Saturday, February 27, 2010


Zoie loves her Daddy and does not particularly care to share him. The first incident happened at Christmas. When Mark picked up Cara, Zoie made a beeline for him and started crying. My dad (grandpa) picked her up but she wasn't very satisfied until she got her dad back. After which she cuddled right in and was very lovey.

These pictures are from a recent trip down to baby-sit Cara for Josh's b-day. She gets over it reasonably quickly but she definitely shares her opinion of the situation.

Funny thing is...she does not care in the slightest if I hold another baby. She'll gladly share mom. All babies beware...stay away from her Daddy.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Cheerios all over my floor and I do a load of pinks

The title just hints at a few of the adjustments Zoie has brought to our lives. I was thinking the other day how much one little person can change your life. I knew it would...but I understand it differently now. Outsiders may just see a lot of work and stress, but the love that she brings to our lives is indescribable. As she is growing up, she getting even more fun. She says "dada" and "mama" now (I'll admit she says "dada" more often) and claps for herself regularly, we enjoy watching her develop. We love you Zoie Jean!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Tradition Continues

I have no romantic associations with Valentine's Day. When we celebrated our first Valentine's day as a couple, I was horridly sick in bed with the flu. Instead of flowers, I got DayQuil. Since then, I haven't been real into the holiday. I don't remember if we did anything for our second one, last year I was really big pregnant, and now again this year Zoie and I are under the weather. Nothing terrible, but Zoie threw-up last night and again on me this morning. She otherwise acts fine. I'll spare you the details of my current condition.

To top it off, Mark shot a nail through his hand yesterday with his nail gun. Praise the Lord it was just through the fleshy skin and he is up to date on his tetanus. We cleaned it out and he is doing fine.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Leave that Kind of Legacy

I was thinking about the song "Legacy" by Nicole Nordeman...the chours goes

I want to leave a legacy How will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough To make a mark on things. I want to leave an offering. A child of mercy and grace. Who blessed Your name unapologetically And leave that kind of legacy

As it's been quickly closing in on a month since Grandpa Schumacher passed away, I've been contemplating his legacy. The days surrounding the funeral and visitation opened my eyes to the legacy that Grandpa left. I always loved and respected him. His love for and pride in Mark and our little family was obvious.

Mark has many wonderful memories of his Grandpa. He learned many things from him. I think though the thing that impacted Mark the most was not the things Grandpa taught him but the way he taught him. Mark learned how to teach people in a way that made them feel valued and capable. Grandpa had incredible patience and kindness. When he showed Mark how to do something or when Mark would make a mistake, he never made him feel incompetent or foolish. I'm sure Grandpa could have done a lot of those things faster and better, but he wanted the boys to learn. Grandpa understood that it was more important that they learn than the job be done quickly or perfectly. Mark has that same quality about him...and for that I'm forever grateful.

Grandpa loved his grandchildren and he showed that same love to many other people. Bob and Charlene's house (Grandpa's brother and sister-in-law) was filled with people who loved him and I got to hear many different stories and memories. I found the time the family and friends spent together there one of the healthiest grieving experiences I've ever had. There was a long line at visitation and a large crowd at the funeral. We helped Grandma put together thank-yous using a spreadsheet, she had almost 200 individual families to thank for their gifts of love.

The other personal tribute to Grandpa was the sign posted up at the Car Wash where he worked. "We'll miss you Jerry." On the day of the funeral, over 100 cars went through that car wash in his honor. The Woodford County Journal did an article about it.

Grandpa wasn't rich, wasn't famous, wasn't a powerful man but the legacy he left is one that any Christain should rejoice at leaving behind. It will be there for many years to come.

I haven't seen my husband cry very many times during our marriage but he definitely shed some tears as we said good-bye to Grandpa (and of I course I promptly joined him, I'm actually crying a bit now as I finish this tribute). We cry not for Grandpa, as he is rejoicing with the angels, but cry for our loss as we remain behind. May his love live in us as a tribute to his legacy.

Here is a link to the song

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

9-month check-up

Zoie had her 9 month check-up yesterday. She is doing very well. She is almost 29 inches tall and weights 20lbs 2 oz. So she is in the 95th percentile for height and the 75th percentile for weight. She had to get a shot yesterday which she didn't appreciate very much but she was done crying by the time we left the room and seemed to be fine the rest of the day. If you want to see her in action, you can check her out on my facebook page. I have a great video of her playing with my mom.