Monday, August 22, 2016

A NEW LAP TOP! AND BACK TO SCHOOL...

Well I have done a little visiting TRYING to catch up, but I decided to stop for now (I will proceed later!) as I need to get a post up so I can busy with the rest of my day.  We FINALLY purchased a new laptop on Sat., and to say I am grateful would be putting it very mildly, lol.  You honestly just can't imagine what I have been working with. I have no idea how I didn't just throw in the towel altogether.  Just my stubbornness I guess.  But this new one is a dream.  Soo quick, easy, and nice. Hope I don't spend too much time on here now, because trust me it would be soo easy to do.

I spent most of last week TRYING to get organized about what I was going to do and make for my Christmas sewing.  I came right out and asked all the girls what they would like for me to make them this year for their families, and if Christmas jammies were still something everyone was interested in. I got some answers and at least have a direction to head in.  I honestly can't believe it is already almost Sept.  Time just whips by faster and faster, and I am usually sooo much further along in my Christmas sewing, and I am trying not to fret. It is what it is and I will do my best.

Other then that all I really have are some pretty cute back to school pics of some of the grands.  I remember those days all too well from when I was raising my family.  I used to just love the whole process.  New shoes and backpacks and school supplies, and then the "first day of school" outfit, and some other new clothes as well.  I try to help out a bit with some of the grands wardrobes and needs, as I also recall how hard that was to do sometimes.  I took Jeffie (who at 12 is entering middle school this year in the 7th grade!) shopping and to lunch one day last week, and got him some shorts and t-shirts.  It honestly feels like maybe a couple of years ago at the most that I was working in his KG class, and now here he is SOO grown up.  He has REALLY REALLY changed recently.  Even his voice!  lol.  I also took Cody out to lunch and to one last movie for the summer last week.  I felt pretty good about getting in lots of one on one time this summer with MOST of my grandkids, as it's just not easy when there are soo many of them.  I just sent a little cash home with my son James yesterday to help out with his San Diego brood, but I did make Capri a couple of new skirts last week too.  Let me show you their pics....

WE WILL START WITH SWEET 3 YEAR OLD LUKE....HE HAD SUCH A HARD TIME BECAUSE HIS FIRST DAY WAS NOT UNTIL THURSDAY, AND SAM'S WAS TUES.  HE WANTS TO DO EVERYTHING HIS BIG BROTHER DOES, AND SCHOOL IS NO EXCEPTION, LOL.  HE WILL GO ON TUES AND THURSDAY MORNINGS AT THE SAME SCHOOL SAM WENT TO LAST YEAR FROM 8 UNTIL 10:30.  HIS FIRST DAY WENT SOOO WELL I GUESS.  HE REALLY IS AT AN ADVANTAGE AS HE WATCHED SAM DO THIS ALL LAST YEAR AND HONESTLY JUST COULDN'T WAIT UNTIL HIS TURN.  HE WAS HAPPY, AND CONTENT, AND COULDN'T HAVE DONE BETTER ACCORDING TO HIS TEACHER

LOOK AT HIS EXCITED FACE!  I SUPPOSE CLAIRE WILL WANT TO GO NEXT, LOL

SAM POSED WITH HIM ON LUKES FIRST DAY (sam was already on day 3! lol)  SAM HAD ALREADY GIVEN LUKE ALL THE TIPS HE COULD THINK OF, LOL.  I LOVE THE LOOK ON SAM'S FACE, BUT THE ADORING LOOK LUKE IS GIVING HIS BIG BRO REALLY IS JUST PRICELESS

