|Abby & Lia - Best friends just like their mommy's!|
Monday, December 27, 2010
We had such a wonderful Christmas! We were surrounded by family and friends which made it so much fun! We did miss Baby Jude, Julie and Ruben, but were able to meet up a few days later. The boys were so ecstatic about Christmas this year. They really got into the spirit of giving which made it all the more fun. I enjoyed all our Christmas traditions - new and old. This year I planned a Castle/Knight themed Christmas, the boys love their Castle and Knights and Dragons! They also enjoyed watching "How To Train Your Dragon" which was a huge hit. It was a wonderful day of smiles and coming together as family to worship our King!
|Gabe and his new glider!|
|A Knights Castle!|
|Abby's first doll!|
|Drew finally got a Transformer!|
|Great Nana and Little Abby|
|Trains & Dinosaurs!|
|Fun with Mr. Howard!|
|Just What I Wanted!|
|A Spy Glass!|
|Not sure who had more fun John and Howard or the little boys?|
|The Boys opening Mrs; Kelly's Gifts!|
|New Dewalt Gloves!|
|Abby Loves Her New Book!|
|Doris Day is always a favorite around here!|
|Dad got a Keurig!|
Friday, December 24, 2010
Life with little's is never boring; there are always unplanned adventures just waiting around corners, ready to “jump” me when I’m least expecting it. Take this Christmas letter for example; I’ve been trying to write it since Thanksgiving. Every time I sit down with my “pen” -- craziness happens! I have finally shut myself up in my office, determined to get something remotely lucid down on paper! As I sit here, my little peanut Abby, is sleeping in her car seat for the 14th night in a row, she has had RSV since the end of September. The virus seems to circulate her system about every 3 weeks! Our middle child Gabe spent the day coughing his little lungs out from the change in temperature – his asthma is flaring up badly this Fall/Winter. While getting Gabe ready for bed, he threw up his entire dinner on his yellow ducky towel, while our oldest, Drew, flew back and forth on the rope swing in his room -- totally unscathed by the mishap. After cleaning Gabe up in the bathroom, I returned to see the dog finishing off the remainder of what didn’t make it on the ducky towel. Also, we are presently without water until tomorrow afternoon, when John is home from work and can fix an underground pipe that burst during last night’s freezing temperatures. Yes, this is my life as “mommy” and I would not trade any of these crazy moments away. Life with little's is a delight; nothing goes as planned, comic relief just happens and life shoves onward as I try and measure the moments, memories, and minutes as they fly past my puked stained shoulder.
In January 2010, our joyful little Abigail Mae Williams (4 lbs, 6oz & 17 inches long) made her crashing entrance into our family unit. She was born with one unexpected push onto the hospital bed and into the smiling face of her daddy! The nurse, my sister, and doctor all ran in just seconds later. Her legendary delivery was just a foretaste of the drama that has ensued throughout her first 11 months of life. Abby spent a week in the NICU gaining weight while her mommy spent some time recovering from severely high blood pressure. Just 10 days after coming home, she contracted RSV and was rushed to Cooks Children’s hospital where she spent two weeks in the hospital, 8 of which were on a ventilator. Those moments were the scariest of our lives, yet the Lord sustained and comforted us with His Mighty hands. Abby continues to struggle this winter with re-occurring RSV, but despite her illnesses, she is the happiest baby we have ever experienced. She smiles from head to toe at the mere sight of a brother or friend. She is a bright light of loveliness in our home and we’re so blessed to have been given this precious child.
Perceptive Gabe (3) spent this year growing up, I don’t know how it happened, but he turned into a little boy. Almost overnight, at 2 ½ ,he started talking in sentences – literally he was mute for the first 2 ½ years and now he talks nonstop. I guess becoming a big brother allowed all his words to begin flowing! Our quiet and pensive son blossomed into a big brother, who loves to care for his little sister. The night we rushed Abby to the hospital the boys had been asleep, that next morning it was Gabe who ran to her cradle in our room and asked where his sister had gone? Gabe notices everything; nothing is lost on him. Gabe is the comic relief, taking after his Daddy! Gabe loves to make others laugh, work in the garage with Daddy and play Lego’s & trains with his older brother.
Speaking of older brother, Drew (6) our little inquirer, is turning into quite a young boy. He adores his siblings, plays with them constantly, loves to talk with adults, always has an opinion, and knows what is best in any and all situations. He is a clone of his mother and a delight to his parent. Drew is learning at home this year, his energy level is always running on full throttle, rarely does he sit still – life will not pass him by. Drew is always inventing and imagining new projects – like flying down the stairs on the cardboard Christmas tree box or making catapults that send baby toys flying across the living room. His love for life keep us all on our toes, you never know what grand plan Drew will come up with next!
