Wednesday, February 24, 2010

a good week=)

hi babe.

monday we found out daddy got matched at clemson.

tuesday morning we found out your insurance got straightened out and the feeding program will be paid for. all 1160 dollars per week. you start march 9.

tuesday afternoon we found out you can have nursing again.

veronica comes back tomorrow. she texted me and said "I'M COMING HOME!!!" she loves you so much. we can't believe our good luck.

that's all for now. i thought it was enough for one post=)

it's been a good week. ;)


thank you Jesus for taking care of us. i'm so thankful that you are mysterious in how you give and take away. your gifts are so good.

Monday, February 22, 2010

we're moving to....

clemson, sc!!! neither orange nor purple are good colors for mommy but in honor of the tigers, i will write this post in orange. i'm not gonna lie, clemson wasn't even on my radar. i'm a bit neurotic in my planning and my little mind had focused on a few other places and started researching the area, doctors, hospitals, apartments and houses, etc, etc. so it came as a bit of a shocker when daddy told me the email said clemson! he's very excited. he only interviewed on the phone with them, but he loved them. i remember the first thing he said was how funny they were...that they kept laughing with him and with each other... that it seemed like it would be a fun place to work. i went to clemson university for a little while and loved it while i was there. so did uncle matthew and aunt nikki and aunt elaine...daddy liked it too when he visited. now that i think about it, daddy has always mentioned how he'd really like to live in clemson. that makes me feel like God is smiling sweetly looking at us as we realize once again that He's taking such good care of He reveals His plans for our little family and waits patiently for us to realize that they are, in fact, His plans. it really will be great. it's about 2 hours from our families in's a sweet small southern town. nothing is really there but the school and lake hartwell. my sweet friend jenny (she was my roommate sophomore year at clemson) still has her family there. and do you remember jennifer farrell who is with Jesus in heaven now? she was my friend from high school and roommate freshman year at clemson? a lot of her mama's family is still there too. and that means i get to see sweet carol farrell more often. not to mention jennifer's little cousin lauren who is very close to your age and could be a great playmate=) it will definitely be an easier transition than, say, minnesota or connecticut;) (although i was very proud of myself for getting excited about those places!) daddy said the verse that keeps coming to him since finding out is from Psalm 23..."He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul." i'm probably being a little idealistic, but this does seem to fit the move we're about to make. being closer to family, being in a more familiar cultural climate (not to mention the actual weather), being somewhere that's not completely foreign to either one of definitely seems like the simpler move. who knows. i could be completely wrong. but for now, we're happy. we are so sad to leave our friends and our church and our sweet neighborhood. but onward we go=)

i love you baby. i can't wait to see you dressed up in orange and purple walking around bowman field. you, i am confident, will pull those colors off beautifully=)


Friday, February 19, 2010

18 months old!

hi baby girl!

you're 18 months old today. i can't believe it. you are the coolest little kid and the most fun to be around. you're a frilly little girl but super tough at the same time. it kinda makes me sad that you've had to be so tough, but i'm so proud of you. i remember when they told us in the nicu that you'd be behind until about 18 months and then you should be basically caught up with other kids your age. they seem to be right on. it's pretty funny how in the last 2 weeks you've started to try and say the name of everything that comes across your little path. i really can't even count the number of words you say now. a lot of them just end up being the first syllable, but last night you busted out with "daryl". daryl. seriously? what 18 month old says daryl clearly? and as one of your first words? daryl definitely deserves it though. he's one of your best friends for sure. not to mention he's been on the receiving end of more than one of your really dirty diapers.

gigi has been here this past week letting mommy and daddy get some work and school done. (veronica had to leave us-more on that in a minute...) she's been trying to teach you to say "gigi" but for now she's "beebee". which i love. (she does too) you're a stubborn little thing. you come by that honestly. but i'll be generous and give daddy the majority of credit for you being stubborn. he is just the slightest bit moreso than i am...i'm just being honest.

you like saying cow and duck and sheep and cat and you like telling us what all of those say. you'll sometimes whisper, and sometimes yell "roar" when we ask you what a lion says. you look at me first when anybody tells you anything like you're asking me if it's ok=) you still love bob and elmo ("mo") and big bird and you yell at all of these when they appear on the tv screen or in a book. you kind of whisper "ha" (hot) and shake your hand like you can't touch it when you get closer to our space heater or see a fireplace in your books. you're a smart little boogar. did i mention how proud of you we are?? =)

you love to run around the house checking everything out. especially to "help" me unload the dishwasher. the other day i knew you left the room and a few seconds later i went to follow you and i literally couldn't find you. i kept calling you as i went from room to room looking behind beds and couches, and finally i went into the laundry room and found you standing in front of the dryer wondering what to do with it. little cutie pie. the mirror-covered-walls are still a big hit with you. you come around the corner and plop yourself down in front of the mirrors and start laughing at yourself and giving yourself kisses. another fave is to get into my kitchen drawers and drag out pots and measuring cups. you like to put your stuffed bob the tomato in the measuring cup. i think you're very creative. that's one of the more positive traits you get from daddy=)

so now onto veronica. oh how we miss her. you two love each other very much and she had become such a special part of our little family. i've been avoiding this topic because it's a rather large source of stress these days. or for the past month and a half. i promise not to be dramatic but it's just been no fun. i won't go too far into it because, truthfully, i don't understand it all. but basically you've had, in addition to the insurance we get from mommy's work, a secondary insurance that covered home nursing (veronica) and the feeding clinic, prescriptions and copays, not to mention the medical bills from when you were in the hospital. well they re-evaluate every little kiddo after they turn 1 and it just takes FOREVER (in reality it's probably about 2 or 3 months) to get through the screening process and from one department to the other, etc etc to get us back where we were with your insurance before this whole "re-evaluation" started. so we lost veronica (her company couldn't pay her to take care of you because they wouldn't get reimbursed by insurance) and we wouldn't be able to put you through the feeding program (you're supposed to start march 8) that you so very much need because it would cost $1160 per week and it lasts 8 weeks. needless to say, we can't pay that out of pocket. so after about 2 million phone calls and many many messages left by mommy, we think the feeding program will now be covered. which is fantastic news. but the nursing part isn't fixed yet. and somebody has to be with you for the 8 hours you're there monday through friday and since mommy and daddy have school and work, we're not quite sure how that's gonna happen. but we know that it will work out. not nearly as worried as we were a week ago. don't be bummed out. all will be well.

onto more fun news. daddy found out today that he got matched with an internship site for next year. so monday we will find out where it is that he got matched and where we'll be moving this summer!

in the meantime, enjoy these pictures=)

i love you sweet baby-


one of my favorite pictures of you sleeping.

getting into trouble=) with mommy's make-up in hand, you climbed through the barricade i had created to keep you in the den. you look pretty proud of yourself.

cutest little tooshie i've ever seen.

sitting in the middle of the hallway.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

future drummers...

you and isaiah. jammin' out.