July 31, 2010

July 30, 2010

Counting Down!

It's less than 3 weeks from my due date!

Are you ready?

I am.

I'll do a more thorough update next week, with picture.

Funny Friday: Super Mario Beatbox!

This guy is crazy cool with mad skills! Don't be fooled by the more simple beginning, by the end he's combining the throat with the mouth and the lips all together for a mad, MAD demonstration of beatboxing genius! And I'm also amazed at his vocal range from the falsetto to those really deep bass tones!

July 27, 2010

Lies in July, Exposed

Has anyone ever told you that the founding fathers of our nation were rich, white, racist slave-owning bigots? That is something like what I remember being taught in our public school system. Besides having history teachers (all of whom were white, by the way) who painted our nation's history as something boring, full of dates and facts I couldn't remember, and numerous videos of war after war - history was never really appealing. Why would I want to remember a bunch of white guys who enslaved my ancestors and continued to push "us" down? The American Black population were victims of the oppressive white elite.

This is a humungous lie! There are black founding fathers! Yes, I'm telling the truth! The founding fathers of the U. S. were not only mixed with black and white intelligent, hard-working, home- or self-schooled, courageous men, but they worked together! Our white founding fathers worked toward ending the slave trade! Many of them almost went broke freeing the slaves they inherited! It was one of the main grievances against Britain (besides religious freedom) as a reason for seceding. Don't believe me? See this video. Just a few of the featured men are:

James Armistead (LaFayette), a double spy
Oliver Cromwell
Prince Whipple
Frederick Douglass
Wentworth Cheswill, rode with Paul Revere
Peter Salem, war hero

Read the transcript HERE.

July 24, 2010

Saturday Strings: My Old Teacher

Here's a video of Marcus Ratzenboeck, my most recent teacher with whom I studied in Louisville while attending Southern Seminary, although he himself was not affiliated with the Seminary (!!!). During my study with him he held the principle second position in the Louisville Orchestra. When a more secure, profitable opportunity came along, he took a job with a secular alternative rock band. This video is a demonstration of some of the improvisational skills on electric violin that are necessary for his new gig. Even when performing serious classical works, his facial expression never really changed. He makes it look so easy.

Disclaimer: I do not advocate the secular music his band performs. This video was included as a demonstration of my former teacher's skills and instrument only.

July 23, 2010

Pregnancy Update & First Read Word

Here's Moriah with her usual early morning quiet time. Please excuse her bed head.

Moriah has read her first word! When she turned one year old, Jeramy and I were impressed with her vocabulary and her very eager desire to learn so, Jeramy bought her several sets of flash cards. Now she knows all of her alphabet, upper and lower case, counting up to 20, lots of picture words, animals, etc.

There are a set of books that Grandma Jane gave the girls while we were in Statesboro where the objects have the words drawn into them. (It's like the word comes to life.) So the duck is drawn up of the word "duck", you can see the letters in his body. Anyway, the book where Dog has a birthday party there are his friends giving him gifts. Moriah would point out the letters, G-I-F-T, and I would ask her what it spelled. Then I would tell her, "G-I-F-T spells gift." Then as there were 4 or 5 other gifts on the same page, she would do the same thing. She would point to each letter and repeat, "G-I-F-T. Gift." She did this more than ten times throughout the book. She did it on her own initiative! When she was finished, I took her back to that original page and asked her what it said and she said, "gift." Yay! That was really cool.

On Tuesday afternoon, I went to the OB for a check up. This time they did the Group B Strep swab and a pelvic exam. I showed the DR how much I had swollen up over the weekend. On Friday I noticed that I couldn't see my ankle bones at all. I didn't swell with the girls, so this is a first. It's a little tender to the touch, but other than that, it is not bothersome. I call them my fankles. (Feet + Ankles) :-)

The pelvic exam showed nothing, which is very good. The head is down but I'm not dilated or effaced and my cervix is still in the normal position.

Next time I'll try and take a more attractive belly picture. :-)

Funny Friday: Removing Bumper Stickers

July 22, 2010

Who Can Pluck Us Out His Hands?

You must take the 5 minutes to listen to this song! The lyrics are conveniently written there for those of us who need a little help.
This is awesome.
Bob your head.

