Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A Year in Review 2018

I've sat down so many times these last few weeks to begin writing a post about our year and I just was flooded with much that I couldn't even write and had to walk away.  What a wonderful year 2018 was for our family.  We had such a wonderful year filled with so many special, monumental memories.  Some so big that I don't know if words will adequately do it justice. 

First up on our year was Christian starting his new job as a Nurse Practitioner.  This was huge for our family and I still don't believe we have seen all the fruit of this career change just will continue to become a blessing for us as Christian gets better hours, becomes more confident in his abilities as well as financial gains for us long term.  Having him off of weekends was such a breath of fresh air.  Completing Nurse Practitioner school was one of the hardest things we did as a family and we are finally able to enjoy him again and not be stressed with homework or clinicals.   What a huge undertaking Christian took on for us and we are so grateful for his hard work...not to mention extra thankful that it is OVER!!!

Another big thing for us this past year was the selling of our home.  We have lived in that one home since Aubrey was 6 months old, so it held many special memories for us.  We finally got to the point that we realized we needed more space and the neighborhood just wasn't working for us anymore. We are not huge risk takers so this was a big step for us.  Selling our home and moving into a rental was not the funnest thing we've ever done but so worth it. We looked at homes for months but couldn't find anything that fit our needs. We were hesitant to build just because it is a lot of work but ultimately after MUCH prayer and back and forth we knew it was the right thing for our family.  However, never in a million years did I think we would be moving into my parents neighborhood and getting to be just a few houses down!  It is an absolute miracle that everything fell into place and we were able to purchase and build in such a fabulous neighborhood.  My dad and brother are building our home so it makes it even more special.  Hopefully we will be moving in this spring...we are just so excited!  I cannot wait to build many new memories in our new home.

My Aubrey started 1st grade and is thriving in school.  She is reading like a champ and I am amazed at her math abilities...I am terrible at math so she doesn't get it from her mama! Aubrey is just Miss Extravert...ready and always willing to mingle and be social.  She was home with me these last few weeks of December and I was absolutely exhausted by her stamina!  That girl gets up roaring to go at 6 am and doesn't stop until I make her go to sleep!  She is a lot like my mama...full of energy and ready for activities.

Weston Hayes started school at Zoar this year and is loving being in PreK4.  He has also taken off academically and I am thrilled to say he now knows his letters. (I was worried there for a while) He loves his teacher although he still would much prefer to stay home with me.  He is so much like me...loves to be home working on something independently. He is 100% a mama's boy and snuggles like nobody else.  Weston did soccer last year as well as swimming and really found his thing with karate.   He is the cutest thing ever in his uniform and belt.  I am dreading him starting kindergarten this year...that will be a tough one for this mama.

And I have to save the best for last!  My angel boy took his first independent steps in 2018!  We never thought he would be walking at two years of age by himself...that was something we had been told he wouldn't do til 4 or 5...well apparently Baylor didn't get that memo because he has been walking like a champ.  He is absolutely the hardest worker you will ever meet and he is always working with a smile.  His therapist all tell me he is the easiest, hardest working little boy they have ever met.  We gave that walker back to his PT and Baylor hasn't ever looked back.  He rocks those orthotics and if he has long pants on you probably won't even know he has cerebral palsy.  We are so incredibly thankful for his progress and know it is nothing short of a miracle. 

Please keep us in your prayers as we have lots of big decisions to make for Baylor this upcoming year and we want to continue to provide him with the best options for reaching his full potential in life.  I'll post more on his upcoming surgery options once we get back from St. Louis in the next few weeks.

Overall it was a fabulous year...don't get me wrong...we had our tough times sprinkled throughout but overall it was a year of growth and prosperity for us as a whole.  We are so thankful for a great year and look forward to the great memories coming in 2019.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Abundantly Blessed

I cannot even wrap my head around the fact that it is almost December.  This year has just flown by and I am barely able to catch my breath before the busyness of the holidays are about to be upon us. I just wanted to take a few minutes out to reflect on the blessings of our life.  We are so beyond blessed and even though there are some tough days that we face, we realize just how fortunate we are.  

We have the most amazing extended family...a family that challenges us to be better people, a family that supports us no matter what, a family that prays for us, sits with us at church, cries with us when times get tough, buys us donuts and cookies, and just loves us with an unconditional love.  Not to mention families that truly love each other and want to be around each other.  There isn't fighting, strife, jealousy or bitterness...but we fight daily for love and peace amongst us all.  It is such a blessing to have parents that go above and beyond for us, siblings that are truly our best friends and cousins that make everything so fun.  Sometimes I just don't understand how we hit the family jackpot but I am so grateful that we did.  

I am so thankful for Christian and I's jobs.  We have been so incredibly blessed with two great jobs that allow us to prosper, but to also invest time into our children.  I have the ability to move my work schedule around and work when it is convenient for us.  I have a job that I truly love and am passionate about and long to see the company grow and prosper.  Christian has a wonderful job that he enjoys and one that challenges him, but one that also allows him to minister to those in need.  I look forward to the day that Christian can travel and bless others with his gift of healing and knowledge of healthcare.  

