The Diagnoses

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WOW!!!! Let me first start with a MASSIVE THANK YOU!!! I had no idea the response I would get from my post about our little man, but I knew I wanted to document the feelings for my own sake and his. To remind him and me that he is not defined by a diagnoses and you all blew me away!!! I had over 1,400 views in a day, from 20 different countries, so many personal messages, over 70 comments, and more calls and texts than I can count! You love, thoughts, prayers, and kind words have carried me! Thank you!

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With that being said I did feel I owed it to you all to let you know what we found out today. The bottom line is we had a fun day with minimal tears and Eli felt celebrated and loved which was most important to me. As I said yesterday Aaron is traveling so I planned to go alone with Eli to his appointment however, SO MANY people offered to join me. My dad was able to come which was wonderful to give me a second set of ears because I was honestly afraid I would be too emotional to retain the information needed to then share with Aaron.

To give those of you who haven’t experienced this some perspective, again this is our experience and I cannot speak for others, we met with this Dr. over two months ago to give initial concern, thoughts, observations, and to set his appointments. We then came back for Eli to have his evaluation a week and a half ago. They scheduled a 3.5 hour time for this but Eli made it about an hour and 15 minutes before they decided he was to shot to continue. The evaluation covers tons of stuff. I had to take around 15 pages of evaluations myself on what we have observed and then Eli did some testing on the computer to watch impulse and attention span, they tested facial and emotional cues, intelligence, general knowledge, social cues, and more that I am not including. Because of his weariness they were not able to get to intelligence, which honestly didn’t seem to concern them and for sure isn’t a worry of mine. He is sharp as a tick. (Is that the phrase? tick, whip, tack? Who knows! I always screw these things up. Aaron can attest.)

So I was pretty discouraged leaving that appointment because he was really ramped up and anxious. It is interesting though because from the start of this process I told Aaron and had been praying diligently that they would truly see who Eli was and have clear eyes to really evaluate him. I suppose it was a blessing he was having a bad day so they could see him at his “worst”, for lack of a better word.

Today we arrived and Eli was as calm as could be. We had to wait for about 25 minutes and during that time the fire alarm went off. IT WAS SO FREAKING LOUD!!!! Eli looked at me, covered his ears and declared “I am scared”. He then came straight to me let me carry him outside and away from the noise. I was so impressed!!!! I never know how he will respond to nose, fear or much quite honestly but he was PERFECT!

After getting back inside we were called back within ten minutes and the Dr. explained that she was going to be playing/observing him for the next 45 minutes and that she was looking for certain behaviors. If he didn’t show her what she was looking for she would ask me to get involved to see if I could get him to display the correct behavior. They shot darts, blew bubbles, played with a toy cell phone, had a pretend birthday party for a baby that Eli made a cake for, shared the cake with, sang to and helped blow out the candles. During this time I will admit I did get teary a few times. Watching your child play is so overwhelming. The pride you feel, the fear of all that is at stake during this play time, and the pure joy seeing him have fun.

Then we get to the diagnoses. Blah. I tried to call Aaron to see if he was able to step out of his meeting with no luck and I was bummed but 30 seconds later he called!!! yay! yay! yay! It is a perfect example of what a good man Aaron is. He is such a hard worker but he loves us fiercely and we are his priority. All that to say having Aaron on speaker phone was so good for me because it felt like he was there with me a bit.

She reviewed the different tests they use and let us know that even on Eli’s tough day he was borderline in a few areas for the Autism spectrum but nothing overwhelming. Also, in three of my four evals they saw no signs of autism but on the fourth they saw a few signs of the spectrum. OK, so…her diagnosis is ADHD. However the ADHD could either be masking autism or giving us false signs of it. Ugh. I am thrilled to have a diagnoses but like I told her I just want to know, be done, make a plan, and make it happen. While that is not our current story I am still thrilled to have something we can focus our attention on (no pun intended. ha!)