This is by a Boyce College graduate (SBTS undergraduate school), Marcus Gray, aka Flame. Have you ever heard of solid, orthodox, reformed rap music? You just did!

July 21, 2010

July 20, 2010

Fun with Play Clothes!

The girls love to steal articles of clothing, shoes, purses, hats and such that belong to others that come to our home. They would try them on, walk around with them, etc. So, why not give them this same outlet?

I went to the thrift store (Park Ave Thrift Outlet on Lawrenceville Hwy) and spent less than $10 buying the girls almost 40 items of clothes, shoes and purses. (On Wednesdays every item is only $0.25 a piece! They close at 1:00 p.m.) I did manage to find a wig and a sombrero! After washing and disinfecting the items, I put them in one of our luggage suitcases and let the girls go to town. They have such a good time creatively picking out different articles and putting them on! It's cheap fun that lasts and it doesn't require any batteries. It doesn't make any annoying sounds. If they tear and break this stuff, it doesn't matter. Woo hoo! Fun for everyone!

July 19, 2010

Multitude Monday

holy experience

Bring my soul out of prison,
So that I may give thanks to Your name;
The righteous will surround me,
For You will deal bountifully with me.
Psalm 142:7

Reasons to be thankful:

476. Four more weeks of potentially uninterrupted nighttime sleep before the baby comes.
477. No pain or discomfort in my swollen feet/ankles.
478. The swelling has decreased over night.
479. Willing little people who pick up things off of the floor.
480. A husband who doesn't complain about bathing our children.
481. Complete contentment in the atoning sacrifice of Christ no matter the current life circumstances.
482. After 13 months my Mother FINALLY has a job!
483. The opportunity as a black woman to vote.
484. Mandates from God's Word that tell me what to think about. Ps 143:5, Ps 145:5, Phil 4:8
485. That I'm not the only parent with whining, disobedient toddlers.

What are you thankful for?

July 17, 2010

Saturday Strings

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Kathy Roberts Perl

performing the Prelude in B flat minor
from The Well-Tempered Clavier, book 2
by J. S. Bach

on harpsichord

The harpsichord is a stringed instrument similar to the piano in that it is played using a keyboard, however the strings are plucked instead of hammered. It is used frequently in Baroque music.

July 16, 2010

Lies in July

Here is a recent video produced by The Radiance Foundation. The proclamation that life only begins when the mother wants it to is one of the great lies of our time. The truth is that life begins when God wants it to - at conception. He opens and closes the womb as He sees fit.

The original mandate made through Moses: an eye for an eye, tooth for tooth, life for life - was first in the context of a woman with child. If she were injured and the child died, whomever was the responsible person(s) were to be executed! God values life in the womb the same as any other life out of the womb. That's the truth.

When will there be justice?
Lord take your vengeance quickly.

Whoever sheds man's blood,
By man his blood shall be shed,
For in the image of God He made man.
Genesis 9:6

July 15, 2010

Martha Peace on Thoughts & Attitudes

If you struggle with a bad attitude more often than you would like (like me) then the following excerpt may put it in perspective. One of the most impacting things I've learned from this book is that our thoughts have a direct correlation to our attitudes. (That should be a no-brainer, right?!) If our thoughts are holy, good, pure, honorable, positive, etc, then our attitude will follow suit. If not, then the opposite happens. Taking our thought lives captive to the obedience of Christ is the first crucial step toward gaining victory over our attitudes. Remember, God is HOLY and for just one, single, solitary sin Adam and Eve were cast out of God's presence and we find ourselves in our current sinful, "dead in trespasses" state and pass it on to our progeny. It is a serious matter to honor and obey God in this way and if you haven't committed your thought life to the Lord Jesus Christ, I commend you to repent now.

The battle that God's soldiers fight is for their minds to think the way that God would have them think - taking their wrong thoughts captive out of respect and obedience to their Lord, Jesus Christ. Thoughts, ideas, speculations, reasonings, philosophies, and false religions are our battle. It is a battle that is daily and ongoing until we go to be with the Lord. It is a battle that is fought by means of God's power through prayer and study of the Scriptures. The results are a renewed mind that thinks rightly, thus taking "every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5).

