Thursday, March 31, 2011

two more reasons:

two more reasons:
that I'm thankful
that I love being a mama
that cause me to recognize God's sovereignty and goodness to me, 
how perfect His timing is.

 These two..
they're peas in a pod.
Partner's in crime.
They keep me on my toes, exhaust me, and bring more joy to my heart than I ever dreamed possible.

 'tis so sweet to be a Mama....
especially to the three we've been given.

Monday, March 28, 2011

we're back!

We had an amazing, amazing time on our vacation. So relaxing, refreshing...
just what we needed.
We've been back for over a week now- but last week was full, jam-packed.
I just didn't have time to blog.
It was an excellent week though, a nice welcome-home from another, different excellent week.
We're settling back into routines, establishing new ones, loving having more time together as a family.
I'm choosing to say 'no' to this screen more, 'yes' to my munchkins more. 
I'm trying to conquer some home projects that have been in the works for far too long as well.
Anyway, we are back.
And now, I'm just waiting on that spring weather to return...

Monday, March 14, 2011


loving every minute of our time here...
just the five of us.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

two more days!!

 We leave for Florida in TWO DAYS!!!!!!!!!
I am unbelievably excited.
so pumped.
I've been looking at our pictures from last trip we made... 
such a timely trip, much much needed.
only three weeks after my little brother died.
after spending a month in the hospital.
best week we've ever had as a family- seriously.
Now, we had a baby and Jordan had a role change in his job, which up until now has had him working an incredible amount. I've had my heart junk going on and am currently, and for what feels like an enternity, 
stuck in this house.
 oh vacation...
the timing is perfect. 
(not saying the situations are the same- not even close. but a vacation after a hard period... yes, ma'am, I'll take it.)
we so need this time as a family, time just the five of us.
that's still a shock to me. 
a wonderful shock.
Sweet Nora James.
I'm excited to add her to our family beach pictures.
We have no pictures of the five of us together.
A shame, no? 
 I can't wait to see the kids' excitement about the ocean 
and the sand 
and the sun 
and a week with daddy.
Oh Florida...
I'll be seeing you soon.

"You are good, and what you do is good;
teach me your decrees."
ps. 119:68

Monday, March 7, 2011

Best face in February--- iheartfaces


This weeks theme at iheartfaces is 'Best Face in February'. 
I love this of our sweet Nora James!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2 months

 Nora James, 2 months old
wonderfully sweet
quiet, calm, content
weighs approximately 9.5 lbs.
sleeps 10 hours straight at night
so in love with this sweet girl!


heart again.

Yesterday came and went. Fairly uneventful, for all the anticipation I felt towards it.
Everything was fine, but it didn't really go as planned... we weren't able to do exactly what he was wanting to do. Prior to the procedure, it took seven seconds for my defibrillator to charge up to shock me. With the type of rhythm my heart does during an episode, seven seconds will have me completely passed out. He wanted to program the defibrillator so that it was using a lesser voltage to shock me, thus enabling it to fire more quickly.
He tried. He lowered it to the number he was hoping to get it to, sent my heart into ventricular fibrillation, and then waited for the defibrillator to shock it. It did... the first time. He then re-tested it, and the defibrillator failed to correct my heart. Dang. He bumped it up higher (but lower than it was) and was successful- but it barely is any faster. What used to take 7 seconds now takes 5.5, and he seemed to be under the impression (or I thought I gathered in my awaking-from-anesthesia-ness) that that amount of time would still cause me to pass out.
Oh well.
I'm just grateful that I have it- and even if I do pass out, I'm still alive, right?
The most unfortunate part of yesterday was something I knew was coming but was hoping wasn't.
The doctor says that I should be doing no driving in this post-partum period. As in- NO DRIVING.
until Nora is 9 months old.
Which is 7 months from today, in case you were wondering.
That would be fine and well if.. you know... I had a horse and buggy. Or a personal chauffeur.
But alas... homeward bound I shall remain, I guess.
(Just a little reminder: I have three kids under age 4. A really busy husband. And a photography business. Who needs to leave the house. Ever. Right?!?!)
Okay, I'm being dramatic.
I know, it's not the end of the world.
Seriously now though... it really does bum me out.
.But- it'll be good, I suppose. I have dreams of finishing up home projects, planning and planting a serious garden, having flower beds, etc. It'll make way for more consistent routines, force me to get creative with the kids, eliminate unnecessary trips out, leave me no choice but to make meal plans and grocery lists. These things will be good, very good, for our family. We'll survive. :)
Also, my doctor had me start taking medicine a couple of weeks back. I thought that it would just be for this nine month postpartum period also, but he said after my procedure that he thought I'd need to be on it indefinitely. Not a huge deal, though. If Caters can take medicine (and not complain!) three times a day, surely I can handle it, too. :)
Okay. Enough heart talk. Happy Wednesday night to you!