On the Move

It’s official, BOTH my kids are making their way around the house and discovering the many places that have yet to be baby-proofed. It sure brings joy to my heart to see Liam walking around so proudly and Karis crawling from room to room. As of 2 weeks ago Liam’s physical therapist said that he no longer needs his walker! That was great news!! Along with all that movement comes more work for mommy. Just when I think it can’t get any harder juggling life with them sometimes… it does! And yet I love it! They sure love opening the drawers and cabinets in our kitchen. Liam doesn’t care so much about what is in the drawer as he does the sounds the drawer makes when he opens and closes it. That’s my little drummer boy for you! Jeremy has begun to put latches inside the cabinet doors. He has had one cabinet left to latch for a few days now and Liam knows it, and grabs the knob and opens and closes it over and over…. ahhhh! Anyway here is proof of their curiosity…

And here is video of Karis crawling a bit to get a ball. She stops and does the sign for “ball” (you touch your finger tips together like you’re holding a ball) which right now is her clapping her hands. Then she does the signal that she needs help by raising her hand, which she learned from Liam. She is really picking up signs quickly and probably because we do them all day long with Liam.

Back at it!!

Hey everyone! As my kids are getting older I am getting more sleep and feeling more energy for carving out time to write so stay tuned! If you stopped by from the Monday’s Mom post thank you for reading. Here is just a cute recent picture of my kiddos.

Liam can groove;)

He is starting to really groove to music or mommy and daddy singing or whistling! It’s a lot of fun.

And he seems to be all healed from his surgery 2 weeks ago, which is such a blessing! He has been off pain killers for 4 days now and is eating and drinking great. It was a long week and a half but worth the effort. He is sleeping better now too and taking longer naps so it seems to have worked!! Thanks for your prayers. Enjoy the video.

Pray for Cooper

Last week I was able to attend a gala that was a fundraiser for Best Buddies of Middle Tennessee.  You can learn more about Best Buddies at http://www.bestbuddies.org.  It’s a great organization that is starting up in my area and will no doubt be beneficial for Liam’s social life someday!  While I was there I was able to connect with a few moms who have a child with Down syndrome.  That was the first time I’ve been surrounded by moms who know exactly what I am going through, so it was such a blessing.  I’m looking forward to connecting with them more and more as Liam grows.  One of the moms I met at the gala connected me with a lady named Emily!  I have yet to meet her in person but just looking at her blog makes me look forward to that day.  In Dec. last year she had a little boy named Cooper who was born with Down syndrome and a severe heart defect. Today is the day of his open heart surgery.  So please pray for him and his family.  You can check out more info and read her blog at http://ezandccox.blogspot.com.  Thanks for your prayers!!

Still Alive

So for those of you who still check this blog occasionally here is an update… finally!!! Here are a few pictures from the spring tour with downhere, Jason Gray and Shawn McDonald. We were able to take a bus out on the tour which was a huge plus and makes traveling much easier. Although I really don’t sleep well on the bus so it’s nice to be back in my own bed for a little while. Another bonus was the fact that I was able to see my family as we did a show in Montana!!! To the right you’ll see I put my Dad to work behind downhere’s merch table for the evening (I was the merch manager for the tour so great volunteers made my life SO much nicer). And thank you to any of you who came to show your support at a show… you guys are amazing and we love seeing your familiar faces!!!

I had a day off to spend with my older sister and brother-in-law and was able to hang out with my cute little niece! Here we are on a tour of the bus! She loves her Uncle Jeremy… but only from a distance for some reason=}!

A couple people had Birthdays during this tour so we celebrated in style usually after the show in the bus. Jason and Taya would supply the party favors and we would play pin the tail on the donkey on the moving bus and make balloon animals… we were crazy! Jeremy and I found these mustaches for everyone to wear to celebrate a guy in Shawn’s band’s Birthday (he had a real mustache and wore it well)! Oh and these ugly teeth had some bling in them… notice Jeremy’s jewel in his front tooth=}!