One of the ways that, by God's grace, we develop a renewed mind is by preparing ahead of time what we are going to think during a difficult situation.

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13, emphasis added

The apostle Peter wrote his letter (1 Peter) to Christians scattered throughout various Roman provinces. The persecution against Christians had heated up and would eventually become extreme. There is tremendous hope in Peter's letter that must have sent their emotions soaring as he wrote about the "precious blood, as of a Lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ" (1 Peter 1:19). There is also a very sobering call to prepare mentally for the coming persecution and in the meantime to live a holy life entrusting their souls to their "faithful Creator in doing what s right" (1 Peter 4:19). Peter was trying to prepare them ahead of time so that when the trials came they would think righty through them and give God great glory. It was as if Peter was telling them, "I have some really bad news and you need to prepare yourself for it - great persecution is coming and God will test your faith to see if it is genuine. He will give some of you a great privilege to suffer for His sake. You need to think about this now so that you will honor our Lord when the time actually comes."

Fearful people do not trust God. Instead of thinking through a possible future difficulty "fixing their hope completely on the grace to be brought to them," they let their thoughts wallow in the negative what-ifs (1 Peter 1:13). "What if this happens? What if that happens? I won't be able to bear it. I can't take it! I just know something horrible is going to happen!!" They worry and fret and panic about things that usually don't happen. Instead they should think that if a difficult or even extreme circumstance occurs, God is all powerful and faithful to keep His promises. Therefore, they can trust God completely knowing He would give them the grace they would need if such a difficulty arose. He is so good. He will not let His children be "tempted beyond what [they] are able to bear" (1 Corinthians 10:13, adaptation added). Therefore (as Peter said), prepare your mind through trusting God, and in the meanwhile live a godly, righteous life.

Excerpt from Attitudes of a Transformed Heart by Martha Peace pages 134-135. Copyright 2002 Focus Publishing, Inc. ISBN 1-885904-28-2. 134-135.

July 14, 2010

Martha Peace on Guidance

I can see and hear myself from years past saying, "I have peace about my decision;" or "I feel led;" or "There is no doubt in my mind that God wants me to . . ." Now I hear myself saying, "This is an area in which I have freedom;" or "What do the Scriptures say?" or "Lord, as best I can determine You want me to do . . .;" and lastly, "If You have a different plan I know You'll make it clear." I have heard others say, "The Lord told me to . . . " or "I saw a vision," or "The Lord spoke to me last night in a dream." There are almost as many views of guidance from God as there are Christians! The reason I chose this particular topic . . . is because the issue of guidance directly relates to knowing the will of God. The will of God is affirmed in our lives as good and acceptable and perfect to the degree that we have been "transformed by the renewing of [our] mind[s] . . . " (Romans 12:2, adaptation added).

If your view of how God guides you is not true to the Scriptures then you could wrongly discern His will and not even know it. You also could be giving out very definite advice and directing other people's lives in an unbiblical way that God never intended. . . . Is God speaking directly to us through a still, small voice? Does He lead us through our emotions and feelings such as "I feel led" or "I have peace"? Is He guiding us at all or simply leaving us to fend for ourselves?

When we consider how God guides us, we also must remember that our hearts deceive us. We are capable of believing and feeling that God is guiding us when really our consciences may have been taught error instead of truth. The only for sure way to know God's will is to go to the Scriptures.

It is a mark of maturity as a Christian to honor God by relying on what we know for sure rather than depending upon other methods of guidance which at the very best are unsure and dependent on using Scripture out of context. None of us can be transformed in our thinking if we are out of His will. The only way to know His will confidently is to embrace a biblical view of guidance and to trust God's Word and His providence instead of trusting some vague, mysterious impression, "check," or still small voice that we think we may have heard or felt. If we are to be renewed in our thinking and attitudes then it follows that we must "not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is" (Ephesians 5:17; emphasis added).

Excerpts from Attitudes of a Transformed Heart by Martha Peace pages 101 and 109. Copyright 2002 Focus Publishing, Inc. ISBN 1-885904-28-2.

July 13, 2010

FINALLY!!! It's Done!

Lily already enjoying her new spot to read and play.

I'm so glad that it's finished! This hearth project has literally been looming over my head! I learned a lot, but I don't know if I'll attempt to do something like this again - at least not for a long time.

