This blog was inspired by 31 for 21 & is about my wonderful family.

"As a mother, my job is to take care of what is possible & trust God with the impossible." ~Ruth Bell Graham

"Never look down on someone, unless you're helping them up!"

Saturday, May 28, 2011

An Everyday Survival Kit

An Everyday Survival Kit
Toothpick, rubber band, Band-aid, pencil, eraser, chewing gum, a mint, Hershey's Kisses, & a tea bag.

Here's why:

Toothpick - To remind you to pick out the good qualities in others (Matt 7:1).

Rubber band - To remind you to be flexible, things might not always go the way you want, but it will work out (Romans 8:28).

Band-Aid - To remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else's (Col.3:12-14).

Pencil - To remind you to list your blessings everyday (Eph 1:3).

Eraser - To remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it's okay (Gen. 50:15-21).

Chewing gum - To remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything (Phil 4:13).

Mint - To remind you that you are worth mint to your heavenly father (John 3:16-17).

Hershey's Kisses - To remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug everyday (1 John 4:7).

Tea bag - To remind you to relax daily and go over that list of God's blessings (1 Thess 5:18).

To the world, you may just be somebody...but to somebody, you may be the world!  :) ♥

Friday, May 27, 2011

One flaw in women

One Flaw In Women

Author Unknown

By the time the Lord made woman,
He was into his sixth day of working overtime.
An angel appeared and said,
"Why are you spending so much time on this one?"
And the Lord answered, "Have you seen my spec sheet on her?
She has to be completely washable, but not plastic,
have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable
and able to run on sweet tea and leftovers,
have a lap that can hold four children at one time,
have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart
-and she will do everything
with only two hands."
The angel was astounded at the requirements.
"Only two hands!? No way!
And that's just on the standard model?
That's too much work for one day.
Wait until tomorrow to finish."
But I won't," the Lord protested.
"I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart.
She already heals herself when she is sick
AND can work 18 hour days."
The angel moved closer and touched the woman.
"But you have made her so soft, Lord."
"She is soft," the Lord agreed,
"but I have also made her tough.
You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."
"Will she be able to think?", asked the angel.
The Lord replied,
"Not only will she be able to think,
she will be able to reason and negotiate."
The angel then noticed something,
and reaching out, touched the woman's cheek.
"Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model.
I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one."
"That's not a leak,"
the Lord corrected,
"that's a tear!"
"What's the tear for?" the angel asked.
The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy,
her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love,
her loneliness, her grief and her pride."
The angel was impressed.
"You are a genius, Lord.
You thought of everything!
Woman is truly amazing."
And she is!
Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness,
love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.
They don't take "no" for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideals.
They give moral support to their family and friends.
Women have vital things to say and everything to give.
However, if there is one flaw in women,
it is that they forget their worth.
This poem was emailed to me by a dear, sweet friend of mine.  I hope it is as encouraging to you as it is to me.  God bless!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Another miracle

"Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make them well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."  ~James 5:13-16 NIV
We had Troy anointed at church on Sunday & we found out on Tuesday that an inevitable heart surgery was no longer needed.  No intervention was needed because his heart remains unchanged from his last surgery!    Some people may argue that it was the doctor's error, that a mistake was made.  But to me & my family, this is a miracle from God.  Not only was Troy anointed at church, but he had a lot of people praying for him.  The bible says "For where two or three come together in My name, there am I with them.  ~Matthew 18:20 NIV 
Troy heart is not healed, let me make that clear.  He still has tricuspid stenosis, but he doesn't need to have surgery right now.  (Tricuspid stenosis is a narrowing or blockage of the tricuspid valve. The tricuspid valve regulates the blood flow from the heart's upper-right chamber [the right atrium] to the lower-right chamber [the right ventricle]. Tricuspid stenosis causes the right atrium to become enlarged, while the right ventricle does not get enough blood.  Symptoms of tricuspid stenosis are fatigue and the pain of an enlarged liver.)  He still has to take Lasix (a diuretic) twice a day to prevent fluid build up from congestive heart failure.  His liver is still distended & swollen.  The pressure gradient in his tricuspid valve is supposed to be at zero, his is at 8.  The lower the number the better.  When he had to be rushed to CHOA @ Egleston in December & have emergency surgery the following day, his pressure was at 16.  If he would grow then his heart would grow, which is what we need.  But it's hard for him to grow when he's taking Lasix twice a day.  It's hard to want to eat when your liver is swollen. 
Please just keep him in your prayers.  If his condition worsens, he'll need surgery.  They'll either do the valvuloplasty again or he'll begin on another journey, valve replacement.  If he has the valve replacement, he'll have to have the artificial valve replaced again every 2 years until he stops growing & every 10 years after that.  So if he has to have the valve replacement at the age of 3 & he lives to be 100, he'll have to have open heart surgery 17 more times.  :(  This miracle is proof that God is hearing each & every prayer...I can never repay you for your prayers, but I can pay it forward.  May God bless you beyond measure. ♥  I've witnessed another miracle, so have you.  So if you're going through some type of tribulation, give it to God.  Ask for prayers.  God will answer your cries & the prayers of others.  I'll be glad to pray for you or anyone who needs prayer.  I know first hand that God works in the lives of those who believe & ask for help.  I've witnessed so many miracles in my short 35 years...God may not give you the answer you seek, but the answer He gives you may just be better than what you asked Him for.  "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."   ~Isaiah 41:10 NIV.  Which reminds me of a quote, "God never closes one door without opening another, but sometimes He makes us wait in the hallway."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The decision

At 1:15 p.m., I could not bear to wait any longer.  So just after putting Troy down for his nap, I called the cardiologist for the results of the conference yesterday.  He was at the hospital & the nurse was at lunch.  So the receptionist said that she'd have him call me as soon as he came back in the door.  Then less than 30 minutes later, my phone rang.  It was Troy's cardiologist.  He apologized for the delay in calling, but there was an emergency at the NICU...which I completely understand.  He said that during conference, the team reviews all of the previous echo cardiograms in addition to the current echo cardiogram.  They measured the pressure in his tricuspid valve & it was unchanged from his last visit in February.  It was unchanged!  So this means NO SURGERY!  No intervention what so ever!  He can go back to taking his Lasix twice a day & has no restrictions (we had to stop PT).  Oh, what a relief!  I cried tears of pure joy & spent about 2 hours just praising the Lord & telling the devil to step off, to leave my son alone!  I also asked God to bless each & every person that has prayed for Troy, for without you all, I know this would've been impossible (I would've posted this earlier, but I wanted to tell Mack first)!  I KNOW that God stopped the devil right in his tracks...God told the devil that Troy belongs to Him, to back off!  I know that all of your prayers & the prayers of our families, our church family, & even acquaintances made this possible.  If you've ever doubted the power of God, this should be your affirmation that miracles can & do happen, if you ask & believe.  I thank you for your prayers, support, & concern.  Your prayers put a hedge of protection around my Troy!  Together we stood strong & firm & defeated the devil, but the battle is not over.    Please keep Troy in your prayers & may God bless each & every one of you!   

Matthew 21:22 "And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."  NKJV
Mark 11:24 "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you shall have them." NKJV
Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them." NKJV

Monday, May 23, 2011

This & that

     Troy had an absolutely AWFUL night last night!  He was up every hour all throughout the night.  I was thinking it was his tooth bothering him, but the Tylenol wasn't doing the trick.  I just hope it's not his heart causing him to be so fussy.  He seems okay this morning & is playing & eating fine. 
     Today is the day that the cardiac team makes the decision about Troy's plan of care.  We should hear something sometime tomorrow.  This waiting, wondering, worrying is so hard!
     My wonderful husband started his first shift job this morning!  :)  It was so nice to be able to spend the entire day yesterday with him!  He usually has to sleep on Sunday afternoon/evening because he had to be at work at 10 p.m.  But now, we get to spend each & every Sunday together & we also get to share a bed...YAY!  We'll be on the same schedule, finally!  I wanted to get up & fix him breakfast & fix his lunch, but I didn't get hardly any sleep last night with Troy. 
     Chancey is enjoying his 'summer' break, so far.  He's going over to his best friend's house this afternoon to hang out....he really misses his friends at North Hall.  I wish he could go back there, but Johnson has the program he needs to be in for his career path.  Plus, we're just a few miles down the street, he can always hang out with them after school, on weekends, & this summer!  He wants to get a job over the summer, but until we know what's going to happen with Troy, he can't apply for one.  I can't be here & at CHOA @ Egleston at the same time...plus, he'll want to be with his brother. 
     Please keep Troy in your prayers...it's not too late for a miracle!  :)

