Wednesday, December 21, 2011
This is my wonderful boss. He always has an open door and is ready to help when we need him. I am also so thankful that this man seen fit for me to be in this position.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Here is precious Luke. He is about to be three and he is so excited for Christmas...
Here is Evan and he is 7 months now. He simply loves tearing up all the gifts and taking the tags off of them. So I just want to apologize if Granny ends up with a toy!!
And finally, this is the story of our lives....two kids fighting over the presents. I am looking forward to many years of this!
I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and remember the reason for this holiday (The birth of our Lord and Saviour). God Bless!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
As far as Evan goes, he is about to be 7 months old and I am going to attempt to put a video on here to update you on what he has been up to. I have a little trouble getting pictures/ videos to show up where I want them so I apologize. As you can hopefully see, he is crawling and has started pulling up on everything. He now has three words in his vocab: dada, mama, and bub-bub. He weighs 19.12 lbs(68%) and is 28 1/2 inches long (88%). He is growing like crazy and has two teeth. He has decided that sleep should not occur for 8hours straight which is starting to wear on us but he is so precious, we forgive him.
Well that is all for now. Hope to get things caught up so I can blog more but life is crazy. One last note, since having Evan and starting a new job, have managed to drop 16lbs. I still have a ways to go but I am very excited at my progress and very thankful for Jeff holding me accountable.
Well so much for video. I will update later with video! With any luck, I have figured out how to add a video. Hope everyone enjoys.
Monday, October 10, 2011
On another note, the kiddos are doing well. They both have a little cough but I am hoping that they are on the mend. Evan has been sleeping very well and I am starting to feel like I am catching up on sleep. It's kind of funny that the more sleep you get, the more you seem to need. Luke has been really learning a lot at church and at Killion's. The other day he told me that "it rained for 40 days.". He is starting to prayer for people when they are sick or in need and it just warms my heart. He has finally started to count and can do so to 6. He has also been saying a lot of his ABC's. I know most kids his age are already doing this and as a teacher I am a little embarrassed but Luke has just not been that interested and I want him to love to learn not demand that he do so. Luke loves the farm and tools and I really think if pa needed him to, he could run that tractor all by himself and probably will be before long. Evan now has two teeth and is drooling everywhere. Let me tell you, those teeth are sharp! I love these angels so much and I am so blessed that God trusted me enough to be their mom.
Jeff has finally finished photo shoots for the most part. We are so thankful to have him home more often. Jeff truly is a good hearted man and I am so thankful for him. We recently went to watch the movie "courageous.". I highly recommend that all fathers watch this movie. It is very inspiring and really tugs at the heartstrings. Jeff watched so intently while I attempted to fight back the tears. I know that he is committed to our family and raising these gifts from God in a manner that would be pleasing to the Lord. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
God bless and I hope each ofnyou have a great week filled with his blessings. Let your light shine for Him.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Length: 28 inches- 98%
Weight: 17 lbs- 71%
head: 17 1/2 inches -88%
Things you are doing:
You can roll over from both directions but occasionally get stuck on your belly. You smile all the time. You chatter all the time and it sounds a lot like you are saying dada dada. Every morning when I drop you off at Killion's, you get so excited to see her. You occasionally sleep through the night but you like your food so you usually wake up long enough to eat. You just got your first tooth and I think you are working on another. You like to play with toys and you like to play music on mommys I-pad. You find it so funny when your bubba is getting in trouble lol.
We all love you so much and we are so thankful for you.
PS. I wish that in had this blog when Luke was little so that I could compare their stats but oh well.
Friday, September 2, 2011
I know that everyone thinks that their child is the smartest, most amazing child on Earth, but Luke really is!!!!! This post is mainly so I never forget some of the things Luke has been saying lately. First, let just say that luke's Sunday school teacher have certainly been teaching my boy about Jesus!!! On our way home Sunday night after church and after dinner with the Huskey's, Luke Said to me, "mom Jesus is in my heart". I said, " yes son he is!". He then asked, " why is Jesus in my heart?". I just told him that if we loved Jesus, he was in our hearts. I also told him that Jesus loves us. He then said, "I love Jesus and I want to see him!". I told him that Jesus was in heaven. It was at that point that my little baby boy started crying and screaming, " I want to go to heaven, I want ti see Jesus!". He said this over and over again till we got home. By the time we got to the house, I was nearly in tears. Part of me was amazed at the conversation and the level of understand he could have of these sometimes difficult topics but the other part of me kept thinking " I hope this is not God preparing me for something.".
Since this time, we have continued to say our morning prayers on the way to the sitters, at meals, and at night before bed. Each time, he has said, "I love Jesus and/or he is in my heart". I just melt each time. He has a lot to learn about the love of Jesus and what it truly means to have Jesus in your heart but I know without a doubt that the kiddo loves Jesus as much as a two year can love anyone.
