Thursday, February 26, 2009

Eli is 3 months old!!!


Today is Eli's 3-month birthday:) He is as happy as ever. He is such an easy baby, loves his big brothers (and loves absolutely anyone's company), and is growing right before our eyes!! He weighs 14 lbs., sucks his fists, eats like a healthy, growing boy, sleeps great for his age, laughs, "squeals," and can put a smile on anyone's face. His face lights up when he smiles, as you can see from the pictures of that whole-face smile. He kicks all of his limbs when he gets excited, has the sweetest voice, and makes our lives more complete. We love you, Eli!!!!





Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wholly Yours

This is such a great song, but I just heard/read the words this past weekend. Click on the song "Wholly Yours" in the playlist on my sidebar and read/sing along. Awesome!!
(by David Crowder)
I am full of earth
You are heavens worth
I am stained with dirt
Prone to depravity

You are everything that is bright and clean
The antonym of me, You are divinity
But a certain sign of grace is this
From the broken earth flowers come on pushing through the dirt

You are holy, holy, holy
All heaven cries, holy, holy God
You are holy, holy, holy
I want to be holy like You are

You are everything that is bright and clean
And You're covering me with Your majesty
And the truest sign of grace was this
From wounded hands redemption fell down, liberating man

But the harder I try
The more clearly can I feel the depth of our fall
And the weight of it all
And so this might could be the most impossible thing
Your grandness in me making me clean
Glory, hallelujah
Glory, glory, hallelujah

So here I am, all of me
Finally everything
Wholly, wholly, wholly
I am wholly, wholly, wholly
I am wholly, wholly, wholly Yours
I am wholly Yours

Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy Monday!

My little heroes, Superman and Spiderman...


and Mighty Fist


The fight


The winner:


And in case you were wondering, I was Pajama Mama today:) (I have to come up with creative excuses to stay in my PJs all day!) Hey, Eli thinks I'm funny:)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I'm back!!

Let me preface this post by saying there will be no pictures to go along with this story:) I certainly have some if you're interested, but I don't want to bring anyone to the point of losing their lunch. If you haven't heard already, I am FINALLY healed of the mysterious pain that has been lingering in my life for the past 6 years. In April 2003, I had my gallbladder removed, along with the "hundreds" of stones that filled it. What WEREN'T removed, apparently, were quite a few stones that had ventured into my bile duct. Because of this, I experienced the same original "classic/textbook" gallstone pain off and on for the 6 years following this surgery. After visiting numerous Emergency Rooms, doctors, and my original surgeon, I was convinced that, not only must I have been crazy and possibly even causing this strange pain, but that I was going to have to live with this for the rest of my entire life. Needless to say, that was very disheartening, and quite a bit of anger accompanied the countless episodes of pain.

The pain would come and go, but it never lasted more than a few hours at a time. Two Friday nights ago, however, after the pain had gone on for over 14 hours (accompanied by me throwing up and having chills/hot flashes), we headed to the ER at Baylor Grapevine. Finally, a CAT Scan revealed that there were, in fact, gallstones in my bile duct the whole time. They were removed Sunday morning, and I returned home Monday. Aside from the ups and downs of my and Derek's emotions throughout all of this, we are so thankful that I am finally healed!

During that awful pain Friday night, I prayed and prayed my heart out to God to take the pain away, to heal me, to just let me go to sleep or SOMETHING!!! This was something I had gone through so many times, and I didn't know why God wouldn't cause it to ease up this time! "Why won't you just give me a break!!!" Well, of course, God was doing what was best for me. Had that pain gone away like it normally did, I would have gone on having the same problems, and nothing would have been resolved. Thankfully, Praise the Lord!, the excruciatingly long episode left me with no other choice BUT to go to the ER where my true Healer was graciously awaiting to eternally (!) take this pain away. Thank you, Lord, for saying "No" to me when You knew that this suffering was going to bring about my ultimate healing!

Sorry there aren't any pictures. You would thank me if you knew what those pictures looked like:) (Yes, they did give us pictures of my gallbladder 6 years ago during the surgery, as well as pictures of the stones removed this time around! haha)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Justus




Thursday, February 5, 2009

Naptime....Shhhhh

Justus...blanket always up to his neck, tucked into the sides of his bed


Titus...blanket never on, thumb always in the mouth:)


Eli...on his tummy, in Mommy and Daddy's bed


Nothing sweeter than sleeping babies:)
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