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February 28, 2006

Emily's Mama

My Aunt Virginia asked the following question in the 'Little People' comments section: "Does Emily look as much like her Mom as Noah looks like his Papa?"

I will skip the one-thousand word entry and just post this photo... you make the call. :-)

Steph at a very young age (6 weeks).

February 26, 2006

Little People

Noah thinks his baby sister is pretty neat.

Noah and Daphne in awe of all that hair... :-)

Noah and Emily spending some quality time together... at home. :-)

February 24, 2006

Emily Lenae

Praise God from whom all blessings flow...

We are pleased to announce the arrival of 'little sister', Emily Lenae. She was born February 23rd, at 9:08 AM, and weighed 7lbs, 13oz -- she was 20.5" long. Noah and I need to get back to the hospital, so here are some quick photos:

Mama and baby... it doesn't get any better than this... :-)

Emily Lenae Roth, 1 hr old.

Contentment is a full belly... :-)

The proud papa.

You can find another write-up at JD's site: foldedspace.org, and more photos at my mom's site: Suzanne R's Life.

Thank you all for your prayers, we are really enjoying our little blessing.

February 22, 2006

With Arms Wide Open

I know I'm supposed to be excited about tomorrow, but right now I feel more trepidation than elation.

I am a control freak... and so much of what happens in the next few days will be out of my control. I am nervous, excited, and terrified all at the same time. I just don't feel like I am ready for tomorrow, but I know when our new little bundle arrives, I will be ready... it just happens that way. I try to remember how I felt when Noah was born -- the great joy of witnessing the miracle of new life -- but I am still uneasy.

With Arms Wide Open, a song written by Scott Stapp of the band Creed, conveys how I feel now, and how I felt with Noah...

Well I just heard the news today
It seems my life is going to change
I closed my eyes, begin to pray
Then tears of joy stream down my face

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open

Well I don't know if I'm ready
To be the man I have to be
I'll take a breath, I'll take her by my side
We stand in awe, we've created life

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open
Now everything has changed
I'll show you love
I'll show you everything
With arms wide open

If I had just one wish
Only one demand
I hope (s)he's not like me
I hope (s)he understands
That (s)he can take this life
And hold it by the hand
And (s)he can greet the world
With arms wide open...

And so, I release all control of the situation and put my trust in the the Lord... it's all I can do.

February 16, 2006

Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil

Sometimes the simplest things in life are the best... like Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil.

The combination has always been one of my favorite salad dressings, but it also makes a wonderful dip for bread. Pour a generous amount of good olive oil on a small plate, and then drizzle some balsamic vinegar over the top. Take a piece of your favorite bread and dip it in the mix... and enjoy. The flavors are much bolder and more complex than basic butter, and it's a lot healthier, too. Makes a great accompaniment to any pasta dish.


February 11, 2006

Quick Saturday Rundown

Slept in (until 7:30)
Had pancakes and coffee (Thanks Stephie!)
Watched a few cartoons with Noah :-)
Took down Christmas lights
Trimmed a few trees
Set up a mic at church for the Valentine's Banquet
Ran to the hardware store
Had Safeway soup and rolls for lunch (yum)
Replaced the furnace filter
Scooped up dog doo
Mowed the lawn
Pulled weeds in the back yard (Noah helped ;-)

It's so nice to have some dry weather so I can catch up on all of my chores. I was going to spray weeds in the back, but that would have meant sending Noah and the dogs indoors; and that would have made them sad. So, I used my Winged Weeder and my Weed Popper to remove the weeds instead. It probably didn't go quite as fast as using Roundup, but I know Noah appreciated it.

It was a good, productive Saturday... I haven't had one of those for a while... was kind of a nice change. :-)

How did you spend your Saturday?

February 4, 2006


This is what I get for drinking a Starbucks Mocha at quarter to eight -- I'm just not tired, and it is nigh unto midnight. Our friends, Joel & Julie Stoltzfus, phoned us up on a whim to see if we wanted to go for coffee... so we went, 3-year-old and all.

Oh, look at that... it's Sunday now. Seahawk Sunday, that is!

[Post Super Bowl Addendum]

OK, so it ended up being Steeler Sunday. It really was good to see Bill Cowher finally get a Super Bowl win, but I still think the Seahawks were the better team.

Reasons why the Seahawks lost:
1) Too many dropped passes.
2) Too many penalties.
3) Too many missed field goals.
4) Too many bad calls.

If they could have eliminated numbers 1-3, they could have overcome #4... but they did not. Of course, some of those bad calls were pretty big...

1) There was no offensive pass interference on the called back touchdown.
2) Roethlisberger did not make it across the goal line.
3) There was no holding on the completed pass to the 2 yard line (right before the interception).
4) Hasselbeck was called for blocking below the waste while making a tackle.

Kind of seems like it was fixed for Cowher and the Bus, but the Seahawks did have their chances... guess we'll just have to wait 20 more years for another Super Bowl appearance.