Of course her suggestion is to treat him with medicine and while I respect that suggestion and I am a believer in God’s sovereignty in modern medicine, this is where Aaron and I need to regroup, pray, seek counsel, and take ample time to figure out what is best for our little four, almost five year old boy. I can hardly believe that! Almost five!!

So there you have it. Treating the ADHD allows Eli then to focus and hopefully catch up in the areas that he struggles, but trying some more natural approaches while they may take longer could be a better solution potentially. Cutting out red and blue coloring from his diet as well as sodium something or other have be studied and have shown success. There are several different essential oil options, etc. We will meet with the Doctor again in six months to reevaluate the Autism signs but for now we are just focused on ADHD and how we can best treat that.

At this point Aaron and I won’t be sharing our treatment decisions online simply because I honestly don’t want to hear lots of opinions that either are for or against what we decide. We will make a very informed and prayerful decision together and those near us will know so they are able to care for our precious boy but again I would rather not give people more areas to judge me and my little boy. However, if you love us and have kind words, personal experience with either meds or not, you have a scripture, a prayer, a dad who is a doctor and you want to message me with kind and helpful ideas not slandering either side of the argument, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

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He didn’t make it half way home before falling sound asleep

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Sweet boy looks so big while looking so small to me.

We ended our day at Eli’s favorite restaurant, Qdoba, celebrating our boy! Then off to target to buy him a new toy of his choice. He went with a Lightening McQueen tractor tipping track. Ha! He has been playing with it for the last hour and a half while I wrote this. Ha.

Oh I wanted to share and never forget this cute part of the day. After we were done and walked to the car outside the hospital. I buckled Eli up and said, “Eli, I am…”

He looked at me and said, “…so proud of you!”

Ha!!!! I guess I must tell him that a lot since he knew what I was going to say.

Now we are off to bed! Eli is so tired and I am so emotionally shot. I don’t even have the energy to drink a glass of wine. Ha. I almost fell asleep driving home while talking to my dad I was so exhausted. I promise to text, comment, and message every one of you back. I really will never be able to thank you enough for your kindness today and your outpouring of love, support and prayers!!! You were the body of Christ in a very tangible way.

Go snuggle your loved ones and remember to speak life over others and if you can’t do that keep your mouth closed! Cheerfully yours! Abby and family!!

My PERFECT Eli and a piece of his story!

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I have gone back and forth out writing this post but ultimately want to for my own reminder and to help anyone else who may be going through a similar situation. Tomorrow is a big day in the Wilkinson home. Our sweet and precious son Eli is FINALLY getting a diagnoses. This has been a journey that for me has seemed like forever. It started a year ago after recognized some major social differences in school (eating things like EVERYTHING; styrofoam plates, crayons, toys, etc., not really interacting with peers, quoting movies and shows instead of conversing) . There are not many who know we have been on this journey because I have been so fearful to share out of judgement.

Here is what I want to remember before these is a name put to PERFECT little man! He is a gift I never expected to love as much as I do. He was a true miracle born at 28 weeks, weighing less than 2 lbs and spending 67 days in the NICU before coming home to us. He is truly a dream come true and NO diagnoses can define him. I am crying as I write this for so many reasons. Fear, joy, sadness, anger and hope.

Fear of the future and what they will say tomorrow. Fear of what he might experience in school when kids can be mean. I want him to be wanted! (Sidetone: His current teacher is a true angel on earth to me! I really cannot say it enough. I fear so much him not being wanted and his teacher LOVES LOVES LOVES HIM!!! She prays for him, loves him in his differences, helps him grow and challenges him to learn! She is a true gift and will have lots of jewels in her crown in heaven because of the kindness she has shown my boy. Ok, rant over.)  Fear over me being a failure on his behalf. Did I do something wrong? Could have done something sooner? Is this my fault? I know I will cry no matter what they say. Ha. Shocker! I know, I am a crier.

