Monday, October 15, 2012

13 Baby number four is...

Another girl!


We feel so blessed! We can't wait to welcome our little Lucy Mae Gilvear into our family in March 2013.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

6 >>playing catch up

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With all of this morning sickness I have been experiencing I have not gotten on the computer to update often enough. My precious little Sadie had her first day of Preschool this last Wednesday and had such a great time. After sending her big brother to Preschool last year and then watching him start Kindergarten this year she was chomping at the bit to have her own turn. Every time we would drop him off last year she would plead to stay and play with him. I promised her she would have her turn one day and now the time has come.

I have been in complete denial about my kids getting so big. Scott and I talked to each other about this new phase of life we are entering and wondered how it came up upon us so quickly. Our little babies have turned into little people! Going out and exploring the world and bringing home fantastic stories about what they are experiencing. It is so fun and exciting to watch them develop and grow. They are both doing so well and enjoying every second of it. This momma on the other hand is still in denial, it may take a few weeks of this new routine to get used to.

Sadie,

I am so proud of you for beginning Kindergarten! You tackled the first week with such enthusiasm and with fearlessness. Each day you went you brought home beautiful paintings and talked about all the new things you had experienced. I felt such excitement as the week for you to begin school approached. The fear I had of letting you go was squashed by your complete joy!

I know your teacher will adore you and see the sweet tender spirit you have. You are already making friends and I imagine they all anxiously wait to play with you each preschool day.

Always stay true to who you are. The caring darling girl I see everyday. Know that we miss you terribly and Abby Sue talks about you from the moment we drop you off until we pick you up. She doesn't know what to do without her favorite playmate around! I am so grateful that it is a short three hour day when you go because our house lacks the vibrant energy that fills it when you are home.

I adore you baby girl!

Have a great first year of Preschool!

Love, Mommy

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

2 >>kindergarten

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Gabe, 

How in the world are you old enough to be in kindergarten?!

I stayed up all night worrying about your first day of school.
Worried that you would make good friends, that all would be kind to you, that you would enjoy the experience and learn a lot. 
Who will watch over you on the playground keeping you safe? Would you drop your lunch tray and feel embarrassed and have a bad day? So many concerns streamed through my mind.

You walked in confident and wore your bright big smile. Immediately all of the kids at your desk talked to you and wanted to get to know you. I bent down and asked you to be kind to the kids who were feeling shy and to include them on the playground. You gave me a reassuring hug almost as to say "Mom, I got this."

I know you will do fantastic! With your incredible memory you will learn and grow so much in the classroom. Your kindness will spill over to all those around you and I know you will make great friends. I know your  teacher will love and adore you and take you under her wing while you are away from our home.

I can see that you are growing through this process, becoming a big boy and you enjoy it. I am so proud to watch all the progress you make and confidence you grow. 

I pray that you remain innocent and naive. That you don't hear too much on the playground from other kids that will hurt your heart or your spirit. I pray that you always know how much we love you and are here for anything you need at anytime. There is nothing in this world we wouldn't do for you and for your success.

Because no matter what age or grade, you are still my little boy. The one I held and loved from first kick and heartbeat.You reserve a huge part of my heart that will always be yours.

I am so proud of you! Go get 'em!!!
Love, Mommy

Thursday, August 23, 2012

16 >>Guess what??

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Our family is having another baby!
Mom is SUPER sick but we all are thrilled!
We are so excited to meet baby no.4 due March 28th, 2013.
What a blessing!


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

3 >>sharing an absolute sweetie

I want to share with you one of my bloggy friends today. Meet Absolute Mommy, she is an absolute cutie and sweetheart!!
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To say that I jumped at the chance to be a guest here on C.Lee today is a huge understatement.  I have been admiring Christy and this blog from afar.  Tell me she is not one of the most beautiful mammas you have ever laid eyes on??  No seriously, when I first stumbled upon her blog I thought, "model"!  But there is so much more than meets the eye.  This blog is her love letter to her family, herself, and her faith!  It's an amazing place to be.  That said, I'm so lucky to be here today sharing this space!!



I'm sure you are wondering who is  AbsoluteMommy?  Let me introduce myself.  I'm Megan, and  I started blogging a little over a year ago.  I write about whatever my hearts desire, but mostly about fumbling and stumbling through motherhood.  My motto is "I wasn't built for motherhood.  It built me.  It's a work in progress".    

