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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Lovin the weekend!

We've had a great weekend so far. Last weekend we weren't able to celebrate Valentine's day, so last night some friends kept the kids for a while, and Kelvin and I went to dinner at one of our very favorite restaurants. We haven't been there in years, so it was a nice treat. I forgot how wonderful it is. It was soooo yummy! I even splurged and had dessert...all chocolate! Every bite was delicious. I almost picked up the plate and licked it! After dinner we decided to skip the movie, and went to view the Body Works exhibit instead. Fascinating! It's amazing how many tiny bones and muscles, tendons and nerves comprise the human body. Makes you not want to smoke too. There were lungs of a non-smoker and those of a smoker, and boy was it gross. Crazy thing is, the lungs of the coal miner were just as bad as the smoker! There were also healthy brains and stroke brains for viewing. It's just the most amazing thing! God is so smart! Guess that's why He's God, and I'm not! Anyway, we had a fantastic evening. This morning one of my good friends came over for breakfast. Kelvin made some crazy good omelets...good food, good friends, good conversation! What more could you ask for on a Saturday morning? Tomorrow we're looking forward to a sailing trip. There is a charitable organization that takes families out sailing who have a child with special needs. We're really looking forward to it. I love the water and have really been missing our beach house lately, so it will be nice to get out on it! Some of our special friends are going with us too. I'll be sure to post pictures tomorrow of the excursion!

Isn't this what a Saturday is all about?!

Tell me these baby Cora gifts are not just most adorable things you've ever seen! I still can't believe we're having another just six more weeks!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Baby Prep Boot Camp

Emma is so sweet. She decided to stay up all night with the exception of a little cat napping, just to remind me of what it feels like to run on fumes the following day! What a doll (she really is precious!) She cried and fussed, and I didn't know what to do for her. This morning as I fed her, I yearned to hear her talk. I wish I knew what was going through her little head. Her OT and I were just saying the other day we think she has the same little gruffy voice as her big brother! She was such a pistol. I remember when she would stand at the foot of the stairs behind the baby gate and holler for her big brother and sister. I remember when we went to the beach and had to constantly dig sand out of her mouth. She would just laugh. I remember when my biggest complaint of the day was having to dig her out of the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen and when she would climb in the rocking chair and stand in it backward. I remember when she loved nothing more than being in the big middle of all the activity her sister and brother were creating. I think she still likes to hear their activity. How I wish things were different for her and her siblings. I know Carleigh wishes Emma could play with her, and Luke doesn't understand why she can't do certain things an almost 3 year old should. They are so sweet to her though. I couldn't ask for a more precious family.

Nothing like sand and watermelon! Emma loved playing with her Great-Grandma I like to play too!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hold me

Emma has liked nothing more the past couple of days than to be held. She doesn't want us to put her down, and she hasn't been very fond at all of her own bed. So, we hold her, and she sleeps with us so we can all get some much needed rest. I hope my midwife is right about the fourth child raising itself. Cora will do very well for herself if she will just sleep in her little bed most of the time. ;) I'm sure we'll figure it all out, and all you sweet friends and family out there will lend some holding arms in time of need. God will provide exactly what we need...He always does. I think I'm kind of like Emma lately too. I would like nothing more than for God to hold me in His arms all day long. I know He wants me to lay my burdens at His feet and take His yoke upon me. So, I think I will try to do a better job of doing just that...

I wanna sit at Your feet, drink from the cup in Your hand,
Lay back against You and breath, feel Your heartbeat,
This love is so deep, it's more than I can stand,
I melt in Your peace, it's overwhelming

Happy Birthday 79th birthday to my sweet Grandmama!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

PJs and pancakes

Today has been great! The weather has been rainy and kind of dreary...perfect for hanging out around the house in your pjs. So, that's exactly what we did! LOVE IT! I made the fam heart-shaped pancakes for Valentine's Day and after breakfast gave the kids some Valentine treats. I'm not sure Luke thought coloring books, markers and stickers were such a great treat, but Carleigh was excited! They sure did have fun coloring while we all stayed inside today though. Carleigh made us some really sweet cards. She is such a good big sister. Tonight she laid on the couch with a fussy little sister, and tried to comfort Em while I ate dinner. Kelvin is a little incapacitated today, so I appreciated her help.

A couple of random thoughts...
if any of you struggle with diabetes and limit your sugar and carb intake, I would love to hear some of your favorite recipes, especially for breakfast. I am trying to be very diligent about following the midwife's suggestion until I have my second three hour glucose test, and steer clear of the carbs and sugar. The last thing I need is for me to be sick or have a sick baby. I think our hands are pretty full now. I don't think I'll do anything to add to the madness! ;)

Next random thought...
we are trying to sell our Toyota Prius if anyone is interested. It's a great car. I wish we could keep it, but it will only fit 3 car seats in the back, and we'll need 4 in just a matter of weeks. Unfortunately, it's not very feasible for us to have three cars. So, shoot me an email if you would like some information or know anyone who might.

