a BIG update for a BIG girl

sarah ann was such a big girl when it came time for her surgery to have her tonsils and adenoids removed last monday! she was excited about wearing the hospital gown, and they gave her a cute little bear to take back with her to the operating room, along with her lovey. we spent the few minutes before watching cartoons while the doctors and nurses came in to give us information and check on the princess. when it was time to roll her away, they pretended that she was in a parade. she waved bye to us, and after what seemed like the longest 30 minutes of my life, the doctor came and told us that everything went great! once she woke up, we are able to stay with her in recovery for the next two hours. it took her a little while to calm down in my arms from the anesthesia, but after drinking some juice and watching some veggie tales she was feeling much better. she also loved cuddling with her daddy! we went straight to sonic on the way home to pick up a slushie!

overall, sarah ann has recovered so well from her surgery! as soon as we got home from the hospital, she asked to color and watch a movie. she has spent a lot of time over the past week making crafts, watching tons of disney movies, and reading lots of books. it has been hard to get her to rest! she has loved being able to eat so much ice cream and so many popsicles! we had a few rough nights, but the days have gone extremely well! her throat is still a little sore in the mornings, but she is sleeping so much better—and breathing all night long!

we are so thankful for all of the people that brought us dinner and sweet treats for sarah ann to help keep her occupied while she rested. it made our week so much smoother! thank you, friends!

since sarah ann was feeling much better by thursday, we went to school for her last day to celebrate with her friends at their end of the year party! she loved seeing mrs. clarice and all of her friends again! they went on a special adventure (following “map”) to discover their super special dora party upstairs! they also danced and sung to some of their favorite class songs. they did a special poem that talked about how they have transformed from caterpillars to butterflies this year. i am so proud of how much sarah ann has grown. she has learned so much about her letters and numbers, how to be a good friend and share, and so many wonderful Bible stories and truths. she is such a little learner, and she takes in everything that she experiences! i am so glad that this school year was so wonderful for her!

here is also a video of sarah ann’s ballet and tap dances at the dress rehearsal before her recital. she is the 2nd one from the left. she is a little shy at first from being on the big stage, but she warmed up as the songs went on, and she definitely felt much more comfortable on sunday!

from the moment that we found out that we were having a girl almost 4 years ago now, i couldn’t wait for her to be a dancer! i can’t believe that she has completed her first year. i love to see the joy on her face when she dances, and she pride that she had when she finished her recital. it was such a big commitment for her to make, and she did an incredible job! she sure does know how to make this momma’s heart melt!

and finally, another big update for our big girl…she is sleeping in her brand new “tangled” full bed tonight! she has been so excited about sleeping with rapunzel and paschal on her pillow case, and we are excited about her hopefully staying in her bed all night long! i think i was kind of holding on the the toddler bed, because it made me think she was still a toddler. but i guess at some point she has to grow up, and i absolutely love adore the little girl that she is becoming! i am so blessed to be her mommy! sweet dreams, my little princess!

Workin’ at the Carwash!

Sunday afternoon after lunch we headed outside to enjoy the beautiful weather and play in the sprinklers! Sarah Ann and Reece wanted to wash their Cozy Coupe, so I gave them some washrags and they went straight to work! They had so much fun. I can’t wait until they can really wash Mommy and Daddy’s car!

Happy Memorial Day!

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

Today we are especially thankful for the men and women who have fought and died for our freedom and safety.

Happy “Morial” Day!

Love, Sarah Ann and Reece

10 Years

It has now been 10 years since I graduated high school. In some ways I can’t believe 10 years has passed already, and in other ways it seems like it has been so much longer. I loved high school; I loved being involved–varsity cheerleading, honors clubs, FCA. I’m thankful for the friends and teachers that encouraged me. I’m thankful for the memories. But most of all, I’m thankful that God gripped my heart while I was in high school–called me out beyond just going to church, being good, and helping others. He called me to start a Bible study with my cheerleaders, he called me to share my faith boldly, to help bring all of our classmates together to have a senior year full of unity, and he called me to missions where I spent two spring breaks in Argentina and the Domincan Republic. So, as I look back on my time in high school, I thank God for working in and through me far beyond what I could ever imagine—and thankful for where He has me now. Ten years ago, I don’t really know if I could have imagined myself as a stay at home mom, married for almost 6 years, and living in South Carolina–but I’m so glad God has greater plans for me than I could have for myself.  And I most definitely can’t wait to see how God works in and uses Sarah Ann and Reece during high school, and where and what God called them to be ten years later–it’s going to be an incredible journey! Even though I do wish that they could stay my little babies forever!