Luke tries my patiences sometimes and has become quite a smarty pants but I love him so much and I know that he will grow into a wonderful man, husband and big brother. God has blessed this family in so many ways, but one of the best ways was when he gave us Luke.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Luke seems smarter everyday. His favorite thing right now is to ask everyone (me, Jeff, nana, pa, grandma, and Killion) to tell him stories. He gives us a topic and then we make up a story. He usually adds to the story as we go along. I think this is a great teaching tool for him; however, I hope it isn't teaching him to lie, lol! He also had his first slumber party (1kid lol) last night.
Evan is starting to mimic us when we make sounds. He is eating fruits and veggies now! He loves to eat which is obvious given his size. He laughs often and is so much calmer than Luke was. He will just lay on the couch or sit in the swing and watch tv. He likes to watch me cook, of course I am crazy while I cook.
Both boys love their babysitter and we are so lucky to have her. She is amazing and she thinks my kids are so well behaved. God has been good to us in finding her.
Jeff is still busy at work but that is getting close to slowing down, thank the good Lord.
Also, our childrens program starts again on September 14th. If you want fun and learning for the whole family, join us at 7:00 on Wednesday nights.
Hope everyone is doing well and God bless you all!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
On to the kiddos: Luke is still growing so much. He has had fun the last two weeks playing with the Huskeys while I was at work. He got to go fishing last weekend with Bert and Jeff. He loved it so much and I hear he even caught a fish. He has a major attitude lately and it has honestly been a struggle at times. I read this blog about our preachers daughter and her family. She is always talking about how head strong her daughter is. I read her stories and I think that her and Luke are two of a kind. I love the kid but his fits could make the most patient person scream, lol. His fits remind me of when he was in the hospital. When he was in pain and they were working on him, we would tell him that they were almost done and he would scream, " they are done, they are all done!". Poor baby, I love him so much!!!
Evan had his two month check up, a month late. He was 12 1/2 pounds and 25 inches long. He is such a big baby compared to Luke. He has started smiling a lot and loves to watch tv (nothing like his brother in that manner). He likes to sit up and look around and can hold his neck up very well. He has slept through the night twice. He has been crying a lot less now and I think we may finally have the right formula.
Good news for friends and family this week. Congrats to our good friends Matt and Becky on their engagement. Congrats to my baby brother and his wife, they are expecting. Congrats to another one of our friends too on their baby news.
In close, I ask that you please remember one of my fellow teaching friends. Her precious new baby, Garrett went to be with the Lord. I am sure they would appreciate your prayers.
Have a good weekend!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
With evan, I was standing in church during song service when I looked over at jeff and told him I was pregnant. It wasn't until about three weeks later that I was able to take a test and sure enough it was positive. I had taken about three test before I got a positive one. Jeff was working a photo shoot so I sent him a text with the picture of the test. I then went for a girls day with my mom, sister, and sil. As usual, jeff would not let me tell anyone till we went to the doc. So I ate and shopped with my fam and couldn't even tell them the news lol! After my doc appointment, we went and told bert and Karen who were watching Luke and then I went to razorback ribs with my family for dinner and I told everyone. They were so surprised.
I am so lucky to have two amazing boys and I love them so much!
Luke's boo-boos look so much better but the poor baby is gonna have a few scars. I guess for a guy, that just adds character! He had a great week once he got out of the hospital because hisvpa came back home after being on a mission trip. I had to go out of town so the boys went to grandma and pa's. Thanks guys for all your help!
Karen did some research while she had the boys and we are both convinced evan has colic. The poor baby cries all the time and very few things make him feel better. I just love him so much but this momma hasn't slept much since his arrival. We have started putting cereal in his bottle at night and have been doing the gripe water. He hasn't been crying as much but he hasn't slept for longer than 3 hours at a time at night.
This was my first week of work at my new job. I love how fast paced it is. The day just flies by and I love it. I also love my office and the decor that I bought. I am learning alot but mainly, I am doing prep work and getting ready for the next few weeks of serious learning.
Anyhow, that is a little update on our family. I am going to work on getting some pics posted soon. One more note, I am about to head to my bff's wedding and I am so excited or them. Congrats penny and James!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I have always been taught that The Lord won't give you more than you can handle. Well, all I can say is that we are getting close. The only thing that is helping me get through this is knowing God is holding us close and then I think of so many people who have lost their children or can't have kiddos or those who have children with cancer. When I think of these things, I realize how lucky we have been. If you have been reading my post, you know that Evan was sick with RSV about 3 weeks ago and we had to spend 4 nights in the hospital. Well since then, we have been so worried about keeping him healthy. Now, it is Luke's turn. On Tuesday I took him to walmart clinic to have a rash checked. He had some type of yeast rash and he had some other spots that looked like bug bites. On Thursday, I took him to Dr. Robinson because the bug bites looked a lot like the staph pics my friend had sent from when he son had them a while ago. He confirmed that he thought they were in fact staph so we began treating them with antibiotics, cream and baths. None of which he liked much. On Friday, I went to my first day of my new job. When I went to pick boys up after work, one of his sores had doubled in size. I took pictures of the worst two places and sent them to the doc. After texting back and forth, we decided he needed to be admitted for some IV antibiotics. That was the beginning of the nightmare.
