Friday, July 30, 2010

2 is the new 1.

For the past few months, I have been worrying how do I love two girls? I had no idea how I was suppose to "share" my love. My mother-in-law told me, "you don't share your love, instead your love just automatically doubles." How could that be? Double??? No way is that possible!
She was right. Happened instantly. Doubled.






One week old

Our little Hope is already one week old (yesterday). Still precious as could be.

This evening Emma and her Daddy counted the money in her bank from doing chores. She was ready to go shopping (and ride in Daddy's truck). Before they left, Emma came up to me and said, "Mom, I just feel so grown-up! I have on flip flops and am caring a purse just like you!"
Oh Hope, please don't start wearing flip flops or caring purses anytime soon. :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Her logic cracks me up.

Yesterday afternoon, Adam had Hope asleep on his chest and I was laying on the other side if the couch watching a Barbie movie with Emma. Emma's eyes were getting heavy so I invited her to come up and rest on my lap. As she got comfy, I mentioned how we had more room now that my belly was smaller.

Her reply, "Ya your belly is smaller but these up here are big now!" (Said as she was bouncing her finger across my chest.)
Of course it didn't stop there...she continued, "Mom, I think when the Doctor got the baby out of your belly some air must have gotten in and went up up up, all the way to there!"

I love how simple she interprets life! She always makes me laugh.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cousins

What is just as cool as having a big sister?
COUSINS!





(Know we are missing a few in these pictures, but will see you all soon too.) XOXO

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Proud Big Sister

In a matter of moments, Emma went from only child to a big sister. She has been praying for a very long time for this. I believe it went something like this; "Dear Jesus, please tell God we are ready for that baby he is going to give us." So consistent, every night...little did we know how much we as adults can learn from the faith of a four year old.




I can only sit today and imagine the bond Emma and Hope will share as sisters. And then I also can't help but sit and imagine the bond Adam is going to have with all his girls. :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Hope.

Dear Hope Kaylynn,
What a beautiful daughter you are. We have waiting so anxiously to see you, knowing that God had made you just perfect for us. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


You were born on Thursday, July 22 at 3:51 in the afternoon. Beautiful. Beautiful. Your eyes were wide open and your voice so strong. I loved loved loved hearing your cry. It was a sound that at one time we thought we would never hear...God knew. What a lesson in faith you have already taught us.

You weighed a wonderful 7 pounds and 15 ounces and were 20 inches long. Perfect. Absolutely perfect. You made your Daddy and I instantly smile. Did I mention how beautiful you were?

Hope Kaylynn we love you very much. You have been literally our hope and never again will we be hopeless. I can not thank you enough for coming into our family. You complete us and we are blessed beyond belief.

I love love love you forever and always.
Hugs. Kisses. Thanks to our Creator.
Love, Mommy

Just moments after Hope Kaylynn was born. Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Happy Birthday to my #1.

Grover Lee Said turns 9 years old today! He was, and still is, my very first nephew. Adam and I had only been married three weeks when we heard all the way from N. C., Grover (named after his great grandfather) had arrived. Grover has a special place in my heart as my #1....nephew that is.
Thank you Grover for making me an Aunt!!! I can't believe you are nine today!

Grover holding Emma for the first time.

This picture makes me laugh. When we moved from Liberty to Bloomington, Grover and his Dad came to help load up the U-Haul. Grover, keeping himself busy in basement, had ask me for some tape. Moments later, he was proud to show us his "trap bathroom".

Two peas in a pod. Emma absolutely holds the highest rankings for her older cousin!


Kayaking solo on the Wildcat River...when did he grow up?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GROVER!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Isn't waiting fun?

Obvious reason's why a woman two days away from her due date just can't wait till the new baby is born.

Adam can't wait because...well, refer to the above statement. :) Not to mention a few days off from work!

Emma can't wait much longer...to quote, "Mom, I just can't wait till the baby comes here so I can have that Princess Chicken Noodle soup when Grandma gets here to stay with me!"
It's killing her, I tell ya.

