Thursday, August 28, 2008

Simplicity Bassinet danger

Please read this very important information about the Simplicity Bassinet and pass it along to anyone you know with a baby.
Two babies have already died but the company has still not issued a recall to ensure everyone who owns it is notified.,0,6401002.story

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


A crisp breeze blows across the lake and up into our windows today reminding me that Autumn is right around the corner. I love Seasons. Growing up in Southern California did not give me much opportunity to enjoy the four Seasons. Now I wouldn't give them up for anything.

I love Spring because life is new again and people and creatures come out of hiding, and because 50 degrees feels so warm.
I love Summer because the sun seems to never set, days are long and fireflies abound.
I love Autumn because it refreshes your soul and colors the world so vividly.
I love Winter because there's nothing like a quiet snowfall to remind you of God's beautiful Earth, or a subzero eyelash and nose hair freeze to invigorate your mind and body.

I've fallen in love in the summer, given birth in the fall and spring, was born in the summer, married in the fall, and lived in the winter.

To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal ...
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance ...
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to lose and a time to seek;
a time to rend and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.

ecclesiastes 3:1-8


Monday, August 25, 2008

Uncle Jeff

We love Uncle Jeff and unfortunately I have been unable to blog about him all week due to our very old computer once again having issues.


One week ago Jeff (David's brother) had a very unexpected but not un-Earnhart-like heart attack. A bill of health is how I would describe him. So the call was a shock (and another reminder) to us all. Thankfully he didn't hesitate to call 911 and is now recovering well, out of the hospital and spending two weeks at home with his lovely wife Marion. He will be going through Cardiac rehab, but so far they think the damage to his heart was not too bad and that his heart strength is now running a bit above average.

So please keep Jeff and the whole Earnhart family in your prayers. We want a quick recovery for Jeff and no future heart issues with him or anyone else!


Friday, August 15, 2008

City Mom #2

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world.
Every color dark or light
They are precious in his sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

This is the song that went through my mind this evening at our neighborhood playground.
Thank goodness we no longer sing red, yellow, black, white.
Have you ever met anyone that was literally red? yellow? black? white? Me either.

Caucasian, Hispanic, African, Mexican, Brazilian, Romanian, Bosnian, Vietnamese, Korean, Pakistani, Indian, Filipino. These are the nationalities of just some of the people playing with Ella at the park this evening. She notices no difference in any of them. They're all just kids. Just like her.

This is another reason why I love Chicago and love being a city Mom.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Cardinal Nation

I think that's what they call it. I'm sure David will correct me if I'm wrong. We had a great visit to Uncle Jeff & Aunt Marion's new home. We got to see everyone including Blake & Karla, Matthew, Uncle Jon & Aunt Angie (read her version of the visit and see more pics here), Gracie & Lexi, Aunt Sue & Uncle Monte, Josh & Ashley, Timothy & Little Tim--and even Nana who happened to be there for a work conference. We made our new traditional trip to Ted Drew's, had lunch at Fitz's one day (I am a big root beer lover), went to Matthew's Won by One concert, and even visited Grant's Farm with Uncle Jeff, Aunt Marion and Nana. We also were able to see our friends the Diggs for the first time in several years and have a quick lunch (disaster for the kids--sorry Elizabeth!) with the McPherson's. Ella was able to enjoy playtime with her cousins spanning the ages of 3 to 27 and become so sleep deprived she voluntarily took naps and ended up getting sick (me too). It was great fun showing off our beautiful baby boy Nicholas to all of our family who had not met him yet and our friends too! Ella loved running around barefoot and said her favorite part of St. Louis was gardening with Aunt Marion. Nicholas screamed everytime we were in the car since he's not used to being in a carseat, but got a little better by the end of the trip. We were also able to see alot of our friends on Sunday when at McKnight Road church--alot of whom read this blog! Our train travel on Amtrak was great on the way down and a comedy of errors on the way home with one delay after another. It was so great to see all of you and we hope to come back soon. In the meantime enjoy our photos--and sorry for the photo overload--just too many good pictures. --And come see us in Chicago!
Earnhart family at Matthew's concert (only missing Jene, Jared & Malachi)

Aunt Angie
Bubbles with cousin Mathew & Lexi
The younger generation of the cousins: Nicholas, Ella, Gracie, Lexi
Triple trouble
The Diggs and The Earnhart's

Heather, Nicholas, Jackson, Gabriella, Madeline, Circe
Madeline, Tom, Jackson & Nicholas, David Gabriella

Madeline, Circe, Nicholas, Ella

Eric & Nicholas
Did I mention he hates his carseat?
Jeff & Marion's new house
Cousin Blake finally arrived
Aunt Sue, Nicholas, Uncle Jeff, Karla, Ella
Uncle Monte, Aunt Sue, Gabriella, Nicholas

Grant's Farm

On the porch swing with Uncle Jeff
(I love this picture!)

Train ride to St. Louis
Coming into St. Louis

Leaving St. Louis (Nana came back to Chicago with us for a few days)

Back in Chicago at Millennium Park

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