Tuesday, June 30, 2009

what a beautiful ride

Grayden and I were jamming to the radio this morning just like we always do when we are in the car. And on a rare occasion I switched the dial to the country station because I just wasn't in the mood to listen to the carpet cleaning commercials and hearing about where I should get my oil changed in between the songs I listen to on my regular station.

The song "Life Aint't Always Beautiful" by Gary Allen came on and as I was singing along I thought about how true so many of those words are in life.

Life isn't always what we dream it will be.

I remember going through my teenage years dreaming about my future. And in those dreams I would marry the man of my dream, have a beautiful wedding, get pregnant and give birth to lots of babies that look just like us and all live happily ever after in the huge house we built. Never did these plans include burying our first born, fighting for my life for 7 months, having surgery after surgery, a kidney transplant and walking the difficult road to become parents again.

Even though life didn't go EXACTLY as planned and the road to get here was difficult. I could not be any happier than I am right now. Our journey was long, hard and painful but I wouldn't change it. It all paid off 100 times over because now as I type this I am snuggling our precious son who I can't imagine life without. He is worth all it! Everything I've endured...it's all ok now because we have him.
Life ain't always beautiful
But it's a beautiful ride! Just like the song says.

See! isn't he SO worth it?

And getting back to my revised blog title I added at the bottom "He made something beautiful out of our suffering". I adapted that little line from the song "Resurrection" by Nicol Sponberg
Her words say 'Make something beautiful out of all this suffering'. I prayed that prayer many times in this past year and he answered my plea in the most perfect way!!
Grayden is our 'something beautiful!'

Monday, June 29, 2009

Need a laugh?

I can't stop laughing!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

King of the World

This year's father's day was the best ever! I was looking so forward to being able to celebrate ALL the special fathers in my life! My dad, my dad in law, my baby's dad, his birthdad and most of all my Heavenly dad! I spent a lot of time thanking Him this father's day, for loving me so much and giving me this abundant life!

There is a song that is sung my the group Point of Grace called "King of the World" about a girl dancing with her daddy. I love that song but the when I hear the words I think of my Heavenly Father dancing me around until "my feet don't ever touch down"
Now, I do get an occasional dance in with my dad :)

but I long for the day when I get to heaven to celebrate and dance with my Heavenly Father every single day! He is the King of the World"

But until then I am enjoying every second God has given me to watch my husband be a daddy to our wonderful boys.

(I love the gentle way he holds our boys!)
He is better than I ever imagined he would be and as a result a better husband! I couldn't ask for more! He is the best! I couldn't wait to see Robb experience fatherhood and never did I imagine it would be this amazing! We love you!

Pictures of our day on Father's day*they are so handsome*

I got this idea from another blog I read and thought it was so cute!! I plan to take their picture like this every year on fathers day!

Hope all you dad's out there had a great day on Sunday and for those men/husbands that have yet to experience it....it's worth the wait and we pray for you as you wait!

Monday, June 22, 2009


Saturday morning we participated in the 15th Annual LifeWalk put on by Lakeshore Pregnancy Center. We raised over $700 to support the LPC and there wonderful organization.

We had a great time and hope to do it again next year!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Storm 2009

Friday night our little hometown was hit with a HUGE storm. The three of us were doing some shopping at Wal.mart and half way through our shopping trip we heard rain falling down HARD on the rooftops, so we knew right away that we were going to be getting very wet!
This is a picture I took out the car window on our way home!
Water was everywhere, all over the roads and the fields were turning into small lakes. We got home and changed into some dry clothes and watched as the storm continued to roll through.....it was crazy! Around 10:00 we lost power, that was interesting to say the least. With a newborn at home and no way to warm up bottles we realized just how lucky we are to have electricity! Thank you Benjamin Franklin (glad I decided to google that; I first typed Thomas Edison!)
Here are some more pictures from the next morning.


as you can see there has been a lot of damage here in the last few days. Luckily for us the worst of it was 24 hours without electric but as you can imagine many weren't so fortunate. Please be in prayer for the families dealing with losses and damage.

*photos taken from the Holland Sentinel*

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Frosty for a Cause

This Saturday and Sunday Wendy's will be donating 50 cents to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption for every Frosty sold!

So go eat some Frostys this weekend and buy some for dad too on his special day!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Not so Wordless Wednesday

the moment we had been waiting for....
the first time we laid eyes on our beautiful new baby.

God is so good!
I can't even begin to describe the emotions running through our entire bodies at that very moment. In all my life I will never forget that beautiful feeling.

(Where does the time go? That was over a month ago!)

Monday, June 15, 2009


Thank you so much Patrice for the super cute blog makeover! I love it!
What do you guys think? How do you like the new changes to the blog as much as I do?
Thanks so much for your thoughts and ideas on a new title, I agreed with many of the suggestions to keep it the same, it didn't feel right to change it completely but I did adjust it to fit our life today and our journey to get here.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

a glimpse at our new life

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I love being a mom

Having G in our family has been such a joy, he is a dream come true and I am loving every minute of motherhood.

I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.
1 Samuel 1:27

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wordless Wednesday