Sunday, May 11, 2014

To a special mother

Dear Charlie,                                                                                                            May 10, 2014

                Hello, Little One.  I want to tell you a story—it is a very special story—it is special because it is about your Mommy…

                I am so honored that your mother invited me to be with her during your birth.  I remember -walking into the delivery room and your Mommy was smiling from ear to ear.  She was smiling that distinctive “I-am-about-to-be-a-mom” smile.  Her eyes were dancing with joy and excitement!  And it was, Charlie, it was a happy time because you were on your way to her arms.

                Then, when the labor pains became too strong for smiles; your Mama relaxed, and steadied her breathing- while your Daddy steadied your Mama.  Her hand sought his when she needed support.  He whispered sweet nothings into her ear from time to time to soothe and encourage her.  And when your Mommy needed someone to lean on, as her legs failed her, your Daddy was always close by.  He could never leave the side of the woman he loves.  Charlie, theirs is a deep love; a forever love.  And the beautiful thing about love is, it grows.

                Your Mommy was patient; she labored and waited, and waited and labored.  And then Charlie, it was time for pushing, and oh did your Mama push!  She pushed with all she had, despite her exhaustion.   She was so tired, Charlie, so tired-- twelve long hours she endured-- what a strong woman she is!  And it was all for you.  They say a mother would do anything for her child, well, this is what your mother did for you.  She pressed on, never complaining, the thought of you never far from her mind.  Your mother loves you Charlie.  Remember what I said about love?  It grows.  She will continue to love you for all time.

                When they placed you on your Mommy’s chest, she beamed!  There is nothing as beautiful as the face of a new mother.  Eyes with bags under them, flush from pushing and ratted hair from the oxygen mask, only add to the beauty of her triumphant smile.  The hard work of labor, quickly forgotten because you, Charlie, were worth all of it.  I am sure she would have done it all again if it were required.

                Your mother is one of a kind, Charlie.  You are blessed to have been sent to one so exceptional.

Lots of love to both of you,

Monday, May 5, 2014

To my darling Lily Fae,

                                                                             May 5, 2014
            Another year has come and gone—and what an exciting year it has been too—now, it is your second birthday.  Two years, Lily, two YEARS.  How fickle time can be, passing quickly when it should be savored and slowly when you would prefer it to be hasty.  I cannot believe how swiftly your childhood is passing before my eyes as I try desperately to enjoy it before it is gone.
            So much has happened this past year: you finally started talking, you have a full head of hair (at last!), and your baby brother Abram was born.  Earlier this past year, your father and I were deeply concerned about your lack of verbal communication.  You were nearing 20 months and you still didn't say anything but “shoe”.  Now though, you speak all the time!  Unfortunately, more often than not I cannot understand a word that comes out your mouth.  Although there are a few that come out loud and clear like, “NO!” and “Mine.”  Depending on the situation, it either makes me giggle or annoyed how you call for me, because you say … “Mommymommymommymommymommymommymommy…” over and over again until you have my full attention.  And if my attentions slips for a moment you go at it again.  That is going to be one of the things I miss as you grow older… if you stop calling for me that way, that is.  I honestly can’t decide if I want you to stop or not.
            Maybe it is just because I am a hairdresser… but you have a full head of hair and I am so proud!  I have had to cut it twice now, and your haircut is absolutely adorable- if I do say so myself.  You make me smile Lily, because you love hair too.  Often you sneak into the bathroom to grab the baggie of rubber bands to casually bring to me so I can put your hair up.  Other times you will come out with my big purple brush, which you take to Daddy, for him to brush and brush and brush your hair. You adore your Daddy- you two have a special bond, for sure.  Sometimes, when Daddy helps you get dressed, you come out wearing mismatched clothes topped with lop-sided piggytails and you grin from ear to ear while holding Daddy’s hand.  And the sight of it makes me so happy I don’t have the heart to straighten you out.
            I remember, it was early, early in the morning when Grandma woke you and Samuel to be there for the birth of baby Abram.  As his dark head started crowning you confidently stated, “Poop!  Poop.”  And oh how we laughed, for what you thought was poop, was most certainly not.  Once Abram slipped out you were immediately as close as you could possibly be.  You touched him once and he was “sticky!” so you didn’t touch him again, but oh how you adored him.  Your “Bebe” was here; you loved him and mothered him from the very beginning.  You are going to be a great mother someday, darling, because you know how to love with your whole heart.  Stay that way Lily.  Don’t forget how to love- especially yourself.  Take pride in the things that make you unique—embrace them—for you are a daughter of God and He doesn’t make mistakes.  He sent you here to Daddy and I, and we thank Him every day for you.  Our family wouldn’t be complete without you.
            You know, when I was a young girl I believed in forever families, but it wasn’t until I married your father and we started our own family that I knew.  I don’t ever want to be anywhere without your father.  I love him so.  What a happy day it will be when you are sealed to the man you choose to love, in the temple.  Beginning your very own forever family.  I am looking forward to that day- but for now, I need you to be my Little Miss for a little longer.  We have a lot to learn together still, you and I.  I love you my sweet Lily.
Happy birthday my wee darling!!
Lots of love,

