Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Last night, I literally held two of God's miracles in my hands! So, for those of you who may not believe God is still in the miracle business, think again.

Erica's precious baby girls were moved from NICU to PICU, which means that they can have visitors other than those designated to visit. So, after work, with Erica's permission, I sped down to the hospital.

Since they were born, I have seen many pictures of them. Trust me, up close pictures of a preemie are very deceiving! I guess I had it in my mind that they were pretty much a normal size now, but I almost passed out when I walked in! How very small they truly are...

Both were wide awake, so I was able to look into their beautiful eyes. They have to be the most beautiful little girls I have ever seen in my entire life! I studied their little tiny fingers, and then I told mommy that I absolutely had to see the feet! Something about me and baby feet, I just can't stand myself! Wow! Ten fingers, ten toes, full of life! Thank you God!

I even got to feed them! (Can you tell how excited I still am by the amount of exclamation marks I am using???) That was a blessing in itself. To know that at one point in their brief time on this earth, they were unable to take bottles, being fed through modern technology, and then seeing them eagerly sucking away at the bottle was just confirmation that the Lord's hands are wrapped tightly around them.

I hated to leave, but I had to get home to my little man. When I walked through the door, he ran up to me and wrapped his arms around my legs and said "hug." It was just a reminder of all the glorious times Erica and Jeremy have ahead of them. Please keep praying for them, all four of them, as they still have a long road ahead.

(And for the family who are wondering if it made me want another -- NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT!)

Thank you God for these little, but HUGE miracles. And thank you Erica and Jeremy for letting me share in your evening last night. I love you all!

God bless,

Monday, January 28, 2008

My little comedian...

Everyday gets better and better with Stephen. Most of the time, when I am not pulling my hair out, I am crying. Mostly from laughing so hard at him. He is great! Yes, there are times that I cry out of shear anguish, but that doesn't last very long.

The more he learns to communicate, the funnier he gets. Yesterday after church, we spent the day with mom. We laughed and laughed at him. From walking in finding him stark naked from the waist down to jabbering in his own language, he is just non-stop! Oh, to have his energy!

Here is a wonderful example...we left for church last night. I was driving, mom was up front, and of course Stephen was locked tight into his seat. I am sooo used to what his binky sounds like when it falls out of his mouth, so I heard it. I said, "Stephen, I heard that, and you are just going to have to be without it until we get to church." There was a slight pause, then he said, "Dinky (pause), Help (pause), Pweeze (pause), Momma. I thought I was going to fall out of the drivers seat. I was laughing so hard! And of course, how do I turn that down? I mean, come on, he said "pweeze." So, I pulled over at Exxon, and mom and I literally had to tear that jeep apart to find it! All in all, it was extremely funny. I don't know, maybe you had to be there. Needless to say, he knows EXACTLY how to push my buttons! Or should I say pull on my heart strings!

Rotten, rotten, rotten! He has definitely mastered the art of pulling his pants off to include his diaper and "gox" (socks). It simply amazes me how seeing a half naken little boy running through the house, jabbering his heart out just turns me into puddy. All the while chasing him to re-diaper is quite the task, it is still hysterical. And he knows it, and he plays it!

Everyday, I find myself anxious to see what he is doing "new." Everyday is an adventure with him. Everyday I love him more and more!

Life is too short, do not take it for granted, do not get mad at the little things, and when you do cry out of frustration, find the good in it!

God blesses you daily, acknowledge it!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Touch Journal...

I just started back to school for the semester. I am an RBA student at WVU. I take all of my courses online since I live in Charleston and WVU is in Morgantown. I usually take 6 hours per semester, and yes, someday, some-day, I will eventually finish!

This semester, I am enrolled in Nonverbal Communications and WV Government. My first, and only assignment for the Communications class is to document, for two consecutive days, every time I am touched or touch someone, i.e. hug, handshake, accidental brush -- don't worry, nothing inappropriate.

At first, thinking this was going to be just like every other online class, where you have an assignment due just about every week, I went ahead and began journaling my touch experiences. Some of the things we have to include in this paper are who initialized the touch, was it wanted, was it rejected, and if so, why, what type of relationship was there between you and the other person, etc. The professor made it very clear that the average person touches others or are touched between five to eight times per day.

Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, not so much. For me, a toucher, and very personable person, it was like a food-a-holic having to journal EVERYTHING they eat in 2 days. It also made me supersensitive to my surroundings, who was responsive to my touch, and, well, being touched.

One thing I have to give myself credit for is for the most part (I would say about 99% of the time), knowing who I can hug, and who I cannot. In my 2 days of logging my every contact, I only ran into one person who wasn't very receptive, and I think that is just because she has been through so much with her health lately that she was probably still a little sore or apprehensive from all of her procedures.

I am very proud that I am such an open, personable person. It makes my life easier, in just about every aspect. I don't consider myself as critical as others that are more closed, and it helps me get closer and build trusts and friendships with people, they know they can be themselves around me.

I credit all of this outpouring of emotion and openness to my wonderful family. We have always been such a tight-knit family, and very open and loving. We are also extremely nurturing people (well, most of us). I always said that my Mom really ran a half-way house, because she has taken so many of us in when we needed somewhere to go. She is the best! Thank you Mom, and thank you family! God has truly blessed me.

I do believe that Stephen is following right along the "wright" pathway. He is a very affectionate baby, loves to hug, shake hands, kiss, blow kisses, and hold me tight as he goes to sleep. I absolutely love it!!!!!!!!! And now, he gives me his famous "14 Kisses." He started mimicking me kissing his face over and over by doing it to me when I least expected it. So, I decided to make a game of it, and the other night, he kissed me 14 times in a row, and I counted out loud. Now, all I have to say is "where's momma's 14 kisses?" and he runs over and starts kissing me until I count to 14. It is great! He is hilarious! Everyday with him gets better and better and better!

Give someone a hug today,

Thursday, January 10, 2008

"I lu you"

Yes, you are reading it right. "Lu," as in love. My baby finally said it! The three words I have waited to hear since he was born! Lord knows I tell him enough, but finally, I got return on my investment! And boy did it feel good. He is so wonderful!

God is definitely still in the blessing business. Life is so great right now. Usually, or should I say used to be, when things were going this good, I would have that sense of dread at the same time wondering what was going to go wrong. But now, with God as my pilot, whatever comes my way will be handled...not by me, but by my protector. Knowing that just makes my life THAT MUCH GREATER! What a peace I have in my heart right now.

I just want to praise Him for some of the things He has done for me lately...

Stephen is so very healthy, happy, loving, and is beginning to speak more; Todd has been at his wonderful job for a year now, doing very well; my job is more than I ever could have imagined; my mom had tests recently, and they were all ok; and our church is just unbelievable! Beyond words! The spirit of the Lord is definitely there! I am back to craving to be there!

If you allow God to be in your life, and work for Him, He will bless you, too. Most of our sermons of late have been precisely about that. Be ready at all times when God asked/tells you to do something, and do it; and don't just do it out of obligation, do it because you were ready and want to.

Be blessed,
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