AND HERE IS SAM ON HIS.....HE COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE EXCITED IF HE TRIED.  HE WAS GIDDY.  BOTH OF MELODY'S BOYS ARE SOO EXTROVERTED AND FRIENDLY...kind of like their mama and dad,,,AND IT DOES MAKE THINGS EASIER.... "WHY ARE SOME OF THESE KIDS CRYING MOM?" WAS SAM'S INNOCENT QUESTION.  HE IS IN PRE-K,  HE IS 4 YEARS OLD BUT ONLY A FEW WEEKS FROM 5 SO HE WILL HAVE THE ADVANTAGE OF BEING ONE OF THE OLDER ONES IN HIS CLASS WITH A LATE SEPT BIRTHDAY.  POOR LUKE WILL ALWAYS BE ONE OF THE YOUNGEST WITH A LATE MAY BIRTHDAY, BUT GUESS YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE CUT OFF SOMEWHERE.  AND LUKE HAS THE ADVANTAGE OF WANTING TO FOLLOW SAM SO THAT WILL HELP HIM.  SAM WILL GO TUES - FRIDAY FROM 8 TO 11.  HE IS GOING TO A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL OUT THERE, AND THE WHOLE SCHOOL JUST GOES 4 DAYS A WEEK.  HOW I WOULD HAVE LOVED THAT! MELODY WILL HAVE HER HANDS FULL GETTING THEM BACK AND FORTH AS THEIR SCHOOLS ARE ACROSS TOWN FROM EACH OTHER.  DADDY WILL TAKE SAM ON TUES AND THURSDAY SO THAT SHE CAN TAKE LUKE ON THOSE DAYS.  SHE WILL DO ALL THE PICKING UP.  CLAIRE IS ENJOYING HER TIME HAVING HER MOM AND THE TOYS TO HERSELF, LOL

SOO CUTE....I AM PRAYING FOR A GOOD YEAR FOR THEM BOTH

AND HERE IS 15 YEAR OLD LINDSEY READY FOR HER FIRST DAY OF HER SOPHOMORE YEAR.  THEY WEAR UNIFORMS AT HER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, SO THAT IS A BIG HELP FOR EVERYONE.  SHE MADE THE JV VOLLEYBALL TEAM THIS YEAR AGAIN, AND WAS AGAIN VOTED CAPTAIN.  I AM SOO PROUD OF HER AND WHAT SHE HAS ACCOMPLISHED.  SHE TOOK CHEMISTRY OVER THE SUMMER JUST TO GET IT OUT OF THE WAY (even though it is a junior class) AND GOT AN A OF COURSE, LOL  SHE IS VERY FOCUSED!

AND HERE IS MY BIG, HANDSOME JEFFIE....HE IS REALLY STARTING TO LOOK LIKE HIS DAD...
AND 7 YEAR OLD CODY'S FIRST DAY OF SECOND GRADE.  HE IS STILL IN HIS SPECIAL ED CLASS FOR HIS VERY MILD AUTISM , BUT SPENDS AT LEAST HALF OF HIS TIME IN REGULAR MAIN STREAM CLASSES AS WELL.  HE IS DOING SOOOOO WELL.  THEY ALL FEEL THAT THIS MAY BE HIS LAST YEAR IN SPECIAL ED.  IT WOULD BE HARDER TO FIND A HAPPIER MORE CONTENT LITTLE BOY.
The San Diego grands do not start until next week so I will post theirs next week I am sure.  She home schools their children, and then they attend a school two days a week with other home schoolers as well.  Well, guess that's it for now.  I need to get to my sewing machine as I have a few things lined up.  Still no Christmas projects though....yikes!!  Hope you all have a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


Monday, August 15, 2016

MELODY'S VISIT


Well it seems as if I have been away from blogging for WEEKS instead of several days, and truthfully my computer is soooo bad I am not sure I can even manage to get a post up, but I am going to give it a try  We are hopefully going to buy a new computer this week sometime, or at least on Sat anyway, so I guess worse case if I can't get this to cooperate, I will have a brand new one to work with soon  We had just the best week with my daughter, but SOO much went on I honestly don't know if I can catch it all up.  Maybe if I try really hard I can just give the condensed versions of everything, but knowing me I doubt it, lol.  Downloading pics is one of the biggest issues this computer has right now, so I don't know if I can make that work either.  Let's back up to a week ago last Thursday.  That night after hubby arrived home from work our dog Elvis just suddenly began acting strangely.  Now at 14 years old he had been slowing down for a while, and not quite himself.  But he had just taken a long walk the night before, and spent his day the way he spent most of his days that day as well.  I feel the need to mention since I know I have barely mentioned Elvis in any of my posts, that he is my husbands dog.  Actually he was originally Melody's dog.  She bought him 14 years ago, and yet the dog attached himself primarily to my hubby, so when Melody married and moved away eight years ago, Elvis was left behind with us. I guess I should mention [much to the horror of most of you I am sure] that I am just not a dog person. Not that I dislike dogs, I would just rather not hassle them.  We have NEVER been without a dog since we were first married however, as hubby and all of my kids felt very differently, and I was very willing to let them have these pets as long as I didn't have to do much.  Elvis is a Chihuahua btw. Anyway, within an hour and a half of my hubby arriving home, Elvis passed away.  It was really VERY sad, as of course my husband was quite devastated, and it has surprised even me how much his presence has been missed.  The good news is that Elvis lived a LONG and full life, and never suffered or was really sick while he was here.  He brought countless hours of pleasure to my hubby and kids and grandkids, and he will definitely be terribly missed.  I was glad that my daughter and her three kids were due to arrive the next evening, as I knew that it would be a very pleasant and busy distraction for my husband.

