Monday, March 31, 2008

photobucket slideshow of little red

If you click on the "view all images" it will take you to the slideshow. I'm not sure why it isn't loading into the blog. I asked Texas Blu and she couldn't figure it out either, but the cool thing is you can still view the slide show just not on the blog. sigh! Hope you like them!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Our littlest addition

I was so excited when I found out I was pregnant. I was worried that due to mine and Red's age that we might have trouble conceiving a baby. I prayed and prayed. A month before I discovered I was pregnant, I had a dream that a Man in white handed me a baby boy and told me what his name was. I won't say his name here to keep our privacy but I after looking up the name meaning, I knew it was a message from Heavenly Father. I stopped worrying because I knew it would happen. Turns out that I must have concieved right around the time I recieved that dream. So our baby boy is a reminder to us that Heavenly Father does hear and answer our prayers and that he does still speak to us. What a great blessing for us in this day and age. My big desire for children was for my husband. I have seen how wonderful he is with kids and I knew he deserved to be able to raise a child up in the gospel. And now he will! You should see Red with Little Red. He is constantly calling him various nicknames like mommy's stinkerpoo, lol, more like Daddy's (roll my eyes). Little Red will coo and laugh and talk to his Daddy until he gets hunger pains. He even snuggled up to Red after Red had shoulder surgery. Dad wouldn't let a little thing like that stop him from holding his baby. The Music Man and Danny Kay are also very cute with Little Red. They will come and steal him away to hold him. Especially Music Man. Danny Kay is very afraid of hurting him so he usually just asks to hold him in church and then only for a little while. But they will always come and peek over our shoulders to talk to him or watch him looking around with wonder. They have been big helps and taken over many duties as a result of this new little bundle. But neither have been bitter about it. They are so excited to have a new baby brother. Here is a slide show of some of Little Red's cuter moments and many of his visitors.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Good Friends

Okay so I lied, LOL. Actually I'm up with allergy issues and thought I'd count a blessing since I can't sleep ;)

A big blessing that came to me later in life was two of my best friends that I consider family. To my boys I call them Aunt. And I really do think of them as my sisters. TISO came into my life first. My Mom and Dad introduced us thinking we'd be great friends for each other. And they were right. I think I remember Mom saying something about how TISO needed a friend like me, but I believe it was the other way around. She has been a great example to me in perseverence and patience. She has gone on her own journey later in life which can be read more about on her blog, Timely Beauty. I posted the link below. She has always been beautiful to me inside and out, she was my Maid of Honor at my wedding and she is one of the few people that I know that I can count on. Which is very important to me as I was a single Mom for 10 years. TISO let me cry on her shoulders many a time over various guys I dated and kept me positive. She was also always coming over and providing some service during various illnesses and crisis in my life. Whether it was helping to clean my house, watching the boys, going shopping with me (I hate shopping alone), or helping me organize a get out of town plan. She is also the reason that I finally set up a blog, she held my hand through it. LOL. She is wonderful and I want everyone to know it! Here some pics of her...the first one is a year ago at my wedding. The second is getting together in October this year to celebrate our birthdays that are in the same month.


My other adopted sister came into my life through visiting teaching. She lived one neighborhood over from me and I was trying to do better about walking. So she started going walking with me. Then I developed Epstein Barr Virus from a bad case of Mono that I didn't get enough rest with. I went on medical leave because my depression that resulted was debilitating. Part of my therapy was walking. So I would walk the couple of miles to her house mid morning with my dog, then I would stay for a while playing with her kids and resting up for my trip home. She always had a glass of water for me and if I was too tired for the walk back home she'd drive me and my dog. And once she even let me borrow her bicycle! She started watching my boys for me after school because I didn't trust the day cares. I know the monetary compensation that I gave her wasn't near enough. Even after I left my stressful job at at Foleys and didn't need her babysitting help, I couldn't stay away from her home. Her marriage was one of the great examples to me of what a real and positive marriage is. And it kept me hoping for the person that would bring me that same kind of happiness. Even though I live on the other side of the city now, we make time for each other. She was awesome to throw me a baby shower for Little Red for my friends on that side of town. I'm so glad that her family consider me family as well. I love being involved with birthdays and special events and I'll never forget her including me at Thanksgiving the year my boys were with their Dad and my family was out of town. I have great memories of that Thanksgiving due to her and her family. Here's some pics of her and her family. The one is of her oldest son and her daughter. They sang with my boys at Red's and my wedding. The youngest one is giving the thumbs up sign. They didn't bring him to the wedding because they didn't think he'd be able to handle behaving through the ceremony and bribed him with ChuckeCheeses with his grandma. When he realized later that I would never have another wedding he cried because he still hadn't met my husband. We had him over that weekend so he could meet my husband, see where we moved to and to hang out. It was so much fun.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Above Picture

The picture heading this blog is of my Dad who is struggling with cancer and my new born son. Both have been blessings to me. I have been blessed to work with my Dad for the last five years. It has been great to see him almost everyday and to work side by side with him. It has been great to be able to go to him as a single mom for advice or just to bounce my ideas off of him as I have grown in my knowledge of the political world.

I was married last year in February to fabulous man who will be forever after called Red on my blogsite. I was so excited to have my Dad give me away to a man that I knew he could admire and respect and know that his daughter would be loved by. Here is a picture of me and my Red on our wedding day. By the end of May I was pregnant. Little red was definitely an answer to my prayers. And I know the Lord double blessed me in that not only was my Dad there to stand in the circle to bless Little Red on his blessing day, but so was Red and his Dad.

My other two boys who will be referred to as Music Man and DannyKay are pictured next. They were from a previous marriage that was very difficult and needed to end. But here again I have been blessed with the knowledge of how to truly forgive and my ex and I have been able to establish friendship again. Here is a pic of my two older boys from this Easter weekend. Red took them out and showed them how to shoot pellet guns. They had such a blast. Unfortunately for Danny Kay, he over worked his muscles in his back, pumping the gun. On monday, he had a spasm that caused his neck to be stuck and had to go to the chiropracter. He does have a tendency to over do things that he is excited about. We'll have to work on that "moderation in all things". LOL

I have been blesses with great, grandparents on both sides. Notice, "great" was an adjective and not a title. Here is a picture of Red's parents and the following one is of my mother, since my Dad is at the top. They are all so excited about Little Red as an addition to our family.
Well I'm all blogged out. For those of you who know how long it took me to actually become part of the blogger family....well don't look for updates daily. Although now that I'm on here, who knows? Maybe I'll stay up all night in between feedings for Little Red......NAH!
Hugz to all, LMSS