Monday, November 28, 2005

October 28, 2005
Drew went to the doctor today for this 9 month checkup. The doctor was so impressed with Drew's strength and she couldn't believe he was so happy and joyful. Drew was such a trooper, even when he had his shot. He was so charming and smiled at everyone. The doctor was especially impressed with the fact that he is drinking from a sippy cup without any help. He is also about to have his top two teeth pop through.
Weight: 19lbs 14oz 25-50%
Head Circumference: 43 1/3cm 10-25%
Length: 26 1/4 3%
I can't wait to post pictures of our finished flower beds. The sprinkler system has been re-engineered and the rebar is in place. The final step is laying the wire over the sand. Then, we can lay the foundations. This project is a lot more work than I anticipated. It is a great thing that Patti is here to help! I have really learned a lot this past week and am anxious to get the cement poured. This project has really made me appreciate my sweet and tallented husband. I don't know how he can fit so much information into his head and remember it all! He retains everything he hears or reads - word for word. I am impressed, he makes such a great leader!
Melissa

Friday, November 25, 2005

November 25, 2005

What an incredible three weeks our family has had! Drew has been growing and learning a ton of things this month. He is now saying "Ma Ma" on a consistent basis, normally when he wants something. He also has started giving slobbery kisses and sweet hugs. His favorite toy is his puppy that he must sleep with every night. When he finds his puppy he throws him up and down while saying "woof - woof" which sounds like "ru-ru". It is quite hysterical. He also loves to shake his upper body to music and pretend he is dancing to music. This is especially humorous at bedtime. Last night he woke up around 11:00 pm and I went in to make sure he was ok. When he saw me he smiled really big and started to dance in his crib. It was so cute that I couldn't just leave him there - so I brought him to bed with me for a few minutes. Drew has also learned to wave bye-bye and is trying to clap. His clapping skills need some work!

Last week I flew to Oregon for a special visit with family and friends. Drew was horrible on the plane- mental note to self - Do not fly early in the morning or give your child a decongestant! Drew was so tired from getting up early, and from the medicine, but he refused to sleep, instead he fussed and whined the whole flight. Needless to say there were some very angry people sitting around me. Once in Medford, we enjoyed some time with my Nana, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. Drew even saw his first video game - much to my dismay. Drew was hooked instantly to the controller and the wide screen TV.. It was so much fun seeing everyone in Grants Pass. Drew was such a trooper. He slept very well on our drive up to Eugene for Thanksgiving, and again that evening when I drove us to Beaverton. In Beaverton Drew and I stayed with my best friend Bethany and her husband John. Bethany is due to have a little "Johnny" in February. Drew and I showed them a little taste of reality when Drew awoke from bedtime to the sound of their garage door opening. He was awake crying off and on for the next two hours. John said the next morning that he wished he had just missed the garbage pickup! I can't wait to see Bethany in February! I have already purchased tickets to return. I can't wait to hold a little baby again. Drew has been growing so much lately. His last checkup put him at over 20 pounds. While in Beaverton we stayed two nights with Grandma Patti. Drew enjoyed playing a lot with Grandma Patti's toys. She had an enormous "woody" doll that Drew was especially impressed with. Our final night was spent with Grandpa Mike and Carol, where Drew discovered their stairs. Drew also enjoyed seeing his two uncles - Scotty and David. The boys were so excited because they had just returned home from hunting and for the first time in almost 10 years bagged an elk. John was so disappointed that he was unable to attend this years hunting trip. He really wanted to be there so he could be in on this amazing story that will be told and retold for the next decade.
Drew and I also visited with the Pete and Pam Constuantine while in Beaverton. I also saw my mom's good friend Susan Elliot and her family - it was here that Drew discoverd how to climb stairs, he got even better when we visited Grandpa Mikes house! We also had a wonderful lunch with Judy and Bob Sanders. I even was able to see David Sanders who just recently returned from Russia. I saw my friend Leanne from my old work and her little girl Amaya who was born on my Birthday. All in all it was a very relaxing trip with visits from a lot of good friends!
Drew and I returned to Grants Pass with a brief stop in Eugene. We had fun visiting Drew's Great Grandpa Al. It was a great time to visit and chat. Drew thankfully slept all the way back to Grants Pass that evening. We stayed in Grants Pass for the next few days, relaxing and visiting with family.
The flight back to Texas was late in the evening and was very pleasant. The only bump was when we discovered that we had boarded the wrong plane in Medford - actually everyone had been loaded on the wrong plane. We all had to get off and move to another plane. It all worked out though; Drew flirted with the flight attendant on the first leg to San Francisco. She was so nice, when Drew got a little fussy, and I was thinking "Not this again...," she took him to the front of the plane and rocked him to sleep. He slept through the landing and everyoness exit. I hated to wake him up, but had to in order to get him off the plane. The second flight was in the evening and Drew thankfully slept most of the way. I was even able to watch the provided movie. It was very relaxing. John picked us up at 12:00pm and surprised me with our missing kitty Winston. Winston always seems to know when someone is going on a trip. He ran away right before our trip to Oregon in May 2005. John was so happy to have everyone home again. He said it was too quiet around the house and he missed Drew too much. So, when we come back to Oregon in February John will be coming too!

