Monday, November 16, 2015
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Saturday, September 5, 2015
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Friday, August 28, 2015
It is really hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact that this sweet guy has been here for four years already! Considering he's the baby it just doesn't seem right! I am so thankful for his tender heart, his sweet compliments, and his hugs and kisses. He's such a polite little guy and is always thinking of others. He melts my heart. Just the other day he asked Grandma Mary to help him get me something special, so he picked out some beautiful roses! God blesses me every, single day with this sweet boy.
Now, that he's four, here's some important facts about Carter Man -
Favorite Foods - Eggo waffles, Cream of Wheat, Tacos, Cheeseburgers, Apple Sauce, Bananas, PB Sandwiches, Pizza, and Chicken Nuggets. He still has a love affair with Apple Juice.
Dislikes - Pretty much any other food not listed above. Seriously. He doesn't like much of anything. The boy doesn't even eat donuts... what? Crazy.
Weight - Approximately 43 lbs.
Clothing Size - Still rocking some 3T and moving into 4T.
Shoe Size - 11. He loves his new Skechers he got for school:)
Favorite Books - Batman Lego, Go Dog Go, Are You My Mother?, Dinotrux.
Favorite Shows - Mighty Machines, Dinotrux, Spongebob, Chuggington.
Other fun facts - He loves swings... and swinging really high! He has a very good sense of direction. He is swimming like a rockstar. He starts his first team sport in a few weeks - soccer! He just started Pre-K at Bannockburn Christian Academy and is the youngest boy in his class. He turned 4 the day before school started.
Posted by Becky Biehler at 7:39 AM
Friday, June 19, 2015
I recently read an article written by a mom titled "Did I love you enough today?" which touched my heart in many ways. At first I thought I might copy and paste it into my blog, but I realized her words are not my words. Yes, some of the things she said were words which could easily be my own, but why not make them my own?
Some days I find myself sighing at the monotony of the typical day. Get up and get the kiddos ready for whatever activity is scheduled for the day. Sometimes counting down the minutes until Grandma shows up to take them where they need to go and sometimes wishing we had just five more minutes to be together before the day starts. My feelings depend on how many fights the kids have already had about who's playing with what toy or what show they can watch for a few minutes or who woke up on the wrong side of the bed that day. Some mornings I am frustrated when I have to tell them over and over to do something or chase one around the house who wants to stay in his jammies or maybe because I REALLY dislike packing lunches. Like, really dislike.
No matter how the morning has gone while they are still home, there is always a sadness that comes over me when they pull out of the driveway. I could have been pulling my hair out just 2 minutes earlier, but the minute I give the last kiss and hug and close the car door, they are off again without me. Did I love them enough this morning? Did I make them feel special or nag at them too much for not brushing their teeth when I asked? Did I give them confidence to face a new day or did I tear them down in some way I may not even recognize? When I gave them that one last kiss and hug did they truly feel my love or did it feel obligatory to the goodbye routine? Lord, I hope not. Behind every kiss and hug is a mother's love which has no boundaries. A pride which makes her heart swell to three times its size. A gratefulness beyond measure.
Did I love them enough this morning so they can carry that love through them until we see each other again later? When they feel the uncertainty of a new situation, do they feel me near telling them they are the most special creature God has put on this Earth? When the mean kid puts them down or says he/she doesn't want to play with them, do they know I will ALWAYS want to be with them? I will never push them away? Do they know? When they feel alone or scared, can they feel my loving arms wrapped around them saying "Precious child, you will NEVER be alone."
