Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Levi's visit to new cousin, Piper - 2004
I will definitely have to dig out some pix of Levi...I have scrapbooked a lot of his pix so it may be difficult.
Five years ago right now, I was hating life...Levi was born very quickly at 1:00 p.m. October 31, 2002. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was my smallest baby...
The poor kid struggled from the get go...the midwife discovered a "hairy tuft" at the base of his spine, which can indicate spina bifida...that "diagnoses" can wreak havoc on a newly birthed mother..so we got him checked out asap to make sure it was closed. Yes, and amen, it was! Then he became catatonic when his pediatrician administered the numbing agent for his cirumcision 8 days later...so he feared he may have a "heart issue"...come to find out our poor little guy simply had a baaaaaaaad reaction to the pain relief and who wouldn't down there? But ya know what? through all of his little hardships, Levi has chugged along and is an amazing little guy to have around.
We are glad to have you in our family, Levi Taylor! You are one spunky, incredible, tender hearted little dude! Happy Birthday Young man!
Today is sweet Levi's 5th birthday...can't believe my boy is FIVE!! I need to get some pix on here of him as well but read the first paragraph.
The harvest party went very well...we had 53 people here!! I didn't take very many pix, as it is rather chaotic around here at that moment...I didn't even get a pic of me as a goth...or any of my kids. David is the only one I got a pic of (of which I've been trying to upload for the past hour but to no avail). I will try to get some pix of the kids at their WRHE All Saint's Day enrichment activity tomorrow. The kids are supposed to "dress" up as person who has died "in the faith"...martyred, missionaries, whatever...the boys are going to be two of the missionaries that were killed by the Waorani indians in Ecuador...Jim Elliot and Nate Saint...they are supposed to have 5 clues so people can see if they can guess who they are portraying...Mel may be Corrie Ten Boom or Amy Carmichael but I need to investigate it a bit more. If you have any good ideas out there in cyberspace, let me know...they can also be Bible Characters so we will check it out! Will put on a white t-shirt, ball cap and khaki pants and looked a lot like what I would have imagined one of those missionary guys to look like. except they would have been clean cut. ha, he isn't.
Ok, I will try the pix again in a bit...sorry for the inconvenience. hope you all are doing exceptionally.
Friday, October 26, 2007
James R. G.
Whatta couple of nice looking dads we both have...and isn't it funny that they celebrate their birthdays within one day of each other...David's dad is one year older than my dad so they are the same age for one day. ha. funny. man, I'm deep. October 25th and 26th.
Here's to you, Carl and Jim...thanks for being so dependable, and for taking such good care of us.
Happy Birthday Dad G. and Dad Y.!
Look at those matching faces....
Molly's face is obviously a bit more girly to say the least...but she looks so much like a girl David. Awww, David, you would've been a pretty girl.
Not much new and exciting here...My dad turned 60 yesterday and David's dad turns 61 today...Happy Birthday Dad G. and Dad Y. Tomorrow night is the much anticipated Harvest Party...well, much anticipated in my kids minds anyway...I've waited until the last minute to get things done, as usual. Also, under all the stress of daily living, I have managed to sprout a nice sized pimple right next to my nose...one of those ones that you can feel under your skin, just how large it truly is and every time I itch my eye, I bump it...man, it smarts!! dang the sensitive skin! (aren't you glad to know this??)
My hope is to take pix of all of our guests tomorrow night and post them on here...it should be rather fun and exciting. Nerve-wracking and non-stop. I won't get a chance to sit and talk with anyone in particular...being the hostess and all..so I apologize ahead of time.
Well, I'm off to prepare for this crazy day...hope this finds all of you loyal blog friends doing well! see ya real soon!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Mr. E. walking along the canal
David and Duncan piggy backin'
Levi and Charlie...troublemakers! :)
My omelet king...working his magic
David makes a mean omelet!!
Here is the one he made for me, with tomatoes & I got to use Mel's plate
This is actually from last weekend but how cute is she?
when the kids ask for your camera, don't tell them
where it is...this is what they are doing....poor baby.
Good Tuesday morning...I know you all are just dying to know what we did this weekend. It's ok, I'll tell you...first pic is the view from our driveway...you can see the ongoing porch project as well as the pool project...we got the pool all closed up (mostly)...dismantled for a repair job David needs to do next spring. Kinda sad to think that summer is over. not really. but the swimming pool was a lifesaver this year. So glad that fall is here and you can see some of the spectacular colors we get down here, with all of our trees. Picture #2 is poor Miss Molly getting her face smooshed by her loving brother, E. As I scrolled thru my pix later on, I realized why he had wanted my camera earlier that day.
