Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Days I'll never forget..
- My last pregnancy pic and Barron's birthday 9/24/07 (a day of ups and downs)
- The first time I got to hold my newborn son 9/29/07
- The day we got to bring home Barron Hudson 10/2/07
How excited we were to welcome our newest addition September 24, 2007. The big kids anxiously awaited the birth of a baby brother or sister. Surprise "it's a boy" !
How quickly things can change from joy to fear. Barron had lots of trouble figuring out the breathing thing. It is all a blur to me. I couldn't believe that I would have to deal with a Nicu baby and breathing issues and ventilators again. Braxton did the same thing, but, he was supposed to have problems being a 34 weeker. Barron was a full term baby and I didn't expect this. I wasn't prepared. Why Lord?
I can not explain the feelings of hovering over a Nicu bed and praying for your sweet baby. Of loving them so much without ever even holding them or really knowing them. There is such emotion that it can not be explained. So many beeps and buttons and tests. So much unknown. So many Doctors and nurses. I can't explain the feeling of pulling away from the hospital on your discharge day without your baby with you. It just isn't the way it is supposed to be. That truly was one of my toughest moments - you watch the world continue to go on around you, but, you are crumbling inside. I don't write this to be depressing, but, to just share how God has worked in our lives. How there was a happy ending twice. Twice God took us thru storms and we came out better off both times.
God has taught me.. Don't sweat the small stuff. Don't get so caught up in life that you miss the little things. Don't worry, God is with you and He is in control. Cherish every single minute because you never know when the time will run out. My kids are more important than a clean house. Love with actions not just with words. Live what you preach. Use your trials you have overcome to help others. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. God never gives more than you can handle. Have Faith (Now Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1). Get on your knees! Don't be consumed with everyone else. Pray without ceasing. Be diligent and obedient to what has given you. Make a difference somehow every single day!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
do you think the kids had as much fun taking the pics as the moms did?
this was the playgroup crowd today...
once again...i must say...too many kids and not enough adults!
i do want to say it was a tie...
5 handsome boys and 5 beauties.
i'm sure some other mom got a better pic than i did, but geez, i was working with 10 kids (5 of them 7 months old and younger).
left to right
(Lila, Gracie, Will, Mary Elizabeth, Sophie, Barron, Cy, Livi, Braxton, and Colby)
we love you little friends and their moms!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
I am asking for prayer for 16 men headed to Nicaragua May 3-10. Their hearts have been called to serve the Lord and those less fortunate. Besides, Joey, I am related to 2 others (a shout out to my bro-in-laws Nate and Rich) and might as well be related to a few more. These guys are very excited to go and work hard on this life changing adventure.
Please pray for safety and health as they go to work and to share the Gospel. Pray each man will be forever changed as will those they witness to and help.
I came upon this verse a few months back and it really touched my heart. If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered. Proverbs 21:13 How often do we let the cry of the poor fall upon deaf ears because we are too busy, or don't have the money right now, or think someone else will step up and do the job. My friends, God has called each of us to serve in many different capacities. Make sure you are listening for the cry. God wants each of us to make a difference in this great big world. Something that has eternal value. We can do it here right around us or halfway around the world.