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Nolan Is....

Well, amazing of course! :)

But what I really wanted to share is that he has been pulling up and standing without holding on to anything for a couple of seconds now. He gets this HUGE smile as if he is thinking "watch out momma, I'm gonna be walking soon". He is so proud of himself. So I truly believe this boy is determined enough that he will be walking before he's 9 months old. Oh My! LOL! After all, chasing the puppy, taking his sister's toys and playing with his brothers will be so much faster when he can walk there instead of crawl. I think I'd better lace my running shoes even tighter! LOL!
Watch out world, Nolan Elijah is on the move. :)

Ryan Turns 15....

So today is a monumental day in our house. Ryan is one year closer to driving. Oh my! LOL! In honor of his 15th I'm going to walk down memory lane just a bit.

Between Zachary and Ryan we had a miscarriage. When I finally did get pregnant with Ryan I had a whole host of problems. About the 4 month mark my Dr. decided we needed to begin seeing a specialist. So we did. Often. It was labeled a high risk pregnancy and we were "counseled" about the possible problems that awaited us and our "options". Thank God that Sean and I were on the same page and were not interested in any "options" besides giving birth to this baby God had given us. That's not to say we weren't fearful or concerned because that would be a lie. We were very worried, especially me. When he was born he was blue and didn't breathe for what seemed like forever. Sean held his breath until he finally heard his soft cry. And all those problems.....were nonexistent. Thank you Lord!

Dave and Karen....

SOME PEOPLE
Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same. Some people come into our lives and quickly go... They celebrate the true essence of who we are...and have faith in all that we may become. Some people awaken us to new and deeper realizations...for we gain insight from the passing whisper of their wisdom. Throughout our lives we are sent precious souls...meant to share our journey however brief or lasting their stay they remind us why we are here. To learn... to teach... to nurture... to love. Some people come into our lives to cast a steady light upon our path and guide our every step. Their shining belief in us helps us to believe in ourselves. Some people come into ourlives to teach us about love... The love that rests within ourselves. Let us reach out to others and feel the bliss of giving for love is far richer in action that it ever is in words. Some people come into our lives and they move our souls to sing and make our spiri…

The Great Exchange...

Alone time with God My weariness..........His strength My weakness..........His power My darkness...........His light My problems..........His solutions My burdens............His freedom My frustrations......His peace My turmoil..............His calm My hopes.................His promises My afflictions..........His balm My impossible........His possible!!

Sick Bay....

Our living room is taking on the unfortunate appearance of a sick bay. Runny, stuffy noses, high fevers, and crankiness. It all started with Ryan but life in a large family means everyone will probably each have their turn. Oooh, how fun. NOT! The good news is Ryan is on the upswing. Nolan's fever has broke and he is being a bit more active but last night Kyalynn was hit full force with it. Sean's such a great daddy. He slept on the (hard!) floor beside her most of the night because I was tending to Nolan. She wasn't singing at the top of her lungs this morning which definately means she isn't feeling well. :) Poor thing. She can't articulate what hurts, she just keeps saying boo-boo and pray. She is so sweet. She was sound asleep on couch with her hands clasped. It looked like she was deep in prayer. :) Nolan only wants mommy which is so cute except when it's constantly. :) He wants me to hold him nonstop and if I try to lay him down he instantly starts crying…

Rejoice With Us....

This precious little gem is FINALLY "officially" ours!!



We received word from the attorney on Friday that the judge has approved Nolan's finalization. Woo Hoo!! Thank you Lord!
Thank You! Everything in me says Thank You! Angels listen as I sing my thanks. I kneel in worship facing Your holy temple and say it again: Thank You! Thank you for Your love, thank You for your faithfulness; Most holy is Your Word. The moment I called out, You stepped in; You made my life large with strength. Psalm 138:1-3 (The Message)

Being Carried....

