Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Happy After Church

A little peek at Nathan enjoying folks after church...(video courtesy of RESagers videography)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mr. Longfellow

My sweet husband has been gone to South Carolina the past two days and I have missed him greatly. In my time here by myself, it's been pretty quiet in the evenings and so I've been listening to music and thinking a lot. Tonight, I was thinking about poetry. I love the stuff, but I don't read near as much as I use to. I was that girl in high school that looked forward to the poetry analysis lesson in English, while others bemoaned I rejoiced! I enjoy writing it too, but it has been a while since I composed any lines.

Well, in my head most days you can find a scrolling of songs, Nathanisms, prayers, items to take care of, scripture, Phillipisms, hopes, how-does-this-work thoughts, and poetry. One of my often remembered lines is the last stanza from this poem. I used to have this piece posted up in my room near my bed probably during junior high and early high school and I read it most nights, which is certainly why I remember it so well. It seems to sneak into my thoughts as I am crawling into bed at night or turning off the lights downstairs. And it's slight hints of sadness, seemed appropriate for these evenings missing Phillip. So without further adieu...take it away Mr. Longfellow

"The Day is Done"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The day is done, and the darkness
Falls from the wings of Night,
As a feather is wafted downward
From an eagle in his flight.

I see the lights of the village
Gleam through the rain and the mist,
And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me
That my soul cannot resist:

A feeling of sadness and longing,
That is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only
As the mist resembles the rain.

Come, read to me some poem,
Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
And banish the thoughts of day.

Not from the grand old masters,
Not from the bards sublime,
Whose distant footsteps echo
Through the corridors of Time.

For, like strains of martial music,
Their mighty thoughts suggest
Life's endless toil and endeavor;
And to-night I long for rest.

Read from some humbler poet,
Whose songs gushed from his heart,
As showers from the clouds of summer,
Or tears from the eyelids start;

Who, through long days of labor,
And nights devoid of ease,
Still heard in his soul the music
Of wonderful melodies.

Such songs have power to quiet
The restless pulse of care,
And come like the benediction
That follows after prayer.

Then read from the treasured volume
The poem of thy choice,
And lend to the rhyme of the poet
The beauty of thy voice.

And the night shall be filled with music
And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,
And as silently steal away.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Recent Favorites

The boy is just getting cuter every day I tell ya! I go to bed thinking that he can't possibly get any cuter and then I wake-up to his sweet cheeks in the morning and my prior declaration is stamped VOID. Here are some of my recent favorites:

This eating business is serious...
Finally Mom triumphs over the intense fascination with the camera and captures a smile! Can't you just eat those cheeks right up?
Lightning struck twice and I captured a smile en route to grabbing a toy
Still no teeth for the little man. But, that's fine with me. You just gotta enjoy the toothless smiles for as long as you can. Nathan has been enjoying his solid foods including new additions of: carrots, green peas, applesauce, peaches, and plums. I am becoming quite the puree master by making most everything he eats myself. I am really enjoying being a baby food chef and my only customer has given me rave reviews, well, except for the carrots. He looked at me like "what kind of crazy woman makes these things and expects people to eat them?" He has actually gotten a bit better though and seems to mildly tolerate the Bugs Bunny favorites now.

It was also reported to me (by a mom friend with a little boy in Nathan's class) that yesterday in the church nursery he was in the swing carrying on quite the conversation with himself. She said "Nathan was just singing, talking, and entertaining himself and I would look over and smile at him and he'd smile back and keep right on jabbering!" It's SO nice to know that your children are pleasant when you are away from them. That has been one of our goals for the little man: that he would enjoy us and also enjoy other people when we are not around. It's good for him to spend time with others that care for him. I just love the couple that keeps him in the church nursery! They are so kind and excited to see him every week. They say he's their star student and I don't mind that one bit!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Welcome SGK!

The third member of the Bethancourt-grandchild-2009-trio has arrived! Christina (Phillip's sister) gave birth to Miss Sadie Grace Knips on 8/7/09 weighing 6 lbs 15 oz and 19 in long. Nathan is 6 months older and cousin Anna is 4 months older. This means these three will be having all kinds of fun together at family events! Here's a photo of the sweet girl:

We are thrilled to have this new little lady in the family! Congratulations Chad and Christina on your new little sweet pea! Nathan sends hugs to his newest cousin...xoxo

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Seen and Heard Around Courtside

Last week perhaps, I witnessed one scene that could have appeared on National Geographic or Planet Earth. I was driving back from campus when about 15 yards in front of me a wild bird of prey crossed my path . It was a HUGE owl, but not just an owl, it was an owl carrying a rabbit!! I literally almost stopped my car to check out this wild animal encounter. It was one of the most interesting things I've ever seen--especially since owls are nocturnal by nature and this was in broad daylight. It reminded me of my days in GT investigating owl pellets (aka owl barf balls of fur and bones). You think digging through animal barf would seem gross, but it was riveting to an elementary school girl. We could even take home the bones we found. I still have some on display--just kidding. But, you can sign me up for an Animal Planet series.

We have been hearing a lot of "Gah, Gee, Ah, Goo, Oo-gah" from Nathan. His verbalization is really taking off! We are trying to coach him up on putting the "Ah" and the "Gee" together to say "Aggie" Wouldn't that be an awesome first word?! We think so! We are also trying to get him to say some "da-da" "ma-ma" "ba-ba" sounds, but he seems to really like the "G" sounds. He also has quite a vocal range. One minute it's super high pitched squeals and then he drops into his lower register of throaty grunts. It is quite entertaining to carry on conversations with him these days. You never know what will come next...