I’m So Proud of Her

My mom came to visit.

I was a little panicked when our girl hadn’t arrived and her flight was pending. I was convinced I’d go early (or at least earlier) this time and she booked her ticket for four days after my due date on our hunch. Woops.

Or maybe hallelujah?

While she was planning to arrive after Elianna’s birth, the four days she spent with just Max and I may have just been divine. We didn’t do much – long walks on the beach, eating candy, feeding the ducks… but boy did we get some quality time. And more than that, I was so blessed to watch my mom be a grandma.

buddies ... linking this photo in with the paper mama photo "green" photo challenge

He calls her Nani… all 7 of them do… and even though I’ve seen my mom hold my boy many times before, and play with her other 5 grandkids for the past 5 years… it did something to my heart to see her with my Max now that he’s growing up.

They tickled and giggled and ran like mad men through the park as I waddled behind. She read stories with voices and picked up him and crawled on the ground with him.

she's soooo funny

And as I watched them play and laugh all I could think was, “Man… she is SUCH a cool grandma.”

I don’t know if you’re allowed to be proud of your mom but it must be possible because my heart was bursting at the seams with pride at how amazing she is – this woman who “gave up” her childhood to raise me from 18 years old.

I couldn’t think of anyone I’d rather have on the other side of me as I welcomed my own little girl into the world.

And wouldn’t you know we still had four days to spare at the end of her trip to soak in that newborn scent and melt into your chest snuggles.

I wish she didn’t have to go… but my memories of this trip will be some of my most significant. I think that it goes the same for Max too!


We’ll Be Home For Christmas…

We're a-comin'!

That’s right, folks! Tickets are BOOKED and we are excited. It has been 5 years since Jared & I have been home for the holidays and we are very much looking forward to celebrating both Thanksgiving AND Christmas with friends and family in AMERICA… AND introducing Max to our wonderful loved ones. (You will love him more than you do already; he’s quite the spunky one!)

Those of you who know us well will know that the past few years, Jared & I have been home for a limited time – 2 to 3 weeks, which is not much considering all of the travel. This year will be a bit longer and we’re  hoping that in addition to getting to see friends and family, we will have the opportunity to rest, relax and refresh. Its been a while since we’ve had a chunk of time off and we are looking forward to some re-cooperation as we look to a wonderful future with YWAM.

Another significant thing will be introducing Max to all his great-grandparents, great-aunties, and second cousins in addition to all of our immediate family.

Our schedule is as follows:

  • LA – (Nov 19-22) Visit Rebekah’s extended family
  • Wisconsin – (Nov 22-Dec 10) Visit Jared’s family and many friends
  • Indiana – (Dec 10-Dec 13) Visit Jared’s extended family
  • Spokane – (DVisit Rebekah’s family

And… just a little thing… would you join with us in praying for some snow? Enough to make snow angels and snow men and have a snowball fight would be awesome. We really want to make some awesome memories with our little man and show him what life is like where Mommy and Daddy grew up.

See you in a couple of months!

The Hoovs

We'll crawl all the way if we have to! 🙂