Thursday, June 4, 2009

Baseball and little princesses...

It's been a busy, busy week here at the Koobs'. After a great weekend full of wedding celebrations and visiting family and friends in Grimsby, we arrived home tired but happy. Peter's mom and dad went away from Sunday to Tuesday for a much needed little break, so we didn't see much of Peter those days. Although I got to spend some quality time with him in the barn when my mom came up for the afternoon on Tuesday. We got all our calves sorted and ready for shipping Wednesday and Thursday. Thanks so much Mom!! We had 50 calves go out this week and another 150 are coming in, so things are hoppin' around here (and noisy! whenever you bring new animals to the barn it always takes them a bit to settle in). On Monday Pete managed to slip into the doctor's to see how his ringworm was responding to the treatment. It had developed into a 'soft tissue infection', but the antibiotics do seem to be slowly clearing it up. Thank you to everyone for your prayers and concern. We're thankful to see things on the mend.
Mom and Dad (Koobs) visited with Uncle Jan, Aunt Hilda and Nicole while they were away, and came home with a trunkload of treasures for our family. We do love hand-me-downs!! We're so thankful for the thoughtfulness and generousity of our extended family. We continue to be richly blessed by their care for us. After receiving such a wonderful surprise, our family has two new loves:

Baseball!

Which Silas is picking up amazingly quick for a 2 1/2 year old!

And...

Princesses!! A box full of dress-up clothes is fulfilling Gracie Jo's every diva desire.
It amazes me how her whole countenance changes when she puts on her princess gear.
From her mannerisms to her speech, she seems to understand that a princess behaves like
a princess...and I know I didn't teach her that! I'm still trying to figure out where she's gotten
this girly-girl demeanor? Even now I'm at a loss when she asks me to play Barbies.

What really strikes me is how the physical act of choosing and wearing certain things can change her entire attitude, and she knows this intrinsically. How often could we not benefit from purposefully choosing our behaviour in response to certain situations, regardless of how we feel?

"...a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."
Isaiah 61:3 (Read all of Isaiah 61 for a powerful reminder of what has given to us as his children).



And just in case your spirit is still heavy...
Poor Levi is the unwitting accomplice to many of Gracie Jo and Silas' shenanigans.
I'll have to remember to tuck this little gem of a picture away for the future...

Blessings, from the Koobs Klan
xoxox

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the family updates, inspirational thoughts, and photos of your beautiful children, Angela. I have a little girl here (also extremely girly) who would love an accomplice in playing pretend princess. Her brothers sometimes play with her - only if they can be the brave knight, of course.
    theresa

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  2. oh levi, what a lucky duck he is! That photo will be a most welcome addition to a wedding slideshow at some point.
    hopefully by the time I make it up there Gracie-Jo will have tired somewhat of the princesses, then I won't have to dress up either! heh heh!

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  3. I can see her sweet little knickers under there, I'd love to slooooooowly pull them down and have fun with her

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