Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Scott and I took Sophia to Mid Rivers Mall to play in the play area. She was really bored at home so I thought we could let her burn some energy at the mall. This is the first time she has been there since she began walking. As you can see it took her no time at all to get the full effect of playing and sliding down the slide. This happened back in November but I am just getting around to blogging about it.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Celebrated June 2nd
Every mother wins the “Mother of the Year” award in her own family, but if a vote were taken for the “Mother of the Thousand Years of the Byzantine Empire,” the unanimous choice would be a valiant woman named Sophia who turned a personal tragedy into a triumph of the spirit in the name of the Lord and so glorified His name in her every thought and deed that she was sainted by popular acclaim. She symbolizes motherhood in the purest sense, sanctifying the role all mothers play in the daily grind of raising a family, elevating the mothers of the world to a sacred level in the eyes of God and giving them their due recognition in the divine plan of the universe. A woman acquires a spark of divine grace in bearing a child, and thereafter in caring for it she labors not only for herself but for the property of the Almighty as well, for we are the children of God.
The Noble Sophia came into the world with every advantage, including wealth of beauty and intelligence, as well as an abiding faith in Jesus Christ, and at maturity she left nothing to be desired as a model wife. When she married, she took leave of her parents to make a home of her own with the prayer that she would be blessed with children, a prayer which was answered. She became the mother of six children, all of whom she loved deeply and none of whom lacked the religious fervor of their mother.
It was in her thirty-fourth year, when her happiness knew no bounds, that her greatest joy turned to stark tragedy. A plague swept over the land and she watched helplessly as one by one her children died; and when the pestilence had spent itself she had lost all of her loved ones, including her husband. In numbing grief she yearned to be stricken and join her family in death, but then her Christian faith asserted itself, reminding her that there was much she could do, not only for the Lord but in memory of her family. She returned to her empty house intent upon putting it to good use, and her life thereafter came to be a total commitment to the glory of the Savior.
She lost no time in seeking out the clergy of the community and announcing plans to dispense her wealth among the poor, keeping enough to maintain her house, which she hoped would shelter underprivileged or orphaned children. In a span of twenty years, Sophia’s house became a haven not only for little wanderers but for the dispossessed on any age as well. She actually adopted over one hundred children in this period, raising each of them as though it were her own child and sending them out into the world full of the love of Jesus Christ and quite prepared to make a useful place in society. She came to be known as the “Mother of Orphans,” marveled at by other mothers of the empire whose burdens were made lighter when they compared their cares and worries to those of the woman who had the strength and grace to make her life worthwhile after suffering a loss that would have overwhelmed the average mother.
Many stories of tenderness and sacrifice are attached to Sophia but the one that stands out as an example of her proximity to God is the one concerning the bottomless wine pitcher, if it can be called that. Her hospitality extended to all comers, and when adults sought refuge in her house she customarily poured them a glass of rare vintage from a Grecian urn. After she had first filled the urn, she noticed that no matter how much she dispensed for her guests, the wine was always at the same level when she went to use it again. At first she presumed that someone had surreptitiously refilled the urn when she was otherwise engaged, but she soon realized that it was a phenomenon that could not be explained. She mentioned it, however, to no one.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
We went to Babaloo at the Pottery Barn Kids in Chesterfield today. Sophia and I were in the back because I wasn't sure how she was going to feel about the show. There were lots of toddlers, dancing and singing up in front. Sophia watched for a few minutes. She smiled while the music played but she is a bit too young to stay focused on the show for a long period of time. I think she enjoyed it though. Here are just a few pics of her watching the show.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sophia and I went to the park today Election Day. The weather was beautiful and Sophia enjoyed herself at the park. She was very good today so I took her out to lunch. In honor of her late Grandmother Sally Sikes, who loved the mini burgers from White Castles, I took her for her First White Castle Burger. She ate the burger like a big girl. She took the sandwich and ate it like she has been eating burgers forever. She also said "George" while watching Curious George for the first time.
