Wednesday, May 28, 2008

No Words

I don't know how many of you read my blog list under blogs I love to read but if you do you will be blessed. Please read the latest entry under "Bring the Rain." Unthinkable. Please pray for this family everytime they cross your mind. Hold your little ones tighter tonight. You just never know....

Monday, May 19, 2008

Here Comes Our Sun!

Enjoy this slideshow that I created. Our little girl is growing more and more everyday. She is up to 13 pounds now! I love her chubby little cheeks and love to kiss them all of the time. She is "talking" more and more (see the next post). She loves to stand on my lap and tummy time is getting longer and better. She is a very strong girl. Kate finally got to meet her Austin cousins Caden and Tabor. Their pictures are in the slideshow as well as some good pictures of Kate with her Uncle Brig. Now that I figured out how to post the slideshow directly to the blog expect to see a lot more! ******From now on,you have to pause the music player to the right whenever there is a slide show or a video to watch if you want to hear the audio.****** Enjoy!

And that's all I have to say about that

Here's Kate talking politics. Tonight's issues: Economic Reform and the fate of Social Security.

*** You'll have to hit pause on my music player to the right to hear Kate****

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Here's Your Kate Fix

Here's some of my favorite pictures from the past few weeks.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mothers Day

I've already had the sweetest and best part of my Mothers Day. After Kate woke up from her nap we danced. I danced with my beautiful daughter right here in our loft.I know that next Mothers Day she will be too busy walking and exploring to be held in her Mommy's arms for any long period of time. But this Mothers Day she snuggled her little body into me and laid her head on my shoulder like she could stay there for ever. And right there in that moment I felt so tremendously blessed. So blessed to be a Mom. And as I am discovering each day what that means I get to reap the rewards with out even fully knowing what it means. The two pictures above show my two Mothers Day presents from the three most important people in my life. The mother/daughter bracelets are from my Mom. A sweet present that meant more to me than she will ever know. The statue is from my Kate and my Jared. Two special gifts that will always remind me of the year I became a Mommy.

My Mom is one special woman. A unique lady who knows how to follow her dreams. I love her so much for that. Mom thank you for giving me the two best gifts that a Mom could ever give a daughter. The first gift was the protection you offered in my early life. I remember "I Promise" and the locket. A secure little world that you created for me until I could overcome my fears. What a wise Mom you are. In my teenage years you protected me from myself. What a gift that I resented at the time but one that is so appreciated in hindsight. The second gift, one that is so much harder to give is the reason your heart aches today. The gift of independence. You gave me the courage to find my own life. To make my own choices. I remember the day you dropped me off at college. You didn't let me cry out my eyes. You were strong. You were strong for me. It was not the tearful dramatic episode I had envisioned. You hugged me tight, said goodbye, and turned around. You were saying go! Make your own life! THANK YOU!!!! You gave that gift to all of us. Until I have to let Kate go I know I will never know the true pain and importance of that choice but for now I just want you to know I will be eternally grateful. One choice that is instinctual for a Mom and the other so very hard to do. I love you Mom with all of my heart.

Today I am mindful of all of the wonderful Moms that I know. God has also put other Moms on my heart. Some that I will never know. New Mommies like me who are just starting this wonderful crazy journey. Moms who are spending their Mother Days peering into isolettes praying that their babies grow stronger and stronger everyday. Moms who are surrounded by their children but thinking of their angel baby that never had the chance to be born. Moms who are visiting tiny graves today to be close to their babies. Moms who will get a phone call on Mothers day filled with joy and good wishes. Moms that will get the reluctant call filled with tension because of past hurts. Moms that will wait by the phone for a call that never comes because her wayward child is too stubborn and selfish. Moms who won't get a call this Mothers Days because their grown up babies have gone to be with Jesus. Future Moms who are struggling with infertility. Moms of soldiers who hang on every email and phone call praying for round the clock safety. I am also thinking of the many kids and adults today who don't have a Mom to call or be with today because their Mom has gone to heaven.

All of you Moms are wonderful and whatever situation you are in please know that God is holding us all in his arms. Sharing in our joy and our pain. Sharing in our parenting breakthroughs as well as our frustrations. I feel so blessed to be sharing this journey with so many wonderful women and I feel especially blessed to be led by my great God through this journey.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Sometimes hair isn't what it's cracked up to be

Kate just wants everyone to know, yes having hair is fun and all but you do have to deal with the other side. Such as waking up with hair like this! The "hair fairy" comes to her in naps and messes with it!

Just Checking In

I was on the internet the other night when I felt like someone was watching me. When I looked up this is what I saw. :)

"Hey Mommy, I was just wondering what you were doing."

"Ok. Actually Daddy and I were wondering what you were doing."

"Oh, you're on the computer?"

"Ok. Well, peace out Mommy catch you later!"

Friday, May 2, 2008

Blessed Be Your Name

The title of this post is also the title of my favorite song. This song is a spiritual challenge to me. It talks about praising the Lord no matter what circumstance you are in. The lyrics speak to the decision that we as Christians deal with everyday.

Blessed be your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's all as it should be
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Tho I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name

My favorite line in the song is:

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord blessed be your Name

In a nutshell this is what I want my Christian walk to look like. I know people who choose to say "Lord blessed be your name no matter what." I have the utmost respect for these people. I have included this song on Kate's 3 month slideshow so that you can listen to it. I love this song. Maybe after listening to it you'll know why.

God has said, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:5-6