Sunday, May 31, 2009
I ended up chasing after this girl for over three hours in a very crowded airport with lots of frustrated people. Bad weather in Baltimore delayed our flight for quite a while, but McKenna's shoes kept everyone entertained. Aunt Lindsey bought McKenna a pair of weesqueaks. The soles are soft and have a squeaker in the heel and everytime you step it makes a squeak. McKenna thought they were hysterical and she stomped and ran all over the place. She kept everyone entertained and I must have gotten over 30 comments about how cute they were. I actually had to take them of her to look inside to get the name for one woman who just had to have them for her granddaughter. We finally made it onto the plane and I was able to get McKenna her own seat again. Unfortunately, I picked the wrong seat mate for us. Our friend, we'll just call her "Miss. I Have Distain for Children" was already seated when I asked her if the other two seats next to her were taken. I could immediately tell by the look on her face that I had just asked the wrong person, but I was holding up the line of everyone else waiting to get on the plane, so I just went for it. "Miss. I Have Distain for Children" was amazing. She actually held her ear that was closest to me for almost the entire flight (which was over two hours). I'll admit, "this little piggy" and "patty cake" are not my favorites either, but it was a lot better than having McKenna scream and I was NOT singing them loudly. I was singing them in my best whisper voice. And "Miss. I Have Distain for Children" has some fabulous ignorning techniques. She was not the least bit interested in helping me juggle the snacks and drinks the flight attended passed to me when my tray table wasn't down yet. I know she was worried that I was going to dump a drink on her but she didn't even look up or make any move to help the situation. So in the end we parted ways without her ever uttering a word. I thanked her for sitting with us and for putting up with all the playing I was doing, but she never acknowledged my presence. And I know I shouldn't let stuff like that bother me, but it made me feel sad. Not for me, for her. We finally made it home to my parent's house around 11:30pm. Thankfully McKenna was sound asleep and I crashed shortly after that!
Ryan's flight into Hartford, Connecticut was not without a little drama. Ryan flies a lot and has NEVER had this happen before. They were cleared for a landing and the wheels of the plane actually touched down on the ground and the pilot immediately began to accelerate and then he took off again. They spent the next 30 minutes in the air with a very jittery cabin full of people and the captain was not giving anyone any information. When they landed for the second time the pilot told everyone that a utility vehicle was crossing the runway at the exact moment they were landing. If he had not taken off again they would have most definitely crashed into the vehicle. It was a foggy night and the vehicle must have gotten onto the wrong runway. Ryan's not sure if he believes that story or not. It's also highly likely that the pilot could have over shot the runway and realized that he didn't have enough room to stop so he took off again. Either way, I give God all the praise for keeping Ryan safe and for giving him peace about the whole situation.
And that's it! Gracious that was long! Is anyone still here?
Oh wait, I'm not done yet!
Thank you Devon for mowing our grass. And thanks to Lisa for getting our mail. And thanks to Amy for spiffing our house up when we found out there was going to be a showing. Thanks Grandmom and PopPop for giving Christian so many wonderful memories at your house. Thanks Lindsey for taking care of the flower and babysitting arrangements. And a very special thanks to Heidi and Mandy for helping me make Olivia's ribbons.
And for those of you who have asked, Julie is planning on keeping up their blog, so stop worrying :) They have some great things happening in their lives that are definitely blog worthy. I can't wait to read all about their move to their new house, their trip to Disney and Brooklyn's upcoming birthday, etc! So keep checking in with them and keep praying for them. I know they feel blessed by all of you dear friends out there in cyberspace praying for them and encouraging them!
Now I'm done! Well, not really. I have a few more things I want to post, but I'll wrap this entry up!
Friday, May 29, 2009
I keep thinking about how hard these days are for Olivia's family, but truly the difficult days are the ones that are ahead. When all the visitors have gone home and the meals stop coming and real life has to start again. We need to pray that God's grace will cover them as they find their "new normal." I don't know how I could do it and I'm sure you're thinking the same thing.
I will be back on Eastern Standard Time by bedtime tonight. I miss my boy, but he's been great. I'm flying home by myself with McKenna so I'm a little nervous about that. Ryan has to fly to Connecticut for work, so we're parting ways at the airport. I'll update again when I'm actually home, which won't be until Sunday!
Until then, I'll leave you with this verse that was read at the funeral yesterday! Thank you Jesus for the HOPE we have in you!!!
