Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pumpkins, Flowers, Onions and a Checkup!

Today, Emma, our friend Becca, and I did some outside work!  We transplanted the pumpkins and onions into the garden finally! 

We'll see how they do. The next step is to get the rest planted. We're taking baby steps though; only so much can be done in a day. We planted some flowers too! I've had this idea in my head of planting flowers in a suitcase for a while, like this: Suitcase Example.  I think it's simply beautiful. But the more I looked around, I realize suitcases don't come cheap, even if you just want an old crappy one, they still cost money. So, last weekend while at some garage sales, I came across these two things that were FREE and decided they'll do.

Here's a few others we planted. 

With all this planting flowers going on, I thought back to one of my favorite verses: 
1 Peter 1:24 All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.

Just makes me think about what is important. As much as I need to feed my flowers with water and some nutrients here and there, I need to be fed by reading the Bible much more than the flowers need their essentials to live. 

Emma is 4 months old already! She's growing at a pretty steady pace. She's 23 3/4" tall and 10 lbs 7 oz. The doctor said she does a very good job at being active and focusing on voices and faces. She's a beauty! 
Another plus was our doctor said her hemangioma, the little red dot on her forehead, may be done growing. I'm crossing my fingers. It's hard to imagine her without it; yet I will be excited when it starts to shrink and eventually disappear. Sitting in the doctor's office I thought of this verse: 
1 Peter 3:3-4 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. 

At first when her hemangioma started growing, it was difficult for me to process. It's the first thing people noticed about her and always asked about. I was tired of explaining it but eventually, I got used to the questions and comments and no matter what I know that we have a beautiful daughter. I need to remember every day that our inner beauty is more important than our outer beauty in my own life and others and this verse helps me think that way. 

Last, here are two videos of her first moments in her Johnny Jumper!

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