Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Alessandra Cadence~The Newest Gift

It was Friday and the phone rang at 5:00 am.  My heart started racing.  NO ONE calls this early.  Something had happened.  This couldn't be good, not at 5:00 am...

...or so I thought.

"I think my water broke."

That was the gist of it.  There were no labor pains at this point, just that starter flag obviously waiving.



It was definitely time for Tom (our oldest) and Elizabeth to head to the hospital.

Anna and I got to the hospital around 11:00.  

Labor had definitely started.  While Anna hung out in the waiting room, I popped my head into the labor room off and on.


I didn't want to interrupt this precious time between husband and wife for long.

Elizabeth was so brave and we are so proud of her.  It was sweet watching our son try to act like a rock and so nervous at the same time.  He did NOT like seeing his wife in pain.

Her labor stalled for awhile, not progressing.  Friends prayed...and then all of a sudden, just before midnight, everything progressed at once.

Tom came running out to the waiting room. (Truthfully, running and almost sliding to a stop in front of us.)

 "Mom! It's time!  They said they will have her push in about 45 minutes!!!"

I looked at him.  A picture of that little baby Tom flashed through my mind and I said, "Ummm...get back in to your wife!"

It was comical, the look on his face and he turned around and raced back.

And we waited...and waited...and waited...

I worried that something had gone wrong.  A million thoughts rushed through my mind.

My son came out, eyes tired, and he (I may get reamed for sharing this) cried.  He cried tears of joy, telling me about how brave his wife was and about his beautiful new daughter.

(Side note:  I think in this instance, the moment you hold your first born, you realize just a bit more of what our Heavenly Father gave us when He gave us His Son.)

After nineteen plus hours of labor, painful labor, but with no major complications for Elizabeth or the baby....
Elizabeth gave birth to 
Alessandra Cadence.

7 lbs 9 oz and 19 1/4 inches long.


Yes, we are grandparents again...to an adorable tiny little girl.

Ummm...you think someone has his heart? (Smile)

Beautiful Mama!


We are joyous around here.  We celebrate with Elizabeth and Tom and they hold their daughter for the very first time.  

She is a gift from God.


Look at those little feet!

Our baby had a baby!!! 

So, not the best selfie, but the only one I have of me and this AMAZING blessing!!!!

Isabella and Sarah meeting Alessandra for the first time.

These two have my heart so thoroughly (smile).  
Can't you see the family resemblance? :-)
I see both Elizabeth and Tom so clearly in Alessandra.

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Thank you all for welcoming Alessandra Cadence with us!  I'm behind on just about
everything right now, but WHAT A BEAUTIFUL REASON!!!!
May God bless each of you as he has so richly blessed us!




"I will sing to the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live."
Psalm 104:33

We appreciate all prayers for blessing on this new little life! :-)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Little Bit of Valentine's Day, Laughter, and Loving Like Jesus

Though on Valentines Day, cuteness often wafts through our house....


2012


The kids love it for another reason....the pranks.  They are good natured and filled with love between Thomas and I.

It started the year after we were married when my husband made six foot letters in the snow (to be read from our fourth floor apartment in Germany).  They said, "I Love Kat".

I've changed Thomas' ringtone to...hmmm....let's  just say  an embarrassing one.  I turned the volume up and called him during a meeting at work.  (His coworkers are awesome! They may have asked him for a couple of weeks, "Are you too sexy for that Thomas?")

He's decorated my car and spray painted "I Love Kat" on our dead winter lawn in red spray paint.

This was one of our favorite.  It took place in 2014.



"143 balloons filling up Thomas' car at work...the ones in front filled with glitter, one poem (Cupid's Cold) explaining the glitter (because Cupid got trapped in his car with a cold). He has to pop balloons to drive. Valentines Prank War complete....waved to security...everyone's day is brighter."  Facebook Status 2014

We've always had fun.  This year our pranks were rained out.  The kids love the little bit of candy they got, but that's not their favorite part.  Valentines Day is filled with laughter and hugs and goofiness around here.

My friend's text this morning says it all. "Happy Valentines Day! Send prank pics please."

We still had beauty today though.



It was just a bit tamer, though amazingly cute.

We still had laughter, but that was in a private conversation with my oldest daughter that literally made me cry I laughed so hard.  Nope, can't share this one!  (Still laughing....)

This Valentine's Day night I am thankful and thoughtful.

I'm thankful for what God has given me.

I think about Hope~Glory, who has Congenital Heart Disease.  In a referral file this could mean about anything (minor or severe).  I think about her days on this earth and wonder how long.  I think about her chance to love.

I think about Grace-Victory, maybe walking now (at three).  She could be running for all I know.  We haven't had an update for a year and a half.

I think about the sacrifice God has made for us...and how my humanness shows through just a bit too much.  God has reminded me over and over lately, "Do not turn to the right or the left."

I think about how we lose track of what this day COULD be...a day to love as Jesus loves...not in stuff (though you know I love my chocolate), but in action.

Maybe I'm thinking just a bit too much tonight.

