Thursday, May 27, 2010

Today

Today was the last day of school for Luke and Cora. Today was Luke's last day of kindergarten. (sniff, sniff) Today was the day he read his book report, complete with props, to his class. His teacher said he did a great job. Today Luke and Carleigh went swimming with friends while Cora and I caught a nap. Today was Carleigh's last day to ride the bus home from second grade. Today was the last day, until the fall comes around starting a new school year, that Cora will run to the door to greet her big sister as she gets off the bus. Today Cora did the cutest little dance when the kids' praise music came on during devotional time. Today I bought parking chips for Texas Children's Hospital to give to people who need them. Today I delivered stamps to the sweet lady on our Emma's Hugs board who writes thank you cards to all of our wonderful donors. Today I got to talk to a friend I haven't heard from in a while and another friend who is struggling with grief too. Today I missed Emma more. Today we negotiated again on the house purchase. Today I bought Carleigh two new pair of sandals and both pair were too small. She is growing too fast. Today Luke asked if the next house we moved into could have a pool. Today I wished the one we are looking at does, but it doesn't. Today it was 93 degrees and HOT! Today I prayed for patience, and when my eldest spewed ugliness from her mouth, I didn't smack her in said mouth. Today I saw my prayer answered. Today I am thankful for the small things...wine, soup, mini pizzas, a new shirt. Today I only paid $2.33 a gallon for gas. Today Cora hit Carleigh in the head with a shoe. Today Cora learned what no meant. Today, Cora continued to hit even after learning what no means. (sigh) Today I day dreamed about our vacation. I am looking so forward to seeing our friends and vegging out. Today I also thought about how much fun it will be to teach the kids how to water ski this summer. Today Luke shared his journal entries with me, and I suggested we continue to write in our journals this summer. I think that will be fun. Today is coming to a close. I'm looking forward to sleeping tonight and wonder what tomorrow holds.



Monday, May 24, 2010

Cora

Cora is doing the cutest things lately. She does the coolest twirl, then she'll usually walk backwards, which looks a whole lot like the moonwalk. She is talking and using more signs...so sweet. She says eat, milk, mommy, daddy, bubba, shoes, hi, bye-bye, uh-oh, no, Baleigh (aka Carleigh), Grammy, Neena, banana, and probably something else I can't remember. She is running around the house, loves to sit and climb on the little table and chairs in the play room, cooks in the play kitchen, builds on the workbench, talks on her phone, and loves to play outside. Cora loves babies. She looks at herself in the mirror, points, smiles and says, "baby." Cora is a dancin' fool! I have to get her dancing on video...hilarious! She likes to play the piano and the guitar. I hope she develops those talents! She is a true girl when it comes to getting dressed, including completing her ensemble with the perfect pair of shoes. Cora is absolutely delighted when Carleigh gets off the bus every day. She runs to the front door, calling for Carleigh and squeals with excitement as soon as she sees her. It is the sweetest thing. She is adorable. Tonight we went to our friend's house and at the spur of the moment, we decided to let her "swim." I'm not sure she was very fond of it at first, but she seemed to enjoy it after a while. She is in her "birthday suit" since I didn't have a bathing suit in the diaper bag. What was I thinking?




Luke was having a good time surfing on the pool floats too!




**Update**

Thank you for praying for Madi (I misspelled it, Maddie.) Her prayer was answered, and she went to meet her Maker Saturday afternoon around 2. I know she is happy and healed now, but for her family and friends left behind, I'm sure it is bittersweet. Please say a prayer for them.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Mega Fine Man!

Twenty-three years ago I started dating the most wonderful, mega fine guy in the world! I was totally enthralled with this guy. In those days, mega fine was how we described things...you know, the 80s! Who knew 23 years later, I would be married to the man of my dreams, literally, have four children with him, and be celebrating his birthday all these years later!?! I don't feel like I should be out of high school, but the sad reality is, I am. All grown up with responsibility and stuff. UGH! Oh well, I am sharing this life with the best man I know. I am so blessed! Kelvin is such an honorable man! He is so gracious. He has taught me how to be generous. I love his passion for life and his spontaneity. I love sitting on the back porch talking with him or driving around the bay enjoying the water. He's dapper in a tux and just as hot in shorts and a t-shirt. He's kind and sensitive, but strong and firm too. Kelvin is sharper than a tack and wise beyond his years. I am so proud to be his wife. He always knows what to say and uses the best words to describe how he feels about me or anything else. I wish I were so eloquent. I wish I knew the right way to say, "Happy Birthday" to my mega fine man!




Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Please pray for Maddie

I haven't ever met Maddie, but a sweet friend of mine called the other day and asked me to pray for her, so I have. I have prayed that God would heal her according to His will. That is the part I don't really like to say, because His will and my will don't always equal the same thing. Maddie is 12 years old, and her body is fighting the bone marrow transplant she had several years ago. She is also not producing the correct amounts of cardon dioxide. I don't understand why. I don't understand why Maddie or Emma or Celia or Christian or Jacob or the 4 month old baby in Houston who was sleeping in her crib and was hit by a car that slammed into the house, killing her or any child for that matter. But I will never understand any of the madness here on Earth. I just have to trust in the One who does understand it all. Sometimes that takes all of the energy I have in a day. My sweet friend texted me just minutes ago and said Maddie was asking people to pray that God calls her to Heaven soon. How can you say no to a request like that from a precious child who has suffered physically most of her young life? Of course, I will pray for God's will. He might have a surprise healing here on Earth for Maddie. Wouldn't that be fantastic for her and her parents, brother and family and friends? It's wonderful to think of Heaven and how glorious it will be, but it sure is hard to think of this side of Heaven without your child, and it's harder still to actually live through each day without your child. I will pray. Will you please join me?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Holy Moly!

I can't believe it's almost been a whole week since we've posted something! I've thought about things to post, but time has slipped away, and I haven't made it to the computer. So, how are ya? We're okay. Trying to catch my breath...things are wrapping up with the school year, the kids are excited about summer, I'm starting to have anxiety attacks that they only have two weeks left, we're getting ramped up for our vacation, we've signed a contract on a house, put our house on the market last night, went to Luke's kindergarten graduation, got through Mother's Day, Kelvin finished his spring semester of school, Cora learned how to twirl around and do the moon walk, Luke continues to figure out all kinds of math by himself, Carleigh is an ace at reading, Emma is surely running and leaping through fields of flowers, and that's about it.


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Are you anxious about summer too, or is it just me. It seems like our big kids are at each other's throats in a matter of a few minutes when they are together. I can't imagine what's it will be like this summer. Today a friend and her three year old took Luke to lunch. He was telling her that Carleigh doesn't like him, she won't let him play with her, and he can't go in her room. That breaks my heart. I really do think he loves her more than she loves him. I guess it's the whole younger sibling thing. I wish my fantasies of children who love each other and get along like champs would come true. I know families whose children are like that, why can't mine be like that too? I need some creative ideas to keep them occupied and in agreement.


What's that you say? I just sprung the whole house sale and possible moving thing on you? Join the club. It was pretty fast for us too. I hope it all works out. The new place has a little more space for our crew, and a monstrous backyard. If you think about it, say a prayer for God to work in this whole thing. We certainly wouldn't want to make any decisions that don't align with His will. Not a good choice. Email if you're interested or know someone who might be interested in the house. We'll hook you up!


A couple of other things we would appreciate your prayers about...Maddie, a twelve year old little girl whose body has been rejecting her bone marrow transplant for Leukemia for four years now is also having a hard time producing enough carbon dioxide, if I'm understanding correctly. Also, Maddie's dad has active MS, and her high school-aged brother has Crohn's disease. I don't understand why things happen the way they do, more on that in a later post I'm still working on. But please pray for this family. Also pray for our friend, Bruce. He is going through chemo and radiation now for his brain tumor. They removed about 95%, but the other portion was not operable. He is struggling to remember things, and will face therapy to relearn some things. Hard times for him and his wife, Debbie, no doubt. Thanks for the prayers.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Emma

Emma

Such a beautiful name. Beautifully written and spoken. Terribly loved and missed.

Click on her name above to see her name written in the sand on a gorgeous beach in Australia.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Best


I have the BEST husband in the whole. wide. world. Hands off ladies, he's all mine! Some friends took the kids overnight and we had the house to ourselves. Hee, Hee! He drew me a bath, serenaded me, and rubbed my feet. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

The other night we went to dinner, which was YUM-O, and the Norah Jones concert with some friends of ours. What a treat! It was wonderful, just too short. She is so darn cute, and sista can sing a little too! I'm still trying to decide if I like her new record, as she called it. Every time I hear "record" I think of my BeeGees record player I had when I was a child. I wore that thing out.
Man, I wish I had that much hair!


We have a couples baby shower today. There are babies being born or on the way soon all around me. So sweet. "Babies are God's way of saying the world should go on." -- Luciana Bozan

I agree, Luciana. I love the birth part of life. I'm just not very fond of the death part. I guess when it's my turn I'll like it a little more. Being the one left behind is hard though.

And the world just keeps spinning...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wordles Wednesday, kinda

Some of my favs...






It's been a little busy (and I've been a little brain dead) around these parts lately. I'll try to sit down and post something soon...very soon.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sweet Memories

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I believe this picture was taken on vacation in Breckenridge, Colorado the summer of 2007. We had such a good time with Kelvin's parents, both of them, and our niece and nephew, Priscilla and Andrew. This is Priscilla and Emma. I sure do like seeing pictures of Emma smiling. I sure do miss that sweet smile.
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