Sunday, May 22, 2011


     We took Troy up to our pastor during the alter call this morning & had him anointed.  I wanted to do it now in case he has his surgery this coming week.  I appreciate each person that came up, laid hands on Troy, & prayed over him today.  It means the world to me to know that so many people are praying on his behalf.  I also appreciate each one of my friends, family, & even acquaintances that are praying for him...please keep Troy in your prayers.  We are firm believers that God can & will heal Troy...we've seen Him do it 3 times before, so He'll do it again.  God has a plan for our little Troy & we know that He's not finished using him just yet.  Each time we go out, Troy touches the lives of so many people & I know that he has changed the lives of many, many people so far.  His smile & actions are infectious, every time we go in public he makes at least one person smile.  Therefore we know that God is using him each & every second of every day.  I know he has changed me, Mack, & Chancey for the better. 
     Please also keep the cardiac team in your prayers today & tomorrow, as they will be making the decision on what type of surgery Troy needs.  May God use their knowledge & skill through Him to help heal Troy.  This is a HUGE decision that they have to make.
     On a better note, his 3rd 2 year molar broke through today!  So he lacks one tooth having all of teeth he should have now!  YAY!  We were so concerned yesterday & this morning about how he has been acting.  We were afraid his heart was causing him more distress than it appears to be, but now that I discovered his new tooth, I know why he's been more cranky.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The latest on Troy...

     Okay, I couldn't wait any longer...so I called Troy's cardiologist.  (I get my patience skills from my dad...LOL)  Didn't get to talk to him directly, but I talked to a nurse.  Here's the plan.  Per the surgeon, he wants the cardiologist to put his packet together for the weekly conference & the cardiac team will discuss it then.  The conference is on Mondays, so if he can get the packet together TODAY, then they will discuss Troy on Monday.  The nurse said that if he doesn't get the packet together then it will be next Monday.  I pointed out to her that the following Monday is Memorial Day & she said that they wouldn't do conference that week.  So she is going talk to him & try to have the packet ready for this coming Monday's conference.  She's going to call me later today to let me know if they made the deadline for this Monday's conference.  But the packet isn't for the valve replacement, it's for the valvuloplasty.  BUT, the cardiac team can deny the valvuloplasty at conference & insist on the valve replacement surgery.  If Troy is presented this Monday, I will know the surgery date on Tuesday.  So now we wait some more!  Unless he gets worse before then (like last time), hopefully we'll know on Tuesday exactly what the plan is & when.  Please just keep Troy & the cardiac team in your prayers.  To look at my son, you would never know how sick he is...right now he's dancing in the floor to Cookie Monster singing on Sesame Street, all while eating Gerber Graduate banana puffs!  {Oh & the cutest thing happened last night.  My husband has discovered that he LOVES fajitas at our local Mexican restaurant, which is VERY pleasing to me & Chancey because we LOVE Mexican food.  So last night he wanted to eat Mexican.  We pulled in the parking lot & Troy noticed where we were.  He started saying "chip...chip!"  He knows that they bring us out chips & salsa as soon as we're seated & he just loves to munch on their chips.  I kinda figured he wouldn't eat very many since he had supper just before we left...harvest vegetables, bananas, & 4 oz of V8 V-fusion juice.  But there he ate about 10 chips & drank 6 oz of PediaSure.  At least he's still eating, which is good...when he went into complete heart failure in December, we couldn't get him to eat or drink...so PLEASE do keep those prayers coming!  They're helping!}  :)
     At 1:00 p.m., I received a call from the nurse.  Troy's packet WILL be presented at the cardiac conference on Monday.  We should know the surgery date & the type of surgery some time on Tuesday.  PLEASE continue praying!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cardio visit

