Monday, May 23, 2016

This's his birthday!

Yeah, yeah....

I know he isn't a kid anymore.

He's (gulp) a grown man.

A grown married man.

But the thing is....

He's still my boy.

My baby, if you will.

And this baby?


Pretty much a miracle.

All babies are miracles. But this kid, this second child of mine? He beat the odds. He overcame obstacles even before he was born.....

Twenty-nine years ago when I was just 10 weeks pregnant with Scott, I got the chicken pox. Yep. already had them once when I was a kid. (But you know, getting them twice is what the cool kids do.) And one more interesting little fact....I got these "fun little pox" from my (then) one year old son. So, yeah. Scott's older brother was already giving him a hard time in utero. ;)

Several doctors advised us to "terminate the pregnancy".

Ummm, what?


Apparently, "the fetus" a.k.a. my precious baby, could have been born with some severe birth defects. Needless to say, it was scary for this mom who was only 24 at the time. It was scary for my husband as well.

Doctors were telling us to do something that we would never consider.
Doctors were telling us that the birth defects would be too hard for us.
For us.
For us???
What in the world????

We found a doctor who supported our decision not to "terminate the pregnancy".

Our new doctor told us there was a chance that our baby would not be affected by the chicken pox virus. Our doctor also asked us if we believed in miracles. Yes, we do kind sir!

Regardless, our baby simply was our baby. Period.

We trusted God no matter the outcome.

And our son?


He was born healthy.

A miracle. Thank you, Jesus!

Can't even imagine life without him.

Can't. Even.

This kid who always rooted (and still does) for the underdog.
This kid who is passionate, loving, kind, and generous.
This kid who is the truest of the true, loyal, hard-working, and dependable.
This kid who grew into an amazing man of God.

He's twenty-nine years old today!!!

Happy Birthday Miracle Boy!

Love you more than you will ever know!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Big 4!

My littlest one is four!

Not sure how that happened.

It seems like yesterday, we were just bringing him home from China....

And now.

He's four.

And this little one?

He's into Diggers and Dump Trucks...and all things "construction"!

Can you tell?

He was enthralled with his cake.

Quite frankly, so were we!
It was super yummy.

Blowing out the candles is some serious business.

Gotta really strategize.

Four candles.

Gotta get 'er done.

And that last one?

Super hard to get.

But finally.


What really makes this day special??

How about celebrating with Dad?

It's Daddy's birthday too!

Daddy got his own cake as well.

We are so blessed to celebrate with family.....


All good things must come to an end.


And picture taking. Ahem.

There are only so many pictures one little four year old boy can take.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hanging at the library.

The kids love going to the library.

Today it was hopping.
Maybe it had something to do with the fact that it was a cold and rainy day in June????
There is always so to do.



Puppet play.

The "Bathtub".  Every library has one, right?

Oh yeah.
And the books!
Can't forget about the books!!

It was such a long line to check out books.....
Thus the "face'.

Always a good time!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

An Uncle and A Nephew

....who are only 3 months apart.


Jude is Archer's Uncle.

However, this Uncle and Nephew combo are also pretty good friends.

They play and fight together.
The share and grab toys from each other.
The hug and push each other down.
They laugh together.
They cry together.
They also like to make very loud noises together!!!

Picture taking???
They get antsy.

"Dude, tell your mom to stop taking pictures."

Yep, they are done with the picture taking thing!

So yeah, my family is a little unconventional.....

But, as a mom and a mimi, I couldn't be more blessed!
Love these two boys to the moon and back!