Archive | December, 2008

Prayer Request, Christmas, and Another Month Older

30 Dec

First off, please pray for my nearly 10-year-old nephew. After showing some signs of diabetes, a doctor visit this morning confirmed that. He’s now in the hospital where they’ll monitor his blood sugar for a couple of days and begin the maintenance procedure. We know he’ll be okay and that he’ll still be the super-active Philip we know and love, but the transition to daily insulin injections and finger-pricks will definitely be tough, as you can imagine.

Christmas…the most MAGICAL time of year!!

What a difference a year makes! Reece really enjoyed Christmas this year and everything leading up to it. She especially enjoyed wagon rides looking at Christmas lights, the fun blow up figures in neighbors’ yards, Christmas trees (including the one in her room which she was VERY proud of), wrapping paper, parties and PJ Day at PDO, and the building and decorating of the gingerbread house. Because my hands are always full and my brain is always overloaded, I only captured a couple of these memories on the cam…

Reece saw me wrapping a book for the neighborhood kids' book exchange.  When we got back home, she thought she should wrap it back up (and in the process wrap herself up too!).

Reece saw me wrapping a book for the neighborhood kids' book exchange. When we got back home, she thought she should wrap it back up (and in the process wrap herself up too!).

On Christmas Eve we stayed in our pj's and decorated our gingerbread house.  Of course, we snacked a little too!

On Christmas Eve we stayed in our pj's and decorated our gingerbread house. Of course, we snacked a little too!

Finished product. Finished product.

It would make sense, of course, to take some pictures on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, but that didn’t happen. Actually, we did take a few pictures Christmas morning, but Reece was always moving to fast to get any good ones. We were also rushing Reece between each gift so we could get as much video as we could before the battery on the camcorder died. Ill-prepared? Maybe, but I like to think we’re always too busy having fun to take pictures and good video anyway. 🙂

I bet I can get some good pics of Reece playing with all those toys she got…just give me a few days!

We had a wonderful Christmas with our families who continue to bless us with way too much! We were also so blessed to have my grandmother for another Christmas, and to visit with Con-Con! And just for the record, when asked whose birthday it was, Reece replied, “Baby Jesus.” Awww!

We celebrated another birthday two days later…

…when Rynn turned two months old! At two months, she’s smiling and cooing. She loves her swing, her car seat, and her big sister who always wants to hold her. She is just a sweet, sweet baby and she’s so much a part of our family that I don’t know what we did without her. Sweet thing is so patient too, as big sister often gets way more attention. Baby girl waits to nurse until Mama gets big sister settled with a snack, drink, and some form of entertainment. Sometimes those feedings get interrupted while Mama fixes things for Big Sister or has to discipline her. In fact, Big Sister seems to cry more these days than Baby girl…what’s up with that!? Anyway, back to Rynn…what a sweetheart…

Baby Girl at two months

Baby Girl at two months

Reece still LOVES her baby sister.  I often find her sitting here, just watching Rynn and talking to her.

Reece still LOVES her baby sister. I often find her sitting here, just watching Rynn and talking to her.

Oh, and one more thing…it was Christmas-time ten years ago that Scott and I met and fell in love. Actually, we just met then. It took a while for the love thing to happen. Happy ten year anni, Scott…did you remember? 🙂

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Eskimo Kisses

10 Dec

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Thanksgiving Blessings

3 Dec

Thanksgiving this year brought with it several blessings.  The biggest blessing for our family was being together…all 13 of us.  Although each of us here in Texas make trips to see those in Indiana, and those in Indiana take trips (in shifts) to see us here in Texas, we haven’t all been together since Thanksgiving 3 years ago!  We’ve added three kids to the mix since that time.  Here we all are:

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Reece LOVED hanging out with her cousins.  She and Anna E had slumber parties several nights of the week.

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Everyone loved on Rynn.

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Polar Express was lots of fun.  We went with Aunt KK’s sister, Kayli, and her two precious kids, Noah and McKenzie.  (By the end of the night Reece had all the fun she could handle).

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On Thanksgiving Day, Rynn turned 1 month old!!! 

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She shared that special day with her Uncle Way-Way who turned 32 years old. 

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We’re so thankful for our family!