Saturday, January 19, 2008

 I think about Austin every day. Some days he is on my mind more than others. Today is one of those days that I am thinking about him lots and running all of the wonderful memories through my head. I went Christmas shopping in Jackson back in December, and I heard a song, "Bring The Rain," by MercyMe. I'm not sure how long the song has been out, but that was the first time I had heard the song. It brought tears to my eyes, and when I got home, I searched until I found the song. The lyrics are beautiful, and they really spoke to me. The song reminds me of how I felt when Austin was sick. It also reminded me that God wants us to praise him in everything that goes on in our lives. So, below I have posted the lyrics to the song. The song also plays on the tunes that I have playing on this page if you would like to listen to it. Remember to thank God and praise Him for everything that you go through.

"Bring The Rain" by MercyMe

I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I've gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You
Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It's never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times
So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

I am Yours regardless of
The dark clouds that may loom above
Because You are much greater than my pain
You who made a way for me
By suffering Your destiny
So tell me what's a little rain
So I pray

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Four Month Appointment

Avi Grace had her 4 month doctor's visit on Monday. Unfortunately that meant getting shots, but she managed to do pretty well with them. She only cried about a minute or two after she got them. Here are her stats: 14 pounds 2.5 ounces, 24 inches long. The doc was pleased with her growth, and he said everything looked good!

She is growing and doing new things every day! She has really started making a lot of noises...she squeals and really likes to hear herself "talk." She is rolling from her tummy to her back. She did that for the first time last Friday evening. You can't put her on her tummy now without her rolling over! It is almost automatic. She is also laughing out loud. She did that for the first time last week while she was at the babysitter's house! However, tonight was the first time Drew got to hear her. She laughed several different times, which was so much fun! She is just developing such a little personality!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone. Sorry it has been a little while since I have posted. We have had a busy holiday season. We got to visit with so many family members and spend lots of time playing with Avi Grace. We have also been busy with Drew opening his own medical practice, Starkville Family Practice! His first day was last Wednesday, and needless to say, it has kept us, mostly Drew, very busy! However, we are very excited about this opportunity. So far it has gone well!

I also went back to work today, which was hard. Avi Grace had a good day today with my mom keeping her, so that made it a little easier. I was very busy at work, making the day go by fairly quickly. It was so nice to see Avi Grace when I got home this afternoon! Her smile always makes everything better! It will take us a while to get into a routine, but hopefully we will fall into it pretty quickly!

Enjoy all of the pictures. The ones at the top were taken by my good friend Laura Walton...she's very talented! The one of Avi Grace and I with our friends Caroline and Kathleen is a picture I have been meaning to post for a while now. Obviously it was taken around Halloween (Avi Grace and Caroline have the same outfit on!). It is such a small world...Kathleen and I met when Austin was at Children's Hospital in Birmingham. Kathleen's son Zach was also in the hospital. He was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a terminal genetic disease, when he was about 7 or 8 weeks old. Kathleen and her husband Andy also live in Starkville. Kathleen and I met each other in the lactation room at Children's. Who would have thought that we would have to be going through the toughest times in our lives and in a hospital over 2 hours away from where we both live for us to meet. It was definitely the hand of God. Kathleen and Andy had a little girl, Caroline this past summer. Avi Grace and I have enjoyed reconnecting with Kathleen and Caroline through a mommy group that Kathleen started!

Happy New Year to you all!

Avi Grace's first haircut (before & after!)