Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sweet sixteen....Finally an update!

This Sweet Sixteen is a very special one….today I am officially 16 weeks pregnant!  Last year was a tough journey, but God has graced us with another sweet little blessing – while Liam has 3 other siblings at home with the Lord, we are prayerful that we all may get to hold this dear one in our arms.  We are so excited and overjoyed at the Lord's faithfulness and goodness! 

I am due September 25...5 days before Liam's birthday! We find out April 24th the gender and then will have a fetal echo done in May to check the baby’s heart.  I am currently on daily injections of Lovenox (blood thinner) for my blood clotting disorder they discovered last year.  Everything has been great so far, minus the long duration of morning sickness and fatigue, unlike what I experienced with Liam.  However, I was so thankful for that reminder that things were progressing!

I think I have started barely feeling our little one moving as of a few days ago…the little flutters are very gentle, but I started remembering them from when I was pregnant with Liam.  It is also a little surreal as my last pregnancy seems SO long ago!!  The Lord has walked us through quite a bit in the last 5 years, I feel MUCH older this time around, LOL!

In other news, we are still pursuing the Safe Families ministry I mentioned a really long time ago in my last post, ha!  They have processed our application and we will start training hopefully in the next week or so.  We have a few documents and housekeeping things to take care of before we become an official host family, but it should be soon!  We are excited for this opportunity to minister from our home to other families and serve them in their time of need. 

Liam is doing great!  He had his 6 month cardiology check up in February, and everything is status quo – almost exactly the same as 6 months prior…which is good news, however, his pressures remain in the mid 60’s, so Dr. V said we will possibly be looking at a heart cath around August to go in a take a look and take accurate measurements of those pressures.  Thankfully, there has been no talk of surgery yet, although we know in the next couple years, another one is eminent.  But we will take all the good news we can get until then, so his last appointment was great by our standards!

We also just signed Liam up for gymnastics and he absolutely LOVES it!  It is a whole hour, which is great for exercise and to work on his gross motor skills – He is doing great so far, but is behind the girls in his class for cartwheels, ha!  I also just started water aerobics 2-3 days per week – let me just tell you, it is a LOT harder than I was expecting!  It’s a very good workout, but easy on the joints, which is exactly what I need right now.

Dustin is doing well also, and just got a new job!  He starts April 1.  While he has enjoyed working at his current company for the past 8 years, this is a well-deserved promotion and a chance to grow in a much larger company.  We are very proud of all of his hard work in providing for our family and are so thankful God brought him this opportunity. 

Our house renovations have progressed a little, we have a finished new front door and are hoping to start on our master bathroom renovation soon.  Someday I will post pictures!

Thanks for keeping up with us!  Hopefully, I will start posting more updates =)  Love to you all!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Year News

I know that title probably spurred many of you to come to the blog, hoping to find news of possibly another child on the way, and while we would love to be able to announce that, God has other plans for us right now and we are at peace and enjoying each moment He gives us.  Last year was a difficult year for us with pregnancy issues, but we are staying positive about it and hopefully someday we will be able to share news of a new little one!  I just wanted to update because I know we have a lot of people praying for us in this area, and we are truly grateful for that.  We are happy and at peace where God has us right now.  Liam is doing great, has been super healthy for a very long time (not even the sniffles this whole fall/winter season, PRAISE GOD!) and is enjoying living life as a normal (well, it's OUR normal!) 4 year old.  We have been blessed by God's grace and provision for our family, and will continue to give Him the glory and praise and trust Him for wherever He leads us.

SO, what is this news, you may be asking.  Dustin and I have started the application process to become a Host Family through an organization called Safe Families for Children.  We first learned about it through the church Liam attends school at.  The church was starting a new Foster Care Ministry, and we opened our hearts to what we felt like the Lord was prompting us and attended the first meeting, but didn't really know what area of service we would be serving in.  During the meeting, Safe Families did a presentation, and Dustin and I felt like the Lord moved on our hearts to become a Host Family.  It is a wonderful program that I had never even heard of before.  I didn't realize programs like this existed, but the mission of the organization is exactly what drew us in.  While we didn't find God prompting us yet for Foster Care or Adoption, this program seemed to hit our hearts.  We especially are interested in helping to support families in this program whose children have acute or complicated medical needs, which I feel we are fit to handle.  We covet your prayers during this time of application and approval!  We are excited to have this door opened.

On other fronts, everything here is well.  House projects are coming along nicely and since it is almost 75 degrees today - beautiful day in Texas! We Dustin is installing on our new front door (Thanks big bro! And who are we kidding, most of this "house work" is being done by my super fabulously talented hubby!) - Pictures to come when it is complete =)

Liam is quickly becoming a fan of playing computer games - it is nice, but I am realizing just what a different environment us parents are having to face as our children learn about technology....iPad, iPhone, computers...I've never seen his attention span last longer than when he is playing some type of technology...I find it quite difficult to set boundaries!  That is one of my goals for this year!

