Thursday, March 3, 2011

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Okay I am back.  One of the downsides to being OCD is when you fall short on something it stresses you to the point of driving yourself crazy.  But though I have fallen short on posting since well yes November and it is now March I must start somewhere to ever start again.  So for the next couple of weeks I will try my best to get caught up on all that has kept us so busy.
It started with a glitch in the computer "you must purchase more storage space to load additional photos"  so there I was stuck.  This was the message I received when trying to update our blog from Christmas.  Not having tremdous computer knowledge I think maybe I should just stop worring with our family blog. And this is where I left off.
Since then different things have happened and I have missed our blog.  I have missed being able to have a place to express my joys and worries, a place to record those many memories that make up our lives together as a family and so here I am to continue where I left off the story of our lives together. 
Tonight will just be a random collection of my thoughts.  My mind and heart has been so full of worry and heartache for some of my friends over the past couple of months.  after the first of the year our next door neighbors lost their 3 year old daughter.  I was at work the night she was brought into the hospital.  We worked and worked but there was nothing we could do.  I will spare you the details because they are not important to understanding the loss a parent suffers when they lose a child.  I felt so helpless that night as I sat on the bed beside Jeannie and held little Hailey's lifeless hand.  I could find no words of comfort all I could do is pray and that is just what I did.  God gave me the strength to sit there and hold Hailey with Jeannie just as if she was my own.  There is not a day since that I have not thought of that sweet little hand.  As I sat at the funeral they sang "Jesus Loves Me"; not just the verse we all know but all the versus.

Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! This I know,
As He loved so long ago,
Taking children on His knee,
Saying, “Let them come to Me.”


Jesus loves me when I'm good,
When I do the things I should,
Jesus loves me when I'm bad,
Though it makes Him very sad.


Jesus loves me still today,
Walking with me on my way,
Wanting as a friend to give
Light and love to all who live.


Jesus loves me! He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.


Jesus loves me! Loves me still
Tho' I'm very weak and ill;
That I might from sin be free
Bled and died upon the tree.


Jesus loves me! He will stay
Close beside me all the way;
Thou hast bled and died for me,
I will henceforth live for Thee.


As I sat and listened I had this overwhelming sense of comfort.  My great grandmother use to sing me this song just this way.  She was the only one I've ever heard sing all the verses.

Then just last week one of my friends daughter's was diagnosed with medulloblastma.  You can follow their story at
My heart aches for Kate as a mommy and little Lucy so close to my own little Carolines' age.  Again I feel helpless, again I can find no words of comfort, nothing that will take this away.  And then as I sit reading Kate's blog to see how Lucy's day has gone today it hits me like a ton of bricks.  I have sat and cried and prayed and prayed.  I have gotten mad and found myself doubting that I could muster up the strength and faith it would take and I realize that is just what God is tryng to tell me.  I am here to be His faithful servant.  Keyword I often miss here FAITHFUL.  I know ALL things go according to God's perfect plan.  It is not for me to question but to have faith in.  Please continue to keep these two familys' in your prayers.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to you!
My mom is the very best! She has always made it a point to show me just how special I am to her and to her life.  For as long as I can remember she has always made birthdays so special for all of us.  When we were kids the whole day was yours.  No chores, your choice for whatever you wanted to eat for all meals of the day and a homemade birthday cake each year.  And no matter what combination you came up with momma made it happen in some way.  Now that we are all grown she makes sure she still has each of us a special birthday dinner and guess what? That's right it is still your choice whatever you want and she makes it happen down to the homemade birthday cake.  This is one of my favorite traditions and I am so happy to continue it with my own children.  So this year I did the same for her.  I gave her a birthday dinner complete with a homemade birthday cake. YUMMY!
I remember being told when I was pregnant with Caroline that now I would truly love my own mother with a bond you can only have when you become a mother yourself.  I remember thinking yea sure we are already very close.  But now two children later that statement has become so very true.  I could not live a day without speaking to my mother.  I find myself calling her for any random number of pointless conversations just because she is my favorite person to call.  God blesses me with the most perfect mother! 

Caroline, Carson and Christian; He is so sweet to my babies! 

I love this picture of momma and Aubrey

Friday, February 4, 2011

Snow, Snow and MORE Snow!

Snow, Snow and MORE Snow! That's just what January and February brought us this year.  Here are a few pictures from our many snow adventures.
Carson enjoying his 4-wheeler in the snow

AHHHHHHH! it's snowing! Can't you feel the excitement?

Carson's response was "YESSS! It's snowing!"

The next day the sun was out but the snow was just as fun!

