Saturday, March 29, 2008


I think I am getting spoiled because I have had two nights in a row adult interaction without having to take care of Kinley at the same time. Last night we went to our friends house for supper with the India mission team. It was a lot of fun-lots of laughter. The best part was that Laura K. made chocolate mint brownies-my favorite! I think I ate four! Bad girl! Oh well. They were worth it. I never knew I would be so thankful for "adult" nights.
Kinley has discovered the world of cartoons. He is watching Tom and Jerry right now. It is cute to see him crawl up in the big chair and point to the tv although I really don't know that I want him watching too much.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Ladies Night

Last night Mom, Sally, and I went to Kankakee with no children! It was a lot of fun. The trip included Target, one of my favorite stores, eating at Steak and Shake (yummy!), and Aldis. I of course spent more money that I brought which was very embarrasing, but my sister came through for me. :) I think we're stocked up again for awhile. It wasn't a real fun time driving home because there was sleet for half of the way, but it was nice getting away without any of the kiddies. The sense of freedom is nice once in awhile!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! We had a great worship service and then went to my Grandpa and Grandma Johnson's house for lunch. It was fun seeing all of the kids hunt candy. They all had their own baskets. Kinley didn't really catch on. He grabbed a few pieces of candy and put them in his mouth wrapper and all. Oh well . . . he had fun. It was a great time with family!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Frustrating Night

Have any of you moms felt frustrated after going to a church service and ending up downstairs or in a nursery and missing the whole service because your child is being too loud? That's what happened to me last night. We went to Shcwer (the church that Chris grew up in) for Connor's (our nephew) first communion. It is a Lutheran church, so there is not much activity during the service so you are sitting most of the time. Kinley was exhausted from playing outside yesterday and getting a short nap, so he was being very disruptive to the very quiet service. I ended up down in the basement since the church doesn't really have a nursery for the hour and a half service and missed the communion service. In the van and when we got home I felt very frustrated for a long time and I don't think I was very nice to my husband. When I got into bed at 9:30, after Kinley finally fell asleep which took awhile because he was overtired, Chris informed me that I was grumpy. I know it really isn't very logical to feel that way, but I have to admit so very firery feelings!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Kinley Paul

Just thought I would tell how we came to name our son. (Yes stealing from Sally and Jody) Kinley is named after his great Grandpa Hynd whose name was Harold McKinley Hynd, but everyone called him Kinley. Chris' middle name is also Kinley. Paul is Chris' Dad's name. So thankful for the heritage God has given us in family. The girl's name we had decided on was Christina Grace. Hopefully we will still be able to use that one, but only the Lord knows. We're just so thankful for Kinley!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Careful Climber

Kinley has started to climb this week. It started when I pulled out some tubs to sort through his clothes to see what we needed to get for the summer. He decided it would be fun to pull himself up onto the tub, which at first was very cute. He would get on top sit there and clap for himself. (Daddy and Mommy clapped also.) However, he then started to stand on top of the tub. That was really fine too as long as I was right there to hand onto him. Later that evening I was in the middle of watching American Idol-which I have become addicted to thanks to Olivia-when I looked in the living room and saw Kinley standing on top of the tub clapping. Well . . . the tubs got put away very quickly. He is started to pull up on furniture and things too though. I am thankful that he seems to be careful when he wants to get down. He doesn't just walk off of things or jump. He actually waits for me to come and get him down. I'll try and catch him in action sometime soon. Hope everyone is having a great Saturday!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Great Man

I love this picture of my dad. Just thought I would share it. I've thought a lot about him this week and how much I miss him. My heart hurts knowing that Kinley will never know him this side of heaven. He was such a great grandpa and father!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Ten Reasons Why I Love My Dad

1. His gentle strength.
2. His bear hugs.
3. His loving support.
4. The way he only had to look at me a certain way and I knew I needed to shape up.
5. His commitment to Christ and his willingness to follow no matter what.
6. He took time to teach me things: basketball, softball, how to pound a nail, etc.
7. The way he loved my mom.
8. The way he loved to buy us presents that he knew we would love.
9. The way he loved everyone around him with Christ's love.
10. His sense of humor.

These of course can not fully express my love for my Dad. I've never met anyone that I admire so much. I miss him so much and can't wait to see him again in heaven!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Next Year

Well . . . the guys (at least Chris and Sean) are already talking about next year's mission trip to India. Jennifer and I informed them on the way home from the airport that they needed to give us a month or two to forget what it was like to have them gone for two weeks before they started talking about leaving again. I think Chris may have to pack a little boy next year if he tries to leave again! Kinley has been keeping a close eye on Daddy and has enjoyed playing with his empty suitcase.

Emergency Room

Well, Kinley and I just returned from a trip to the emergency room. He woke up this morning with wheezy breathing. He has had a cough, but it definetely had turned into something worse in the night. So now we have a nebulizer machine to give him breathing treatments. He does sound a lot better after the two treatments at the hospital. They said that he has "stuff" in his right lung that could have turned into pneumonia. So . . . I'm glad I took him in. He is sleeping soundly now. I had a little bit of a hard time with the E.R. doctor. He kept telling me the same things over and over like I didn't understand. Do I look that dull? I didn't think so. Anyway, glad to have some medicine to help the little guy get better. I hate when he is sick! Kinley of course had the nurses wrapped around his finger as he was blowing them all kisses! :) What a cutie!
Chris had to go back to work today. It was so nice having him home the last two days!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Hurray for Daddy!

Just wanted to say how good it is to have Daddy home again! Kinley walked across Erik and Sally's living room with very wide eyes and smile when he say Daddy again for the first time. I don't think I held him for more than a few seconds for the rest of the night and he hasn't wanted Chris too far from his sight today. God new what he was doing when he created "family". It is so nice to be under the protection and love of a wonderful, Godly man.