Sunday, January 18, 2009

Prayers needed

I have been reading Kelly's blog for about 10 months...right before she found out she was pregnant. I feel like I know her and that we are friends, I know all of you bloggers out there can relate! I know so many people already know of her story but if not, go here to read about it and most importantly, pray for all of them to find healing and comfort in this difficult time.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Pray for our children

I love reading other blogs and I have many that I "stalk"...meaning I do not know the person at all but have found their blog and love it! So, I wanted to share one that I read that I thought others may be interested in too. There is a woman named Kelly over at Kelly's Korner who is about to have her first child, a little girl. She and her husband had tried for many years before being blessed with this miracle. Although, she had many struggles, she never let her faith waiver. That is why I love reading her blog, she is so inspiring. But, the post that I want to share is actually not on her blog. It is on her mothers blog, which you can go to here. She is a godly woman who is also an inspiration (so is her husband - they both have blogs). She recently posted about praying for your children. So, I printed it out and thought it would be nice to add to my prayers for Ross, any future children (you can never start praying for them too soon - even if they don't exist yet!) and children that I know. I think it is amazing what God can do through prayer. Just wanted to share this with anyone who might find this helpful in their lives!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Walking the dogs

Actually I should title this carrying the dogs. We take Andy for walks almost every evening. Charlie does not have a leash yet and he is still so small, so we don't take him. We felt bad for leaving him the other night, so I decided to carry him and Derek could 'handle' Andy. Andy is NOT an easy dog to walk! He pulls away from you and tries to run off every time the wind blows! He barks at EVERYTHING, this includes people in their own yards, minding their business...he just starts going crazy barking at them. He runs in between and around Derek and I, so we are constantly switching sides and handing off the leash to one another. I am sure it is like watching a circus when we are out there! Oh and don't even get me started on cats, he loathes cats!! They don't like him either, I have seen him get his tail-end kicked several times by some sweet/innocent looking neighborhood cats! It is so embarrassing. We actually try to only walk him after dark since he makes such a scene. On this particular evening, we had both dogs and I am carrying Charlie and Andy got all worked up at someone that came out side, when he took off 'screaming' (that is what his bark sounds like to me) :) he must have pulled something or sprained something because he yelped and started limping. So, Derek, being the softie that he is...picks up Andy and carries him the rest of the way. I know we must have looked pretty strange carrying two dogs around the neighborhood but really, what did we expect??? We NEVER have a normal, peaceful outing with Andy! Ha! I say all of this in good fun, I love that dog and he is my baby! That said, he still can drive me nuts! I just had to get a picture of us when we got back from "walking the dogs".

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Such a sweet blessing

I want to share an experience that I never want to forget. I want to remember this always, it was one of those moments where you wish it was possible to record it or take mental pictures and write every single word down. On Christmas Day, after all the presents, food and spending time with loved ones...we had one more special 'gift' waiting for us. Derek always reads the Bible to Ross at bedtime, he listens very intently and understands so much. It is a children's Bible and he loves it. After they read, Ross prays and then lights out. I have been wanting to try to encourage Ross to add to his prayers but without telling him exactly what to say because I want it to be from him. His usual prayer is "Bless momma, daddy, Stacey, Granny" and so on. I suggested that he add something about being thankful for all that God has done for him, you know, blessings. Little did I know that this would start a conversation with him that was so special to Derek and me. Ross was so overcome with emotion about God's love that he was on the verge of crying. He just kept saying how thankful and happy he was that God loved him so much and did so much for him. He would start to talk and just cover his mouth with his little hand because he was about to cry. He knows that Jesus died for him. He went on to talk about how he had been sad about his fish dying but he knew that God took them and that He knows what is best, so that was ok. I wish I could write every thing he said down but the truth is I can't remember all of it. I do remember the feeling of pure joy at seeing this 6 year old boy LOVE God so much. Nothing could have been a greater gift to us than to hear someone so little profess their faith! It was amazing. After we left his room, I cried, I didn't want him to think something was wrong so I didn't want to break down in front of him. But, I cried because I was so happy for him. I know how I feel to know God loves me and I am SO thankful that Ross feels that too.

I can't beleive how much he has changed! I almost cry looking at the picture of me and him with the fish...his little chubby face and the expression he has! I love it!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve was a very low-key night for us. We went to Mindy and Ken's to eat dinner and play games. It was a lot of fun! I was surprised that we made it to midnight, we have never stayed up until midnight on New Year's Eve. We were very proud of ourselves for making it! Here are a few pics from that night. Of course Shae is in every one of them, just can't get enough of her! Oh and excuse my mis-matched clothes...I borrowed some of Mindy's pajama pants for the evening. I should have known to just wear my pj's over there but I thought I would attempt to look like we had plans!

Monday, January 12, 2009

It's about time!

So, I haven't updated this in a while! I need to catch up on Christmas, New Years and anything else that has happened...if I can remember it all! Christmas seems so long ago! It is crazy how that happens. Well, I will just start off by saying that we had a wonderful Christmas, it was nice to be with family. We all got a lot of goodies so that is always nice as well! I got a new camera which I am totally excited about, I did not know that Derek was going to get me one. I have dropped subtle hints here and there, you know, "I want a new camera" those kind of hints...ha! I guess he got the point! Ross got so many things, toys, books, clothes, a scooter and very cool tri-bot. He was a very good boy this year! Santa must have really liked the cookies, milk, stick of beef jerky and coffee that Ross left for him and the reindeer must have really appreciated the carrots and water. Ross just knew that Santa would need coffee to keep him awake and warm. He also thought that he might enjoy a little beef jerky since he was having so many sweets already! Derek got a new Bible that he wanted and a new pillow - that doesn't sound like anything cool but really it is a nice pillow, it is a tempurpedic pillow. We both got little things too, but those were our 'big' presents to each other.