     Well, as the old adage goes, "things happen in threes."  So right now I am waiting on the 3rd bomb to drop.  In one week (well 8 days), I've had a miscarriage & now I find out that Troy has to have another heart surgery, immediately.  I'm just walking on egg shells, but hoping the third devastating thing comes & goes.  At least then I'll know it's not Troy's life in the balance, that his health won't be the 3rd bad thing.  My heart just aches so bad right now.   :'(
     He had his echo cardiogram & usually the doctor comes in just a few minutes later to tell us the results.  But not this time.  We ended up getting frustrated & opening the door of his room so maybe they'd hurry things along.  After all, Mack needed to be in the bed, not waiting on a slow poke doctor.  A few minutes later, I heard his cardiologist on the phone talking to someone.  He was talking about Troy.  I heard him ask if they wanted to do another valvuloplasty or go ahead & replace the tricuspid valve.  But Troy's cardiothoracic surgeon will be in surgery all day & that's his call to make. Now we wait to see what the cardiothoracic surgeon suggests.  Mack & I have different opinions on this.  I say go ahead & replace that valve.  I can't do this every 6 months.  The goal is to let him grow...he's only grew 1/2" & 2 lbs in 6 months, so that's not working.  Mack says he'd rather go in every 6 months & do the valvuloplasty than have the valve replaced right now.  Once he has the valve replaced he has to have it replaced again every 2 years until he stops growing & every 10 years after that.  I feel like we're just avoiding the obvious, he's going to need the valve replaced, go ahead & do it so he'll get better.  I hate that he's suffering.  My liver is swollen due to my illness & it's not comfortable to say the least.  He'd grow if he didn't have to take Lasix 3 times a day!  But, we did get some answers from him while we were there.  Troy will be able to go to school in January & he can start attending the Joy ministry at church.  He will have to take antibiotics before any type of procedure...we were told conflicting answers earlier.  And about his nutrition, this is the exact answer from his cardiologist (I came very close to bringing my camera & video taping his response for proof), "You're doing a great job.  You think about it.  He has a heart condition, #1.  He has Down syndrome, #2.  He's 2, #3.  You add all of that up, that's 3 strikes working against him.  The heart condition alone will cause feeding issues.  But for a child his age, with Down syndrome to be eating food & not being tube fed is awesome.  Look at the growth chart.  See where it goes straight up, then levels off?  This is where he is (pointing to the middle of the leveling off part of the chart).  He's 2, so he's more picky about what he eats & he's more active.  You're feeding him the right things, doing the right things.  If I were you, I'd give him more Pediasure, if he'll take it.  You can't give him too much of that stuff.  But I think you're a great mother & you're doing the right things.  There's nothing else you can do & he's not underweight...he's growing."  Mack told him that he loves biscuits so we give him one on occasion & he said that was okay, just to feed him what he wants as long as he's getting proper nutrition too.  I told him what he eats during the day & he said that he's getting the nutrition he needs.  :)  But back to his heart.  The pressure in his tricuspid valve should be 0.  The lower the number, the better.  When he went into complete heart failure in December, it was at 16.  In February, it was at 8.  Today it was at 11.  He wants to make sure it doesn't get to that point again.  He said that Troy is too small to receive a mechanical valve, so he'll receive a tissue valve.  Right now, we're just waiting on the call from the surgeon to see how he's going to proceed.  Please pray for my little boy.  This is a very serious situation that requires a clear, correct decision from the surgeon.  Surgery is inevitable, just which one is the right one for his little heart?  So please pray for the surgeon & the cardiac team that will be making the choices for Troy, pray that they make the right decision.  Thanks to everyone who has prayed!
     I couldn't wait another second so I called the cardiologist this morning.  To make a long story short, Troy's case will be reviewed on Monday by the cardiac team at conference.  They prepared the packet for the valvuloplasty, not the valve replacement....BUT they can decide against the valvuloplasty & schedule the replacement surgery.  I should hear from the cardiologist sometime on Tuesday about the type of surgery & the date.  We don't get to pick a date, they will schedule the first available time.
     Oh & one of my dearest, closest friends made me aware of the third bad thing....my email was hacked.  That should count, right?!  Thanks Lori Lee...I love you!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My babies

