Thursday, November 25, 2010
I love Thanksgiving. I really do. A lot of times this holiday gets the shaft because it's sandwiched in between Halloween and Christmas, but I truly love Thanksgiving. It's one of those days that should be celebrated every day, but we get busy and we forget to take the time to remember our blessings. It's a great day of being with family and reflecting on how the Lord's blessed us. And blessed us, He has. We have a beautiful daughter, a lovely home, good health, wonderful family, great friends, the blessing of staying home with my daughter and much, much more. :)
Friday, November 19, 2010
We recently took a trip to Disney to celebrate my niece's 5th birthday (I can't believe she's five! I remember being in the delivery room when she was born and it feels like it was just yesterday!!!) and we had a great time!! There was a pretty decent size group of us, too. My parents, my younger sister and her husband, my aunt, my niece's family (her parents and younger brother came - the youngest 2 stayed with my brother-in-law's aunt and uncle near Orlando) and us. Reese came with us, too. Yes, I know - she won't remember, but we took lots of pictures and I have to say I couldn't imagine the weekend without her! :)
It was a wonderful weekend of celebrating! We visited Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. We ate some pretty good food, too. :) My niece seemed to really enjoy her time there as well. She got all dolled up on Saturday (her actual birthday) and loved strutting around the Magic Kingdom in her fancy duds. :) Below are lots of pictures from last weekend! I hope you enjoy them!!
Reese will be turning 11 months old very soon and I can't believe it! I keep getting asked about her first birthday and I have to admit that I'm kind of in denial about the whole thing. I love watching her grow and learn new things, but this turning one stuff just isn't allowed! :) She's crawling everywhere, pulling herself up and, I'm sure, will be standing very soon. She is such a joy!!
Oh and one thing I learned while I was away last weekend - the happiest place on earth isn't Disney. It's home. :)
Friday, October 8, 2010
This past week our family took a time out from our normal day to day routine and spent some time with my family up in PA. The plane rides were a little more adventurous this time as Reese is more active and dislikes remaining still for long periods of time! :) Thankfully, though, she slept for half of the flights going up and we kept her "busy" for the other half by feeding her puffs. :) She's an awesome baby! :)
I love fall. And I especially love fall up north. There's nothing like a nice 60 degree day with falling red, yellow and orange leaves! So I really enjoyed the trip up last week. Mom, Dad and I were able to get outside and walk one morning and it was lovely! We also had to pull out the jackets in the evening and early morning. I absolutely loved it!! :)
While we were there this past week, we were blessed to be able to participate in Vision Walk 2010 in Pittsburgh, PA. Most of you are aware of my niece, Finley and her situation (If you're not, then please go to www.finleyfighters.com to read about her story). Well, Vision Walk occurs once every year and it is a fundraiser to raise awareness of eye disease and blindness. This year my sister-in-law and brother worked really hard at getting Finley's story heard and raising money for this organization (Foundation Fighting Blindness) - they ended up raising over $10,000 and I think we had the biggest team at the walk. It was awesome!! Finley's Fighters even won the t-shirt contest (with a little help from Finley)!! :)
This trip was also special because my brother and sister-in-law were able to meet Reese for the first time. Reese seemed to really like her cousin, Finley! :) She always wanted to play with her - or play with the toy Finley had. :) We spent some time celebrating Aunt Betty's birthday as well and of course, enjoyed a Sunday full of football! :) All in all, it was a great trip and I'm so thankful that we were able to spend this time with my family!
I love my family!! :)
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
About a month ago, Frank and I made a really big decision. We decided that at the end of my school's summer camp I would resign and become a full time, stay at home mom.
This decision brought a few different emotions along with it - some good, some not so good. We were a little hesitant to make this decision. It meant we were going to have to make some changes - none really major, but we had gotten used to living a certain way and now knew that this was going to have to change. Plus, I must admit, a little bit of fear with the thought of voluntarily giving up a regular paycheck. But . . . .
Frank and I had discussed early on in our marriage that if the Lord ever blessed us with children that we would make every effort possible to keep me home with them. So this might mean not eating out as often as we usually do or not buying the newest electronic trend (cough. cough. Frank.) or not buying a shirt at Target just because it's cute (cough. cough. Teen.). And that's okay. Because the payoff far outweighs anything else! :)
I know not everyone is able to do this. I understand that and appreciate it. I also know there are some wonderful places out there that love and take care of the children of those parents who aren't able to stay home. But for us, this is what I'm meant to do. I want to be the first face my baby sees when she wakes up. I want to be the one holding her when she's fussy. I want to play with her on the floor, watch her spit her food out at lunch time, roll around the floor, babble like she's got so much to tell, laugh at absolutely nothing and just be there for her. Our little girl is an absolute joy to both Frank and I - we are so thankful that the Lord is allowing us to do this at this time. I would love to be able to stay home for as long as possible - but for now I am enjoying the time I'm given with my baby. :) What is my prevailing emotion now? Happiness!! :)
"You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth."