Once we got to hospital at 6:15, we sat in the room. Seriously, try entertaining a active two year old in a small hospital room!! At about 8, they decided to bring us something to eat. Finally around 8:30, they started trying to do the IV. He was so strong. He did not even cry when they put the IV in. They got it in and tried to get blood out of the IV. They got the blood out of it and one nurse started transferring it to tubes while The other nurse taped IV down. Well needless to say the one nurse messed up the blood transfer. So they had to try to get more blood out of the IV and that caused it to blow. Amazing but he did not cry that whole time. Then they tried to get the IV in somewhere else and he started crying, they got it in and tried ringer blood from it and it blew. Then, they tried again but could not get the vein. So we took a break. Poor kid!!!! While we were taking a break and they were getting a different nurse, the lab came in and said they had to draw blood bc all the blood from the IV attempts was not good. So they stuck him for the fourth time. Finally, the nurse from ER Came in to put IV in. She tried once and could not get it. Finally, on her second attempt and the hospitals fifth attempt, they got the IV going. It was 10:50 by this time.
Since getting the IV, Luke has been chilling out, going for wagon rides, he had some visitors ( jacquie, Maddie, and Daisy) and he has snacked around a little. This morning, (Sunday) the doctor came in and decided that Luke would need his spots drained. He has four places and the doc drained all of them with Luke awake and with out and pain meds or numbing. It was pretty tough to see. Now, Luke is playing in bed. The doc said we would get to go home in the morning. Tomorrow is also my first contract day of work. Praise God for a wonderful support system that helps us in these tough times. Now we are just praying that Luke heals up without any problems and that none of the rest of the family contracts this. Oh by the way, "this" has been identified as MRSA. Wonderful i know!!!! Thanks for all the prayers!!!
Monday, July 4, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
12:30 am Evan woes up. I feed him and try to put him down in his crib, but no such luck. He cries and I am afraid he will start cough then struggle to breath so off to the recliner we go. We fall asleep.
5:00 am. Wow evan went a long time without eating; however, it has been a struggle to keep him asleep this whole time, so I did not sleep much.
6:30 am Luke joins us in the recliner. He is so cute bc he is carrying his plastic dog with him.
7:00 am evan starts crying and it has become a fight for space and my attention in the recliner. After diaper change, evan is happy so we rest a little longer and Luke watches Mickey mouse clubhouse.
8:15. I get up and get Luke breakfast, powdered donuts ( I know it is terrible but he loves them) and milk. He eats while I feed evan.
9:00 am we are off to grandma and pa's. They watched the kiddos while I ran o walmart! ( I am still not brave enough to take them with me).
10:30 I head back to pick up e boys. When I get there Luke wants me to hold him. I have to be honest, this melted my heart bc he usually starts crying when I come to pick him up.
11:00 am we put up groceries and then I feed evan. While I am feeding evan, Luke decides to help himself to the fridge. He pullsvoutbthe yogurt I bought ( which are six stuck together). He begins opening them all and eating the like candy.
12:00 fnally, Luke quits eating yogurt and I lay evan down for some mat time. Luke and I begin cleaning bathrooms. When I started cleaning yesterday, I realized that I did not have sufficient cleaning solutions, so today I am deep cleaning.
12:45 pm. The fight begins to get naps underway.
1:30 pm I begin folding the endless loads of laundry. I am not kidding, there are five loads here.
2:00 pm I give up, naps just aren't gonna happen today. Luke has ran all over the place and thinks it is fun to jump on clean laundry that has been folded. Time to feed evan again!
2:15. Decided to leave laundry for a bit and I just booked a mini vaca for jeff, Luke and me.
2:30 back to laundry. You see I have a bad habitbof cleaning laundry but never getting it put up. Every time I get it all put away, I swear I will never let it get like this again! Yeah right!
Since 2:30, I have put evan to sleep three times and his precious brother has woken him each time. Therefore, I am going to chill out in the recliner for bit. Luke just came in and I am wondering how a 2 year old learns to smart off. Every time I have said, "I said no!" he looks at me and replies with, " I said no!". Nice huh!
It is 4:30 and I have prepped supper so as soon as jeff gets home, I will cook it up. I usually try to have supper done before he gets here but then he needs to wind down from work so we end up eating without him. I am trying to time this better. On a side note, this evening should be interesting given that neither of my kiddos have slept much today.
5:00 well I started cooking even though jeff wasn't home. I ot supper cooking with the help of Luke and then fed evan.
6:00 we all it own to eat and jeff begins asking the blessing and both kiddos are crying, lol. Wouldn't trade our lives for anything. Jeff and Luke ended up eating together while I put evan down for a nap. Wow, it's only 6:30!
7:00 evan and I are just relaxing! It's almost bath time. I finally ate and cleaned up kitchen as well as dusted in living room. I am trying to dust one room a day, ugh. Luke has been begging for a bath all day bc i bought him some new bubble bath. The kid has totally unclothed himself five times today trying to get to his bubbles, lol. He is just so funny. As I sit here with Evan, I can hear the sweet sounds as Luke explains in great detail everything he is doing. They are in his room. Luke has started reallynplaying with the blocks his aunt steph got him. He builds them up as high as he can and then he wants Evan to come knock them over. It is so precious. I am realizing right now how much I wish i could attach photos tonthe events of the day.
