Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
This has been a year of many personal losses and beautiful blessings. The above pictures are of two of the four people I have lost this year. One of which is Issac who I only know through prayer and his Mother's blog. He was born on October 7th and was with his Mommy and Daddy for 16 minutes before Jesus welcomed him home. The other picture is of Bart, who was the Best Man at our wedding and his darling fiance Katie. He was killed last month. My dear friend Caroline lost her Husband Bill in February and my friend Laura lost her longtime love Sean in July. We also lost two pilots, Matthew and Bama in a jet crash at our base 6 months ago. I have also lost my family unit or what I once thought of as the "perfect family" when my parents divorced in December. Through all this God has blessed me beyond what I deserve with a sweet baby girl. A child I cannot imagine being more perfectly and wonderfully made. I see Jesus in her smile and her unconditional love everyday.
I don't question God's existence in the world or his plans. I am secure in who He is. I don't try to understand "why" or get mad at God for taking these loved ones. But I do find my heart becoming increasingly HEAVY between the hurt I feel for those that have lost and the loss I feel within myself, it is hard to feel JOY when people are hurting. We must press on through our hurt, God is bigger then the pain. His love for us is deep and vast. I have to trust that.
I must wake up every morning and be thankful for another day I get to spend with James and being Adalie's mommy. I must never take the blessings I have been given for granted. I must live a life pleasing to my Savior and I need to show HIS love to those that do not yet know him. I want to live a life I will not regret, especially on the day I meet Jesus.
This life is fleeting. It is not our home so don't get too comfortable! Love deeply, listen intently, live in the present moment and enjoy it!
Don't worry, let it be.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
As some of you may know we have been struggling with the pronunciation of Adalie's name since she was born. James has always been fond of A-duh-lee as the pronunciation where as I have liked A-duh-li more. Well, before her birth we decided to call her A-duh-lee but it seems as if this is a hard pronunciation for people to say and read. When people see her name spelled they most usually think the pronunciation is A-duh-li. When we introduce her as A-duh-lee people get a confused look and say, what? or Natalie? No, no, no it's A-duh-lee is what I am thinking in my head. It's been frustrating.
Well, after much discussion.... more than James would liked to have had :) We have decided to pronounce her name A-duh-li. This pronunciation seems to be easier for people to say and pronounce as it is read. Hopefully, you all will get use to the new pronunciation and grow to love it as we have.
~ The D's
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Aunt Mattie gave Adalie this t-shirt that says "Does this diaper make my butt look big?" I thought it was an appropriate picture to attach to this post. The reason why this relates is because at Addie's 4 month appointment we found out she is now in the 80th PERCENTILE FOR WEIGHT!! We are so proud of our little chunker! She has come along way from that 4lbs 11oz baby we brought home from the hospital. She is in the 25th percentile for height, she might be a shorty like her Mommy :)
Thanks again for the shirt Mattie!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
"MARMIE" HAS HER HANDS FULL
AND SHE'S LOVIN IT
JACK AND ADDIE PICTURES
NIECE/GOD DAUGHTERWell, I am WAY behind in my blogging. I have tons of pictures to share with you from our trip to Florida. We had a wonderful trip visiting family and friends but we especially LOVED meeting Jack Williams. He didn't wait for me to get there for his birth but we got to meet him when he was only a few days old. We are so thankful for his safe arrival and the blessing his life brings to all who know him. We can't wait to see you all again!