Thursday, November 30, 2006

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

This Time Last Year...

As I sit here reminiscing on the past year, on this, the eve of Michael's birth, I marvel that God creates new life and allows us to be have a part in that process. What an incredible concept! God cares so much about my little boy, that, as it says in Psalm 139, He knew Michael before he was ever conceived, He skillfully & wonderfully formed every little part or him, He wove him in my womb, and He ordained every single one of Michael's days long before Michael was even a gleam in our eyes. Not only did He care enough to create, design, and sustain Michael, but God's thinks of Michael all the time. His thoughts toward him are more numerous than the the specks of sand on every shore. And, as if that were not enough, God came to earth to die to give Michael the opportunity to live (Rom 5:10). What wondrous love! I often think on how my love for Michael changed when I saw him for the first time that Wednesday evening. Nothing could compare to that incredible bond of love that both Jon and I felt when we saw that new life. And yet, our human love pales in comparison to the pure, true love that God has for us. So, as I think back on this night, one year ago-- the last night before our son was born-- the last night I was INCREDIBLY huge and looking like a beached whale and hardly slept a wink with the anticipation of seeing our baby's face--the last night of sleeping with 1800 pillows propping up parts that I didn't even know I had --the last night of our family of two, I can't help but give praise to the Lord for giving us the opportunity to borrow Michael for a little while and to experience that unimaginable gift of new life.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

With Praise and Thanksgiving

Here is the synopsis of our last week, which was rather busy (as you can tell from my lack of blogging... that is my story and I am sticking to it!!) We did Thanksgiving here with my family, so Tuesday and Wednesday were filled with preparations for the big meal. Thanksgiving was filled with lots of food, fun, and family, and we all ate WAY too much. Thursday evening, we headed up to PA and had the last Blakemore Family Brunch in PA. We had a lovely time visiting Thurs-Sat.

Here are just a few things that I have to be thankful for:
1. A loving and giving God, who gives us the hope of heaven, the blessings of family and friends, and the everyday joys of life.
2. A wonderfully, loving man who is the best husband and father a girl could ever have.

3. The indescribable joys parenthood, experienced through our adorable son, Michael.
4. A church where we can worship and serve God & make good, lifelong friends.
5. A free country, which was made and is kept free by the sacrifices of many.
6. A place to call home, a good job that supports our family, & the ability to stay home and care for my son.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,

And forget none of His benefits.

Psalm 103:1-2

And This, Folks, is Our Christmas Tree

We decorated for Christmas on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, and Michael thinks it is just fantastic having a tree in the house. He needs occasional reminders that ornaments are not toys, but otherwise is enjoying the new living room setup.

The Amazing Tightrope Walker

Sad Face

Mommy is so mean and tells me "no-no" when I try to make a fort under the Christmas tree. What good is a tree in the house if we can't pretend it is a tree house? Moms just don't understand us kids!!

Little Bookworm

Michael looks so serious here, but notice that not only is the book upside down, but it is backwards too. So I guess he is reading the spine.

First Mommy Haircut

Okay, just disregard that my arm looks like a beefsteak here. Michael was no where near as still for me as he was for Miss Emily at the Hair Cuttery. But daddy did a good job entertaining him for the 30 minutes that it took me! I defintely need more "scissor-method" practice, as I do Jon's hair with clippers, but I WILL save that $15/month!! I figure that by child #3, we will save $60/month (including Jon's).

We Love to Read


Michael loves to look at books! He would empty the entire bookshelf and bathe himself in books if he could.

Nose in a Book

Silly Michael!

Yummy Banana Popcicle

Michael ate more of my popcicle than I did. He has had quite the Jon-appetite lately! (PS To all the DSS workers, the popcicle isn't shoved back in his mouth nearly as far as it looks.)

Monday, November 20, 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Commercial

My new Favorite Commercial!

Now Entering Toddlerhood

This mischievous grin is because Michael has learned the past week or so that he has his own will. He likes to do what he wants when he wants, and has learned to tell mommy "no." (whether in word or in attitude!) We have quite the road ahead of us as Michael learns who really is the boss around here!!!

Come On, Mom, Let's Go to Sonic!!!

I'll drive!

Will Someone Please Have Some Pity on Me?!

Anyone have the key to this stinkin gate?! I'm dying to explore those steps!!

A Day in the Life of a Paci



There IS a Michael under that hat!


I LOVE to Read!

Disregard the chomp marks on the books... he really does love them!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Welcome, Sonic!!

Our first Sonic opened today in Fredericksburg, and we went, along with everyone else in greater Fredericksburg area, to get some "tots" (said in a Napoleon Dynamite fashion), a Frito chili cheese wrap, and, of course, a Strawberry cream slush. (Sorry, I know you were expecting me to say "Cherry Limeade!") It was just fantastic, and we look forward to many happy years of Sonic-y deliciousness!

Happy Veteran's Day!

This is a few days late, I didn't want to forget to give our gratitude to all our brave men and women who keep us safe every day. We appreciate you more than we can say! Our prayers are with you! Happy Veteran's Day!
I watch THIS video every now and then to remember the sacrifices of our military men and women. It makes me cry every time.

Sunday, November 12, 2006