Monday, September 28, 2009


well, it was a party worthy of the BIG occasion. can't wait for next year!

this is ani's DELIGHTED response to everyone singing "happy birthday."
the girl LOVES a good song.

wasn't totally sure what do do with the cake, but she caught on...

zoe KNOWS what to do with cake!

more, please?

on the move.


it was SO great to watch them play together - what a gift!

happy birthday sweet ani! and thanks to everyone who celebrated with us - those who were at our house and those who wish they could be...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


here is a "short" list of all the things i love about ani...

1. her "alto" voice. she has had a deep voice since her first cries in the hospital. this adorable trait also translates to her laughter - LOVE IT.

2. she curls her toes under just like her daddy! this can make it difficult to put shoes on her feet, but still, delightful!

3. when she is concentrating she sticks her tongue out - like her mommy.

4. she gets really excited when we go to get her up from a nap - particularly to see cliff - who she always looks for and waves "hello."

5. ani's favorite books are "mr. brown can moo!" and "the very busy spider" - both are filled with animal sounds and other onomatopoetic words. she clicks her tongue every time we get to the hand knocking on the door.

6. she dances to whatever music we have playing, but her favorite is Pablo Casals' recording of Bach's cello suites.

7. whenever she enters a room that has a picture of will in, she never fails to point "da-da" out.

8. she has discovered "social" laughter. when will and i laugh at one another, ani joins in. the best part is, it is not her "real" laugh, but a manufactured fake laugh. TOO FUNNY.

9. she LOVES to see other children. she usually sees them coming before i do and begins to bounce with excitement.

10. because of the bird mobile that hangs above her bed, she refers to everything that is hanging from the ceiling as "bir(d)" - ceiling fan, chandelier, posters in restaurants. only once has she actually pointed out a real bird.

she is growing (now 18 lb, 12 oz and 29+ inches tall), and learning and getting stronger every day. i am thrilled to spend each day with her and be a witness to her life. thank you God for anabelle faber!!!

ps - the party is this saturday, so we'll post more birthday related photos then. these were taken by our friend whitney and were just TOO cute not to share!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


well, today the girl is 8 months old. STATS for the record: she is 8 inches longer than when she was born and 8 pounds heavier. her first tooth (bottom rt)has broken through and i think the next one is on the way. having mastered sitting up, she can now launch herself from your lap (if you aren't paying attention), army crawl across the floor, and is an accomplished eater of "solid" foods. just no bananas, please!
i have been watching her development and marveling. here's what i have learned in this season of extreme growth: there is GOOD reason the Lord describes our regeneration as the "new birth," or why Paul and Peter refer to young believers as infants. right now Ani's desire, her want to, her appetite for the "new" is voracious. but it consistently outreaches her ability, her will do, her answers for the "new." i have sat there as a believer: in the place of "the willing is present, but the doing of the good is not." (romans7:18) oh, but wait for tomorrow. i do not know what day Ani will crawl, or walk!!! but i do know if she persists she is one day closer to learning what she desires to know. this is the "law of development." unhindered and healthy - growth is inevitable.

"let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us and let us run with endurance the race set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and now is seated at the right hand of God. for consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." heb 12:1-3

in other news: our niece emma joy is 7 years old!!! we were so grateful to get to celebrate with her in a special way this year. as she is now a "reader" and a big fan of the "american girl" books, jen and kolby decided to surprise her with a doll of her own. "delight" does not begin to describe her response. she thought her sisters and mom had traveled to TX for an impromptu girls weekend to celebrate mother's day. as we headed out from mimi and papa's house her biggest wish was for some lemon drops and (fingers crossed) a chocolate milkshake. but as we drove up to THE store she said, "why does that sign say American Girl?" (i told you she was a reader). mania ensued as her mama explained the REAL plan for the day. here are some pics of that special weekend...

joy overflowing.

(and chocolate milkshakes too!!!)

yes, it was a happy mother's day...

Friday, March 27, 2009

six months and sitting up!

today is ani's six month doctor appt - lots of shots!!! :(
her actual half birthday was last saturday (her aunt lezlie's birthday). she is becoming MUCH more mobile and is delighted by every new noise, sight, and even taste. i think she is beginning to get the hang of solid foods - applesauce being the favorite. our favorite new development is her laugh - it is a great spontaneous giggle (a little horse sounding) that thrills us to no end. we are trying to capture this on video and if/when we succeed it will appear on this blog. here are some of her best pics this past month...

"i'll do it myself!"

"what happened?"

"i'm warning you - get back mom!"

"look what i can do!!!"

"this is my first bath in the tub - don't you wish you had a cool duck like me?"

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

a lot.

ani is growing and changing so quickly - i don't feel like we have adequately documented in this blog. so here's my best attempt at catching you up on the last quarter of her life (she's 4 months now, so you do the math!)


the biggest hit this Christmas was her new mobile.
hours of entertainment.

with aunt keelie - pretty great.

ani with uncle pete
i like how tiny she looks here

ani's first Christmas book from Mimi
(not actually, now that i think about it - she gave us Santa Mouse before Ani was even on the faber radar!)

poppy and his newest girl

watching President Obama's inauguration

yep, she can wink atcha' - pretty talented.

our "official" family pic

"unofficial" family pic

in other faber-redfearn news... ed and lori are official. their wedding was a beautiful day. we know the best is yet to come.

new sister!!!

newlywedded bliss