Monday, November 19, 2012


For some reason it is getting harder for me to make an effort to post on here consistently!  I think sometimes I really just don't know what to say or talk's strange when our life is resembling a normalcy that we have never known before...traveling, exploring, swim lessons...normal family stark contrast to even a year ago, with feeding struggles and a pending heart cath.  But I realized if I don't know what to say, I can ALWAYS give that's what I write about today ;)

On the way home from my parents tonight, Liam was asking me to pray for him...this has become a favorite thing for him, and he has been asking me to pray...a LOT!  And of course, I jump at the opportunity to speak about God and Jesus with him, but I LOVE to pray with him.  I feel it's important to show him that Jesus and God are an everyday thing...and an anytime thing.  I want him to be so comfortable with prayer, God and his faith that he never doubts.  I am so thankful the Lord give me these opportunities to spend with him....and for simply giving me him.  His sweet voice, silly sweetness, spunky little self....I cherish him and always will. 

I am also so grateful and blessed to have a wonderfully strong, Godly husband by my side...I don't tell him enough how thankful I am that he chose me as his wife, to be with forever.  I love our movie nights on the couch, his attention to my every need (and want!) and the way he works hard, honors his family and watches over us.  He models Christ so well, I am thankful Liam has a father of such high character. 

And last but not least, our family and friends (yes, bloggy friends too!)...Gosh, we have the BEST extended family and friends. EVER.  We all model God's grace, forgiveness, love, compassion, gentleness, patience....the multitude of Colossians 3:12-17 to eachother in such a wonderful way.  To be surrounded by them is an honor.  Each time we get together, we draw closer to one another, encourage, love, support, celebrate.  It is true joy.  You all know who you are ;)  For all of you, I, WE are blessed and thankful.

So tonight, I am pure and simply thankful...for every place, person and purpose God has placed in my life.   I pray everyone has a safe and blessed Thanksgiving week!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

11.11.12 - Halloween and Florida!

Can't believe it's almost been a month since my last post!   First, I'll catch up on all the halloween happenings and then for some more fun times of our recent trip to Florida!

Liam went as Mario this year from Super Mario Bros - He absolutely LOVES the game, and daddy plays it with him all the time.  He actually decided on Mario from the beginning of October and stayed with his choice all month, which made for a stress-free costume choice!  I ended up making the "overalls" with pants and a woman's tank top from old navy, since I couldn't find any in the right color blue.  I think it turned out pretty well, plus he can re-wear the red shirt and pants, which was nice on our budget ;)

The apartments we live in throw an annual Halloween party, so daddy and Liam went to that while mommy was away on my annual Ladies Retreat with church.  The boys had fun while I was away and I came back recharged and refreshed!

The Saturday before Halloween was our annual Amazing Little Hearts Halloween party at the hospital.  It was so fun to see everyone, since we have been busy and not able to attend much with the group lately.  Liam got his face painted for the first time, and I think it turned out pretty well....Definitely completes the outfit!

We also went to a pumpkin patch that weekend, it was one we had never beent o before, and it was great!  They had tons of activities for kids, and the best part was they were all free!
Sliding down after finishing the hay maze!


Some of daddy and Liam's favorite characters!

Liam's favorite friend!

This was a bigger slide at the finish of the "big" hay maze!

Liam and I both traveled to Florida on Halloween day (daddy had to stay home to work) to visit my brother and his family.  It was an amazing trip, lots of time to hang out and for the boys to get to spend a lot of play time together!  We really miss them, so it was definitely a blessing to get to stay for a week. 
Our EARLY morning flight!  The sunrise was beautiful!

We arrived!  Liam with his cousins, Josh and Ryan, ready to go trick-or-treating!
Halloween night, we took the boys to the mall to trick-or-treat and get dinner.  They had a two-story carousel we rode that was really cool, although it went a little fast!  And of course, Liam wanted to ride on the second story.  I will say I am thankful we decided to do that before dinner, ha!
Carousel ride

Halloween jammies!

The boys, waiting for the ride on the train!
Group picture! 
Liam took his first trip to a real ocean beach, which was so much fun!  I wasn't sure if he would like the sand (texture things!!) or the water, but he loved both!  He was sitting in the water, letting the waves roll over him and loving every minute!  And what great weather too - I was surprised at how warm it was being November, even the water temperature was nice!

We also visited the Tampa Zoo, which had great exhibits of all the animals and a huge children's area.  I didn't get too many pictures, but all the animals were actually out and visible!  Even the monkeys were actually climbing and playing for us! 

Can you tell Liam has learned to say "cheese"? LOL

You could feed the giraffe!  It was cool to get this close!

We missed daddy a lot, but we still had such a great time! Hopefully daddy will get to come next time! 

With Thanksgiving around the corner, things have been busy around here!  Thanks for stopping in to see what we've been up to!  More to come soon!