Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Jacksonville Florida Zoo in January {2019}

While I cannot imagine visiting this zoo in Florida later in the year when it would be scorching hot, I think January was a perfect month for a visit.  We visited for Eddie's 41st birthday weekend.  I was hugely pregnant and didn't feel like walking too much, but this zoo has a sweet little train ride around the zoo so that helped limit the walking.  Unbeknownst to us all, this would be our last excursion before baby Maggie unexpectedly arrived one week later over a month early.  I am glad we got this trip in with the boys. 

Monday, January 21, 2019


Magnolia Claire "Maggie"
Born:  Monday, January 14, 2019 at 4:26 p.m.
Weight:  5 lbs. 13 oz.
Height:  18 inches

Our little princess decided to arrive about 5 weeks early in a very fast and somewhat scary delivery.  Although she is still in the hospital for some very minor feeding issues, we are so very thankful that she is here safely and cannot wait to bring her home.  Mommy and Daddy are already in love, and we know her big brothers will be in love too once they get to officially meet her.  It has been a difficult few weeks as we commute back and forth to the hospital to feed and care for Maggie while also caring for our four babies at home.  We can't wait to have them all under the same roof.  I will try to write her full birth story soon once things calm down a little around here.  Here are some of Maggie's first pictures.

Miss Maggie was immediately whisked off to NICU for help breathing and staying warm.  She had her arm bandaged because of her IV for fluids too.  Seeing your little one like this is a bit scary, but she really improved quickly.  

Sweet little face all covered in tubes and tape. 

So beautiful and perfect. 

Mommy finally got to hold her the next day. 

Mommy's girl is worth the wait for sure. 

Stealing the first kisses. 

Not a happy girl when the nurses had to move her IV to a different spot.  After numerous attempts on both arms and legs, they ended up having to put it in her head.  

Daddy finally got to hold her.  Yep, she is already a daddy's girl and gives him the best smiles. 

Daddy and his sweet baby girl melts Mommy's heart. 
As I think about my two baby girls, my heart is full of both happiness and sadness as Maggie will grow up without her sister.  I know that one day she will want to know why her sister can't be here with her.  I wonder why my baby girls had to enter the world in either the saddest or scariest ways while my pregnancies and deliveries of their brothers were relatively easy.  But mostly, I am so thankful to be the mom to two precious baby girls and to four equally precious baby boys.  I know that I have been incredibly blessed because there are so many wonderful women who long to be mothers.  We may not have answers to any of these difficult questions until we meet our Lord in heaven, but I pray for peace to be a compassionate and caring friend to those struggling with loss or infertility.  

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

2018 in Review

As has become the norm the last couple of years, I am still way behind on logging our memories here.  I am currently about halfway through 2018, and I hope to get even more caught up in the next few weeks before our new baby girl arrives.  That is probably being a bit ambitious, but it is January...the month of resolutions so there's mine I guess.  I did manage to get our yearly Shutterfly calendar prepared so I do have that little gem to help capture some of the highlights of our year.  Here is a little summary of our year told by our calendar pages:

I guess to simply live, laugh, and love is a pretty good theme for our year.  We took our annual Spring family pictures in Savannah's famous Forsyth Park.  It was such a gorgeous day. 

We rang in the New Year together and enjoyed the very very rare snow day that hit our area of Georgia before proceeding north. 

We gave and received lots of love in February after celebrating our Daddy's big 40th birthday. 

Mattox is definitely a believer in making his own luck.  He was not feeling very photogenic for St. Patrick's Day, but he did enjoy celebrating his 3rd birthday.  Evan enjoyed a Harry Potter 11th birthday complete with a Hagrid made cake and receiving his invitation letter to Hogwarts. 

In April, we celebrated Easter and attempted to get a picture with the Easter bunny.  It was pretty epic with two out of four boys not loving it.  Brody turned 7 with a special Skylanders cake and a visit to an amusement park. 

My boys made me feel extra loved on Mother's Day, and we visited Mattie for Easter. 

June was month filled with love as we celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary and Father's Day. 

We enjoyed the fireworks and 4th of July celebration in downtown Savannah. 

We experienced a lot of summer fun with several trips to the beach and fun at the pool. 

Our big boys headed back to school to begin 6th grade and 2nd grade. 

We had lots of fall fun at the pumpkin patch and dressing up for Halloween.  Mattox and Grayson brought back the police and convict duo while Brody was a cute Harry Potter and Evan dressed as a dark figure of death.  

We were very thankful in November to announce our newest addition. 

December was a festive month as we celebrated our baby Grayson's 2nd birthday and Christmas. 
So long 2018.  You brought us many happy memories.


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