Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Madilyn’s Baptism

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My adorable niece, Madilyn Rose was baptized over the weekend.

 

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Her proud parents.

 

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Too much cuteness going on here!

 

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And don’t forget the newest cousin… sleeping baby Zach! He did great!

 

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Morgan and I are honored to be her God parents.

 

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Just baptized!

 

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Look at that gorgeous crocheted dress and bonnet!

 

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The special “Lamb” cake.

It was such a joy to make a trip to Orange County over the weekend for the baptism of my newest niece, Madilyn. She’s getting so big and she’s absolutely beautiful, too! Morgan and I look forward to encouraging her in her faith journey as she grows and starts a relationship with the Lord. 

May God bless you and keep you, sweet Madilyn!

Monday, October 20, 2014

To Overflowing

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That’s the Golden Gate Bridge. Faith said the card was from Zach, too.

 

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Grace sewed together this ‘nest’ for me. I loved the 3 eggs!

 

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Daddy and the girls made me breakfast.

 

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Roses from my love.

So, my birthday comes the day after our anniversary and I knew this year was going to be VERY low key. Just the way I like it. In fact, the night before, Zach had an awful bout with colic so I was up for much of the night and felt pretty exhausted by morning. I walked downstairs to three eager smiling faces, waiting to greet me with a warm breakfast, hot coffee, and sweet sweet homemade cards.

It was all I needed (or wanted) on my birthday. It was perfect. 

Around 8:30, I had planned to get in a little exercise when all of a sudden, the door bell rang…

Hmm, who could that be??

 

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SURPRISE!!!

Four of my closest girlfriends and all their kids were standing there with balloons, a cake, gifts and well-wishes. It was the sweetest thing! They sang “Happy Birthday” to me at the door and YES, I was TOTALLY SURPRISED!! Apparently, my hubby knew they were coming….also, apparently, he knows how to keep a secret.

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Never mind the makeup and clothes, I hadn’t even brushed my teeth yet! Lol!

 

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And what’s this??

Oh. My. Word.  

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My friends are just too much. In fact, there were no words.

I was so very humbled and overwhelmed by their love and effort. I love these girls and all their children! 

And listen, 44 is not old but it’s no small number either! In fact, it took not only one but TWO frames to complete this gift! :)

It ended with one of my favorite verses in the bible.

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.” ~Proverbs 31:30-31

Definitely a birthday to remember!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lucky #13

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This man...

Thirteen years ago, I would have never imagined the '”adventures” that God had planned for us. We’ve always felt, “We’ve had it pretty easy thus far.”

Or maybe it just seems that way with him by my side? 

I can honestly say we have grown so much TOGETHER. Each, in our own way but together, in pursuit of the life we’ve been called to. Today, it’s seems like the world is full of boys but very few real men. Men who love Jesus, take care of their families, love their wives, their children, and their neighbor. Men who are willing to sacrifice and stand for what’s right.

There is not a day that goes by that I am not thankful to be his Mrs. This is the man that God gave me to help me be more like Christ. The man He knew I needed so I could learn what it means to be brave. To do the hard things, daily. To lose my life, so I could find it again.

For the first time in our marriage, we faced something really hard this summer. Instead of welcoming home a new son, we almost had to bury one. There were moments when the prognosis was so unbearable, I could hardly stand on my own two feet. But I didn’t need to. He was right there holding me up. In the desperate hours, he was the one who decided to take a picture (and video) of Zachary at his worst, just so he could show him one day what a miracle God had done in his life.

He was the one who despite the grim reality of what the doctors had told us, paid all the adoption fees that very same day.

He was the one who assured me that whatever happened to Zach, it would all be for God’s glory.

And despite our exhaustion and anxiety about the whole situation, he was the only one who could still make me laugh through the tears.

I love this man.

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This year, more than ever, I realized that the good and easy times are great but it’s enduring the hard times together that makes our marriage even greater.

Happy Anniversary to my one and only.

I am so honored to live this undeserved life God has given us and I am absolutely privileged to walk it beside you.

All my love. All my life. –Cat

*The picture above was taken last week when sleep was highly lacking but we mustered up the energy to go on a date night anyway!

I’m so glad we did. :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Our Growing Boy!

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Love his little smirk/smile.

 

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Sibling love!

 

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Praying these precious feet will always walk closely with the Lord.

 

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Outgrowing his newborn clothes quickly!

 

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She said she didn’t want to move because he fell asleep on her. So sweet!

 

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“Little Mommy” in training.

Zachary has been home for 3.5 weeks now and Praise the Lord, he’s doing GREAT.

He weighs almost 10 lbs. and he’s moved up one size in diapers and clothes. It’s been amazing to see him change daily and grow so quickly.

He currently enjoys: cuddles, baths, watching the ceiling fans in the house, being swaddled at night, and listening to his sweet sisters sing to him!

We continue to thank the Lord for His whole healing in Zach. In the NICU, he had a condition in his eyes called ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity). This is a common eye disease for babies born prematurely. Advanced stages of ROP require surgery and lead to eye impairment or even blindness. When he left the NICU, he was diagnosed at a stage 2. After a follow up appointment in Loma Linda, he has now regressed to a stage 1. At this stage, no treatment is needed and it is very likely that the issue would resolve itself. Hallelujah!