3441. Sleeping in this morning.
3442. Patrick manning all 3 kids like a boss.
3445. Vava using the potty so well.
3446. Kachinvya, looking so handsome in his baseball shirt.
3447. Hearing from old friends.
3448. Neighbours popping in with gifts.
3449. Sam making us laugh with his hilarious lines.
3450. Patrick barbecuing jalapeno burgers ... yum!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
3441. Sleeping in this morning.
Monday, October 27, 2014
3431. A late morning.
3432. Sam and Vava and Laethi making cookies.
3433. Patrick being home with us ♥.
3434. Vava falling asleep against my back.
3435. Patrick and the kids building in the yard.
3436. Snuggly Kachinvya.
3437. Friends for a scrumptious supper.
3438. Adorable baby smiles.
3439. Hilarious Vava sorting grapes into dirty dishes.
3440. A shower ... ahhh so nice :).
Sunday, October 26, 2014
3422. Breakfast cookies with cream cheese.
3423. My new owl scarf.
3424. Vava giving Kachi her zebra to cuddle during church.
3425. Patrick loving his Sunday school class.
3426. Patrick manning the boys while Vava & I had a huge nap.
3427. Patrick building a pirate ship in the backyard for the kids to play on.
3428. Tired Sam gobbling his supper.
3429. Laughing with Patrick.
3430. Kachinvya smiling and chuckling in his sleep.
Friday, October 24, 2014
3411. Sam doing Vava's chore so we could go to moms' group.
3412. S&V holding hands to cross the parking lot - such cooperation!
3413. Micah popping in and finding Vava's sucie on the sidewalk, washing the dishes, playing with Sam and fixing the step.
3414. Kachinvya growing longer.
3415. Gorgeously warm afternoon.
3416. Vava helping me feed Kachi.
3417. A shaggy dog in a pool of streetlight.
3418. Grocery shopping alone.
3419. Kachi looking so deliciously cute in stripes.
3420. Patrick manning the late feeding so I could go to bed.♥
Thursday, October 23, 2014
3401. A comforting sense of being held.
3402. One last breakfast with my beautiful mama.
3403. Patrick manning the bigs before work so I could snooze with the little.
3405. Driving around with my backseat full of jewels.
3406. Sam and Vava rising to the task of handling increased independence well.
3407. Take-out money from mama to make our Patrick-less evening fun.
3408. A super-quick oil change.
3409. Love & generosity from Patrick's coworkers.
3410. Our neighbours' impossibly pretty baby, sleeping in his stroller.
3391. Getting rid of Kachi's rash and finding his beautiful skin :).
3392. Sam hugging the inflated grim reaper at Wal-Mart, because 'he looked so mad and needed cheering up.'
3393. Blue skies and sunshine.
3394. Vava wearing her pretty new pants from aunt Jenny.
3395. Laughing with Sam and Mom on Sam's cushion-slide.
3396. Reading to the kids, Vava repeating every line.
3397. A beautiful walk in the golden sunshine.
3398. Soup from friends for supper.
3399. My amazing husband helping me write thank-you cards.
3400. Laughing with my mama at the table.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Our darling boy has finally arrived! As with Vava, we've had a lot of questions about his name. Here are some answers:
It's pronounced kuh-CHINV-yuh. Go on, take it for a spin ... try saying it out loud. Emphasize the second syllable. Not so hard, right?
Kachi for short, and it doesn't sound like "catchy" ... more like "caught"-chee, emphasis on the first syllable.
We love the name on its own, but its meaning makes it especially dear to us. After infertility drugs, miscarriages, and a lot of heartbreak, we're not taking our kids for granted. Each of our children's names has a special meaning. Sam means God hears my prayers. Vivian means life. And Kachinvya means victor, overcomer. We're so blessed :).
Here's a peek at our little man with the big name.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
3381. You hear our prayers.
3382. You create life.
3383. Through You we overcome.
3384. You are enough.
3385. You carry us, we don't carry ourselves.
3386. You are eternal.
3387. You came here as a baby.
3388. You know us from the inside out.
3389. You love us.
3390. You love me.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
3361. Little Kachinvya Chad coming safely into the world.
3362. Superhero Chrissy, coming in the middle of the night to stay with Sam and Vava.
3363. Superhero Rachael, being my strong and calm friend throughout labour.
3364. Superhero mama, letting me crush her hand and counting me through each contraction.
3365. Superhero Patrick, giving me such glad glances of excitement and pride to keep me going.
3366. My wonderful nurse, who was so competent and pleasant and kind.
3367. Apple juice and ice chips.
3368. Sam and Vava, who suddenly seem huge and astonishing.
3369. My night nurse, who kept Kachi-boy so I could sleep.
3370. A zillion well-wishers making meet smile.
3371. October sunshine.
3372. God holding me close.
3373. A refreshing shower.
3374. Coming home to Sam and Vava after two days apart.
3375. Vava wearing her Peppa Pig costume to bed.
3376. Kachinvya in his carseat, so teensy tiny.
3377. Sam and Vava cuddling Kachinvya, careful and adoring.
3378. Coming home to my own house with my own family to be together always ... kind of heavenly.
3379. Gillian's visit.
3380. Walking into my bedroom and being surprised to find Kachi ... delicious new normal ♥.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