I pray each day brings us closer to loving as Jesus loves.  Starting right here on Valentine's Day is a fantastic time to start.

Have a sweet chocolate filled dream sleep friend (no roach clowns).

Happy Valentine's Day!

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

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If you wish to read about or join us in our adoption journey to Grace-Victory and Hope-Glory, please read (BIG NEWS) MOUNTAIN MOVING.


Monday, February 13, 2017

The Clown Roach

I didn't eat until 2:30pm or even drink until 1:00pm today.  I forgot.  I full on forgot.  I did a ton...and nothing today.  Nothing got completed.  

You know those kind of days?

Today was not a "redo" day, but a "run like a three pound roach is stalking me dressed as a clown" day. By that I mean, run quickly into the next day. 

Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. 

Everything that should've taken ten minutes, took hours. 

Kids were far from their normal selves. My jaw dropped on the floor (not for long, to avoid the clown roach) several times. Then I remembered my prayer this morning based on Psalm 51:10.



"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a RIGHT SPIRIT within me." 


 It was the first time "RIGHT SPIRIT" hit me between the eyes. I can know things logically, but emotionally I can feel a spirit of rebellion, frustration, or "toddler-ness" sneaking in.


Kat Dictionary
Toddler-ness
/ˈtädlərnəs/
verb
wanting to stomp ones feet because things didn't go as one wanted them to.

My prayer today was that I had a "renewed right spirit". 

I don't think my "right spirit" showed today, but I will continue to pray this. A sense of gratefulness and praise should be at the forefront. 

So, though I'm very glad today is mostly over (THANK YOU LORD!), this will be my continued prayer.

Now to hope I don't dream of clown roaches....

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Quick "Village" Need

As life happens...

Gabe, Benjamin, and Jael at the Endocrinologist

....and we put one foot in front of the other, we get closer (day by day) to hitting our next step in our adoption.  I'm ready to hear the big "YES" from this foreign government, but I'm beginning to get butterflies.  The next approval (the BIG one) could come within days.  We are FAR from what we need financially just for this next step.  These little girls are worth it though.

$8640 is what we will need quickly.  We will have $1000 of it.  This is just the next payment and wow it sounds crazy.

Back to back adoptions and our most recent medical journey have depleted what we typically have.

Here's what we are asking....

Would any of you be willing to walk in a letter to your Church (or allow us to send one, letting your Church know it is coming)?  Do any of you have a business that might be wanting to help two beautiful little girls with special needs come home? Would anyone want to hand letters to however many individuals you may think would be interested in joining our journey? Do you have a Christian school or home school co-op that may want to join us?

If you do, please email us a 1thomkat (at) verizon (dot) net or leave a comment (and we won't publish it) with your mailing address.

We are applying to grants.  We are sending out letters.  We are praying hard.

We are even making a packet for Churches (including a video), but it's taking longer than we planned.

We continue to need our village on this one.

If you would like to give personally, the above email can be used to give by PayPal (Friends and Family has no money taken out of whatever is donated).  YouCaring can be given to at the side of the blog.  We have tax deductible ways that we will share if you shoot us an email.

It's not that we enjoy asking, but it is all very much worth it (smile).

May God bless you guys as much as He has blessed us!

"Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I'M A MILITARY MOM!!!!

So this thing happened.  I'm kind of proud of it.

We waited three hours and didn't exactly expect the wait to be that long.







It was worth it though.


Tom has the green shirt on.



You see we are a military family.  My grandpa and uncle served.  My dad was in the Marines. My father-in-law was in the Army Reserves. Both of my brothers served in the Navy.  My husband was in Army Intelligence.


This picture is fuzzy, but cracked me up.

I am now a military mom.

Tom and Elizabeth prayerfully made this decision.  Time and thought went into even contemplating traveling this path.

I'm so proud of Tom.

Really, I'm proud of both of them

There is no "one spouse goes in the military".  Any Military wife will tell you your FAMILY goes in the military too.  We've been in almost this exact same place.  We were newly married and newly pregnant when Thomas went in the military.  It's stretched us and taught us so much.  It gave us amazing experiences and amazing friends.

God has given me a peace that passes understanding, no joke.  I feel like maybe I should be freaking out a bit, but I'm not.  Instead, I have peace and we stand in confidence of their decision.  They made it together.

Thank you for celebrating with them and with us.  It IS a time of celebration for us.


The heart of man plans his way,

    but the Lord establishes his steps.

Proverbs 16:9

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Please keep praying for Alyssa's Family (Scott, Sandy, and sister Jenna).  Alyssa's Celebration of Life was not the end of their journey.   They are learning to live life without the laugh of their precious daughter.  They are learning to put one step in front of the other and to find their new normal.  Please remember, with any parent who has lost a part of themselves...their child, that their journey is long term.  Really, I shouldn't say lost.  They know where she is.  Alyssa Won, she is where we all want to be.

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If you wish to follow our adoption journey, the following link has the most recent update.
Another update is coming soon.  We need our village.





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