Pic #3 is Will at his last soccer game...he is pretty aggressive on the field (those of you who know him may find that surprising)...and I had taken NO pics this fall so here's a nice action shot for y'all. Pic #4 is at the game, priceless beauty. couldn't ask for a better back drop on your picture. It was a glorious day...fall finally showed up and thank you. Pic #5 is another priceless shot of Levi on Tom's shoulders. Levi loves his Uncle Tom..Tom is very patient and good with L. Thank you Tom for being such a good uncle.
I have more pix to post...but this thing will only allow me to post 5 at a time so I'll be back with more.
Think of me and pray for me this week, as we prepare for our annual harvest party. There is a lot to do...but it's soooooooooo much fun and so worth it. Wish you out-of-staters could be with us.
Have a lovely day. :)
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Will's candles right after this...not cool, dude.
Superman....or so he thinks.
opening the Schleich animals w/ Uncle Tom...notice E. eating packing popcorn
The delicious Boyden's cake....yumm yumm..and smirky teen.
Will and 15 more Schleich animals for the collection...whale shark is nifty. Man, he looks grown up in this pic...ahhhhhhh.
Monday, October 15, 2007
closer to his birthday...Will as
Wilbur Wright in homeschool
play (March 2007)
2002 - big 8-year old
2003 - stooge for Harvest
party and big 9 yr old
nearly 10 in 2004
close to 13...one handsome dude
Ok, completion. I posted his school pic from this year one more time, just because there was a plan. I'm not exactly sure what happened to a picture that was closer to his 12th birthday. I know I have some, it's just a matter of looking them out. (addendum: found a pic that was a bit closer to his 12th b-day...sorry that it messed up my lovely order).
Good night to one and all. And good day.
The Big Five
Six...standing in our future house...
couple of weeks old...out of order here...
two months....classic Will
16 mos. old, checking out his new bro...
2 years, with such a classically
eternally happy face...
Will, you are such a doll. even still, with all of your facial hair, stinkin' pits and acne (yes, I'm a nice mother, not so much, but I keep it real. Keepin' it real)...You smile and I can still see this little happy, active fella. I just can't get my head around the fact that you aren't 3 anymore. Where in the heck did this time go? I will say one thing that is true and sure, we definitely grew up together and you are leaps and bounds more mature than I am.
Someone told me just this past Sat. that they could see me in Will's facial structure...I had found my 7th grade school pic and it was strange to see young Will in my face. I will see if I can post it. I don't know how to move pix around within each post...can anyone help me?? Then y'all can laff at me and tell me you like my big white necklace and earrings, as well as my messed up hair...which was disheartening for me at that time.
Ok, I will try it...maybe in another post. I think it's his hair that makes him look more like me.
Hope y'all are having a splendid day! PEACE!!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Hello Will Franklin...
Couldn't believe that big ol' grey
baby had been inside of me. don't
think that idea ever really sinks in!
David was wigged out by W's large conehead...I'm wigged out by his haircut...:)
This post is for you, Will. Thirteen years ago this Tuesday, Will Franklin was born. I was nearly 22 at the time and we decided homebirth was for us...so glad we made that decision. Such an incredible experience. And it still amazes me that the Lord brought me through it to live another day. At the time, you sure don't feel like you are going to make it. You really have no idea what to expect...what an experience. whew.
He was born at 7:34 p.m. on a Sunday evening. He weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. and was 21 and 1/4 inches long. My first thought when he came out was "wow, he really looks like his father". David's first thought (and I think he slept thru this part in our childbirth class) was "What's wrong with his head????" and then you just sit there in amazement upon meeting that new person that was inside, kicking and banging around for so long. I wish you could bottle those first feelings up. Those first foggy days, when you wonder how you will keep yourself alive, let alone a totally dependent little pooper. We were left alone that first night and I remember thinking it's just you and me kid...what was I supposed to do with this kid again?? while David snoozed peacefully next to me...awww man. those were the days (told ya I'd get all nostalgic)
He was so bright and beautiful! Mary Ann, our midwife, missed the actual delivery, but her apprentice, Elizabeth, caught Will. Plopped him right out there on our bedroom floor. Cool, huh?? I wish I wasn't so scared of childbirth now because I would totally love to keep on going. and dang those kids for being so expensive and mouthy. :)
I have a pic from each of the year's of Mr. Will's life and will post more Mon. and Tues. Hip Hip Hooray for you Will. You are a blessing of a son and your Dad, family and I are so thankful to have you in our lives. It's so neat to imagine what the Lord has for your life. My firstborn boy...Luke 2:23-As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;...a rather neat verse in the Bible that we stumbled on...so now Will refers to himself, jokingly of course, as the holy son. ha ha. he's funny too!
Hope you all are doing well. I should've gotten pix of Will, E. and I cleaning out the pool today. We had let it sit for a bit and it had gotten pretty nasty and green...it looks much better. now I smell strongly of bleach and pond. ready for take down so D. can make a few repairs. Otherwise, quiet days. I'll be back on tomorrow! G'night all!