Wednesday, December 26, 2007


We had a wonderful Christmas yesterday but the best present of all was that as of this morning Daniel and I now have a newphew. Joseph Michael Bailey made his appearance at Lauren and Michaels home at 6:28am weighing in at 8 lbs 12 oz. We are heading down to GA on Friday to see Joseph and have Christmas with our family there. I will post plenty of pictures of him as soon as I get them!

Our three children Christmas morning just before opening stockings.
Sissy with her new doll
Daniel helping the boys strap on their new guns!
Our little cowboys!
Isaac showering Mommy with kisses!
After we celebrated with just our family we went over to Nana and Pops house for an early Christmas supper and exchanged gifts. Nana made each of our children and homemade toy pictured below.
Family Christmas Portrait
Hope you all had as wonderful and blessed of a Christmas as we did! .

Do I really want to be 24?

Ready or not. I turned 24 on December 20th! Nana's birthday was the 19th so we all went out to eat at The Log Cabin in Wytheville to celebrate both birthdays. Daniel surprised me with a real Pearl necklace and Pearl earrings which you can see in the pictures.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

My Isaac

I just had to share a story about my Isaac. (At age 3 he is our oldest child) The other day when we had a good bit of snow on the ground I allowed Isaac to go outside by himself to play. The other children were asleep so it was a good time for him to go out since James is still not allowed outside without me. I got him all bundled up and he played outside in the snow for quite awhile. It was then that I heard him banging on the carport door as loudly as possible. I rushed to the door, opened it and there stood Isaac in his big coat all out of breath. He huffed " I need tell you somfin...I LOVE YOU!"
Moments like these make the time and work I put into these 3 little gifts worth it all:-)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Which one could we live without...

Not one!!! This past week Daniel and I had a really tough week. One event after another unfolded including a sewer problem and a fender bender in Christiansburg as well as some major problems with our renters. In the midst of all the stressful events the children quickly became out of sorts because we were. I started thinking thoughts like... Why on earth did we have them all this close together? Why can't anyone just wipe their own butt for once? Why does Sissy have to bite me when she nurses? Why do the boys have to fight over toys because it's driving me NUTS!!! Did you catch the word " me" in that last phrase. Is it really about me? Do I honestly want to live a life of selfishness where I do not have to wipe any butts, listen to any loud crying, solve any disputes, or clean up the tornado in our kitchen after every meal? Or do I want to redeem the time and fulfill the calling that God has placed on my life to rear up many chidlren for Him? I want so much to fulfill the purpose that God has put me here for. I know that this life is nothing but a vapor. It can be gone in an instant and I better make sure I am accomplishing what God has put me here for. I have been learning lately that if we truly want to walk with God and fulfill his purpose for our lives then there is not much room for selfishness. It is so neat watch how each child brings something special and unique to our family. Isaac is my joy. He lives out the meaning of his name "laughter" in a big way. He can easily become over excited about anything whether anyone else is excited or not. He can light up a room in no time with his presence. James is very serious, he does not have to please people, He is a very masculine man for a 2 yr old who talks in a very deep voice. He loves tools. The other day he and I were sitting at the table and the wheel on one of his cars wouldn't do like he wanted so he said in his most serious deep voice " I gotta go get my screw driver". He loves for me to tell him that he is special and will walk around the house afterwards saying " I special ". Grace is the feminine petite little girl I always wanted. She loves to nurse, smile big, and watch her big brothers play. She is definitely a mama's girl. I could not imagine life without each one of our precious children and I am so thankful that God brought them into our lives in His Perfect Timing!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Sissy Can Stand!

Little Sissy just recently started standing! She is very mobile now and can go almost anywhere she wants by scooting around. Her hair is also growing much longer.

My Three Tired Men

I just had to post this picture taken Sunday afternoon when we were all sleepy. I just love my three precious men!