Joshua 24:15

...choose you this day whom ye will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Dozen Years Later...

and you still give me butterflies.
 Hard to believe that twelve years have passed like sands through an hour glass (not meaning to be cliche). At times, when I look back, it seems like such a loooooong time ago. I think of all we have accomplished - individually and together, the children we have and our 4th on his way, the struggles we have had, the challenges we have faced.

I think of all the happy moments, the WONDERFUL memories of our first years together. We had so much fun making that little house on base our own. I remember our first dog and taking him for walks. I think of all the BEAUTIFUL memories we have of our children. Watching them grow up faster than we can keep shoes on their feet and clothes on their backs. I remember buying our first home, car shopping and most of all the spiritual growth we have both experienced. We have grown so much since those first days at Lancaster Baptist. I am AMAZED that God knew we had to be in that church with those wonderful people to give us the foundation we needed as young Christians and as a young couple. We have stood our ground in the way of standards and doctrine and I DO believe that God is pleased with us.

When I think of all that we have lived in twelve years I realize that the years are starting to mesh together. It really has been a long time, but it has passed so quickly. If we blink we may miss the next twelve years.

I remember the night you said to me that your plans had not changed - you were still joining the Air Force. And I remember committing to you that I would go wherever you go! Even though we feel "stuck" in Ohio - I am still willing to go - as long as you're there - I'm right behind beside you! Happy anniversary (a day late but that's ok) ;) I love you - to the moon and back a gazillion times!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

We Call Her... "THE WALL, too"

because my little brother is the original "The Wall."

We have always known that Sofia is our most active of our three little girls. We have also known that she needs activity to vent and provide her a more balanced life (in general). So we enrolled the girls in soccer ( a family favorite of course!) this year. Izabella has done very well - but she can live without it. =) Sofia on the other hand has challenged herself from day one! She is determined to be the best she can out on the field! During one of the first few games of the fall season she was put in as goalie. She had NEVER played this position EVER and had never even practiced. They scored something like 6-9 goals on her!!! ='( Needless to say I was VERY vocal with the coach --- good thing the coach is my husband! =D SOOOOO they practiced... a lot! NOW she is the best goalie on the team! She was determined after that game that she would never let that happen again. I thought, for sure, that she would be terrified to play that position again. But, she said, "Mommy, I want to try it again. And this time they're not gonna score!" She is an amazing little girl - and goalie!!! Nothing gets past her (ok ok maybe one or two - but she's learning)! She's not afraid of those little girls running right toward her OR the ball! She lands on top of that ball no matter whose foot is flying in her direction! =) She makes me proud!!! THAT'S MY GIRL!!!

Can you see the ball? Of course NOT she's on it!!!!

She throws with all her might! =)

Here it comes!! No sweat! She got it!!
Actually, she threw herself on it and made an AWESOME block!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011 sickness and in health

I think this is about the 5th time since December that I have had some kind of chest/throat/sinus infection. That would account for my entire pregnancy! And, of course, it's not just a little infection - it's a zap your last ounce of energy kind of infection.

This last one has finally done me in. Maybe it's just that I have lost focus of all the positive things, or maybe they are just blurred behind the constant coughing, pain (in all kinds of random places) and lack of energy. Literally, I am having trouble typing this entry because I can't hold my arms in this position for too long - not painful, just exhausting (ACHOO - did I mention the sneezing!?) And it's not even the type of infection that hits you one day, throws you down the next and then you spend the next day to day and a half recovering. OH NO it's the sore and achy one day. More sore and achy the next. Fever the day after. More sore and achy. Coughing starts. Sneezing starts. Lack of focus. Fever. Zero energy. And on and on it draaaaggggsssss. I'm on day FOUR and there are no signs of recovery yet.

SO. Last night I lost it. I felt horrible - and that was after an entire day of sleeping, resting and only getting up to cook a meal or two for the family. When I woke up at 9:30 PM I decided I would shower before going to bed (yes you read that correctly). On my way out of the bathroom I started feeling really hot. I thought maybe it was the flannel jammies. And in about 20 minutes time I unraveled. Everything negative or "bad" that we have encountered in the last 9-12 months overwhelmed me. I was in tears and literally sobbing uncontrollably. I was in pain - my head, my face, my ribs (from all the coughing) - EVERYTHING HURT, even my heart. So my husband - probably not sure what in the world had happened to his wife - steps into caretaker mode. He set up the vaporizer, took my temp, got me a cold, wet rag for my forehead since apparently I had a fever, and laid close to me and talked to me to get me to relax and finally fall asleep. This morning I slept like a rock until he came up to tell me they were leaving for church. He had gotten everyone up, dressed and fed! I'm thankful for a man who sticks to his wedding vows. I don't think I tell him that enough!