Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Birthday Boy Samuel


I'm not quite sure what words I can put together to express the amount of love your daddy and I have for you.

Saying your funny, sweet, athletic, and full of life, doesn't quit cut the mustard.

Samuel, you have brought so much joy into my life and my heart. You were my first born

and what a ride we took, baby and mommy (all 9 months), to be able to spend all our lives together, learning from each other. I was so afraid that my shoulder surgery had harmed you in some developmental way I was sick with worry. Look at you now! Eating us out of house and home at the age of 4, and hitting a baseball like you are a second grader,

picking up phrases and expressing them at most inopportune times,

you are now a full fledged little boy. The only thing that still resembles my baby and toddler are those hands and arms. I look at where the two come together and still see a "pop-it-bead" and it makes me smile. In that small instant where my eyes meet that spot, I can feel you snuggled in my arms again as if you were a baby.

This picture makes me smile too! LOL. We told you to be careful of the cactus, and 2 minutes later Auntie Meeghan and I were pulling spines out of your buns. :o)

Did you realize that you mean the world to more than just mommy and daddy? You have already made a huge impact on so many people!

I thought that I had so much to offer you, but really, you have so much to offer me. You have taught me a great deal of patience, compassion, overwhelming love, devotion, how to keep going even when you don't want to, a little more patience... :o) Everyday I learn something new, and a new way to love you a little bit more. You bring so much brightness to our home and day to day lives nothing would be able to replace it.

I feel bad because I don't know that I took advantage of treasuring every waking moment with you when you were little; don't misunderstand I loved my baby more than anything, but as parents you don't really understand until the time has gone, more brothers and sisters have come along, and then it hits you hard; time doesn't wait, it keeps moving just as before and all too soon our babies are grown and going off to school.
I was stressed from the Navy,

my health, full-time school, and being newly married all at the same time. I loved on you, kissed you, cuddled you, wrapped you, rocked you, fed you, bathed you,

played with you, and watched you sleep. I loved every moment! At that same time I was wishing time to go by faster so my time in the Navy would come to an end, and in that wishing, I don't know that I soaked everything up as much as I should have. Time always feels like an eternity when you are in the moment, to find that it is just a minuscule amount of time after it has all passed.

Every day you amaze me with something new in your demeanor, with what you say, how your rationalize, how you crush a ball, the pictures you draw, or the books you "read", and by the independence you are showing. All evidence of growing up and there is nothing I can do about it.

In losing the time I had with you then, it can always be with me in photos, video, memory, and my heart.

I miss my sweet little baby but am looking forward to all the great memories and fun that are ahead of us. Good or bad you are in my blood and together we'll get through it all! You are my precious Samuel Robert!

Love with All my Heart~

Monday, May 17, 2010


My sweet angel was baptized a few weeks ago. It was long overdue but better late than never right? No matter which child of mine it was, there is just a strong feeling of faith on those days. You feel enlightened, overjoyed, and at peace; it is an amazing thing to feel as a parent knowing that God has wrapped your child tightly in his arms. Caroline was beaming that day, all white, ruffly socks, her rosette headband, and that precious little bracelet! Angelic, no other words would be more fitting.

Isaac refused to be apart of the family photo! The weather was great that day.

God parents Auntie Kathy and Uncle Max standing with us!

Father Cullen pouring Holy Water on Caroline's head in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!

Brother Samuel helping to dry sissy's head off, and so proud to do so! (I'm not sure what happened to my face in this picture?? LOL...oh well.)

Annointing with oil.

Uncle Max lighting her Baptismal candle. 

Pictures with Father Cullen

Caroline wasn't looking for either of these pictures but I love them anyway; might have been the big hands or the tall all in white man, but she was captivated by him. 

We love you Caroline Marie!

Monday, May 10, 2010


Isn't he as sweet as can be? I've already chosen the perfect name - Bailey. Don't you think that's perfect? Bailey and Gus. Yup, those sound just perfect together.

In this picture it is just a 3 month old Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever/Poodle Mix) hoping a praying to go to a loving family....but when he gets to us, he'll be Bailey - OUR Goldendoodle. :o) For a while now I've thought about how nice it would be for Gus to have a friend to romp around with, and to be honest I've always wanted one of each; a big dog and a little dog, that is.

Some of you may think I'm just plain out of my mind, as if I didn't have enough going on in my life, so it is a good thing I don't care what everyone has to say about this decision, (no offense) but Bailey will be living with me - not you - so please no remarks about my slight bought of craziness! I'm quite aware of my decision and as far as I'm concerned he is just the ticket. :o)

Friday, May 07, 2010

1-2-3 Tea for Me

Can't you tell she is tickled pink about her new exersaucer? She ADORES it. The first time I placed her in her new toy she looks around carefully at all the moving toys sticking up.....looks at me....and just gave me the biggest grin she could muster up! I am gaga for my gorgeous girl!!

Happy Friday~