Sunday, June 17, 2012

I hope you don't mind

 Haven't posted in so very long because so many things have been out of whack. But in the middle of crazy life, there are the many, many wonderful moments to celebrate and our friend's 1st birthday is worth a post.
 Debbie created a great party scape for all of us to enjoy. Felt just like a scene from Pinterest. The enormous and wonderful banner, the colorful buckets and balloons as centerpieces.
 Happy birthday Hayden!
 The piece d'resistance was the handcrafted and painted giant "1", nestled in between the gifts and the candy bar, nice!
Hayden was entranced by the shiny helium balloon. What a happy baby, beautiful family! Glad we could help celebrate.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

3 1/2 Years Old

Hello! Hanging out on Facebook too much. However, cleaning out the basement sent me here today. Took time to plow through Holly's clothes and wanted to reflect on the moment.

Couldn't bare to look at the boxes and boxes of beautiful, adorable outfits she wore. It was difficult to see the clothes and remember how sick she was. And how little sleep we got.

This post is for any new mom of a child with a cleft or reflux. I am amazed all the time at how resilient Holly is. How strong and bright she is every day. She is definitely lactose-intolerant but enjoys lots of other foods all the time. And on her behalf, we talk about how much we both love "soil milk" and "match". That's soy milk.

She loves playing dress up with Anna and on one rare day let Anna do this to her hair!
Although reminders of those baby days are tough to handle, today Holly is purely captivating.
~Peace be with you until next time~

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

3 Candles on my Cake! 3 Wishes that I Make!


Unbelievably amazed at how much Holly has grown and learned in the past year! One morning, she pointed a flashlight at Anna, and remarked "Well, well. What do we have here?" Holly learns lighting fast and remembers everything. Even the Christmas parade from last year.

She does't have an appointment with the plastic surgeon for another 6 months, but all her scars are healing nicely. Most people don't even notice. Still having some milk allergy/lactose intolerance issues, but Zyrtec seems to make a big tremendous difference. (And if you are a parent of a newborn with a cleft, Holly can drink out of any ol' straw you give her! Hooray! Not that you'd think that is a big deal..but every success is Success Worth Celebrating!)

When I went to pick up her preschool pics, I was so overwhelmed at how far she has come. Grateful doesn't begin to describe it. Thank you for all your prayers for Holly Marie! And Thank you Jesus for blessing our family with a truly precious child!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Peanut Butter Brownies!


I love brownies, and really, really love this recipe. Probably because I usually have the ingredients on hand.

1 1/2 cups Bisquick (or any baking mix)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup applesauce
1 1/2 t vanilla
3 eggs
3 oz melted chocolate, cooled

Mix all ingredients but the chocolate. Pour into a 9x13 greased pan, reserving 1 cup of the batter. Mix the chocolate with the reserved batter and spoon on top. Then use a knife to swirl.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 mins.
Yum!

Preschool!


Who is old enough for preschool?

It's Holly!

Anna and Holly ready to go in to school for the Open House


Ms. Bobbie Lynn and Holly, although Holly is more interested in the saw.

Here's the good stuff! Can you see she has already ditched her shoes?


A spot just for Holly :-)

The Open House was so fun! And what a walk down memory lane for me and Anna. She kept saying how she remembered everything but it used to be bigger.
Flashback! Anna at age 3 in the same classroom at Bethel

Holly loves talking about "Bethelo" and enjoyed seeing the classrooms and all the neat toys. One more week until preschool begins!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sanity Returns

Somehow, we have reached the other side of the rainbow here and sanity has returned to our home. The house is neat and tidy, even if not altogether "clean".

All except one room. Can you guess? Yes, it's the two year old's room where chaos still reigns. I am quite happy to let her change her clothes three times a day, dump out all the stuffed animals and toys...in her room.

But this is about life in general, not just our Holly. When the other children were little, I used to pray that I would never forget how hard it is to have a baby in your life. Remembering to show mercy to other mothers of young ones. (I always congratulate a mom with a new born when I see them in church. That is an accomplishment!) Still, I forgot. How totally upside down a baby changes your life.

Things that used to be routine become huge obstacles: like how to get the whole family to Mass in a church with no childcare. Or go to the grocery store with an infant seat that takes up most of the grocery cart!

Now, two and a half years later, sanity has returned. For several days in a row, we have all managed to keep the dishes done, the floors picked up, complete school assignments, do a little laundry and even enjoy playing in the yard together.

Having a baby is totally worth the crazy that comes along. It helps to remember that every day they get older. And to pray not to forget. Maybe this time I won't.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Comment Moderation

After several, several comments in Chinese being left here, I've had to turn on "comment moderation".

I'm not sure what "Our Lady of Good Remedy" means to the Chinese, but too many of these odd comments.

Friday, July 9, 2010

One Step Forward...

You know the saying, "One step forward, two back?" That is where I have landed today. Sigh. It is moments like this that are very tempting to despair. Here's my favorite trick in a time like this: Stand in the corner of my yard and start counting blessings.

Maybe things aren't exactly going my way. Thank God for HIS way. No matter what.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

More Important

Before I type this, I think I know the answer. Here goes: As a parent you do everything you think you should for your children. Teach them manners, responsibility. (Well, at least try too. )

And teach your Faith, about God, Jesus, Church.

And then it happens, I should have seen it coming. They turn around and try to talk to their friends. Except.

That is not very popular.

So, do I now teach that is more important to "walk the walk" and say nothing? How do you learn when it is "right" to say something and when it isn't? And most of all, how does a parent explain that sometimes being popular isn't what it is cracked up to be.

Monday, June 21, 2010

E-Mealz comes through!

We had unexpected, but very welcome, guests this weekend. And e-mealz was there for me. I looked through the cabinets, and the menus, found all the ingredients for a Creamy Curry Chicken casserole as well as side dishes! Felt a little teeny bit like Martha Stewart.

Everything wasn't prefect in the house, but not having to drop everything to run to the store really helped alot. Thank you e-mealz. (The link in on the side bar. Check it out, if you are interested.)