9.30.2009

Milestone

Yesterday marked the first day of Abigail's treatment for her club feet, so we thought we would take pictures! Here is a picture of her legs before treatment and her first set of casts. It usually takes about 6-8 casts to correct club feet, but we will see as we are trying to correct her knees as well.


Please continue to lift up Abby's healing and thanksgivings to Dad for His provision during this time! We love all of you...

Sweet Baby Girl

Fun with Friends... and a Hose!

9.29.2009

Spaghetti!


Brother and Sister


9.28.2009

Abigail's Song

All of our children have songs that I sing to them that are their songs. A "life song" just for them. They are songs that have meant a lot to me and were impressed upon my heart as lyrics I want for my children to know. For Benjamin, I sing, "Nothing But The Blood." For Jonathan, I sing, "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus."

This is Abby's song:



Take My Life
by Chris Tomlin

Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice and let me sing
always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
every power as You choose.

::Chorus::
Here am I, all of me.
Take my life, it's all for Thee.

Take my will and make it Thine
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is Thine own
it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord I pour
at Your feet its treasure store
Take myself and I will be
ever, only, all for Thee.
Take myself and I will be
ever, only, all for Thee.

Here am I, all of me.
Take my life, it's all for Thee.
x3

(Take my life, Lord take my life. Take all of me)

Here am I, all of me.
Take my life, it's all for Thee

9.22.2009

Hospital Pictures of Benjamin

Some fun pictures from the hospital stay. Benjamin enjoyed coming to see Mommy and "baby sister" as he put it. He enjoyed drinking water from the little plastic cups they gave us and pressing the call button for the nurse. All the nurses would ask me where Benjamin was when they would come in during the day. I guess he had developed quite a reputation! Enjoy Benjamin having fun at the hospital:




9.21.2009

And My Soul Knows It Very Well

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and emotion. What started as a simple 36 week check-up with my doctor ended a few days later with the emergency c-section of our daughter, Abigail. With the exciting news of a safe delivery also came the news that she had a congenital condition of her hips, knees and feet (multiple dislocations and club foot). I didn't know a person's emotions could have such a wide range in such a short amount of time.

Abby had to stay in an isolette incubator for the first 24 hours, so I wasn't able to hold her, or even see her outside of the pictures Keith took for me. She was so beautiful in my eyes! I was so fiercely protective of her and I prayed that everyone else would see past how different her legs and feet looked and see just how beautiful she was. I struggled with guilt thinking that because of my uterus she was born this way. I struggled with fear that my baby girl would never walk. I struggled with selfishness- why did I have to have an infant that would require so much extra care? A lot of sin and a lot of tears. A lot of crying to Dad with nothing other than the groans of my heart as there were just no words to describe the pain and heartache as well as the deep joy and excitement of our precious baby girl.

At some point I was able to move past the physical and emotional pain I was in and sit down to really be with my Daddy and be filled with what was true. He reminded me that Abigail was fearfully and wonderfully made. She was not hidden from Him when He was knitting her together in my womb. I knew that the way He made Abigail was for a hope and a future, not to harm her. That no one had sinned or done anything wrong for her to be born this way- she was made to bring glory to the Father and display His works. (Ps. 139, Jer. 29:11, John 9:3)

Do I still struggle with fears and uncertainties about what the future will bring? Of course. I struggle with the flesh daily and wish that I didn't. But His word gives me hope and I trust in who He is. The world may tell me one thing, but what I know in my heart is this: the Father loves Abigail more than I ever could and I entrust her to His care all of her days.

9.12.2009

Cheesecake Brownies


Just wanted to share a really easy way to spruce up a box of brownie mix. I made these this afternoon and they are quite scrumptious...

Combine:

  • 8 oz cream cheese

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1 egg

Prepare brownie mix as directed on box. Pour into 8x8 or 9x9 pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture on top of brownie batter. Use a knife to make a swirl pattern. Bake brownies as directed on box.

Delicious!!

9.01.2009

Ultrasound Update

The results are that Abigail is healthy and right on track. I see the doctor in a few days, so I will know more then. She is still breech with her head up in my rib cage, so we are hoping that she will be motivated to turn around and soon!