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… and then there was you

The sweetest, most beautiful mohawk haired little girl I had ever seen.

I would describe giving birth as a total out of body experience. I felt as if I was at a live taping of “A Baby Story” watching this life come out of someone else. I can’t even really put into words the things that went through my mind as I watched her emerge.
One thing though that I found interesting was that she felt kind of like a stranger to me. Yes, yes, I instantly loved her, but for me it took a few minutes to wrap my mind around the fact that this baby was the same baby that had just been inside of me only moments ago.
It’s quite a phenomenon.
I had felt such a bond to the baby within me, the one rolling around, kicking and poking me, but who was this baby?
After a few minutes of checking her over, holding her body against mine, and kissing her little mouth over and over again, the bond quickly became unbreakable.
She was mine.
knew this girl.
This was my girl.
The events of that glorious day were recorded by Trey in a little spiral notebook that I keep close to my heart. Aunt Megan and Aunt Jess also contributed when Daddy couldn’t.
There’s another notebook that is close to my heart that I am ashamed to say I haven’t yet finished reading. Trey started a journal of love letters to me. He wrote in it almost everyday from the day I was 100 days pregnant until the day Lael was born. He gave it to me in the hospital.
Our couple of days in the hospital were a blur to say the least, but I surprisingly remember a good bit of that beautiful chaos. I couldn’t sleep. Every time I would fall asleep I would start dreaming about my newborn bundle, and would quickly wake up and want to see her little face again.
Do you remember how you felt as a child the morning of Christmas when all of your new toys were about to be revealed?
That’s how I felt every time I woke up from any amount of sleep.
I remember calling the nursery and saying, “Hi, can you bring me my baby? K, thanks.” HA! I had a baby! What?!!
I’ll never forget our car ride home.
The hospital is pretty close to our house, so the trip was short and sweet. There was that unspoken tension in the car where I knew that Trey knew that I was watching every turn, every tap of the brakes, and every increase in mph that he made. Of course, there would be no acknowledgement that he was totally aware that I was watching him like a hawk from the back seat of that car, but oh, he knew. 🙂
As we safely traveled down the road toward home the Christmas radio station we had tuned into was playing one of Amy Grant’s classics. Oh, ya’ll.
Post-birth, hormonal momma + nostalgic, Christmas Amy =
blubbering, red faced fool
But for real, my emotions just came full circle as I sat there watching our daughter in her car seat as we made our way home to be a family of 3. The Lord had been good to us. He had given us more than we ever deserved. She was here. She made it here safely, and she was ours. For keeps.
So, here we are a year later celebrating 12 months of new experiences, up and downs, trials and errors, crying, laughing, smiles, baths, bottles, diapers, spit up, laundry, naps, playing, diapers… oh wait, I already said diapers, hugs, and too many kisses to count.
This birthday holds many emotions for me as her mother. I actually woke up this morning with the strangest realization that I have never celebrated my child’s birthday… well, other than the actualbirth day. I think I’m gonna like this. Much more exciting than celebrating(??) the fact that I’m a whole year older!
Lael’s first birthday is a little bittersweet in the sense that a chapter has been closed. No longer is she my fragile infant that I can cradle in my arms. She is becoming a little girl. While I’m a bit sad to end one chapter, I am overjoyed to enter into the next. Her sweet, playful and tender spirit continues to expose itself on a daily basis, and we can’t wait to see more of her personality unravel itself. So, as we say goodbye to the old, we welcome all things new!
Lael, you are our angel. The Lord gave your Daddy and me a priceless gift in you. You are the embodiment of joy, and we thank God daily for the life that He alone breathed into you. We pray that you will know and love Jesus, and call Him yours early in your life.
Happy first birthday, my love.
By forthischildiprayed November 17, 2010 Off

a little raggedy

Couldn’t resist dressing up my little doll as a doll. I must say, she played the roll quite well.

Now and then. With the same little Raggedy Ann doll in tow. It’s a good thing Raggedy is supposed to be raggedy.
My mom made my costume, of course. ‘Cause she’s good like that.
And because she didn’t have google to search the entire world wide web for the perfect ensemble. Yeah, that kinda limits a girl.
I wish I could say that I got crafty and made Lael’s, but alas, it’s just too darn tempting to buy the one online that comes with all the bells and whistles.
Gotta love the red electrical tape my mom used for my stripes. Pretty ingenious.
Julianne, the giraffe, joined us and looked adorable, as always.
Link up your Halloween pictures!
How it works:
* Post your favorite Halloween picture(s) in a new post on your own blog. You don’t have to have a fancy camera or editing software to play along. It can be of anyone or anything that is related toHalloween. Of course, costumes are encouraged! It can be old or recent.
Copy and paste my button with the link back to ForThisChildiPrayed.net somewhere within your post. (Simply copy the HTML in the scrolly box and place it in the “edit HTML” part of your blogger post.)
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By forthischildiprayed November 1, 2010 Off

you’ve got a friend

These girls were all born within 3 days of each other. Sweet, sugary, lovely little girls. Apparently something was in the water in Greenville during February of 2009.