John and I will celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary this January, we’re madly in love and can’t imagine life any different than it is right now. We spent 2010 delighting in our family and delighting in God’s daily presence in our lives. We can both say that 2010 was the year we grew more disciplined in our faith and content with life’s unplanned circumstances. God’s greatest gift to this world came as an Infant. God continues to send large lessons of faith in small crying packages to our family each and every day, These packages mold and shape our very being into the image of Christ. We encourage you this Christmas season to enjoy every moment that comes your way – good and bad – the lessons learned are immeasurable and life changing when yielding to the plans of our Lord Jesus. Merry Christmas!
With much love from our home, John, Melissa, Drew, Gabe, & Abby
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I wish that life should not be cheap,
I wish the days to be as centuries,
Ralph Waldo Emerson
638. Water is a natural resource that most of the worlds population is not blessed to have access to. This week we were without water for a mere 24 hours. A pipe connection underground had burst close to our water main and we had to shut off the water to our house until John could fix the problem. The water man arrived the following morning, he was such a blessing, turning on the water for us briefly so I could flush some toilets and add some water to our bath tub. He felt very sorry for me and said, " Mam, will your husband be fixing it today, you can't go without water for too long, especially with all your children!" He was deeply concerned and felt terrible leaving me alone without water, he even said he was in the neighborhood today and could run over and turn the water on it I needed it. After he had left I though about what a blessing it was to even have access to water on a daily, moment by moment basis. Most people in this world do not have running water, sanitation, and garbage disposal. The map above shows that North America and Australia are the only continents with 95% of the population accessing water. That 24 hours without water was so hard, baby puke, messy tables, crumb covered floors all were complicated by lack of water. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to live without it on a regular basis. Lord, thank you for the blessing of running water, I am one person, for every me there are 95 who are not privileged to have such access. Help me to find ways this month to assist in bringing Living - Water to someone in need!
639. Smiles & Faith - My babies have smiles! What a joy to have three little children who are always smiling and singing and talking about Jesus. This afternoon Drew told me a rather long rendition of the woman who touched Jesus' cloak and was healed. He was so descriptive and excited about the story and he left with "she was healed because of her faith." I love the faith of my children, Lord help me to have faith like little children - unstained by the world's wisdom.
640. Prayer - is such an incredible gift! I don't have to go through anyone to talk to my Father, He is there listening and waiting to hear and converse with me. Over the last few months I've been looking at how to improve my very lacking prayer life. I have such a powerful means to influence those around me through the medium of prayer and yet it because burdens om to the point of disobedience. Lord, thank you for Romans 8:26 which says that in my weakness, the Spirit himself intercedes for me with groans that words can't express. May 2011 allow me the ability to appreciate the gift of prayer and apply it deeply into my life. I want to make prayer a continuous part of my every-moment life.
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15).
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
641. Christmas - A gift of grace sent down to Earth from our loving Father. I delight in you Lord this Christmas, I've lived for 31 Christmas' and each one is special, unique, anticipated and delighted in. As I watch the excitement on the faces of my children and Your special day gives forth I am reminded of the excitement I am to have in my own heart for your return to this Earth. You will come again - this time as a King, victorious and unearthly. You will rule over your people and deliver us one last time from the chains of Satan and Sin. I long for the days when I don't battle with my flesh on a daily basis for those things that I know are wrong. Lord, Thank you for the gift of "God With Us" and help me to delve into Your Word with anticipation of Your return.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Out little Abby is still sick, nothing new there. She threw up all over tonight but other than that she is her smiley self. I finished off my Bible Study on Spiritual Gifts a week ago, the next study will be Kay Arthur's Book study on 1 Thessalonians, beginning mid January. So in the interim I've been studying the art of prayer. I've felt compelled to work more intensely in 2011 on my prayer life so this little study is a great tool to get a plan in place.
We hope you all enjoy this Christmas season and relish in the greatest Gift ever bestowed on Mankind - God's Son, Emmanuel - God With Us.
Monday, December 20, 2010
At Grandma Johnnie's
A Child's Heaven!
Can you tell who sad still enough for me to photograph?
Drew Lost His Glasses After This Picture!
Correction: Mommy Lost Drew's Glasses!
Abby Watched The Boys Being Crazy...
Then Went A Little Crazy Herself...
Smiled and Then Marveled At God's Creation while we searched for glasses...
After Some Prayer We Found Drew's Glasses...
Gave A Mighty Thanks To God for Finding That Needle In This Leaf Stack...
Then, Drew Raked And Then Jumped again...
Until He Was Covered... In... Fall Leaves!
Gabe Spent Most of His Time Hidden Under Piles of Leaves...
He Did Come Up For Air Once In A While!
Drew Raked More
Jumped More and then....
Made Time for a few pictures!
Then Gabe Came Out For Some Pictures....
We Had A Fun Afternoon with Grandma Johnnie!
Gabe Recovered from The Leaves and Found An American Flag
Gabe Ran & Danced while...
Drew Jumped One Last Time!