Caroline on her new 4-wheeler

Sunday, January 30, 2011

January of 2011

January of 2011. Every year we start our New Year with a birthday party for Christi.  This year we also welcomed a new cousin Molly on January 3rd, we moved Patrick and Juliana to their 1st home as a married couple, had a few more slumber parties with Aubrey and Tucker and have had a few Wii bowling matches on Brad's new Wii he got for Christmas.  For New Year's Eve this year, we spent with momma and Daddy.  Yummy chili and chocolate chip cookies and our best Wii bowling match yet.  Surprisingly you would never guess who still holds the lead for the highest score as of March 2011.  That's right momma! The one with absolutely NO athletic ability.  It has given us a fun challenge since no one can seem to beat her yet.
Happy Birthday Christi!

Slumber parties and cousins go hand in hand in our family

Friday, January 28, 2011

To continue to post or not...

A little help need from my fellow blogger friends to a noncomputer person.  I have been trying to update my blog and when I get ready to publish my post or add pictures it says my storage is full and I need to purchase more space.  What am I needing to do? Has anyone else been faced with this problem?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Christmas! My favorite holiday! Oh the things I love about it... Most importantly is to reflect on the true reason and meaning of Christmas. The birth of our Savior. What better reason could there be to celebrate and make such a fuss but over the most important and precious birth in the history of mankind. I love the "getting ready" part of Christmas so much. The hustle and bustle, decorating the trees (yes, I did four this year), to hanging stockings and Christmas lights, baking christmas goodies and reading Christmas stories, watching Christmas movies and listening to those good old Christmas hymns, the lights, the sounds the smells...the annual visit to Christmas City, family and all the love and laughter we get to share with family and friends throughout the season. As my Christmas shopping was done by the 1st of November, I was able to relax and really appreciate the season and the true meaning of our celebration. We had a spectacular Christmas this year. Caroline and Carson were both full of laughter and and giggles Christmas morning. Santa brought them each a 4-wheeler, one pink and one blue. Christmas morning as we gathered at out house for Christmas breakfast, as it started to spit snow, outside we went to try out our new toys. The laughter is a sound I hope I can always hear so clearly.
This year for Christmas Eve, tradition changed a little. Instead of gathering at Aunt Cathy's, our family all spent Christmas at momma and daddy's. We had so much fun just relaxing and spending Christmas Eve together. Aubrey and Tucker even showed up in their pj's. Papa and Marsha and Nana were all there and spur of the moment we decided Anne and Sarah just couldn't miss another family Christmas. As the age of face book keeps us all informed of other's lives, I knew how bummed Anne had been over not being home for Christmas so Patrick and I created stick characters out of paper plates and made a video so Anne and Sarah could join us for Christmas. I know CORNY, but we had the best time doing it. Everyone joined in and talked to our paper stick realitives. It really made for some good laughs. Now if i can just manage to get to the postoffice to mail it out. Enjoy some of our favorite Christmas memories.

Christi and Aubrey Christmas Eve

Yummy Christmas sugar cookies

Merry Christmas

Tucker, Caroline and Aubrey always are together.  Where you find one you wll surely find the other

I love that brother and sister bond we share

Patrick and Nana

Christmas Morning

Christmas morning

Carson's favorite gift

Christmas moning Carson can't wait to get outside to ride his new 4-wheeler

Christmas at Granny's

Our family this Chrstmas Eve

Me and Uncle P

Caroline opening her gifts

Patrick helping Sarah stand and momma with Anne

Papa and Anne I think they may have the same smile

Patrick and momma

My and my silly sweet little boy

Brad and I on Christmas Eve

Three generations

Papa and Momma

Papa and Marsha

Christian and me gosh he is not little anymore!

Momma and Christi

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Just a few to finish out 2010

Here are just a few photos to finish out our year of 2010.  From random pictures in front of the Christmas tree all in preparation for those Christmas cards I never got mailed out this year, to Caroline's preschool Christmas program and Maci's birthday party to finish out another wonderful year.
I love their love for one another

Me and my sweet babies taking a pinute for a quick picture on our way to Caroline's Christmas program

Caroline and Brad on our way to Caroline's Christms Program

Can you see Caroline? I think she developed a little stage fright

My sweet happy face

Carson and Brad

Just a few more pictures for Christmas cards

My sweet Caroline

Come on mom! Enough pictures for today!

kay change to mood time for silly pictures

Merry Christmas!

Carson, Papa and Caroline

Maci turn 2! Happy Birthday Maci!
Caroline loves her Uncle P