Thursday, October 28, 2010

trunk or treat

trunk or treat at our church. the kids had a blast & way to much candy.

finn absolutly loved his first lollipop :)
he was a sticky, sticky mess.

new school

our mags started a new school. she is at a christian school we love!

maggie loves to swing. i shot this after her first day :)

maggie going in for PE day

mrs. corley

hold onto your hearts

what handsome boys.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

normal cloudy day

i am so sorry i have not posted in a long time. i was at a few church events, the grocery store & even a gas station & have been asked the same question over & over. how is libby claire? you have not written in so long. no news is good news!

2 corinthians 4: 8-10

we are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed & broken. we are perplexed, but we don't give up & quit. we are hunted down, but God never abandons us. we get knocked down, but we get up & keep going. though suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be in our bodies.

why most of our "God revelations" happen in the car on the way to school i have no idea. this morning was no different. it was cloudy & misting rain when we drove this morning. mac said something more deep than i think he realized & it spoke so to my heart. he explained that even when the rain clouds are hovering over us, they are constantly moving away from us. then on top of that even if the storm clouds are thick there is a blue sky on top. you can't see it but it is there. beau added that it was just like Jesus. always there. above it all. holy cow! am i a blessed mama or what? they were so true, so right.

i was reading this morning a came to this verse. how clearly it described our last year and a half. if you are just coming across this blog please visit our caringbridge to get updated. i can only take encouragement & comfort in these words from this verse. how true, so right! we all come to places like this were we feel hunted down, crushed, perplexed. we are knocked down. as a believer & know i am not alone, i am not abandoned. i will not give up, i am not broken. i will constantly share in the death of my Jesus so His life can be seen in my body!

yes, these days since libs was cleared from her surgery have been wonderful. our family has finally enjoyed some normal family time. libby claire has been able to run, play, climb, play in the chick-fil-a playset, jump on her name it...she has done it. we have sheltered her for so long. it was a hard at first to trust that her head really was hard & she could fall or bump or even bang & she would be fine. a few things different about her little "fake" head. weird as they are-

  • her skull is chilly, almost cold where her natural bone stops & the kryptonite starts, strange!

  • the times she has bumped her head she doesn't get a goose egg or even a bump, weird!

  • it has all settled now & it is a little lopsided, unique!

  • she no longer says "boo-boo" & points to her head, amazing!

she has returned to preschool like normal. she loves every minute of it. she still has therapy twice a week. we are going to add another speech day soon so that will be a little busier than now but she loves miss barb & really looks at it like a playday. libby claire has started dance & squeals with delight on dance days. she is precious in her leotard & tutu. libby claire is a "healthy girl" so squeezing her into that outfit makes it even more precious. she sucks in when we slide her tights on. so funny! one day we will put limits on her but watching our girl go from a normal weight down to 19lbs last year was hard. then watching the pain of relearning to swallow, eat from a bottle, then on to foods. wow, we have come a long way in a year & half. so if libs wants snacks & lunch & then dessert...she gets it!

brain injury is a tricky thing. in most cases she is a normal almost 3 year old but in some we are still working out "kinks."

please continue to lift us up as we are not sure when the next surgery will be. (hopefully, 3 or 4 years) but we never know.

pray for:

libs speech

our family

our other kiddos

our ministry

our relevant church

release from fear & anxiety

thank you for reading & following our libby claire. God has BIG plans for her. & obviously all our chitlens! watch & see!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

good foggy morning

only someone who loves you very much would get up at the crack of dawn to meet you and your whole slew of kids to snap tons of family pictures. i must say they are wonderful. thank you bunches corrie!
corrie knows how much i love photography & she swiped these vintage cameras from her mother in-law. too cute!

dancing queens

maggie & libby claire are in full swing at dance. they get so excited when it is dance day. i had to post this one picture because on this day libby claire was sitting right beside her teacher. they were stretching & warming up. right after i took this picture the teacher put her foot straight out in front of libs to stretch. then our sweet precious girl leaned over & smelled her foot! ahhhhh!!!
yes, that is our libby claire!

maggie mae

gotta love this girl!
only one maggie-


i am 31 now! it was a perfect birthday, even if i was not in NY city.
the weather was beautiful, we stayed at home & played all day. the only photos we had were these LATE night photos that we took.

so far 31 is the best!

he is up

finn has been pulling up & standing for a month or so now. he has even mastered climbing.
he is really on the go!
crawling, standing & climbing.

early morning fun

finn being the baby of the family mostly gets treated & toted around like a baby doll. he gets shoved into the baby doll stroller, dressed up, carried name it.
can you tell he is thrilled???

this might be his last ride in the little stroller, his chubby legs won't fit.

our daisy, now a brownie

maggie is now a brownie!
we love all these girls. they will be together for the next few years.
it was a cute ceremony. all the daisies from maggie's troop walked across a bridge with a daisy in hand. they literally bridged to brownies.

scool, scool

libby claire loves, loves, loves preschool. she gets "nakie" & wears her "pack pack" around ready for "scool"

libby claire wants to drive herself to school everyday!

maggie happen to be home from school on this morning & got to take libby claire to preschool.

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