7:45. Bath time! Luke is so good at washing himself. It is really impressive.
8:10 pm both kids are asleep with me in the recliner.
8:55 pm, jeff puts Luke in his bed and we finally sit down to watch "the voice". Of course it is recorded so hopefully we can get it all watched by 10 then feed evan and off o bed.
Luke doesn't normally go o bed thus early but I guess without a nap, he was worn out. Wow what a day! I knew our lives were busy but this seems crazy when you actually pay attention to all that goes on! Thank God for another day of life.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
First, thanks to Bert and Karen for being amazing grandparents. Karen went with me when we found out evan was being put in hospital. She sat by my side while the nurses attempted three times to get an IV started. She also later made my favorite cookies and brought them to us at Children's. You are amazing mom!!! Bert surprised us by showing up after 10 while we were in ICU. He tried to get us to rest while he stood vigil over Evan ( I am certain he was praying over our little angel)!! He comforted us when they told us evan would be airlifted to children's and even made the trip that night/ morning. Additionally, bert kept Luke while Karen was with me and then Karen kept Luke through Sunday while bert was with us. Karen also took all of our laundry home and washed it. Amazing!!!
Secondly, my mom made a quick visit to mt home on Friday, in between preparing for a wedding. After the wedding was over, her and daddy drove down to little rock to visit and came back the next morning. Then, they went home to take over watching Luke. I think the honeymooners also helped out so thanks Adam and Cheryl.
While at mt home, Bro. Steve and Mrs. Judy came by to visit and pray for us. That meant so much to us. They also left with a souvenir!!!! While at children's, Bill and Carrie Butcher and Amy Stalls came by. It was so nice to see familiar faces.
Also, we would like to think our wonderful doctors here at home who knew what was best for our baby. Thanks Dr. Robinson and Dr. Lawrence. We also want to thank the amazing staff at children's.
A big thank you goes out to our wonderful brother, Dan, who came over and mowed our very large yard. It was such a relief to come home and not have to worry about this. Your amazing and we love you!
Thanks goes out to Charlie treece, who contacted a friend at children's and she brought us an amazing hogs quilt. We love it!!!!
Finally and most importantly, we want to say thanks be to God for His healing power. Our God is an amazing God. Also, thanks to all our friends and family who have been praying. God heard your prayers.
I hope we have not missed someone but there were just so many who reached out in our time of need and we are so thankful.
Update on Evan:
Evan is doing well. He is on an antibiotic and an inhaler. We can't be around too many people for a bit and he is not allowed to be around other babies for at least two weeks.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
They loaded Evan up and we headed out. Let me tell you that our drive was the longest drive of my life. We are glad that evan is in such good hands and we know that God is an amazing healer. He is still continuing to labor as he breathes. He will get better and then worse, which is what they said would or could occur. At this point they are running more test because they aren't sure about the validity of the RSV test. They said nit would be at least 24 hours but regardless, his treatment is the same. We have no idea how long we will be here but we will be here as long as necessary to get our baby well. It continues to be hard to be away from Luke but I know he is in good hands. Karen is keeping him and my mom is going to take over tomorrow evening as Bert and Karen prepared to say goodbye to a wonderful, most Godly family member, Edith Williams. Please keep Glena Cruz, Linda Lane, and family in your prayers.
I will update again tomorrow or tonight depending on changes. Please continue to life Evan up in prayers and know that we are truly grateful and blessed by all your love, prayers, and support.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Finally, the doc came to visit and confirmed the evan had RSV and also had a touch of pneumonia. He also said we would probably be here till Monday (nice considering my brother gets married tomorrow and jeff and I are both in the wedding). I will get to that subject later. Anyhow, after several breathing treatments and antibiotics, his breathing seemed to be getting worse or at least more labored. So they put us in ICU. ICU is both good and bad...good because he has his own nurse that sits outside his room all the time, but bad because we don't have a bathroom in the room and they won't let us hold him. They are doing some type of vapor treatments through his oxygen and that seems to be helping a lot. Evan is finally asleep!!
Now to the wedding bit. I have really been struggling as to whether I stay with my baby or go to wedding. I know that Karen would stay with him and he would be fine but it is hard to imagine being away from him when he is like this. I still have not made my decision but regardless, I know that Adam and cheryl are going to have the most amazing day and I am so excited to have another sister. I am hoping that God will reveal to us whether or not we should go or stay.
Finally, I ask that you all please keep evan in your prayers and remember Luke also as I am sure he is sad thatch has to be away from his brother.
