Tuesday, May 30, 2006

May 30, 2006
Drew is turning into such a gentle little boy. He can now pet the kitties and pet mommy on the face! We have been working on these for a few weeks and I think he has finally gotten it down. Drew has a few new words - Ugh oh, ok, & hi. He actually uses them all in context too! This week Drew went to the pool to swim twice and to the park on Memorial Day. He had so much fun running from one activity to the next. On Monday we met Daddy at the Southlake Town Center for lunch and played in the fountain. Drew has finally gotten over his diaper rash/burn. We are very thankful that he is once again sleeping through the night! Poor Drew, while he was on antibiotics he slept 14 hours a night and had a 3 hour nap during the day. The drugs just wiped him out. Drew is very active, he runs everywhere in the house. Drew's favorite toys are his tricycle and his puppy. He loves to chase around his giant balls too!
Drew & Mommy went to the baseball game last week. We watched the Rangers beat the Angels. Drew loved all the people and food! We had great seats thanks to our friend Shannon!
Oh, Drew threw his training potty down the stairs! We have the potty sitting in the bathroom just incase Drew turns into a genius and decides to take off his diaper and go potty! Really, Drew loves to play with it and sit on it. Well, the other day I was playing with Drew in his room and Drew ran into the bathroom, I didn't think much of it until I heard a loud thud...thud...thud.... I ran over to the stairs thinking Drew fell down them, I was so relieved that all I could do was laugh. We had a discussion on how throwing things down the stairs is not ok!
I went to a Creative Memories Event on Friday night for a 6 hour scrap! I had so much fun and organized all of my stuff. I have a lot of scrapbooking supplies, I just need to make the time to use them more often. Drew stayed with his Nana that night - it was their last night together for 3 weeks. Nana is now in Oregon visiting everyone! We really miss her but know she is having fun with all her friends.
John is still working on his degree at Ottawa University - only 4 more months till graduation. In John's free time he has been working in the yard, cleaning his garage, and building me planter boxes in the back yard. We are keeping busy this summer! My tomatoes are already ripe and the watermelon is just starting to produce fruit. Life around the Williams house is very peaceful and serene. I can't remember the last time we didn't have a major event going on. It really is nice!
John can't wait to see everyone in a few weeks! He will be flying home to see his brother who is returning from Afghanistan . John is going to have so much fun playing with the guys and seeing his family. I am very excited for him. We contemplated sending Drew along with him, but I just couldn't see myself separated from both of my boys for a week. Plus, I would worry about Drew the whole time we were apart. After a lot of prayer John made the decision to leave Drew in Texas .
We can't wait to see everyone in August for Julie and Ruben's wedding! John, Mom, Drew and I helped Julie move into her first apartment a few weeks ago! We are so proud of her for graduating and for picking such a great guy to marry. Only 12 weeks to go until they tie the knott!
Love,
Melissa

Sunday, May 21, 2006

May 21, 2006
I can't believe Drew is 16 months old! He saw the pediatrician this week and weighed in at 21 pounds and 5 oz. I was shocked that he was so little. The scale at home had been reading a lot higher. Drew has been battling a severe diaper rash for three weeks now. He has been in to see the doctor twice. The last time I insisted that there was something very wrong, that we were not dealing with a diaper rash. It looked to me like Drew had been birned or something. Finally, on Friday I insisted that my normal doctor check out Drew's bottom, she was shocked at the change from 5 days earlier. She thinks Drew has Strep, just on his bottom not in his throat. I checked out pictures on the internet and they looked identical! Evadently, the Strep rash is misdiagnosed 8 out of 10 times. I am glad that my mommy instinct was alarmed! Othewise we would have had a really rough weekend. As it was Drew couldn't sleep Wednesday night. He was up half the night screaming. It seemed the more topical medicine I put on, the worse it got. He even slept without a diaper that night, in the morning his rash was still worse. Poor baby! Drew is feeling so much better now that he is on medicine. I will keep a close eye on it, the probability of the rash returning is very high.
I just posted a video of Drew giving kisses. That is his new thing this week. He is so sweet, I will be holding him and he will catch my eye and give me a big wet kiss on the lips. Drew is still chatting away. We don't understand most of what he says, but more words are starting to come. He has been consistent at saying "thank you" and "your welcome." We are still working on "please." Drew is back in a sleeping phase. He sleeps from 7:30 pm to 9:00 am and takes a nap from 11:00-1:30. Drew has finally combined his morning and afternoon nap.
We went swimming for the first time yesterday. Drew loved the water, until he tripped face first into the kiddy pool. It took him a little while to get back in. He did have fun playing with his TiTi this week, she drove in from Oklahoma.
Love,
Melissa

Sunday, May 14, 2006

May 14, 2006

What an honor to be called a mom and Shepard the next generation. The job of a mother is a high calling that requires 24 hour participation. I thought the business world had a lot of challenges, but nothing compares to the job of being a mother. I believe our society puts very little emphasis on the value of mothers - after all changing diapers, whipping noses, entertaining children all day long doesn't take a masters degree from a college. However, the monotonous work of a mother impacts the society in which we live more than any company or institution. If you trace the breakdown of any society it always preceded the breakdown of the family. So on this Mothers day, I challenge all mom's to discipline your life so that your family comes first. For me it means putting down the dirty dishes and vacuum, sitting next to Drew and reading him books, or playing with his trains. He loves nothing more than to receive one on one intentional time with me. This is so hard for me as I look around my messy house or my long to do list. It helps to remind myself that Drew probably won't remember how clean our home was, or how many toys we gave him. What he will remember is the memories that we made together. Hopefully, I will be blessed with a son who loves the Lord and raises the next generation to Honor God.