We were going to put some decorative ties and knobs on the corners so that it wouldn't shift, but the rough surface of the stone seems to be doing that without any additional efforts! Yay!

I'm very pleased that it is comfortable to sit on and a safer area for children to enjoy.

July 12, 2010

Multitude Monday

holy experience

I will bow down toward Thy holy temple, and give thanks to Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth; for Thou hast magnified Thy word according to all Thy name.
Psalm 138:2

I'm thankful for
466. The things I can know for certain by reading God's Word.
467. The conviction of the Holy Spirit.
468. The desire to repent, which is evidence of the grace of God unto salvation.
469. Witnessing the public baptism of Nepali refugees.
470. The days and weeks that pass by - bringing me closer to labor and birth.
471. Books rich with Nouthetic Counseling (like those of Martha Peace and lots of others).
472. Hot, relaxing showers.
473. The dense foam mat at the gym, so I don't have to exercise on the concrete floor.
474. God's promise in 1 Thessalonians 5:24
475. God's promise in 2 Thessalonians 3:3

What are you thankful for?

July 10, 2010

Puttin' Up Corn Pictures

Thanks to G'Wanda for taking these action pictures.

Jeramy shucks.

I silk.

I know they talk about babying your baby -
perhaps draping her in silk,
but I don't think this is what they meant . . . :-)

The wash before blanching.

Mrs. Anderson blanches it.
(Rolling boil for 4-5 minutes to kill any bugs and bacteria.)
Cool it.
(Keep it filled with ice water.)

Cream it.
(Slide the ear of corn down the groove over the blades pictured.)

(Add a little bit of water for the proper texture.)

Bag it and freeze it.

July 9, 2010

Funny Friday: Muppets

Must watch.

Must laugh!

July 8, 2010

June Flowers

Here are our hydrangeas in full color and bloom. I read that the richer, deeper the color, the more acidic is the soil.

These were my favorite from last month! They are so gorgeous! I love the color and the shape.

One or two of these started coming out at the end of May and continued to produce eye-popping flowers into June.

And our Marigojuanas . . .
These would be the marigolds we planted from seed along our driveway. See how tall they are before the first buds even began to appear! Jeramy begun to joke that the police might come by and think that we were growing marijuana in our yard! So we've jokingly called it marijuana until . . .

blooms finally appear!
Most are yellow, but there is one orange one. The packet was supposed to contain a mix of colored seeds. We'll see . . .

These are blooming right now and are absolutely breathtaking. They also attract a lot of bees. Maybe our squash would do better closer to these babies.

July 7, 2010

Freezer, Corn & Grandma Jane

Last week Jeramy and I bought a new upright Frigidaire freezer from Best Buy. It is so great to finally have a place to stock up items when we buy in bulk. When Easter and Christmas roll around, hams are usually on sale for around $1/lb. and it's great to be able to hoard them away all year. We enjoy the fresh ham sandwiches and using the bones and thick slices for seasoning beans, greens, etc.

The urgency for this purchase is because of the corn harvest going on now. We "put up" creamed corn which is an all-day event. When Jeramy and I just got engaged (July 2006) and I came down to GA to meet his family, there was one day that we were going to "put up" corn. I come from Northern VA and had never heard of this before, but I knew it was a big deal because of how stressed out Mrs. Anderson was while making preparations.

The day came to "put up" corn and I learned that it's pretty involved. First you must order or reserve a specific number of bushels of your preferred species of corn (silver queen) from a local farmer. After picking it up in your pickup truck, you bring it home, cut off the end, shuck it, silk it, blanch it, cool it, cream it, bag it and freeze it. All or most of this takes place outside because it's extremely messy! (Pictures forthcoming) Yesterday we managed to put up 5 bushels of corn, 30 quarts of creamed corn and about 25 ears of corn on the cob, in about 6 hours. In this way, we are able to enjoy fresh creamed corn and corn on the cob all year long.

Jeramy likens creamed corn to gold because of the work involved and the taste. It's a privilege. It's not anything like what comes in the store, canned or frozen. That is NOT creamed corn!

