Tuesday, December 23, 2008

'Tis the Season

Our little family has been quite busy this Christmas season. Make sure to scroll down our entire blog because we added several posts at once this time! We finished up school with parties and performances. Carter did so well in his first school Christmas performance and we were so proud of him. We had check ups for baby Tilly and we are so thankful that she is doing well. Summer had her second ear infection, but is doing really well after a round of anti-biotic! We celebrated Mommy's birthday. We went Christmas shopping, decorated our home for Christmas, mailed out our Christmas letter and photo, put together a gingerbread house, rode the pink pig, drove around to look at Christmas lights, and now we are enjoying time at home as we prepare to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus! Below are some pictures of our family during this special holiday season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The children in their new Christmas outfits from Gigi & Papa

Carter gettin' ready for the deer woods!
Our 3 precious little ones! We are reminded of what a gift they are this hoilday season!

Sweet Summer

Summer is now 17 months old. She will go next month for a well check up and we are excited to see how much she has grown! She now has all of her baby teeth, save her two year molars. She is saying lots of words now, too. Summer also loves to sing and dance! This sweet girl is definitely our fearless one - she climbed out her crib again this month and we can no longer allow her to take naps in the pack and play because she won't stay in it! David and I were noticing this past weekend how well Carter and Summer play together. They truly enjoy each other's company and we are thankful for that! Here are some recent pictures of sweet Summer.

Summer with one of our favorite bed time books!

Summer and Carter driving the car at Home Depot!

Summer playing on Daddy and Mommy's bed!

Summer helping Carter put on his rain boots!

Tilly is Four Months Old

Tilly Brooke turned four months old on the 19th of this month! She weighs 13 pounds 10 ounces and is 26 1/2 inches long! Tilly drinks 5 ounces of formula every 3 hours during the day and she is sleeping 12 hours each night - Mommy and Daddy are thankful for this! More importantly than sleep though we are thankful she is healthy and growing! She continues to charm us with her even temperament and sweet smile! We love to listen to her laugh and coo! Not many sounds sweeter than that! Carter and Summer continue to shower their baby sister with love!

Big beautiful eyes
We finally have a thumb sucker!

Looking up at Carter

Sweet sweet Tilly!

Carter's Christmas Program at School

Every year at The Heiskell School, the pre-school does a Christmas program. This year, was Carter's debut! It was precious! Carter's class, the Builders, were the first ones to sing and they sang two songs! On Wednesday, the first of two performances, David was asked to pray at the start of the program. David prayed a sweet prayer and then went to stand in the back of the gym so as not to be openly seen by Carter (I was hiding in the stair well). Carter's class walked down the aisle and stood on the risers. The director of our school instructed the children to wave to their parents, so that the waving would not go on once the performance began. Carter pointed to the back of the gym where David was standing and shouted for all to hear, "That's my daddy over there!" It was too cute and made Daddy's day! Here are a few pictures from Carter's performance!

Dress Rehearsal

Looking around for Mommy and Daddy

Wednesday Performance

In his new Christmas outfit!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

O, Christmas Tree

Our family is really enjoying the Christmas season. Carter's class is participating in a Christmas program next week and it has been so very sweet to hear him talk about the baby Jesus. Summer is enthralled with the Christmas lights popping up all over the city. She points her finger and says Ooh WOW! Even little Tilly sat sweetly with Santa today at her school and had her picture made! Last night, the five of us went to get our Christmas tree! We waited longer than we planned because we fear Summer is going to climb to the top or tackle it; we are still waiting on one of these to happen! One of our favorite places to go is Home Depot. Carter and Summer love riding in the car there! Tilly does too; she just doesn't know it yet! After all, we are Tony Stewart fans at our house! Anyway, we loaded all three children into the car and set off to find the perfect tree! We did find the perfect tree, Frasier fur, 6-7 inches tall! It is sitting outside in a bucket of water. Now, we just have to make it pretty! Stay tuned for decorated pictures of our perfect tree! Until then, here are some pictures of our family going to get our tree this year!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Pink Pig

One thing I love about the hoildays is traditions! When I was a little girl, my mom took my sister and me to Lenox Mall to ride the pink pig during the holiday season. The pink pig has been around in Atlanta since 1953. Today, (thanks to my mom) I was able to pass along that tradition to my little ones, well two of them anyway. Tilly was too small to ride and I forgot my baby Bjorn to hold her! So, Carter, Summer, David, David's mom (Gigi), and I rode on the pink pig! It was so much fun! David's dad (Papa) sat with baby Tilly while we rode. This was not special because it was the grandest ride out there, but it is a tradition famous in Atlanta and special to my family. It was so neat for me to be able to experience the pink pig with my little ones! Thank you, T, for the ride and for instilling in me a love for traditions!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Grandparent's Day at The Heiskell School 2008