I have been studying in Proverbs 31: 26-31 (below) on this Mothers Day. I pray that my child will rise to call me blessed someday! I am very blessed to have a husband who gives me praises of affirmation on a continual basis. John is such a wonderful husband!
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.


Love,
Melissa

Monday, May 8, 2006

May 8, 2006
H ow does one describe the weekend I just had- I am not sure that I can fully put everything into words, but here is my feeble attempt.
This weekend John and I went to the Gaylord Texan for a weekend of marriage strengthening. We have been looking forward to this weekend for months! I was looking forward to sleeping in a King size bed just like when we were on our honeymoon. When we arrived, we were told that there were no King size rooms left, so we would have to settle for a queen. I was quite upset (I booked our room 6 months ago and specifically asked for a King), but after speaking with a manager was given a Suite! Wow! The retail price on this room was over 500.00 per night. This was the beginning of a fantastic weekend.
Friday night the Weekend To Remember conference began, the subject was on the "5 Threats to Oneness." The first night was funny, enlightening, serious, and the homework questions were very direct & powerful. The rest of the conference was similar, just with difference topics like conflict resolution & Intimacy in Marriage . John and I had ample free time to talk, answer questions, walk around the beautiful grounds, eat, drink coffee, etc. I don't think I have emotionally processed everything! Going into the conference I would say we had a very solid marriage, after this conference I would say we have the tools to grow even closer and stable. The amazing thing about this conference is that it is geared towards everyone, the couple on the verge of divorce, newlyweds, empty nesters, there were even couples who had been married more than ½ a century. One couple we knew had been separated, after the conference they were excited to move back in together and work on their marriage.
John and I made an agreement when we married in 2003 to do one marriage enhancing class each year. The first year we went to see a Five Love Language seminar by Gary Chapmen. Year Two we did a 12 week class at our church called 2Becoming1. This is our third year, and by far this was the best marriage conference we have ever been to. If you and your spouse are interested in going, the conference is held in over 150 cities each year. To sign up for a Weekend To Remember Conference visit www.familylife.com/conferences . You won't regret it. In fact, Familylife is so confident that you will love it that they offer a money back guarantee. If you have any questions about the conference please feel free to e-mail me ( Melissa@drewscloset.com). John and I are both excited about attending again next year!

Drew stayed with my mom the whole weekend while we were away. He did so well, I don't even think he missed us! We sure did miss him though! Drew's temper tantrums have subsided for a few weeks, but he left his little attitude behind. Lately, he has had an attitude with me when I ask him to do something. He has even taken to stomping his feet in defiance. Wow! Isn't this suppose to happen at age 2? Drew has been a little better since his molars came in. He has been getting a lot of stern talking to, I hope we don't have to go further in the disciple progress. He tries so hard most of the time to obey, he just has a few freak out moments each day - normally near dinner and bedtime. Drew has a few new words - happy, tree, & sky. He is jabbering a ton, we think he is speaking Chinese! Drew is still very very active and loves to run around in the yard! He is such a joy to watch grow up! We love him so much and thank God daily for our precious gift!
May 8, 2006
H ow does one describe the weekend I just had- I am not sure that I can fully put everything into words, but here is my feeble attempt.
This weekend John and I went to the Gaylord Texan for a weekend of marriage strengthening. We have been looking forward to this weekend for months! I was looking forward to sleeping in a King size bed just like when we were on our honeymoon. When we arrived, we were told that there were no King size rooms left, so we would have to settle for a queen. I was quite upset (I booked our room 6 months ago and specifically asked for a King), but after speaking with a manager was given a Suite! Wow! The retail price on this room was over 500.00 per night. This was the beginning of a fantastic weekend.
Friday night the Weekend To Remember conference began, the subject was on the "5 Threats to Oneness." The first night was funny, enlightening, serious, and the homework questions were very direct & powerful. The rest of the conference was similar, just with difference topics like conflict resolution & Intimacy in Marriage . John and I had ample free time to talk, answer questions, walk around the beautiful grounds, eat, drink coffee, etc. I don't think I have emotionally processed everything! Going into the conference I would say we had a very solid marriage, after this conference I would say we have the tools to grow even closer and stable. The amazing thing about this conference is that it is geared towards everyone, the couple on the verge of divorce, newlyweds, empty nesters, there were even couples who had been married more than ½ a century. One couple we knew had been separated, after the conference they were excited to move back in together and work on their marriage.
John and I made an agreement when we married in 2003 to do one marriage enhancing class each year. The first year we went to see a Five Love Language seminar by Gary Chapmen. Year Two we did a 12 week class at our church called 2Becoming1. This is our third year, and by far this was the best marriage conference we have ever been to. If you and your spouse are interested in going, the conference is held in over 150 cities each year. To sign up for a Weekend To Remember Conference visit www.familylife.com/conferences . You won't regret it. In fact, Familylife is so confident that you will love it that they offer a money back guarantee. If you have any questions about the conference please feel free to e-mail me ( Melissa@drewscloset.com). John and I are both excited about attending again next year!