Joy over all that Eli brings to my life. He is the most fun and so creative. He is BRILLIANT!!! He knows so much! All his colors, letters, numbers, and can literally quote anything he has seen or heard once. He LOVES to sing and that brings me so much joy!!! Books are his true favorite! He would sit with you and let you read to him for hours.

Sadness and anger go hand in hand for me here. I am both sad and fiercely angry over words that have been spoken about my son by people who are ignorant, hurt, or angry, people who don’t know my sweet sweet boy, but like to think they do. People have said we should beat him, get him under control and several have just off the cuff said, “have you thought of autism?”. He is NOT defined by these words!!! He is INCREDIBLE needing no explanation.

I feel sadness of any past or future struggle Eli will have in school, relationships, or internally. It has been hard to hear him called “special needs”. While I know he is special and he does require some needs that other kids don’t, he is still so spectacular to me! What I hope is that he knows daddy and I are ALWAYS PROUD OF HIM!!!! He is ours and we will do all we can to support and love him.

There are days that in selfish moments I am angry that this is a part of my journey. What did I do to make this happen? This is a lie and a temptation that is not glorifying to the Lord! I see other moms who make it all look so easy and I feel like I am dying. However, one of my sweet friends once told me that I was given Eli because I have just the gifts to help him. She is right! The special mommas get the special babies! I have been listening to the one person who said I was a “bad mom” instead of the COUNTLESS who have told me how great I am! Those are people who know me and my Eli! We are a great team! Sure we have off days like any mom and child but I have to tools to unlock Eli’s full potential because that Lord says so! He entrusted him to me and He gifts me everyday to help him. This again is not about me but my boy, I just needed a tiny venting moment.

Then there is HOPE! I feel so much hope! Tomorrow will be a great day regardless because we will be making progress for my boy. Like I said there is no diagnoses that I will not cry, but it is again all good. They could say he is ADHD, a premie boy that just needs to keep going through therapy to catch up, that he has Aspergers, or that he is somewhere else on the Autism spectrum and it will not change who my Eli is one bit!

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Moving forward I want to encourage those of you who like to think things about others, DON’T! You don’t know their story, what they have been through that day, how they are feeling, what type of journey they are on! We are all beautifully made! If for a minute we took time to stop focusing on others and just looked upward and inward it would be so awesome!!!! We can be encouraging instead of degrading! Speak life over other people!!! Speak life!!! If you are hurting don’t hurt others with your words but ask for help and speak life over yourself too!!! If you are hanging out with someone and you don’t know what to talk about don’t pick someone else or their innocent children!!!! Instead, maybe subscribe to the Skimm so you can talk current events, politics, the weather, sports, or even yourself. Truly anything but others!!!! If we were all for each other in this journey, life could be so great!!

I am off to snuggle my little boy who gets to sleep in my bed tonight because Daddy is traveling and I look forward to tomorrow. Tears and all. Ha! We will glorify the Lord whatever is spoken because Eli is PERFECT just as he is!

Also, sorry for the never ending post, I know there are others who are struggling with stories much harder, children dealing with cancer, a heart defect, loss of limb, etc. Even the loss of a child! You would give anything to have them back! This world is brutal! You are true angels on earth and I think of you and pray for you every day! I am not playing a victim or comparing our story to anyone so please know you truly are in my prayers and I think you are strong, wonderful and AMAZING parents! God bless you and your PERFECT babies!!!!

Micah- 2 Months

I cannot believe that Micah is already 2 months old! I am sure I will say they at the start of every post about him but it is true. Time is flying!

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This one makes me laugh because I feel like I can hear him saying, “do you come here often?”.

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Weight: 9 lbs.

Height: 21 inches

You are such a happy baby! We love you so much.