Grandma Jane came up yesterday to help us put up corn and to visit before the baby comes. We definitely miss having her so far away now. We used to live right across the street and it was so nice. Now we must be content to enjoy her presence, cooking and wonderful attitude about once a month. I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful Mother-in-Law!

July 5, 2010

I Will Stand on Every Promise of Your Word

On the new album release by Keith and Kristyn Getty, Awaken the Dawn, is a song with the aforementioned title. I like this song because it defies the "Name It and Claim It" Gospel. Because the refrain is repeated so often, it causes to bring to remembrance the fact of God's faithfulness. God has spoken and there is nothing that could cause Him to go back on His Word, but that He is powerful and faithful to bring every one of His promises to fruition.

The question is: will we believe Him? And beyond that: Will we rest in the faithfulness of Almighty God? Will we be grateful to Him for His revealed Word? Will we recognize His mercy not only that He gave us His Word, but that He decided, by His kindness and grace, to make promises to us? He is holy and doesn't owe us anything! And see how much He has granted us?!

From the breaking of the dawn to the setting of the sun,
I will stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.
Words of power, strong to save, that will never pass away,
I will stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.
For Your covenant is sure,
And on this I am secure—
I can stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.

When I stumble and I sin, condemnation pressing in,
I will stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.
You are faithful to forgive that in freedom I might live,
So I stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.
Guilt to innocence restored,
You remember sins no more—
So I'll stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.

When I'm faced with anguished choice, I will listen for Your voice,
And I'll stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.
Through this dark and troubled land
You will guide me with Your hand
As I stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.
And You've promised to complete
Ev'ry work begun in me—
So I'll stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.

Hope that lifts me from despair, love that casts out ev'ry fear,
As I stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.
Not forsaken, not alone, for the Comforter has come,
And I stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.
Grace sufficient, grace for me,
Grace for all who will believe—
We will stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.

Multitude Monday

holy experience

I'm thankful for
451. Water bottles.
452. No increase in weight gain the past two weeks.
453. Our brown recliner without which I would get little to no sleep.
454. A new upright freezer.
455. Freedom for open, honest conversation among friends and sisters in Christ.
456. South Georgia watermelons!
457. South Georgia Silver Queen corn!
458. The hope that I will finish the hearth cover/seat this week.
459. Sewing my first zipper successfully!
460. Permission to shop for new clothes. :-)
461. That I've never been beaten or whipped even mildly (not even threatened physically) for my faith in Christ.
462. That there are pastors with backbones who boldly, faithfully stand against lawless injustice.
463. That I won't be pregnant forever.
464. The Spirit of Truth who causes me to recall passages of Scripture throughout the day.
465. Every promise of God's Word on which I can stand.

What are you thankful for today? (Really, I love to read what you write.)

July 4, 2010


Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

If you continue to read, Paul is referring to the keeping of the Mosaic Law, in this context. If you have read his other epistles, it also refers to the bondage of our sin, leading to death (Romans 7).

O Lord God, You are holy and righteous.
There is no truth apart from You.
There is no freedom apart from that purchased
by Your Son Jesus Christ,
who shed His blood so that we might be free
to do that for which You created us -
to worship You in Spirit and in Truth
by living a holy life in service to others,
proclaiming the greatness of Your name to all nations.
May Your name be praised! Amen.

July 3, 2010

Pregnancy Update: Counting Down

I'm counting down the weeks before delivery: probably between 6 and 7 weeks left. I'm so ready for this pregnancy to be over. The heat doesn't bother me, just the discomfort of feeling like a mutated animal - something between a whale, a cow and a duck. I've begun sleeping in the recliner as lying horizontal is no longer an option.

At the last OB check-up everything looked good. The doctor didn't yell at me for anything - weight, blood pressure, swelling, etc. The baby is moving all the time, especially when I'm hungry. I enjoy watching the lumps jump across my belly. Sometimes I think she's doing somersaults in there! And it's really sweet when the girls come up and gently rub my belly.

I'm still going to the gym regularly, or otherwise doing exercise if I don't get there. I haven't gained any weight since my last pregnancy update, still holding at 23.5 pounds of gain. :-) Cravings are hard to pin point but tend to remain steady for light, fruity things like watermelon, cantaloupe, pina colada icy drinks, popsicles, mango sorbet, etc, and salty breakfast foods, like sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches.

