I could go on and on and on about all of the things we are blessed with. Most recently I’ve reflected on my family, and great friends.
I have been blessed with the most amazing husband. In the past year he’s done some prett incredible things. He’s finished up a grueling semester(ending dec 07) with Dean’s List Honors, all while taking care of a very sick pregnant wife(at the time, obviously, we have a baby now) and at times a very sick toddler, most of the time, both of us were sick. He’s worked on average about 50 hours a week, plus school, and then coming home and often times making dinner and cleaning the house. He finished his last semester of his Bachelor’s degree under some pretty intense stress, ending with a 3.475 GPA. He’s continually gone out of his comfort zone to try new things and meet new people. I could continue about the amazing things, but the post would be incredibly long. Lastly though, he’s been working on his application for a double master’s degree in Business Administration and Health Services Administration. I’m so glad to have a husband that can have the foresight to realize, even though all of this sucks right now, it will pay off sooner than we know it!
My children are incredible. Though Tori tests my patience most days(like peeing two beds in a span of 24 hours… ours and hers) she is extremely intelligent. She has the vocabulary of someone well beyond almost 3 and can at times, be the most sensitive, caring child. Her vigor and passion for life and everything in it seconds no one I know. She LOVES to learn about new things and help out whenever possible.
Charli is the sweetest little girl. She is very happy, giggly, and has a ready smile for anyone. She has the most beautiful blue eyes and I could not ask for a better baby. She has her moments of frustration, but overall, she’s happy and bubbly. She is also very smart and can figure out a way to get around just about anything you put in her path. She’s managed to master the 15-stair staircase and can beat anyone to the top in record time. Her sweet coos of “mama” and “dada” bring a smile to my face constantly. The way she looks at Tori with adoration is so much fun to watch.
I have a few amazing friends that continue to be there through everything and anything. I have recently been in contact with a few I haven’t spoken to for years and its been refreshing to see that some people remain the same through and through. Its always neat to me to see how we all connect to each other on this massive earth, but in such a small world.
Recently I was reading a friends blog and she had mentioned some friends of theirs going through a very rough time right now. Their baby was born with a lot of problems and was in the NICU. Sadly, the story doesnt get much better, but is was so inspiring to read the posts from this woman, who I don’t really know, but in so many ways is similar to our family and what we went through not so long ago. The pages and pages of heart wrenching details of their son’s life reminded me of our few days of misery with Charli, the rollercoaster ride it was, and just how lucky we are that it wasn’t so much worse in the end. And through everything, Elizabeth has never doubted her faith, or where she is going, or who she is. Its incredible. While the story is so sad, its also, extremely inspirational and I commend her on how she’s handled everything. I know that we were near hysterics when we went through a fraction of what they have, with Charli. If you’d like to check out their story, read it here. I certainly believe that God gives certain people experiences not only because others could not handle them, but because the way in which certain individuals respond to their trials is a tremendous example to others.
I feel so blessed to be married to a guy who loves me and his girls so much and feel doubly blessed to have two sweet little girls that bring so much joy into our lives. Dave and I are so lucky that things have turned out the way they have and I’m so grateful for the things that we’ve done, together, in spite of what others thought, or what was put in our way, to really make so many of our dreams come true. I could not ask for a better life right now.