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Lux and the Lord

9 Jun

I want to blog about Nova’s birthday party, but I can’t neglect to mention the milestone that was Lux’s Baptism.

I need to start making lists of “must have” photos at events revolving around these ladies.

I searched and searched for days for the perfect outfit for Lux. Nova wore my old outfit and I wanted to find Lux something similar, but still unique to her little cheerful disposition. I finally found what I was looking for, at Sears of all places, the day before!

Lux was baptized on May 26th, 2013, and she didn’t even cry when the water touched her sweet little head.

I’ve been going to my home church, Faith Lutheran, since I was very, very young. All of the people who go there are like a second family to me. We convened every Sunday for years and years and years until in typical teenaged fashion I began to form my own opinions and beliefs and decided waking up that early on a weekend wasn’t worth it and slowly stopped going regularly. Now I’ve moved several times, life gets busy, I work weekends, and have formed my own strong belief system, but I very much miss that sense of community and love and I very dearly miss the congregation that I grew up with. I miss knowing about their lives and seeing their faces regularly. These are people that I love very dearly and who love me and my continuously growing family. They threw me a surprise bridal shower and baby shower, have supported my family during times of joy and sorrow, and will always have a very real, very loved place in my heart. I’m grateful to my Mom for dressing me in my Sunday best and dragging me kicking and screaming, even when she may have wanted to give up.

Nova was baptized there, and now, so is Lux!

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I wasn’t sure how Nova would hold up but she did very, very well. She ran around a little during the ceremony but didn’t scream or throw things or cause any general mayhem. Her Grandparents were very good about keeping her contained and well-behaved.

I love the tradition and meaning behind Godparents. To us, it’s a huge deal to select someone to be a Godparent. I’m very happy to say that so far the choices have been very easy. Nova’s Godparents are her Uncle Jerred and Auntie Chantelle, and Lux’s are her Uncle Johnathan and Auntie Tamara. I mean, come on. Could it be anyone else?

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I love these three so much.

I love traditions that call for a coming together of family and a celebration of milestones in children’s lives. If I never had to celebrate another birthday again, but my kids could feel special on every other day of the year that would be a great trade.

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I’m so grateful to our family for coming out to support Lux and to love her as much as well do. These kids are pretty lucky.

After church service, we headed back to Cale’s Dad’s for cake and a small gift opening, and Lux immediately fell asleep after her big day out.

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I made cake. I’ve been really flexing my baking muscles lately so I made this cake from scratch, made the icing from scratch and then iced it myself. I don’t own a piping bag so I did this with a ziplock bag and pulled together ingredients since it was kind of a last minute plan. That’s supposed to be a sun in the bottom right corner…because Lux is my little sunshine, but…well…you can just pretend you got it.

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A beautiful Winne-the-Pooh carousel from her Godmomma Tamara.

Nova was more into presents for this event than any other present giving occasion! Christmas is going to be fun this year. Ha.

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Thank you to Tamara for picking up my camera and capturing these moments, thank you to my children for making me so proud and being so well-behaved, thank you to everyone who came from near and far (my Mom came from Penticton!), thank you to the congregation for being so wonderful and full of love during my formative years, and thank you to my brother and best friend for agreeing to care for, love, and nurture little Lux as she journeys through life, I’m sure she’ll need you more than you know.

 

Nova’s Baptism!!

12 May

Somehow in the hubbub of moving and unpacking and enjoying our new surroundings I totally missed posting about Miss Nova’s Baptism!!! 

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The decision to baptise her was a bit of an agonizing one but eventually we decided that WAS the route we wanted to go. As usual, Nova’s talented Auntie Tamara was gracious enough to get some beautiful photos of the day and they are breath-taking. 

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She was baptised at the church I’ve been attending since I was six years old and it was so great to see all of the people I love and who love me there in the pews supporting us and showering Nova will all of that love as well. It was a really, really wonderful experience and I was so proud to give my little lady a chance to share something with me that I’m quite proud of. Faith is a unique and deeply personal thing and not something I’m generally open to discussing since I feel like it’s a whole can of worms no one really wants to get too far into, but I do express my faith in my own way and I hope that Nova will feel comfortable as she grows up exploring hers with Cale and I, who will be open to all of her questions and queries. 