Carter's Teacher, Miss Page

Grandparent's Day Opening Ceremonies

Carter's Class at School

Singing a song about a scarecrow

Carter and Papa

Today is a special day in the life of our family. It is our very first Grandparent's Day celebration at school! I have been looking forward to this day since Carter began the school year! Carter's grandparents, Gigi and Papa, were able to share in this very special day with him. We are so thankful they were able to be here with Carter to celebrate Grandparent's Day.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!
Praise God the Father who's the source;
Praise God the Son who is the course;
Praise God the Spirit who's the flow;
Praise God, our portion here below. Amen.
Praise God for the work He is doing in the life of our little Tilly. Today, I spoke to our pediatric surgeon, Dr. Bussey. He updated me on the test results from her surgery. There was nothing abnormal in the tissue; it was just a yucky, old cyst! I know so many of you have been praying for this sweet, sweet baby and we are so grateful! She has been the BEST patient! If you didn't know better, you would not even know that this little one had surgery a week ago. She has continued to eat and sleep well and her little disposition has (if anything) become even sunnier! Today, we are celebrating her three month birthday! She has brought so much joy and laughter into our home. Carter and Summer simply adore her and are so very sweet to her. We are so thankful for Tilly. Please continue to lift up this sweet little one. She still has a small cyst (pea sized) inside her left ovary. Because this is her only ovary now, we want to take every precaution. David and I take her back to the doctor for a follow-up visit on December 1. We covet your prayers. We are praying for the health of this ovary and complete healing! David and I are confident that God has BIG plans for Tilly's life. We believe He is already using her story to bring Him glory!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Birthday Song

Carter loves to sing the birthday song. We sing it most everyday to somebody and sometimes to everybody we know! Today, we are actually celebrating some special birthdays. My niece, Zoie,turns 3 today! Happy Birthday Zoie! We hope you had a wonderful day and we pray that this year will bring you much joy! We love you very much! Today, is also Christine's birthday. Christine is the mid-wife who delivered Carter, Summer, and Tilly! She is very special to our family and we love her dearly! Christine, we hope you had lots of fun today and we hope this next year is one of your best yet! Here are some pictures of the birthday girls!


Christine with baby Summer.

Christine with baby Tilly.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tilly's Surgery

Tilly, had surgery this morning at Scottish Rite hospital to remove a cyst on her right ovary. Dr. Bussey, Dr. Davis, Nurse Corinne, and Nurse Lorie were all so very good to us throughout the procedure keeping us constantly updated. Tilly was taken back at 9:55 a.m. She was put under and Dr. Bussey began the surgical procedure about 10:40 a.m. He was back in our room by 11:15 a.m. to update David and me. The surgery was successful in that he was able to remove all of the cyst from her body. In the process, he did have to remove her right ovary and the fallopian tube because they were too far damaged to be repaired. We are thankful that she has two ovaries and are praying for the good health for the left one. The left ovary does have a small cyst (pea sized) inside of it, so it was not removed today. We will go back in 6 months for another ultrasound to check its progress. Tilly did remarkably well in recovery and was back in the room with us before noon. She has been a wonderful patient, so calm and not fussy. Mostly, she has been sleeping. Thank you to all of you who have been praying for our precious little one today. Please continue to pray for her recovery that she would have little pain and that there would be no infection. Pray that the cyst does not have any suspicious tissue as it is being tested. Pray that her left ovary would remain healthy and that the cyst currently there would resolve itself. We are so thankful for this precious girl. Words cannot even express how in awe of her I am. She was such a good patient today. Below are some pictures of this precious one.

Tilly's Surgery Updates

Tilly was taken back for surgery at 9:55 A.M. It is estimated that the surgery will take about 75 minutes. The OR nurse just phoned and said that Tilly is doing great and went to sleep just fine and that Dr. Bussey is beginning right now. Please pray for our little one.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Fall Festival 2008

One Nascar driver, one little angel, one pink leopard (thanks to Gigi), and two crazy, but adoring parents describes our party of five this October 31st! I left school as soon as I was able and gathered my little people. We met Daddy at Chick Fil A for a very early supper since the party did not begin until 5:00. There was no time to go home you see! We ate supper at Chick Fil A and then the fun began in the back of the car! I tried to capture the moments of David and me changing our three little ones into their Halloween costumes! It was a riot! Carter was climbing over seats, Summer was trying to see what Carter was doing and Tilly - well she was just one cool cat - or should I say leopard, a pink one! David and I were a mess of arms, legs, tights, shoes, and diapers! For Halloween this year, we took our children to the fall festival the church where David served in Marietta. It was wonderful to see our church family at SPBC and visit with old friends! As you know all good things must come to an end, or all tired children must go to bed, so we loaded our wee ones into the car and began our journey home. As you can see from the pictures, Summer did not even make it home before falling asleep. It was a very memorable evening. I am thankful for cameras to capture these sweet moments with our children!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Class Trip

Yesterday, my third grade class went on our very first field trip! We walked to the Governor's mansion and toured the campus. It was beautiful and we had so much fun. In one room, all of the fine china and crystal were laid out in preparation for a party or a dinner! My fellow teacher and friend, Mary Elizabeth, went with us and she and I were commenting on how much fun it would be to attend a such an event! Wishful thinking. . .

