Thursday, December 16, 2010
- Decorate the house with every last thing in my Christmas decor tub and not make it look too cluttered
- Plan for, shop for, coordinate an 8 year old birthday party in the middle of the hectic month
- Make a professional photography session appointment for Christmas card pictures for the first time in your family's history, soothe and clean up your daughter's swollen face after she fell out of a tree, cancel the said photo shoot, and work until 11pm on Walmart.com making a Christmas card out of your own photos
- Attend 4 Christmas parties before the week of Christmas
- Finally have everything checked off your list so that you can just enjoy the Christmas season now
Friday, December 3, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Reagan's trach has been removed.
I cannot believe I can write that sentence!
What an absolute relief, such pressure mounting until this day.
I had hope that God would rescue her, but I wasn't sure it would be now.
The bawling that occurred when they told me the second cord was moving!
And then to know that the doctor took out the trach, a vote of confidence in our little munchkin.
I was so grateful and just enormously relieved.
It didn't end like a fairy tale, since the trach was then put back in because of her distress.
And it was a long, stressful day waiting to try again.
But try again they did and this time it worked!!!
I am still in a state of shock as I write these words. Can it be true?
Reagan is still in the hospital, struggling a little so they gave her steriods for her swelling.
Hopefully, tomorrow will be a new day for her, filled with lungs full of oxygen!
What can I say to God after all this? Thank you a million times over does not say it all.
Blessed be His name. He is my rock and fortress. He deserves the glory for this miracle in my family.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thank you Jesus for her life and may she know you well.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I will be posting videos that make me laugh.
Take this one for instance with Kristen Wiig.
I laugh until I cry. When she pops up from behind the couch and gives that overdramatic reaction, I just can't believe what I am seeing. Pure comedy.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Olivia was a college graduate (HUGE subliminal message here) and Brennen was an astronaut.
In other news, Nate and I were complete dorks:
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
How do I feel about that?
Panic. Peace. Suffocation. Calm.
I am panicked because what if it doesn't work? What if she comes home with the trach still in?
I am at peace because I know that the end is already determined and God loves Reagan.
I am suffocating because I can't fathom more of this indefinitely. This weight of sadness. Knowing I might not hear her for a long time. Watching my siblings in pain.
I am calm because there is nothing else to be done, no where else to be. Reagan will still be here and will still smile at me when I walk toward her. He said, Be still and Know I am God. I am waiting for Him.
My heart is holding its breath.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
The kids did a lemonade stand for the first time... they were thrilled with their $9 (five came from Grandma).
We went to the Orange County Fair in July and Brennen finally got on board with the rides. He was SIKED.Kai and Laken came out to visit from Sacramento... It's always fun with the Kai Guy!
Cousin Kinzie was here for most of July, so of course Olivia was in heaven! In fact this picture shows how she prayed without ceasing for Kinize to stay forever.
Nate turned 36 years old on July 18th. He wasn't too fond of being another year older, but he feels so blessed with such a beautiful, amazing family. I'm pretty sure that's what he'd say.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I don't have a video of the very last day of swim lessons, but take my word for it. He swims! I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see it with my own eyes, but he does! He "pushes and kicks" three times and then comes up for a breath and then keeps on going! He can jump off the side of the pool by himself (something he would NEVER do for me) and then swims to the side.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Me: "Well, God says that we should love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength.... so that means to love Him the most. But that doesn't mean you can't love other people a lot too."
Me: " Why? Who are you thinking of?"
Olivia: (BIG smile on her face) "Graaaaandma!"
Friday, April 23, 2010
Olivia and Brennen are just about 3 years apart; Liv is 7, Brennen is 4. The older they get, the closer they become. They rarely play anything without the other one involved. If Liv wants to be in her room, Brennen follows. If Brennen wants to jump on the trampoline, he won't go until she's ready to come too. They want to watch a movie? Make sure they both agree. Trying to whip up a quick dinner? They must have EXACTLY the same thing. They BEG to sleep together on the weekends, they bring each other toys from a friend's birthday party, and they squeal in delight when they rent a new DS game they can link up to play at the same time. So all of this togetherness, you would think, would equal brotherly love, peace, and harmony, right?
No. Oh, no.
How the battles rage. She touched me too hard. He won't leave me alone. She took that away from me. He has more than I do. She's not being fair! He is bothering me! It goes on and on.
When I asked Olivia to apologize this week, she did and then Brennen said, Mama, Sissy didn't even MEAN it! She didn't say it like she MEANED it!
All this to say... I can't decide whether I am thrilled that they love each other so much, or irritated that they love each other TOO much.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Here is Ryan Seacrest and little Justin together.
We could not believe how old Olivia looked with makeup on! She had to be coaxed into dressing up at first, but when she decided to do it, she really got into it and looked like a model!
Don't worry, it's still her... see the sports tattoos?