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I was also really excited that my baptism dress fit her!!! 

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We were and are so thankful to all of our family and friends who continue to support us and love our family in so many ways, even if we can’t always repay you with gifts or grand gestures we hope that you realize how appreciated and loved you are. 

Thanks for always being there for us. We really love you guys. ❤

What we’re up to in January!

4 Jan

Christmas 2011 was amazing for the Boden family. We spent it with friends and family and Santa was very good to Nova for her first Christmas.

She did really well! She even grasped the concept of ripping the paper off of the gifts. We all thought she would be mostly interested in the wrapping or the boxes but she went right for the toys inside. Haha. She’s figured this Christmas thing out folks.

She got a little overwhelmed Christmas morning so we put her down for a nap after she opened a couple of gifts and then had “Adult” Christmas. Once she woke up she opened a few more and much later opened the rest. In the end, everything was opened and she has a full toybox to show for it, along with some practicals and some “save for later” items that I’m very excited about.

New Years came and went and there are a few things in the works in our house for 2012!

1. We are getting better and better at experimenting with different solid foods and textures! So far her favorites are peas, sweet potatoes and home-made oatmeal. She very strongly dislikes eggplant and isn’t very keen on carrots although she’ll eat about half of what she should. Ha. We’re doing our best to stay on top of making all of her food ourselves and it’s been really fun, challenging, and also extremely rewarding! The learning process is a highlight for me since I get very excited at the prospect of researching anything and it’s awesome seeing what she takes to and what she doesn’t. If you have any home-made food tips or questions I’d love to swap!

2. We are, as usual, gearing up for another big move in March although (and I say this every time) this will hopefully be the last one for quite some time. Things that are different this time around? We will be closer to Cale’s work (and possibly mine if I get a position I’ve been eyeballing for the past couple of months), no room-mates (which is a bit bittersweet), and we’re hoping to move into the East Vancouver area where 80% of the people I know in the lower mainland live! While I will miss the people we live close to now we know this is a much better idea (and money saver) for us.

3. We have a few resolutions we are working on! Things like, more time for Mom and Dad, less lazy time in front of the television (after baby is asleep), a more organized household, more home cooked meals, and Mom is making a private resolution to change her clothing habits. It’s time to invest in clothing that fits well but isn’t exercise pants and tank tops. I feel like this can only be a self esteem booster.Hopefully with the help of things like Cozi, Flylady, and Apps for Moms getting organized and simplifying our life will be easier than ever in 2012.

4. Shameless plug: Cale and his bro (Uncle Jerred) have their own contracting company under works. If you need any renovations or work done please give these guys a go! They’re very talente handy-men and between the two of them can do everything but electrical and plumbing. Check them out.

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There are also a few things on the go as far as making Nova’s baby food is going. Since all the food we use is organic and locally grown I felt like it would be a good idea to share all of the knowledge I’m accumulating in one easy to access place so check out my food blog. It’s under construction at the moment but will be up and running in no time.

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5. Nova’s baptism is this weekend! I was baptized and raised Lutheran and we live very close to my home church so after a lot of discussion we decided that we wanted to go ahead and have Nova baptized as well. We chose her Auntie Chantelle and Uncle Jerred as the godparents and know that they will do a great job mentoring her and loving her as she grows up.

6. You’ll be able to watch the goings on in our lives soon enough once we figure out our brand spanking new Canon Vixia camcorder!!!

After much deliberation we choose this camera, which was a very generous gift from my Dad, to record all of our family’s milestones. Let’s face it, it will be a lot of video of Nova. Nova laughing, crawling, walking, talking, and just generally being a little cutie. I’m very excited to start using it! I’m ALSO very excited about the HD and dual SD card capabilities! Whoo hoo!

We are so grateful to everyone who has been supportive of our family and continues to love us over the years. It’s so difficult to SHOW such immense appreciation for all of you but hopefully my constant bringing it up will be a good start. Thanks for an amazing 2011!!!

Photo by Tamara Lakeman Photography