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!"

Monday, March 26, 2012


     It's official.  I have 3 weeks, MAX, until we meet our little Mackenna!  My OB switched me from daily shots of Lovenox to twice a day shots of Heparin.  He (& my Perinatalogist) kept apologizing for making me do them twice a day...but the Heparin shots are so much easier & painless!  Wish I could've been on these the entire time!  Last Monday, she was head down, face down...ready for delivery.  I was so excited!  So when I went to my OB on Thursday & my contractions were steady, I thought for sure he'd admit me to the hospital & she'd be coming!  BUT...turns out that she had moved & was head up, face up.  No baby yet.  :(  He said the contractions were probably due to the way she was laying.  I was so disappointed.  Then today, at my weekly visit with my Perinatalogist, she was back head down...but not face down.  That's okay...at least she's in the right position.  She was being stubborn & wouldn't let us get any good ultrasound pictures though.  She looked great, my fluid level was good...BP was elevated, but not too bad (136/76).  Next week, we do another biophysical profile, so I'll get to see what she weighs & all of that.  :)  My mother in law had a doctor's appointment herself, so she couldn't watch Troy.  So I just let Chancey go with me to watch Troy (I knew we'd be in & out within 30 minutes so it'd be fine).  I've wanted to take Troy to that doctor SO bad for a long time, since he's the one that tried to talk me into having an abortion because of the Trisomy 21.  They kept on saying how cute he was....yeah, that's right, kids with Down syndrome ROCK!  He behaved himself & I was one proud mama to have both of my boys there with me! 
     I'm so ready to have my little girl already!  I just can't wait to see & hold her!  I know, she needs to stay inside as long as she can, but I just want to be able to have her with us.  After you've gone through what we've went through to have kids, it's just hard to wait knowing the day is so close.  My OB said that he'll induce me at 38 weeks if she hasn't made her arrival by then, so I suppose 2 1/2 weeks isn't that long of a wait, but it does seem like an eternity!  Not to mention that I'm at that miserable stage now...phew!
     Chancey has had his learner's license for over a week now & he's doing such a great job driving.  He has some things he needs to work on, but don't we all?!  He's learning very well & I am so proud of him.
     Troy is doing so well.  His vocabulary is expanding each day & he's learning so much.  Now if he'd start eating better & growing more, we'd be in business.  I'm just so pleased at his progress & I'm so proud of him, too!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Yet another proud mama brag!

     Well, first of all, my oldest son was saved at church this morning!  Praise the Lord!  He thought he was saved when he was 7 years old & we were baptized together.  But during Disciple Now weekend last weekend, he began to question that he was actually saved.  After a week of conviction, he went to the alter with Mack this morning & asked his youth pastor to pray with him.  He was saved & will be baptized next Sunday!  I am so proud of him for following his heart & not being ashamed to admit that he was mistaken.  Now I know that my son's name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life & that he will be in heaven with me one day...HALLELUJAH!
     I know there are a lot of people in this world who believe that people with Down syndrome are worthless & should be aborted because they are 'different.'  Well, it's true, they are different.  How many people can say that each & every Sunday, someone approaches them & tells them that their child has blessed their lives?  Well, I can tell you that Mack & I CAN say that!  It never fails, that AT LEAST one person each Sunday comes up to us & tells us how Troy has blessed their lives, made them smile, or touched their heart.  Today, I know 4 people told me how blessed they are to know Troy.  How magnificent is that?  (Now, you have to keep in mind that our church is HUGE...we have over 2,000 members.)  After service, this lady stopped me in the restroom & told me that watching Troy "brings such joy to her heart."  She said the he just blesses her life each & every Sunday...that she loves to watch him during the service.  Then, as I walked out of the restroom, she was talking to Mack, Chancey, & Troy.  Troy just reached over & wanted her to hold him (which is rare...he's not fond of strangers).  We stood there for a few minutes just talking.  When we were leaving, he wanted to give her a kiss, so he did.  She told us that just blessed her day.  ♥  So is my son's life worthless?  NO WAY!  God has a plan for him & is already using him to change the hearts of others.  Undoubtedly, these 'know it alls' who claim that people who are born with a little something extra are burdens to society, never met my son!  Not only has he changed our lives, but he is working on the lives of others each day.  I'd say that God knew what He was doing, here, wouldn't you?