I will leave yall tonight with pictures from the last few weeks with Christmas!  Hope everyone had a Happy New Year!

I love our church family!


Roxy and Liam eating some lunch =)

He was BUSY coloring!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Winter wonderland and a wedding

We have been iced over here for 4 days -- pretty incredible, this is one of the worst ice storms I have ever experienced here in Texas!  We are slowly thawing out today, but temps are plunging back down below freezing and they have already canceled Liam's school and rescheduled his Christmas program =( 

First slip and slide!

Liam LOVED the "snow" you see those icicles on my car?!

The first day of this was kinda fun, but considering we had to drive to a wedding on Saturday, it really made for some dicey travel!  Thankfully, we made it to and from just fine, and it was a beautiful event!  Some sweet friends of ours got married and Dustin and Liam were in the wedding. 

Liam did a great job as the ring bearer - He was so cute!  They gave him a small turquiose box to carry down the aisle and hand to the best man.  Afterwards, he got really upset that he couldn't keep the box, lol.  I had to explain they had just let him carry it.  We took some time to have a few family pictures snapped -- mainly so we could get a Christmas card done!  And I guess we did look pretty cute all dressed up!  If I do say so myself! (said in my best country accent)

Liam made me this Lego car with a flower on it for my birthday today - such a sweet boy!  It's been a low-key day and that is the best kind for me!!  Finally got our tree up today and anticipating a couple busy weeks ahead!!  Hope everyone had a warm and safe weekend!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving fun!

We had a great Thanksgiving here at our house with family!  Our nieces spent a couple nights with us, as well as Dustin's grandma who is here for the week.  Last Wednesday we visited the Bush Presidential Library and had a great time learning and exploring the museum.  We even got a photo in the oval office!

Thursday morning we went on a hike through the woods to get materials for our handmade table centerpieces.  

Our idea was to gather some branches, leaves and pine cones and paint them for a pretty effect (and free!)...

I think it turned out lovely!  My nieces put it together with some creative hunting around the house for jars and using fall squash and pumpkins to fill in.

We've just been eating, spending time with family and relaxing this weekend.  Enjoying some last free quiet moments before the busy days ahead of shopping, entertaining and Christmas! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

New favorite game

Liam's new favorite game....daddy has been teaching him and he LOVES it!  It's cold and rainy here today, so now Liam is teaching ME how to play ;)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Today's funnies

I think trying to post small snippets of our life everyday is the best way to go for now on the blog, so here goes it ;)  Liam had his school "Feast Day" today.  I asked him what he ate and he said "Cheese balls and grapes....oh, and turkey."  Clearly, we know what foods take the highest priority.  He also had a juice box - which is great, but sometimes I hesitate on his swallowing when I am not with him...but I guess he did just fine.

Liam is watching Cars 2 for the 123rd time right now and I guess yall know what I am up to right now.  I made up a new phrase that Liam thought was hilarious - I grabbed his cheeks, kissed him on the nose and said "Hey!  I love you smookums!!"  He keeps saying yelling it to me...he cracks me up -- We are meeting daddy in a little while for dinner out and a family night, as we have all been crazy busy.  I'm looking forward to some down time with my boys!!

And speaking of funny - A bloggy friend posted this YouTube video on her blog awhile back (Thanks Shannon!), and it quickly became known as the "Fox Song" around here and has been played approximately 73 times in the last few weeks...Liam loves it --  It is a daily music request!

I'm also going to try to throw in a picture everyday.  THIS is my new love in our house - my chalkwall - I am so grateful hubby built the pantry and it has the perfect little accent wall for it....And, I practiced some fancy chalk writing with one of my favorite scriptures of all time....perfect for the season!

It is supposed to be REALLY cold here the next few days and I am thinking how thankful I am to have gotten my Thanksgiving groceries today.....Be blessed!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Start somewhere!

I have been wanting to post, I really have!  It's just the longer our blog goes "unsaid" it seems like SO much to catch up on!  The story of my life - overwhelmed and where do I begin?  SO I just decided to not worry about the past, and just start again today with a small hello!  Plus, nothing really too eventful has been happening around here!

Liam is doing GREAT - Praise God - He is healthy, happy, loving life and a ball of energy!  We are blessed to say the least and are trying hard not to take this season in our life for granted.  People have been asking lately if we are "out of the woods" with all his medical stuff.  My answer is, honestly, I have no idea.  That's CHD for you though.  I am prayerfully hopeful that this season of health and "no news" will be long lived, but we do know another surgery, at best case, is a few years away.  We are just so thankful for this season.  No worries about tomorrow ;)

Hopefully more to come!  Maybe I should just do an evening wrap up everyday??  Anyone have tips for staying on track with blogging?  AT least I have some pictures!! LOL - Be Blessed!