Also, I have posted another update about the benefit for Emma...Emma's Bayou Bash. Click here to go to the post. It's such a blessing to see how many people are volunteering their time to make this event a success.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Always thinking

The other day while on our way home from preschool, my little thinker boy asked me a few questions. He wanted to know if he is always growing. I said he was growing every day into a big boy. He then asked if babies grow fast. I said that yes indeed, babies grow very quickly. He wanted to know if he grew fast as a baby. I said oh yes, very fast indeed...too fast! He then wanted to know why Emma wasn't growing into a big girl. I should have seen it coming, but I didn't. All I could say was that sometimes people's bodies don't grow the way they are supposed to. He was fine with that.

This morning he told me that if he ever sees the "wishing star" he will wish for one of his toys to come alive. He said he would choose Buzz Lightyear, so he could be his brother. That way he would always have someone to play with. I reminded him that he has lots of friends. He said it wasn't the same, they aren't here all the time! He said, "I really want a brother." Wish I could help ya, buddy, but it's not looking good. There's a girl in this belly of mine. I bet she'll be more than willing to play ball and other boy stuff with you, though.

I know I said I would post some pictures of Carleigh singing, but I haven't found the energy or the cord to my camera, so hopefully in the next day or two you'll see some pics of my little singing sweetie.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Voice of an angel

Carleigh's class sang at the PTO meeting last night. They were so cute! I wish I could capture that sweet little voice forever. She's getting so big so fast. She wants to get her haircut shorter and get bangs! We have an appointment next week. I hope I don't cry. It doesn't take much know, the whole hormonal pregnant thing. Pictures to come later today...

Monday, February 9, 2009

Not Me! Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

As for me...
Is it still Monday? I don't totally feel like this has been the longest day of my life, yet know I didn't get much of anything done. All of my days are most productive, so why would this one be any different?

You didn't see me in the store the other day buying XL maternity shirts just so they would be long enough to cover my ever-expanding belly! Nope, that wouldn't describe my long and lean physique right now.

When I took pizza and cookies to my son's preschool to celebrate his birthday last week, his teacher didn't tell me the funniest thing...

The teacher was reviewing their Bible story about Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors...

Teacher: boys and girls, did Joseph's brothers love him? Luke, what do you think?

Luke: they did before he got the coat!

At which point the teacher told me she had to laugh almost hysterically!

My oldest daughter did not wear a strappy sundress to church yesterday. It's February, for crying out loud! What mother would let her daughter do that? I don't care if it was 75 degrees out!

When she didn't get to stay and play at a birthday party the other day, my oldest daughter left very graciously and didn't whine or cry or complain. When we got home, she did not go to her favorite new fort her awesome daddy built and write a note to God telling him how unfair it was that her mommy made her leave the party so soon without giving her time to play. Her daddy did not look out the window to see her reading her note out loud to whomever may be listening! That wouldn't happen around our house.

When trying to take a nap today, I didn't have so many distractions that I couldn't sleep. My son did not continually wake me up asking if he could have a snack, and the phone did not ring off the hook, and I didn't have to take care of wacked out business that should have been taken care of by people who should have been doing their job. My youngest daughter didn't wake up 3 minutes after I finally laid down for the second time.

So, how about you? Won't you join the fun and tell us what you "didn't do" this week? At least leave a comment, even if you don't have a blog. Be sure to sign your name so we'll know who to thank for the smile. Have a great day!

Friday, February 6, 2009

How can it be?

How can it be that my little man cub is turning 5 tomorrow? That is impossible. He was just 2 the other day. He is a constant source of laughter for us now and such a ray of sunshine. It is so sweet how he loves on his sisters. He has vocalized more than once lately that there are just not enough boys in our family though. ;) I guess I will just have to get used to the fact that time does not stand still for anyone. He is already looking forward to kindergarten next year, something that I could stand to put off for just a little longer. In the meantime I will try to savor each day and not get so frustrated with the small stuff...easier said than done sometimes. Here are some pictures to remember days gone by way too fast!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Have you read the benefit updates?

Just wondering if you have read the benefit updates lately. Click here to take you there now. A lot of exciting stuff is in the works! You can always click on the link with Emma's picture on it in the sidebar on the right of the blog too.

So, how was your weekend? Emma had a pretty good one. I think her new meds are starting to do some good. Our sweet friend who kept the kiddos Saturday even got some smiles out of her. Those little smiles are few and far between and such a huge blessing when we get them.

We had a good time in church Sunday morning. It's always good to be amongst our church family. We sang the old hymn, "There is a Name I Love to Hear"...

There is a name I love to hear, I love to sing its worth,
It sounds like music in mine ear,
The sweetest sound on earth

Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Because He first loved me.

The tears flowed when we started singing that song. I guess I just realized that I really do love Jesus. Even though there are times I am so hurt and don't understand why our baby is suffering, and I'm angry that she isn't able to do even what she used to, not to mention what she should be doing, I love Him. He is the One carrying me. How would I walk this painful path without this knowledge? He understands my pain. He suffered so deeply for me. He provided the gift of salvation and eternity with Him, and loves me so much He would have done it all just for me. He's done it for us all. He wants us to accept His gift. Do you know Him? Is He carrying you? Oh, how I love Jesus, because He first loved me.
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