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Just because a post isn’t complete without a picture of the kiddos—here they are watching VeggieTales at Lifeway with Buzz and Woody.

Flowers

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

1 Peter 1:23-25

Reece-isms

Anytime you ask him his name…
Mommy: What is your name?
Reece: My name is Spider-Reecey.

While sitting in his toy car in the garage…
Mommy: What are you doing Reecey?
Reece: I dive (drive) my tar (car) to wort (work).
Mommy: Where do you work?
Reece: My wort at Pizza Pannet (Planet).

When going to get him of out bed in the morning…
Mommy: Good morning, Reecey!
Reece: Where’s Sa-ah Ann?

All day long…
Reece: What you doing, Mommy? What you doing, Mommy?

When being put in his crib at night…
Mommy: Are you ready to get in your spaceship?
Reece: To infinity and beyond!

When telling Daddy night-night?
Daddy: I love you, Reecey. Goodnight!
Reece: I wuv you, son! Goodnight, son!

When talking about his friends…
Mommy: Reece, who are your friends?
Reece: My love Char-e-Man! (Charlie-man)

Saturday

After a lazy morning, we headed out to the zoo around 11am to enjoy a picnic and visit the animals. Well, when we got there it was packed! We changed our plans and decided to head downtown and play at Finlay Park. Reece really likes running all over the bridges on the playground there, and Sarah Ann likes the monkey bars! We loved finally being able to enjoy some beautiful weather after all the rain we had here this week. While we know the rain is very much needed, we have not enjoyed being inside all week! After playing on the playground, Daddy took us on an “adventure” to see all of the waterfalls at the park. I am so thankful for the time we have together on the weekends! What a wonderful Saturday afternoon!

Recitals, tonsils, and a sweet girl, oh my!

Last weekend Sarah Ann completed her first year of dance and was in her very first dance recital! She received a trophy for completing the full year of dance, and we looked absolutely adorable on the stage! She loved wearing make-up, including pink lipstick and mascara, and dancing on the big stage with all of the lights! Her costume was super sweet and their little dances were so much fun! For ballet she danced to “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and for tap she danced to “Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride” from Lilo and Stitch. She really liked wearing her tu-tu for ballet, but her favorite song was for tap routine! We are so proud of her! I just do love my little dancer!

In other news Sarah Ann has been dealing with swollen tonsils and a sore throat off an on for a couple of months now. In the last few weeks there has been no infection, but her tonsils remain swollen, which has lead to some airway obstruction while she is sleeping. We went to the ENT this past week, and Sarah Ann will be having her tonsils and adenoids removed on Monday morning. The doctor things that this will be the best course of action to help her throat, her breathing, and her sleeping. Please keep her in your prayers on Monday morning and throughout the next couple of weeks as she recovers. We are looking forward to her feeling much better very soon, and we know that God is working through in and through this!

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139: 13-16

Go Gamecocks!

Last night we ventured out to Carolina Stadium to take Sarah Ann and Reece to their first Gamecock baseball game! They were so excited about wearing their Gamecock shirts. They loved playing in the stands, checking out the stadium, and watching the Gamecocks play USC Upstate…but I’m pretty sure their favorite part (and Daddy’s too) was the popcorn and Coke! We didn’t get to see the whole game because it started raining, but we had a great time and will definitely be going again next spring! Go Gamecocks!

We are also ready to cheer the Gamecocks onto another Baseball National Championship! Check out these two cuties from the past two years on the day that the Gamecocks won the World Series….