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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Lydia's nearly a month old and I'm anxious to get myself back into shape. With this in mind (and still not cleared for exercise other than walking), we went on a family walk last night and again this morning. Actually, the kids rode their bikes while I pushed Lydia in the stroller.

After making a loop through our neighborhood, Toby asked to go again.

"Toby, I can't make it around again, but as I get back into shape we'll go farther." He accepted that until we stopped on our driveway.

"Mom, can you get in shape so we can go around again?"

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lego (Stop) Action Thriller

These stop-action Lego movies are brilliant! Proof that teenaged boys can do great things. (And that you are never too old for hands-on projects!)

This movie was made by the sons of a friend of Chris. Thanks for the tip, Chris.

Monday, May 17, 2010


Mother's Day

Dressed up for Hope's and Sydney's tea party

I think Toby was glad to see me when he came to visit in the hospital. He told me, "Now that the baby is out you have your lap back?" I had to tell him it would take a bit before it was completely back.

Now, going on three weeks, my lap is back! But, Toby is finding he still must share it!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Ten Years!

Hope and Sydney celebrated their tenth birthday this past week. Words can't express what it feels like as a mom to take into my arms a new daughter just two weeks before the tenth birthday of my first two daughters--and to celebrate Mother's Day in between. Hope and Sydney were born on the day before Mother's Day and now Lydia's birthday is just a week or two before.

For their tenth birthday party, my mother and I took Hope and Sydney and two of their friends to a tea room for a ladies lunch.

Hope had grilled chicken salad and peach iced tea.

Sydney had a ham and cheese sandwich and cinnamon hot tea.

Mr. Edwards and I gave Hope and Sydney new bicycles.

I'm restraining myself from saying this over and over to Hope and Sydney, but as I cuddle with our new baby Lydia, I just can't stop thinking about how it feels like it was just yesterday I was cuddling twin baby girls who looked a lot like Lydia.

But our baby girls are young ladies now, and we are so proud of them!

Lane and E.B. White

Lane was the last one at the breakfast table and he was talking to no one in particular:
"...the keepers are kind
And one baboon has a pink behind
The entire aim of a well-kept zoo
Is to bring the animal world to you!"
This is a snippet from a poem by Sam Beaver, the boy in The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White. Lane has been listening to the audiobook and reading along in his paperback copy for days. I'd wager that he has large chunks of the story committed to memory, not just this funny excerpt from the poem about the Philadelphia Zoo--
"Of all the places on land and sea
Philadelphia Zoo is the place for me
There is plenty to eat and a lot to do
There's a Frigate Bird and a tiny Shrew..."

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Love of Letters

I may be the only person you know singing the praises of a documentary about typeface, unless, that is, you are friends with a graphic designer. I am not trained in graphic design and don't have much of an eye for art, but I love words and perhaps that is why I loved "Helvetica." 

Unless you have a trained eye, chances are good that you never noticed the ubiquitousness of the Helvetica typeface. It is, in fact, everywhere around you. Signage, advertising, corporate logos, and food packaging are more often than not written in Helvetica.

But where does a typeface come from? The Helvetica documentary tells the tale of Helvetica specifically and typeface in general since the 1950s. It is a history of modernism and post-modernism in graphic design and follows Helvetica from its creation in the 1950s right up to the present day. 

Typeface is the sort of thing that our son Lane notices. I intend to show him clips from "Helvetica" so that he can see how letters are designed and why something like Helvetica is so perfect that designers keep coming back to it. 

"Helvetica" is currently available on Netflix as a streaming movie. If you watch with kids beware some inappropriate photographs shown near the end of the film in the period of post-modern 1990s graphic design. 

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

You are a wonderful mother and grandmother and we all love you very, very much!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Week of Seven Edwards

On Sunday, Mr. Edwards and the boys watched the Hope and Sydney's year-end AWANA award program. Hope and Sydney received their Excellence award for completing Book 2.

Lane was caught lounging in the pew and Toby nodded off next to Grandpa Shimer.

After the program, the kids moved back home after four days staying at Grandma's and Grandpa's house while I was in the hospital with Lydia (Mr. Edwards stayed with us at the hospital). They were very glad to be home and very eager to have their turn with Lydia! We sent them outside to enjoy the spring weather, however.

On Monday, Lydia had several visitors. Aunt Leida and Uncle Doug came from Topeka to meet their new grand-niece (Leida is shown holding Lydia.) We also had Grandma and Grandpa Edwards and my sister and her kids came over. Some other friends brought us pizza for dinner and stayed to eat with us (Thank you so much David and Coreen!)

On Tuesday afternoon, this amazing fruit bouquet was delivered! It was sent by the children's ministry team from church. It tasted as good as it looked.

Lydia had her first bath (at home) on Wednesday.

With her freshly washed hair, we recognized the same soft and fluffy "bonnie brown" hair that Hope had when she was a newborn.

Toby had some great bike-riding time.

Our peony bush began to bloom. This is a bush that we transplanted from Mr. Edwards's grandmother's backyard. 

For nine months I've been saying "I-can't-believe-we-are-really-having-a-fifth-baby!" But after one week of Lydia I can't imagine life without her. May God protect her as she grows!

All of our kids took naps with Daddy. Lydia is no exception!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Lydia Jean

Lydia's middle name is given in honor of her grandmother, Jean Edwards. The name Jean, which is of course from the French for "John," means "God is gracious." It is a perfect middle name for Lydia, who represents to us the graciousness of God in giving us this fifth child, a blessing we don't deserve.

We pray that Lydia Jean would follow in the footsteps of her Grandma Edwards, who knows "the LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin." (Exodus 34:6-7)

On Lydia's first Sabbath, her big brothers and sisters sat for a picture with their little sister before they left for Sunday School with Grandma and Grandpa Shimer. (Lydia, Mr. Edwards, and I didn't go to church this week.)

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