READY TO GO WITH THEIR BACK PACKS


Melody, as you might recall, was to fly in with the 3 kids by herself a week ago last Friday.  Considering the oldest is only 4, she had her hands full to say the very least.  It was all going very well however, until they went to land in Vegas. There are NO straight through flights from Midland Texas where they fly out of, to California btw, so there is always a lay over somewhere, usually Vegas.  Anyway, as the plane began the descent to land, it began bouncing quite violently.  A minute or so into it, Melody began to feel VERY sick to her stomach, like she might begin throwing up.  She broke out in a cold sweat.  Then she noticed Luke [the just turned 3 year old] had begun to cry, and Sam [the 4 year old] told her his tummy felt funny and he thought he might barf.  Luke then told her, me too.  Meanwhile 15 month old Claire sat on her lap wiggling and struggling and doing everything she could to get down..  Somehow she got both boys barf bags, and began praying she wouldn't need one herself.  Meanwhile, people all around them were vomiting and wondering loudly what was going on.  Melody has flown hundreds of times [or so it seems] and she has never experienced the rocking and bouncing quite like this.  Then......just as the plane was about to hit the ground, it suddenly swooped upward again, and now everyone was REALLY flipping out.  It made a HUGE circle and then began the descent again.  This time it was only a little bouncy, but by this time all 3 of her kids were crying, and Melody said if it would have done any good, she would have done some crying herself.  But the plane hit the ground, came to a stop, and everyone got off.  They never did know what had happened.
SO FAR SO GOOD IN THIS PHOTO
Thankfully her 3 had never thrown up and seemed to be fine as the plane came to a stop, and stopped crying pretty much right away.  Sooo then all she had to do was spend 2 and half hours in an airport with 3 little ones before getting back on another plane for the 45 min flight to California.  She said they really did very well with this.  She got them all dinner, they ate, and then she found them a place they could run around and entertain themselves until it got close to time to board.  Then she took them all to the bathroom, and changed the baby, and boarded the plane.....where they sat doing NOTHING for the next 45 minutes on the runway!  It was the straw that broke the camels back for the baby.  Claire was suddenly done.  She wanted down, and she wiggled and struggled and fussed.  Melody said it was kind of like holding a wet cat, lol.  The boys were angels however and she couldn't have been more grateful.  They FINALLY landed here almost a full hour behind schedule where grandpa and I were pacing the airport praying things weren't going too badly, lol  It was just the cutest thing when we saw her coming.  She was carrying the baby, pushing the stroller with her other hand   Luke was riding in the stroller looking exhausted, and Sam was walking beside the stroller holding obediently onto the side of it.  When the boys saw us, Sam quickly began running towards us, and Luke scrambled out of the stroller and followed suit, with both of them calling out, "look!  it's grandma  and Papa!"  at the top of their little voices as they ran into our waiting arms.  Everyone who saw and heard them was most amused.  It was just the sweetest thing.  A couple of older women who had been on the flight said to me as they passed by, "we knew there had to be someone important on the other end to make this gal brave taking 3 little ones by herself.....she did just wonderfully by the way."  We still had to wait for the luggage and then load 3 car seats into the car we had picked up for Melody to use until Mike got here on Wed as we don't all even fit in ours, lol  Goodness, what a time we had getting those 3 car seats loaded in and the kids loaded up,  all the luggage and the stroller in, and finally heading home.  Claire pretty much screamed the whole time! It was a couple of hours by that time past their regular bedtimes.  The boys remained as good as gold thank goodness.....lol...poor Claire.  She fell asleep the moment the car began to move, and since we had her bed sat up and waiting for her before we ever left, Melody was able to just transfer her into the crib, and she slept straight through to the next morning thank goodness.  The boys sat with me and heard a book while she cleaned them up and and got them into jammies, brushed their teeth, and got them into their beds too.  What a day!