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
McKenna's napping right now and is sounding all congested for the first time in two months. I didn't bring the nebulizer or humidifier or any of that stuff with me, so we just need to pray that her stuffy little head gets better quick!!
And now to the real reason for this post. The hard part is ahead of us. Tonight is the visitation for Olivia. Please pray that God will send his ministering angels to heal and comfort the broken hearted tonight. Let's bring these names before our heavenly father tonight; Zac, Julie, Jack, Brooklyn, Rod, Sue, Tom and Connie.
You guys are the best!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
You know what I've been thinking and praying a lot lately...."Lord come quickly." All this grief and the heartache of this world make me long for Heaven. I wish I could just pack up my family and everyone that I love and hop on a train to Heaven. I long to be with Jesus where there is no more pain or suffering! Being homesick for Heaven is a good thing!
Lord Come Quickly!
One day last week we were heading to the park so I dressed all the little kids in orange as a way to keep track of them. They looked so cute, so I decided to try and take a group picture.
So here's Christian with his bucket of caterpillars. And that wraps up this attempt at a photo shoot!
Emma and Abby picked out "fancy" clothes to wear to Grandmom's party! It was a surprise (sort-of) party!
PopPop gave Grandmom a digital camera. No more rolls of film for her! Grandmom stayed for three days and got lots of use out of her new camera taking pictures of some of her favorite little people!
Happy Birthday Grandmom, although this is a little belated! We loved having you visit!
I'll admit, I was a little worried about having two three year olds in my house with swords. But it's really been fine.
For almost six months there have been no incidents. No injuries and no rules have been created to tame the swords. We've just had two knights busy saving Princess Abby or Princess McKenna and it's been great.
Until now! Can you tell what this is a picture of? It's a huge hole in the screen in Christian's window. Apparently he decided to slay the screen. And of course this screen has very strange measurements so you can't just go to Lowe's and buy another one. You can order one for an outrageous amount of money or you can fix it yourself. I have no idea how to "re-screen" a screen, but I now am the proud owner of a roll of screen, some fancy little tool you use to push the screen down in the crack around the edge and some black "piping" stuff (that's not really what it's called) that will hold the screen in place. That man at Lowes made it look so easy, but now I'm having doubts, so I'm going to procrastinate and put that project off until next week. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
2 Corinthians 4:18 "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. "
Hebrews12:1-3 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
I bring Zac and Julie before you and ask you to help them to fix their eyes on what is unseen. Comfort their hearts by reminding them that this pain and grief is temporary and that you have an amazing eternity planned for them and all of their children. Help them to run this race, called life, with perseverance. Help them to fix their eyes on you so that they will not grow weary and lose heart. I know they're weary and tired. Strengthen them by the power of your Holy Spirit. Give them a peace that passes all understanding. May they tangibly know that you are with them and that you will never leave them or forsake them in the days, weeks and months ahead. And thank you for Olivia and the amazing life she lived. Thank you for taking care of her until she's with her mommy and daddy again.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Ryan and I and McKenna will be heading out to Illinois on Wednesday morning. Christian is going to stay with my parents while we're gone (it's cheaper that way and he'll have a blast and probably won't miss us at all). I'm a very nervous flyer and hate the thought of three and not four of us getting on a plane, but this is a great exercise in FAITH for me. Just in case you didn't catch that I'll mention again that I HATE FLYING! ((deep breath)) It'll be fine!! Ha! Yes, It'll be fine.
This blog world is amazing. I know that so many of you are grieving with us. I know that Olivia was dear to so many of you and I know that many of you prayed for her for months. I know you felt close to her even though you hadn't met her. That's the beauty of blogging. It's united so much prayer and support for Olivia. I know you loved her too! And all I can say is thankyou. The Bible says that we are to bear one another's burdens and you guys are definitely doing that. I am humbled!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I wish I could sit with you right now and hold your hand and tell you how greatly loved you are here on this earth. I wish there was some way I could even put into words how you've changed me. You've made me a better mommy. You've strengthened my faith and I have a much closer relationship with Jesus because of you. I wish I could whisper to you about your heavenly father. He loves you so much and he wants you to be able to run and jump and sing. He's been preparing a special place for you and I know with all my heart that He is going to take good care of you! His promises NEVER FAIL!
Love you always,