Sandy's apartment in Lawrence & venture to art shows during Final Fridays.  Eden loved being carried around by Aunt Sandy.

Owen used chopsticks for the first time at Pei Wei - a yummy yummy simpler version of PF Changs.  Des Moines needs one badly!

And on Sunday we got to visit both of my Grandma's.  We finally took some fourth generation photos.

Here's Grandma Farmer & Eden - she's looking so good despite this hard month.  Love you Grandma!

Grandpa Tickles with Owen pulling a wagon that I used to be pulled in.