  • You smile all the time. Starting mainly around 7 weeks.
  • You have been in size 3 month clothes since nearly a month old.
  • You have slept through the night a few times.
  • You are are great sleeper at night but you are a bit high maintenance during the day. Ha! You like to be held.
  • You are very content in the car for the most part.
  • You hate having a dirty diaper.
  • You really enjoy baths.
  • You are very happy outside on walks while Eli rides his “bike”.
  • You are still in newborn diapers but barely
  • You like your pacifier sometimes. Mommy wishes you liked it more because it would make it easier on me sometimes. Ha!
  • Eli has kissed you on the head and loves to touch your head but that is about it. Again, he is interested in you when you have a dirty diaper. He helps to give me diapers.
  • Daddy picked all your hair off trying to get your “cradle cap” off.

Eli at 6 weeks adjusted for comparison.

Eli is 4 months old! (6 weeks adjusted)

 

It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts

Unless, you have a yard this awesome! The inside of our home is what we love most which you can tell from my post on Friday but the yard really is awesome! We bought this house because of all the potential I saw on the inside but secondly because it is in town and so convenient to get anywhere but had an AMAZING space for Eli to play.

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Geometric Wreath How To Dets!

IMG_2983So yesterday I posted a picture of this wreath on Instagram and Facebook and was totally overwelmed with questions of how to make it. So I decided two things.

1. I would write this post with a few clarifying details to the original video tutorial since it was a little dark and really a bit confusing.

2. I am going to have a party in the next few weeks some Friday night for anyone in the area that wants to come over and make one. I am thinking February 28th. It is very fun and easy. It would be an evening a food, conversation and crafting. My three favorite things. I will Facebook the info to those of you that are my friends so you can see more details.

Let me start by saying this Mandi girl is a rockstar. Her blog is awesome and I claim no responsibility for this idea. She has another post with white straws that is a lot easier to see. I am in no way correcting anything she did I am just adding a few pictures so you can see a little better what she is talking about. Just to clear that up! Not my idea just my experience making it.

Supply List: Scissors, a spool of 26-30 gauge wire, a box of cocktail straws…174 straws to be exact (Well kind of exact. I’m not that intelligent but that is at least my close guess.), and spray paint if you want to change the color.

I originally saw this on my friend Kyle’s blog and was totally intrigued. Then I found it on the Vintage Revivals blog and decided to give it a go. I made my way to a few stores and finally found the cocktail straws at Walmart and I ended up buying 26 gauge wire rather than 30 because I couldn’t find it at either Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s.

Here is the original blog post by Vintage Revivals. I am all about a good DIY craft so this was right up my alley but it was a little bit dark and I was pretty confused at a few parts. So I thought since there was a great deal of interest I would just add the details that might help others who are trying to make the wreath.

So here we go. Just to clarify initially I made two wreaths with once box of straws. In the video she starts by cutting the straws to 4 1/2 inches. I chose to keep mine at 7 inches. When it was complete it ended up being 42 inches wide/tall. After completing the first I had 78 straws remaining and I chose to cut them in half making them 3 1/2 inches long. The second wreath ended up being 23 inches tall/wide. All that being said that is the two size extremes and you can choose what will fit your space best and go from there. In terms of how I cut mine. I just marked them at 3.5 with a silver sharpie and cut them with scissors because I didn’t have her cool little cutting thing. Also, I have short arms and the 2.5 arm lengths was not long enough for me. I will address that issue farther into the post.

The first part of the video is pretty straight forward up to 3:45. So she mentions that you take the wire and connect it to “this corner right here”. That means bringing it straight over to the end of the short side (The side with 2 triangles). In the picture below you are bringing 1 over to 2.

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Then here is the pyramid with “flappies” she mentions.

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This just shows you where you feed the wire through the one straw on the flap closest to the pyramid she mentions at 4:12.IMG_2991 Here are photos of the shape you have them made at 4:30 by combining the two flaps. Just ignore the fact that my straws are exactly coming to a point at the end. You can adjust that easily as you go.

IMG_2994So then you attach all your 10 shapes together as pictured below and she has done at 6:14.

