Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Noah loves knocking down the blocks that Daddy works so hard to stack!
Daddy loves the blocks as much as Noah. He meticulously lines them up so Noah has a big stack to knock down. Boys will be boys!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Mommy & Noah go for a kayak ride.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Today after church Noah & I went to my younger sister, Susie's house, and it was a special treat because my older sister, Denise, & all Noah's cousins on my side of the family were there. Noah had SO much fun! He laughed and laughed and played until he wasn't able to keep his eyes open anymore! He said, "Ella" for the 1st time today, actually, "Ewwa," (our only girl cousin on my side of the family). He enjoyed showing Aunt Susie & Aunt Denise his forward rolls and his muscles. When we left, he was blowing kisses, even though he could barely hold up his head. It's always special when I get to spend time together with both my sisters and their children. I wish we could've stayed longer, but I'm thankful for this day.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
While putting Noah down for his afternoon nap, I paused to just soak up the joy in bonding with my son. He was almost asleep, when, out of nowhere, he opened his eyes, waved, and said, "Hi. Hi Mama." His grin was from ear to ear, and I wish I had a camera to capture the twinkles in his eyes. I couldn't help but answer back, grin from ear to ear myself, and then give kisses to my sweet boy. There was no going back after that. He would stick his tongue halfway out, still grinning from ear to ear, and giggle while I did the same. It was perfection, really living.I'm glad I've learned to be in the moment...to soak up those special moments of too much perfection, rather than focusing on "the small stuff" as I sometimes relapse & do...but not today. And boy am I thankful. There's something to be said for mindfulness and living in the moment. Another gift that cancer has given to me. My dishes may be dirty and there's unfolded laundry on the floor...but I'm o.k. with that. That's the small stuff. Putting everything else aside & soaking up the goodness of my son...that's really living.
It's one thing to exist, another to really live. I really live, and I thank God for that lesson.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
In tough times, it's easy to feel helpless. So, I try to to remember what I can and can't control. I can control my attitude, my behaviors, my prayers, and how I react to the things that are out of my control. In thinking of my family in Kansas, I couldn't control that they were in a hospital, up all hours of the night, scared, drained. What I could do was pray, send messages of hope and encouragement, and send plenty of pizza to the hospital room so that they at least had a fleeting moment of something fun, something other than cancer. So, that's what I did.
And I focus on my blessings, things for which I have so much gratitude, including:
- My husband, Michael
- My son, Noah Michael
- My father, Fred
- The gift of my mother, Marie
- My sisters, Susie & Denise
- My mother-in-law, Anne
- My sister-&-brother-in law, Rebekah & Brian
- My nieces & nephews-Matthew, Nicholas, Andrew, Ella, James, Sam, Lucas, & Alice
- My wonderful friends-Elizabeth, Stacy, Michelle, MaryBeth, Jill, Christine
- My health
- My God, my faith
- This day, this breath, and the opportunity for another.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
After getting Noah to bed, I went outside and sat on the upstairs back porch and just breathed in the beautiful view thinking, "I am so blessed to have my life, my family, this beautiful view, this beautiful life."
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Oh, how this boy melts my heart! We had a nice weekend, although it went by too quickly! We read books, sang, danced, and swam in the kiddie pool and the big pool. Today, we were all in bed and Noah could not stop laughing when I was jumping on the bed. He laughed until his pacifier fell out and his face turned red! His laughter is the biggest shot of joy. I was rocking him to sleep tonight, just staring at this miracle that God has given us, thanking God for the blessing of my sweet son.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Michael fired up the grill, and Noah had a great time swimming in the kiddie pool. He looked so cute in his 4th of July swim trunks. We ate, swam, broke a pinata, and watched some fireworks.
I made homemade star sugar cookies for a sweet 4th of July treat!