Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Oh, What a Year!!!

At this time last year we were finally resting from a day that changed every aspect of our lives. At 9:46 am, The Lord blessed us with a wonderful miracle. After a troubled pregnancy and three long weeks in the hospital, the doctors decided to deliver our baby 5 weeks early. The doctors were very optimistic about that the baby would be fine, but with a preemie there are always worries. They thought that the baby would have to spend at least a little time in the NI CU, but God had different plans. We were delighted to discover that we had a 4lb 4oz baby girl. We gave her our very tiny girl a big name. Praise The Lord that she was healthy and able to come home with us three days later.

The first weeks were crazy. Her weight was monitored very closely. We were in the doctors office every three to four days for weight checks. If she didn't gain weight, she would have to go back to the hospital. Gratefully, she continued to gain weight and the doctors were overjoyed.

It is hard to believe that our tiny little miracle is already one and excelling above the level of most. They thought she would have delayed development, but the doctors say she is exactly where she is supposed to be. We are not sure what her current weight is, but she is definitely bigger than the Friday afternoon in March when we brought her home.

This year has been wonderful and trying at times. We have made it through sickness and sleepless nights. We have watched her learn how to crawl and feed herself. We have seen the wonder in her eyes as she discovers new things. She is very expressive, so it is easy to know when she is happy and when she is sad. We have many special memories to carry with us as we close the book on her first year of life.

She is our angel and our miracle. Everyone tells you that you will never know what it feels like to love until you have a child and they are absolutely right. She is the best thing that has ever happened to us. I love to watch her sleep and realize that God made her as a part of me and a part of CTW. We can't wait to see what the years ahead have to offer. I can't believe how fast this year has gone. Time definitely needs to slow down.

Thank you God, for allowing CTW and I to care for your precious child. Give us the wisdom and confidence to raise her in your way. Give us direction to encourage her and discipline her when needed. Thank you for allowing her to be healthy. Thank you for allowing me to be at home with her. Bless us in the days, weeks, and months to come.

Also, we would like to thank our family and friends for the encouragement and prayers that you have given us. Thank you for being involved in our sweet angel's life.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our sweet baby girl!!! We love you so much.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Two Sweet Boys

About two weeks ago, two of our closest friends brought these sweet boys into the world. After a struggle to get pregnant, we were delighted to hear that AP and GP were getting their miracle. A few weeks later we were surprised that to hear that they were blessed with two sweet miracles, Twin boys!! CTW and I were elated. AP and GP have really been great friends to us and they love our little miracle. On Feb 7th, I got the call that AP would deliver these sweet boys at around 8:30 pm. I arranged a babysitter and went to the hospital to be with the soon-to-be parents. CTW arrived just before we met these beautiful boys. Benjamin James was born at 8:37 pm weighing in at 5 lbs 9 ozs and McLean Alexander was born at 8:39 pm weighing in at 5 lbs 10 ozs. Mom and Dad are doing an amazing job and will be great parents. OKW is very curious about the boys and who knows love could bloom. Congratulations to the new family. We can't wait to see them grow into wonderful men. Thanks for allowing us to be a part of this wonderful time. We love you guys!!!!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Welcome to the World Baby Peyton

On Monday, Feb 4th, the world was blessed with another miracle. My college roommate, CC gave birth to Peyton Heath Crenshaw. He weighed in at 7 lbs 5 ozs and has some of the sweetest little cheeks around. After a scary first day, he was united with his mom, dad, and sweet big sister. CC has always been one of my best friends for almost 10 years now. She is a sweet soul with such a wonderful spirit. Her love for Christ challenges me to be better. Congratulations to this wonderful family. We can't wait to watch this sweet little boy grow-up into a wonderful man. We love you!!!