Today it has been 4 years since we finalized Tuck's adoption, better known as his "gotcha day". He even had show & tell at school today & took this picture of us on that day to share. This little guy just means so much to me! I can't even put it into words how he changed my life. He will always be my little prince and my first baby. He made us a family! He made me fall in love with my husband all over again. He is the best big brother to our ladies and I'm so proud of him. He is a free spirit, he loves to play hard & is my wild child (though Delilah is giving him a run for his money). I adore everything about him, but most of all, I adore being his Mommy!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
As a parent your worst nightmare is something tragic happening to your child. Yesterday every parents worst fear came true for hundreds of parents in Moore Oklahoma. My heart goes out to each & every parent who rushed to find their children, and those who never did. Out of every scene the one below at Briarwood Elementary school touched my heart in the deepest way. I don't think I need to explain why. God bless these families.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
What a crazy week! It was just busy over all and it ended before I had a chance to even blog! I am starting to get so sad about leaving my students! Though I am only working part time, I'm still seeing them daily. I know this sacrifice will be worth it but it's very bitter sweet. My business has been doing well & I've been staying busy. I'm working well on my serger & I'm really loving it. I've made a few mistakes that were a though lesson. But that's how you learn with sewing, especially things like I sew without a pattern. I also discovered something this week that left me so shocked, but I'm waiting for a little more information before I share. We have really been enjoying these beautiful mild days of early summer with lots of outdoor time!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
This weekend I decided to go spend the weekend at my parent's lake house. I drove out with the kids Saturday & Chris met us early Sunday morning. We had a really good time. Me and Everly went with my parents to get our toes done & the kids loved playing in the pop up pool. The kids always have a really good time out there & I can't wait until the summer and we can go more often. We went out to a nice lunch and then we ate dinner at their house before heading home this evening. Tomorrow marks just 3 short weeks until I'm working from home sewing full time & Tuck is out for the summer. I really feel so blessed the last 4 mother's days. When I look at my 3 beautiful kids it isn't beyond me how crazy this journey has been. They were each born to another mother, to be HER baby. To make HER a mommy. How I got SO blessed to be chosen to take her place I'll never know. But, what I do know is, I try everyday to take a minute to really "see" each of them. To listen to Tuck giggle from the other room, watch Delilah laugh until her nose wrinkles just like mine, and how Every always tries so hard to please others just to make them happy. There are many days that it feels whatever I do for them, it can't be enough. I can't spend all day playing with them taking them to do things they love, we can't go on nice vacations. Am I patient enough, firm enough, supportive enough, loving enough, playful enough. But every once in awhile I realize it is enough. In the car on the way to my parent's house I looked in the rear view mirror to see Tuck watching me sing loud & obnoxious. He had the sweetest smile, and I realized he got joy from my joy, and that's a great feeling. Or when I punish Everly & put her in time out, Lyla sees her crying & walks over hugs her & gives her the sweetest soft kiss & asks "ok?, ok?". In those moments i feel so proud & I realize I may not have given them everything, but it's been enough. There was a time when today would have been such a "burn" for me. It was just a day designed to remind me of something we didn't have. I am so glad I had faith that god had a plan for me & my life. He has never failed me. So to all of you ladies who are there too, biological moms, first moms, foster moms, adoptive moms, those who are fighting to be a mommy, have lost a pregnancy, want another baby, or plastering on that smile to get through today, Happy Mother's Day! You can be a mom long before you hold that baby!
Monday, May 6, 2013
I have been trying lately to really focus on the kiddos on the weekends, hence no blog posts the last two days. Today we took the kids down to Ikea when I got off of work to buy some things to organize my sewing room. I wanted to get in there, sew & work before I figured out how I wanted it set up & just what I needed. Ikea was having a tent sale so it was as good a time as any to go & we scored some amazing deals. We got home late so we didn't get anything put together. Over the weekend we worked on the back yard a little and planted all our produce and herbs in the new planter we got.
Friday, May 3, 2013
We recently realized that Lyla was having trouble digesting dairy. As an infant she was on soy formula but transitioned to cows mill with no issues. I noticed a few weeks ago she was having grainy or sandy bowels. I read it was likely a sensitivity to either dairy or wheat. With her past I figured it was the dairy. We switched her to soy & eliminated dairy & for 2 weeks she was fine. So we tested her with whole milk & within a day or so the grainy bowels were back. We immediately went back to all soy. Well, last night remember I said we took the kids for ice cream? Yea, she had grainy poop again, soooo we're positive it's the dairy. I've been having trouble finding yogurt except at Kroger, but it didn't taste the same & it was VERY expensive. Tonight I was SO happy to find lactose free Yoplait yogurt at HEB! It was such a great price & she was in love, it was really delicious. I also found out today that my brand new sewing machine is having timing issues. Since I'm still within the time frame to return it, I'm going to! I've decided to just buy a serger. They are faster, more professional & I can sew knit. I haven't made scrappy UpCycles before but they're very popular & I would love to learn.