Friday, August 17, 2012

He's SIX!!


There have been few evenings lately that have not included teary eyed talks with the husband about this boy and the coming kinder fun.  We have talked about it like it's Disneyworld and after his orientation day...he was hooked.  Made a momma's heart let out a big sigh of relief!  And though I'm far from elated he'll be gone all day...I'm excited for him because he's so excited. 


Zachary's birthday was widespread over parties with buddies and parties with families.

 

p.s. It undoubtedly needs to mentioned that his slow pokin' momma smoked everyone on that track and came in first for the birthday boy. 


Sister needed some ice water & a shady spot to relax with her main squeeze on that hot summer day.  And no, Rob is not profusely sweating from the shoulder...he had just come off the bumper boats.

THE day started off with birthday donuts...



Minnie & company can often be found suiting up in brother's fire station :)

Zachary shares a birthday with my oldest brother, so we had a fun family double birthday celebration.

And birthday boy ninja training...

Yes, all birthday boys :)
A slightly more typical representation of my oldest sweet.  His heart is being so pruned right now...Rob & I can both see it.  The teary eyed questions, the desire to know more...the Lord is stirring in him.  Hoping his name is called into the kingdom soon! 
And as we prepare to venture into the school days, my greatest desire is that his heart knows TRUTH.  To be equipped in knowing how to FIGHT his battles and where to look for Help. 
A new season for him and for me.  Going to miss him like CRAZY, but I know it'll make our time together that much better.  Shew...slow this train down!!!
Judges 6:12 "...The LORD is with you, mighty warrior."
That's all you ever need, Buddy.  Love you more than words my growing boy...Happy 6th Birthday!

*Look below for "She's THREE!!*

Thursday, August 16, 2012

She's THREE!!

Father's Day collided with Ansley's birthday this year...which led to some hilarious Father's Day questionnaires {by the sweets} followed by a birthday/Father's day breakfast.  Courtesy of PDub.  She wasn't actually at our house...but you get the idea.




 If you are awake, you might pick up on a theme surrounding our golden haired angel's birthday. 

 
It's so weird that Zachary happened to match his sister for church that morning.


 Birthday party goodness was had...candles were blown out...hopes were cast once again in our heart's for the coming year.

 

Psalm 65:11 "You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance."



 This year holds much anticipation for our littlest sweet.  With her first day of preschool less than a week away...my heart is FULL.  Can't pretend there isn't fear mixed in with our overwhelming excitement, but I want to try to operate out of the hope of the crown of bounty already in place for her.  I want to sit in a desperate anticipation of watching her cart be filled...one sweet life gift at a time this year.  To absolute...overwhelming...overflowing abundance.  Because of our great and merciful God who has displayed his hand of strength in her thus far.  He continues to require...TRUST.  He continues to invite us into...IMPOSSIBLE HOPE...bold surrender.  The only place where there is rest.  So hard for me.  CanNOT believe it has been three years.  To look back...I remember all of it.  You know what gets me...what really gets me? 

"Psalm 56:8 "You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book."

Not one moment unnoticed by the One who desires my heart above all else. Not one.  Patiently collecting each tear knowing His power is coming.  Refining fires...so painful...but He knows not even a smoky stinge will remain.  I have become speechless in the moments of realizing how fully He has moved for her.  How He has spoken LIFE of out what was dead in her brain.  And I love that no doctor on this planet could tell you otherwise.  Our unexplainable miracle girl.



Happy 3rd birthday lovie.  Sing with a LOUD voice my sweet.

Luke 17:5 "One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice."

p.s. you'll never guess what kind of backpack she has :)

(Zachary's birthday post coming a little later this evening...Berenstain Bears just ended :))

Friday, June 22, 2012

Chicago!

Rob's grandparents just shared their 60th wedding anniversary...so we took a fun weekend trip to Chicago to see the whole extended fam.
(You are about to experience an obscene amount of pictures...just felt it fair to warn you at the onset)




If you have a little boy who loves firefighters, as you know ours does...take him to the Firezone outside of Chicago...FU-UN!






He enthusiastically answered every question, so it only made sense that he was the demonstration helper :)



p.s. Chicago is cold.



Happy 60th to Grandpa Rich & Grandma DeeDee!!!


My sleeping buddy for the weekend.  We had 2 king beds and decided in favor of sleep, so Rob slept with Ansley in one and I slept with Zachary in the other.  Both kids (and parents) slept like champs.  Worth it!





"The Cloud Gate"...but we preferred to call it the bean.

 



The closest we got to a group picture...and there were over 50 of us...so as you can see...not the best attempt :)




FUN getaway! 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

To whom much is given...

Psalm 27:13
"I will remain confident in this:  I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living."

Three years ago, almost to the day, we could barely peel ourselves up off the floor.  Only God.  Three years ago, they told us we were crazy...unrealistic...in denial.  But MERCY.  Three years ago a seed of limitless hope was planted.  Then POWER.  Three years ago...God foreknew the depths of the GLORIOUS revealing this day of remembrance would bring.

We knew this test was coming...we knew the results would be good...we prepared ourselves for the only two options we could hear.  They would qualify Ansley for special educations services...or they wouldn't.  They use various standardized tests and a panel of developmental experts to give their two hour assessment and then comes...the meeting. 

I couldn't control my shaky, squealing jig on the car ride this morning.  I wasn't trying to prepare for the sake of controlling my emotions...this isn't my first meeting with this school board...and I certainly didnt hold back my emotions or beliefs for Ansley's life the first time...but this was the RESULTS. 

As the meeting began, each specialist went over their individual assessments of our sweet sweet and her beautiful God breathed results.  We knew there would only be one of two options to be said...but when the specialist spoke her wrap up statement...we came undone.

"...and as a result of our testing and assessments...Ansley does not have a disability."

We were not prepared to hear that language or those words spoken...the rejoicing tears came quickly and unhindered.  They discussed their shock at the specifics of her various brain deficits and explained what they expected to see... and agreed with the SONG OF HOPE and healing we sang sitting around that table. 

Unfathomable.  He knew....sweet, merciful GOD ALMIGHTY...He knew.  If we ever doubted for a moment...the seed of HOPE was his hand.  A tender gift meant just for us.  It was planted to reveal His power.  What other words can I say??  There are none.  We have SEEN the GOODNESS of the Lord in the land of the living.  The Hope of Jesus Christ. 

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Soccer Stud

Zachary just finished up his first soccer season and had a BLAST!!


He learned the ever important rule for a 5 year old team...
"Point to our goal...!"


And seriously...that coach of his is a hottie!!


 (SO excited!)


His faithful cheerleader never missed a chance to cheer on her "Brudder"



  Summer has just begun (cue hallelujah chorus!) and "Camp A to Z" is now in session!!