Friday, October 14, 2011


Tomorrow is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  I am now forever apart of a community that I never desired to be a part of...those who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.

We remember...

Two years ago we found out that we were expecting baby #4.  As I have said in other posts, I wasn't happy about it.  But God changed my heart and I grew to be.

On December 13th 2009 we learned that our newest member had anencephaly, a terminal neural tube defect of the head.

On April 15, 2010 our littlest Noah Tobias - "Take Comfort, God is Good" - was born sleeping at 31 weeks.

Our family has tied heart-strings to heaven and will always be one less here on earth.

Here's something that others can do, When A Friend Loses A Baby - it means so much!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Homestead

It's been awhile since I've written about and showed what's been happening on our Handy-man-special.  Things are looking SO nice!!  There's still a list of things to do to get a final certificate of occupancy, but we are nearing the end - at least the end to what needs to be done to get the house finished interiorly.  I won't go into the landscaping, gardening, etc. that we'd like to have as well.  One thing at a time.

The last time I posted we were painting the guest bedroom.  Well, it's painted, carpeted, furnished, etc.

 Everything is not fully put away, as you can see with my sewing desk.  But, honestly, I haven't done a lot of sewing lately.  I plan to get back into it...someday.

The next room that has recently been completed is the school room.  I love it!  It's so nice to have school in there - it's amazing what a difference it makes to have a place for everything.  Tom and I both even have our own desks with our own computers (thanks to my wonderful dad - Thanks Dad!!).  We're still looking at getting cork boards for the walls and maybe some kind of art hanging system (I've seen what I think I'm looking for at Ikea years ago...I hope they still have it).  

We hired a guy to come help with some of the finish framing about a month or more ago.  He finished up some built-in bookshelves, hung some doors.  It's all looking really nice!

Like I said, there's still stuff to do.  The living room still needs to be textured and painted, all the windows need sills, and then install baseboard to most of the downstairs. 

It's all coming together.  Wouldn't it be a great gift if it was all done by Christmas (hint, hint - I love you honey, no pressure:>)!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Half A Year

It's that time again.  Jonathan is now 6 months old. 

He can now sit unsupported, though he usually falls over within a minute or two.  He's also figured out how to roll from his belly to his back - though I've never seen him actually do it.  He loves jumping in his Johnny Jumper (we have it hanging in the doorway of the school room) and playing with his sister and brothers.

Here's Jon's 6 month pictures in honor of Sammy's 5th birthday, camo style:

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sammy Turns Five

Even though everybody says it, I'm going to say it...where has time gone?   My little Sammy is now five years old.  How could that be?  Seriously, who turned up the time?

Here's a picture of my sweet baby Sammy five years ago.

And here he is last Saturday at his fifth birthday party.

On the morning of his birthday, first morning of our annual family cabin trip at Ft Tuthill, Sammy fell off his bike and skinned his nose.  Thankfully it was just his nose and he recovered quickly.

We had his birthday party at a little park near the cabin and had all his friends come in camo.  We set up some games in the woods - hunt for the bugs, toss the rings on the antlers, and a rubber band target shoot. 

Sammy and all his friends had a blast!  Happy Birthday to my best little buddy!!