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You just keep all the wires to the right essentially. Then you feed it back through to a point. The wire comes out the top which she is calling the center (and will be of the wreath) at 6:00. Keep in mind that it is a spinning object so it doesn’t matter what point it comes out you will rotate the entire thing to your wires are all coming out of the same direction once you get to the next step. IMG_3002You can see below it is all a bit of a hot mess at this point. Wires everywhere and very minimal support to the shape while it does have a bit of a circle to it.

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IMG_3005She mentions the first Himmeli wreath video here and I would totally recommend it as well. I plan to do one tonight while watching the Olympics.  It looks a bit easier. At least lest steps which to me means easier.

Here is where I will add my two cents about wire. I mentioned earlier I am short so my arms are probably not as long as Mandi’s so my wires were not long enough for the next step. Insert panic button! Not really. You do not have to start all over. I simply added another piece of wire at the joint I needed it and tucked those little “tails” in. No harm. No foul. I had to do this LOTS of times my first wreath. After having completed three wreaths now I can safely safe I am guessing the lengths of my wires better and I only had to do it one time on my last wreath.

Again, don’t panic just add another section of wire where you need it. This project is very forgiving. Just fold the little pieces into the next straw and keep on swimming. I mean going. Sorry.  Nemo reference. Can you tell I have a three year old and get distracted very easily.

Back to the reason you are reading this! The Himmeli wreath. You have complete the hardest part! Below I am attaching my two newest straws to the point where my two shapes meet. Then you simply feed the wire back through the one straw you last attached. Making kind of a bridge to the next shape. Again if it isn’t lined up perfectly just twist it to get it in the position you want. At this point you are around the 8 minute mark of the video.

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Here I have connect my little bridge and like she say at around 8:40 to grab the next piece of wire not the piece you just used. I just took the longest wire and used it. Again tucking in the extra tail piece.

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11:00 Minutes almost there. She mentions connecting the bottom of our original shape. The shot below hopefully lets you see what she means. It is the “bottom” of the original shape as well as what will be the back of your wreath closest to the wall.

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IMG_3011 You basically repeat the last thing you did but connecting the other points she starts talking about around 13 minutes.

Then you are done and there is great rejoicing! I told you it was easy just a little detail heavy but totally an evening project while watching skiers fly down a mountain at 85 mph and skinny girls falling down on the ice with next to nothing on their bodies. While I am amazed and totally in love with the Olympics I will stick to my average life doing crafts on the couch while watching others sacrifice their bodies for the sports they love. Team USA!!

I leave you with a few more finished shots. Again I am serious about if anyone who loves nearby wants to come over Feb 28th and make one with me I am totally down! Have a warm Wednesday.

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Pop, Drop and Lock it!

I changed a door knob!!!!! I was so proud of myself!

As a mom the worst thought in the world is not being able to get to your child. With that being said in our old little house the door knobs are less than what you would hope. The lock on Elis’ door would latch on it’s own and the first time was terrifying. I thought I would be able to release the lock from the outside but no luck. So while Eli stood in his room crying I convinced him to turn the knob. He was able to do it just enough to pop the lock! Praise the Lord! It was only 30 seconds but it felt like forever.

So you can guess that the next day I went to Lowes and I bought a door knob. No big deal right. Right but it is if you have no clue what you are doing.

Like any intelligent woman I googled it! There were lots of videos but it was really just trial and error. My original plan was to do a whole tutorial but then I realized there are plenty out there and you all really didn’t care how I did it but would just want to see the pictures of Eli “helping”. Ha! Help is a very relative term here but you get the idea.

So without further ado, here are the photos.

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What projects have your little ones “helped” you with lately?

Function and Flare!

I added a few new updates to our laundry room last week. One is for function and the other is for function and flare. The Mister and I have talked about adding a drying pole for months and I finally just went for it. It cost me $10 and 15 minutes start to finish.