We had a perfect Thanksgiving this year! Last year Julie and John planned everything since I was banished to the bed, so this year I went all out. We had Turkey, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, fresh baked rolls, broccoli salad, gravy, mashed potatoes, and two homemade pies! We had a lot of family and friends to share the wonderful meal with. This year we read the Pilgrims Thanksgiving story and marveled at all the miraculous events that took place in order for the colony to be established. We all realized just how blessed we are. We also shared what we are thankful for. Since John and I have been married I have written down our thanksgivings and placed them in a book. This year I decided to move those to a scrapbook that can be saved and passed on to future generations. Our only regret was that we were not able to spend Thanksgiving with more of our family back in Oregon. We had many things to thank God over this year. I have posted them on the storie page incase your curious!

Well, enough rambling I must get back to my fussy child. Drew's top tooth is still trying to push through and he has been extra challenging today,

Love,
Melissa

Thursday, November 24, 2005

October 24, 2005
I am 9 Months old!!!
Sorry I haven't written for a while. I have been having so much fun with Grandma Patti that I haven't had time to write. We have been playing in the yard this week! We are building flower beds for mommy's Birthday and Christmas gifts. Today I watched the sprinkler system get installed and when no one was looking I played in the dirt! I even ate mud! Mommy was in the house and couldn't believe I had eaten the mud. I don't think she was too upset because she rushed into the house saying "I need to get a picture of this for the web page!". Daddy had so much fun showing me how to pound in rebar. I was especially fascinated with the shovel. Grandma Patti brought me a Bob The Builder doll that talks! I want to be just like Daddy and Bob. I hope I get a tool belt for Christmas, then I can look like my Daddy and Bob!
Mommy, Daddy and Grandma have been busy working outside. I have been such a good boy! I play in my stroller and eat cheerios for hours while they work. Grandma worked the hardest though, she dug and dug and dug! I will have to have mommy post pictures of all their hard work. The cement for the flower beds is going to be poured tomorrow and the brick should be put on this weekend, Daddy is really tired, he spent both of his days off working outside. Who knew building brick flower beds could be so much work. Daddy & Grandma must really love Mommy - it is really hard work. Mommy has been learning all kinds of new things with this project. For example, Daddy sent them to Home Depot to get supplies for adding some sprinkler heads. They were there over an hour working with two different employees. When they left with their stuff they both had a headache. Needless to say, Daddy had to go back that night and return some things.
Well, I better go, but I will write more soon! I will even have mommy put up my mud pictures!
Love,
Drewster