Speaking of Luke, I heard thatbhe had a big day with pa. They went to the dive shop, fed fish ( till pa ran out of money, so Luke said), and went to walmart. Thanks again to mynwonderful in-laws for taking care of our boy.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Since my last post, we welcomed Evan Ross Benton into our lives. He was 7 lbs 1oz and 19 3/4 inches long. He looks so much like his brother, it is a bit scary!!!! He is now 5 weeks old and he is sleeping in his own crib and last night slept for 4 1/2 hours before waking up to eat. You have been a little crabby lately but overall, you enjoy sitting in you C pillow and relaxing. You are a pig and want to eat all the time. You still aren't sure about your brother and I am certain that you are gonna have to be a really tough boy bc your big bro is pretty tough on you. you like to sleep against my chest which is my most favorite way to hold you! Our family now feels so complete since your arrival!! You amaze me by your ability to hold your neck up so well! At you one week appointment, you weighed 7 lbs 5 ounces and you were 21 niches long! My scale is broke so I sadly have no idea how much you weigh.
Luke has been adjusting to having a little brother around. He has been pretty good about it so far and loves his bubba so much. You are about to be 2 1/2 years old and I am so amazed by your vocabulary and language skills. I hear from time to time repeating things younhave hard mom or dad say. Today, you were in Evan's room and I heard you talk to God and ask him to help you like you have heard me do when I get strewed out! You talk to Evan like you expect a response and it just makes my heart melt. You are an amazing big brother and I know you willnalways take good care of your bubba!!!
Since having Evan, I have been very busy! Jeff had to go right back to work after we got out of hospital so it has been very crazy. Thankfully, I have an amazing set if in-laws who have been there to help anytime I needed them. I have been trying hard to be a good mom but it is a struggle at times and can be a little stressful but I am starting to adjust to having two boys who need my attention all the time. I even managed to bake an apple pie today. I finally feel like I am catching up on sleep and now I can take advantage of nap time to get some things done! I honestly had a pretty hard recovery after Evan's birth and his birth (via c-sexton) was pretty rough on me. Poor kiddo did not want to come out so I was anlittle beaten up!!, praise God that I had a wonderful doctor who was able to get evan out safely!!! The last few weeks have been busy trying to put on wedding shower and help my future sil get the wedding details worked out!!! I have also been on a major mission to drop enough weight to get into my bridesmaid dress. It almost zipped up today so hopefully in the next 10 days I will make it!!!!!
Jeff has been very busy at work which is normal this time of year. It is always a little rough because I get my vacation time when he is too busy for vacation. I am confident that one day we will be able ti take a vacation together but we have many years, God willing, to take vacations. Jeff recently had to be our of town for six days and Let me tell you that I now understand why God created ADAM AND EVE!!!! I do not envy single mothers and they must be strong women!!! I spent as much time as I could with my inlaws and my parents which helped make the week go by much more quickly!
Well there is much more that I need to update on but I am gonna save that for another day! Thank you Lord for my wonderful family and all your blessings!!!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Luke, I know you are so excited to meet your brother!! I don't think you realize how much our lives are about to change and how in a week you are going to have a new buddy!! Right now, you always refer to daddy as your best buddy but I am certain that will change very soon. I knew there might be so issues we would have to deal with after Evan arrives, based on all the warnings I have received; but, I did not realize some of those may start before Evan arrived!!! You want me to hold you like a baby and feed you, which I probably should not do but I figure that in a week you will have to grow some so I am going to spoil you a little this week!!! You are an amazing kid and we love you so much!!!! You are already an amazing big brother and love to take care of Evan. You want to lay on him, which we hope will stop once he is actually here, lol!! You try to feed him you snacks and milk, which is so nice of you; however, we hope that too will stop until Evan is much older!!! This morning we talked and you were so excited that you get to go to Nana and PopPops on Monday night and that they are gonna bring you to see Evan!!!
I am so amazed by all the blessings God has provided our family! I have an amazing husband, who can't stand when I write about him...but I want to remember how thankful I have been for his understand, love, and support through our lives thus far!!! I am so glad you will be by my side holding my hand between picture taking as Evan enters this world!!!! i love you!!!!!!!!
To any friends or family out there that may read this blog, I will do my best to update with pictures as quickly as I can after Evan arrives, we would appreciate your prayers for the doctor, Evan and our family next Tuesday!!!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Well on to a much better topic, bert and Karen took Luke to Awanas last night and he had so much fun. A little funny story for me to always remember is that potty truing is going great and Luke is only wearing pull ups at night. Anyhow, guess he needed to pee while on playground last night so the little angel just let's it rip out in front of God and everyone! Man I love this kid!! Today he asked where evan was...I think he is ready for his bubba to arrive...Just a few more weeks
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Speaking of Luke, he is going to be so disappointed because I am keeping him home from puggles tonight. He was sick last night and none of us really got much sleep! He seems to be feeling better now according to his Grandma, which I am so thankful for. Before Luke started getting sick, he helpednme put up all of Evans clothes, then he proceeded to dig out all of the toys I have hidden under the crib. Luke loves to go sit in Evans room and often times, we find Luke sitting in the rocker or in Evans little bouncer. I can just imagine Luke sitting there watching over his baby brother.
Well anyhow, my break is about over so I suppose I will get back to the joys of special Ed. Paperwork and look forward to the arrival of my next group of angels who will be more than eager to learn. By the way, please pray for all the student and teachers for next few weeks as testing begins. It is a stressful time for all those involved.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Jeff and His father roofing the house. It looks amazing now!!!