     With everything that has happened over the past week, I feel like I've been caught up in a whirlwind.  I'm just trying to get back into my normal routine, it's just a bit challenging.  But I know our new normal will begin next Monday, so this week can be chaos...I don't care!  :)  This is going to be a great weekend, I just have to get this week over & done with!  Goodbye 3rd shift & no school until August!!!  HALLELUJAH!
     Troy has a follow up appointment with his cardiologist in the morning.  We have been in much prayer for good news for quite some time now.  So if you're a prayer warrior, please keep him in your prayers today.  

     Chancey received his CRCT scores yesterday.  He did very well & I'm so proud of him!  He exceeded in science, social studies, & reading & he passed the math portion as well.  So he'll officially be a freshman at the end of the day on Friday.  What?  Did those words come out of my mouth?  My baby will be a FRESHMAN...in 4 years he'll be graduating!  

    I had this post saved & published, but something happened a few moments ago that I just had to share.  Mack has been working A LOT here lately to train for his new position at work.  He has been getting home around 10:15 a.m. & going straight to bed.  He always kisses Troy, then kisses me.  Well, today Troy was in a kissing mood.  He wanted lots of kisses.  So his daddy gave him a kiss after he puckered up waiting for one.  Mack said, "Oh, that was sweet shoodoughs."  Just then Troy grabbed Mack's face & turned it to mine.  He wanted Mack to give me a kiss!  It was the sweetest little thing.  It's simple little actions like that, that touch my soul. ♥

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Phoenix Brennan Forrester ♥ 5/11/11

"These are my footprints,
so perfect and so small.
These tiny footprints
never touched the ground at all.
Not one tiny footprint,
for now I have wings.
These tiny footprints were meant
for other things.
You will hear my tiny footprints,
in the patter of the rain.
Gentle drops like angel's tears,
of joy and not from pain.
You will see my tiny footprints,
in each butterflies' lazy dance.
I'll let you know I'm with you,
if you just give me the chance.
You will see my tiny footprints,
in the rustle of the leaves.
I will whisper names into the wind,
and call each one that grieves.
Most of all, these tiny footprints,
are found on Mommy and Daddy's hearts.
'Cause even though I'm gone now,
We'll never truly part."

In memory of Phoenix Brennan Forrester, 5/11/11. Too beautiful for earth!

Dear Lord, I would have loved to have held my babies on my lap and tell them about you, but since I didn't get the chance, would you please hold them on your lap and tell them about me?

"Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs."  ~Matthew 19:14

"Loved with a love beyond telling,
Missed with a grief beyond all tears."

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

If only closed minds came with closed mouths.

Just a few quotes that I found fitting for my current state of mind...

"Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."  ~Julius Caesar

"When looking for faults use a mirror, not a telescope."  ~Edith Wharton

"While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions."  ~Stephen Covey

"Take an old dirty, hungry, mangy, sick and wet dog and feed him and wash him and nurse him back to health, and he will never turn on you and bite you. This is how man and dog differ."  ~ Lord Byron

"Practice what you preach."  (American proverb)

"For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."  (Gal. 6:7)

"Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes."  (Author unknown)

"A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword."  ~Robert Burton

"What goes around, comes around."  (Proverb)

"When you blame others, you give up your power to change."  (Author Unknown)

"When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself."  ~Louis Nizer

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."  ~William Shakespeare

"Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it."  ~David Star Jordan

"Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking.  There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught."  ~J.C. Watts

"Do not repeat anything you will not sign your name to."  (Author Unknown)

"Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip."  ~Will Rogers

"Conscience is that still, small voice that is sometimes too loud for comfort."  ~Bert Murray

