Monday, August 12, 2013


Lydia Jane loves my Papa and he loves her. Whenever we go visit I hear an almost constant stream of "Papa? Papa. Papa!" She loves my grandpas wife Nana too but she hasn't gotten around to learning "Nana" yet. We are definitely grateful for her as well! My Papa is very much a workaholic even at 75+ and in recent months she has really worked hard to get him to slow down and enjoy his family. I think we have all benefited from his new slightly relaxed way of life. :)

Reading books with Papa. I just love how LJ is sitting in this one!

My grandpa is very territorial about his chair. No one sits in that chair when he is around but him. And now Lydia Jane. :). She made herself right at home.

LJ not cooperating for a picture with Papa and Nana.

Loving the icecream Papa bought just for her. I love this because Papa used to give us little dove miniatures when we were small. We called them "things like Papa eats."

Friday, August 9, 2013


Lydia Jane is now at the age where she actively looks at pictures around her and points out who is in them. Nothing like your 18 month old excidedly saying "mommy!" all over the house to make you realize how many pictures of yourself there are in your home. :) Right now she can recognize Cory, me and of course "baby" in pretty much any photo.
She has a couple pictures of Jesus in her room, neither one in a super prominent place because I am super slack about hanging pictures. One of them is the typical Jesus picture you see everywhere where he is looking straight forward. We have talked about the picture a few times and who Jesus is but she never seemed all that interested so I didn't push it. Her scripture story book is one of her favorites and she gets the concept of prayer so I felt like we were doing pretty well for an eighteen month old. About a week ago when she saw the picture of Jesus in her room she pointed to it and excitedly said "Jesus!"'with the biggest grin on her face. I'll be honest, it made me tear up a little. But that was just the beginning. At church on Sunday, at my friends house, anywhere she sees any picture of Jesus in profile, facing forward, it doesn't matter she now points and excitedly says "Jesus!" I will be the first to admit that it is not all my doing, in fact very little is probably. I am so very grateful for this little girl who has such a wonderful spirit and recognizes her Savior with love and joy. We truly are blessed to have her as part of our family!