Monday, September 30, 2013

On your 4th Birthday

Dear Liam,

As your birthday approaches each year, I am always filled with so many emotions...reflective on your years of life and praising God for everything you are - I stand in complete awe of God's miracle plan for you and our family.  Your journey has not been easy, but looking back and being able to see God's hands in every ounce of your life, from your very first appearance on the sonogram to you counting all the way to 100 in the backseat of our car, has been an extraordinary experience.  I have become truly thankful and grateful for the orchestration of events in your life and ours - that has brought us here to the place where we are right now.  I am humbled, honored and blessed to call you my son - that God would chose me to be your mother.

I see a greatness in you far beyond anything I can explain.  The Lord has spoken to me many times about the glory He will bring through you and it excites me to no end.  I can only imagine the glory you have brought to Him up to this point - Can you see it, my sweet one??  He created every fiber of you to be great for Him - and you are doing just that.  I have already seen Him grow a quiet and gentle spirit in you, a deep love and compassion for others and a kindness and truly happy disposition.  Everywhere we go, people always take notice of you, and you know why?  Your sweet, happy self is always drawing other's into God's love and pure joy - they find that in YOU.   Complete strangers SEE that in you, as well as your many family and friends who know you. You are a constant light of God's goodness and a testament to His promises fulfilled.

And to watch you grow (literally!) into this little person - 4 years.  You have an unmatched sense of humor and a gift of story-telling beyond your years.  And like a little sponge, you love soaking in everything around you -new things and experiences you savor - and you have been gifted with the love of learning.

To say that daddy and I are blessed seems an understatement.  So on your 4th birthday, I pray you may fully know how much you are LOVED, honored and adored.  May God grant you with His everlasting peace and JOY as He reveals to you His purpose and calling on your life. I pray you recklessly seek Him, serve Him and love Him.  May you fully experience a bold and courageous faith and lead others to do the same.  You are a PRECIOUS son, heir to the throne and a PRINCE of the Most High King - May you continue to serve and bring glory and honor to His mighty name.  We are so proud of you...Happy birthday our sweet, sweet Liam.

Love you forever and always,

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Our adventures of the present

Our summer officially comes to a close next week…Liam will start his new school 2 days a week and we will be back to our “normal” schedule.  I am a bit relieved (as probably most moms who work from home in general are!), but sad to see the summer sun fleeting and the busy fall/holiday season approach!  We enrolled Liam in a new school this year, which is so close to us we can walk there, which is very cool.  It is at a local church, and I am excited about this new beginning for him to connect with kids he will most likely be together with for a long time in school and start developing those lasting friendships – and I’m equally excited to meet some new moms in the area too!  I feel now that we are settled in, I want to make the most of where we are right now, in this moment and enjoy what God has for us right now.

Which leads me to our recent decision for me to be 100% work from home.  I still worked at my old office on Tuesdays for the past 2.5 years, and yesterday was my last day.  It was bittersweet, but the long commute and not having a full day to commit because of our new school schedule lead us to trust God’s provision will come elsewhere (I am praying through my art business!).  I will still do my accounting work from home and hopefully be able to spend more time on my art business, as well as hopefully keeping the blog updated more frequently ;).  

In other good news, Liam is slowly being weaned off his thickener!  I haven’t posted in awhile on his swallowing progress, but the older he gets, the better he gets at being able to take the thinner liquids.  In fact, we are now having him drink mostly without the use of thickener, but through a coffee size straw for slower flow.  The only time I’ve been using thickener is when we are in the car traveling or at night when I leave him water bedside.  We are excited about this!  I’m hoping to slowly increase straw width (tricky to do, but Ikea sells straws that are narrower than standard straws…weird information to know, but hey, that’s our life!)  Hopefully someday we can start working on cup training without a straw…but I hesitate to move too quickly!  I see Capri Sun’s being the new drink of choice in our house for now, lol.

Liam is doing great – he has been so healthy and VERY active lately, and it’s great to see.  He is loving anything to do with numbers (BINGO is his new favorite game) and is starting to work on reading and basic math, like algebra and pre-calculus…Haha, just kidding (although mommy has taught him made him memorize some basic algebra and multiplication).  But he “gets” numbers like nothing I’ve ever seen in a 3 year old before, so I am praying that sticks!  Life will be so much easier if he gets math!  He is also really into sorting things (like Legos – which can be an unending task)…hmmm, he is very much like his mommy in those regards.

I can’t believe he will be 4 next month!  We are planning to have his birthday outside at his favorite “castle” park, since a lot of our house is currently a work in progress =)  It will be a lot of fun and he cannot stop asking how far away his birthday is…Am I 4 today yet??

More updates soon, I promise this time!