“When God wants a great work done in the world or a great wrong righted, he goes about it in a very unusual way. He doesn’t stir up his earthquakes or send forth his thunderbolts. Instead, he has a helpless baby born, perhaps in a simple home and of some obscure mother. And then God puts the idea into the mother’s heart, and she puts it into the baby’s mind. And then God waits. The greatest forces in the world are not the earthquakes and the thunderbolts. The greatest forces in the world are babies.” ~ET Sullivan

Monday, January 29, 2007

Top 7 in 2007

  1. Leah is starting to learn sign language! She can sign potty, more, shoes, and food among others. We tried teaching her signs when she was 8 or 9 months old, but she wasn’t interested. Now she is!
  2. Leah has four new molars! They came in all at once (a source of lots of tears). She now has 12 teeth, including four incisors (middle teeth) on the top and bottom. Her cuspids have not come in yet, which looks kind of funny to me. (Learn all about teeth here)
  3. Leah can give “fives” on command and recently learned how to give hugs!
  4. Leah noticed when we put up decorations in our new home after having bare walls for the first few weeks, and pointed at them as if to say “Look Mom, stuff on the walls that didn’t used to be there”
  5. We think Leah will be talking soon. She jabbers all the time and Chris got her to say “lights” while pointing at the fixtures overhead. Several months ago, she surprised me by saying her very first word, "Baby," while looking at her reflection in the mirror (how vain!) but Chris wasn't around when she did it so he doesn't believe me.
  6. Leah loves to tote around a stuffed animal. Her favorite is a kangaroo called "Ophie" from Grandma Helen. When we gave Leah the middle name Helen, Grandma asked why none of her grandchildren were using her grandmother's name, which was Theophila--Ophie for short. So we gave the kangaroo the honorary name of Ophie.
  7. Leah still takes two naps a day and sometimes sleeps until 9am! What a mircale child!

Sorry I haven't put up any new pictures in a while, I just can't find the cord that connects my camera to my computer!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

My latest trick is quite a pick!

I've discovered that fingers fit perfectly into noses. Whenever I learn something new, everyone makes a big deal out of it, tries to get me to do it over and over again, and takes pictures for at least a week . Well, this one took some time to learn, and if I loose the nostril, it's hard to find it again...I end up poking myself in the eye a lot. But for some reason, this particular new development has brought a very confusing reaction from those People. At first they made a lot of noise when they saw me do it and tried to get me to stop...that of course means keep doing it. Then they got out the camera and kept laughing at me! Am I not doing it right? Then once the camera was away again, they kept trying to get me to stop. Alright, whats going on here?

Christmas Toys!

Leah in the tunnel Grandma Helen got us at IKEA.

Showing off her new duds and her new bike. Can you tell she had her bangs cut? She has raided all of my kitchen cabinets, which is why she is showing off a very sophisticated funnel.

Leah in her new wagon (and pj's)! I don't think she can go very fast in the kitchen. Doesn't she look like a Sorenson?

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

The many faces of Leah

With Great-Grandma Helen, who Leah Helen is named after.

A moment of deep reflection...about what I can't tell you. Wish I knew.

Asking Aunt Becky for more of Ryan's homemade ice cream. Yum!

Story time with Grandma and Leah's only cousin, Daniel, who can READ!

Love the hair!

Christmas presents!

I can't tell if she's yawning, singing, showing off her teeth, or something else...your guess is as good as mine. Any way its cute!

Momma's girl. She doesn't cuddle much these days, so every milisecond cuddle is treasured.

Tell me which one is your favorite!


Check out my delicious curls!

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