3351. Patrick being home today.
3352. Sick Sam loving his apple juice popsicles.
3353. Vava snuggling Sam when he fell asleep on the couch.
3354. Mom's help in painting the bathroom.
3355. Vava dressing up as a "Pip-ess Tiger."
3356. Patrick's laundry marathon.
3357. My uncle surviving a horrible crash.
3358. My loving family.
3359. The kids falling asleep right away.
3360. Watching a movie with my beautiful mama.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
3341. Vava's adorable excitement over her balloons and streamers.
3342. Presents and cake for breakfast.
3343. Sam helping Vava find her presents.
3344. Sam and Vava playing tea party.
3345. Our church family being thankful together.
3346. The way God makes beautiful things out of the dust.
3347. Hearing a birth mother thanking God for good adoptions.
3348. Making freezer meals with Mom and Patrick.
3349. Mom's delicious gf stuffing and orange-cranberry relish.
3350. Vava in bed in the dark, still playing tea-party with an unresponsive (sleeping) Sam.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
3331. My patient husband.
3332. My patient mama.
3333. Vava being so in love with her spyglass.
3335. Puttering outside with my mama.
3336. Sam's dramatic sleep positions.
3337. Prayers for patience.
3338. Cheetos at just the right time.
3339. Encouragement to endure with hope.
3340. Hearing my Dad's voice.
3321. Another day to enjoy my beautiful mama.
3322. Running into Stan at the store.
3323. Sam asking for chocolate ice lollies.
3324. Sam and Vava's hilarious early-morning conversation.
3325. Patrick coming with me to
3326. My appointment, which was better than I'd feared.
3327. God giving me another peek at how much I am governed by my own fear.
3328. Park playdate in gorgeous fall sunshine.
3329. Vava watching out the window for me to come home.
3330. Bubble tea and Pad Thai.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
3311. A Chapters playdate.
3312. My restful morning massage.
3313. Sweet texts from friends.
3314. Vava's adorable food belly at lunch.
3315. Sam's independent play.
3316. Sam wanting me to hold his hand and walk upstairs.
3317. Vava trying to tuck toys under my shirt for baby K, then squealing "he's so cuuute!"
3318. A gorgeous full moon.
3319. My husband ♥ my wonderful Patrick.
3320. Mom taking such care of me - of all of us!
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
3301. Sam's friend sharing his awesome new toy with him, generously and happily.
3302. Sunshine morning.
3303. Banana pumpkin loaf.
3304. Sam playing happily outside by himself in the leaves.
3305. Friendship and Coca-Cola.
3306. Cold rain drops dashing down.
3307. Mom and Patrick cleaning up after supper.
3309. A riveting new show.
3310. Mama crocheting baby K a beautiful turquoise blanket.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
3291. Being able to tell the kids to go back to sleep without getting out of bed ... hello awesome monitor!
3292. Peanut butter oatmeal.
3293. A sunny morning.
3294. Love and hugs at church.
3295. Taking a huge nap while mom cleaned up.
3296. Waking up to find my amazing husband had painted the downstairs bathroom.
3297. Sam's eagerness to go to bed.
3298. Eating chicken nachos and
3299. Watching God's Not Dead with
3300. Mom and Patrick.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
3281. Sleeping in while my handsome love manned the kids.
3282. Coming downstairs to receive ecstatic hugs from Vava.
3283. Being spoiled like crazy by friends.
3284. Hospital presents.
3285. Spinach and feta egg puffs.
3286. My mama taking care of me ... making carmel corn and vacuuming the stairs.
3287. A happy dinner out with friends.
3289. Knowing I'm 24 hours closer to meeting baby K than I was last night.
3290. Hearing the kids talk in their sleep on our new monitor.
Friday, October 3, 2014
3271. Waking up to hugs from my mama.
3272. Patrick coming with me to my appt with ScaryDoc.
3273. Moms group.
3274. Vava sitting on the couch wearing her dinosaur hat and princess crown, drinking from her sippy cup and fondly cradling her huge pumpkin. So much weirdness, so much cuteness.
3275. Sam wanting to be a big boy all day.
3276. Green chili tacos with blue corn chips.
3277. Lying on the couch while my mama did the dishes.
3278. Patrick manning the stay-in-bed marathon.
3279. Kind kind friends.
3280. It's Friday!
Thursday, October 2, 2014
3261. Patrick manning Sam while I laid in bed this morning.
3262. Sam singing happy birthday to me ♥.
3263. S'more cake!
3264. My sweet garbage collectors.
3265. Fun at playgroup.
3266. Lots of happy texts and posts.
3267. Sam sobbing because the roadkill was dead.
3268. Vava wearing her crown to meet Nanny at the airport.
3269. Insane presents from home.
3270. Giggling with my PoWM-y husband as he wore plaid shorts, a reflective jacket, and purple crocs to snag groceries.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
3251. Sitting outside with a good friend and cozy blankets.
3252. Silly Vava being so hyper when she finally woke after 14 hours.
3253. Building towers with Sam.
3254. Making veggie soup from our neighbours' big gift.
3255. Sam bringing me a Lego 'cake' and singing happy birthday.
3256. A relaxing massage from my sweet therapist.
3257. Presents and a visit from Chrissy.
3258. Ywetta's delicious chocolate raspberry cake.
3259. Chips and dip, both on sale (did someone tell Superstore it's my birthday tomorrow?).
3260. Good friends and so much love to enjoy :).