When the day is coming to a close and school or camp is done and afternoon activities are over, here is my chance to seize the moment! Hours of uninterrupted, blissful, quality time, right? Well, it sounds great, but any parent knows it doesn't always turn out to be so dreamy. Maybe the work day was a real killer and hours of long meetings or putting out fires have left me at a zero. I'm wiped out. "Push me on the swing Mommy!" "Let's play army Mommy!" "Please jump on the trampoline Mommy!" How about we all snuggle on the couch and watch a movie and order pizza so Mommy doesn't have to worry about dinner? Yes? No? Hmmmm... Okay. Oh, how I will yearn for them to want to play with me in years to come when electronics and other friends have taken my place! Who cares how tired I am, suck it up Mom! Not always easy. It can create a real, emotional and physical struggle
Did I love them enough this evening? Was I more concerned with how tired I was or what work I didn't get done or perhaps what Facebook posts I missed during the day? Did I make them the center of my attention or did I become distracted? Sometimes distraction can't be helped. I'm a working mom, so I can't continue to beat myself up about it. But... am I being distracted by things of no real importance? Is what/whom I'm allowing myself to be distracted by of any real significance?
I treasure the bedtime routine. Adam says I drag it out way too long, which is true. I really do drag it out, only because it's the one time during the day where I can have one-on-one with each kiddo. We read books or devo, we chat about the day, and we pray. This is the BEST part of my day, and many days, I feel it is the best part of theirs. If I'm lucky, they will fall asleep as I lay beside them for a bit. I will hear their sweet breaths and feel their soft, warm skin. I can gaze at their beautiful faces as they are peacefully resting. There is no picture more beautiful. Thank you God for the faces of my sleeping children. And as I look at their sweet faces I have to ask... did I love you enough today, or did I fail to show how I truly feel about you? I'm sure there are days I do fail. I'm not perfect in any way, not even close. I am perfectly broken and sinful, as we all are. I get irritated, say hurtful things, and act on selfish motives. My prayer is the same mercy and grace my Heavenly Father shows me every day, will resonate through the hearts of my children and they will never doubt the love I have for them. I love you to the moon and back Kylie, Jackson, and Carter!
Posted by Becky Biehler at 10:25 AM
Thursday, June 4, 2015
To my sweet boy Jackson,
Well, we made it through Kinder! We had a few bumps along the way, but we got through it Jackson! I am proud of how much you have grown this past year. It hasn't been easy... we've had some tears, but thankfully most of the time those end in laughter. You finished all your Kinder readers, which was quite a chore for both of us. Now, you are reading like a champ! You are listening better and using more self control, which can be really hard for a super-active little boy. Teachers seems to describe you with words like "enthusiastic" "energetic" "all boy"... there are times when I worry it's not always a compliment, but your sweet teacher Ms. Bobbi always says God has given you great gifts of enthusiasm which you will use someday to further His kingdom. I think she's right! To go along with your energy, you are very LOUD! At one point, we even had your hearing checked, but it seems you hear just fine. I think you want to make sure people hear what you have to say at all times, because you are passionate about your thoughts. Maybe you'll use that big voice to preach the word of Jesus to unreached people some day? Who knows?
Here's a little about you right now:
Weight: 56 lbs. You're a pretty stout little guy:)
Height: 48 inches
Favorite Foods: Pizza, Cheeseburgers, Grandpa's Eggs, Waffles, French Toast, Chicken Patties, Ribs, Drumsticks, Yogurt, Fish Sticks, Oatmeal and Cream of Wheat. You've never met a treat you didn't like.
Foods you Dislike: Pretty much any vegetable except corn (which doesn't really count).
Favorite Toys: Guns, Legos, Army Men, Shovels, Grenades, Swords... okay, any kind of weapon.
What you want to be when you grow up: A Navy Captain. You want to drive the boat.
Sports: Soccer, Golf, Baseball, Swimming (just for fun).
Favorite Books: Anything about sharks or snakes! The Day the Crayons Quit, Yes Day,
Favorite Shows: SpongeBob Squarepants - man, I thought we were done with him! Dang. Wild Kratts, America's Funniest Home Videos.