Deuteronomy 11: 19 - 21
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Here are two short videos of Reese in the swimming pool for the first time and of her talking to herself in her
mirror (which doesn't have the best lighting, but it's her talking that's so much fun to hear!!). :) Enjoy!! (Sorry about the quality of the videos - I will work on making them better!)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
So . . . . . what has transpired in the last few months since I've last posted? Quite a bit. I have a ton of pictures to share with you throughout this blog, so if you don't care to see them all, I would suggest skipping this blog. :) Seriously, there are a lot of pictures - I hope you enjoy them all!! :)
This first set of pictures covers Frank's brother's, Mike, visit to the states in May (it was the very first time I met him since Frank and I have been together - it was great to have all of his family together for the first time in 7 years!!) and Mother's Day. Enjoy!
This next set of pictures covers our trip up to PA to visit my family. As most of you know, my mom had a bad bout with pneumonia earlier this year. Thankfully, she seems to be on the mend! These pictures cover our trip up there to visit Mom - it also marked Reese's first time on an airplane. She did great!! We were a little concerned about how she would do, but she was a trooper! I honestly believe we have the best baby in the world!! :) Anyway, going home always makes me long to be up there again. It's hard to be so far away from my family, but I am working on trusting God's perfect plan!! :)
This last set of pictures cover just some here and there moments in the past month or so. Reese is growing by leaps and bounds!! She's moving around without crawling (she's so advanced - :) ), teething like crazy and giggling up a storm!! Hard to believe that Reese will be 6 months old in 2 weeks!! Our baby is growing so quickly!! We are loving every moment! :)
So that's what's been happening in the last couple of months!! I will try to get better with updating the blog! Thanks for sticking around for all of the pictures! :)
Sunday, April 18, 2010
It seems that since going back to work I have forgotten all about blogging. :) I am so sorry that it's been so long in between posts. I will do my best not to let that happen again! A LOT has occurred within the past month and a half. I will try to keep this post as short winded as possible! :) Here goes . . . .
So going back to work has been quite the adjustment. It is definitely not where my heart is, but I am doing my best to look on the positive side of this situation. I am trusting that one day the Lord will allow me to stay home with my baby - until then, I must make the most of this situation and just appreciate every moment I have with Reese. :) I work at a great place, though, and they have been very understanding about my struggles with working. :) We (Frank and I) are seeking the Lord about the right time for me to stay home for good. We want to be responsible with where the Lord has placed us and with everything that He's given us. Please join us in praying for discernment and wisdom. Thank you! :)
In the last month we have celebrated Reese's first St. Patrick's Day, first Easter, her 100th day birthday, her first train ride, her first trip to the zoo and her dedication at church. It has been a very eventful last month and a half. I have lots of pictures and will be inserting them here and there throughout the post. I hope it's not too many! :)
Reese is now almost 4 months old (so hard to believe!!), has rolled over, is laughing and talks (coos) a lot!! :) She is such a happy, sweet little girl!! We are enjoying every moment we get with her! Reese has also upgraded to sleeping in the crib now and for the past 3 nights has slept all the way through the night (from 9 until 8:30)!! We are very thankful! :)
This morning was a special time for us at church. We were able to stand before our congregation and commit to raise her by His word and in His way. It is very humbling to know that we have been entrusted with such a gift!:)
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
Deuteronomy 6: 5 - 9
This is our prayer as we continue along this journey! We also have a couple of decisions to make in the upcoming future in addition to the decision of when I should stay home for good. Please join us in praying that we will make the best decisions and more importantly that we will follow the Lord's will for our family (even if it doesn't make sense to us!)! :) Thank you so much! Until next time (which will hopefully not be quite so far away!) . . .
