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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!"

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hopeful!

     We were FINALLY able to see a Pediatric Endocrinologist yesterday for Troy's thyroid.  If you've been following my blog or my posts on facebook, you know what a dilemma we had when we took him to the Emory Children's Center a few months ago.  Pediatric Endocrine Associates was 100% better!  I couldn't have been more pleased (well, it could've been closer to home, but other than that..)!  The doctor was such a wonderful lady, she loved on Troy & didn't force him to do anything he wasn't comfortable doing.  She was very impressed on how well he listened, talked, & comprehended.  She kept doting on him, which makes for one PROUD mama!  She gave us some promising information & explained everything so well.  The lab techs were wonderful, as well.  They were friendly & tried to be as gentle as possible.  They only had to stick Troy once to collect his labs.  I'm so proud of my BIG boy for being so brave & being so helpful to us during the trip.  So, if you live around here & heaven forbid, your child needs to see an Endocrinologist, I highly recommend them.  We've heard great things about several doctors in the practice, but Troy saw Dr. Dasari.
     It's still surreal to me that I have a daughter...that I have another BEAUTIFUL miracle.  She's such a sweetheart...she still wakes up at 2 a.m. & doesn't go back to sleep until around 7:30 or 8 a.m., but that's okay.  She's growing like a weed & before I know it, she'll be all grown up.  I can remember when my Chancey was this size & he'll be a sophomore in high school in a week!  Mackenna tries so hard to hold her head up by herself & when she's on her tummy, she tries to roll over & even moves her legs to scoot (I'm hoping she will crawl, since Troy never did).
     Chancey has a week left of his freshman year of high school.  Yesterday & today, he had EOCTs (end of course tests) in math & English.  I pray that he does well on the math one (not worried about English...he's AWESOME in that subject, & in every other subject but math).  I think he only has to make a 50% on the test to pass the course, which I'm certain he'll do.  He has been helping us so much with Troy since Mackenna arrived.  He has been such a blessing & I am so proud of him!  We don't even have to ask him to help out, he just does it on his own. 
     With Mother's Day coming up this Sunday, I sit in complete awe at my blessed life.  I have the best husband in the world, who loves me with his entire heart & soul.  He works so hard for our family & has sacrificed so much for us.  We have 3 spectacular kids & I wouldn't change one fiber of their being.  I am so happy & so grateful for the love of these 4 people, who make me who I am & make me want to be a better person!  :)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

SHE'S HERE!

     My BEAUTIFUL daughter, Mackenna Julianne, made her appearance at 8:33 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17th.  She was 20 3/4" long & weighed 7 lbs 12 oz.  She's two weeks old today!  :)  We've had a wild roller coaster ride that's lasted 2 weeks, but I think it's finally coming to a stop, HALLELUJAH!  I tell you, the Devil was attacking my family from EVERY angle.  From the complications I had, to Mackenna's issues, to Troy contracting the Coxsackie Virus (for the 2nd time in a year), to even messing with my clothes dryer!  He was trying to steal our joy & tear us all apart.  BUT, he must've forgotten one thing....that we've been through hell & back MANY times before & we came out stronger than ever, so not only did he fail his mission, but he brought us all closer together!  Ironic, huh?!  Several couples from our Sunday School class served us dinner last week & we're so blessed to have them all in our lives.  It was such a burden lifted off my shoulders to know that my family would be fed & I didn't have to worry about that.  My wonderful mother in law came over to help me with Troy when he was so sick & clingy...she even went with Mack to take him to the Pediatrician & bought us lunch & all of Troy's medication.  Many people prayed for us.  God was with us, for us, & intervened on our behalf.  He gave us many people that helped band us together & block the Devil from doing any further damage, & for that, I will be forever thankful.  :)  I'm finally healing.  Troy is finally back to his old self.  So far Mackenna hasn't shown any signs of contracting the virus & she's eating perfectly.  Now, if I can get her to straighten out her days & nights (she has them mixed up & I've tried EVERYTHING to help her switch them back).  Bless her heart, she sleeps like her Daddy...NOTHING is waking her up & I mean NOTHING!  The only thing that wakes her up for a brief moment is a bath....she HATES it!  But, I know this is temporary..she'll get it eventually.  People offer this advice to me "just sleep when she sleeps."  Um, hello?  I have a 3 year old son with special needs that NEEDS me during the day...how can I possibly sleep then?  No way I'm putting him in daycare.  He had a hard enough time when I was in the hospital for 2 days & he was staying at his own house with his Granny & brother...no way he could tolerate daycare.  We'll manage...we'll adjust....she's so worth it all!  My kids mean EVERYTHING to me.  Besides, sleep is overrated...I'll sleep when I'm dead!  Any way...if you are one of the people who prayed for us, I want to say "THANK YOU!  Please keep praying for us.  We've managed to kick the Devil out the door, now we have to get him off the front porch & back to hell where he belongs."