Friday, May 25, 2012

like a champ

Yesterday was a good day and made for some happy parents.  Ella got her cast off and her arm is healing as it should!  She was a little confused about the whole process and then didn't know what to do with her arm again but she is starting to use it just like before.  She did good when they cut the cast off; no fussing or moving or anything.  We are thankful to be cast-free and hopefully over all this for the most part.  Just two more follow ups with ortho.
So, what better way to celebrate then taking her to the park and letting her run wild...one of her most favorite things to do.  And, of course I had to attempt some pictures of it all.  It's nice to have pictures of your cute one without an ugly cast included :)  Although she wore it like a champ, we sure are happy to see it go!

excited over seeing a "ball"

silly face

we have learned we have to pull out a lot of "tricks" to get her to smile and look at the camera :)



then for all the rest of the pictures, she preferred playing with her tongue...







then we realized daddy put her shoes on the wrong feet...oops




and then off she goes again...




then we did a lot of clapping








and a few more of the silly girl...she knows i'm trying to take a picture of her so she does this...





Wednesday, May 16, 2012

what she's been up to...

I have been wanting to do some postings on this little blog of mine but doing a terrible job of keeping up.  If for nothing else, to "journal" and document all these little moments of motherhood.  These are the days I want to cherish and hold close because I know they go so fast.  I know I will look back one day longing for this time again.  And, I don't want to forget.  I don't want to forget the little things she does or the simple pleasures of being a mom. I don't want to forget how she is molding me to be more like Jesus.  And in my insufficiency, He is providing all that I am lacking.

Anyway, time for an update...
My little girl is growing so fast and I can hardly stand it.  She is almost 18 months.  Crazy!  A lot has happened since I updated on here (not counting the mother's day post).  We had a very eventful 17 months which included a broken bone.  She was at the gym nursery and fell off a slide.  It was a sad day for her daddy and I but she was such a little trooper.  The whole time she was getting an x-ray and cast, she just sat there and watched.  Not a single tear.  She is my tough little girl!  Here she is looking all cute in her cast...


But, no worries.  This is little cast has not slowed her down one bit.  She is still as active as ever and wearing it like a champ.  Here are some other things she has been doing at 17 months:

Still cruising around and being a little diva:





She also loves to read her books and she loves it even more if she can sit in your lap...



I love walking into a room and seeing her like this:



Only one more week...then we are cast free!!!!  Thankful for all our family and friends who prayed for her!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

privilege

It was so sweet to celebrate Mother's Day with my little girl and husband.  I just wanted to soak it in because I kept thinking of how blessed and thankful I am to have these two in my life.


{me and my girl...mother's day 2012}

I don't take celebrating Mother's Day for granted and I know it can be a bittersweet day for some.  We prayed for our little one and in His perfect timing, He blessed us with our little girl.  I am ever so thankful.  I am so thankful to be called a "mommy".  And this year, it was so sweet to hear my daughter say "mommy" over and over again.  This is maybe her most recent word and she says it a lot...most of the time when she really wants something, doesn't want me to leave her side or is fussy but nonetheless, she calls me "mommy".  And I'll take it.  It kind of melts me and I usually give in.

I think of the privilege it is and how God has allowed me to be Ella's mom. I often wonder about His plans and what He wants to do with me but this I know; to nurture, protect and train her is of my greatest and most privileged responsibilities and roles.  

And quite the responsibility it is.  So often though I fail.  I wonder how sometimes I can do this. No matter how good my intentions are, I will fail. I will mess up.  I will never be enough for this task of motherhood.

But thankfully, there is One who is enough and those times when I fail, He is there to show me the way and give me the strength I need.  Everyday.  God makes himself known daily in my life through my own weaknesses.  I'm so thankful I do not have to do this alone.

And at times when I think I can't do it or I'm not good enough, He extends His grace and I realize because of His love for me, I am able to love like I never thought I could.

                                                 my little one who made me a mommy