I think I can just tell the rest of our week with pictures.  We got in two VERY fun whole fam day visits, and more cuddle and love time then you can possibly imagine.  The kids all said and did just the sweetest, cutest things, but I could never begin to tell them all.  I am missing them all something fierce this morning.  Mike drove out on Wednesday and was able to spend a couple of days relaxing before they all headed back home early Sat morning.  Thank goodness she wasn't going to have to make another flight day by herself, lol.  I am hoping to catch up with all of you in the next day or two, and get busy on my Christmas sewing next.  Hard to believe it's already mid August.  I was already knee deep into it last year at this time.  Hope your days have all been good ones.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie


I SHOULD REALLY HAVE A SEPARATE POST FOR THIS CUPBOARD AS IT IS SUCH AN INTERESTING STORY  I WILL TRY AND TELL BRIEFLY........WHEN I WAS 2 YEARS OLD AND MY SISTER DIANE 3, OUR GRANDFATHER MADE THIS CUPBOARD FOR US ONE CHRISTMAS.  WE PLAYED WITH IT FOR YEARS AND YEARS.  IT WAS PASSED DOWN TO OUR YOUNGER SISTERS EVENTUALLY OF COURSE TO ENJOY, AND THEN MY MOTHER KEPT IT AT HER HOUSE FOR GRANDKIDS TO ENJOY.  THEN, SHE GAVE IT TO ONE OF MY YOUNGER BROTHERS WHO ENDED UP LOSING IT IN A REPOSSESED STORAGE UNIT DEAL.VERY SAD......BUT THEN! MY SISTER DANAE JUST HAPPENED UPON IT AT AN ESTATE SALE ONE DAY.   WHATEVER WERE THE CHANCES??  WE ALL DECIDED IT WAS BECAUSE GOD WANTED THIS KEPT IN OUR FAMILY WHERE IT BELONGED   I GUESS SOMEONE HAD BOUGHT THE CONTENTS OF THE STORAGE UNIT AND SHE WAS SELLING ONE OF THE ITEMS....THIS WAS ONE OF THEM...SHE BOUGHT IT OF COURSE AND WAS KEEPING IT FOR HER DAUGHTER JESSICA TO HAVE...  HOWEVER, JESSICA DIDN'T REALLY WANT IT. SO MY SISTER OFFERED IT TO MELODY WHO JUMPED ON IT.  I PICKED IT UP, FILLED IT WITH SOME LITTLE DISHES AND THEY TOOK IT HOME WITH THEM WHEN THEY LEFT.  ALL THE KIDS LOVED IT!  MELODY AND I ARE BOTH SOOOO THRILLED TO HAVE SOMETHING THAT MY GRANDFATHER MADE FOR ME TO HAVE FOR HER CHILDREN





WE GOT THE BOYS BIG WHEELS TO RIDE AND ENJOY WHILE THEY WERE HERE, AND WE GOT THIS BIKE FOR VINNY FOR HIS 3RD BIRTHDAY AND THE BOYS ENJOYED FOR HOURS RIDING TOGETHER  THEY ARE JUST SOOO CUTE TOGETHER
GRANDPA ACTUALLY FOUND HIMSELF AN ADULT BIG WHEEL AND RODE AROUND WITH THE BOYS MUCH TO THEIR UTTER DELIGHT, LOL



AFTER THEIR BIKE RIDE THEY RELAXED WATCHING A MOVIE ON MY SON JAME'S PHONE

CLAIRE ONLY HAD EYES FOR THE WATER AND THE DUCKS, SO WE HAD TO BE QUICK ON OUR TOES AND AVOID THE LAKE WHILE SHE WAS HERE, LOL

CLAIRE AND LUKE BOTH LOVED THE CUPBOARD!

