The truth as I know it:

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time & miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands. ~~~ Kristi Larson

Sunday, April 20, 2008

First Communion

Jack had his first holy communion today. I can't believe I have a son old enough to be taking communion. It was a really sweet service. Father Ed started the service out with his cell phone ringing. He had his hand on his hip and was looking around like someone had forgotten to turn their phone off. Then he says, "Oh, it's mine. Oh look, it's the Pope." and so on and so on. So he pretended to talk to the Pope and get a blessing for the kids. It was really cute. The childrens liturgy at Christmas should be so easy! :)

Look how handsome Jack looked in his communion gear! He is very excited to take communion with us next Sunday at church. Maybe this will make church more fun until the new wears off. I am so proud of him today. My baby is growing up, though. Here are a few more photos of the day.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Spring Concert Stage Fright

Okay, yesterday was Connor's spring concert and it turned out to be a total disaster, or very funny, depending on how you look at it. He was so excited when he saw me, he kept saying, "Mommy, hi Mommy!" And waving very big. He was actually positioned on the opposite side of the stage from where I was sitting, so I moved to the other side of the auditorium to get a better camera angle on him. When he saw me, he started screaming and crying and did not want to sing. So he sat in my lap through the entire concert.

Afterward they were having a trike parade through downtown Franklin. Waiting for the line to start moving, he decided to pop a wheely on his tricycle, it flipped over, he hit his head on the sidewalk, and that was the end of the parade for us. We loaded up the car, went home, and called it a wash! :)

When we got home, I took some really adorable photos of my beautiful niece, Reilly. Just another day in the life!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Introducing Leon Harrison

Have you ever seen a prouder smile on the boy? My dad bought Liam a horse for Christmas and he named it Leon Harrison. Leon was my grandfather's name. Don't call the horse Leon, his name is Leon Harrison and Liam will quickly correct you if you don't use the full name.
We had a little Christmas party here at the house and Liam told Santa the only thing he wanted was a horse. I guess after last year's "all I want is a puppy. If you can't get me a puppy, don't get me anything." Liam thought he would aim higher. Of course, if Pop hadn't pulled through, Liam might have found himself disillussioned with Santa because I certainly wasn't signing up to keep a horse at any boarding stable.
Anyway, we are so excited for Liam because this is one thing that is just his, he takes so much pride in the fact that he has a horse and it's something he has that sets him apart from both of his brothers and all of his classmates. And it really is a very pretty horse!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Here comes the son....

Get it? hehehe

Okay, we had a fun and busy weekend. Memphis won their final four game so they are going to the National Championship tomorrow! Go TIGERS!!! The Schenkels and Simmons came over to watch the game and we had a great time. Connor and Carly were so cute hanging out on the bean bag chair I had to get a photo! Carly is my god-daughter and I tell you what, I could eat that girl with a spoon! She is this precious three year old with a personality just like her mamma. She's going to be fun to hang with when she is about 15. Watch out world! The other big event of the weekend was tiling our boys bathroom. Those of you who have been to our house know that room has been an eye-sore for a very long time... like maybe a few years. Anyway, one fish down the drain and a plumbing mishap later, we have new tile and it looks awesome! I have to give my husband some major credit. He has become quite skilled at tiling. He did this project totally on his own and made about 100 trips up and down the steps to cut tile, etc. But look at the finished product... AWESOME!

Well, maybe you can't get a good feel for how great it looks, but the tile are subway tiles (shaped like bricks) and he did a fantastic job. The baseboards have to be replaced now and the grout is still not in, but the major job is over and I LOVE it. Now the rest of the finishing touches will be up to me. I will have to paint the cabinets (the red, blue and orange don't look polished enough for the new tile, besides, they won't lend themselves to a boy/girl bathroom anyway.) I will paint the ceiling and touch up the wall where the tile removal pulled some of the paper down. I'm actually thankful for the project. Maybe that will keep my mind off the long week ahead of us.

We are waiting to see if we actually get registered in St. Petersburg on Monday, April 14. The agency is telling us that if we are registered on the 14th, we might be able to travel on April 20. I am VERY excited and hopeful. Please, please pray for us that this is the date. I am just about to come out of my skin waiting to meet our daughter!