Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Houston Rodeo...


The family at the Rodeo...


My lil cowboy...

sweet cowboy...so worried about his hat!


Loving the tractors...


Silly Thomas and Daddy...


Lookout rodeo clowns...Thomas is going to take your jobs!


Rodeo clown Lily...


Girls night out at Taylor Swift...


Amy, Shelby, Holley, and Allison...fun night out!


Night out at the Rodeo...Houston skyline in the background...


Inside the Rodeo...


Holley and Amy...


Enjoying the Rodeo with the Skinners...

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Thomas enjoying his first rodeo...he liked to yell out, "Go horse" "Go cow"


Samford having fun in Thomas new tent he got for his birthday...thanks Aunt Leslie and Aunt Allison!


Thomas finished his two week every day swim session last week and can now float on his back until he reaches the side of the pool and flips over and makes his way to the stairs...simply amazing. The first day he cried the whole time and now he asks when he is going swimming. The teachers at Houston Swim Club are truly amazing...thanks miss Sarah!!


Baby blues...


Loving life...

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Lily laughing...so precious...


"See my shirt"


My sweet boy...Happy St. Patrick's Day


Mommy and Lily matching...don't pinch us!


Surprised Lily...


Just cute...


Sweet Lily...First st. Patrick's Day

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Lily trying to talk on St. Patrick's Day...

Thomas' third birthday


Party guests waiting at the train stop...where's the train?


All aboard...


Thomas the engineer...


After much preparation for the party at the park...I forgot forks!!! Oh, yes, kids and parents enjoyed their cake with their fingers!!!!


2 minutes after Thomas said, "I not tired Dad"

Thomas had his third birthday party at Hermann Park near downtown Houston. There is a great train that takes you to different stops along the park. After a crazy morning trying to get everyone there etc...we had a great time riding the train and playing on the playground. A special thanks to Gran, Papa Carl, Shelby, Didi, and Didi Pop for making the long trip to celebrate with us, and to all of our special friends who fought the traffic, long walks, and crowds to come and celebrate! I can't believe my sweet boy is three!!!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

message from Thomas

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Yes, you heard correctly. We will be moving to Greensboro, N.C. within the next couple of months. Greg got a promotion with his current company and will be an AgriEdge Manager. The company's North American headquarters is located in Greensboro, so if life wasn't crazy enough we are about to make it even crazier!! While we are very excited for Greg and this new opportunity for our family we are very sad to leave our wonderful friends here and all of Lily's medical team. We do feel very strongly that this is what the Lord has in store for us and know without a doubt that we were in Houston at the right time for Lily to be born. Praise God for his amazing timing! We will keep you updated on the big move!


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Lily smiling...

Lily has had a rough couple of weeks, not sleeping day or night, struggling with reflux and just overall comfort. But these past few days have been much better so we hope things will begin to improve. She is really smiling a lot now and trying to coo some. She is working with an occupational therapist about once a week to help with her development. We haven't weighed her this week so I will have to get back with you on that.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

From then to Now...

Then...9-22-09 1lb. 6oz.

Now...3-4-09 8lbs


Today I was looking back at photos of Lily trying to find the right combination of pictures to use on her birth announcement, (yes I am just now doing that) and I came across some pictures of her when she was first born. I've seen these pictures a hundred times but today I was overwhelmed with emotion looking at them and comparing them to the precious baby that I am looking at now at home. I am so undeserving of this beautiful life that He has given me. And to this day I don't know why God was so merciful and gracious to us and our baby. Why we were so blessed for our baby to do so well and why so many other mothers are still facing major issues with their baby in the NICU and even at home. I know that it was nothing we did to deserve it. I am just so completely thankful for His mercy, His faithfulness, and His grace. For hearing and granting us our heart's desires to have a healthy baby girl. I am also so thankful for all of you who have been on this journey with us from day one, who have prayed for us so faithfully and who believed that Lily would get better and I have feelings of gratitude for all of you that I will never be able to express in this lifetime. We have been having a lot of sleepless nights, stressful evenings, etc.. with Lily lately but when I think back to how far she has come and how differently the outcome could have been, I am learning to be so thankful for those nights because it means that she is home with me. "Praise God from whom all blessings flow..."

So I want to again thank some very special people who have helped us in ways I will never be able to repay;
My amazing, strong, faithful, loving, husband who supported me in ways no one else could, and who is always my strength when I am weak; our parents, who flew out here countless times, sometimes with a moments notice to help with Thomas, the house, transportation when I couldn't drive, meals, groceries, cleaning etc... my sister Allison for coming to help when I was on bed rest, my sister Lauren for leaving her 3 kids to come help me at home when Greg was out of town, my sister Leslie for your support and prayers, my sister Shelby for taking days off from school to come help entertain Thomas several times, the Yntema's for all of your support, prayers and encouragement despite your own needs and challenges, all of our extended families, my angel of a friend Vickie who always seems to meet a need without me having to ask, for keeping Thomas so many night and days, my wonderful playgroup girls, for support, meals, snacks, my baby shower, helping with Thomas, etc..., all of Greg's coworkers for support and prayers, his understanding boss, my coworkers who picked up my workload without complaint and were always so eager to help and for giving me a great baby shower, the amazing medical staff at Children's Memorial Hermann, Texas Medical Center, Dr. Nawab for your compassion, skill, and wisdom while caring for Lily, Dr. Wong for getting Lily ready to come home, Dr. Jimenez for continuing to give her amazing care and love, to Jackie, Stephanie, and Chelsea, Lily's angels on earth who not only cared for her so extraordinarily but also kept me sain and comforted, I will never forget you and what you did for us, the Ronald McDonald house, all of our old friends, new friends, our old church, Covenant Presbyterian; our current church Christ the King Presbyterian, Robert Cook, Ruth Reitemier, Clay Holland, Phil and Carolyn Betti, Jesse and Shelly Buffington for all the meals and help, Shelley Tibbs, Jennifer Krutz, and Nikki Herbison for being so faithful to email/comment on the blog always on days when I seemed to need it the most, Anne for making Lily's room so special, Jana for helping with Samford, taking pictures, my delta girls for sending such sweet gifts for Lily, for my amazing high school friends for sending a box of goodies for Lily, Neal and Debbie Butler for all of your help, all of you who sent such sweet special gifts, and for all of you that I have never met but you prayed for Lily, sending her gifts, us notes, emails, calls...Thank you!!!!!! I hope that one day you all get to meet Lily in person and see first hand what a present day miracle of our Holy and good God looks like. Each of you contributed to her health and recovery and for that I am so grateful!

"I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders. I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name O Most High." Psalms 9:1-2

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Photo Shoot














Here are some of my favorite pictures that our friend Jana took for us. She works with Greg but I think she might have missed her calling. There were so many great pictures that she took it was hard to choose from. Thanks Jana for all of your hard work. We love the pictures!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Tomato Pink nursery...


I finally took some pictures of Lily's room...the tomato pink room as Thomas calls it.
I still have some things to put on the wall, lamp shade to get, etc...but we are getting there. Not sure when Lily will actually be in there, but it makes me feel like a better mom to at least have it done for her! :-)


The bedding is from Polka Tot Designs out of Mobile, AL. I did it all online and on the phone with the owner. They were fabulous to deal with, so nice and helpful and it all came very quickly.


Mirror above changing table...


changing table...


Beautiful, unique window treatment that my sweet coworker did for Lily. She did a fabulous job! I wish I had her talent. Thanks Anne!!!




Anne made this bag also...


Anne also made these chair pads!! Love it, so comfy!!!