Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Love me, Stranger

At church on Sunday David and I were sitting in the back row of the chapel and Liliana was crawling around on the floor and playing with some quiet toys. A brother in the ward that Liliana has only really seen once before entered the chapel and she immediately lifted her arms up and smiled at him to pick her up. David and I both had to fight back the laughter because she has never done that to strangers before and she really doesn't even raise her arms for us to pick her up either. The brother bent right over and picked her up and she seemed very happy to be held by him. Babies are so funny!

In this picture Liliana is wearing a dress that my dad brought back for her from Hong Kong. She looked so cute in it!

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Liliana is sprouting new teeth like crazy. She's just had her two center teeth on the bottom since July, but few weeks ago I noticed something white flash when I was pushing her in the swing at the park. I stopped the swing and checked out her mouth and, sure enough, the corner of her tooth was poking through on the top. However, it wasn't one of her center teeth - it was the next one over on the side. I've never seen a baby get side teeth in before their center teeth. It looked pretty funny for a few days until the center tooth next to it pushed through the skin. Now the other center tooth and the incisor next to it are on the verge of breaking through and will probably make their appearance in the next day or so. Liliana will have gone from two teeth to six teeth in a matter of a few weeks. I am already getting nostalgic over her loss of the "gummy grin". She is looking less like a baby and more like a toddler every day and I can't believe how fast it is happening.

I'm enjoying my Achievement Day Leader calling at church. I get to work with the eight to eleven year old girls on different activities that help them complete the requirements for the Faith in God award. For a bit of insight into what we do, you can check out our ADG (Achievement Day Girls) website.

David is applying for graduation for next quarter and will only have one more class to take to complete his degree! It will be nice to not have both of us in school come March - and I'll only have one quarter left at that point. The goal line is near!

Random wandering thought: I love the Fall in Washington. The deciduous leaves are turning yellow, orange, red, and brown. Yet we maintain a lot of greenery from the abundant evergreen trees. The air has a crispness to it and carries the wonderful smell of fallen leaves. Thanksgiving is fast upon us (which just happens to be my favorite holiday - family, focus on blessings, great food, kick off the holiday season). God truly has made a magnificently beautiful world for us to behold, care for, and inhabit.