Matters of the Heart

“Oh hi! It’s me, Norns! I’m inna baff.”


“You can look in here and not see anyting but deez tree (3) teef.”


“But I’ve got some secret teefs in der.”


“Dey’re way back in der. My big cheekies are hiding dem from my Mom n Dad n everybodies for right now.”


“Maybe I will send a little birdie to tell dem!”


“Dey can’t figure out why I been getting real fussied about some tings. I sure enjoy my lovings though.”


“February 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. I wore my pretty heart outfit to show my support!”



On Saturday (February 8) we went over to Nana and Papa’s house to celebrate their anniversary and Aunt Em’s birthday. Norns is always excited to get out of the house!

“Buh Bye!”


We usually take the ferry to get across the Ohio River to get to Nana and Papa’s house, which is what we decided to do this particular afternoon. Nora got a little impatient while we waited for two slowpoke coal barges to pass, so we got her out of the constraints while the car was in PARK and TURNED OFF. We posed her in this picture for a text message to razz Aunt Sarah who is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. She won’t stand for this type of shenanigans from any of her peeps. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS PHOTO OUT OF CONTEXT – NO BABIES WERE HARMED OR PUT IN DANGER IN THE MAKING OF THIS PHOTOGRAPH!

“Dis is kinda fun! Am I big now?”

And then Nora drove us the rest of the way to Nana and Papa’s house.


William and Aunt Sarah with their baby boys. Awwwwwwww!!!!!


Norns gets some loves from her Oma.


Gavin and his little cousin Keira are BUDDIES. They are incredibly sweet with one another!


Nana and Mommy with an ENORMOUS baby girl.


We had such a nice time, as we always do together! Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad! We missed you, Aunt Em and Uncle Josh! We hope your birthdizzle was fabulous, Em!

And so starts another week back home.

“Oh, I thought dey said dey wanted my FOAM number. Well here. Dey can have deez anyway.”


Greta was awarded a Wildcat Award at school which recognizes her for exceptional CATS pride during the month of January! I’m so glad I got to be there for the assembly! We’re so proud of you, Greta!


Later in the day, poor Nornz had an eye appointment where they had to dilate her eyes. They had us wait out in the lobby for 20 minutes until the drops took their desired effect. Nora was NOT happy and kept arching her back. As luck would have it, I had her sunglasses still stuffed away in the diaper bag from the good old days at the pool. As soon as we put them on her, she was completely happy and arched no more! She’s such a super star, she should just wear them anyway.

“Nobuddy likes deir eyes dye lated.”


Medicine heart


Cloud heart


Sun spot heart (on carpet in front of car seat)


Sweet heart kissies from Mommy


Gavin was all dressed up for his speech assignment. He chose Woody Hayes to give his presentation on. We thought he did very well in his rehearsals at home! I have been forbidden to publish the video.


Nora gave a speech on baffs.

“Deez baffs are warm an fun an nice.”


“I get to stay nice and warm instead of going out in colds! Nah nee nah nee boo boo!”


“Wait. What? I have a very early morning cardiologiss pointment on Tursday?”


“I’m not sure how I feels about dat.”


“Yyyyeah. It’s wayyy too early and cold out, peoples.”


“I’ll be a real good girl, however!”


“An before I knowed it, I was back home.”


“An da greatest part? My heart looks real good! I got a good report at da cardiologiss!”


This baby deserved a long awaited bath for being such a good girl at the hospital. She got herself real tired and had a little baffnap.


Uh oh!!! Someone is growing a little RAT TAIL!!!


Valentine’s Day

“Aaaaaa!!!!! It’s Balentimes Day!!!!!!!! Dere’s hearts EVERRRRYYYWHERE!!!!”


“Hmmm. I guess dat means I have to choose a Balentime! Hmmmmm…. I tink I chose EVERYBODIES!”


Ohhhh, and what a nice Valentine’s present to FINALLY have her Kelly home!!! We missed you, KelKel!!


The weather outside is frightful, and apparently so are a couple of sibling’s behaviors. I think Greta had endured a few too many snowball pelts and went after her brother in a blind rage! Gavin allowed himself to get “beat up” for a bit. Greta saw me taking pictures from the window and came running inside to take on the role of poor harassed innocent little sister in an attempt to score some sympathy. “Naw, baby, naw. Mommy saw you out there smashing your brother’s face in the snow and I have pictures to prove!!” ūüėČ



And the needling big brother was of course momentarily locked out by his vexed little sister.
(Incidentally, this picture makes a great home screen for my phone giving the appearance that he’s “stuck under the glass”)


So as it turns out, Nora has been secretly growing a couple of top¬†molars! It’s hard to look back into her mouth without making her gaggy. We weren’t really expecting any molars yet since her front teeth hadn’t all made it in yet! She’s a tricky baby!!! And very, very, very chewy!!!


She gets herself tired!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
(Matthew 11:28 NIV)


My own heart flutters each time I see one of these hearts. God is so very real and so very present in every aspect of my life. Each heart sighting reminds me of that.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
(Hebrews 4:12 ESV)




Pensive droplets cling to the glass with vague recollection of the vast ocean. Their transitory assignments on my windowpane disappear with the morning sun. Barely discernible wisps of vapor announce their ethereal departure to the sky. A nebulous journey back to the sea. Home.


Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
(James 4:14)

I used to find this verse depressing and foreboding, but in reality it is only pointing out how short this life is. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I’ve come to realize. It is a reminder to make the best of my time here on earth’s windowpane. What really matters?

1 thought on “Matters of the Heart

  1. Awwww, all too cute !!. I love Gavin in that preppy outfit !!. Greta fighting in the snow ( go Greta !!!) .Congrats to Greta on her award !!. Norns and that fuzzy hair and cute face !!!!.
    Muuuuaaahhh !!!!

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