Sonidos Serranos

Sonidos Serranos: Sounds of the Sierras...
Reflecting some of my family's interests: God's wonderful creation (especially mountains and hills!), music, and language...

Psalm 121:1-2 (NASB)

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

28 October 2011

Happy Birthday, Dearest!

Wishing the Happiest and Best Birthday Yet to my dearest friend, wonderful husband, and beloved daddy of my little people!

We do love you!

21 October 2011


Today as I write from the Canadian Rockies, I lift my eyes beyond these amazing mountains to the LORD, the One who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121)

Tonight marks six months since our dear Jona was escorted into the Presence of His Creator and Savior.

Earlier today, as DJM and I watched video clips of Jona, I wondered how much the Little Man might remember about what we suspect he might have seen that night six months ago...

Jona undoubtedly had a great impact even on his littlest cousin.

In late May, DJM tried to interact with Jona's portrait.

The tears fall... I long for Jona's impact to continue and have eternal fruit in my children's lives.

Please continue to pray especially for Jona's immediate family...

We miss him more than ever. We continue to sorrow yet not without hope. We have much to be thankful for...

01 October 2011

First Words!

On Sunday, September 11, our Little Man gave me a very special present – his very first word!

He and his sister were in their room. They were in rare form, amusing themselves. He was sitting up in the crib, and she was nearby playing and singing. I walked in on them, rather unexpectedly, and he startled – first in surprise and then in joy – and exclaimed: ¡Mamá! His immediate and obvious joy at his accomplishment seemed to prove his having used the term meaningfully, and he has since continued to say: ¡Mamá! in meaningful contexts.

Eleven days later, on September 22, he spoke the next most meaningful word!

We were at the airport, waiting for JM to arrive. When DJM first saw his Daddy, who had been gone for almost three weeks, he hesitated, studying him very seriously. Then he gave a little jump of joy. And then in response to my question: ¿Quién es? ¿Es Papá? He repeated: ¡Papá!

A few minutes later in the parking lot, we captured a similar moment on video:

Because DJM is growing up with two languages (as Elizabeth did), I frankly did not expect him to talk before his first birthday. Elizabeth attempted her first word/phrase la luz [/la lu/] almost one week after her first birthday. Because bilingual children tend to be later than their peers in their first attempts to speak, DJM’s earlier start probably means that we have another little talker in our lives!