Saturday, October 17, 2009

Girl's Weekend in Charlotte!

In September my sweet mother in law hosted a girl's weekend at her beautiful home in Charlotte. It was a blast!! I have the most amazing mother and sister in laws! We relaxed and ate at some great restaurants, went shopping, were treated to pedicures, enjoyed the hot tub and had great conversation and laughter. Jay was incredible and kept the kids all weekend and I felt like a queen sleeping in a king sized bed and having no responsibility for the first time in a long time :) It was a weekend to remember and I hope we can make this an annual event!
Megan sharing with her mom the extremely exciting news that we all had just found out- she is pregnant!!! We are thrilled for her and my boys and I are loving praying for baby Dillon :)
Relaxing in our massage chairs during our manicure! It was heavenly! We missed you this day, Lauren!
Megan, Cynthia, myself, Lauren and my beautiful mother in law, Debbie!
Cynthia loving a huge piece of Mom's famous ice cream cake that she was served! Don't worry, I definitely finished off several pieces this size and bigger... yum yum!
Enjoying a fun picnic on the lake! Mom made this picnic gourmet with pannini sandwiches :)

Hot tub time!!
One of our delicious meals!!
All the sister in laws after church

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Sneaky Boy

Lately we have been having trouble keeping Michael in his room in the mornings. He wakes up and comes into our room wanting to snuggle in bed with us. This is no problem at all, in fact we love it, as long as it after 7 or so :) Around 2 am the night before last he woke up and thinking it was later and insisted on wanting to be in bed with us. I really don't want to make that a habit so, with Jay, we worked to get him back to sleep in his bed. So this morning, I think he was a little hesitant to not come into our room too early due to the last night's events (much crying and some firm insisting that it was still the middle of the night and he needed to stay in his room). He snuck into our room, grabbed my purse off of the floor (where I never should have left it!) and brought it out into the hall. Around 9 (yes, we are a family that does love to sleep in from time to time!) Jay and I woke up thinking Michael was being too quiet. We went out into the hall and he had my lipstick all around his mouth and told us that he had eaten the rest of my red gum and it was so good (about 1/3 a pack of Big Red!) So anyways, we got a good laugh out of that and warned him he may have a tummy ache. Lesson learned not to leave anything on the floor that I don't want Michael exploring through! This is such a fun age. Something hilarious is said or done every day by this inquisitive 2 year old and his baby brother is right behind him wanting to be like big brother! So cute :) I am so in love with my 3 boys...

Monday, October 12, 2009

One Year Bible

Right now I am going through the one year Bible with The Message version. I love it because it allows the scripture to come alive in a different way. I love the way it is written. I also love to follow along with it with my NIV and NKJV Bibles. I think I may start putting a few verses from the day that speak to me up here on the Blog :) The Word is such a powerful tool God gives us for walking this life out here on earth. Any answer to any problem can be found right in His Word! It is just as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago. Amazing! Anyways, this is what really touched me today:

"Worship God in adoring embrace, celebrate in trembling awe, Kiss Messiah!"
-Psalm 2:10

I love how descriptive this is. We are to worship our God in adoring embrace (much like we love our husbands but MORE!) We are to celebrate Him in trembling awe. We are to offer up our praises like kisses to our Lord. I love it! Lord, help my worship to You be even more undignified than this!

And because it is hard for me to make a post without pictures, here are Michael and Joshua at the same age :) 16 months!
Our Joshua
Michael Caleb

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Michael's Miracle

The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We're all like sheep who've wandered off and gotten lost.
We've all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we've done wrong,
on him, on him.

