As some of you know, I was a big Kids Praise / Psalty fan growing up. I had Kids Praise 1-4 on records and Kids Praise 5 on cassette. A few years ago, my brother transferred many of my old records onto CDs. Olivia and I listen to them almost daily and I feel so blessed to have her listening to what I listened to growing up. Well, I recently got the CD of Kids Praise 5 . .it was one of my favorites. One of my favorite songs on the CD is One Step At A Time. I was listening to it in the car today and just burst into tears. Yeah, Olivia probably thought her mom had gone nuts. I listened to those words probably a million times growing up, but they mean something totally different now. The song begins:
When something seems too hard to handle Too big to conquer, too far away to touch.
When all your dreams begin to shatter And deep inside you, you're hurtin' oh so much.
Now, I just know that growing up I related to that song as well, but it was probably about my mom not letting me go to the Jets concert or. . .something like that. :) It takes on new meaning for me today as I know the meaning of climbing the highest mountain with Jesus by my side.
Sometimes life gets so complicated and a children's song sorta takes you back to square one and reminds you of what is truly important in life. . .what you need to learn. Yeah. . .this post is kinda corny, but I think we teach our children about what is important in life and sometimes forget to apply it to our own life. I haven't memorized a bible verse since I went to Awanas, but that's still important to us as adults. So, I'm going to try to memorize more scripture even though I'm awful at it. Well, I'm not awful at memorizing verses. . .I'm really good forgetting them afterwards. And I know a lot of bible verses, but I don't know where they are found. So, here's my first one:
. . .but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
Olivia still loves musical cards. She had to borrow Julia's birthday card for a bit over the weekend to listen to the beautiful music. She would love to listen to music continuously throughout the day. I'll be curious to see how her love of music plays out as she gets older.
Lately, Olivia has been really into dollhouses. She saw those cool dollhouses at Hobby Lobby and desperately wanted them down to play with. She's also really into little cars. She has some cute, little bug cars that she calls "rabbit cars" which is a long story, but she LOVES them. She is playing with them too in the pictures below. And, today. . .it was a beautiful day, so I cleaned out her water table. Last year, she didn't care a whole lot for it, but today she loved it and we had a blast. Well, except that every time I turned my head, she was climbing into the water table. Needless to say, she was soaked by the time we headed inside. I have enjoyed watching her interests branch out and change as she gets older. And, I know one little girl who may be getting a big dollhouse for her birthday!
We celebrated a lot this weekend. We celebrated the lives of Olivia and Logan by marching for babies. We celebrated my brother-in-law's retun from California. Sadly, he goes back to California on Monday. We also celebrated my niece's birthday. Because the entire family was together again, we took more family pictures. Plus, we hadn't gotten the kids together in their Easter outfits. It was a busy, but wonderful weekend!
I have two exciting bits of news. Olivia has made it to 23 lbs!! She continues to eat and it does my heart good to watch her eat all kinds of food. And to see her gaining weight? Pure joy. Olivia also let me paint her toenails today. I thought I was going to have to wait until she was, like, a preteen to do that. She saw me painting my toenails and it piqued her interest. I let her pick out her own color and she sat still while I painted them and everything. This is a big milestone for her, in my eyes. She is so proud of her painted piggies.
I unexpectedly gave birth at 23 weeks to micro-preemie twins on August 27, 2007. Olivia Paige weighed just 1 lb 1.5 oz and was 11.5 inches long. Logan William weighed just 1 lb 1.75 oz and was 11.5 inches long. Our sweet Logan passed away after 1 month and 1 day. After 105 days, we were able to bring Olivia home. She is our miracle, our survivor, our joy. . .
On November 20, 2012 we welcomed little sister, Abigail, into our lives. She was born at 35 weeks, but only spent 8 days in the hospital before coming home. We feel very blessed. To contact Ryan and Jodi you may email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
You were the perfect little boy Of whom we always dreamed. Did you know we had your name picked out? All along or so it seemed.
You even had your daddy’s hands So miniature in size. In life we never got to hold you Or even see your opened eyes.
We had so many plans for you. Did you know you are a twin? I wanted you to grow up together. What a pair you would have been!
I wanted to take you to the park And push you on the swing. I wanted to teach you how to walk, And read and write and sing.
I wanted to show you a fire truck And let you ride upon a horse. I wanted to take you to the zoo To see the giraffes, of course.
I wanted you to watch cartoons And play video games with dad. And you and I would take a nap Oh, the times we would have had.
But, your mommy’s plans were not to be. “I have other plans,” God said. “You won't be playing in life’s playground You’ll be playing in heaven instead.”
And although I ache with sadness And in my arms I long to hold. I’ll see you again in heaven When my story on earth’s been told.
A thousand tiny fireflies Parading through the night Illuminate the starless skies With incandescent light They are miracles, here on earth So bold, so strong, so wise And bring to life a sense of worth For those who lack great size.
Some of this life’s smaller treasures Are the ones which matter more Than the larger joys and pleasures That we have grown to adore Volume is not as essential As the gift that lies inside Smaller souls with much potential Who shall never be denied.
A thousand tiny fireflies Parading through the night Illuminate the starless skies With incandescent light These children, while born premature Are testaments of worth Their spirits bold, their futures sure To ever bless the earth.