Luke "working on things." He is my
personal handy man!
Luke thinking he is so big!!
Luke loves to work with his Pa!!
These kiddos are gonna hate pictures like this when they grow up. They are so precious and have so many fun times ahead of them, together!
Luke letting a girl drive him around. The kid is girl crazy already!!
I know it is from Christmas but these two boys are too cute in their bibs!!
Here's a pic of my little armadillo hunter on Christmas morning!!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
So, after a quick lunch with my wonderful husband and brother-in-law, I went back to work. I realized when I got back to work and began doing some paperwork in between teaching my classes, that I am so forgetful this pregancy. I am almost embarrased to say it but I want to remember just how silly pregancy makes me....I honestly could not remember if I dreamed up something about a student or if my boss really did talk to me yesterday. I know that is horrible, but it was just one of those days. After a busy day at work, I went back to MT. Home again for an eye appointment. Let me just say that every since Kindergarten, I have had the same eye doctor and now, at the age of 29 I had to see someone new. I always feel nervous and pressured at the eye doctor like I am taking a test that I know I can not pass. It is truely horrible!! Anyhow, I am getting new glasses and contacts.
After the eye doctor, it was off to to pick up supper and head to the house to feed my family before Luke and I had to go to Puggles. I was so tired by the time I got home and I knew that I probably should just stay at home and rest after such a crazy day; however, Luke loves Puggles. He knows exactly what days are church days and all he could say when I got home is that he wanted his jeans and puggle's shirt on. How can you resist such devotion to God and learning about him? Well, I couldn't...so Luke ate quickly (partially on the way to church and back) and we packed up and went. It cracks me up how Luke acts so different in Puggles (with me there) and how he acts on Sundays (when I am not in class with him). He is so wild in Puggles and I spend most of my time trying to get him to calm down but I know he is learning because on the way to church I ask him about God. He told me that God made him and Maddie. Then, he went through all his friends at church. I told him that Ms. Lindsay would be there and his response was "and Landon?" I told him that Landon wasnt coming tonight and he was so concerned. He said, "Landon sick?" I told him that he was getting better. Then Luke said, "He with Mr. Wance?" I am amazed how he knows who belongs to what family. Anyhow, back to how Luke behaves...When I pick him up on Sundays, everyone always tells me how good he was and how polite he is (guess we are doing something right).
Well, I must close. My little angels are here and read to learn how to read some new words. I love teaching this group of kiddos because you can always see so much imporvement in them. God Bless!!!
Monday, March 7, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
My Dad is an amazing man! He was born in Canada and as a child his family moved to California. After graduating college, my dad had to decide whether to wait to be drafted or pick an armed force, so he joined the Navy. He spent his required time in the Navy and when he got out and came home, he found that his family had moved to Arkansas. So he too, made his way to Arkansas. His family built a beautiful home in which my grandparents lived in until my grandmother passed away. Dad met my mom a little over 30 years ago (They hated each other, LOL). Anyhow, somehow through all the dislike for one another they fell in love and got married. Since that time my dad has spent his life working as much as possible so that he could provide for his family. My dad did not want my mom to work while us kiddos were growing up so he worked extra hard and we made alot of sacrifices. Even though my father was not a Christian while I was growing up, he always encouraged me to go to church and demanded that I act in a Christian manner. He may not have had the fear of God in himself but he certainly made sure us kiddos did. I remember asking my dad most Sunday's if he wanted to go to church this week and his response was always the same, "not yet, or maybe next week." Well about two years ago my mom and dad starting going to a little church (Bruno Baptist) and my dad found Christ. I am not sure most kids get to see their dad be baptized but I would say that it ranks up there with meeting my husband and giving birth as the best day of my life.
My mom grew up in a military family and they moved everywhere. To be honest, I know very little about her father other than he went to church and loved his recliner. Her mother; however, put up with my grandfather and pretty much raised 5 children on her own. My mom always grew up in church. As a mother, she struggled hard to ensure that us kiddos had everything we needed to go to school, play ball, etc (even if that meant being late on a bill or two). My best childhood memories of her would be when I would come home from school and she would be in the kitchen making homemade tortilla shells. I did not even know you could by shells in a store until I was well into my teen years. She never missed one of our ballgames and I remember her checking herself out of the hospital after having surgery so that she could make it to my ballgame. This women was crazy about being in attendance to every activity at school or in my life. (Let me tell you that I could not get away with anything, even if I would have tried!!) It is probably her active involvement in my life and her high expectations of me that drove me to stay on track and avoid most teenage troubles.
I have three siblings: An older brother, a younger sister and a younger brother.
My oldest brother was born from my mother's first marriage. He lived with us off and on throughout my life. I always thought he was the coolest person in the world and I just looked forward to every time he would come home. As I grew older, I started to realize the struggles he was enduring coming from a split home. He struggled to know where he fit in, where he wanted to live, and how he should live. I remember as a teen talking with my older brother and trying to answer his questions about God. I am pretty certain that my answers were not sufficient based on many of the choices he has made. He has three girls, one of which my wonderful parents are attempting to raise. Please keep my brother in your prayers!!