Trusting God's plan......patiently.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Waiting for Hope Kaylynn

Dear sweet Hope,
We know you are safe and snug in Mommy's belly right now, but we have made a very special safe and cozy room for you here too! We can't wait for you to see it, play in it, and grow into the unique person God has designed you to be. We love you so much already Hope Kaylynn!




(The paintings in the last picture were made by Adam and Emma. One night after supper we had a "painting night" and specifically made artwork for the new baby.)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Our Artist....Tattoo Artist that is...

So when your four year old comes up to you and says, "Mom, look at my new tattoo!" Should I:
A) Be thankful she can't drive, so I know it's not real...yet.
B) Be a little concerned that she can't drive so I know whatever she has done she did here at home by herself.
C) Be honored she thinks like her Daddy and saved money by creating this herself instead of paying a stranger big bucks.
D) Be thinking, "will it come off?!"

She further explained to me it was of a football. And yes, it was....a rather large football.

The star parents we are, we first laughed, then took pictures, THEN disciplined her letting her know to not use markers on her skin. Apparently that wasn't the best order, because the next day there were more tattoos all up and down her legs. No laughing or pictures this time...just a good hard scrub down with a few choice words. (The laughing came later after she went to bed!)

Someone remind me of this story when she comes home from the first semester of college with a real tattoo. Parenting - love it.

Friday, July 16, 2010

My blond bombshell.

Tonight the pregnant lady in the house requested (or demanded as someone might say) a greasy hamburger, Dr. Pepper, and onion rings for supper. Perhaps not the healthiest, but it was my last "treat" before I tip those scales just one last pound!

Anyhow, on the way home, our little miss Emma was a nonstop talking spitfire. There was a comment for everything. EVERYTHING. Even the conversations Adam and I were having that she didn't know anything about. I quietly whispered to Adam and said, "someone put something in her mouth!" And once again from the back seat comes that sassy four year old voice, "uh, well ya know, putting something in my mouth won't work ya know because I'll just keep talking." This was quickly followed by yet another comment, "and oh ya, I can hear what you say because I have a good sense of hearing, ya know."

Seriously, Emma....you absolutely keep me and your dad in stitches. Like the day you ask me to open my mouth and begin talking to the baby. Or the night your dad and I were talking about getting to know some of the teenager girls in the neighborhood to find a good babysitter and your reply, "oh so you mean we can go out and leave the baby at home?" I just love your thinking.

Dear Emma,
Thank you so much for coming into my world and making it such an amazing place. Someday you will read this and realize how much your innocent, yet true, comments have been engraved into my heart. Thank you for being the best blond bombshell in the world. Thank you for laughing. Thank you for being my helper. Thank you for being you. The past four years you have been an "only child". Soon, very soon, you will leave that role and become a big sister. I know with all my heart you will be the most amazing big sister in the universe. Hope is going to be so lucky to have you in her life.
I love you more than you will ever know. And I really mean that. You are truly amazing....and beautiful, beautiful.
Hugs. Kisses. Thanks to our Creator.
Love, love,
Mom

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Getting ready....

Our new baby girl should be coming any day now. What an exciting time for all of us! But no girl should be without something pink, right? This one's for you my little Hope.


The design was her father's idea!!! Go Adam!


....and this is how we do it...almost there...


....done!
Can you not just see a precious little ball of joy snuggled down in there? Can. not. wait.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bag full of hearts.


July 7th, I turned 32. All week prior my daughter had been working hard on the perfect present and on my actually birthday could hardly stand waiting until Dad got home to give it to me. I absolutely love her excitement.

As soon as Adam walked in the door she went bolting for her bag. I opened it and found several foam hearts. They were all the hearts picked out from her craft supplies. As I held the hearts in my hand and let them trickle in bag knowing each one was carefully selected from my 4 year old, Emma explains:

"Mom, I just love you so much that I can't tell you all the time during the day. Now you have the hearts telling you and you can look at them anytime. That's what all the hearts are for, I just love you that much!"

Could there have been a more perfect present?