Friday, December 7, 2012

Family Pictures 2012

We had our family pictures taken a few weeks ago. I planned all the outfits including making Lizzy's dress. It was a struggle but my friend Kim took some amazing pictures and I am so excited to have a few shots of our whole family happy together.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

We are so Blessed

Two months have already flown by with baby Christian in our lives. TWO WHOLE MONTHS! He has just grown so much over the last two months, changing daily. It is truly amazing what a wonderful gift a baby is to a family. It is funny because when I was pregnant with the first two kids I was so young and naive. Nothing bad will happen during my pregnancy. Nothing bad will happen to my baby. Nothing bad can happen to me. I am doing God's will by bringing souls into this world.

But bad things can happen. I am lucky. I am a wise almost 30 and lucky to be healthy and have a healthy family. I am really counting my blessings these days, which is rightly so since it is the season to celebrate the birth of our savior. But I am also reminded of some that are not as fortunate as I am.

I have a friend who I have been praying for and thinking about a lot lately. She is a 27 year old mother of two. Recently she was given some trying news. She has struggled with a heart condition all her life, and it has progressively gotten worse with each pregnancy. Over the last few months her condition has gotten to a critical point and she has had to make some difficult decisions. One specific decision is to not have any more children. I can't imagine being young and willing to expand my family only to know that I will never be pregnant again. I look at my little Christian and can't imagine my life without him. If I was forced to stop at Elizabeth. Our family would be incomplete. I still don't feel like our family is complete.

Thankfully she is not short sighted and has realized that just because she cannot get pregnant again that does not mean she will never have another child. She and her husband have decided to take the next step and file for adoption. And the more I think about it and the more she looks into it, the more right it seems to be for their family. She is going to have a fantastic opportunity. She is going to be able to give a child in need a home. A home that is centered in Christ. A home with loving parents who will love that child just as their own children they already have.

So the reason I am sharing this is because I want to remind all of us that there are no guarantees in life. Nothing is just given to us and life can change in the blink of an eye. We should all count our blessings and be open minded about our future. The Lord is the only one who knows our future and has a plan for us. It is our job to follow him and have faith that there is a purpose to the plan. To help us grow spiritually. Be grateful and humble, the Lord will provide for us all.

Oh and some great news, Christian is amazing! He is smiling, giggling, reaching, observing, and growing. He rolled over a few days ago from his stomach to his back (3 times). He is so strong, the strongest 2 month old the doctor said she has ever seen. When he is on his stomach he kicks his feet like he is preparing to take off. I think I might have another early mover on my hands. I love him so much and have enjoyed every second I get to spend with him. Even the early morning ones because he smiles so big when I pick him up to feed him at 3am. He has been sleeping longer stretches thankfully! First stretch is usually 4 hours sometimes up to 6 hours. He is just the perfect little being and we are so lucky to have him in our family.

-11lbs 10oz (50th %)
-22 1/2 inches (20th %)