Archive | November, 2009

Why the Change?

30 Nov

As you may have noticed, I’ve changed the blog’s name and layout.  I’ve been feeling a little antsy to change the layout for a bit now; the green was just a bit too bright.

I’ve also been thinking about changing the name of the blog for sometime.  This summer I posted a few pictures, one of which was Adeline in her car seat.  The next day I noticed a large spike in our page views and looked to see what people were searching to find us.  Apparently they were looking for a Moore family in another area of the country- a family that had just lost their daughter, Adaline, in a car accident.  They were searching “Adaline Moore car accident” and arriving at our blog, to a post with our Adeline in a car seat.  Very, very sad.  We get a lot of visits from people trying to find someone else.  While it doesn’t bother me they find us, it must be frustrating for them!

The new title of the blog comes from Psalm 139:

Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
5Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

It is a constant reminder for me that He is watching, and is my first and most important blog reader.  I ought to be glorifying Him.  I also want you, readers, to know that I am an Orthodox Christian who intends to proclaim Christ, and explain my faith as best I can.



Just a few more videos

27 Nov

Telling a story:

Signing a few words (This was on our Boston trip)

Happy Thanksgiving!

26 Nov

“I was born a weak, defenseless child, but Thine angel spread his wings over my cradle to defend me. From birth until now Thy love has illumined my path, and has wondrously guided me towards the light of eternity; from birth until now the generous gifts of Thy providence have been marvelously showered upon me. I give Thee thanks, with all who have come to know Thee, who call upon Thy name.” – Akathist of Thanksgiving

We had (and are still having) a beautiful Thanksgiving.  Matthew slept in, I got a nap in, we watched a little of the Thanksgiving parade, and we went to the refectory for our community Thanksgiving. The food was excellent (I love potlucks!), the company was better, but I sure missed my mom’s sage dressing! I pray that you all had a wonderful day, and took the time to think about your thanksgivings.  When we’re thankful for something, we ought to be thankful to Someone.  It is not by accident or coincidence that we are blessed, but by the grace of our God.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Watching her first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (for about five minutes)



Not such a great picture of the July Five



Rock Band in the Basement



Kun you dig it?

26 Nov

Adeline does.  This video deserves a bit of explanation.  When we were in Boston, Matthew ran to the Seven-Eleven across the way from the hotel to get something to drink.  While there, he saw that they had Domo Kun stuff: slurpee cups, key chains, stuffed Domos, etc.  Matthew, always intrigued by the Japanese monster, decided to get Adeline a stuffed Domo Kun (just what a little girl wants, I’m sure).  She loved it!  So, we taught her the world “Domo” which comes out more like “Momo”.  Matthew showed her a video short on YouTube and now she is addicted.  She will run to the computer and say “Momo! Momo!”  This is what she does when we turn it on:

Toddler Literature

22 Nov

Adeline is her mother’s daughter, for certain.  She will take a book over a stacking ring, green stuffed giraffe, or toy vacuum cleaner any day, and we read about twenty a day (no exaggeration!). She obviously prefers some books to others, and counts a few special books as friends.  Today we found that if we recite a phrase from a book, she will retrieve that book.  She will also ask for her favorites by name.  While I would love for her to love the books that I do, I am learning to love the books she does   .

Her favorite book at the moment is Ready, Set, Skip! by Jane O’Connor

She asks for it by saying “Dzip! Dzip!”  It seems to be her favorite because it rhymes, has a dog in it, and repeats the word ‘Hop’ (which she does repeatedly throughout the story).

She also is a huge fan of Goodnight, Gorilla

Adeline asks for it by saying “Illa! Illa!” and likes to find the banana that the mouse is carrying in each picture.  It’s primarily a picture book and a quick bedtime read.

Dr. Seuss’ Ten Apples Up on Top is also one of the favorites around here lately.  She signs ‘apple’ and ‘book’, meaning “Mama, if you do not read the apple book to me, I will throw it in your lap until you do.  I do not care if you are reading, making my dinner, or trying to schedule a doctor’s appointment.”

She also loves The Icky Sticky Frog which is not one of my favorites. She seems to like it because of the repetitive phrases, and it has a butterfly in it.  She loves to sign ‘butterfly’.

She also loves her collection of nursery rhymes – though she only wishes for me to read “Peter Piper” fifteen times in a row.

The first two of these books were sent to Adeline through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  A local non-profit adopts the project, and pays for one book a month to be sent to any child under three from the Imagination Library.  The books really have been wonderful!  Nashotah friends, this is not available locally, unfortunately.

Of course, we’re always looking for new book suggestions.  So, what is your little one’s favorite reads?

Forget-Me-Not Friday – November 20, 2009

20 Nov

– Adeline, chewing on one of her board books looks up at me and says, “Need Dip!”  and continues chewing.  Of course, she doesn’t know the phrase – but it sure sounded convincing!

– Celebrating Matthew’s name day for the first time!  In the Orthodox Church, the feast day of your patron saint is a bigger celebration than your own birthday.  We had dinner with our sponsor, and I made Matthew a cake and wrote “Saint Matthew pray for us” in Greek.  He served it to his friends in his New Testament class on Tuesday.

– A beautiful, much needed day in the middle of November!  We really did need to get outside!

– Today Adeline asked to go downstairs (so she could play in her playhouse) by signing downstairs and saying      “Dahstays!”

Child of God

18 Nov

is what I call Adeline when she’s being trying…which is often these days.   It helps me remember!

Of course you’re saying, “Adeline?  No, not with that face!”

Yep, with that face.