The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:4-9

Our family is a circle of strength and love, with every birth and every union, the circle will grow, every joy shared adds more love, every crisis faced together, makes the circle stronger
- author unknown

Friday, May 21, 2010

~It was TIME for some FUN~

Last Saturday somehow we ended up with a day without any ballgames and nothing else scheduled.... so we thought now was definitely time to take a short little getaway and have some family fun time!! We were off to Lake Winnie in Chattanooga. Chattanooga is one of our favorite places to go!! If you have kids and never been to Lake Winnie, definitely worth going... its LOTS of fun! Lake Winnie brings back memories of going to Opryland when I was little, I loved that place!! Sam had a blast. Even though the summer temps and muggies had hit, it was a GREAT day. Cant wait to go back again =)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My baby is offically a 1st grader....

It has been a week today since Sam's Kindergarten graduation.... already a week has passed! I mean every day it seems like time just keeps slipping away faster & faster!! So, I am just now getting around to posting this.... this time of year is just SO busy!! Anyways my baby graduated!! It was so bittersweet. I am so proud of him, all that he has learned this year, how big he has gotten yet so so so sad to know I wont ever get this time with him back. In a blink of an eye I will be looking at him in that cap & gown as he graduates high school. So I am just trying to treasure, stop & enjoy, and make a big deal out of all of these moments. The graduation ceremony was great. They sang some very cute songs... "Days of the Week", "Special Me", "My Country Tis of thee".... I made it through the whole thing without shedding a tear and then when I got home and was putting him to bed...... I lost it!!! He hasnt seen me cry to often but I couldnt hold it back anymore. We read " I knew you could" (the little engine that could) and I could hardly even read it, it was so sweet, he kept wiping the tears off my cheeks and kept saying "Im always gonna be your baby mom". Sam I am so very proud of you!! I hope your 1st grade year is as good as your "K" year if not better. Want to share the lyrics to this song.... so what I am feeling right now!! Congratulations baby =)

Find Your Wings ~ Mark Harris

It's only for a moment you are mine to hold
The plans that heaven has for you
Will all too soon unfold
So many different prayers I'll pray
For all that you might do
But most of all I'll want to know
You're walking in the truth
And If I never told you
I want you to know
As I watch you grow
I pray that God would fill your heart with dreams
And that faith gives you the courage
To dare to do great things
I'm here for you whatever this life brings
So let my love give you roots
And help you find your wings
May passion be the wind
That leads you through your days
And may conviction keep you strong
Guide you on your way
May there be many moments
That make your life so sweet
Oh, but more than memories
It's not living if you don't reach for the sky
I'll have tears as you take off
But I'll cheer as you fly

Now for the pictures!!

with his balloons from Chad & I and a little graduation trophy that he was SO proud of from a great friend of ours.... Thanks Donna, he is still SO proud of it!!getting ready to leave for graduation

almost his turn to walk into the sanctuary
saying his pledges to the American Flag, Christian Flag, & the Bible

singing a song of the "Ten Commandments"

my little graduate =)

getting his diploma from Mrs. Suzy, the director of BCA

proud of his diploma

love my family =)

Granny Sue, Sam, & Popa

MawMaw & Sam

Sam & Mrs. Walker, his teacher

last I got SO many GREAT pics of Sam and his little friends, but only to share one... this was his "girlfriend" Just thought it was too cute not to share =)

Monday, May 17, 2010

He knows how to make my day........

Bouquet of flowers Sam grew at his Popa & Granny Sue's..... went to run a couple of errons(sp?) and this is what he had for me when I came back =) Love my little man!!

Will have a post coming soon from Kindergarten graduation and a trip to Lake Winnie in Chattanooga, of course lots of pics =)

Monday, May 10, 2010

These Makes My Heart Sing.......

~It Was A GREAT Mothers Day~
I just love my little family so much. It couldnt have been a better day spent with them and the rest of my family!! Although it started out with a migraine and missing church there was still alot of... eating great food, playing baseball, swingin on a tire swing, visitin with family..... what more could I ask for?!?! Chad & Sam gave me the sweetest cards this year, that of course brought me to tears and Sat. they went and bought me 3 new rose bushes for a flower bed in the back yard we had never fixed. The best part was that Sam got to help Chad plant them and he was SO proud of his self! He kept comin in the house sayin "mom, im working really hard out here and you cant see it till we are done" of course Chad said there was alot of diggin holes and playin with worms but I LOVE it! Great memories =)
Hope all of you had a wonderful day as well!
These pictures make my heart sing.....

stealing some sweet sugar from my little man
Oh, how I love him!

his laughter and personality is so contaigous

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding

First of all let me start by saying if you have not read "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers.... you so need to!! It is the best book evah!!!!!!! I am so thankful for my sweet friend who let me borrow this book and how it was at such a perfect time in my life to read this book!! "It is a powerful retelling of the book of Hosea in the bible... Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God's unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love"!!! I just finished reading it last night.... towards the end of the book there was that popular verse "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding".... as I was reading it I was just thinking about our situation and how at one time it was so hard for me to do that but now how that is becoming easier and easier for me. Just trusting in him and knowing he has a plan!!! I will say I still dont know why or understand why we have to go through this fertility struggle but I do know God has a greater plan and thats why with my faith I have chose not to give up . God has given me no reason to give up. He is always faithful to me!!

Fast foward to around 8:30 a.m. this morning........ my nurse practicioner called me with Chad's results (if you read my last post you knew he was going to be rechecked)
She wanted to just give me the results even though my Dr. had not seen them yet, she wanted to go ahead and share them. Wow, Im still blown away..... the results were GREAT this time compared to all the others!!!
Since Feb. 2009, which was when we discovered Chad's issue, and being checked several several times since then, all of the numbers have improved!!!!!!!! It has been 5 months since the last test. I had told you in the last post Chad and I had just put it on the back burner, Let God handle it, no vitamins like the Dr. had recommended, nothing has been done different. And now his results have changed completely for the good this time...... wouldnt you just say GOD IS SO GOOD!!!!!! The Drs. had no explanation as to why his results were abnormal to begin with, there was never a "diagnosis" made......
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding".
I feel so positive right now...... all morning I have cryed and cryed everytime I even think about it. When you experience something like this and you can just see God answering your prayers, its just SO REAL. So many emotions I've just been holding in and now God has showed me now more then ever..... Be Faithful!!!
So as of now I dont know what our next step is, I am waiting still to hear from what my Dr. recommends. But for now I will just keep on repeating this "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding"
Thank you Lord for answering prayers..............