Monday, April 21, 2014

Abram's Blessing Day

April 13, 2014

Mommy and Daddy:

Nana and Papa:

Grandma and Grandpa:

Funny story about Abram's blessing suit . . .
I made Abram's blessing suit from scratch, like, I made up the pattern and everything.  Well, I thought I made it "too big" and I was purposefully trying to do so.  When I had completed everything but hemming the pants and sleeves, my mom suggested we should try it on him.  (And it was a good thing we did too!)  His blessing outfit fit him like a glove- we had almost cut both the pants and sleeves WAY too short, because we were positive they were going to be way too long.  Also, we had to schedule his blessing for the next Sunday because he would have outgrown his blessing suit if we had waited any longer.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Great-grandbaby #100!

Last year, my Grandma and Grandpa were only a couple of grand-babies away from having 100 great-grandchildren.  (Look at those two love birds!)

It kinda became a competition to see who would win the badge of honor for producing the one hundredth great grandchild.  Well, I am proud to introduce you all to the winner. . .

Isn't he adorable?!?!

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Number Four

AJ and I have an ironic, reoccurring number in our life together, and that number is four

We first met on August 4th, at a singles ward FHE.
It took AJ less than a week—four days to be exact—to convince me that I liked him better than the missionary I had been writing.
On October 4th AJ proposed to me on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sometime while AJ and I were dating we noticed-- to our astonishment-- that we were exactly 4 years, 4 months and 4 days apart in age.
December 4th we were sealed in the Mesa Arizona temple- 4 months to the day after we met.
Soon after we were married, we learned we were expecting, our due date … September 4th.
Unfortunately, like 95% of babies, Samuel didn’t come on his due date, he came four days early instead.
At the end of my pregnancy with Lily, we were hoping she would come four days early too- so she would be born in April, the fourth month.
However, she was born on May 5th, four days late.  (The LONGEST days of my life!)
Abram’s claim to fame here is that he isn’t actually our third child, he is our fourth, and he was born in 2014.  (Maybe that is stretching it a bit?)
Bonus:  I was pregnant with our fourth child on our 4th anniversary, I can honestly say I never thought that was gonna happen.  Four babies in four years?!  That is kind of impressive.

                Well, that about sums it up for now.  I am interested to see where the number 4 inserts itself into our life in the future.

I am not going to lie, I will be looking for it. *Wink, wink*

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Let it go, Lily!!

Lily is starting to have favorites!  (I think it is just the cutest thing when little kids start picking favorites.)  Her favorite movie is Wreck-it-Ralph, her favorite snack is cheese, her favorite shoes are her brown boots and her favorite song is "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen.  She sings it all the time, and the moment she hears the music come on she starts belting out, "LET IT GO!!"

Friday, February 28, 2014

15 more days!! . . .

38 weeks
 Miss Lily wanted a tummy picture too.

And here are all of our tummies!

So far, Lily's guess date is the only one that has come and gone- she guess the 26th.  If you haven't made a guess yet there is still time!!