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Check ups

We took Summer and Tilly today for their well check-ups. Summer is growing like a weed! She weighs 26 pounds and is 34 1/2 inches tall! She has such a sweet personality, she loves to be held and to give kisses! Tilly weighs 11 pounds 9 ounces and is 23 inches tall! She is just the sweetest baby and her smiles just make our day! She is healthy and growing and for that we are so thankful! We take Tilly on November 12 for another ultrasound. We covet your prayers during this time. Please pray specifically and foremost that God would heal Tilly's body. Pray for clarity for the tech and the radiologist reading the ultrasound photos. Pray for Dr. Bussey, our pediatric surgeon, that he would have wisdom to make the right decision for our little one. Pray for Mommy and Daddy that we would have grace and strength for such a time as this. Pray for baby Tilly that she would grow up strong and healthy so that God can use her to impact His kingdom. We are so thankful for all three of our precious little ones. Here are a few recent photos for you to enjoy!
Mommy's helpers!

Hard at work!

Look at those sweet cheeks!

Larry, Moe, & Curly

This week has been crazy! David was in class for his doctoral work, so I was flying solo with the precious little ones! In an email to David's sister, I jokingly referred to them as Larry, Moe, & Curly! Carter is definitely Larry with his fun, curly hair! He has been so silly this week. The other night I was getting his toothbrush and toothpaste out and he said to me (very emphatically) "I don't wanna brush my teeth! I poopied in the potty todaaaaaaay!" Tilly would have to be Curly because she has NO hair! Summer would be Moe always thumping somebody on the head! We have had a crazy time getting through this week without Daddy! Thank goodness for the baby Bjorn, now if I only had go-go Gadget arms and legs. . .

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Tilly Brooke is Two Months Old

Time passes by so quickly when they are little! Two months ago today we welcomed baby Tilly Brooke into our family. In this short time, she has already brought so much joy into our home. In honor of her two month birthday, I am going to blog ten things I love about Tilly Brooke. This is a short list because there are so many things I love about this precious little one. She is such a sweet baby, so content and laid back! Thank you, God, for baby Tilly! We love her so much!

1. I love her name! It has so much special meaning in our family! I just love it!
2. I love her smile! She has this cute dimple on the left side of her mouth, it is precious!
3. I love that she snores when she is sleeping really soundly!
4. I love how Carter talks to her in a very sweet voice!
5. I love how Summer kisses her on the head when I am feeding her!
6. I love that she is sleeping all night!
7. I love watching David hold her and talk to her!
8. I love looking into her big blue eyes and watching her look at me!
9. I love how she snuggles up under my chin when I am holding her!
10. I love that God gave her to us!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Papa

Tomorrow, October 16th, is a special day for our family! We are celebrating David's dad's birthday! He is better known at our house as Papa. In honor of the birthday boy, we put together a slideshow of some favorite pictures of Papa with our family. Thank you for being a wonderful father to David and me and for being an awesome grandfather to Carter, Summer, and Tilly. Happy birthday! We hope your special day is full of all things that bring you joy! We love you and miss you!

Sunday, October 12, 2008


David's mom, aka Miss Cindy, better known at our house as Gigi came to spend this past week with us! She was such a HUGE help around the house and getting the children up and ready to go to school each morning. I'm not quite sure how we will make it this week without her help! We were able to do lots of fun things while she was here, but failed to take pictures of each event! I need to do better at taking pictures because the children change daily and I don't want to miss a thing! A few highlights from the week were yummy home cooked meals, cookies, singing lots of songs, reading lots of books, shopping, going to church, and going to the fall festival at the school where I teach and where Carter attends pre-school! Carter even got to go on his first pony ride! Also, David and I were able to go on a DATE! We went to see a movie for the first time in almost 3 years - I know sad, isn't it? Anyway, we went to see the movie Fireproof and it was awesome! We highly recommend it to any and everyone! It offers such a clear presentation of the gospel that if you have any friends who are lost and searching this might be a great way to open a door! The movie is also a great encouragement to those who are married or hoping to get married one day. Thank you, Gigi, for allowing us to spend some quality uninterrupted time together! This was truly a gift! We miss you already and we hope you will come back soon to visit! Here are a few pictures of Gigi with each of the children!