Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sick Week

And, so we have had a week of sickness.  Lots of little warm bodies, and my big body, too!  I haven't had a fever since childhood, and, wow, that wasn't fun!  But, we made it!  My big boys are great helpers, and, thankfully, no more than three were sick at one time.  Sweet sick littles...

Lije and I share a love for the San Antonio Spurs!  So, while he wasn't feeling great, we watched game 5, when the Spurs win the championship, over and over!  It was great!  Thank you, Jesus, for a super fun series.  I was so distraught last year when San Antonio lost to the Heat.  It was so wonderful to watch them win this year!

Another sick sweetheart...

We had to make a trip to see the Doctor!  Yikes!

I decided that before my children get sick again I am going to find a printable temperature record sheet and medicine record sheet.  Keeping up with everyone's temperature and when they had meds last gets a bit confusing when so many are sick at once!!

When a family the size of ours comes down with a virus, we pretty much close down shop for a week or so.  We hunker down and just focus on making sure everyone is comfortable and gets well as quickly as possible.  It's hard seeing my little guys and girl feeling badly, but I do love slowing down, letting those go a little, and just loving on my babies.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Jack's Two Year Follow Up

Two years ago our lives changed suddenly and unexpectedly one day.  Our little Jack Jack had four seizures in one day.  He was just about to turn one and had just begun walking.

So, that crazy day happened followed by neurology appointments, an EEG, an MRI, and a perscription to an anti-seizure medication.  They told us that he would have to take the medicine for at least two years before they would even consider taking him off ~ and this only if he had no more seizures.  When your little guy has just turned one year old, praying and waiting until he is three years old sounds like forever!!  But, ya'll, he just turned three, and since that crazy day in March of 2010, he has not one seizure!!!  Thank You, Jesus!!!  We made it.

Walking into the two year follow up appointment and EEG at the Neurologist's office....

Waiting and playing... (This wall is AWESOME!! It kept him busy for a long time! Note the post EEG hair!)

We received the best news possible ~ we can begin the slow wean off his medicine!  Here he is with a celebratory milkshake!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Attempting a Comeback!

I miss this place.  I miss keeping track of the moments, the memories before I forget them.  So, I'm going to make a strong effort to return to this place, sitting, relaxing, and letting my mind free itself of all the wonderful daily happenings.  It helps me appreciate the little things when I think through them and write them out.  It does my heart good.  I need it.  So, here I am.

I feel like I haven't written in ages.  I feel like the me who used to write here is long gone.  So much has changed since I began this blog nearly 8 years ago!  I had only two children back then, and now I have seven!  Our life is different.  Our house has been renovated twice.  Our kids have grown up right before our eyes.  Life has certainly not been standing still.  I have so much backing up to do ~  so many memories that I have missed, that I need to back up and cover before I print last year's blog book.  But, that will take time, and slowly I will attempt to cover those and date them as close as possible and fit them in the slots that they belong.  But, for today I'm content to just be sitting here actually typing something! :-)

Saturday, May 03, 2014

More of the everyday beautiful...

These sweet buddies warm my heart!  

This picture of em looks just like pics of me from the back when I was her age!  Same hair, but when she turns around and stares up at me with those big brown eyes, I realize that she really looks more like her Daddy than me!

She makes me so happy!

Cuddle bugs!

Big brothers are the best!

How many times can one little girl watch Barney "Kissimus" (Christmas)?

Oh. My. Heart. LOVE.

Just one of those everyday moments...

I bought Odie the day Zeke was born.  We were walking around the mall hoping to get labor going... I spotted him and fell in love!  I think Zekey like him, too!

Em sits next to Zeke in the van, and she likes to hold his hand while we drive around town.  So sweet!  She is a little mama!!

I make it my challenge each day to slow down, deep breathe, and live the moments!  And, oh, is it hard to with sooooo much going on around me!!!  But, there is beauty in the everyday that I do not want to miss!!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Welcome to Our World, Little Zeke Man!

Ezekiel Elliot 
December 15, 2013 at 5:34
7 pounds, 8 ounces and 19 inches

Monday, November 25, 2013

My Ezekiel Boy...

Baby Zeke, you came like a little whisper when I least expected you.  My pregnancy with you has been such a busy time for our family with so many changes occuring.  And, now here we are at the end.  You are getting so big, moving so, so much.  You fill my belly, and you fill my heart.  That God would choose to give you to us!  We are overwhelmed at the thought!  He is the Giver of all good gifts, and we cannot wait to meet you.  Every night when I go to sleep before I roll over on my side, I lie on my back for just a moment.  I place my hands on my belly, feel you move, and pray for you and for me and for us.  I love you, my little one.  I cannot wait to meet you.  I mean really who wouldn't be excited about meeting this little one....

I've had a lot of sonograms, and I have never ever seen one of my babies smile in utero before!  Are you a happy little guy?  I am assuming yes, but I can't wait to meet you and find out for myself!  

I am beginning to feel signs that the time for your arrival is nearing.  I love this.  I have loved carrying you, feeling you, holding my belly, rubbing you through my skin, dreaming about you.  My newest love, the doctor says whenever you are ready, he will not stop you from coming.  Godspeed and know that you are sooooo loved.  We cannot wait to pour our love all over your sweet little self.  

Thanking my sweet God for you,

Your mommy :-)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Daily...

These are random pictures from our busy fall...  I was very pregnant and very busy, thus the blog was not kept up with.  Now I am attempting to quickly post pictures and make up for lost time...

My little professor...

These two make my day, every single day!

I looked at the swingset one day and saw this sight ~ all my boys playing.  I can't help wondering how much longer I will see this.  How much longer before they will be too old to play like this.  We are getting close.  Imaginative play is taking a backseat these days to sports.  But, every so often they still cut loose and just play like kids again, and this was one of those days!

Love her!

For Halloween James wanted to be his Daddy...

She is getting so pretty...

He can destroy a room in less than five seconds. Amazing.

My little reader...

My gratitude journal!  I hit 1000 recently!

The pond covered in leaves.

Holding hands...

Sunday afternoon naps and football...

Pop loves her...

Hot chocolate on a cold morning...

They find some strange places to do their morning "alone" work...

Growing up!

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Hi! I live in a sweet country home overflowing with love, laughter, and little ones. I have been blessed to journey these days beside a man that I love, respect, and admire. He is my soul-mate and best friend. Together we are seeking to raise our seven children to be lovers of God, to be wise and discerning, and to be all that our sweet God created them to be. I am in the goldfish and cheerio stage of life, but I am keenly aware that these days are slipping right through my hands. This blog is my attempt to keep our memories safe for years to come.


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