Sunday, February 28, 2010
One of the things I love most about being married is learning about, celebrating and appreciating the traditions, heritage, and culture that my husband brings into our lives. February 14th was not only Valentine's Day this year, but it was also Chinese New Year. So we bundled up Reese and drove down to Frank's family's house to celebrate. His mom made a wonderful, yummy dinner and then each of us were given our own bowl of dumplings. Inside some of these dumplings were dimes. What is the purpose of these dimes you ask? Well, according to Chinese tradition, whoever gets the most dimes is supposed to have the most luck in the upcoming year. Yeah, I got zero dimes. I guess it's a good thing I don't believe in luck or superstition. Guess who got the most dimes? Frank and Jake. :) It's always a fun time, though, and I love being a part of this tradition and cultural celebration!! Below are a few pictures from Chinese New Year along with pictures from Valentine's Day. Oh and some random shots from when one of our good friends came over to play video games with us. I had just purchased the game Just Dance for the Wii and was anxious to try it out. Both he and Frank were good sports. Since then we've challenged this friend again (he beat me twice this first time - you know there had to be a rematch!) plus his brother and his brother's fiancee. :) This game is FUN!! :)
An incident occurred this past week that really got me to thinking about the blessings in my life and how thankful I am for my family. I love my family. Truly, wholeheartedly and without reservation. The Lord has blessed us - without question. It also got me to thinking about how I view God's goodness. Is He good just when things are going my way or is He good even when I don't understand what He's doing? Now, I'm not saying that it's easy to believe in God's goodness in the midst of heartache, loss, trial, etc. It's extremely hard - but I've come to realize that either I believe He's good or I don't. He can't be either/or. He's one or the other. And since I believe what Scripture tells me, then He must be good. All the time. Even when things are crumbling underneath me and I can't see a way out. Thankfully, my circumstances do not determine God's goodness. Crappy things happen. This was seen in what happened in one of my Facebook friends' lives this week. They lost someone very precious to them. Someonethat I could never imagine losing. Is it fair? Of course not. Is it easy? No way. But are they continuing to trust in God's goodness through all of this? Yes. And I hope and pray that when something/someone precious to me is gone that I will respond in likewise fashion. God is good - all of the time. This once again brings me back to thanking God for His gifts in my life. Not just my daughter and husband, but also my parents, my husband's parents, my siblings, their families and our friends. We are truly, truly blessed.
Okay, so I know I kinda rambled there for a little bit and I thank you for allowing me to do so. :)
I have been enjoying these last couple of months and being home with our daughter. Tomorrow, sadly, I must return to work. I am thankful for my job and for the way God has provided for our daughter to be watched by my sister and a friend. However, I am still sad to be leaving her. I have enjoyed our time together and am not looking forward to leaving her. Please join with us in prayer that it would work out for me to be able to stay at home with Reese once this school year is complete. Thank you! :)
Before I end this post, I just wanted to give a real quick update on our adoption process. I realized recently that I hadn't mentioned it in a while so here goes. :) We were able to get our home study updated and have everything current again. Unfortunately, we have been put on hold due to Reese's birth. So until she turns 1, our profile will no longer be shown to the birth moms. That's okay with us, though. We would not mind a 2 year age gap between our children. We did receive encouraging news from our contact in CT, though, that before we had been put on hold our profile had actually been considered twice. We were glad to hear that!! Our contact said that this is normal and that it is very encouraging since most couples from 2006 have not been considered at all and are still waiting for that to happen. So we will continue along and come December we will once again become active on the list. :) That's it for now. :)
Please enjoy these last few pictures celebrating Reese's 2 month birthday! :) Until next time!!
First time going to church!
Hanging out with Daddy
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I learned something new and interesting about the Chinese culture this past week. When a child is born it is tradition to celebrate their one month "birthday" and their 100 day "birthday". So this past Saturday, Frank, Reese and I traveled to St. Augustine to visit Frank's family and celebrate her one month "birthday". His mom made us a very yummy dinner and then we sang happy birthday to Reese and blew out a candle (Sadly, Reese did not get to eat her own cake).:) Please enjoy the pictures below of our fun time with the family!
Getting Ready To Go
Reese with Grandma Ting & her Cousins
Cousin Jake with Reese
Cousin Jimmy with Reese
Daddy with the "birthday girl"!