"It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong."  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves."  ~Will Durant

"Remember, if you’re headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns!"  ~Allison Gappa Bottke

"You can stand tall without standing on someone.  You can be a victor without having victims."  ~Harriet Woods

"One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others."  ~Moliere

"Many of us believe that wrongs aren't wrong if it's done by nice people like ourselves."  ~Author Unknown

"Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all."  ~William Shakespeare

"God has given you one face, and you make yourself another."  ~William Shakespeare

"What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"What is told in the ear of a man is often heard 100 miles away."  ~Chinese Proverb

"Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you."  ~Spanish Proverb

"It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper."  ~Errol Flynn

"Man is inclined to exaggerate almost everything - except his own mistakes."  (Author unknown)

"Judge me all you want, just keep the verdict to yourself."  ~Winston 

"There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience."  ~French Proverb

"You can forgive someone almost anything. But you cannot tolerate everything...We don't have to tolerate what people do just because we forgive them for doing it. Forgiving heals us personally. To tolerate everything only hurts us all in the long run." ~Lewis B. Smedes

"The worst wounds I ever felt were the ones people gave to my children. Wrong my kids, you wrong me. And my hurt qualifies me to forgive you. But only for the pain you caused me when you wounded them. My children alone are qualified to forgive you for what you did to them." ~Lewis B. Smedes

"People who have been wronged badly and wounded deeply should give themselves time and space before they forgive...There is a right moment to forgive. We cannot predict it in advance; we can only get ourselves ready for it when it arrives...Don't do it quickly, but don't wait too long...If we wait too long to forgive, our rage settles in and claims squatter's rights to our souls." ~Lewis B. Smedes

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day

     It has been an absolutely PERFECT day, so far!  My handsome, wonderful husband & our 2 perfect sons gave me a BEAUTIFUL token of their appreciation on this special day.  They had a Mother's ring made for me with each of our birthstones in it.  It's just breathtaking!  :)  Then we headed to church, where we heard an AWESOME message.  After that, we went to Cracker Barrel (YUM) with Mack's entire family for lunch & fellowship.  We headed back home with the top off of the Jeep so Troy & Mack could take their naps...Chancey went to spend a little time with his Granny while they were napping.  When Chancey came home, he gave me some beautiful daisies (he knows they're one of my favorites).  He said, "sorry, Mama, I hunted EVERYWHERE for a pink hydranga bush, but I couldn't find one...all they had were azaleas."  He's such a sweetheart!  Since Mack had to be at work at 10 p.m., we just went to the drive thru at Burger King for dinner....after all, I was treated to Outback the night before!  I couldn't have asked for a better day.
     Today, as we honor our mothers, I thank God for giving me Chancey & Troy.  I know that He made these two perfect boys just for me, so I feel incredibly blessed & honored.  Being their mother has made me a better person & I don't think I could possibly be any happier.  I just want to freeze time so I can cherish these days forever!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pride & Events

     Last weekend, we were in a restaurant having dinner.  I noticed a lady kept glancing over at us with a HUGE smile on her face.  I just figured that she noticed that Troy has Down syndrome.  No one ever stares or approaches us unless they have some one near & dear to them with DS.  I would politely smile back & thought nothing of it.  But as we went to leave, she stopped me.  Mack had went ahead of me to pay the check while Troy & I lingered behind so he could walk while holding my hand.  She gently touched me on the back & said, "Ma'am, I just have to tell you that I think you have the most amazing boys, they're well behaved, & you're a obviously a fantastic mother.  God has really blessed you."  I told her that I appreciated her kind words & that I know God has blessed me beyond measure.  I don't know what brought her to say that to me, but sometimes it's nice to know that other people can see how God is working in your life.  I wasn't boasting with pride for myself, but pride for my boys.  It's a rare occurance when a teenage boy & a toddler is complimented for impeccable behavior, especially at a restaurant.  Just warms your soul, you know.
     I'm so excited that we have the Spring Social with the DSAA (Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta) this Saturday!  We always look forward to this wonderful event & this year Troy will understand what the animals are & he can enjoy the experience.  I found out today that DSAA at Turner Field will be on June 18th.  It'll be the Braves vs. Rangers...anyone got a Rangers shirt I can borrow (LOL)?  Then I also found out that this year's Buddy Walk will be on October 9th at Centennial Olympic Park.  I hope Troy's Trekkers will have a lot of team members this year walking for my Troy & all of those that I love that's affected by Down syndrome.  I am saving aluminum cans & I hope to have a yard sale this spring...all of the proceeds will go to the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta for the Buddy Walk.  This is a cause that's near & dear to my heart, so if you want to contribute in any way, let me know.  I'll be posting my website later in the year (on here & on facebook) so be sure to check it out.  ~Oh, almost forgot.  I accidentally sent out invitations to the Buddy Walk to my entire friends list, so if you received one & you're not in GA, I'M SORRY!  It's hard to use the computer when Troy's awake, he wants to play too!  :)
     In case I don't blog again this week, I hope you have a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY & God bless!  :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My two cents