I am so thankful for my precious children.  The only thing in life that I really ever wanted was to be a mom.  My three kids make it so easy to love being a mother.  They make it fun, messy, chaotic, stinky and sometimes frustrating but most of all they love me like crazy.  They each, in their own ways, enrich and enhance my life and I am savoring each and every moment with them.  Aubrey is such a sassy, smart and talented little girl.  She is so full of life and loves to be in the middle of all the action...she finds such joy and excitement in every aspect of life.  I tell her all the time how thankful I am that God gave me a little girl.  She is so my mini me and I see so much of myself in her.  When God gave me Weston, he knew I needed an easy middle that would counter balance my two bookends.  Weston is the easiest, sweetest, smartest, most articulate little boy you will ever meet.  He is extremely attached to me and I love being his number #1. I tell him all the time that we are soul buddies...he is a homebody like me, loves to snuggle and take naps and enjoys the simple things in life.  My Baylor Jace is Mr. Happy.  You will not ever find him having a bad matter what...he just embodies joy.  Baylor has thrown us every curve ball possible when it comes to his health and we still have a long road ahead of us with him, but his happiness is such a comfort to me.  I know that no matter what he faces, he will do it with a positive attitude...and with a fierce determination.  His abilities and skills never seem to stop advancing and I am so amazed by his growth.  

I am so thankful for Christian.  He works so hard and is so such a man full of integrity.  He loves me even when I am tough and that can be quite often.  He is hilarious and makes us all belly laugh.  He loves life and is up for anything...camping, traveling, games, name it and he is usually on board.  He is so smart and his ability to fix almost anything is one of my favorite things about him.  I am so thankful for how hard he works to support our family and provide us with more than we need. 

I am so thankful for my salvation.  I can't image walking through life without the security of knowing my Savior.  This life is so full of ups and downs and hard times, but having a solid rock to fall back on is such a comfort.  I am thankful for the chance to worship God in a wonderful church, surrounded by others who desire to serve God and for the opportunity to grow in my faith.  

I am so thankful for my girlfriends. We chat almost everyday and I love that they love me for me...including all my quirks.  We laugh and share stories about our crazy lives and just encourage one another.  I love that our friendship has spanned almost 15 years and growing stronger each day.  

I am so thankful for my life...I know sometimes social media or blogs can make it seem like life is always perfect and rosy, but I will be the first to admit life can be downright crushing at times.  Sometimes daily life can feel overwhelming but I am so thankful for family, friends and a Savior that I can count on to lift me up and keep me going.  This Thanksgiving, I hope and pray that I can take these blessings I have been given and somehow bless others.  May we as a family, always aim to find the good in life and be a light in this dark world.  I pray that we continue to lift up the name of Jesus and proclaim His goodness no matter what.  

Time for me to go put on my stretchy pants and head to dinner!  Thank you Lord, for blessing me so abundantly and graciously.

PS: I re-read what I wrote this time last year, just weeks after finding out Baylor had Cerebral Palsy...I just can't believe how far we have come in a year.  Baylor is proof that God is still in the miracle working business.

Friday, September 28, 2018

So long Sweet Summer!

So I know I have totally fallen off the blogging bandwagon and I do hate that I have been so terrible at blogging and recording our daily lives...but I am so stressed just living out these days, that I don't have much time to actually write down or record what we've been up to.  These summer days are coming to a close and Fall is approaching quickly.  My cuties will only be 2, 4, and 6 for a few more weeks because I will have a SEVEN year old!  My sweet Bre is going to be turning 7 and she is just growing way too fast.  I blinked and she is in 1st grade!!

We had a wonderful time at the beach at the end of August to close out our summer and it was just the icing on the cake to a wonderful summer.  We took a trip with my family to Watercolor and it was so much fun.  I will admit that I worried for about a month leading up to the trip, because we were staying in a beach home with stairs and a pool...both a recipe for disaster when it comes to Baylor.  I would wake up in the middle of the night just panicking...thinking about Baylor slipping out one of the doors and falling into the pool...just a total nightmare for me.  After discussing this with my family, we decided that hiring a babysitter to keep extra eyes on Bay Bay was the perfect solution.  We took our fabulous babysitter with us and it was just so amazing...I was able to relax and not feel so stressed out with the kids.  I felt totally spoiled having her to help me with everything from bath time, to sunscreen to changing diapers.  It was such a wonderful time, spending those special moments with my family.  I have the most amazing family and we sure did make many memorable moments on that trip.  Dinners out, beach time, pool time, golf cart rides, pedicures, late night talks, walks with my mama and tons of laughs throughout.  Those are the memories I will cherish forever.

After our fabulous trip, my kiddos all started school.  I know they were all thrilled to get back into a routine and I was able to find my sanity again after having them to myself all summer! Aubrey Lane is in 1st grade, Weston is in PreK4 and Baylor Boo is in the Frog class.  The boys are just part time because I want to savor these days that I can keep them home...I know first hand with Bre just how quickly it goes.  Aubrey is rocking 1st grade so far and I am so incredibly proud of the things she is accomplishing. Here's to a wonderful school year!

Love these cuties...praying daily that they make an impact on those around them.