Thursday, March 31, 2011

CDH Awareness Day!


Today is Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness day and we are wearing turquoise today to honor the many families that have been and are being diagnosed. We are wearing turquiose for families that have spent time in the hospital and families that will spend time in the hospital. We are wearing turquoise for families that have lost babies and for families that have taken babies home and for the family members that remember how this birth defect changed their lives forever. Today our family will make people aware, but every day we remember.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Time in Texas

Our main reason for going to Texas last weekend was so that we could speak about our experience with one of God's miraculous gifts, Jacob. We were asked to speak at Murray Street Church of Christ (click on the link to go to their site) and what a blessing it was for us to be there, worshiping with people that have been praying for Jacob for 2 & 1/2 years. These people are some of our biggest prayer warriors, and it was such a pleasure to meet them and thank them in person for their prayers. What a blessing to us. God is working in that church and we are honored to be a part of that. God is at work all around us, in our circumstances whether good or bad, and it is our joy to be able to see God and join in His work. If you are looking for God, you will find Him.
While we were there, we got to see family and celebrate my niece's 3rd Birthday too. Papa Bear and GJo were there too, and it was a wonderful time together! Enjoy the pictures...
Here's Jacob on the plane getting ready to take off! All buckled in!
We attended Uncle Josh's first Basketball game for a church league on Friday night. Jacob LOVES basketball and watched most of the game just like this...

Then, after the game Jacob played around with Papa Bear on the court. :)
Jacob loved being outside on Uncle Josh and Aunt Jamie's porch swing... So sweet!
Here's the cousins enjoying some time on the swing!
Saturday was Audrey's 3rd Birthday party. She LOVES princesses, so of course she had a princess themed birthday party, complete with a Cinderella Cake!
At the party, the kids decorated little crowns with a picture to go inside, and also colored from Disney's coloring books. This is such a sweet picture of Jacob and Audrey coloring together.
This is the birthday girl!!! So sweet!
For her birthday she got a princess tea set table and a pony to ride, among other princess like things. She loved it!
On her horse!
After the party Jacob and Audrey were playing with their characters from the show "Super Why," a favorite show around our house and apparently there too. Jacob has Wyatt and Audrey has Princess Pea. So cute!
Audrey was constantly bringing her Tea set chairs out into the living room for her and Jacob to sit next to each other. It was so sweet to watch them together. She would maneuver the chair so he could sit...so cute!
They spent some time outside before church on Sunday night...this is how they entertained themselves. Audrey easily ran circles around Jacob, but she would just grab his hand and walk with him everywhere. Precious. LOVE. THOSE. BOOTS!
Jacob laughing at Audrey...she had just climbed through the "V" in the tree.
Here we are all together. What special memories!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Weekend Trip to Atlanta

This past weekend we traveled to Atlanta to be with family. Jacob was, as usual, the center of attention. He stole the show and entertained us all. Here's some pictures from the time in Atlanta. Here's Jacob and his sidekick Deon in the car...can you find him? I love how sleepy Jacob looks...he got maybe 30 minutes of naptime that day! Ha!
Gramma and Jacob went to the lake to feed the geese. Jacob tore up the bread all by himself and placed it in the ziploc bag. How sweet.

The geese came so close that they were eating out of Gramma's hands.

I stole away from the family to see my good friend and her new baby. We spent nearly 3 hours just catching up and holding her wee-one. Precious!

Saturday morning was spent at the Southern Museum. Jacob learned all about how the locomotive "The General" was taken by a band of Union Soldiers and one man's mission to stop them from completely destroying the rail lines and cutting off resources for the Confederate Army. Very informative!
Here's Gramma and Chappy walking into the museum with Jacob.
Chappy, Jeff and Jacob...not sure about this one... Ha!

Jacob had a good time waiting for the "movie" to start by running back and forth on the "dinah." Otherwise known as Diamonds. :) In case you didn't know already, they are "bap" and "ite."


"The General"

Being with family is very special, and we love and appreciate them so much. It's great to be able to share Jacob and all the normal, ordinary, and wonderful things he can do, with a family that loves him and gives him so much attention! What a blessing God has given us.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Double Whammy!


Yep, you've got that right...stitches! Agh! We've had quite the week around here! We went to our two year check-up appointment on Thursday last week, and Jacob decided to fall and split his chin open while walking down the hall to see the doctor. So...not only did we have that check-up appointment, but we also got 7 stitches! Then, to top it off, Jacob got a stomach bug and we had bad diapers and fever all weekend. Talk about a double whammy! Hopefully Jacob is on the mend, but it just seems like he's been through the ringer lately.

This is what we've been doing alot of lately... Laying down everywhere...wherever we can find...

However, despite all that he's been going through this weekend...he's still in good enough spirits to smile for the camera. What a big boy!

Maybe we'll be able to get over this stomach bug and off to doing better things than laying around, feeling bad, and watching Mickey Mouse, Super Why, and Team UmiZoomi. Thanks for checking in with us!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sing!

In case you didn't know it already, Jacob is very muscial. He LOVES singing and listening to music. One thing I realized recently, is that all the songs that I sang to him as a baby while in the hospital and when we were home were ingrained in his little brain and heart. I realized this when I was giving Jacob a bath and started singing a song to him that he had heard all his life, but he had never sang along with me before. I stopped in the song, not purposefully, but he filled in the word for me. It was so sweet.

Here's us singing that song at breakfast the other day...

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Here's another couple of songs we've been singing lately too...I think you'll recognize these!!!

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Jacob also sings along in the car with some silly vegetables (some veggies named Bob and Larry), and he knows many of the words to the songs already. It makes me smile and almost tear up when I hear him in the car singing "God is so Good," because God is good. So. Good. I believe that deep down in his heart he KNOWS this, he may not remember all the poking and prodding that happened to him as a baby, but I choose to believe that it formed and shaped him in ways that are Good and True, and only from God. He and God have a special connection already!

Thanks for checking in with us today. I hope your day is filled with seeing God's goodness, even through the tough stuff. Because while the tough stuff may not be fun now, one day you will see God's hand in it, and you will sing "God is so Good" and KNOW that He is.