Monday, February 23, 2015

It's Been A Year

So much has changed since last January when I posted.

On May 10, 2014, we welcomed a new little boy into our tribe.  Bodie James was born at 5:42 p.m., just 42 minutes after the doctor broke my water.  He was born into the world peeing and screaming. Hopefully he will keep that attitude and run with it for the rest of his life.
Olaf for Halloween
We are still raising funds for the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia which will take place in Cherry Hill, NJ on May 2, 2015.  If you would like to join Darby's team or make a monetary donation (no amount is too small) the link is: Darby's Team .  We are also gathering donations from companies and individuals for the raffle the walkers' participate in on the day of the walk.  Please let me know if you would like to contribute.  We've already got a bunch of great prizes - scrapbooking prizes, reading prizes (thank you to Suzanne Woods Fisher and Heather Muzik for those!), kid prizes, food prizes. The raffle this year will be spectacular.  

Another project we've started in Darby's memory is to raise awareness and funds to place a Cuddle Cot in our local hospital, where Darby was born.   Here is a link to a local news article that ran last week.  Raising Awareness, Easing Grief .  We've also started a GOFUNDME campaign for this endeavor.  The link for that is:  Cuddle Cot from Darby.  This is all in connection with the US Cuddle Cot Campaign.  Please take a minute to read the article to learn more about the cuddle cot. 

Our oldest son will graduate from 8th grade this year.  Can you believe it?  Our oldest daughter has been asked to apply to the National Junior Honor Society this year.  It's amazing what she can do when she puts her mind to it. Sweetart is plugging along in the first grade, learning to read with gusto and her math facts are superb.  Now if she could just manage to take care of herself instead of all of the other kids in class, it'd be an A+ year.  

Hubs and I visited Mexico with friends in November to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.  It was beautiful.  
We swam with the sea turtles too!

It was really awesome!  

Will be posting more frequently so that the fundraisers for the Walk and the Cuddle Cot are updated! 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Letter

I am in the process (yes, it is a process for me) of sending out our annual Christmas cards.  I put my address book away after I did thank you cards for Darby Grace and I am unable to locate it - still.  I can only imagine that there is a reason for this (besides my desk is covered in a foot and a half of clutter.) 

Some of the Christmas cards we receive come complete with an updated briefing of what has gone on for a family in the past year.  Others, like ours, are just photos.  Others yet are simple holiday greetings reminding us of friends near and far. 

I always loved receiving the Christmas letters.  Of course, in today's technologically connected world, an old fashioned letter seems outdated.  Don't you think?  With all of the social media that we're constantly in tune with, we know the goings on of those around us.  At least we think we do. 

If I had to write a summary letter of our 2013, it would kind of go like this. 

Our 2013
Just like that, another year is almost over.  Seems almost as quickly as we started 2013, 2014 is looking us in the face. 
In 2013, we saw plenty of action in our family.  In the first month of the year, we witnessed the devastating destructiveness of fire as my sister and her family lost everything they owned when their house burned to the ground.  We witnessed the power of the social media and our family, friends and community as wave after wave of donations came in for their family.  We saw, with renewed eyes, how community bands together in times of trouble. 
In early winter, too, we had a few different foster puppies, including Holiday - the not so much Boxer mix.  Throughout the year, we've worked with a rescue group, Joe Joe's Place, to raise awareness and funds for animal rescue.  

We spent the winter and the spring gearing up for Jonah's playing baseball, Ella learning how to play tennis and Piper playing her first ever year of softball.   We also spent time gathering our Minnie Mouse themed clothes, blankets and other baby items for the addition of Darby Grace, who was due in early May.  
In 2013, we learned about placental abruption, stillbirth, pre-eclampsia and how to plan a funeral.  We said goodbye to our little girl, our kids' baby sister.  We again saw the strength of our family, friends and community with so many sending meals for our heartbroken family, making donations to our pre-eclampsia walk and sending donations to our church in little Darby's memory.   We witnessed, with humbleness, the doctors, dumbfounded by our loss explain how fragile pregnancy, life and death really are. 
Tim & I visited Disney World twice, once in the spring with our fabulous friends for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and once in the fall with our family to visit during the Halloween season.  We took our annual vacation to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in July.  We had a fabulous week and our annual family photo shoot with local photographers and friends, Kate and Daniel Pullen
Fall of 2013, had our littlest Piper entering kindergarten, Jonah and Ella are both in the our town's middle school.  It also brought travel fall ball for Jonah and the girls playing rec soccer.  It was a crazy schedule but the kids had a great time playing their sports.  We saw their improvement at each and every game and practice. We also learned in the fall that we're expecting another child in the spring. 
It seems that we'll have a busy spring, if we have all the kids playing sports again like they did in 2013.  I think we'll try to take it a little easier than we did this year though.  We'll sit back and try to enjoy and relax during this pregnancy.  Our newest addition, another son, has an estimated arrival window in May, 2014. 
 During this Christmas season and into the new year, our family wishes you health, happiness, love and knowing God's grace.