|2002: old picture taken in Kristopher's truck. Not sure why we look so orange.|
Please notice the cowboy hat rack mounted to the roof. He swears the truck came that way. Ummmhmm.
|2012: grainy cell phone picture taken in the car on the way to dinner|
No cowboy hat rack anymore, but we do have two cowprint carseats in the back, so that's something.
|"Heart Moms" on the LPCF Committee|
|Barrett's cardiologist, working the gala check-in table|
Now that we've had some time to process Barrett's journey, I think that I speak for both Kristopher and I by saying that Barrett's near-tragedy ended up being a blessing to our lives in unexpected ways. Of course, I am not saying that I'm glad that our precious boy went through this, but I do have enough perspective to realize it has made me a better mother than I might have been otherwise. I have a tendency to rushrushrush to get things accomplished and move on to the next task. This experience taught me about the fragility of every moment and that I had better slow down to cherish the small things before they are gone. It really can slip through your fingertips whether you are ready or not.
I never planned to stop practicing law to be with my babies. Initially, it was difficult for me to step away from work when Barrett wasn't eligible for daycare. Not because I thought being in the office was more important than caring for my sweet boy, but simply because it was a huge part of my personal identity and I had not PLANNED it.
Well, this was a clear lesson about how God's plan is always better than your own. It is scary to go from two incomes to one -- budgets and economies aren't fun. But I would not give one single deposition, brief, or hearing for a second of the time I've been blessed to share with my children from staying home to care for them. It's not all lollipops and rainbows all the time, but these are MY moments with MY children and I'm glad I'm around to experience them.
:: In the happiest news in the history of ever, my sister is having a baby BOY!!!! Hooray!!! We are so over the moon and I can't wait to meet this precious boy. As soon as she finalizes the name, I'm going to be monogramming up a storm. Although I briefly doubted whether we were related because she has gained about two ounces and looks ultra-amazing as she approaches her third trimester, I really couldn't be happier for her and I know that she and Micah will be amazing parents. Just amazing. What a lucky little peanut :) I love you already, sweet boy * * *
|Yay for baby Peanut!!!|
|Spoiler alert: We rode a camel! Named Daisy!|
|Hanging out at the PCA tent after the walk|
|Our "heart baby"|
:: Easter!!! Barrett got the hang of egg hunting and Charlotte loved being around Easter bunnies. Separate blog post to follow.
:: I've started sewing and monogramming again after a hiatus and have made 3 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of shorts, 4 pairs of ruffle girl shorts, 3 pairs of ruffle pj pants, 6 appliqué shirts, and three pocket monogram shirts in the past week for friends kids (except for the pj pants -- those were for Charlotte).
:: We are going to flip a house and we close in a few days. The plan is to remodel and add on appx 1100 square feet. It is exciting to plan the remodel and we are super busy with a million details. we want to get on the market in August. That will be a major feat on a short timetable. Wish us luck!
:: The kids and I survived a stomach bug. It was fast and furious and I'm glad it is gone. Enough about that. Ugh.
Those are the highlights~