Saturday, January 31, 2009
1 - I became a Christian in my mid-twenties.
2 - I love to blog and am surprised how much of an outlet it is for me.
3 - All three of my boys have the initials GG and I love them with all my heart.
4 - I went through IVF prior to both my pregnancies and still have 6 frozen embryos. The twins were actually frozen for 2 years before they were born. Crazy, right?
5 - I love to capture great moments on my camera.
6 - I worked my whole way through college and paid my whole way, technically I am still paying...lovely student loans.
7 - I studied my last 6 weeks of college overseas in London.
8 - My dad died of lung cancer when I was 25 and Billy and I were blessed with the gift of holding his hand as he took his last breath. I was changed forever in a very awesome way.
9 - I drove a car in college that I literally duck taped to keep the rain out.
10- I completed a 1/2 marathon and want to do it again, but this time run more. :)
11 - All of my boys - middle names - are named after someone in our family.
12 - I have been to 4/5 Hawaiian Islands and also Alaska, Mexico, Great Britain, France & The US Virgin Islands...I guess the point to this fact is I like to travel....far!
13 - I am obsessed about deleting anything off the DVR.
14 - I sleep with eye pillows at night and love them!
15 - I married my best friend and he still is after 10 years together....praise God, because raising 3 boys is not easy.
16 - I wear my jeans multiple times before washing them.
17 - I am a rule follower.
18 - I don't always manage my time the best way and know I should do better.
19. I hate to put laundry away. I don't mind washing and folding.
20. I still watch All My Children and have for too many years to count. :)
21. I love to have genuine relationships.
22. In high school, I was riding in a car during a storm and the car was washed away by water. I sat in the backseat with water covering my legs and waist...pretty scary!
23. While in France, I visited the Dom Perignon Winery, some very cool churches and of course the Eiffel Tower.
24. After the twins were born, they stayed 3 weeks in the NICU. Before we left the hospital, they were covered in a local news story on The Woodlands hospital.
25. I am into the whole organic movement....not fully eating it, but working on it.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I had the pleasure of attending a Ladies Night Out speaking event last night. It was organized by Proverbs 31 Ministries. There were several speakers & singers...Lysa TerKeurst, Renee Swope, Jason Catron, & Ayiesha Woods. The featured speaker was Kate Gosselin from TLC's Jon & Kate plus 8. I love that show and have watched it for a couple of years. I honestly use to watch it to make myself feel better when I would get a case of "poor me". This was mostly when the twins were very little and the majority of my day was spent feeding, changing diapers and wrangling my very active 2 year old. I found comfort in the fact that someone else was going through a harder time than I was. If she could do it, then surely I could, right? Well, life is much more manageable today than a couple of years ago, for me & also for the Gosselin Family. Believe me, we still have our challenges, but they are just different.
Kate recently wrote a book sharing her faith journey through a very difficult and blessed time in her life...adding 6 to her family of 4. She was very candid about her struggles and also how God continually provided for her family. I was blessed to hear her story. As she was about to finish up, she said something that held much significance for me. She said, "God is always in control & you can not put a time frame on God."
Now, I know these statements are true because I have been a Christian for many years and God is absolutely in control, but that does not mean that I (Christians) don't struggle with trying to take that control away from God at times. I am struggling in a area of my life where I have been trying to put a time frame on God. This struggle is specifically related to the six frozen embryos that Billy and I have from the IVF we have done in the past. Am I saying that I want more children, not exactly, but I am trying to find some direction in this area and I have been putting "MY" time frame on it. I came away from the event with an "AH HA!" moment. It was like a light bulb went off inside my head telling me to STOP trying to control the situation and let GOD take control of it. So here I am, I will wait for God to give me direction. Where will it lead us? I am not sure, but I know that it will be inspired by God and not me.
I will share more on this later, but in the interim, please pray for God to guide Billy & I in this situation...specifically for the peace to adopt the embryos out or the courage to have more children.
After writing all of that, I realize my attraction to the show had a much deeper meaning than just empathy. It was God.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I was playing on the computer this morning and was interrupted by Billy yelling, "Honey, can you please come here?" I got up and found Billy and he proceeded to tell me that our oldest son decided to pee, YES PEE, off the second story banister. WHAT?
Honestly, I was upset, but it was almost more comical than upsetting, however, I could never let Gavin know that. Now, I know that I have never specifically told him not to pee off the banister, but what in the world was he thinking? I thought my biggest worries about anything coming off the banister would be cars/toys/balls and that was specifically explained as bad behavior. Billy and I both asked him why he did it and his best answer was "I could not make it to the bathroom and I really had to go." If you were wondering, the bathroom was another 5 feet so of course that explanation was not good enough....not that any explanation would work because there is no excuse for his behavior. He was sent to his room as we assessed the damage and tried to contain our laughter. As far as he knows, we were really mad (which we mostly were), but we could not quit laughing (inside of course). Thankfully, there were clean clothes (waiting to be put away) on top of the chair that received the bulk of the bad behavior.
Oh, and if you were wondering how we found out, he told on himself, he is only 4 and they do that to themselves. I know that will change in due time. :)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Papa & Gavin