Wednesday, February 27, 2008

(We Need) A Breath of Fresh Air

Our poor little Logan can not seem to stay well for too long. We are so ready for Spring around here!

We went to the doctor on Tuesday to make sure Logan's double ear infection was gone, and the doctor noticed he was working pretty hard to breathe. He was going to send us for a chest X-ray, but then he decided he would try a breathing treatment first. That worked, so he decided against the X-ray and were sent home with a breathing machine. We went back today to see how the breathing machine was working. The doctor sent us home with it again for two more days and we have to go back on Friday to get checked out one more time and see if our little Logan needs a steriod shot (Yikes!).

Monday, February 25, 2008

A Candle in Remembrance

Yesterday at church, Zach and I went to a service that they have once a year for families that are struggling with infertility and/or miscarriage. It was a great service, and of course very emotional for the families in attendance. We lit a candle for our lost baby.

I thought after a month and a half I would feel a bit more secure about the miscarriage and it wouldn't be so hard; I think there is a delay on the mourning, because I feel it now almost more than right after it happened.

Please take a minute to say a prayer--not only for me, but for all of the couples at the service yesterday that are dealing and struggling with these issues. Thank you so much for lifting us up in prayer as I know you have done and will continue to do. I don't know what I would do without my family and friends and God has blessed us by knowing you.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Weekend of Visits

We had an exciting day last weekend! First, we went to the mall to meet up with our friends Ross and Leah. We went to college with them, lived with them (me with Leah for a summer and Zach with Ross for 3 years) and they were in our wedding. They have a little girl who is almost 2. It was so much fun catching up and introducing them to Logan.

Here are Logan, Zach and Ross

Leah and her daugther Emma

After lunch and naps, we all went to The Dallas Convention Center to visit my cousins Jill, Maegan, and Maegan's husband Wes. They were in from Arkansas for a cheerleading competition where Maegan and Wes were coaching and Jill was cheering. Here are some pictures of the visit.

Here is Maegan and me. Believe it or not, I am one of the taller females in my family!

This is Maegan and Wes. The met when they were both cheerleaders for UCA. (I dare you to make fun of him!)

Here are Cole and Logan enjoying the visit. Cole is showing his support for the cousins' team.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Aubree's Arrival

I have a brand new niece! Aubree Elizabeth was born on Saturday at 11:09 a.m. weighing 5 lbs. and 4 oz. She is 19 and 1/4 in. long and beautiful! She was born at 35 weeks (a miracle because her sister was born at 31 so her momma was trying to keep her in as long as possible!) in an emergency C-section. She got to room-in with mom and dad right away so she is nice and healthy. She did spend some time under the lights yesterday for jaundice, but all is good today. My sister, Angela, is having a time recovering from the C-section, but I think she is starting to do better.

Here are some pictures from the weekend. We were able to head down to Little Rock and spend time with them at the hospital.

Zach and Logan visiting Aubree, Angela and Kevin (Hannah, Aubree's sister, came the next day)
Beautiful Aubree Elizabeth

Cole checking it all out
Kevin, Angela and Aubree
Angela and Aubree

Friday, February 1, 2008

On the Bright Side

A picture of Cole and Logan looking on the bright side...

"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In the past month we have made three trips to the ER (two for Cole, one for Lauren), Cole had a colonoscopy, have found out we were pregnant (a little more than a month ago) and then we lost the pregnancy, Cole has had pnemonia and with it developed a huge fear of doctors, Logan has had pink eye. Just this week our car was broken into, Logan got hand, foot and mouth disease which led to a fever of 103.7 and I (Lauren) pinched a disk in my neck leading to lots of shoulder pain and lots of medication. So, needless to say there has been a lot going on. While it is easy to focus on the "bad," there are several verses that I have seen lately that call us to pray for everything, and to be thankful--so, I thought I would list what I am thankful for (this list is by no means exhaustive).

So, here are a few:

1. There is something more. No matter what we are going through God is with us and won't let us go.

2. My husband. I am so blessed to be married to him--he has been a great partner in eveything (both good and bad) that we have faced.

3. My Cole. I love his rambunctious spirit. He is so fun and also so loving. He is a wonderful son and big brother.

4. My little Logan. He has brought so much joy with his spirt and I am loving watching him grow.

5. My baby angel. Althought we never met him, God allowed us to created an angel for His kingdom. And as someone told me "all he knows is love: he was created in love, we loved his in my tummy and now he is with his Father and loved in heaven."

6. My extended family. Our grandparents, our parents (the kids' grandparents), sisters, brothers-in law, aunts, uncles and cousins--They pray for us, love us, encourage us, hurt with us, read my blog...

7. My friends. We have been blessed to know so many wonderful people that have prayed for us and loved us.

8. The church body. (They are also included in our friends.) They have called and emailed and prayed for us.

9. My MOPs group. They have been so supportive with their calls, encouragement and meals.

10. The doctors. We have seen some wonderful doctors that have cared for us and helped us get on the medicines we need and give us encouragement. My doctor for the miscarriage and Cole's doctors have been an incredible support.

11. Our health. Although little things do come up, we are overall healthy and happy.

There are so many more things to be thankful for. In all of the "bad," something good has come out of it. We feel so loved and when I look over my list I can see God in each situation. He has provided for us and has surrounded us with love. I could list so many more blessings. Thank you, God, for blessing us.