MELODY MET SOPHIA FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND ANNABEL ENJOYED SOME TIME WITH CLAIRE

THESE 4 COUSINS ENJOYED THEIR SWIMMING AND TIME TOGETHER AT UNCLE JOE'S HOUSE

JOE AND MELODY TOGETHER AT HIS HOUSE

SAM AND CODY BECAME GOOD BUDDIES

WE FINALLY GOT TO CELEBRATE MELODY'S 30TH BIRTHDAY

SHE WAS THRILLED WITH HER QUILT!

CLAIRE IN HER NEW COW JAMMIES FROM MY SISTER AT MY NIECES HOUSE AFTER BIBLE STUDY

THE BOYS LOVED THEIR TIME IN THEIR COUSIN WESTON'S PLAY ROOM

MELODY AND HER BFF MY NIECE JESSICA WITH THEIR KIDS AT JESSICA'S HOUSE
MELODY AND HER KIDS SPORTING SHIRTS FROM JESSICA'S CLOTHING LINE.....SOO CUTE!


WE HAD GOTTEN THEM ALL SOME LITTLE PEOPLE AND A PLAY GROUND SET FOR THEM AND A BUS AND A PLANE..  HONESTLY YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE HOW MUCH TIME THEY SPENT PLAYING WITH THESE.  THEY ALL LOVED THEM

SAM LOVED PLAYING WITH THE DINASOURS WHO FREQUENTLY ATE UP THE LITTLE CARS, LOL

SNUGGLED UP IN THEIR PAW PATROL BLANKETS GRANDPA MADE FOR THEM WATCHING ZOOTOPIA

WENT TO LUNCH WITH CODY AND JOE ONE AFTERNOON

CLAIRE LOVED THIS LITTLE WINNIE THE POOH TRAIN TOY THAT WE HAVE HAD SINCE THE OTHERS WERE ALL BABIES.............IT'S BEEN A FAVORITE OF ALL OF THEIRS
video

THIS LITTLE VIDEO GOT PUT IN THE WRONG SPOT AND THERE IS NO MOVING IT.  IT IS OF THE BOYS AND GRANDPA ON THEIR BIG WHEELS

CLAIRE HONESTLY LOVED THE LITTLE DISHES



SITTING ON HER LITTLE CUPBOARD.............SOO CUTE!







Monday, August 1, 2016

BIRTHDAYS AND THE GRANDKID VISITS!



HAPPY THIRD BIRTHDAY TODAY TO VINCENT JAMES!  SUCH A SWEET, HAPPY, BIG BOY!  LOVE HIM FOREVER AND ALWAYS!


Well we wrapped up the last of our individual visits with our grandkids this last week-end, and this last one was just as enjoyable as all the rest.  I met my 11 year old grand daughter Capri and her daddy half way between here and San Diego for lunch on Friday, and then Capri came on home with me after that.  We had such a good time with her.  She had brought along her stuffed cat, Alheed, and together the first thing we did was give him a much needed bath, lol.  We did this in the kitchen sink, soaking him for a while, then soaping him up a couple of times followed by a thorough rinse.  We laid him in the sun outside for the majority of his drying out, but eventually we did throw him in the dryer too.  I was a little worried how this might affect him [he is quite old, lol] but figured worse case I might have to get out a needle and a thread and do some repairs.  But he actually did quite well. While she was here we made a trip to the fabric store and got what we needed to make him a carrier/purse of sorts, and a small blanket, and also some fabric to make her some more skirts.  On Sat we went to movie of her choice [the secret life of Pets] and then stopped and looked for a couple of t-shirts to go with the new skirts I was going to make her.  After that we came home and spent the rest of the afternoon working on the cat carrier/purse.  At night we feasted on meals of her choice [steak one night, pizza the next] and watched a marathon viewing of Anne of Green Gables.  Think I have mentioned before these are a favorite of mine, and she joined the LONG list of grand daughters [plus my own daughter] who have loved them too.  On Sunday morning I whipped up two new skirts for her before we got ready and headed down to the Bible Study Fellowship at my nieces house where her daddy was going to pick her up.  I DID snap a few pics of course, lol

CAPRI WITH A CLEAN ALHEED

THE NEW CARRYING CASE/PURSE

RIVETED ON ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, LOL

PRETTY CAPRI SPORTING ONE OF HER NEW SKIRTS AND TOPS....SHE'S GETTING SOO BIG....ALMOST AS TALL AS I AM [5'6'] AND WEARING A BIGGER SHOE

My sister Danae''s birthday was Sat and she attends the Bible Fellowship as well as it is at her daughter's house, so I brought her a couple of little things from me to enjoy.  I'll show you of course...