Left to right: Lillian, Lael, Julianne, Ava
We stuck lil’ Emma Kate on the end to top off the preshness.
Jack and Jo-Jo are quite the stud muffins.
Lael and Hailey show off their sweet chub.
All the while making it evident that they are really unsure about what is going on right now.
Stephen and John give Lael lessons on how to work the camera. Yes, these energetic sweeties sat still while those beautiful eyes burned a hole in my lens. Love ’em.
By forthischildiprayed October 29, 2010 Off

a photo of fall

Tryin’ somethin’ new ’round here. Would love for you to join in the fun! I am hosting…

…for those of you who are like me and are, well, a little too snappy happy.

How it works:
-Copy and paste my button with the link back to ForThisChildiPrayed.net at the beginning of your post. (Simply copy the HTML in the scrolly box and place it in the “edit HTML” part of your blogger post.)
If you have questions or need help just leave a comment and I will try my best to assist you.
-Post your favorite fall themed picture in a new post on your own blog. You don’t have to have a fancy camera or editing software to enter. It can be of anyone or anything that is related to fall. It can be old or recent.
-Link up below and a thumbnail of your picture will show up so that everyone else can see it and click on it! Please link up your individual post–not your entire blog.
-We will randomly choose a winner, and if you win you’ll receive a $5 Target gift card! (Yes, yes, I know it’s only $5, but hey, if you win you’ll be $5 richer than you were before, right?!)
I’m looking forward to seeing what all of you other photo fanatics have been up to!
Here’s my picture. Didn’t include it in the post with the others. Thought you might get a kick out of it. I kinda did. 🙂
I like to call it:
“Done and DONE”
Done with the hat,
done with the camera,
done with the grass,
and done with the pumpkins.
Done.
You have from now until Sunday at midnight(eastern time) to enter! I will announce the winner on Monday!
This linky list is now closed.
By forthischildiprayed October 20, 2010 Off

Eleven months

As we approach the one year mark {insert statement, “she’s growing way too fast”}, I have begun to think more and more about Lael’s future and the little girl, young lady, and woman she will become. I try not to ponder on this too long because it’s really difficult for me to imagine very far into the great unknown. When I was pregnant with her I could barely imagine giving birth to her, much less seeing her as a one month old, and much less seeing her at ELEVEN months. But here we are.
 
We have been specifically praying that Lael would have a soft heart. A soft heart towards her parents’ guidance and discipline, and above all, a soft heart towards her Creator. As we pray for God’s leading in raising our daughter, I can’t help but recall this verse:
 
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6
 
Can I be honest for a minute? Good. I’m glad. 🙂
 
There aren’t many things more humbling than praying for your own child.
 
As I pray for Lael to possess the fruits of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control), it kind of comes full circle. More than anything I need Him to change me, to soften my heart, to instill in me the fruits of the spirit, and to give me wisdom so that I can be an appropriate model for my daughter.
 
I realize that I will fail miserably. Probably on a daily basis. That is a very blunt and honest statement, I admitbut it’s true. I will mess up.
But…
and thank God for the but
 
I have a Savior who has already covered me. He alone will be the one to capture her heart and bring her to Himself. He alone carries her future, and He alone will be the one to cover everything that I cannot.
 
And so as I pray for my precious daughter, I pray for myself. Oh, that God would work in me and through me. Oh, that He would grant me grace, and oh, that He would grant me mercy.
By forthischildiprayed October 18, 2010 Off

The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

With one glance, can you guess where this image came from?