God pledges to carry our burdens ~ Psalms 55:22 Whatever God has brought you, He will carry it for you. It is not meant to crush you or carry you away. It is meant to test your trust in God to carry you. The Christian life is a life of being carried from beginning to end. We work, yet it is not we, but God who works within us. "Cast your burdens on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved." Psalm 55:22 King James Version
"Pile your troubles on God's shoulders - He'll carry your load. He'll help you out. He'll never let good people topple into ruin." Psalm 55:22 The Message (Taken from Pierced By the Word Devotional by John Piper)

Amazing Love...

There were a couple of days this week that were marked by excruciating angst. Let's just say, I have this one child that pushes ALL of my buttons. What I don't understand is, why? I'm a pleaser personality and so in my brain, I think, wouldn't you want to just do the right things? Why would you want to cause all this turmoil? But I do believe his brain is thinking....why not?! LOL! In the midst of all that I find it propelling me into the heart of God like nothing else could. He is my only strength. I am entirely too weak to do this in my own strength! As I am there, pounding on God's chest asking Him why He's given me this incredibly exhausting, big job of being a mommy to these children, He doesn't get angry with me. He doesn't push me away or yell. Instead, He looks deeply into my eyes, wraps His supporting, loving arms around me and just let's me get it all out. You see, my God is big enough to handle my anger, my questions, my fears. When I…

Artistic Flair....

My son Ryan, is our artistic one. He loves photography and worked and saved all summer to buy his own digital camera. He does have quite an eye for it and we definately see it as a gift from God. He hates being in pictures as he is much more comfortable behind the camera.
We are so blessed to have a wonderful friend and neighbor who adores Ryan as much as we do. Her daughter and Ryan are actually best friends. They are so much alike. LOL! Where she is an artist using watercolor, acrylics, or pencils to create, he creates with his camera. Both of these kids were invited to display and sell their art at our local library for the month of February! So today, they took Ryan along to pick out mattes, frames and all those various other necessary pieces needed to display his photos. He is very excited and hoping he can sell at least one print. This family is helping to open up the world of photography for him in ways we didn't even know existed. Isn't that just like God?! He always f…

Field Trip....

Life has been intense this week so I decided this morning we needed a field trip. I called my partner in crime (aka: my mom!) :) and coerced her into going along with me and the little ones. We took the kids to the State Museum. It was free and had just enough stuff to keep them interested but not enough to spend hours there. Actually, it was quite interesting and Connor could have been a tour guide. LOL! He knew the names of animals and what the indians were doing and even about the dinosaurs. Made this mommy proud!!
The woman at the information desk took to the kids right away and followed us back to the coat area. She asked where my beautiful children were from and said her daughter wants to adopt. Connor made quite an impression with her right away by telling her that if he saw any dinosaurs he was going to shoot them with his gun (which was a rolled up piece of paper!) She was so excited to show him the skull of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and watch his reaction. He didn't disappoint…

Somebody's Watching Me...

You know that feeling you get when someone is watching you? Well, I live with that feeling daily because somebody is watching me and following me....Gabriella! She follows me from room to room and cries if I don't wait for her. She asks me over and over again "what are you doing?" or "where are you going?" If I try to sneak into the bathroom and be as inconspicuous as possible by not turning on the light it won't be but 2 seconds before the pitter patter of little feet find me and turn on the light!!!! Alone time?! What a novel idea. LOL! Hmmm....someday but until then I'll try to enjoy that someone who is watching me......

7 Months...

It's so hard to believe Nolan Elijah is now 7 months!! He is such an absolute gem. He has the best personality....happy and content. The Lord knew how desperately I needed that, especially with all the other action the little's provide here on a daily basis. :) Let's see....Nolan is now officially crawling and has 2 bottom teeth. He loves to be in all the action of everything. If he's in the walker in the kitchen and the little's are in the living room he will push himself into the living room just to be with them. He loves to sit on my lap as I bathe the little's each night and help dry their hair with the towel. He happily chews on their stuffed animals as we do our nightly routine with them and loves it when they kiss him all up. Gabriella is a little mommy and helps put his diaper on, feeds him, and loves to talk and play with him. She has a baby doll that she carries (it's a girl) and she named her Nolan. To Kyalynn every baby she sees she calls Nolan…