Daniel Josiah turns 3!!

On November 21st Daniel Josiah turned three years old. We celebrated as a family by going to Jeepers, an arcade/play place for kids.  Daniel Josiah likes it because he gets to ride the “motorcycles” and a little train that runs around the track.  On November 23rd we had a party for him with all of his little friends.  It was a PUMPKIN party (i know, i know, not the coolest, but next year when he really cares he can have a Spiderman party).  Let me tell you, Daniel Josiah has been talking about his “pawty” since Trinity celebrated her birthday in August. This was a much anticipated event.

Friday, before the party Daniel Josiah helped Mommy bake the cake and bake the pumpkin cookies that we would decorate.  While we were baking, I let Trinity have a scoop of the pumpkin we were using and Daniel Josiah exclaimed “Heeyyy! Tri – ty eat my punkin pawty!!”   Well, fortunately for the guests, and particularly for Daniel Josiah Trinity did NOT eat the entire party, but just a very small ingredient of a part of the party. Hence, we have pictures to share.

After each guest arrived, Daniel Josiah asked “More fwiends comin punkin party?” (as if the present ones weren’t good enough) Apparently,  the guests weren’t TOO offended at this greeting…

“Honey, I think you have enough candy on your cookie”, I said as Daniel Josiah enthusiastically delves into the first activity (decorating pumpkin cookies…a tradition my mother had started during fall times in my childhood years)

I busy myself with making sure that everything is going well,

and I turn my back for one minute and DJ has put TRIPLE

layers of candy on his cookie.  The other kids put a few

raisins and M&Ms on theirs.  All my efforts to keep DJ from

being a sugar addict, out the window…sigh… (fortunately he

forgot about the cookie and never really ate it)

Some of the neighborhood girls came to help with the

games, and the kids had fun going to the different “stations” to get treats. The great thing about when kids are just 3, they don’t QUITE get the presents thing, so instead of having people bring presents for DJ I had them bring small gifts for the shoeboxes we were going to fill for Samaritan’s Purse. I’m sure I will not be able to get away with this in years to come but I thought it was brilliant while I can.


All in all the party was super fun, and it was a joy to put on for my sweet little boy.


Trinity’s friend , Judah, is graciously pointing out that she is

having difficulty with the concept of SHARING at the

moment. Trinity doesn’t seem to care though…

Best Buddies














One of the greatest joys of being a mommy to two, is watching them interact and become friends. When Daniel Josiah was just a small baby, we started praying that he would be a good big brother to whatever siblings God would give him.  It is exciting to see this prayer being answered. When Daniel Josiah is not trying to “play wrestle” with Trinity, he is so sweet with her.  If she is crying, he promptly comes running to tell me (as if I didn’t hear her myself 🙂 and I send him on a mission to go get her toys.  He’s so good about recruiting his favorites-his blocks, spiderman, or his toy microphone- to pacify her.  Trinity lights up when Daniel Josiah plays with her and he has managed, (through many different dramatic reenactments) to get hearty giggles and peals of laughter from her.  But the relationship is reciprocal as well…  Sometimes, Trinity is given the mission to wake Daniel Josiah from his nap (which includes Mommy placing Trinity on top of him and then hiding to see what his reaction is).  As she bats at his face, he groggily exclaims “Tchreee!” (the name Trinity has too many syllables…he just sticks with the first and the last).  Then he enjoys cuddling with her as he emerges from his deep world of slumber.   Trinity is just as pleased with this role in his daily routine.  Oh, the sweetness of sibling relationships.  We’re praying that God would continue to grow this relationship into a deep and lifelong friendship-for God’s glory and for the furthering of His Kingdom through the covenant family.

fourteen hours and counting every minute


The plane ride to Japan was 14 hrs.  Believe me, we felt every minute.  Daniel Josiah did take a two hour nap, but for the other twelve hours of occupying a two year old AND a 5 month old, we tried every trick in the bag. Daniel Josiah tried a few tricks of his own….like practicing his wrestling moves on Trinity…. he’s toughening her up for the streets of Newark…. 

Snowboarding Adventures

He might be thirty, but he’s still pretty sweet on a snowboard. All 19 of us Iversons packed up and left at 4am one Monday morning to make a 4 hour trek to Nojiri Lake up in the mountains. We had two great days of hitting the slopes (for me, it literally was HITting the slopes as i struggled through my first time snowboarding).  Danny got to revisit an old passion, and teach his unbalanced wife, how to as well.  I am not in the above picturing as the bunny slopes and I were still duking it out (granted, Japanese bunny slopes are nothing like American ones, but still…)  Danny was so patient with me and stayed on the SAME slope for half the day, until he was graciously dismissed to join his brothers and sisters on the more advanced slopes. 

Cousin Time

One of Daniel Josiah’s highlights of our Japan trip was waking up each morning and getting to play with his cousin, Noa, whose house we stayed at (Sara-Beth and I got to re-experience college housemate days, except add spouse and children). Daniel Josiah’s favorite activities included stealing anything Noa found interesting, teaching Noa the word “No!” (always spoken with the exclamation point), and mooching off of Noa’s high chair plate.  Fortunately, Noa was “very shareful” as Aunt Sara-Beth always said, and she was a very good sport to Daniel Josiah’s high energy, forceful contact, and “i’m a two year old boy” kind of play.