You LOVE all things Army right now. Your are a gun-lovin', camo-wearin' dude. You own about 20 guns of all kinds to practice your shooting techniques and you like to sneak up on people and shoot them. You just got your first set of golf clubs and you are super excited to learn how to play and go golfing with dad. I can already tell you're going to be a natural. You are also working hard on learning to catch and throw the baseball to get ready for your first baseball season next Spring!
Here's what I LOVE the most about you Jackson, and there are so many things to love. You are sensitive. You really take others' words and actions to heart. You want others to be proud of you and tell you what a good boy you are and how well you can do things. You play so hard all day long you are exhausted at bedtime and fall asleep in a matter of minutes shortly after we say our prayers, and you NEVER fall
I am so incredibly honored to your Mom and I realize what an important role I continue to have in your life, and will likely always have in your life. I will ALWAYS be here for you, no matter what. I will challenge you and cheer for you. I will pick up when you are down, and then I'll tell you to get back up on the saddle. I love you with every ounce of my being. You are my treasure.
Posted by Becky Biehler at 9:14 AM
Friday, April 24, 2015
Posted by Becky Biehler at 10:05 PM
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Grandparent's Day is a HUGE tradition at Regents. The kids love having their grandparents come to school to see their classroom, look at art projects, buy a book for the library, and listen to songs and recitations. Lucky for me, I get to go too! We also display our Family Project for the year. This year we decided to try our hand at string art. It was really a cool project and I think they turned out super cute!
We are very blessed to have grandparents who live in town and even more blessed because Gigi was in town from Arizona! Perfect timing!
Getting to watch these kids perform and speak the Word of God from memory is one of the greatest joys I have found. It is hard to fathom the amount of information even the kindergartners can retain and recite by memory. Surely God was in that place! Amen!
Posted by Becky Biehler at 9:41 PM
Sunday, April 12, 2015
This time next week, we will have a new family member. He will be 8 weeks old and he is a brindle, male boxer. We have been anxiously awaiting his arrival and getting prepared for a new puppy in the house. I hardly remember Harley being a puppy. I do remember how she loved to dig holes in our backyard and would sometimes play so hard we thought she might pass out. I look back on pictures of her when she was so very small, and I can hardly believe it. So, bringing Gunner home will be bittersweet. What a joy to have a new furry friend and to love and spoil, but yet a reminder of a sweet girl we lost not long ago.
The breeder says he has perfect markings and wanted to keep him for a show dog, but her husband told her she needed to wait until the mama's next litter. He comes from a great bloodline and the breeders seem to truly LOVE raising Boxers and have been so great to work with.
Adam and I will drive to Waco next Saturday to pick him up. I pray for some speedy training of this little guy! I don't have as much patience now that I have three kiddos:) As long as he potties outside and doesn't chew up my house, we'll be great buddies!
Learning to love again... we can't wait to be your new family Gunner!
Posted by Becky Biehler at 9:07 PM
I really struggle with this sometimes. It's easy to get into a rut of focusing on what has passed and those who are taken out of our lives. I love this quote though. I seem to have this in my mind on repeat these days!
We lost our sweet Harley about a month ago. My heart is broken and I long to see her sweet face, see her lying next to me while I work, or hear her little scratches on the door because she needs to go outside. I want to be able to hurry home to let her out of her crate. I want to see her sweet kidney bean, because she is so excited to see me every time I walk in the door. I want her to stay in the bedroom with us until the last person is out of bed. I just want her here again. I could see it in her eyes that she wanted to keep fighting, but I couldn't bare to see her body fail her. We were blessed by a sweet doctor who came to our house so we could let her go in peace. We couldn't bring ourselves to load her up and take her in. It was just too much. She passed so peacefully and I will never forget how she licked Adam's face as she started getting drowsy. It was her final act of love and loyalty to him. I have cried because I wanted to save her and keep her here with me, but I will smile because she brought my family joy and happiness for eleven years. She was loved immensely.... and the feeling was mutual.
Posted by Becky Biehler at 8:46 PM