For the past week Abby has been getting over a virus, thankfully she is feeling much better now. She truly is such a joy, we have so much fun on a daily basis. I am one of those mother’s that loves to tease, tickle and play like crazy. We all have our special things that we do to her. I love to sing you are my sunshine, my only sunshine and tickle little toes like crazy. Abby loves it when I say I’m going to get your little piggies.
Today Michael was kissing Abby’s face all over and she was so cute giggling. This weekend was also Aubrey’s 20th Birthday, gosh how my girls are growing up so fast. Just seems like yesterday, that we were bringing Aubrey home from the hospital and seeing her being an energetic little girl. Aubrey was always my little trouble maker, she is really growing up to be such a smart, lovely girl. So full of fun and the promise of such a good life. What else could a parent want for their child, but to be happy and fulfilled.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. Matthew 16:25
Today is Michael’s first father’s day, with our new daughter Abby. Just like my first mother’s day, they are all special, but this year is so sweet. Our father’s are so important to us females, they are our protector, our daddy. Just like our father in heaven, is our daddy, our father’s on earth are so important to our growth and knowing who we are. It seems like the children, especially girls, who don’t have a father figure, look for that love in all the wrong places.
My own father was such a good dad, he still is. He loves each one of his children and grandchildren so much. He is part of the reason, I picked the man who became my husband and the father of my children. I remember many years of hiding when my dad came home, under the desk in the kitchen, with my brother Gregg. My dad always acting like he had no idea where we were. These memories and many more are priceless, so special in every way.
Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. Bill Cosby
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. Author unknown
Almost a year ago, Beka our oldest, got married to Dustin. I can envision Michael walking her down the aisle, towards the man that she picked to become her husband and future father to her children. Such a beautiful moment, there are really no words for it. Seeing them dance together to butterfly kisses, that song makes you cry just hearing it, let alone seeing your baby moving on in life. We have our babies for a short time, a moment and then have to let go of them. They never belonged to us in the first place, they were always God’s child.
Thank you dad for always loving me the way I needed to be loved. For showing me how a Godly man should be. Thank you Bob for bringing up my husband, your son, in a loving manner. For ingraining in him, to be the man he has become. Thank you Michael for being my husband, my friend, my everything. For being the best father to our four girls, for opening your heart to our little Abby. For not being afraid and trusting God in this journey that we are living.
Check out this video of Abby. She is now 8 1/2 months old, she is saying mom, da da, na na, and all kinds of things. She is starting to sit for a few minutes, without falling down. It’s so amazing that she will be a year old in less than 4 months. We found out this week that the agency finally got Abby’s birth certificate and some other paperwork that they were waiting for. In the next few weeks we will start the paperwork to become her legal guardians, which then will lead to her adoption. We are still hoping that it will all fall in line, right around when she turns one. We can’t wait to have all our family and friends gathered together for this celebration, of a daughter. A daughter who is loved and wanted so much, who will no longer be an orphan, but who will be ingrained in this family.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and get up. Deuteronomy 6:5-7
This weekend was so special, not only did Abby’s sister Gabby have her 2nd B-day party but also we got to meet so many special people. We finally met some of Tiffany’s family and it was so nice to hear all their comments about Abby. They said so many sweet things about her being so big now. Tiffany and her family made us feel so comfortable, like we belonged there. Also she made sure to introduce everyone to us and made everyone remember that the baby’s name is Abby.
It was amazing to see Gabby surrounded by 3 sets of grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. But she also had three sisters there, Aubrey, Lizzy and Abby. One big extended family, so special. One little girl who is so loved and treasured, what else would one want or hope for. We are honored to be a part of this family, to be a part of Gabby’s life also. We also got to meet Mrs. Maclain, who was Gabby’s foster care parent before Tiffany got her. She also took care of Abby while Tiffany was working. It was so nice to finally meet this lady, who is a part of our little girls life. She was really surprised that Abby was there and shocked by how much she has grown.
Abby is now 8 months old, she is rocking on her hands and knees, ready to crawl any minute. She is also using her hands, to pull herself forward, while her toes push-off the carpet. Last night she went right across the floor in a matter of seconds, trying to get Michael’s laptop. Abby is usually very happy, smiling with her two big teeth, so cute. She is also babbling da da, na na, and clicking and clacking with her mouth. She is also spitting when I try to feed her, which momma says no spitting. She pulls everyones hair but especially her sisters and gets so excited doing that. She is also constantly trying to get my glasses, which momma once again, is saying no, no.
Some people have asked if Abby and I have bonded and I have to just say, we are like any momma and daughter would be. Abby is our daughter, our baby girl, one of four.
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20
Today Michael and I are celebrating 23 years of marriage. We have been through so much in all those years, we have shared our lives. We have experienced so much joy, happiness, and laughter. We have also had hard times, and come through them stronger and closer.
We now have a married daughter and we are enjoying this new relationship with Beka and Dustin. We still have Aubrey, Lizzy and our new addition Abby, in our home. We have been so blessed by our girls and they are all growing up to be such, special creatures. They absolutely adore Abby, as if she came directly from us.
I am looking forward to many more years, seeing our girls grow up, get married, have children, and just live a peaceful, loving life. Thank you Michael for being my best friend, the one who I can’t wait to spend time with, the one I share my pain and joy with, my worries and fears. Thank you for being such a good dad to our girls and loving me and them, unconditionally.
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19
The holiday weekend was so wonderful, spending time at the park with most of my family. It was Abby’s first picnic, at our favorite park and we really enjoyed ourselves. My parents came in unexpected and we decided to get everyone together and have a day of food, fun and family.
Abby dipped her tiny little toes in the lake water for the first time. She felt the wet sand and didn’t know what to think. It was so precious to see her experience all of this. We have been so blessed by her, everyday. Even our girls can’t imagine her not being in our lives everyday. She is a part of our makeup and family unit. She is a Grandchild, Cousin, niece, sister and daughter. We thought we would bless a child, but in turn she became another blessing in our family. Seeing my parents and family with her, they treat her just like all the other children in the family, all precious, and unique in their own way.
Abby is almost 8 months old and we can hardly believe it, she is growing so fast. She is a healthy, little chunk. She is mostly very happy and has been saying ma, but just lately started saying da da. So of course the daddy is so happy, he’s on cloud nine. I looked up the definition of cloud nine, and it means being in a state of blissful happiness. I would say that those words are how we feel, about the course our lives are taking.
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. Gal 3:26