Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Nichole at 3-months

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Do we have the cutest baby or what!
I know Nichole is almost four months, but I figured I should post some of her three month old pictures. It is amazing how many more pictures the first born children tend to have! We have tried to have Nichole's professional pictures taken every month like we did with Ellie. So far we have done her month old pictures...and hopefully on Friday her 4 month pictures :)
Ellie is the greatest big sister. She loves Nichole. She constantly tells her, "I love you Nichole;" "I love you baby sister;" and perhaps one of my favorite ones, "You are my best friend Nichole."
Yep! That's right! Some rolling over action going on here! And do you see the one arm lifted off the ground? She is amazing!
"Thanks for looking at my pictures."

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Breath of Heaven

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Christmas is over. I am hoping to put the Christmas tree away soon along with all the other Christmas decorations. I cannot believe that it has come and gone. Time flies by. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were putting the Christmas tree up... listening to Christmas music. My favorite Christmas CD is Amy Grant, Home for Christmas. I have listened to it every Christmas for the last 12 years and I know all the songs by heart. But this year, it was different. As Breath of Heaven started to play, and I started to sing along, tears started coming, "This is my prayer." The Lord knows what an amazing journey He has for me, He chose me to be Nichole's mom, and for that I am deeply thankful.
Breath of Heaven (Ellen's song)
I have traveled, on a selfish life
Now I am weary, with a babe with Downs
So I wonder, what good I've done
Holy Father, you have come, and chosen me now
to love on Nichole
I am waiting, in a silent prayer
I am frightened, by the load I bear
In a world as cold as stone
Must I walk this path alone
Be with me now, be with me now
Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, breath of heaven
Breath of heaven, lighten my anxiousness
Pour over me your holiness, for you are holy
Breath of heaven
Do you wonder
As you watch my faith
If a wiser one, should have had my place
But I offer all I am
For the richness of your plan
Help me be strong, help me
Isaiah 41 :13 says "For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, 'Do not fear; I will help you."
I offer all that I am, and I am certain that the Lord will be with me, He is my help. What a comfort to know that the Lord holds me by my right hand.

Christmas 2007

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Come On Ring Those Bells!

Ellie sang at church during our Christmas Service. She did a great job ringing her bell and singing. She actually knew all the words and was not intimidated by an auditorium full of people. She did a great job.

Ellie's Christmas Excitement

We love Nichole

Sometimes life is hard as a baby!

Tia Ale loves Nichole, and so does grandma Chachi.

The Extra Fun

We spent Christmas with my family. We were there for a week. Unfortunately, us Stumbos had the stomach flu. We are thankful that Nichole did not get sick. And then when we were all getting better, I got a sore throat and nasty cough.

Thanks mom!

Andy is so silly cuddling his new socks.

Stumbo Family

After spending time with my family, we came back to Charles City and Andy's family came to celebrate Christmas. From Montana, Ohio, Washington, and Taiiwan, it was good to be together. There were three new baby girls and also sickness. From stomach flu (again) to colds and coughs, but we had fun hanging out.

Grandma Stumbo loved holding her new babies.

Nichole's Baby Dedication

On Sunday Nichole and her cousins were dedicated to the Lord. It was special to have their grandpa Stumbo dedicate them. I feel like Andy and I were the ones dedicating ourselves to the Lord, that we will raise Nichole to know Him and love Him. That we will seek to be examples to her of what it is to follow the Lord. We know full well that the Lord has wonderful plans for the life of our sweet little girl, and we are looking forward to this wonderful journey.

Grandpa Stumbo tries to hold all three babies. Didn't go so well :)


Ellie, Mikayla, and Alyssa all love to sing. It was so sweet when all three of them started singing "Jesus loves me." How fun for them to be so close in age. They had fun together.

Ellie and Alyssa were great friends.

Grandma Stumbo got matching outfits for the older girls. Getting a picture of them all smiling and looking at the camera was hard, but really funny.

Grandpa and Grandma Stumbo with their 6 grandaugthers.



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