Monday, January 31, 2011

Fun times in T-town

Over the weekend, John David went on a hunting trip with his Dad. It was the last weekend of duck season, and they limited out 3 mornings in a row and had a great time together. Meanwhile, my best friend from Texarkana was having a baby shower on Saturday. So, Lyla and I got a wild hair and hopped in the car on Friday to make the trek down there. Lyla had woken up Thursday with a bad cough and runny nose, so I figured I'd take advantage of the extra hands, and a chance to spend time with family. We had the best time! Although that drive is so brutal, it was worth it once we got there!!

One of the perks of being there is that I got to sleep in both mornings! :)
And, this is how I found Lyla girl on Saturday morning...
chillin' in her new chair Jan Jan got her for the beach, wearing her new PJ's and her new Uggs.
(she gets spoiled rotten when we go there...and I'm not complaining!) :)

Aunt Ali (aka Lyla's pageant coach) worked with Lyla on some of her moves...
this was the classic "fingers-in-your-dimples-with-a-cheesy-smile" move.
Lyla was workin' it. That girl has her eyes on the Tiara!!

And, big news!!
LYLA GOT HER FIRST HAIRCUT!!!

before:
(very scraggly and mulletish...was driving me crazy!)
during:
(Aunt Ali working her magic)

And, After:
(I absolutely LOVE it!! She looks like such a big kid now with her little bob)
goodbye mullet!!!
And, then we were off to...
MEL'S BABY SHOWER:
She's due in less than a month with baby Josiah!!! Can't wait to meet him!!


All my T-town buddies!! Such a treat to see these girls! LOVE each one of them so much!

Preggo Heather!! Who would have ever thought we'd see her with a belly?? So cute!

Me and my little grown-up Amelia!

Jan Jan and Lyla joined the party!!

And I finally got to meet baby Reese!!



Just running around, showing off her cute new haircut. :)

After the shower, Jan Jan, Pop, and I took Lyla to Chuck E. Cheese!!
She wanted nothing to do with the rides that cost money.

ALL she wanted to do is go down the slide over and over and over.
That's my girl...taking advantage of the free stuff! :)


"Pizza!!!"
(Lyla could live off pizza and fruit...absolutely her favorite foods)
Lyla and Pop got adventuresome and climbed up in the big kid play area...
They love each other.
Speaking of Love, Lyla loves Atticus!!
Here she is offering him a sip of her pretend drink.
And sitting in her favorite little chair.
Snuggling with Jan Jan while we watch Hi-5:

Hands

On Sunday, we got to spend some time with Rachel and Will Berry before we headed out of town. Such little cuties. Checking out the dogs.

And, lastly, this is the portrait hanging in Jan Jan and Pop's house of John David when he was Lyla's age! See any similarities?? :)
I'm seriously obsessed with his little hand pinching his thigh.
Precious.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Boyfriend's Back!!

Sawyer Bear is back after a ROUGH week!!! A week ago today, he had an awful asthma attack and had to be transported by plane to Children's Hospital in Little Rock. After a couple nights in ICU and lots of testing, he's finally back in the Ville...as cute and precious and lovable as ever!! My heart has been SO heavy for the Henrys and all that they've been through over the past week. I absolutely can't even imagine the pain of seeing my child not able to breathe!!! (you can read the whole story here) They just got back last night, and Lyla and I couldn't WAIT to hug that sweet little boy and his Mama!!!! Now, I normally wouldn't let Lyla just go around kissing any boy like this, but this was a special circumstance...

These two really are the best playmates and have so much fun together...

video

We are SO thankful for the Henrys and their amazing friendship to us, and we are praising God that Sawyer is ok!!!! Glad to have them back. Life is very weird in Fayetteville without them!! :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

These have helped too...

In my last post, I mentioned some words that have been helpful through this time. And, I've gotta say, these have been pretty helpful too...

From Uncle John, Aunt Laura, John William, and Mark

From Ali, Cody, and Baby Dealer


And, our sweet little Drew Sutherland (who lived with us for a while) sent the above flowers and petit-fores (how do you spell that??) from him and his friend, Bruna. I was absolutely blown away when these arrived!!! At first, I was so confused by "John 15" until I realized it was a reference to my blog...that I had talked about how helpful that passage had been. I mean, how incredibly sweet and thoughtful is that??

