Saturday, December 5, 2009

All Things New

This is destined to be a long post as it seems like so much has happened but it is what it is and I'm learning that that's how life is and that's okay. So for the past almost 3 weeks I've been in Oregon saying goodbye to my dad, supporting and being supported by my family, taking care of Sadie and introducing her to her many loving aunts and uncles, great aunts and uncles, great grandparents, and many more. It was such a blessing to get to spend so much time up there. I felt like I was able to be a part of my family the way I wanted to and to focus on being a sister and daughter for a little while. Now however I am glad to be home again settling back into life with Brandon and Sadie. Right now life feels like a bit of a blur to me with so much having just happened and the holidays right around the corner but I'm trying to stay focused on the many ways that I've been blessed and the theme seems to be new things. First there is the blessing of Sadie. She has just learned to smile and is starting to watch me and smile when we talk to her and that has been so much fun. Second, I love decorating for Christmas so as soon as I got home I pulled out our tree, turned on the Christmas music, and set to decorating our house. As I decorate I think of the reason we celebrate and again it's about a new baby who was sent. Christmas is the beginning of the story which ends in our Salvation and so today I am filled with hope that I will see my dad again because of a newborn baby sent on the very first Christmas. Finally, today Brandon and some of our friends laid sod on our front lawn. Our lawn has been very dead since this past summer and I'm already loving our new lawn and the fact that we have friends who are willing to spend a Saturday helping us out. So today although my heart is tired it is full and I am truly thankful for all things new! Alright now for a bunch of pictures I hope you enjoy seeing what we've been up to and how Sadie is growing.
Uncle Caleb is a pretty young uncle at 15 but I was impressed by how well he did with Sadie.
Auntie Kendi was so excited to meet Sadie and get some cuddle time.
Now Uncle Ryan was another story. He suggested I get a return policy on Sadie last month when she was born and reminded me of it every time she fussed. However, as you'll see he warmed up to her. :) Uncle Ryan and Auntie Amy hanging out with Sadie and teaching her about becoming a mechanic! Uncle Robert is a natural with babies and always has been. So Sweet! Great Grandpa and Grandma Swier Great Grandpa and Grandma Moss The youngest grandchild on the Moss side of the family Ellie and the oldest great-grandchild Sadie. They were born about 2 weeks apart. I love being a part of a big family because crazy ideas like this one seem to catch on so quickly. Lets just say I think we cleared the Salem Target out of its footie pajamas. :) All of the cousins on the Moss side of our family were able to make it to dad's funeral. So here we are from me, the oldest, to Ellie the youngest. Our family on Dad's day! Auntie Amy's 2nd photo shoot of Sadie. I love all the cute pictures she takes and have to share a few of my favorites! So Big! Brandon with the help of Dave, Jeremiah, and John laid sod on our front yard today. Check out the before and after photos.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Home At Last

It's been a long journey as we've walked with my dad through his battle with cancer and today he went home to be with his Savior. The reality of it all hasn't set in yet, I feel like this is an alternate reality, and yet I know that it is real and I'm so thankful for the hope that I have in Christ and for the family that is surrounding me now. God is so good! We were all together when he went home and the lyrics to this beautiful song were playing. What comfort we have in the fact that Jesus has overcome the grave and that we will see the ones that we love again soon.
There's a peace I've come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There's an anchor for my soul
I can say "It is well"
Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead
[Chorus:] And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise I will rise
There's a day that's drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes
Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead
And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
"Worthy is the Lamb"
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
"Worthy is the Lamb"
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise I will rise

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Women's Tea

Last weekend Sadie and I attended the women's tea at our church and I put her in her first 0-3 outfit. I can't believe how big she is getting and thought she looked so cute in her jeans and sweater. Anyway we had a great time thanks to Heidi who hosted our table and took most of these pictures :)
Our Table
Sadie with her tea cup
Me and Sadie
Sadie and Courtney

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Week 2

This past week we enjoyed having some of my family staying with us. My parents, Robert, and Amy & Brian flew in on Tuesday and spent the week celebrating Sadie with us. It was wonderful having so much help and I'm pretty sure Sadie enjoyed every minute. There were willing arms to hold her every second and although we may have spoiled her a bit it was worth it to watch everyone love on her. We're so thankful to have had this week together and look forward to Sadie meeting the rest of her aunts and uncles soon!
Proud Grandparents!
Uncle Robert
Auntie Amy
Our New Family!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sadie is Here!!!

Sadie Lynn arrived this past Tuesday, October 13th at 11:41pm. She weighed 7lb 4oz at birth and was 20 inches long. We are overwhelmed by how wonderfully blessed we've been and are still in the phase of looking at one another in disbelief that she is actually ours. It's crazy how fast life can change and how quickly you can fall in love with someone. We are in awe and it still hits me multiple times every day that a week ago she was kicking around inside me and now she's here in our arms. It's so incredible!
As far as labor, it seemed long to us, lasting approximately 28 hours, but it was uncomplicated and an amazing experience all in itself.
Alright well enjoy the pictures of our little one and thanks for your prayers, support, and love. We've been so taken care of and blessed this past week with phone calls, messages, and meals. It's made the beginning of our adjustment to being a new family wonderful and we appreciate all of you!