Wednesday, December 30, 2009

welcome 2010!

i have never wanted a year to end & a new one to begin as badly as 2009.
we have endured such highs & depth of lows. i never imagined the joy & pain that 2009 would bring. our family enjoyed normalcy until july 10th. in the blink of an eye we would never be the same. matt cradled our baby girl as she struggled to breath, i watched as they unloaded her blue body from the helicopter, she survived surgery, then the fight of her life. all the while our other children suffered in silent pain, confusion & fear for months. normalcy was something we starved for. we have walked hand in hand with Jesus in 2009. we celebrated a 10th birthday, ministry victories, doctors & more surgery, new teeth, the big girl bed, expecting a new baby, learned to hand it all over, going from dresses to blue jeans, read a book in one day, stayed up late, put off daily chores just to be together, we laughed till our sides hurt & cried until our faces stung. 2009 had us on our knees. we learned, loved & grew more this year. i welcome 2010 & we are ready for a new year!
mac- i well with pride as i write. you are stronger than any 10 year old i know. you are sweet, dependant, self sacrificing, loving, & deep. you have been a pillar for your family this year. beau & maggie looked in your eyes for comfort, we looked for that sense of humor to lighten our load. your courage has humbled me & i have learned to trust blindly from you. i pray that 2010 will bring you peace & that you will be...just a normal 10 year old...truly carefree!

beau-i love it when your eyes disappear when you smile. that face brought happiness this year. you are delightful, curious, caring, prayerful, & strong. your contentment & positive nature have saved us on many days. i have learned to find humor in each day from you & watched you reveal your heart on your knees. i pray 2010 will fulfill you & give you many more reasons to smile...your true beau smile.

maggie- my sweet girl. your tenderness has carried us all year. you are spunky, funny, sensitive, mothering, gentle, loving, our life cheerleader. your silly faces & little kisses have made each day wonderful, even on the ones unbearable. you are carefree & are wise beyond your 6 years. i have learned that leopard print does go with paisley & just holding hands can comfort your soul from you. i pray a year of faith for you in 2010. that all the answers will be whispered to your heart & that silliness will be here to stay.

libby claire- where to are our heartbeat.
there are no words to wrap up 2009 for you nor our dreams for 2010...i can only post your life verse-the meaning of your name-
libby claire
"shining light"
you're a fountain of cascading light, & you open our eyes to the light.
psalm 36:9
i love you dear one.

matt- wow! 2009! i love you so deeply after our journey this year. you have spoken with your eyes, felt with your heart & carried me through.
this is for you & these few words will describe our year-
dinosaur spit, our first good laugh in the PICU, brokenness, cinco, did you see the poo-poo? blueberries on a special morning, room 341 RMH, begging, shebrews, miracles, apple cider, tissue, psalms, the underground tunnel, bike rides, wagon trails, collector calls, peace, king size, glasses of wine, sushi waiting the birth of Christ, tears, she opened her eyes, the good kind or the stinky kind, and the grandma leg. i pray for the BIG to happen in 2010. He has wooed us this far & the best is yet to come. i wake up each day beside you, grateful more & more. i delight knowing you are mine & i am yours.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

~more christmas~

memama & only a few of the great grands

libby claire had finally slowed down long enough to snuggle with cousin grant
christmas at memama's
(this picutre was taken pre libby claire clocking uncle ben in the head with her gingerbread man)

daddy & libs

memama & her 5
libby claire & memama

uncle wes & maggie

this picture shows just how HUGE i am. this is my sista (really matts cousin becca but we were seperated at birth)

beau reading the birth of Christ

mac reading his verses about the birth of Christ

this is about all we got to see of maggie christmas morning

yes, that is my husband, shepard beau & angel maggie way down front

like father, like son...mac reading his scripture.

libby claire stayed in papa's arms

pops gave the little girls these amazing kitchens he MADE! beautiful!

present time at meme's house

mac got a tracphone...1st cell phone!
thank you pops & meme

aunt erin & uncle bill gave mags this hat. she only takes it off long enough to bathe & sleep.

slightly excited!

the mcgarity cousins

santa papa made a special stop by our house to see the kids & boyce

libby claire wanted nothing to do with santa. she thought is was even weirder when papa revealed himself.

maggie opening the dollhouse from mima & papa

beau got the headquaters for his GI JOE men

mac was so excited to get a BIG bike from papa & mims

passing down mac's bike to beau

libby claire got her fist trike-pink ofcourse!

merry christmas!

we had a very special trip to char-doug airport to see mr. bob. he gave us the inside scoop that santa would be flying in on santa air & we could get an exclusive visit with him. thanks mr. bob!

i want to blow this up & see it all year...precious kisses.

matt & pops sporting some very classy ties

the boys

this is my group of girls...small group. we held the purity service right before christmas. very proud of you girls. i love you!

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