Just wanted to document this kindness...you know, since the flowers will soon die and the cakes have all been eaten. :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

A few more rambling thoughts...

I wanted to give a little "follow-up" update to process all the emotions that I've experienced over the past week and a half. I've definitely had my teary, painful moments dealing with not being pregnant anymore. A lot of this may be recovery from my D&C, and just feeling more crampy, exhausted, and hormonal through the week...and a lot of it may just be the normal grieving process. But, I would never want to give the impression that this has just been so easy for me because I trust God. Although I 100%, with all my heart, still trust in God's goodness, His Sovereignty, and His perfect plan for my life, that does NOT take away from the fact that this whole thing has been HARD and PAINFUL. God IS GOOD, but this season will still have it's rough parts...in fact, I'm sure I'm going to wonder and think about that baby for the rest of my life!
I tend to think to myself, "get over it Mindy. SO many women have been through this. It's so common!" But, I've learned that no matter how common it is or how flippantly we throw around the term "miscarriage", it's still PERSONAL to the woman who is experiencing it. From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I couldn't stop thinking about that baby. I pretty much had their whole life planned out in my head!! Already planning summer birthday parties, and joint parties with my niece, Olivia, because their birthdays would be so close together! I was thrilled that I was going to have a summer baby so they could be old for their grade and be at the top of the class. (haha) I was already planning Lyla's big girl room and dreaming of the next nursery. I already imagined how fun it would be for this baby to be SO CLOSE in age to Ali and Julia's babies and to have cousins that were so close...and to walk through the newborn stage all over again with them. I just got SO excited about the thought of having another little newborn in the house and to see Lyla as a big sister. And for them to be so close in age, like my brother and I were. You get the idea. My Grandmama wrote me the sweetest, most encouraging letter and she said, "Excitement turned to disappointment is hard to handle in our own strength. How blessed we are to be children of the King who Sovereignly watches over us." Well said, Grandmama! I kept thinking about that..."excitement turned to disappointment." And it happens in a blink!! My friend Laura wrote to me: "I know how painful and joyless it is to get a surgery to remove a joy you had just days earlier...it is a 'routine' event for the surgeons, but not for the mother bearing the child." So, all this to say...I have a new-found sympathy for the multitude of women out there who have gone through this!! And I am truly thankful that I can now sympathize with them and know how they feel. Just one more thought...I have LOVED reading through Psalms during this time. If you are going through a hard time right now, I encourage you to do the same. It's full of people who are struggling through life as well and are honest about it, but always bring their attention and praise back to God, and that He is always worthy of Praise. His grace is sufficient!!!!! (I love Psalm 139 that says "our days were numbered before one of them came to be"...He knew the plan He had for that little baby in my womb.) And my heart still fully REJOICES in HIM!! I truly am still thankful for these trials because they draw us closer to Him! To Him be the Glory forever.

Once again, thanks for letting me ramble.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Weekend at the Ranch

When we woke up Thursday morning to a blanket of snow on the ground, we loaded up our things and headed out to the Ranch to play...we were going to just spend one night out there, and ended up staying for 3 days! It was such a needed, relaxing getaway. Here are LOTS of pics from our time...






Manly men:


Me and Lee in our matching headbands!

The dudes




3 Little Monkeys jumping on the bed


eating our yummy dinner

watching cartoons the next morning

The view out the front

Margot went hunting with Patrick...she was a little bundled! haha!!

We rode through the woods to look for deer and enjoy the winter wonderland



Lyla straight fell asleep in Daddy's arms on our ride!

We played a little hide and seek...
this is what Lyla does whenever you ask where anyone or anything is.
(holds up her little arms like this and shrugs as she looks around)
"Lyla, where's Richard??"
hmmmmm...seriously, where could he be???
THERE THEY ARE!!!
Now, where's Lyla??
There she is!!
(she literally climbed up here all by herself!! haha!!)
Just striking a pose in her new gloves:

One happy girl right here...eating some kettle corn with Lyla while I work a puzzle:
Now for some random cuteness:








On Saturday, our friends Bethany and Daniel joined us and we decided to spend the day in Eureka Springs. We ate the most delicious pizza...so delicious, that I had to take a picture:
And then we just walked around town and did a little shopping...
A very fun weekend indeed!!