Porter at 6 Months
Lydia at 10 months
Henry at 1 yr some months
Elizabeth at 3 yrs
Just another quick update and some random thoughts.
Henry has been doing really well these past few weeks with his blood draws. Veins are working phenomenally! And he seems to get tougher each time! He has his favorite nurses that help him oh so much! Thanks awesome Nurses at the PedOnc in Anchorage, we sure LOVE YOU!
We will be doing monthly meetings with the Dr., and we will see how things are progressing.
He seems to be doing just fine with all the blood draws, today he even tried to give more on his own!(Just a small bloody nose) haha
I forget many times how much E has been affected by H's life. But I do know that every time E came back to Seattle to stay with us, H perked right up and did so much better. I remember when she came back from one of her trips to Annie's house, her first order of business was to crawl into the hospital bed with H and cuddle. She was about the only one that could really get him laughing.
L is loving the Dr. office, so many toys to play with. I think every week she makes something at the "kitchen" to feed the nearest victim. Her non existent fear of strangers helps her cozy up to anyone and everyone when Mom is busy with H. And for the hour we are there she usually gets her way, because she is one SASSY little thing. That red hair...
P is growing faster than we can keep up, but at least he has chunked up a bit, he was sooo skinny. Now he makes my arm go dead lugging him around. Like two of his older siblings, he has had to switch to Soy formula. But it seems to help his tummy quite a bit.
I have been asked to give a talk in church in Feb. My topic, the Plan of Salvation. A simple plan set in place by our loving Father in Heaven, an answer to life's questions; Who am I? Why am I here? and Where am I going? As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I have been taught the answers to these questions since the age of 1. I have taken for granted most of my life that I have the answers to these questions. There is such JOY in life because I know WHO I am, and I know my purpose in this life.
Today while attending E's 100th day of school party, we were ready a book and the word "spirits" was read. A little boy raised his hand and asked, "What is a spirit?" The teacher said it was like ghosts. E raised her hand and told the teacher that when we die we are just spirits. While her understanding is just beginning, I was so grateful that she had some knowledge of what our spirit is. It was an example to me that many people don't know the answers to those questions.
"Our hope and happiness lie in knowing who we are where we came from, and where we can go. We are eternal beings, spirit children of an eternal God. Our lives can be compared to a three-act play: Premortal life (our life in Heaven before we were born), mortal life (our life here on earth), and post mortal life (our lives after we die, they do continue). God has had a plan for our lives since the beginning of the first act."
How very grateful I am for awesome parents who taught me the plan of salvation, for my understanding of the plan of salvation and for the opportunity to teach my own children. What JOY I have because I know families are eternal and I know that we will all be together again after this life. We each have a purpose and right now, mine is being a mother to those four wonderful kids, and I love it!
"Rather than dwelling on the negative, if we will take a step back and consider the blessings in our lives, including the seemingly small, sometimes overlooked blessings, we can find greater happiness." President Monson