And after every show the promoters would hook us up with cereal for the next morning, and it was usually more than we could ever eat. We loved having all these options every morning though.. you never knew what you were gonna get. By the end of the tour we were buried in cereal!

Anyway, it was a great tour for World Vision!! We ended up getting 850 kids sponsored in 26 shows! Thank you Lord! It was such a blessing to be a part of that! Now for a little R & R before we are back at it again next week!

A True Princess

This last weekend I did a Cinderella party for a lady I work with part time. She has a little daughter named Gabbi who turned 6 recently. Since she is still in love with princesses and fairy tales, she thought it would be a good idea to bring Cinderella to her party. Now I was expecting this party to be like many of the others… facepainting, story time, games and crafts. etc. And all the little girls all dressed up in their favorite princess dresses like usual (very cute by the way…this job never gets old). They were all dressed up and we did many of those things, but a few moments made this one stand out among the rest.

Each activity we did, I let all the girls know that since it’s Gabbi’s birthday she gets to go first for whatever we are doing, so she would feel special that day! But when it was time to eat cake we sang her happy birthday and all the girls waited eagerly to get their piece of the castle cake. However, Gabbi was not at the table with the rest of the girls. She was making her way to and from the cake table and serving her friends first!! I was so impressed by that simple act of kindness from a 6 year old at HER party! I have been to many parties and I don’t think I have ever witnessed that from the birthday girl.

While the girls were eating their cake I was walking around and putting little glitter tatoos on their hands. I glanced over at Gabbi and she was whispering something to her friend. Then she turned to me and asked, “Cinderella, do you love Jesus?” I looked at her with a big smile and said, “Yes I do love Jesus!” She then turned to her friend and said, “See, she does!” That just melted my heart! I love sharing my love for Jesus especially to children, because I was 6 when I asked Jesus to come into my heart, so I know she can grasp that!

Another moment that made this party different from the rest was when I realized there wasn’t any presents. But there was a table with a princess table cloth right next to the one we ate at, and it had lots of groceries on it. I asked the mom about it and she said instead of gifts, all the girls brought a grocery item that Gabbi would help give away to a family in need!!! Wow… I love that idea! I give props to the parents for raising their little girl this way and I admire the little girl for her willingness to follow through… a true servant… a true princess!

My Disney World 1/2 Marathon Results!

Well I’m pleased to report that with help from my fellow running partner, Krista Lavender, we finished 13.1 miles in 2 hours and 15 mins! Unfortunately I didn’t feel as great as I would’ve liked throughout the run and there were times when Krista’s positive attitude had to carry me along, but we did it. Normally I get a second wind at about mile 5 or 6 but not this time… it was a bit tough towards the end. But I think it still puts me in a great place to work toward the Country Music 1/2 Marathon in Nashville the end of April. Hopefully some of you reading this will join me on that run=}!! The more the merrier!

Jeremy did a great job as a spectator trying to capture pictures along the way. He had made a nice sign that said “Go Erin, I love you”, and held it up as I ran passed=}! He had the sign in one hand and the camera in the other while shouting my name. It made me laugh and gave me a boost. I guess he had to wait in the same spot for an hour to capture a picture of me after running through Cinderella’s caste. But boy was it worth it! I love this picture… this is at about mile 6 I think, so I was still feeling alright=}.

As we entered the tunnel in the castle there were characters above us playing the trumpets as if royalty were entering the castle. That was pretty cool. There were also lots of characters along the way to cheer you on including some pirates in their ship, chip and dale, Alice in Wonderland characters, Ariel and much more. It was a great experience and I’d encourage you to train for one! Even if you just walk it. There are plenty of people who walk it and have a blast!

Ok I’ll post more from our fun times at the Disney parks soon! Thanks for praying everyone! I’m so thankful for the healthy body I’ve been given and working legs to even be able to be a part of such a cool experience.

With Minnie, and holding my Donald Duck medal=}!