I really wanted some newborn pictures of Sawyer with the boys. So...I decided to give photography a whirl and to my amazement I love the pictures! Here's what I did:
1. Look on Pinterest for pose ideas.
2. Borrow the parents' nice camera.
3. Wait for perfect weather.
4. Shamelessly bribe the children with suckers for their cooperation!
Sawyer was one week old in these pictures. Can't believe he'll already be one month old this Thursday!
Adam was not prompted to give Sawyer such affection in the following pictures. Both he and Luke love on Sawyer all day every day! Fortunately, so far Sawyer tolerates all of their "love" pretty well.
One week ago, a sweet baby boy was welcomed into our family! Sawyer Matthew Eigsti made his appearance (at last!) on October 24 at 8:57 a.m., weighing 7 lbs 13 oz and 19 1/2 inches long. It did not take any time at all for us to fall in love with him! Because he was week late, I was scheduled to be induced on the 24th, but fortunately went into labor on my own and we arrived at the hospital at 1:30 a.m. instead of our scheduled 5:30 a.m. induction! Everything went so smoothly and we are praising God for a healthy, strong little man.
Sawyer with Daddy just moments after he was born
our first picture with Sawyer
The boys were so excited to meet Sawyer!
I can't believe how much his looks have changed in just the first week!
Sneaky peak: This picture may or may not end up on a Christmas card. I decided to try my hand at photography this afternoon and came up with several adorable keepers. I love this one. Welcome to our family, Sawyer!
What does one do when one's baby is overdue??? (Besides clean the house 100 times). That would be projects, my friends. I got this old window frame from a co-worker who was throwing them out. Hmmm...what to do with it?? Our living room could use some color!
It's hard to tell from the picture, but we (by we, I mean Chad) spray painted the frame a dark red and then distressed it.
This was just your old, shiny brass piano light.
Isn't it pretty now?! Spray paint is awesome.
Okay baby, I'm out of projects. The house is clean and the laundry is done. It's time to come. Seriously.
It's been a while since I remember it snowing in October, but yesterday it did, much to the boys' delight! It was a pretty wet snow, but they didn't care. Today, the snow is gone and it's sunny and nearly 70*. The boys are playing outside in T-shirts.
I looked out the window to find the scenario below. I don't know how this happened, but I'm sure his older brother had nothing to do with it.
I've been a fan of JJ Heller for several years now and got to see her live just a couple months ago. Although I'm familiar with her music, I hadn't heard this song until I stumbled across this video tonight. Well said, JJ. I love it!
Each summer Chad and I take our church youth group on a missions trip. This summer at the end of June we made the trek to Cleveland, Ohio! Although a long 18 hour drive away, it was worth it. We partnered with the church plant we worked with when we lived there, and the youth group experienced a wonderful week of outreach events, working with kids, and many stretching but growing activities.
We had just done our own church's Bible School a few weeks prior to this trip, so we were able to use all of our materials to do one for this church plant. We felt it was a huge success!
All of the children were Ukranian or Russian, so teaching them how to play Duck Duck Goose was hilarious!
We were so proud of our youth kids throughout this trip. They were hard workers and had amazing attitudes. It made the trip that much more successful because they were eager and excited to help, serve, and grow from the experience.
We also enjoyed catching up with many of our friends from this church.
Lake Erie beach evangelism. One of those stretching, learning experiences!
We loved getting to see friends Mike and Jen who we haven't seen in 4 years! They were our family when we lived in Cleveland. Jen has put in a request that we can be heaven next-door neighbors. We're for it!
On the drive to Cleveland, we made one long day trip. On the way home, we broke it into 2 days and stayed in Chicago for a night! So fun! Chad enjoyed getting to show the group his old stompin' grounds at Moody Bible Institute, we did a little shopping...
and of course ate the best pizza Chicago has to offer!