Monday, December 21, 2009

O Christmas Tree!!!

I could have done without a Christmas tree this year! Unpacking boxes and getting settled was just priority to me. But G insisted we get one and I know JPW really loves them this year so I agreed to get one. We met G's mom in Bham on Sunday to get JPW and welcome him to the new house. On our way home we stopped and got us a Christmas tree. JPW was so excited! He ran up to the man that ran the Christmas tree lot and gave him a hug!
We straped the tree on top of my car and headed home! JPW loved decorating the tree! He was really good and didn't even put them all in the same place. Of course he loved the glass balls the best. Ha! He only broke one so I thought that was pretty good! He could have broke them all and it wouldn't have mattered to me, just seeing his excitement was so worth it! I didn't do a whole lot of decorating everywhere else in the house. We'll be home on Christmas so I didn't see the need to overdo the decorations when Christmas was just a week away. Below are a few pics from the Christmas tree pick-up and Christmas past. I love taking a picture of G and JPW every year. He's just grown so much! Merry Christmas!

Dec. 2007

Dec. 2008
Dec. 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Going Away Party

I'm still alive! Just had my hands full moving, getting settled and trying to get all the Christmas shopping done! I'm going to have to back track a little to catch up.
Before we moved we had some wonderful friends give us a going away party. We had such a great time spending time with all of our amazing friends! So much fun, I didn't remember to take pictures until half the people left :-( We sure do miss each of you so much! The Lord has blessed us with the most incredible friends ever in Montgomery! Thank you so much for being a part of our lives! This isn't a "good-bye" it's a "see you soon!" because you know we'll be back very often! Thank you to all of the hosts who helped with the party! We had a blast!
“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”

Friday, December 4, 2009

What It Feels Like to be Led

Dear Lord,
We're 6 days away from the big move! Wow, I'm feeling excited, scared, nervous, and peaceful all at one time. You know I tried really hard to resist your calling to a new city. Every reason to stay in Montgomery included a selfish desire. Why now in the middle of my pregnancy, What happens if I have another NICU baby, How will I find a new doctor(yes, i'm still struggling with this one :) ), How will I make new friends, How will I ever find a church as good as Heritage, Why are you wanting us to move when I'm comfortable? Instead I should have said wherever you lead me Lord I will go. When I surrendered my life to ministry I knew I was surrendering every goal, plan, and desire I had in life to you. Oh how it was still a tough decision to make this leap of faith. Forgive me for my selfish desires. I've prayed you would provide a way for me to do Footprints full time and thank you Lord for providing it!

So Lord, I don't know what things will look like in this new town. I may not have as many friends, it may take awhile to find a church, I may even have another NICU baby in a town where I know no one. But I know one person that will be at my side and that is you. Lord, I want nothing more than for you to receive glory through my life. I'm excited about the things you have in store for us! Thank you for this amazing opportunity to move to a new city! Take my life, lead me Lord!

What It Feels Like by FFH
This may not have be the road I would have choose for me
but it still feels right somehow
I have never felt you as close to me as I do right now
This is what it feels like to be led.

I came across this verse below the week G was offered his promotion, I know this was the Lord knocking me in the head reminding me that it's not always about me and my desires. I love when he puts scripture in the perfect place exactly when I need it.

"I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved." 1 Cor. 10:33

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Thank You Jesus"

Here's the big kicker with our move to our new town-leaving the most amazing doctor ever! I had placenta previa again which was super rare. Due to the previa Dr. P told me I would HAVE to find a doctor in our new town when we move in case of an emergency. I really, seriously would commute 3 hours to see Dr. P! I know I'm maybe a little psycho over my doctor but he's more than just a doctor. He brought my miracle JPW into this world. He followed us on our NICU journey with JPW(even personally calling us to check on JPW). He is a HUGE supporter of Footprints. And most importantly he is an incredible man of God who prays with me! If anyone is going to cut me open and deliver my children they better know Jesus!

So today was my last visit with Dr. P(sniff, sniff)! JPW went with me because he has a cold and had a dr appt today too. I knew today would be hard and I'm still not convinced that it will be my last visit with Dr. P. Anyways a few incredible things happened today. The placenta has moved. So no more previa! Of course when I found that out my first question to Dr. P was does that mean I can deliver in Montgomery? He said I could but if I was his wife he would recommend me finding a doctor up there in case something happens. Ugh what a decision! We're still sorting through it. I may try a doctor up there and see what I think. I just don't know if anyone can compare.

Here's where I lost it today...Dr P said let's pray(as he does every visit). I told JPW to put his prayer hands together. I didn't ask JPW to pray or say anything. As soon as we all bowed our heads. JPW started praying "Thank you Jesus for this doctor, thank you Jesus for this doctor, thank you Jesus for this doctor" Yes I was blubbering crying at this point. Then Dr. P prayed for us. After the prayer I think Dr. P was about as moved as I was by JPW. He said "I feel really special he prayed for me not once but 3 times" So not only do I think Dr. P is pretty special apparently JPW does too! He even mentioned him again during prayers tonight before I put him to bed. Sigh....this is so hard! Please pray for me as I try to figure out which doctor to use. And if you need a doctor here call Dr. P! He is an absolute God-send! From the words of my precious son "Thank You Jesus for Dr. P!"

JPW and Dr. P!