Wednesday, May 25, 2011

House Moving

Life has been pretty exciting these past few weeks! Yesterday our house moved onto our acreage. We praise God that everything went so well and are so excited for the future!

There are pictures of the big event here.

Also, here are a few videos:

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Lucas!

Well, my baby is one year old today. What a year it has been! I've finally had a few weeks of Lucas sleeping through the night every night. It is hard to believe how little I have slept with this child. I don't know if my heart was just weak, or if there really were issues that he was dealing with. It certainly seemed as if he was uncomfortable when he wasn't sleeping all those nights. I never could put a finger on what was causing it all. For now, I am just grateful for some sleep!

He is, just in the past week, really started walking while holding on to things. When I try to get him to take a step towards me, he just smiles, plants his feet, and dives at me. He thinks it is great fun! Lucas only has one tooth, with a second one trying to poke its way through. He is very particular about the food that he eats and seems to be quite sensitive to how he is feeling (cold, hungry, tired, etc). In the past few weeks he has really started opening up to other people. He loves to be outside and will sit by the door and cry if his siblings go out. He also loves to play with the dog and it's funny to watch them together. He never stops squirming, and so seems to rarely sit in a lap. Instead, he seems to think everyone is a jungle gym to climb on. He loves to play peek-a-boo, to giggle and his smile lights up the room.

It is a weird feeling to have a baby and wonder if he might be your last one. I think I savored the moments with him more and mourned the passing of each stage a little bit. Lucas has been my most "needy" baby in terms of not sleeping, fussiness, and wanting to be held. As I reflect on the year, I think that I am glad that my fifth baby needed me so much because it required me to be with him amidst the busyness of my family's needs. Was it difficult at times? Yes. Was it worth it? Absolutely.

My dear Lucas. You truly have been a light (as your name means) in my life. I am so grateful that God chose to spare your life and add you to our family. I am excited to watch you grow this year. Happy Birthday!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

House Burning

We had an amazing morning as we burned the old farmhouse on our acreage. We are so grateful for the expert help of our good friend Jason. You can see pictures of the burn here. Jason told us that it went as well as it could have gone and we are so grateful for God's hand of provision for us. Now we eagerly await the arrival of our new house!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Busy Week!

What a fun, busy, exhausting week we've had at the Bundt household! There was lots of work on the "new" house and at the acreage trying to get things ready for the big move this coming week. Thankfully, Joel's dad came for a week, otherwise I'm not sure what we would have done! We also celebrated Simeon's graduation and had fun at Tulip Festival with family. You can enjoy pictures here. . .there are older pictures first, but then the new ones.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Our New House

You can see pictures of our "new to us" house and some of the work done on our acreage this weekend at this link! It was very fun to walk through the house with all of the previous owners' stuff gone and dream!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Les Miserables

For our birthdays this year, Joel and I bought eachother tickets to see Les Miserables in Omaha. We dropped off all five children at church with a babysitter and headed out. It was a quiet, relaxing trip to Omaha and we headed straight to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch. We enjoyed a delicious meal and shared a piece of cheesecake for dessert. Yum! Then we headed to the Orpheum Theater and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. It was as good as my memory from seeing it when I was in high school and it was fun to share it with Joel, who had never seen it. We headed home right after the performance and got home just in time to tuck the kids into bed. They had a fun day and we had a wonderful time being together for a day. Hmmm. . .I wonder what's playing in Omaha next year. . .


Saturday afternoon, Joel, the boys and Jason worked out at the acreage. The big cement pond and fountain that you see above all has to be taken out in order for the new house to be moved on to the property. Evelyn, Lucas and I went out to see the progress after naps. It was fun to be out there as a family, watch the kids run and play in big open spaces. I walked by our ten or more rhubarb plants and dreamed of flowers and gardens! Amidst all of the work this is taking and will continue to take, I feel such peace and excitement being out there. For that, I am so grateful.

Today, I am also grateful for Jason, who has done so much work out at the acreage. He called last night and informed me that he and a high school guy had gone out after school and finished taking out the entire pond and fountain. He does all this work so unassumingly, seeming to really enjoy it, but I am so grateful for the stress it relieves for Joel and the help he is to us.