Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Such a lovely evening....

My heart has been hurting this week, just dealing with some hard things right now. Evan knows no details as to why I've been upset but he is always so aware and so concerned for others. He has been very compassionate, taking care of me and making sure I feel loved. This evening he wanted to help me feel happy so he planned a "date night" for just the two of us. He did everything ALL by himself!

He made the coffee table into our dining table, covering it with a blanket from the closet. He pulled out assorted candies and cookies and made a centerpiece with them. He got down the "fancy glasses," as he calls them. He put out napkins and silverware to set the table and then he served me. 

We sat together, just the two of us, talking and laughing. He kept telling me the cutest stories and jokes.  He got me more pizza after I'd eaten my first piece and wouldn't let me lift a finger. He even wore a tie for the occasion. He worked so hard to make the evening special for me and he did such a good job of helping me feel happy!

Today I am grateful for my tenderhearted, sweet, generous, 6 year old. I can't even count how many times God has used this little boy to comfort me over the past 6 years. Even as a baby he would snuggle and love on me when I was sad. The past week has been hard but Evan hasn't left my side. He has been so concerned for me, praying for me, and doing all he can for me. He allows God to use him and as his Mommy, that makes my heart smile! He kept saying, "Isn't this such a lovely evening, Mommy?" It was, such a lovely evening, because of my little guy.

I am thankful today for the gift of children, they truly are a reward from above. All my adorable littles have been a blessing to me this week. I am so grateful to be their Mommy.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Favorite Christmas Tradition

A snowy day is a great day to bake! So, we decided to make Moravian cookies. These are such a special Christmas tradition for me. I remember making these cookies with my Grandma Davis every year since I was a tiny girl. Now I make them each Christmas with my children. We use her rolling pin, her rolling board, her cookie cutters, and of course her recipe. I can almost feel her smiling as we continue her tradition.

Allison enjoyed watching us!

As I roll out the cookie dough and make it paper thin, just as Grandma used to do, I can't help but think about her. She had 4 children just like me. 3 boys and 1 girl, just like me. I wonder, did she feel inadequate like I do? Did her babies sleep through the night? Did she take her kids on playdates? Did she feel exhausted and weary, like I do? Did she have a lot of friends when her children were little? Were there days she just wanted to cry because she couldn't be everything she needed/wanted to be? Did she ever get tired of cooking meal after meal? How did she handle hurt feelings and whiny children? Did she and Pawpaw go on date nights? How in the world did she get everything done (including ironing their sheets and underwear??...she really did that!) I wish I could talk to her now. As a mom of 4, I would love to hear her advice. I would love to listen to words of wisdom. I would love to make Moravian cookies with her again and soak in more of who she was.

Today I am grateful for snowy days to bake with my little boys. They have so much fun making the cookies, just like I did when I was their age. I look forward to making the cookies with Allison too. I am also thankful for traditions. In the past I never really paid much attention to the importance of traditions but now I see how valuable they are, especially when a loved one is no longer with us. Traditions help us remember them, help us replay the impact they had in our lives, and cause us to thank God for the blessing they were to us.

I can't believe this will be our fifth Christmas without her. It feels like just yesterday she was helping Dylan make Moravian cookies. I am so thankful for memories and for the traditions that help those memories stay at the forefront of our minds. Her Moravian cookies will always be a special part of Christmas for me.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Our "Kick-Off" to the Christmas Season!

Every year we go with our friends, The Almodovar Family, to visit Santa. This has been a tradition since Dylan and Hugo were 6 months old. So, this is our 10th year starting our Christmas Season off this way! My, how things have changed in 10 years!!!! 

For the first time we decided to have a photo made with all of the kids together and ya know what, a Christmas miracle occurred! We got a picture with all 7 children looking and there were no funny faces or screaming children! I am so thrilled with how the photo turned out!

Isn't it amazing??? 7 kids- all looking, none screaming!!

 I am also pleased with how this turned out also!!
Look at these sweet blessings!

Allison couldn't take her eyes off Santa!

It's Allison's first Christmas!!

Today I am grateful for wonderful friends to celebrate with! Bryan and I have been friends with Hugo and Amanda since we were in college. Our first-born sons were born only 2 weeks apart! These life long friendships are priceless and I thank God for them! I am also thankful for fun traditions. This time of year is full of traditions for our family and this one is one of my favorites! There is no better way to kick off the season than having fun with friends!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

6 months already?

I honestly cannot even wrap my mind around the fact this little lady has been a part of our family for 6 months already! Seriously, half a year???? Where has the time gone? I feel like I was just in the hospital, holding her for the first time.

Allison Elizabeth is the sweetest, most laid back baby ever! She is content almost all of the time. She laughs like crazy at her brothers and loves their attention! She enjoys playing with her feet and strolling through the house in her walker. Her favorite toy is her rattle but she loves to chew on any toy she's given. She rolls all over and is trying to scoot. She gives open mouth kisses too! Oh, and today she was trying to sit up on her own! 

I'm not sure how 6 months have gone by so quickly (especially when the last 6 weeks of pregnancy went by soooooo slowly). However, I am having so much fun watching this little gal grow and develop. She is so much fun to be with and love on. God has truly blessed our family with this princess!

Today I am grateful for the precious daughter God has given me. These past 6 month have been such a sweet time. I absolutely love being her Mommy. I am also thankful for the joy she has brought to all of us. Her smile is contagious and her squeals are heard all over the house! We all love her so much! God completed our family with the prettiest, most lovely little girl ever!