Thursday, January 26, 2012

{just because}

I had to post these photos...

{just because he's so chill}

{just because he has the sweetest buns}

{just because he is simply irresistible}

{just because they're best buds already}

{just because they LOVE each other so much}


{just because they are so silly}

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

the nursery

I realized that I never posted any photos of Brooks' remodeled nursery! We've been lucky enough to have 3 boys so with the birth of each one, we've just changed the theme of their room and have been able to keep the paint color and crib bedding! Good thing because Mark and I can not stand painting and our PBK bedding cost a pretty penny! We've gotten good use out of it for sure! Here are some pics of the nursery, but of course I had to throw in a few snapshots of the cute boy who lives in this room!

Gotta love those big baby blues!

I found these tin letters at Hobby Lobby.

rockin' a hoodie

The letters look great above the crib and fill the space well. And even after 4 years I am still in LOVE with the striped quilt and bumper. I would still choose it today, it's just simple and classic with subtle colors.

The wall color is a slate grey and Mark put up the white bead board. Nolan had a sports theme. Heath's theme was transportation. And we have a vintage golf theme going for Brooks. I love the black metal golfer silhouette! Pretty cool.

hangin' out in his crib

A few golf items: photos, balls, and tees resting on the shelves. Then I made the 'B is for Brooks' print. It says the meaning of his name on the bottom: {residing near the stream}. I also incorporated a few things with the number 3 on them- the third boy! My parents bought each child a pair of little wooden shoes from Holland, Michigan. A little shout out to their Dad's Dutch roots and a little nostalgia for us Johnson kids since we all got wooden shoes with our names on them when we were little. Since my Dad grew up pretty close to Holland we got them there when we were born, even though we aren't Dutch.

There it is! Pretty sure this cute little guy likes it. He's still sleeping in the pack 'n play next to our bed, but since he's such a good sleeper, he just might graduate to the crib pretty soon!

We are SO thankful that he has been such an easy going, happy, content baby- eating and sleeping awesome! Praying it continues!

Monday, January 23, 2012


This boy LOVES himself some cereal!
He would eat it for every single meal of the day if I'd let him! He goes into the kitchen and points to the cereal cabinet at any given hour of the day! And since he can't say "cereal" yet, he makes a slurping noise when he wants it, like he's slurping the milk from the bowl.

Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms, and Captain Crunch with Crunch Berries are his favs! But really he'll eat any kind...except for Raisin Bran. He likes raisins alone, but I think it's the bran flakes that just aren't doin' it for him!

I just couldn't resist posting these pictures of him eating his cereal! He devours it. And asks for more and more and more! He is a master at the spoon and he even picks up the bowl and drinks all the milk. Every. last. drop!

And one more thing he loves...
I loved how he set up his mini Buzz' in this little window sill...I just had to snap a photo! We have a total of 9 Buzz Lightyears of many different varieties hanging out around the house! And Heath loves to play with them all together. They sit with him at dinner, watch t.v. shows with him, and are taken in the car with him for almost every trip.

Love this funny little guy!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Oma Bosch

December 17, 2011: "Early this morning, we said goodbye to my grandma, Ruth "Oma" Bosch. After 94 wonderful years, the Lord called her home...8 hours later God brought our new boy Brooks into this world. Funny how God works the midst of heartache and sadness he reminds us to celebrate the blessing of life! I can only pray that Brooks grows up to be as kind, gracious and loving as Oma was..." -Mark

Oma was the epitome of the following verses: Phillippians 4
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.

11 For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who give me strength.

20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

If only we could all daily live that way. That has become my prayer since Oma's passing. To be content, to listen more than speak, to not judge, and to have quiet, unwavering faith.

And on top of all of that, to be joyful and fun and loving and gentle. Oma taught me all of these things with her sweet life.

We will miss Oma on Sundays after church, at the annual Easter egg hunt, on Memorial Day at the cabin, when we dress up on Halloween, and when we sing carols on Christmas.

We will definitely miss her on all of those special occasions that we can't imagine having without her. But we will also miss her in the quiet moments of our day to day life.

When we come across a beautiful plate she gave us.
Or when a tuna sandwich reminds us of brunch in her den. Or when we put on a yellow shirt and think about how she loved that color.

But we rest in the knowledge that she is happy and healthy in heaven.

And that we will all be reunited with her there someday.

It is sad to think that our little Brooks will never get to meet his Oma Bosch.

But amazing to know that her spirit will live on in him.

Oma and I were connected from day one: we were both JOHNSON girls from birth. And now that bond has only been strengthened with the arrival of Brooks into our home on the day when she went home to her Heavenly Father.

I was so blessed to have been welcomed into this family that she created. And I will continually pray that Mark and I will carry on her love and light in our own family and relationships.

"Great is thy faithfulness, O God my father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou for ever will be
Great is thy faithfulness
Great is thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed thy hand hath provided
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me
Great is thy faithfulness"

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

1 month