Monday, December 23, 2013


Okay, so this is my idea of wonderful weather:
Autumn 2013

And this is what the children like:
Winter 2013

What is it about snow that makes children think "fun"? Yuck! :)

Saturday, September 28, 2013


William has sweet friends who came over today and built him monkey bars that are just his size so he could help build his lung capacity.  He is so excited!  Thank you so much, Benjamin and Christopher, for the love you show to our sweet boy (and the rest of our family)!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Vest Airway Clearance System

Ever wonder how William spends his time?  That's 1,000.2 hours and this is his 3rd machine in 3 years!  Am I ever thankful for this handy machine!

Monday, September 23, 2013


I found this sweet little poem that totally represents how I feel about all my children.  Maybe the boys more so, just because they don't seem to sit for long!  The girls are always willing to come hug and snuggle, but the boys, well, it seems that it has to be their idea! :)

"Hold him a little longer,
Rock him a little more.
Tell him another story
(You've only told him four).
Let him sleep on your shoulder,
Rejoice in his happy smile.
He is only two and a half
For such a little while."

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

More Illness Update

Thank you all for praying for William.  His doctor believes that a mucous plug broke loose and is blocking the air sac, as his alveoli are flat and unable to more things through, causing a secondary infection.  He gave William another RX to try to break it up and added more Vest treatments to move it out.  We will watch him closely for changes, which could require hospitalization again if it doesn't improve sufficiently over the next few days.
Again, thank you for lifting him up.  God is always so merciful to us and we are ever grateful for His great kindnesses to our family!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Getting Better

William is definitely getting stronger!  Last night he crawled about 4ft.  This morning he used his walker to walk from the living room to his bedroom.  Both jaunts were extremely slow and took much effort, but he's getting there!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Illness update

Thank you for the diligent prayers on William's behalf!  After another stay in the hospital, he began acting significantly better around 1pm today.  He began interacting, joking, talking.  He is still pretty weak, but even that seems to be improving and he is much more in control of his head.  It can be attributed to nothing but the power of prayer!  We are leaving the hospital now and will follow up with his pediatrician for more testing tomorrow.  We pray that we will continue to see steady improvement until he is back to his full strength and beyond!

Friday, September 6, 2013


Another pneumonia, another hospital stay.  We are home and settled, but still very concerned.  William did get steadily better at the hospital, but he seems to be on a roller coaster of sorts.  He does better, then worse again.  I spoke with one of his other doctors tonight and she agreed that he is not "out of the woods" yet.  We are praying we'll get through the weekend without regression and see progress.  He is sleeping with Michael so he can be monitored closely all night while we wait for Monday.  We have a busy week ahead: testing, travel, doctors.  Please pray for wisdom and for healing for our little man.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Headed to the State Fair for some fun!!!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

First Tooth

Look who lost his first tooth!!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


After recommendation from his neurodevelopmental specialist, we got a trampoline.  Actually, the Kirklands gave it to the children!  Thank you so much, Don and Leslie, for thinking of us!  We love you!

Let the bouncing begin...

Sunday, May 26, 2013


Hanging out, relaxing, after a full day of chicken wranglin'! (That means gettin' 'em ready to eat!) :)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Fun at the Oklahoma Homeschool Covention

Monday, April 8, 2013

6th Birthday

Happy 6th birthday to my handsome, precious boy!  What a complete joy he is!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Kid Walk

William, hands-free, playing chase with everyone else.  My heart is full!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Catching Up

It's been busy over the last few months! Whew!  Here's a few favorite pics...
Helping Daddy
"Mommy, I look like Daddy!"

Fun at the zoo


Helping out on farrier day

What a handsome boy!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Busy Days

Amidst having a baby, bilirubin issues, illness among 11 of us, moving, learning to run a ministry, and probably many other things that I can't remember now, William is learning to steer his horse, Cookie.  I am grateful for simple pleasures.

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy New Year!

Well, we've made it to 2013! I was beginning to wonder there for a little bit... :)

William is doing great!  After fighting with his insurance for more than a year over the KidWalk, we were blessed with a donation of this "rabbit" from my sister.  He LOVES it!  It enables him to have some freedom and independence to go where he wants, when he wants.  However, he's still somewhat limited since he must use his hands to move it.  He bumps into A LOT!  But, the good news is...just before the end of the year, BCBS finally approved the KidWalk!  I'll get a picture of it up soon.  William is ecstatic! And you should see him get around in it!  Now...on to training with the blind cane...

2012 RECAP
Last year was so busy for us! January was the only month that did not hold a major event.  I am thankful that William was not sick a great deal last year, as that might have put me over the edge!  One hospital illness in 2012!  Woo-hoo!  However, since both Michael and my grandfather had strokes that landed me at the hospital a lot, I don't think I had time to reflect on it until recently!  Knox also had an ambulance trip to the ER when he had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic, seizured, and quit breathing!  Scared me to death!
We spent 3 months caring for my grandfather through Dementia after his stroke.  I was amazed at how quickly his health failed!  It was hard to watch him waste away like that, but what a blessing to be able to care for him in his last days!  I am thankful that we chose to move up here to be by him.  He went to his final home in June.  We are still recovering from his death and miss him terribly!  The children, especially William, talk about him often.  It is amazing the little things that cause our minds to turn to the special memories created with Pappaw.
2012 wasn't all sad and hard!  My sister got married to a wonderful man...they are a very good match!  We were able to travel to her wedding and were very blessed to watch them exchange vows and begin their new life together!
We were able to take William to the neurodevelopmental specialist in Georgia and learned a lot.  He has been thriving intellectually since our return!  We've even seen some eyesight improvement!  We were able to get his first ever visual acuity.  Even though it was worse than we'd hoped, at least he could see enough to get one!
God spared us through a major fire that encompassed over 150,000 acres and destroyed 400 stopped in our front yard.  It burned the entire pasture, except a circle around the chicken coop (not one chicken was harmed) - fortunately the rest of the animals were safely off property.  The bees were saved, though their homes were burned on the bottom and they were quite unhappy for a week or so!  The fire burned all the back yard, except for the children's play area and equipment and in the front, it burned right up to the front steps!  There was no one at our house to save it, but after 3 days of raveging fire, God chose that moment to send wind from the opposite direction to blow it back on itself and rain, which successfully put it out.  What a great and mighty God we serve!  We have been so humbled by watching the hand of God in our lives, but are careful to remind the children that even had God destroyed our home, He would still be great and mighty and worthy of our praise!
Our 12th child was born in December!  She is such a beautiful and sweet blessing!  And, yes...the pregnancy was harder.  And, yes...the labor and delivery were harder.  And, has taken me much longer to recover than it did in my youth.  And, yes...we are open to as many blessings as God chooses to give us!  I am not sure why people tend to assume that when something gets difficult it should be given up?  She is worth everything my body went through and so much more!!!  And, no...I'm not afraid that my body will give out.  This is what God created my body to do and He is in control of it.  He will take me home in His time, not mine.

So much more to tell, but alas, my time has run out!  I'll try to be better about keeping updated!  :)
Many blessings to all of William's little buddies...I pray you ALL have a very blessed year and know the love of Christ like never before!!