     I find the whole "Bin Laden's dead" theory to be bittersweet.  I'm glad that he's no longer a threat to this world.  I'm happy that some relief has been brought to the families of those who died on 9/11/01.  But, with his death, we know that he did not know Jesus as his saviour.  Therefore I know that he's in hell right now.  He deserves to be punished for what he did to all of those innocent people, but I can't help feel sorry for him because He never knew the love of God.  I also know that Bin Laden's people will retaliate against us, we won't know when or how, but we know they will not let this go.  I also am a pessimist, to say the least, so I want to see his dead body...I need proof. 
     In my opinion, Obama will use this event to get himself re-elected next year.  He's already claiming that "he" is the reason Bin Laden is dead.  Excuse me...but did "he" risk his life to raid Bin Laden's hideout?  No, it was the brave, couragous acts of our beloved USN Seals.  Obama may have knew about it, but to claim this victory as his is wrong.  Isn't he the one that was against this war to begin with?  Weren't the U.S. troops supposed to be out of Iraq & Afghanistan in August of 2008?  That was just another lie that helped him get in to office.  He has done absolutely nothing to help us out with the rising cost of gas, food, cost of living, period.  The world has been focused on "The Royal Wedding" for months, now that it's over, we're focused on the death of Bin Laden.  When there are folks all around the USA who are homeless & suffering after the longest tornado outbreak last week.  We had HUGE fund raisers for Haiti, what about the people that live here, just miles from my family?  Some of these people are just like me.  If a tornado was to take away my house, I'd just be out of luck.  I don't own my house, we rent it.  2 of the 3 cars we own have liability only insurance on them, so we can afford the insurance.  I'd loose all of my keepsakes, photos, & priceless possessions.  I just don't understand how people can be rejoicing over this wedding (of people who could care less about us & are in a totally different country) when we have such a great need in our own country.  I can understand wanting to hear some good news, vs. bad news all of the time.  But all of this hoopla is unnecessary, to say the least.  We, as a country, are hurting & our "president" should be stepping up to help us.  Okay...off my soap box.
     Today would've been my Memaw's 81st birthday.  She passed away in 1983, when I was only 7 years old, but I miss her as if she passed away yesterday.  When I was little, all of my memories are with her.  I remember always being welcome at her house & she loved me like no one else could.  I remember her teaching me how to cook & coloring with me at her kitchen table.  She lived just across the street from me, so I saw her everyday.  When she was gone, I was heartbroken.  I can remember when I started filling out my high school graduation announcements, I couldn't send her an invitation.  The same thing when I got married & had my kids.  But I know that she was there...she just had a better view.  Today I know she's looking down on us all & she's able to see my wonderful family, I just wish they had a chance to know her.  Happy birthday, Memaw.  I love you.  Until we meet again....

Sunday, May 1, 2011

He's tearing off every label!

Today, I decided to try to tape some of the things Troy can do to have as a keepsake.  This is just a taste of what all he can do.  After watching this, how can any one put a label on him?  Hope you enjoy!

Troy Jason 5/1/11~27 1/2 months