My younger sister has always been the shy child. I have kinda secretly looked up to her because she has never worried about what the outside world thought of her looks, attitude, success, or anything else. She just lives for her family and God. She has always been very smart and it made me so mad in school that she never had to try. When she was 18, she married her one and only boyfriend. He is an amazing man and serves as a youth minister at Bruno Baptist. They have two children: a boy named Ethan and a girl named Maci.
My younger brother is very adventurous to say the least. As child, we were always heading to the hospital to get him sowed up or casted up. I honestly dont think it was that he was accident prone, he just pushed everything to limit (lOl). He was probably the most athletic of us all! I guess it is coming up on two years since we nearly lost him. My brother was going on with his normal adventurous life. Right out of high-school, he went straight to work with my dad. My brother loves to make money and was not willing to wait on college to pan out (lol). He met a wonderful girl named Cheryl. They found out they were expecting a child and we were so excited (you see my sister and I were both pregnant also). Then it was like the world came to a stop!!!!!!!! I remember that I was on my way to drop Luke off at the sitters (funny that I cant remember were I was going). My mom called and said that I needed to get to the house now and that Adam had a dirt bike wreck and they were airlifting him out. I dont remember much about my drive only that it was quick and panicked. When I got there, Adam was already in the ambulance and they were about to take him to meet the helicopter. Once Jeff got tot he house, we went and picked up my sister and took off for Springfield. When we got to St. Johns, Adam was sleeping and honestly looked fine. We took turns sitting with him and were later told they were going to move him up to ICU just for observation but everything looked good (sweet relief, right?) Jeff and I decided we would go get food for everyone (especially Cheryl who was like 8 months pregnant at this point). While sitting in the drive through, I received a panicked phone call from my sister (remember she is the shy one). All she said is get here now, mom passed out and they are rushing Adam to surgery. Wow!!!!!! Anyhow, to make this story as short as possible, the amazing doctors at St. John's saved my brothers life. They told us that they almost lost him and for two to three days it would be touch and go. From that point on, we were warned that it may take a long while (6 months or more) for Adam to talk, walk, or do much of anything normal. We were told that he might have to be in the hospital for months, a rehabilitation center for a year (I suppose it is their job to prepare us for the worst). Well I am glad to report that Adam amazed all of his doctors and was moved from St.JOhns after about 2 to 2 1/2 weeks. He was then moved to Mt. Home to their rehabilitation floor. He spent about a week there and was ready to go home. He was walking and talking (not always saying what he should). It was not an easy road once he got home. He struggled with his memory, with not being allowed to work, with understanding and dealing with his child being born. I am so happy to say that he has come a long way since his accident. He and Cheryl are getting married on June 18th (after a long road), Adam is back to work, and their wonderful, beautiful baby girl is amazing!!! Adam was saved as a young boy and I am certain that his accident and the things he experienced being so close to death will continue to remind him daily of God's amazing power!!
Well that is my family!! As Kelly stated, my husband's family is amazing and I am so blessed to have them in my life!!!
I will try to attach a picture of my family tonight!
Monday, February 28, 2011
Then on Saturday, we woke up and I cooked breakfast (pancakes, sausage, and eggs). Jeff and Luke played for a while and then I went to buy groceries while the men did manly things (sweep garage, take trash off, and buy brake pads). Then, I picked up lunch and eventually Luke took a nap. As always, by the time Jeff and I start thinking that we might take a nap too, Luke decides to wake up. He woke up in such a good mood and was so eager to play with his daddy. I just love watching them two together.
On Sunday, we went to church and then came home and I cooked a quick and easy lunch. After Lunch, Luke and I both took a nap. I love race season because I can always count on watching the two best parts, the beginning and the end with a nap in between. After nap time, Luke and Jeff went out and played. This is when I planned on getting some great photos but Jeff said not to bother because the wind was blowing (see how I just blamed him for my lack of photo capturing). Last night, came a big storm and as usual I was afraid. I hate how the wind sounds at our house. I always think the roof is about to come off, which is quite funny given that when I left the house this morning, our yard was littered with shingles. You know it was a pretty rough storm when you get a call at 6:45 am from the neighbor saying that we are welcome to come over and get in their basement any time we need to (LOL).
On another note, I am so proud of Luke. He has been doing so well with this potty training business. He is wearing big boy underwear and has been accident free for about 7 days now. He wears a pull-up at nap but that too has been dry the last few days. We still haven't mastered the night time and so he wears a diaper then. And to be honest, I am not really excited about him waking me up to go to the bathroom (Evan already does that enough as it is, LOL).