The end is near . . .

Saturday Strings: How It's Made

July 1, 2010

Funny Friday: Super Mario Fun!!!

I think this guy is a great player and probably a little tired of working on concerti and orchestra excerpts. :-D . . . a little too much time on his hands.

Girls' Update: Half Birthdays

Moriah turned 2 and 1/2 a little over a month ago. She continues to grow into a cute little girl. People often make comments on how well they can understand her annunciation and her wide vocabulary. She knows her upper and lower case alphabet, colors, shapes, numbers. She can almost perfectly count to 20. And she knows what each of the letters sound like. Currently we are teaching her how to put together the letters to make words to eventually read. She wants to read and she loves to learn.

She loves to be a helper and she loves the praise and thanks received for giving help. She gets very upset if I don't let her unload the dryer and the dishwasher. :-) Jeramy has also begun to let her do a few dishes: to stand at the sink and scrap off the major debris. She loves to go outside and help pick fruit and vegetables in the garden and pretty flowers in the yard, sticking them in her hair. She'll also raise her voice when she sees or wears a new piece of clothing or a pretty dress, like a woman! It's really funny. She'll say, "Oh, look what a pretty dress!" She's definitely a girl. :-)

Moriah is also a hard core Daddy's girl! Besides asking for additional kisses before he leaves for work, she talks about him all the time while he's gone. "Daddy's at work." "Can I talk to Daddy?" "Daddy works the saw. The saw is scary." "I helped Daddy." It brings a lot of joy to my heart when Jeramy is so involved with our girls teaching them things and just giving them a lot of positive quality time together.

She often orders Lily around and tries to tell other adults what to do also. She has picked up quite a bit of drama if we even threaten to discipline her. She remains affectionate and often leans over to give Lily a kiss or gently pet her head and oftentimes will say, "I love you" unprompted. Whenever Daddy leaves for work, she usually asks for additional kisses. She has started carrying conversations on the phone really well. She looks like a little Diva as she holds it up and talks through the phone. :-) Her favorite phrases are, "What's that?," "Who's that?," and "I fall down the stairs, Mommy!"

Moriah will often sing at the dining table and she will also sing to the baby in my belly. :-) Her favorite songs are: Holy, Holy, Holy; Jesus Loves Me; Pop Goes the Weasel; and Itsy Bitsy Spider. She still loves chocolate, popsicles, ice cream, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, and jell-o.

Lily turns 18 months on July 4th. I can't believe that she is 18 months already! I'm glad, but time flies for some, doesn't it?! She weighs about 22 pounds and is quickly catching up to her sister who weighs 25 pounds. She still eats really well and she's cutting a new tooth as I write this. She loves to climb and can now ascend and descend steps like a champion. She likes to jump in her crib and on the regular floor also! She loves to play in the water and mud, making big splashes.

She loves to sit and read books, flipping through the pages at her leisure. Her desire to communicate through speech has increased greatly as she tries to say things and be understood. She will repeat the same phrase that sounds like gibberish to me, while I try to figure out what she's saying. She has returned to saying "Mama" and I think sometimes she says "What's that?"
She likes to aggravate her sister sometimes by messing up her order as she plays. Sometimes they will fight over a toy, which is normal, I guess. Lily is usually happy and playful whenever she wakes up. Generally she wants to be wherever her family members are. She has been warming up to other people more as she'll let them hold her and will play with them, as she did when we were in Statesboro.

I think that she will adjust well to the new baby. She has been learning how to be gentle and show a little more control in her movements. Her face shows concern when there is something wrong with other little people. Lily will help with some tasks as she is guided to remain focused. She has also been sitting much better in the church service. Generally she is curious, playful and happy most of the time. Lily is also a little snuggle bear. Sometimes she will just wrap her little arms around my neck and give cuddly hugs. :-) It's like a non-verbal, "I love you Mama!"

Lily dances a lot! Whenever music is playing or we're singing, she is usually dancing by shifting her weight from leg to leg while keeping her knees straight. :-) She doesn't care at all for chocolate but she loves bananas, warm applesauce, ice cream, jell-o, watermelon, cantaloupe and strawberries.