Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Th's birthday & our trip

I need to write Th's birthday post/picture, as well as share some pictures from our trip last week. However, a stomach bug has hit our family and in the past 24 hours, 5 of 7 family members have caught it. It's not fun living in this house right now!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy 8th Birthday, Th!

Happy birthday, buddy!
Height: 49 3/4 inches
Weight: 56.6 pounds
Favorite color: Red
Life's ambition: to be a missionary and drive an R/V :)

This past year has been marked by your baptism, along with changes to your education. You have excelled academically but more importantly, you continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Your love for the Lord spurs you to love others, and for that I am so grateful.

You are a fabulous big brother, the kind I always wished I had when I was little. You are kind, caring, and take time to help and teach your younger siblings. You care about their spiritual walk with the Lord and are always sharing the gospel with them- a mini-missionary! The Lord truly blessed us when He gave you to us! We love you so much and are so thankful for your servant's heart!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday!!

Teagan is 2 years old! Wow! She has come a long way over the course of her life. Although still receiving speech therapy and meeting weekly with her Early Interventionist Crystal, she has overcome some obstacles that most children her age never face. And, she has done it with a smile on her face EVERY day!

Teagan, you are the happiest kid I know. The only time you are unhappy is, as Th so eloquently phrased it, when you "...hear the word "NO!" You cry every time, and although it is usually for your protection or safety, you still don't like it. But, with a quick hug and a wipe of a few tears, you smile your beautiful smile and get on with life. I love that about you. Teagan, you have an infectious smile that draws people to you. Strangers in the store and friends at church are always commenting on your beautiful smile and sweet personality. Your teachers at preschool have nicknamed you "Sweet Tea" because of your warm smile and joyful personality. I have a lot to learn from you, my dear!

Teagan, I am so thankful for all the Lord has done for our family through you. Because of you, we have met some amazing people. Mrs. Kathy, Mrs. Susan, and your other therapists have become good friends through working with you. Mrs. Crystal is like a member of the family as she has worked weekly with you now for over 18 months! I know you love her just as much as she loves you! Again, we are so thankful for the many ways the Lord has blessed us through you, and pray you will continue to grow not only developmentally, but spiritually, as well. I love you Teagan Claire!

*Note: a picture will be added upon our return home. Internet connection is intermittent, at best, up in these mountains. :)

Friday, September 10, 2010


I cannot believe I am the mother of a 6-month old. When did Taylor Ann get so big? Wait, I remember. I remember every night because she still wakes up to feed. At least twice, lately three times. But, it's okay. She is so sweet and loving that I enjoy it. She coos and kisses and rubs my face as I hold her. This stage will not last long enough so I am making a conscious effort to enjoy it, even though it's difficult for me to get out of bed when the alarm rings at 6am.

Developmentally, Taylor Ann is rolling back and forth between her belly and back, and she is working on sitting up independently. She is grasping toys and anything else she can get a hold of (today it was T.G.'s hair- ouch!). She is just starting out on baby food so no real "favorites" yet. Taylor Ann is chunky and has many rolls of baby fat that cause me to squeeze her several times a day, especially on her thunder thighs! She is getting some hair finally but still sports the Sinead O'Connor look. =) She has a happy disposition so when she gets upset, she really gets upset. So much so that she often goes hoarse from screaming. She has taken a special liking to her oldest brother Th because he often holds her for me while I am busy stirring a pot, wiping a nose, changing laundry, or washing a dish. He also just likes to hold her because she is so cuddly (that was his answer when I came down stairs last night to find him holding her on the couch). So sweet, both of them!

I am so thankful for Taylor Ann, my unplanned miracle in my planned-out life. ;)

*Psalm 127: 3-5: Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate."

Thursday, September 9, 2010

1st Day of Preschool

T.G. and Teagan started back to preschool last week. I have been so busy that I am just now getting a chance to post their "first day" pictures. Here they are:

The bonds of sisterhood! :)