I picked it up at Lowes and it included the pole as well as the hanging hardware. I grabbed Aaron’s drill and simply hung the left side at the highest point I could on the cabinets we already had in the room. Then I put a level on top of the pole and once it was level I made sure it was an equal distance away from the back wall and then just screwed the right side into the wall.

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It was very simple. The only thing to double check is that it is level as well as straight with the wall. The other project was the curtain.

I didn’t like that people could see in our home whenever they like. Not that there is anything very exciting in our laundry room but still I didn’t want random eyes looking in at night.

So I took an old curtain from my office five years ago at Asbury University. I was planning on selling it in a yard sale and decided not to since I could potentially use it here. If it didn’t work then no harm. I also didn’t want to buy a curtain rod for this little door if I didn’t need to.

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Lastly, I just drilled the board straight into the door like I would a curtain rod minus the money spent on an actual rod. Ta-Dah! Just to clarify the staples were across the top so you would never see them unless you are 7 feet tall and your head is above the door frame. In this case, the least of my concerns would be if you saw my staples and more just making sure you don’t hit your head leaving my house.

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So here it is before and after. Not a huge difference but the little additions make it functional as well as more homey. If you have to do laundry at least it is a cozy room that I like to look at.

What would you add to your laundry room to make it more functional and fun to look at while folding?

Oh Happy Day!

I hope it isn’t too late to blog about Mother’s Day. I recognize it was almost a month ago. I know…slacker. Well I have been a little but occupied with a massive event I am planning for work so blogging has taken a back burner. But now that the conference has wrapped I am able to hopefully blog more often. There has been lots happening so I will have to work on catching you all up.

I did not want to get to far away from Mother’s Day without at least documenting a little of it for our own family memories. This year was fun because Eli is starting to speak in very little sentences and was able to tell me, with Daddy’s help, “Happy Moder’s Day”. It was super sweet.

It was nothing extravagant or crazy just  a wonderful day with family. Aaron let me sleep in and I took full advantage. I was in bed until 9 a.m.!!! That is by far the latest I have slept in over two years! It was glorious. Aaron left a set of ear plugs on my night stand the night before. You need to know I never use ear plugs because I want to hear Eli but I am telling you what ladies, DO IT!! If your hubby is committed to getting the little ones I totally recommend them. It is the only way I made it. Aaron uses them often so I thought I would give it a go. I was able to fall back asleep which I never do because I just lay there and listen to my two boys and want to go hang out. They helped me shut down long enough to doze back off and it was AMAZING! I know I keep going on about it but that might be the best gift I could have gotten.

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Once I finally put my feet on solid ground I came out to our living room to find a sweet sign that Aaron and Eli had made on the felt board as well as a poster board card and my gifts. Aaron picked out the movie “Something Borrowed” because he never watches chick-flicks with me and he thought it was a sweet gesture. It totally was. We ended up watching it that night but, I will get to that later. He also bought me a pillow for our library.

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It didn’t arrive in time but when it did arrive I was pumped! It is a print of Aches National Park in Utah. It is the place that Aaron decided he wanted to marry me. It isn’t something others might want and I recognize it is an odd thing to want and it will stand out because it is so bright but I am in love!!!! It is so special to me. It will be a great reminder of our journey. Aaron is so thoughtful. I really appreciate that he doesn’t just buy things to fill closets or our home in general but he listens to things I mention, puts a personal spin on things and even asks for ideas when needed.

Side note: For all you ladies out there here is something that works great for us. I have a pintrest board that is all just things I might like. Aaron can go there anytime he needs a jumping off point but it is still all a surprise for me. It has been a game changer for us. He also sends it to his mom at Christmas so she has ideas. Do it ladies! Your men want to get you things you will love but they also like choices and ways to surprise you.

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Ok, back to the day. After opening gifts we had breakfast and then just played all morning with Eli. We went to my parent’s house for lunch with mom, dad, Alex and my Vernon grandparents. It was right at Eli’s nap time so he was not having it. Mom took him downstairs and they snuggled and ate their lunch while watching “Despicable ME”. The rest of us had such a nice time talking, laughing and just enjoying time with one another.