I HAD SOME OF THE FABRICS LEFT AND HAVE MADE A SIMILAR BAG FOR ONE OF MY GRAND DAUGHTERS, AND DANAE PARTICULARLY LIKED IT SO I DECIDED TO MAKE ONE FOR HER TOO.  AND I AM SURE YOU RECOGNIZE THE TOWEL DESIGNS AS I HAVE MADE THESE BEFORE TOO.  HER KITCHEN IS DONE IN GREYS AND LIGHT BLUES, SO I THOUGHT THESE COLORS WOULD WORK WELL 

CLOSER LOOK AT ZIPPERED MAKE UP POUCH

AND ON OF THE TOWELS....I REALLY LOVE THESE DESIGNS, AND THEY ARE SO QUICK AND EASY WHAT WITH NO COLOR CHANGES ETC.

The rest of this week will be spent getting things ready for Melody's visit.  We will pick her up on Friday night from the airport.  Sure hope she flys out OK with those 3 babies.  She is a brave girl as I don't know if I could do it.  Her hubby is driving out on Wed. and will drive them all home on the following Sat. so at least she will only have to do is once,lol.  To say I am looking forward to it would be putting it mildly.  I can't wait.  I hope to get around to visit, but probably won't post again until she is gone.  I am praying everyone is healthy while she is here, and that all goes well.  Many blessings to you all!  Debbie

HOW CUTE IS THIS?  SAM WITH HIS COUSINS LINCOLN AND GRAHAM

CLAIRE WITH HER NEW BOOTS....CAN'T RESIST

AND SWEET LITTLE SOPHIA IS STARTING TO SMILE

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A WORD FROM THE LORD, AND A MIRACLE!

I decided today that I would TRY and finish up my postings on my children.  All I have left is my last child, my only daughter Melody.  If you read my blog at all for any length of time you will no doubt here me mention her frequently,  telling stories and making references to her.  Let me start this though back in the beginning.

