Friday, December 23, 2011

Caleb Anthony Taylor

My precious sister went into labor 8 weeks before her due date.  After a scary night and day, Caleb Anthony Taylor was born.  Weighing in at a whopping 3lbs. 5oz. and measuring 17 inches long HE IS BEAUTIFUL.

He is also in intensive care.  He is currently on oxygen as well as antibiotics to ward off any infections along with dopamine to help regulate his blood pressure.  He has great color and is doing remarkably well.

Andrea was a champ!  She is feeling pretty good and recovering well.  Her and Aaron could sure use your prayers.  As you can imagine, a surprise like this is a lot to take in and they are understandably overwhelmed at the journey they are embarking on.

I read today, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."  Jn. 14:27

Please pray...
For Caleb's blood pressure to regulate so they can take him off of dopamine
For Caleb's lungs to begin functioning well apart from the respirator
For Andrea to heal well and find a balance between trips to the hospital and taking care of her 3 kids at home
For the Lord to be near Andrea and Aaron and bless them with new mercies each day 
That in the midst of this journey of waiting that God would bless this family with peace
For Jesus to bring His glory and peace in the midst of this situation to the nurses at the hospital

Here he is.  A precious little boy.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tis The Season

The girls (and I) have LOVED all the fun of this season!

Our house is decorated top to bottom
Christmas music is always playing
Snow is on the ground
Cookies have been baked
Gifts have been given
We are doing a Jesse Tree Advent... so great
The daily countdown is ON

And... Avery and I have done some really fun Christmas crafts.  Here are a few...

1 ice cream cone, 1 cup frosting, Handful M&Ms and sprinkles... you've got a Christmas Tree

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Swim Lessons

Just finished some more swim lessons with the girls.  They both did great, although Avery still freaks out every time her face touches the water.  Madi is pretty much a fish.

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One Final Fall Post...

So I know that these pics are a few weeks old, but I had to post them because I loved them so much!

My last post for the fall of 2011.

A pile of leaves is a great toy.  Sheer JOY.

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Thanksgiving In Vail '11

A long overdue update...

We were blessed to spend our Thanksgiving up in Vail.  It was great!  Here are just a few of my highlights...

Two good friends coming up with their kiddos
Great conversations with those women!  I am beyond blessed to have these ladies in my life.
Swimming EVERY day
Eating yummy food
Watching it snow outside
Drinking hot cider by the fireplace
Doing puzzles
Reading books
Continuing our Thanksgiving Advent
Time with my parents
Playing Pretty Pretty Princess at least 100 times with Avery
Lots of game playing!
Walking the Vail Village all covered in snow and lights
Going on a date with Brian to an "upscale" bowling alley... sounds funny, but it was seriously the best food EVER!
Thinking daily on Thankfulness
Running races in the hallways with the girls
Days spent entirely in our jammies
Pancakes for breakfast

So much to be thankful for... and I am.  A few pics to document our time!
Avery & her friend Grace getting ready to swim

Avery & her new friend Cora (Barb's youngest)

Swimming or skiing?

Not sure if the kids look happy or sad

Barb & Ian... love them!

Love my sweet friend

Hot Chocolate!!!

Avery is making her best "frog face"

Glued to a movie

Yes... Brian is a Pretty Pretty Princess (or Handsome Handsome King as Avery calls him)

The cousins watching a movie

Our Thanksgiving Advent Tree.... FULL of Thanks

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