Father of the Bride. Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, George Newbern, and Martin Short. I can not tell you how many times in my life I have watched this movie. I can probably quote the entire thing. This was the movie I based my wedding dreams on. This was the movie that I believed a wedding was supposed to be like.
My poor, poor parents.
Megan and I both did our Daddy/daughter dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra because of this movie.
When Trey and I became engaged he was clueless about all things wedding, and everything that comes with planning one. I demanded that he watch our beloved flick, and then…
he understood. He caught on real quick. I was proud.
Last Saturday my sister got the wedding of her dreams. And most importantly, she married the man of her dreams. By the way, she was gorgeous. Absolutely stunning.
There was a lot of love last weekend, people. Contagious, and almost exhausting. Wait. It was exhausting. Wonderfully exhausting.
Weddings are like a cold glass of ice tea (sweetened with Splenda, of course. Yes, I know it’s not good for you, but I like it.) on a hot summer’s day.
They are refreshing. They challenge me to take a step back and look at my own marriage, how I treat my husband, and the kind of wife that I am currently. Am I giving him the respect that I am called to give him? Am I patient with him? Am I thinking of serving him before I think about serving myself? Am I quick to forgive?
A lot of times the answer to these questions is “no”. Sigh. But, like I said, that’s what I like about weddings. Gives you time to really reflect on these things. You listen, pray, and with God’s (and only God’s) help you make changes. So thankful for His Grace. So very thankful.
Have you ever smelled a whiff of an old perfume you used to wear and it almost takes you back to the day you were wearing it and what you were doing? Oh, you know what I’m talkin’ ’bout. Men’s cologne is the same way. There are guys I went to high school with who will forever be pegged as Coolwater, Polo, Calvin Klein, etc.
Weddings kind of have this effect. They take you back to the day when you were making those vows. They serve as a sweet reminder of the love that you share with your one and only.
Bryan and Megan are a testament to God’s faithfulness, and the power of prayer. Both sets of parents have been praying since day 1 for their child’s spouse, and on Saturday we witnessed first hand how God has blessed many people through the union of two of His children.
By forthischildiprayed July 16, 2010 Off

A Chicken Little Recipe

Chicken Little.

If you hang around our house long enough you will hear us call someone or some animal “Chicken Little”.

I call Benson “Chicken Little” and he knows that that’s what K-K calls him. He’ll tell you. It’s so funny to me that he calls Lael that now.
Jess had a picture out of Lael when she was tee tiny, and little 2 and a half year old Benson said,
“Hey, Mama. Is that baby Megan Lael?”
She said, “Yes, Benson, it is!”
He said, “Awwww. The lil’ chicken.”
I kid you not.
“Chicken Little”, “Little Chicken”, or just plain ‘ole “Chicken” will do. Don’t ask me to explain why we say it. When Lael was in utero we called her the “Kickin’ Chicken”, and lately “Sweet and Sour Chicken” would describe her pretty well. Her mood can shift like the wind.
Of course, when I had gone past my due date it was too perfect not to exclaim,
“This little chicken is fully cooked! She needs to come out of the oven!”
Yes, it’s a knee slapper, I know.
Corny, corny. I can’t help it though. I come from a family full of corny people, but hey, we laugh a lot!
Speaking of, does anyone remember the Chicken Little sandwich that KFC used to sell? Please tell me I’m not the only 80’s child out there who indulged in these little morsels of heaven. My mom used to occasionally drive through and buy one for me as a snack. Real healthy. Oh, but I loved them. It was a small chicken patty with mayonnaise on a small roll just perfect for little ‘ole me. They sold for 39 cents a pop.
Anywho, in honor of my beloved “Chicken Little” phrase, I wanted to share with you a baby food recipe that has become one of Lael’s faves.
It consists of:
1 cooked chicken breast
1 cooked sweet potato
and as much unsweetened applesauce as you please!
I would suggest cooking your sweet potato with a tablespoon of unsalted butter to add a little fat.
Cut the chicken breast and sweet potato into chunks, and then puree them and the applesauce together. Make sure to puree until you can only see tiny shreds of the chicken (chicken littles, if you will. heehee). You don’t want any big pieces of chicken quite yet if this is your baby’s first time eating meat. This is a great recipe for anyone who has already introduced their baby to the basic fruits and veggies. It gives your baby a variety of nutrients in one serving! Try it for yourself! You will find that it is delish!
By forthischildiprayed July 2, 2010 Off

