Life Verse Design

Life Verse Design
Life Verse Design

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The football hold

When we had our third child, our pastor at the time told us we were no longer playing "man to man defense," but "zone defense" instead. As we headed out for supper the other night I informed Ryan that we needed a game plan. . .who was going to help which children get their food, etc. There is most definitely a lot of football talk going on around here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Giggling Girls

Uncle GooF drove Ainsley and Taetum to ballet tonight and I guess there was a LOT of GIGGLING going on in the back of Uncle GooF's car :) I am so thankful these girls have each other! Ainsley says that God gave her Taetum :)
I spent a long time looking at old photos tonight and came across some super cute ones of these girls through the years. I also noticed a lot of similarities in looks between Ainsley and Trey, and then between Porter and Ryker. We shall see as they continue to grow and change. . .

Friday, November 12, 2010

Here to Save the Day!

I love this photo because it captures a bit of what our house is really like right now (well, if there was dirt/food on your faces and toys/crumbs scattered about in the background but that's besides the point) :)I just overheard you big boys talking about what you want to be when you grow up. . .it is always something heroic. . . like driving a firetruck, etc. Today, Porter, you said when you grow up you want to be in a Navy submarine and fight bad guys. You asked me if I will count on you :) Trey, you say,"when I'm a daddy, I want to be. . ." and today you want to fly fighter jets I believe. I love that God made you boys with the ambition to save the day. . .to protect. . .to be heroes! And I am glad that you are also learning of His love and forgiveness. . .today Porter, you accidentally hurt Trey and I heard you say you were sorry all on your own. . .and Trey, I heard you say, "I forgive you," all on your own. And then you boys decided if you held Ryker you'd feel better. Lucky you, Ryker :) I need to remember to pray often for you little heroes as you will be young men someday! (And hopefully by then you will have learned to clean the dirt/food of your own faces and pick up your toys but that was besides the point, right?!) ;)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ryker Look Alikes?!

aka Siblings :)
Ryker on the left two. . .Ainsley on the right two. . . Ryker on the left two. . .Porter on the right two. . .
Trey on the left. . .Ryker on the right. . .

There is no doubt that Ryker belongs to our family :)

Your Birth Story

Your big sister and brothers love to hear the stories about when they were born! And now, you have your very own birth story. I was scheduled to have a csection on Friday morning, Oct 15, at 7 am, and needed to check in at 5 am. I woke up around 2ish with crampy contractions that ended up being 3-5 min apart, so Grammy came over and we headed to the hospital a little early so you could be monitored. As we anxiously WAITED for 7am to roll around, they did some prepping. . .gave me an IV, etc. . .we did some praying. . . and I remember thinking, only 2 hrs. . .only 1 hr. . .only 30 min. . .til this baby is going to be brought into this world. . .he/she has no idea! Your daddy got to wear a fancy "space suit" as he called it, and as he changed into it, I was wheeled into the operating room to get my spinal etc. When I got into the operating room, there was EXCITEMENT in the air! This was it. I was about to meet my baby. The radio was on, and they turned it to 96.5 at my request, which the others in the room liked also. A nice nurse let me hold (squeeze) her hands while I got my spinal. . .then I layed down and waited to feel numb. Before too long, they brought GooF in, gave me some oxygen, I felt calm :) and I could feel them working on my tummy. The doctor commented on my beautiful stomach (good to know :) )numerous times and gave me a play by play. Then I felt them pushing you down and out and waited for the sound of your cry. That has got to be one of the absolute BEST sounds in the world. . your childs first cry. And there it was. I remember getting teary at the sound of it. They said, "It's a boy!" which we were pretty sure about, and daddy said you looked like Porter. The anesthesiologist said you were a big one, someone asked what time it was, and soon they asked if we had a name for you. We named you Ryker Matthew. We found the name Ryker online with baby names, and Matthew is your daddy's middle name. Plus, Matthew means, "gift of God," which I love, because God gave us you as a gift! I was smiling and teary, as they began to stitch me up and I could see them working on you via a monitor placed by me. Then I began to get the shakes and lightheaded so had to close my eyes and rest a bit. Before too long, they moved us to another room, where I got to breastfeed you for the first time, and watch as the nurse gave you your first bath. You peed all over yourself so she had to clean you again, and she couldn't figure out how to comb your very curly hair. She was trying to get you to cry, to get the gunk out, but you just didn't really want to. Getting the gunk out of you was the story of your hospital stay, but we'll save that for another day. My friend, Kristi, was thankfully allowed to be in the operating room taking pictures of your birth, and captured your small hand holding onto daddy's finger for the first time and such. . .some of which is not blog material :) Ryker Matthew, We are so thankful for your life, and that God chose you to be our son! You are snug in your moby wrap as I'm typing this, already almost a month old! We love you,

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"7 years old and practically an adult"

Well, that's what daddy says atleast :)We thank God that 7 years ago today, He gave us YOU as our daughter, making us your mommy and daddy! You had requested breakfast in bed for your birthday, so this morning Porter put on an apron, had me make you a menu, and delivered you a number 7 pancake in bed :) You are caring, giving, joyful, and all around a beautiful child of God! Happy 7th Birthday Ainsley Brielle. . .we love you!