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After lunch we took Eli home for a nap and then Aaron and I just sat and read with one another. Later in the afternoon everyone came to our place so Grandma and Grandpa could see the house. We had dessert and just hung out. Eli eventually woke up after a three hour nap! Happy Mother’s Day to me! After the nap we again played and then had a knock at the front door.

It was the Mossburg grandparents! What a nice surprise. This is why we moved to Indiana. Time with family! We all decided to go back to mom and dad’s and we again just hung out some more. Like I said, nothing crazy just lots of family time. The best Mother’s Day I could have imagined.

Be Strong!

This verse has been on repeat in my head all morning so I thought I should share it as well as this video of Eli from last night.

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Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

I know it is a reminder that I need regularly. The Lord does go with us and we are called to be strong and even courageous.

What do you need courage or strength in this weekend or even next week? I pray you find it an rest in the truth that you are not alone.

 

Aaron’s 28th Birthday

Aaron turned the big 28! I tell you what I am a lucky lady! On Aaron’s actual birthday we were in KY so we celebrated on Wednesday night as  a little family. Eli and I, well I, blew up balloons and scattered them around the house. Eli basically played with them.

We hung a Happy Birthday sign that I picked up at Hob to the Lob and it was misprinted. It said Hapdy Birthday on one side and Happy Bithpay on the other. Aaron and I got a kick out of that. I thought about taking it back, but I’m not going to. I think it is funny and quirky like we are. Perfect for future celebrations.

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When Aaron got home he opened his present from Eli. “He” got him Wreck it Ralph the DVD and Blueray as well as Felix and Ralph action figures that I found on clearance. It seemed to be a great gift from Eli since he could play with Daddy with them. I also picked up an apple slicer from TJMaxx. Aaron’s new favorite snack is apples and peanut butter. Just a little something that he would never get himself, but I knew he would use.

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He sent me a picture the next day on my phone of him using it. I think he liked it. It’s the little things. What can we say.

On his actual birthday like I said earlier we drove to KY and had dinner with friends at our favorite restaurant, Saul Good. We had a great time in KY which you can read about here. However, Aaron’s real gift and celebration were on April 2nd. We bought Sigur Ros tickets months ago in anticipation of Aaron’s birthday. He has always wanted to see them live and it was a bucket list item for him.

We planned on taking Tuesday and Wednesday off and spending the night in Chicago, but then Aaron got strep throat! Yuck! So, instead he was home sick and I just worked till lunch. At this point Aaron had been on antibiotics for 24 hours but was still very under the weather. When I asked him about the trip he responded that he would go to that concert even if it was on a stretcher.

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Stretcher, he was not, but he certainly didn’t feel great. However, he was quite the trooper. We got to Chicago in time to run into IKEA for a few things for the house and then we ate at Panera since they had soup and that was really all Aaron could eat. After dinner we headed downtown and then read in the parking lot until the doors opened.

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The concert was great! Very cool experience. So glad we got to check it off Aaron’s bucket list and experience it together. I drove two hours home and then Aaron let me sleep and he drove the remaining hour and a half. We got home at 3:30 in the morning! Shew! Dad stayed at the house with Eli till we got home. Big thanks to him because it allowed us to have a wonderful date in Chicago to celebrate Aaron’s life.

I mentioned before what a lucky lady I am. I have loved my almost six years with Aaron. He is a wonderful husband, dad, brother, son, and friend. He works so hard and cares for his family even when he is sick and running low on energy. I am so so so proud to be his wife. Happy Birthday Aaron!!!

This is Aaron’s 26th Birthday post. Apparently I didn’t blog much in 2012. Sorry Aaron…your 27th birthday is undocumented. Here is Aaron’s post on his 26th birthday as well. It is way better than mine. Remember…I am average at everything, even blogging.