Williams Family Thanksgiving 2005

Williams Family Thanksgiving 2005
v January 11 th - Praise the Lord for getting us through our second year of marriage. This year is a double praise! Today I was released from the hospital after 6 weeks of bed rest. Our marriage grew so much over the past 3 months. John was such a servant leader as he changed my bedpan and prayed me through a long, lonely and trying time. Our marriage is such a blessing and was a testimony to many of the nurses and staff.
v John is back in school finishing his Bachelor's degree. As of summer 2005 John had completed his AA degree and is taking classes to complete his 4-year criminal justice degree in hopes of getting his Masters in teaching.
v Thank you Jesus for the delivery of a beautiful and perfectly healthy baby boy. John Andrew Williams was born on 1/24/05 after a lot of complications. Thank you Lord for your hand of protection over our finances and for providing great insurance that covered most of the $60,000-$70,000 in hospital expenses.
v Praise is to God for allowing us to raise our son in a home of our own. Thank you Lord for financial provision and allowing us to keep our home.
v Praise the Lord for providing a wonderful job that allows Melissa to work from home and watch Drew at the same time. What a huge blessing!
v Thank you Lord for providing Melissa the opportunity to invest into the life of a single mother. Through that investment a long-term friendship has been established! We can already see that the Lord has great plans for Shannon and Jonathan.
v Lord thank you so much for moving Melissa's mother from Beaverton Oregon to Texas . It is such a blessing having her live only a mile away. Thank you also for providing her financial provision and a means to provide her future income. Thank you also for her new job as a teacher's assistant at a local elementary school.
v Thank you for the recent Bible Study needs in our church. John has stepped up to teach a bible study two Thursday's a month.
v Praise that John and Melissa have both drawn closer to you Lord this year. Thank you for shaping John to be a godly and strong leader in our home. He us such a great model to our little man Drew. Thank you Lord for making the transition to motherhood easy for Melissa. You have given her such a peace and desire to be more like you on a daily basis. The study "The Miracle of Life Change" has produced a growing time for our family. Our vision is to glorify You with our lives, thank you for easing us into this vision. I pray that this coming year will shape and mold our character to be even more like You.
v We thank you Lord for your hand of protection and mercy that has surrounded our home this year. Thank you for protecting our home and allowing us to raise this little boy! What an awesome privilege to be given a child that you created. I pray that al our hearts would slowly be refined by fire and that our sole desire would be the pursuit of Holiness, set apart for You our Lord, ready to do your will .

Thursday, November 3, 2005

November 3, 2005
Crabby would best describe the past week - Drew is getting his top two teeth in, he has had a low grade fever and runny stools which has led to diaper rashes. Drew has not been sleeping very well; he has woken up an average of twice each night. Poor little man! He may also be fussy from his shot last Friday.
We have been playing around the house a lot because John has also been a little under the weather. We did manage to pour the cement frame on the side of the house Tuesday. John ended up mixing the cement with his hands because the drill he was using to stir the mix wasn't powerful enough. It was a very funny process to watch! Drew was fascinated with watching John work. He really wanted to get out of his stroller and help. He just didn't understand it when I told him he wasn't old enough.
On Monday, October 31 st, we cooked a great dinner and entertained my mom and her friend Rebecca, from Oregon . We were planning on going to Trunk Fest at our church, but Drew had been fussy and it rained most of the day. I did dress Drew up a few days later for the pictures. He wore his cowboy outfit that Auntie Beth gave him. He looked so adorable.
John is busy working and writing papers for school. I have been busy hanging out with my Nana and baking! I also managed to shampoo the carpets downstairs. Oh my where they dirty! I was able to get all of Drew's spit up stains off the carpet & furniture! I am hoping to get the upstairs done this weekend.
Drew and I will be in Oregon from 11/12-11/19 and would love to visit everyone. Please give me a call on my cell (503) 407-0786 and I can tell you where we will be when. I think I will be in Eugene on Sunday the 13 th for an early Sutherland Thanksgiving and then on to Beaverton for a few day. I will then drive back to Grants Pass to visit with my family.
I can't wait to see everyone in another week!
Love,
Melissa