So as you know, Jeff had been gone a lot for the past few weeks. During that time, Luke turned back into a Mommy's boy and became a bit whinny. Well it has only taken a few days but, Luke no longer wants mommy to do everything for him. Everything is about daddy now!!!!!!! Honestly, you would think that this might make me a little sad but it is nice to just sit back and rest especially given the fact that Evan is causing me hip issues and there are just times where I cant seem to get up and walk to the bathroom by myself. Speaking of, Luke was so precious yesterday. I was having a difficult time walking and he was so helpful. He would hold my hand and walk me down the hall every time I needed to get up. I just love that little angel and I know he is going to be such a wonderful big brother to Evan Woss (ross)!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Anyhow, Jeff got home Monday night and then he left again Wednesday morning so that he could go to Indiana to be with Matt and his family for the funeral. Luke was so sweet about his daddy leaving. We prayed all week for his daddy to be safe and for Matt and his family. I told him that Jeff was going to see Matt and Becky and left it at that....but leave it to my child to add his own story to things. Luke kept saying that Jeff went to see Matt and Becky and the baby!!! I think he may be predicting the future or it could be that he just stays very confused about our baby coming.
Well, Jeff made it home last night and we tried hard to stay up for him but Luke just could not make it. He was very excited (once he got past his mommy stage in the morning) to see Jeff this morning. He got to get back to his morning routine: go to the bathroom, brush teeth, chap stick, floss, and spray deodorant....in that order, lol. Its hard to keep Luke on his routine when Jeff is gone because I am doing good just to get shoes on him and me!!!
We are so glad to be back together as a family and are really looking forward to a wonderful weekend. Lots of pictures to come with the weekend post.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
This is just one of the wonderful views from our house. I know that we look forward to having some land and a lot more space for our family but it is really hard to beat 2 open acres in a wonderful neighborhood.
The little guy loves rocks. I kept telling him not to throw the rocks in the grass but he just wouldn't listen. He said, "Mommy, mine get one more rock!" Sorry Jeff in advance for all the rocks you will be mowing over. We love you!!
I don't usually take too many pictures of myself (especially pregnant) but thought I would try to snap one. Obviously, I am looking at the camera and Luke is saying something like, "take the picture mom...is that a doggy?" So much for a cute pic together!!
As always, we had to ride Luke's 4 wheeler. So we went to the garage and got it out. He took off through the yard and got just far enough away that it would be a task for ol' prego to get it back to the house. He stopped, looked at me and said, "oh, mommy ride bike!!" It was like he suddenly remembered this wonderful bike his pa and grandma got him for his birthday. So as he ran to the garage to get his bike, I pushed that stinking wheeler back to the garage. As you can tell from the picture, Luke is not quite long-legged enough to reach both pedals at the same time, so I pushed him around a bit.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Anyhow, the only thing I ever do for V-day is get Jeff a card. The always have really good cards for this holiday so stock-up so you can surprise your sweetie throughout the year!!! I promise that will mean more than the card you give him or her on V-day! When I went to pick Luke up, he had made me a precious card (Thanks Becky)!! This is certainly one of the perks of being a parent. I remember as a kiddo, making all kinds of things to bring home to my mommy and I have looked forward to the day when I would start receiving special creations from Luke. Unfortunately, I did not get a picture taken of the card but it was cute. I not much of a keepsaker, but I have about decided that I am going to have to get a box to put some of this stuff in.
ON another note, we had a great weekend. On Saturday, Linds and I went grocery shopping and baby registering (no we aren't both having babies at the same time again, LOL). Then we went and ate at our favorite little Mexican Restaurant. Here is a little funny story on this restaurant: There is a Waiter there that seems to always be eyeing me. Every time we go in there, he always waits on us and last time I was pregnant, he really wanted to touch my belly. Apparently, there are men out there who think that pregnancy is HOTT!! Anyhow, we both have told our husbands about this and a year or so ago, we went in there with our significant others and I think the guy got his feelings hurt (lol)! This time, when we went in (remember I am pregnant), I was really dreading seeing him because I figured he would trying to wait on us. Fortunately, our hubbies must have scared the poor guy off because he did not even speak to us, thankfully!!!
When we got home, the boys (our hubbies), went out to work in Lance's shop while Linds and I took over kiddo duty. Linds made cookies and let the boys (our children) decorate the cookies. They had so much and got a little carried away with the sprinkles!
I sure do love these boys and cant even imagine how we are gonna separate them when they get older. I am pretty sure we will be rotating weekends from the time they are 5 on. God has truly blessed our families with great friends and wonderful families!!!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Sorry these pictures are all out of order, I haven't figured this all out yet!! Anyhow, before we went outside, we whipped up a wonderful batch of chocolate chip cookies. Yum, Yum!!
You may notice that there are two different hats on our snowman. Well the hat that matches the scarf was the one we put on right after Luke knocked the snowman's head off. Yes, we had to build it twice!
Our finished product!!! It may be small but you gotta give us a break. This is about as good as a 7 1/2 month pregnant woman and her 2-year-old son can do!!
Luke decided he needed to give the snowman some "luvins." I missed the picture were he also gave the snowman a kiss.
More "luvins!" This kid loves to give "luvins!" Everyday before I leave for work, he has to give his Jeff luvins. One day we forgot and he cried all the way to the sitters. Even at night, he has to give us goodnight luvins and that includes hugging and kissing Evan.