Thursday, December 23, 2010

Santa

Eliana had several Christmas activities on her last day of school before Christmas break. They had a special story signed by the librarian and then a signing Santa. The lady in the video is a deaf lady that is a teacher at the school. She also comes to the house once a week to do home visits with Eliana, as well as teach me sign language. Her father came for Christmas and is the guy in the red suit! All the kids were really shy. Actually this was Eliana's first time seeing Santa since we don't take her to the one at the mall. He is asking her if she wanted Santa to bring her a bike and then he asks her if she wants a candy cane.

video

Eliana LOVES trains! A friend of ours asked if we would like to join their family on a Santa train that went through scenic Maryland. I am sure that it was scenic at one time, but now it is quite residential, but fun none the less. Eliana squealed when she saw the train, especially when we got on! Anaiah was pretty alert too for a 7 week old!







Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Anaiah Faith Smith

Sorry for the delay in blogging for our non-Facebook friends and family! I will try to get a quick update of the last three or so weeks in the next few posts. First, introducing Anaiah Faith Smith, born on October 26 at 6:15 pm, weighing in at 7 lbs 13 oz, and measuring 20 inches long. We have truly been blessed with another amazing little girl.



Patty holding Anaiah for the first time:


Resting peacefully after her first bath:


In her going home dress:


With her mom before she leaves for home:


With her daddy before she leaves for home:


With her big sister, Eliana, when she got home:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Harvestfest 2010

This past Sunday we had our annual Harvestfest, which I get the honor of planning. It was such a great time. It is a free event for the community, complete with bounce houses, inflatable games, car show, firetruck, family photos, pumpkin painting and great food, including caramel apples, nachos, hotdogs, popcorn, sodas, and cotton candy. The kids love it and so do I! Mommy is usually working, so Daddy gets to take Eliana around. It always makes me a little sad to not get to see her enjoy herself. Here are a few pics!



Friday, July 16, 2010

Eliana's First Haircut

Eliana got her first big girl haircut today. She had no expression. She didn't fuss or smile! She sat so still the entire time. She was so good. I couldn't believe how much she looked like a big girl sitting there!







Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

We had a great 4th of July! The day started at church with our church family and ended with some great friends and fireworks.



This is Anaiah in the belly! There didn't seem to be much room for all the food I ate!


Eliana always poses so well with her daddy! Not for Mommy!




Pool time!


She likes to drink the water...


And then spit out the water...



Fireworks time! Eliana was pretty tired by this point. But loved them!



Monday, June 21, 2010

Anaiah Faith Smith (a-NYE-ah)


Your name. Your name wasn’t chosen by us, it was chosen by God. God has given us a special gift in you. He has entrusted you to us for a time, until we will be with Him in glory.

Your name is special for many reasons. One, your Daddy picked it. He also picked Eliana’s name. He is a Godly man who will love you far greater than anyone else here on earth. He will be your biggest fan with a shoulder to lean on and to cry on. He is someone you can look up to as a model for your future husband. He is the head of our house. God picked him for me, just as He picked him for you.

Anaiah is a Hebrew name. We wanted you to have a Hebrew name like Eliana, because when Christ took the form of a man, He was Hebrew. Your name in Hebrew also has true meaning derived from the Hebrew text. When choosing a name for you the two most important things that we considered where the meaning of the name and the circumstances when God brought you into our lives.

Anaiah means “God answers”. Your first name comes from how your conception, birth and life bring God glory. Just like Eliana, you are an answer to prayer. God answers prayers in different ways and in His own timing. Sometimes we might not understand His ways, but His ways are always perfect. Eight months before you were conceived, we lost Tristan Natia. Tristan’s name means, “Full of sorrow with hope.” Because of the hope we have in Christ, we knew the baby was with his/her Creator in Heaven. And we knew that although we had to pray and try for Tristan, we had hope that one day God would again answer our prayers for another child. Although we didn’t know it, God knew that you needed to enter the world at just the right time in order for your life to bring Him the greatest glory. You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do. Eliana’s conception brought God glory through many years of waiting and praying. Your conception brought God glory in a different way. What we thought was impossible, God made possible. When we thought that I couldn’t conceive on my own, God was beginning His masterpiece. He was forming you in the womb before we even knew you were there. What a precious time you had with your Creator before He made you known to us, just a few weeks later.

Just like with Eliana, we want you to remember that because God answers that means He is always there. He will never leave you baby. He will be with you at all times leading you, guiding you, comforting you, cheering for you and smiling down on you. He loves you baby. He created you. He always answers. My favorite passage is Psalm 139. This passage has always brought me comfort and I love that it has such a special meaning for me and for my girls. Verses 1-10 say, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” No matter if you mess up or turn away, remember that He never left you.

Faith. Your middle name, just like Eliana’s (Grace) comes from the way that we receive salvation from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our faith is one of the most important things to us because it is what enables us to respond to God no matter what life may throw our way. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Last summer, we had hope that someday God would again bless our lives with another child. He did with a miracle. That miracle is you. Psalm 139:13-16 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” God’s fingerprint is on you, baby. He formed you with His very hands before we even knew you were there. You were made in secret. You were hoped for and God’s power was being displayed in what we could not see. That is faith.

It is our prayer that you will receive the same faith that we have that God answers. We pray that your name will remind you that both when things are going well and when times are tough that you can draw near to God because you know that He cares enough to hear and answer every prayer that you pray in faith. Sometimes the answer will be no, because God knows what is best for you. Sometimes the answer is yes, because God in His goodness wants to show you His love. Other times the answer is not yet, because God has something in store that is even greater than anything you could imagine. For us, you are God’s answer to our prayers and we have great faith that He is going to work all things in our lives for His glory and our good. We love you so much, Anaiah Faith!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mothers Day 2010

What an exciting Mother's Day. Two have Eliana and one in the belly! Jason took Eliana running around most of the weekend, so I had a lot of time to myself. Sunday I woke up to a balloon and cards in the car. Jason leaves really early on Sundays. Eliana almost gave the balloon surprise away the day before, when she came in signing balloon. When we got to church he had a vase full of flowers waiting for me. Then it was out to lunch and Smith family nap.






Monday, April 19, 2010

Easter 2010

We had a great time celebrating Easter this year. Good Friday we went to a friend's house to decorate Easter eggs with other friends. Eliana was a little bored with it. She did put stickers on three. As she was carrying her plate back to the table, they fell and shattered. Oops! But she did love playing outside!


This is Eliana in her Easter dress. She loved the hat. She walked proudly into church with it on, but as soon as we got to the child's check in table she took it off and put it on the table. I guess you don't wear hats inside. The nice band aid on her head is compliments of a nice fall she took the week before. That thing is still healing up and I fear a permanent bad scar.


Here she is sporting her "first" heels. She loved them. She wanted to wear them the rest of the week.


We had a great time at the same friend's house for Easter lunch. We were there all day, playing, eating and having fun with a whole bunch of friends.


Eliana loved looking for eggs and loved finding out they had candy in them, even more!






This is one tired girl after a long day. We didn't leave until about 6:30 that evening. She had so much fun!


With Jason going to work early on Sunday mornings, Eliana gets her basket for the time being, the next day. That way Daddy can see. She went straight for the eggs instead of toys, because she knew they would have candy.