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!"

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


     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."

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