I was one of those girls growing up who made no bones about the fact that I wanted a daughter of my own some day.  It was something I gave a lot of thought to as I was growing up, just assuming I guess that it would eventually come to be. However, after having given birth to 3 boys, I was honestly wondering rather or not this particular dream was to ever come true.  Now don't get me wrong...I both loved and enjoyed my sons, but I just wanted a girl soo badly.  Not only to have and enjoy as a little one growing up, but as an older woman some day that could serve as a female friend to me as well. When I had turned 31 and we still did not have a daughter, we began to give some serious thought as to rather or not we should just throw in the towel and permanently close the door to the possibility of another child.  In my research about permanent birth control methods I came across an article [which why these articles were together or intertwined might be a good question?!]  which suggested ways to conceive a girl baby.  It's WAY too long to go into here, but let me just say this.  We tried this method, and it worked! I feel like I do need to mention that it will only work if your cycles are VERY regular, and you have a pretty good idea of when you ovulate every month.  Of course these days there are little tests you can give yourself that TELL you when and if you are ovulating, but in those days there was no such thing.  These things were both working just fine for me, and made sense, and after giving it some considerable thought we decided to go ahead and try it.  It's supposed to mean a much longer period of time of trying to conceive, but it didn't for me.  I was pregnant the first time we tried this. Which of course only made me think it hadn't worked at all. I am not going to lie...when I first discovered I was pregnant my immediate emotion was regret.  Whatever was I thinking?!  I had my hands very full with 3 WILD boys, including one who was already a teenager, and now more then likely I would be adding yet another boy into the mix, and starting all over with diapers, night time feedings, and the whole routine.  On top of that, I was the sickest I had ever been with any of my other pregnancies, and could hardly keep a thing down, and yet I still had SOO much to do with the taking care of our household and other children.  I was SOOOO emotional.  Honestly not like me at all.  Hormones were just running wild.  I was 31 years old but felt physically and emotionally MUCH older.  One morning after dropping my boys off at their various schools, I came home and made myself a cup of tea to try and calm my queasy stomach.  I found myself in tears [for the umpteenth time] and picked up my bible and began praying.  I felt I heard the Lord telling me to read a certain scripture, but honestly I was soo emotional I didn't know if I should trust myself.  Was this really coming from God?  I continued to pray and continued to feel I heard a scripture number coming to my heart.  I decided to go ahead a look it up.  It was Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desire of your heart.  I felt a peace wash over me as I felt that from that moment on I KNEW I was going to be blessed with a daughter...the desire of my heart.  Now I am not one of those people who feels you can pull any verse, in or out of context, and MAKE it mean what you want it to mean.  But for some reason I just knew He was talking to me here and telling me just that.  I'd love to say that the rest of the pregnancy was a dream and there were no more emotional roller coasters, but it really wasn't the case.  The pregnancy was a hard one.  Doubt crept in from time to time.  I told NO ONE, not even my hubby, what I felt the Lord had told me.  It finally came time to put the nursery together and naturally I wanted to boldly paint it pink, and make it as "girly" as I could, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.  They were just starting to be able to do ultra sounds that could determine the sex of a baby in those days, and yet neither one of mine had told me a thing. I actually went to a place that promised they would do whatever they could, take as long as it took etc, to determine the sex.  I paid 200 dollars for this!  And in those days 200 was a whole lot of money!  Not that it isn't these days too, but back then trust me it was huge.  But NO LUCK.  Her legs were firmly crossed, and they just couldn't say.  I painted the room in a soft, safe yellow, and put up Precious Moments wall paper.  Kind of girly I guess, but I felt like for a baby it would work.  If it was indeed another boy, I told myself I'd change the paper out by his second birthday.  She was due the 21st of July, and by the 4th of July I was hot, miserable and sooooo done, lol.  After examining me the doctor told me I was dilated to 3 and would no doubt have the baby that week-end.  Well she was wrong.  I carried the baby 3 more weeks to July 24th.  I feel I have to tell you this part too.  I felt like after having 3 healthy, pretty easy deliveries, I was a seasoned pro.  So when I began having contractions on the 23rd I timed them and felt like I knew it wasn't time to go to the hospital.  Soo I waited.  Even ended up going to bed that night not sure if I would make it through the night, but wanted to try and get a little sleep.  I slept wonderfully which must have meant the contractions stopped of course.  But when I woke up at  6 am I just felt "funny" and told my husband, lets go, and off we went.  All of my labors were soo short and quick everyone knew I didn't have much time. This was no exception.  I was dilated to an eight upon arrival, and the baby was fully effaced.  I was good and ready.  HOWEVER, the baby's heart rate was slow, and the water when broke was showing signs of definite distress.  I began to panic, and also quickly found out that I was not to get an epidural.  I was to do this naturally.  Now I had epidurals with all of my boys, and had no desire what so ever of doing this without some drugs.  However, the doc did not believe in them and everything was moving soo quickly it was really not an option.  I was wheeled into the delivery room very quickly after arriving.  I have to say I was NOT a happy camper and did do some screaming.  I really couldn't help myself.  Meanwhile the baby's heart rate continued to plummet, and yet things were moving soo quickly there was no time for a c-section.  As she was being born, the doctor counted aloud and the chord was wrapped around her neck 3 times, AND tied in a complete knot!  My doctor told me plainly that she felt it was a miracle.  In all her years of practice [and it was at least 20] she had NEVER seen such a long umbilical cord.  And if it wasn't as long as it was, we would have surely lost her!  IF I hadn't been such a "know it all" the day before and had come to the hospital to just be checked as everyone had wanted me to, we would have no doubt discovered the baby was in distress in plenty of time for me to have had a c-section, and not put her in such danger.  My gratitude was overwhelming needless to say, and I believed even more firmly in my heart that God had blessed me with this precious baby girl.  I had lots of blood pressure issues after her birth, and excessive bleeding etc., and my doctor told me when it was all over that she firmly felt my body had reached the end of it's safely having babies time.  I had to remain in the hospital for 4 days while they got everything stabilized, and we began to dwell on a name.  We had a boy name all picked out [another one starting with a J... Joshua] but had not settled on a girls name.  I really wanted to name her Summer Joy.  She had been born in the middle of summer, and it just seemed right.  But in my mind, a Summer needed to be a blonde, and Melody had been born with lots of super dark hair.  Little did I know it would all fall out by a month and she wouldn't get her totally towheaded hair until she was a year old, lol.  But there was no swaying me away from a dark haired baby named Summer.  Then it was going to be Melissa.  Or Melanie...but then Melody occurred to me, and that's who she became....our Melody Joy.
I am going to stop here considering this is plenty long enough for a single post, and she's only just been born, lol.  I will try not to go into so much detail as I finish up this story, though I am not sure when I will get to it.  Maybe Monday?  Though we do have another visitor coming this week-end, and lots coming up after that as well.  Hope you are all had a good week!  Blessings to you all!  Debbie



