Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Making Moments

It has been said that life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.  Can't really say I agree.  In fact, I would say that my life has been made up of a lot of little moments that weren't so breath-taking.  A lot of little moments that I wouldn't trade for the world, even though they may be viewed as ordinary, possibly boring or mundane.  Of course, I have had some moments that were "mile-markers" in my life, and even a few moments that have taken my breath away.  But, it's the little moments that I think back on and chuckle or frown, sigh in relief or in awe.  It's the little moments that have come together to shape the woman I am today.  Big or small, I wouldn't the be same if I had not experienced each and every one of them.  And for that, I am thankful.  
Here are a few of the moments that are threads in the fabric of my life.

  • My parents divorcing and all of the things that come along with it 
  • Heading off to college and knowing it all
  • Cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs
  • Dating - thank you Lord that this stage of my life is over. :)
  • Traveling without kids
  • Hearing that my roommate from college died in a car wreck and finally grasping the frailty of life
  • Bringing home Max, followed the next day by bringing home Mallory, who was at the pet store where I had gone to get food for Max.  She was the last dog left.
  • Being loved by grandparents that weren't "blood" 
  • Getting engaged
  • Seeing my groom anxiously awaiting my entrance
  • Buying our first house
  • A positive pregnancy test x 3
  • Not sleeping for four days so I could stay up to watch my newborn baby breathe
  • Dropping my child off at preschool for the first time
  • Planting flowers with little ones who make you remember how amazing flowers really are
  • Having Landry say "Is that a snake" as she pointed right behind me.  The answer was yes.
  • Letting my child eat popcorn for the first time 
  • Getting up in the middle of the night to lay a hand on my baby's back
  • Sleeping in bed with my sick child and seeing their relief when they wake-up and see that I didn't sneak out when they fell asleep
  • Trying to make a decision involving my newborn and having my mom say "I know you'll make the right choice"
  • The joy on Landry's face when we declare it's "movie night"
  • Reminiscing with my husband and realizing how far we've come
  • My husband telling me I'm a great mom and a great wife
  • Having strangers tell me on a daily basis how beautiful my family is
  • Most recently, my friend sending me an e-mail that had a news clip for "mother of the year", which she had inserted my name. Thanks Samantha!
  • Seeing birds enjoying the food we've put out for them
  • Seeing squirrels enjoy the food we put out for the birds
The list goes on and on.  Every day there are more moments that are sweet and irreplaceable, even if they didn't take my breath away.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The picture on the left is of Landry playing teeball. She loves it! Nolan hasn't quite come to terms with the fact that he's not on the team. He runs out on the field like he owns the place and waits for the ball to come his way. I've tried to explain to him that he's not old enough to play yet, but he looks at me and says "Look at me. I'm big! I'm three! That's big!" If you're wondering why he's holding rocks in front of his face in this picture, it's because he refuses to take a serious picture. I have to trick him into it. . . or offer a handsome bribe. He thinks he is so funny. . . Okay, he's funny.
Landry really works hard on the teeball field. She runs after EVERY ball. It doesn't need to be in her general vicinity for her to go after it. When she does get it, she takes her glove off and looks around for a few seconds. Then she throws it as hard as she can to first base. She picks her glove back up, puts it on, and looks my way and waves. She is just as proud as we are. :)

These are the munchkins at Walt Disney World. We had such a great time! I can't believe it, but I can't wait to go back. It was a great week away from all of the things that peck away at our time every day (work, computer, cleaning, laundry, cooking, etc.). I am so thankful that we took this trip. There are a lot more pictures. So far, I have only put them on facebook. That took so long that I don't know if I will get around to putting them on here. If you're not on facebook, you should be! I'm pretty skeptical about that kind of thing, but it has been a great and efficient way for me to keep up with people and to share pictures.

She's getting there. . .

Corinne is finally sitting up pretty well.  I can't believe it has taken this long, but I'm not complaining!  If she was crawling, I don't know if I handle it.  She is a professional roller, though.  So, she can get into stuff she's not supposed to at a rapid rate.  
She is heading towards 10 months, which just completely shocks me.  Time has been a blur with all of our kids, but especially with Corinne.  I have mad it a point to really sit down and enjoy the few minutes I have with her when Landry and Nolan are at school.  She is really a joy.  She melts my heart several times a day and I am so very thankful that God gave her to us.