Archive | January, 2014

Ten

22 Jan

Happy 10th birthday to my blond hair, green eyed boy… Joshua!

I can’t believe my baby is 10.

Wasn’t it just yesterday that he was still in my belly trying to make his entrance in this world while I was only 7 months pregnant? 

Could this premature baby who spent the first month of his life in the NICU and who for the first two years of his life, was in and out of the ER AND who had monthly, if not weekly, visits to the doctor really be turning 10!?!?!

It’s true, this gentle lion turns10 today. He can be so tender and loving but also rough and loud and wild and… Sigh….such a boy!

As I went through our collection of pictures that we’ve taken throughout the years, I couldn’t help but marvel at all that God has done for us as a family and especially for this boy of ours. We’ve been through a lot with him from the moment he was conceived.

From the many doctors visits to his unruly toddler years, that i thought would NEVER end, God has had His hand on this him.

I’m honored to be the mommy of this wild and tender son of mine!

Here are a few pics of the birthday boy…hope u enjoy!

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Isn’t that the cutest face!

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We went to visit him on our  anniversary, about 2 weeks after he was born, and he gave me the best gift ever… His smile!

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Oh you know, just doing one of my famous tricks with daddy… and loving every minute of it!

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Today’s his day!! Happy 10th birthday son!! We’re so proud of the big boy that you are!!

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Joy & Simplicity

4 Jan

I know I’m 3 days late but, Happy New Year! 

Is it me, or did 2013 fly by!? Geez, I was strolling along with life and then outta no where, BAM!, the holiday’s were here. I was not ready, but ready or not I had to face it….and I survived! 

At the end of every year, I like to sit back and ponder all that happened, or didn’t happen,  during that year and possibly compare to the year before.  And I have to say, I was pretty pleased about our year as a whole. Yes, we could’ve done more of this or less of that, but overall we had a wonderful year, especially if you compare it to 2012. Now THAT was a year of craziness! 

So for 2014, I want to focus more on joy & simplicity.

I want to enjoy my life, my husband, my kids, and just soak in all the little things that I tend to over look. I noticed that I can be a bit snappy with my kids and one day it dawned on me that my oldest is almost 14! Before you know it, he’ll be 18 and ready to spread his wings and fly and venture out in the real world! I then realized I needed to loosen up a bit. I have some pretty amazing kids and I need to be focusing on making some sweet memories with them during these teen and preteen years BC before I know it, they’ll be adults and…..

Okay, enough of that before I start to cry!  

Simplicity BC sometimes we tend to be pack rats and end up with a whole bunch of stuff but still have nothing to show for. I scanned around my house and that’s exactly what I found: a whole bunch of STUFF! I saw things that I bought but have never even opened or used… I felt ashamed. I can honestly say, that I already begun the process of purging and rearranging my life and putting it in order. I even ordered me an awesome simplified planner from http://www.emilyley.com that should be arriving in the mail in a few weeks! 

I’d say, I’m taking this  simplicity thing pretty seriously! 

What about you? What are you focusing on this 2014?