Drew stayed with my mom the whole weekend while we were away. He did so well, I don't even think he missed us! We sure did miss him though! Drew's temper tantrums have subsided for a few weeks, but he left his little attitude behind. Lately, he has had an attitude with me when I ask him to do something. He has even taken to stomping his feet in defiance. Wow! Isn't this suppose to happen at age 2? Drew has been a little better since his molars came in. He has been getting a lot of stern talking to, I hope we don't have to go further in the disciple progress. He tries so hard most of the time to obey, he just has a few freak out moments each day - normally near dinner and bedtime. Drew has a few new words - happy, tree, & sky. He is jabbering a ton, we think he is speaking Chinese! Drew is still very very active and loves to run around in the yard! He is such a joy to watch grow up! We love him so much and thank God daily for our precious gift!

Thursday, May 4, 2006

May 4, 2006
What a week we have had! It all began Friday afternoon with a windy and rainy drive to Oklahoma for Julie and Ruben's wedding shower. The party was wonderful, mom and I enjoyed meeting a lot of Julie and Ruben's friends. Drew was sadly missed because he stayed home with John. Poor John watched Drew and finished his finals for school. On Saturday Julie, Mom and I went out for breakfast and enjoyed chatting around our coffee cups. The weather outside was very wet! The storm the night before actually created a tornado which touched down at the Race Track closest to our house. I was very glad not to be there. John heard the siren and instead of grabbing Drew and running for shelter, he went back to sleep. I was little miffed! Our long drive home began around 11:00 am , you will now read about the insane events that transpired.
We left Ruben's apartment a little after 11:00 am , we quickly said good-bye in the pouring rain and drove off. Not a half mile from Ruben's the car stalled at a stop sign. I thought it was a little weird, but turned the car back on and drove off. The next stop sign appeared and the car stalled again. I was a little worried by this point but thought that if I could just get to the freeway I would be fine. Well, I turned onto the main road and quickly discovered my plan was not going to work. The car died right in the middle of traffic and refused to turn on. Then, God sent us a Baptist Preacher! He quickly pulled in-front of my car and pushed me into a parking lot. We checked the oil and looked under the hood. The car was submerged in water and it looked like the car wasn't able to breath due to all the water. So, after getting the name of a mechanic, we sat in the parking lot waiting for the car to dry off. I called John and he thought that if we waited about an hour the car would dry off and we could make it back home. I called Julie to see if she could come get us. She called me back a few moments later, unable to find Ruben's keys. She thought maybe they were left in our car. So we looked, but didn't find anything. Julie thought she had locked them in the trunk of Ruben's car so they called AAA to come unlock the trunk. In the mean time her friend came and picked Julie up. Mom and I had Julie follow us to the freeway to make sure the car ran ok, it worked great. Next, about 30 minutes later I noted that we needed gas, so I pulled over at a gas station and started to fill up the car. As I was filling the rain started to come down even harder, so I scooted over the gas handle towards the shelter. However, my coat snagged on the gas handle and the gas sprayed all over myself, the car, and my clothes. The worst part was that my right eye was burning a lot! I calmly turned the gas pump off and knocked on the passenger side door. Mom gave me a bottle of water and I flushed my eye out. After about 20 minutes we left the gas station and drove down I-35 toward Texas . After another 20 minutes Julie called and said that the keys were not in the trunk. We pulled over again and looked in the car for the keys. We still didn't find them. Alas, we arrived home smelling like gas around 3:30 in the afternoon. What a drive! When I get to heaven I am going to ask God why we had such a time getting home. Oh, Julie eventually found her keys on Monday, they had fallen behind a desk.
This week has not been a good week for Drew. He is teething still and has a cold. He has also discovered temper tantrums and is averaging 3-4 meltdowns a day. The great part is that he only throws them for Mommy. Oh the joys! I am struggling with what Drew actually comprehends, I hate to discipline him for something he didn't understand. He seems to be selective, he only understands the things he wants to to! His most recent tantrums occurred because he didn't get something he wanted. Today he has been a little better. I have had to stick to my guns and walk away from his little fits. He really hates that. I did get him to say please this morning at breakfast though, so we are making a little progress. I know he is just starting to test the boundary's. Hopefully, he will have a better attitude tomorrow! It is so great that we are leaving him with my mom for a much needed weekend away. We are headed to the Gaylord Texan for the Weekend To Remember marriage conference. We are leaving Friday afternoon and won't return until late Sunday afternoon. I just pray Drew is good for my mom and sleeps well!
Please keep us in your prayers!
Melissa