Aunt Nancy and the boys
Blowing out the candle
Our one month old :)
Sunday, January 3, 2010
It was Saturday morning, December 26th. The day started off just like any other day - Frank and I both slept in, my parents went over to visit with my sister and her family and we got set to do some errands around the house. Throughout the morning, I would get an occasional contraction every now and then (about 1 every 2 hours), but didn't think too much of it. I mentioned it to my mom when she and my dad came back over and she said just to keep timing them. Well, once I started timing them, they of course slowed down. :) So I went along with my day, Frank continued working on stuff outside and it was just another day. Then towards the evening time the pain came back. Only it was slightly different from the contractions that I had been feeling earlier. It was more like strong pelvic pressure (which I had dealt with before, on and off throughout the last month or so of my pregnancy) so again, I didn't think too much of it. As the evening wore on, though, the pain continued to come fairly regularly and my mom suggested that I go ahead and call my doctor. I did and she said to go ahead and come to the hospital so that they could check me out. So Frank and I traveled in one car and Mom and Dad followed in theirs (just in case). We got to the hospital, got set up in a room, and waited for the doctor to come in and see what was going on. Well, it turned out that I still hadn't dilated any more than what I had at my last appointment so they sent me home. The doctor said that it was probably some prelabor pains, the baby was probably just repositioning herself and that it could last for a while. With that lovely thought in mind, I asked if there was anything I could do to help relieve the pain/pressure. She said not really, although some women find that a warm bath might help. So off we went, back home. We did not arrive back home until about 11:30 - due to a late Taco Bell run - and by then the pain had grown increasingly worse. I went straight to the couch to lay down and hoped that I would be able to sleep. I did doze off every now and then and finally got up to go to the bedroom. I think the doctor got a little sick of me, though, because I called her about 3 times during the night asking different questions. :) Suffice it to say, I did not sleep much that night and unfortunately, neither did Frank. He was such a trooper, though, and tried so hard to be a comfort. I ended up falling asleep between pains and also ended up taking about 3 or 4 warm baths during the night (which DID NOT relieve any of the pain). Then came 7:00 a.m. At this point the pain was worse than ever and was occurring every 5 minutes. Literally. I could honestly watch the clock and know with a certainty when the pain was going to come back. Now, I know that most people would think, hey, maybe I'm in labor. Not me - oh no. I just kept thinking that this pain was unlike anything I'd experienced before, but that it was just strong pelvic pressure. And thanks to what the doctor kept telling me, nothing else crossed my mind. So I determined to persevere. :) By about 10:30, though, I was done persevering. :) I got on the phone again (didn't care what my doctor thought of me at this point - and to be fair, it wasn't my doctor I kept talking with - this was the backup doctor. My doctor was, unfortunately, out of town due to the holidays) and called. She told me that she still thought this was the baby repositioning herself, but that I could go ahead and come back to the hospital. So I did. :) Upon arriving at the hospital I slowly made my way up to the labor and delivery area. Once again, I got hooked up to the monitors and waited for the doctor to come in to check me. When I first arrived in the room the nurse asked if I was feeling the pain at the moment, I said yes and she touched my stomach. She goes, "Oh yes, that's a contraction." I thought, great. I've been having them every 5 minutes since 7 a.m. - have I missed my opportunity for an epidural? (Yes, friends, this was VERY important to me. ) :) Anyway, back to the story. The doctor comes in (not the one I had seen the night before), checks me and says, "You are 6 CM. We're going to admit you." I say, "I want an epidural, please." :) The nurse tells me that she will go ahead and get that set up, but they do have to run a bag and a half of saline (I think that's what they put through the IV) through me first. I say, let's get the show on the road. :) Anyway, they get me hooked up, rolled up to the labor floor and into my room. At this point, my parents and sister had arrived (they had been at church) and thankfully, so did my epidural. :) Once that was placed in me, I was good. :) Seriously, I love that stuff. :) Then it was just a waiting game. A friend from church showed up to wait with us along with a co-worker of mine and her husband. Towards the end of the day Frank's family showed up as well (although I did not know this as I was pushing during that time). I pushed for about 2 hours and then little Miss Reese arrived. It was wonderful! I can't even begin to describe the feeling that came over me at that moment. They laid her on my stomach/chest and it was truly love at first sight. I was crying, Frank was crying . . . :) This little girl is truly a blessing in our lives. One we didn't expect to receive, but one in which we will forever be thankful for having. :) Now we begin the adventure of raising her in a way that truly honors the Lord. :) Please enjoy the pictures below (there are quite a few, so please be patient!)!! :)
Side note: Frank did great as being a supportive partner in all of this! He learned to read when I was having a contraction (I would grow very quiet, clinch my fist and raise my pointer finger in the air - if we were having a conversation) and he was in the room the whole time! He even decided to watch the main event. I am truly blessed with this husband of mine. :)