You will find that I blog about my marriage to this guy:



We have been married seven years and I am lucky he puts up with my attitude!
I also blog about these cuties, and take an insane amount of photos of them to post to Instagram.  So if you'd like to follow me I would love it!


      

This is Miss Mackenzie.



This is Caitlin Elizabeth.

I have been known to post crafty stuff, but my tutorials always look like the photography from an 80s "b" movie.  Plus, if I'm crafty it has to be easier than making a peanut butter sandwich.  I sometimes post a recipe or two and those are equally as easy, because if it's more than 5 steps, mama don't bother. To give you an idea of what happens at Absolute Mommy, here are some examples:
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Reason I should get Mother of the Year

Oreos for breakfast.
Typical on mornings where Twitter and Pinterest are far more interesting than Ming Ming and the phone that won't stop ringing. For the love of all answer that phone!!! Oreos for breakfast when I'm trying to cook an actual breakfast and my two year old is literally trying to crawl up my body like a rat. Oreos for breakfast when I just need to wash my hair so the other moms at the gymnastics class think I'm well groomed and somewhat put together. Oreos for breakfast when I'm out of peanut butter cups.

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The eve of something big
Five years ago, I didn't know this little person named Caitlin. Who would challenge every fiber of my being from the moment she arrived. I didn't know that she would have my hair and my eyes, but daddy's personality. That she would hate to sleep, but love to be held. Constantly. I didn't know that she would challenge every rule of potty training, challenge every definition of motherhood, challenge every idea I had about love.
I had no idea that she would change me into a better person. She would teach me everything I needed to know about being a mom. That she would demand nothing more from me than love. Just love. 

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AbsoluteMommy is my place to be myself.  Sometimes funny and sarcastic, sometimes too open and honest.  For a little more visit these posts, 
Big Girls Don't Cry - about my bout of PPD
Confirmation - where I talk about what all mamas need
Mom Revelations - fighting with my four year old
Keepin' it Classy - Some rules to keep in mind while blogging
You can also follow me on Twitter as well.


I'm still so blessed and excited to share this corner of the bloggy world today! And to thank all of you friends of Christy and C.Lee for letting me hang out today, I'm giving away a $15 gift card to Michael's arts and crafts. Thanks for having me around!!
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

7 >>she knows him

I believe children are born with light inside of them. It is up to us as parents to protect that light and innocence from the world. To watch over it, help it stay lit and continue to let it grow.

In our home we have joked that babies love to stare at light because it reminds them of heaven when they are new on this earth. I believe it is true. My babies have always loved to stare off in the brightness of a table lamp when they are nursing or gaze at a fire burning. It is so comforting and familiar to them.

While in Utah we took the kids on a tour of this building. There were many amazing pictures and sculptures of Christ and his life inside. We came upon a small statue of Christ that was maybe 3 feet tall on a podium. 

I walked up close to it and showed it to Abby Sue as she was in my arms. The most amazing moment followed.

Me : "Abby, look! It's Jesus!"
Abby :  "eh-jejus."........"uh-hans."
Me : "Yes, those are Jesus hands baby."
Abby : "tooees."
Me : "uh-huh, those are his toes."
Abby : "uh-owie."

It was at that moment that I just stared at my 20 month old baby.
Chills went through my body as I saw her eyes tenderly watching him. She saw his scars, she knew he had owies.

Yes, we teach our children of Christ, so she may have just picked this up from a lesson we have taught and remembered it. I saw while looking at her that it was more than just something she has learned. SHE KNOWS HIM. I could see it that very moment in her precious eyes. 

It was a powerful moment for me. One I will never forget. The spirit spoke to my heart as I held her.

She knows him, maybe even remembers him a little still.

All children have Christs light within them. I see it burn in my three all the time. But that moment I had with Abby it was especially bright.

 Our job as parents is to teach our children who they are, where they came from, what is expected of them and where they can go. To keep the light inside them burning. The light they are born with and bring with them to this earth. The light I fight so fervently to protect.

...if we are observant we can catch and share glimpses of that innocent, precious light with them.

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~About share your joy~
Life is full of moments that make our hearts go *sigh *
Being a mother I experience many of these.
Sharing our joy with others only increases that joy.
So let's link up and see what moments you have loved this week!
It can be anything you wish to share with us.
Grab a button and include it in your post or on your blog if you would like.

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