Monday, July 25, 2016

A WEEK-END GUEST AND A BIRTHDAY!

Well we spent our week-end with a little guest, and let me tell you she kept us on our toes!  lol.  I met her family 1/2 way and picked her up on Friday afternoon.  What a good time we had!  Lots of board games, snuggles, special food, [all her choice of course!] a movie date, a trip to Chuckie Cheese, and SOO much precious conversation.  How I love the one on one summer visits!  We took her back on
Sunday afternoon at our afternoon Bible fellowship.  OF COURSE I got some pictures.

SWEET LITTLE DONATELLA

OUR LITTLE WEEK-END PANCAKE MAKER

FUN AT CHUCKIE CHEESE

SHE PICKED OUT A NEW WATCH AT OUR TRIP TO TOYS R US

SHE HELPED HER BELOVED "GRAMPY" TRIM UP AND CLEAN UP THE PORCH POTS SAT MORNING BEFORE IT GOT TOO HOT!  SHE WAS HONESTLY A WONDERFUL LITTLE ASSISTANT!



HARD TO FIND A HAPPIER, MORE FULL OF LIFE LITTLE GIRL THEN THIS ONE!


And then....my youngest, my only daughter turned 30 years old yesterday.  I am not sure honestly how that can be.  NO MORE kids left for me in their twenties.  I was only 31 when I had Melody but for some reason I always felt soo much older, lol.  Probably because I already had a teenager in my house by then!  It was REALLY hard not being with her on her birthday, especially such a milestone one, I am not going to lie, but she will be here on August 5th, so not much longer now.  I am sooo looking forward to seeing her and her sweet little babies.  Her husband is super busy right now so he won't join them till later in the week, but I am so glad he is getting to come even if it is for such a short time.  She is going to be flying ALL BY HERSELF with 3 little ones 4 and under and truthfully I am somewhat afraid of how it might go.  This gal is going to spend some time on her knees praying all goes well that's for sure.  I am hoping to get her "story" up this Friday as she is the only one left in my series on my kids.  I can't leave hers out that's for sure.  OF COURSE I will leave you some pics of my girl.  Hope you are all having a good week!

MELODY JOY

HOW I MISS THIS GAL

LITTLE PARTY YESTERDAY AFTER CHURCH WITH HER HUBBY AND HER BABIES.  SHE AND HER HUBBY ALSO WENT OUT TO DINNER THE NIGHT BEFORE TO CELEBRATE WITH THEIR FRIENDS, AND SHE WENT AND HAD A PEDICURE WITH HER GIRLFRIENDS YESTERDAY AFTERNOON TOO. I WISH SHE HAD BEEN HERE SO I COULD HAVE THROWN HER A BIG TURNING 30 BDAY PARTY LIKE HER BROTHER'S GOT ON THEIRS, BUT I KNOW SHE WAS WELL CELEBRATED

LOVE THIS RECENT PIC OF THEM

ONE OF MY FAVORITE PICS OF HER.  PREGNANT WITH HER FIRST BABY ON HER WAY TO HER BABY SHOWER

REALLY OLD ONE BUT CUTE

AND MISS CLAIRE JUST HAD HER 15 MONTH CHECK UP.  ALL LOOKING GREAT!  CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HER!