I’m Just Gonna Be Honest

I DON’T COUPON.
I can almost hear the gasps coming through the world wide web!
And I can see you giving me the stink-eye through the computer screen.
Coupons stress me out. Period.
And I generally try to avoid things that stress me out.
It’s the latest craze, and if you coupon, I really do stand in awe of you. It takes a lot of hard work, research, dedication, and gumption to keep track of which stores are having sales, cut coupons, organize those coupons, remember to actually take those coupons with you to the store (my personal pit fall), and then remember to get them out of your purse (another pit fall).
But you probably have a notebook, box or special folder that you keep them in. 🙂 Am I right?
I saw a couple in Publix not too long ago shopping together. Grocery shopping is not something that Trey and I do together. And I’m okay with that. I’m in charge of food and always have been. I’m pretty sure the last time he went with me he strolled through the isles in a BlackBerrry daze. Emailing, texting, BlackBerry messaging, and possibly a little Pac-man. Bless his heart.
Back to the couponing couple. They were walking through each isle and stopping in almost every section of those isles to look through their clear, pocketed paged, uber-organized coupon notebook to see if they had a coupon for the particular item they were looking at.
Wow. Now that is some dedication to saving money.
Me, I would rather just pay the extra 50 cents.
I’m all about getting in and out of that store. You never know how long the baby girl is gonna last.
Plus, a lot of the coupons that I see are for stuff that I just don’t want! I have specific stuff that I want and I don’t veer away from it. I want Skippy Natural, so I don’t want the coupon for reduced fat JIF. And I don’t want to buy two whole jugs of laundry detergent so that I can get the third one 50% off.
I’m aware that many of you reading this love you some coupons. Heck, I love some coupons, too. Who doesn’t like free money? But I don’t like the work. Anyone wanna cut some out for me and send ’em my way? 🙂 Oh, and for stuff I want? K, thanks.
Now, if you’re thinking, “You don’t even use the 20% off Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons??!”
The answer to that is a resounding yes. I love those coupons. They are big and you can’t lose them. I keep them in my purse and always have one on hand when I visit that store.
And yes, I use the great 20% off ones that Babies R Us sends out in the mail. Any kind of coupon that is a percentage off the entire purchase–I can handle that.
No, I don’t “coupon”, but… (this is the part where I get to the point)
sometimes I find out about a really great deal on something and I jump on it like white on rice. A friend of mine told me about Target diapers, and I want to let you in on the little secret if you don’t already know.
They are great!!
Here’s the breakdown:
You can buy 96 Pampers Baby Dry diapers for $19.99
You can buy 84 Pampers Swaddlers for $19.99
You can buy 100 Huggies diapers for $19.79
or…
You can buy 96 Target brand diapers (Up & Up) for 13.69!!
They are super soft and super absorbent! This is a significant savings that I can get excited about. And my friends, I’m excited.
By forthischildiprayed June 26, 2010 Off

I’m just gonna be honest

I DON’T COUPON.
I can almost hear the gasps coming through the world wide web!
And I can see you giving me the stink-eye through the computer screen.
Coupons stress me out. Period.
And I generally try to avoid things that stress me out.
It’s the latest craze, and if you coupon, I really do stand in awe of you. It takes a lot of hard work, research, dedication, and gumption to keep track of which stores are having sales, cut coupons, organize those coupons, remember to actually take those coupons with you to the store (my personal pit fall), and then remember to get them out of your purse (another pit fall).
But you probably have a notebook, box or special folder that you keep them in. 🙂 Am I right?
I saw a couple in Publix not too long ago shopping together. Grocery shopping is not something that Trey and I do together. And I’m okay with that. I’m in charge of food and always have been. I’m pretty sure the last time he went with me he strolled through the isles in a BlackBerrry daze. Emailing, texting, BlackBerry messaging, and possibly a little Pac-man. Bless his heart.
Back to the couponing couple. They were walking through each isle and stopping in almost every section of those isles to look through their clear, pocketed paged, uber-organized coupon notebook to see if they had a coupon for the particular item they were looking at.
Wow. Now that is some dedication to saving money.
Me, I would rather just pay the extra 50 cents.
I’m all about getting in and out of that store. You never know how long the baby girl is gonna last.
Plus, a lot of the coupons that I see are for stuff that I just don’t want! I have specific stuff that I want and I don’t veer away from it. I want Skippy Natural, so I don’t want the coupon for reduced fat JIF. And I don’t want to buy two whole jugs of laundry detergent so that I can get the third one 50% off.
I’m aware that many of you reading this love you some coupons. Heck, I love some coupons, too. Who doesn’t like free money? But I don’t like the work. Anyone wanna cut some out for me and send ’em my way? 🙂 Oh, and for stuff I want? K, thanks.
Now, if you’re thinking, “You don’t even use the 20% off Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons??!”
The answer to that is a resounding yes. I love those coupons. They are big and you can’t lose them. I keep them in my purse and always have one on hand when I visit that store.
And yes, I use the great 20% off ones that Babies R Us sends out in the mail. Any kind of coupon that is a percentage off the entire purchase–I can handle that.
No, I don’t “coupon”, but… (this is the part where I get to the point)
sometimes I find out about a really great deal on something and I jump on it like white on rice. A friend of mine told me about Target diapers, and I want to let you in on the little secret if you don’t already know.
They are great!!
Here’s the breakdown:
You can buy 96 Pampers Baby Dry diapers for $19.99
You can buy 84 Pampers Swaddlers for $19.99
You can buy 100 Huggies diapers for $19.79
or…
You can buy 96 Target brand diapers (Up & Up) for 13.69!!
They are super soft and super absorbent! This is a significant savings that I can get excited about. And my friends, I’m excited.
And one more thing.
Why is back-fat and cellulite so stinkin’ cute on a baby?
By forthischildiprayed June 26, 2010 Off