When we finished lunch we went for a nice bike ride all around our neighborhood. It was so pretty that we just rode around until I could barely pull her up the hills anymore. My legs were burning and I finally decided to call it quits.
We came home and Sophia had a nice sippy cup full of juice and then it happened. She was standing next to me as I sat on the couch resting from our bike ride. She reached over and started shredding a box of Kleenex. Then, she turned around and took four steps holding the shredded tissues in hand, she WALKED. She forgot to hold onto something because the tissues were in her hand. Then, she grabbed onto me because she realized she was walking. Yeah Sophia! I am so proud of you.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sophia and her Soap Box
Great Grandma and Uncle Mike came over to see the Lil' Ducky. Sophia was playing on the floor next to all her toys with her new found interest in a box of soap. This new toy was all the rage after our return from Costco. She pushed this soap box all over the floor for hours. Then, when she was modeling her costume for my grandmother, Sophia's Great Grandma she once again started playing with this soap box. Isn't it funny what entertains kids. You can buy them the fanciest, coolest toys in the world and they still play with boxes like this. She had more fun with this box scooting around in her duck costume than I thought possible.
Sophia enjoyed playing with her Great Grandma and demonstrating her ducky moves. It was an awfully hot night for a furry warm costume so Sophia started to take it off by herself. Even Great Grandma got into the fun and tried on the ducky hat. I know, I know, where is the air conditioning Mom? Sorry, I am not that good at costume making yet or will I ever be for that matter. I hear they do have coolants in those character costumes they use in the big theme parks and such. How was I to know it would be in the 70 degree temperatures for Halloween. It is always cold or raining or snowing in St. Louis. This unseasonal weather made it too hot for the poor furry little duck dressed for a cold night
Happy Halloween Sophia! We took pictures of Sophia Halloween night in her Lil' Ducky Costume. I chose to make a duck costume because Sophia can say "Ducky" and "Quack Quack". As I sewed frantically trying to make her costume in just a couple weeks, I broke two sewing machines. Unbelievable! I still managed to finish the entire costume with all the adjustments for size and shape before Halloween night.
I enjoy sewing but don't often have the opportunity. I thought this was the perfect excuse to practice my skills. I chose a really difficult fabric to work with, fur. Need I say more to anyone who has sewn before. Ugh. It was shedding all over my work area and got caught in the bobbin and the feed dogs several times. I have vacuumed the carpet several times and I am still finding yellow flecks of fur around the house. I tweaked the costume just a bit to make it fit better, but I think in the end it all worked out. I added a few embellishments to make it cuter than the original pattern showed on the envelope. I really enjoyed making this for Sophia and plan to make all her future costumes.
Sorry about last year Sweet Sophia, mommy just wasn't up to sewing your costume last year for your very first Halloween since you were just a month old and mommy was just an overwhelmed, tired new mommy.
As a tribute to my parents who always made my costumes, I have a new found respect for all the work that goes into getting the costume done by Halloween. May I say, "Big Bird for me and Oscar for Mike", and "Strawberry Shortcake" were some of the really tough ones. Whew! Next year, I will start much earlier in case I have any set-backs like broken sewing machines, etc.
Pictured in the slideshow you will see us getting Sophia ready to go out Trick or Treating. Uncle Mike is showing Sophia how to play the piano while I answer the door to give out candy to all the little ghosts and goblins running around our street. Also, Scott took the camera out and followed us around the neighborhood as Sophia and I went Trick or Treating at our neighbors' houses. I think Sophia almost understood what we were doing. Although, she was trying to give her candy to our neighbors rather than take candy from them. Too funny. She also liked playing with the candy wrappers because they make a funny crinkle sound.
Although it was a lot of work, I feel happy with the results of making her costume and think Sophia had fun being a Ducky for Halloween. She even said, "Quack Quack" a few times with her costume on while Trick or Treating. Thanks to Sophia's Uncle Mike for stopping in to watch Sophia go out Trick or Treating. This was a great Halloween!