Thursday, December 29, 2011

Noah's Story

I don't know why it has taken me so long, but I finally wrote up a shortened version of Noah's story for  It is a wonderful resource of information - stories, pictures, facts, how to prepare, etc.  Before Noah was born, and even after, I read all the stories of babies born with anencephaly and looked at all the pictures.  Seeing that others had experienced the same thing and many of them praised God during and after gave me a peace and a hope for our future.

I pray that others who might be in the midst of their story might find hope and peace through reading ours.

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Friday we went down to Phoenix to see family.  The kids got to play with cousins.  Got to see Oma and Opa.  On Saturday morning we opened presents together.  The kids, other than suffering the effects of a minor cold, had a great time.

Last night, after going to the Candlelight Service at Northwest Community with my parents and then going out to eat at Denny's with them, we headed back up the mountain.  It was a nice quiet drive, except for the deep theological discussion that Tom and I were having - good stuff.

Today we had a wonderful quiet Christmas.  It was just us.  At home.  With our kids.  It was nice.

Right now I guess I'm feeling that after Christmas let down.  Not that Christmas let me down, the time was what we had hoped for, but... I'm missing Noah right now.  I want that one more stocking to stuff.  I want those extra presents under the tree.  That one more little body to hug and kiss good night.

Miss you sweet baby boy.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

'Tis The Season

The house is finally quiet again.  Most of the counters have been wiped, rewiped, and wiped again.  The floor has been swept, reswept and really could use a good 'ol mopping (...speaking of mopping the floor, why is it a custom to mop/clean the floor before a party?  The party makes the floor dirty and nobody at the party is looking down at the floor.  From now on, I'll sweep before and mop after.)

Anyway, the season of parties, baking, snowman building, and general festiviness (is that a word) making has been celebrated here at the Cutlips'.  I generally don't like to be busy, but this is a fun busyness. 

We've had structured starts to our morning - we've been reading through The Jesse Tree Advent Daily Devotional.  It's our first time to read through an advent devotional and we're really liking it. 

Our days have been filled with fun activities:

We had a Christmas party for our homeschool co-op.  I really love being apart of the lives of these kids, these families!

We made/baked a variety of different goodies.  Then, the kids and I delivered them to our neighbors.  The best thing about baking this time of year is that you can eat a couple and then give them away!

We used up the last of the halloween candy and the candy from the Flagstaff Light Parade to make a gingerbread house.  Not only is it a fun family activity, it's a great way to get rid of candy in the house!

Yesterday included making and decorating gingerbread cookies with our friends the Ketters to take to the "old people" at Tom's work, friends dropping off their kids for us to watch over-night while they celebrated their anniversary (which brought the total number of kids up to eleven - no problem!), and then at night we had a get-together to put bags of hats, gloves, scarves, and cookies together to take to the local men and women's shelter.  Tomorrow we will go to Tom's work to deliver our decorated gingerbread cookies.  It's pretty special for the kids to see how all these old people are just thrilled to be visited.

We had a great time so far!  And there's so much more to come.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Letter

Just in case you haven't kept up with the blog, here's a short recap of our year. 
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011


This post is an attempt to get caught up before too much more happens and I get further behind, ya know what I mean?

Way back in...well, I can't remember when.  It was before it got cold.  Before the snow.  Maybe September, early September...maybe...  Anyway, we went to Bearizona.  If I recall correctly we had a lot of fun.  The first part of the park you drive through the animals habitats - pretty cool to see a big black bear out your side window.  Then you walk through the rest of the park like a regular zoo.  We got to watch baby bears playing chase, little raccoons romping around...  I highly recommend it.


I tried Mealtime Makeover.  It's a great concept for the busy mom who just needs a little help getting dinner on the table.  You pay $15 for three months of meals, all planned out, with a weekly grocery list for that weeks set of meals that is corresponds with sale items.  The grocery list was my favorite part.  Going to the store with an organized list that is guaranteed to include everything you need for that weeks meals is great!  But, I'm really not liking the meals that they plan. We tend to like...I don't know, just not what they like I guess.  I'm not big on casseroles or things with, lets say, Velveeta in them for example.  I'm glad I tried it out - I got some new recipes to choose from and a better idea of how to organize my grocery list.


My mom bought the book, Large Family Logistics.  It's fantastic!!  I'm not through reading it yet, but I've already picked up many helpful tid bits.  I can't wait to have more time so that I can implement more of her recommendations.  Time, yes, and where might I ask will I find more time?  Maybe when the house is done, after Christmas, before school starts again.  Anyway, reading the book has helped ease my mind during those times when I start stressing about everything that I need to do, would like to do, etc.  It can be done, there is a way.  Press on!


When Tom's good friend Lyle came to visit awhile back (I can't remember when that was either, but I remember I did blog about it) he introduced us to a singer named Jamie Soles.  About a month ago I bought his album Good Advice off of iTunes. 

We love it!!!  He takes the Bible and sings about it.  Not only does he sing about this good 'ol Bible history, he then, in the song, makes it applicable to us the listener.  Who woulda thunk you could sing a song about the grumbling Israelites wandering in the desert (a song called Marah) or the Patriarchs of the Bible?   The tunes are catchy, the words are clever, and the message is terrific!


Ben likes to sing heavy metal style (he's never heard it, we don't play it, sing it, etc. somehow it's just innate).  Here's one of his most recent songs (so, hear this as a three-year-old yelling at the top of his lungs):


GOOD...I mean, good stuff.


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

The house is decorated for Christmas.

We're gearing up to start baking Christmas cookies.

Two years ago today we got the worst news of our lives, our unborn baby would never come home with us.  Hard to imagine that it's already been two years.  Hard to imagine that it's only been two years...  Thankfully God filled the day with sweet time with good friends.

Tom went hunting for two weekends in a row and didn't even spot an elk - we're so bummed.  Maybe we'll buy half a cow.  That would good.  I just want a freezer full of good meat so I don't have to shop meat sales at the grocery stores.

Well, that's all I have for now.  All that I can remember at least :).

Friday, December 9, 2011

Jonathan - 8 Months

Yes, it's that time again.  Our little (emphasis on little) guy is now 8 months old.  He's not really doing anything new this month.  He still has not put on much weight and is finicky about food - he's taking after Sammy as a baby.  My hope is that Jon, like Sammy, will turn into a regular eating machine once we're past whatever phase he, Jon, like Sammy, is going through.  Until then, I continue to try to get as much food down him as he will let me and be thankful that he still is growing.

He continues to be a super sweet baby.  Loves to be held close (he holds real still when snuggling cheek-to-cheek), entertained by three very willing children, and give everybody big toothless smiles.