Isaiah 53:2-6 The Message

In August, Michael was diagnosed by our pediatrician with a cholesteatoma. This is basically a growth in the middle ear that if not surgically removed will continue to grow and can cause a lot of problems including hearing loss. He had a CT scan done to determine how deep the growth went into his head and the Dr. was unable to determine if what he saw was additional growth or just fluid. We prayed and had many prayer warriors lifting our boy up to the One who truly heals! We were so blessed to have my sister, Sara, and my parents come for the week to support us. We were also humbled by the many people who prayed for Michael and came up to the hospital to pray for him there, sit with us during surgery and come by and visit afterwards. He went in for surgery September 16th. He did great and afterwards our doctor came out and was marveled at what he had seen. On Friday when Michael had the CT scan, the growth had been attached securely to his eardrum. When he went in to operate, the growth had completely detached itself and was just sitting there in his inner ear. All the doctor had to do was take it out instead of the "drilling" he had warned us he was probably going to have to do to get it all out. We asked him if he had ever seen that happen before and he said that no he had not seen it in his entire career! He also said he had no explanation. We know we do!! Our great God protected our precious boy and did a miracle. We feel strongly that God has amazing things planned for both of our boys. This is the second miraculous healing God has done in our Michael. When I was pregnant with him, a very irregular heartbeat was detected and after Jay laid his hands on my very pregnant belly and we asked God for His healing touch, the irregular heart beat went away completely! In fact, we went and saw a pediatric cardiologist who did an echo cardiogram on Michael's heart around 34 weeks and she said he had a "perfect heart!" So please join with us in praising God for being our healer. He is so good and so powerful and loves us so deeply. It is just amazing! Here are some pictures from surgery week :)
Aunt Sara came to visit us Sunday night after work and we had so much fun together before surgery! We took her to some of our favorite places like World's Fair Park and Market Square for lunch.
Fun with Michael in the fountains

The night before surgery we got us a HUGE pizza from Snappy Tomato! Yum Yum!
My beautiful family :)
On the way to the hospital. Michael did not let go of his new suitcase from Ama and Papa and his "Maisy goes to the Hospital" library book

With Mommy and Daddy waiting before surgery

Snuggling with his "Bear." I will always treasure these pictures with his bear. It is his favorite comfort item.

After taking his Versed (sedative) he was starting to get sleepy. This was about when Pastor Jaime came to pray for him and he kept saying "Amen, Amen" in agreement all throughout the prayer. It was hilarious and so cute to see him so loopy. Our dear friend Paul Eakle also came to pray for him during this time and got to see this very rare loopy side of Michael Caleb.
And he is out :)
Right after surgery. I will never forget how he looked when they wheeled him back to us. He was sitting up in the bed with his eyes half open so out of it. It broke my heart!! He slept for a while before waking up very upset to discover his IV ("Take it out!!" He screamed about his "special juice tube") and his "headband."

Sips of juice from Daddy

Jay was getting tired of all the pictures here I think :)

Our little family (My sweet Dad stayed home all day to take care of Joshua. He is such an awesome grandpa and got to really bond with our little guy.)
Asleep with the Popsicle in his hand :)
Sleeping on the pull out couch for parents after he had thrown up all over his bed. Poor guy had a lot of trouble holding food and drinks down. After some IV Zofran and a couple of hours, we were able to go home at 10:00 PM.
Papa and his boys :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A break from blogging ??

The kids playing at Chick-fil-A :) They have so much fun together. I have so many great pictures to post but am too tired tonight!
I have been taking a break lately from blogging. I am trying to find out what my blogging identity is I guess, haha! I love reading other people's blogs and hearing about what the Lord is teaching them, the fun things they do with their kids, looking at their sweet pictures, etc... Lately we have had so much going on I haven't really had much time to blog but I miss it and would love to possibly share more of our life in words through this blog. God has been doing so much and has recently done a great miracle in our Michael. Sometimes I wonder though if anybody even looks at this blog (haha) and if my time spent writing and putting pictures up is worth it. I can't decide. What should I do? If anyone is out there looking at our little family blog, I would love some feedback on if I should keep blogging or not. :) Thanks!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My two boys...

Both at almost 14 months! :) Do you think they look alike?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Cell Phone Pictures

The same day I found out how to upload cell phone video's, I figured out how to put up pictures too. Here are a few cute ones from the past year or two :)

It turns out Joshua has a hypersensitivity to mosquito bites! Check out his poor swollen ear and temple by his ear. We had a few family dinners out on the back porch and let the kids play in the yard. This was what happened afterwards! It didn't' seem to bother him but I was worried enough to pull a good family friend who is a doctor out of church Sun. morning to check it out! My sweet sensitive skinned baby :)
Our nightly ritual... Michael brushing his teeth seen here sporting his Spiderman PJ's (or jammies as we call them here!)
If I can't find Joshua, this is the first place I look! He loves to crawl under the computer desk and perch on top of our printer! Silly boy!
Joshua as a newborn
Joshua in the hospital right after his birth
Kisses from big brother the day we brought him home!
These boys are best buddies :)
Michael about a year and a half ago posing at the pediatrician's office
Love, love this one!! Michael at about Joshua's age at Walmart. He wore this thing on his head the whole trip laughing the entire time!
Daddy and Michael about a year and a half ago