Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Our Twins Are HERE!!!!!!

The twins due date was January 30, 2015
On December 20th I woke with a fever and having contractions, I was 34 weeks pregnant. Arthur took me to the hospital that Saturday, they controlled my fever and slowed down my contractions. I was released that evening and sent home on bed rest...a first for me ever! Since my entire pregnancy with the twins had been uneventful with "no" complications my doctor thought that I could still carry the girls another week or 2.... and that was what we were praying for! I continued to have a low grade fever for the next couple of days. On Monday I had a fever and a day filled with sporadic contractions. Arthur and I went to bed at 10:00PM that night, at 12:40AM I woke to my water breaking! So, we knew that this was it, the Lord had appointed December 23rd to be the twins birth day!
At 34 weeks and 4 days pregnant we knew the girls could face a rough start.
We arrived at the hospital at 1:45AM,
everybody and everything from that moment on moved fast.....
the nurses knew that my labors move quickly.
By 3:45 I was dilated to 10 and moved to the O.R. to deliver...
just in case I needed a C-section.
Praising the Lord I had a safe vaginal delivery,
I feel beyond blessed.
BABY A: Olivia Noel
Born  4:19 AM
Weight: 4.15 lbs
Length: 18 3/4 in
BABY B: Emma Joy
Born: 4:27 AM
Weight: 5.7 lbs
Length: 18 in
Our sweet baby girls have had a tough start.
The first 2 days Olivia and Emma were on oxygen and antibiotics for an infection. Christmas day they both came off the oxygen and labs came back that their infections were cleared up! That was truly the best Christmas gift ever!

This picture was on Christmas day, our tiny Christmas gifts.
Christmas day was the first time the girl had been together since they were womb-mates.
It was wonderful to see them together, even if it was just for a few moments.
That was the last time they were together, other than their little beds being side by side.
A priceless moment~
At present Olivia and Emma are making progress daily,
one baby step at a time.
They both have IV's for nutrients,
they are in warming beds to help them maintain their body temperature.
The girls have been battling jaundice with their counts up one day and down the next,
so they've been having phototherapy.
Yesterday they both started taking a bottle and "trying" to nurse...
You know it's hard work to nurse~ 
Because the girls exert themselves when they nurse or bottle feed 
they also have a feeding tube,
 this helps when they are just to tired or sleepy to nurse/bottle feed.
The hospital gave me a courtesy room ~the room I had on the labor/delivery floor~
this way I could be close to the girls and able to stay overnight.
I was released on Christmas Eve and able to go home that night to spend time with my kiddos.
I'm now staying at the hospital every night to be near the girls,
(we live 25 minutes from the hospital) 
this gives me the ability to feed them and get some quality cuddle time in.
At present we don't know when the girls will come home,
and we aren't in a rush as we want them stable and healthy first.
Today the doctor told us with premature babies it's all in "their time"
which could be a week or weeks.
Olivia and Emma have many hurdles to cross before they can come home...
Until then we continue to pray for their progress and health.
*This blog post is a bit choppy and lacking descriptive words,
I blame it on lack of sleep and creativity.....
All of which take time, something I have little of right now.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Still here.....

I haven't been ignoring the blog, just been busy with life~

I just wanted to say HI :-)
I'll be back soon with lots of pictures and a few family updates~
Hope y'all are having a fantastic start to the most wonderful time of year CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Home Restoration....

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder~
I definitely believe that statement fits when looking at the first picture above. In May 2012 we purchased the little yellow farm house and 30 acres of land. The land was overgrown, the barns were in poor condition, and the little yellow house....
Well, it was a mess!
The little yellow house had hay bales being stored on the front porch, it had been half way gutted inside by the previous owners,
windows were broken, and little varmints were using it as their home:-0 The Lord allowed us to see past all of that and gave us a vision for the house and land, I'm so thankful He did! It has taken lots of hard work, sweat and pulling together to get the house/land/barns where they are today.
We are still in the restoration process with the house,
we hope to be moved in way before Christmas
the end of the year.
Once the house is complete I'll share pictures of the
before and during process...
along with the after.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Random pictures from fall...

 Weekend Trips....

We hope to move into our house before Christmas!

Friday, November 7, 2014


The first of October we took a little trip to the apple orchard.
We enjoyed the store and the apple picking....
Mercier Orchard has lots of activities.

The views from the orchard were amazing.

Apple picking was a first for many of our kiddos.

We sampled lots of apples...


After filling 3 bags to the top with various kinds of apples, it was time to load back on the wagon and ride back to our van. We had all sampled and eaten so many apples that the thought of eating the ones we purchased didn't sound appealing. It didn't take but a day and we were to eat apples again :)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A sweet surprise...

Do you ever just have one of those know the kind, where it's easier to see the negatives than the positives. Well, that's been my day today. Then there was a package delivered, from sweet friends far away. It was a wonderful surprise, the package contained yummy cheese...aged older than some of our children;-) The thoughtfulness of this gift was a bright spot in my day.....Thank you sweet friends~

Monday, November 3, 2014

A new ride...

Rebekah bought her first car!!!!!

Rebekah has been saving for a car for awhile, and one day happened upon this car!
It wasn't the car she was saving for, she wanted a 4x4 truck....
But this car caught her eye and was also a 4x4!
The price was "right", so she still has a nice savings left.
We are thrilled for her, and super excited that she waited to find just the right car...
'Patience' does pay off in the end ;-)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hobbit Birthday

Last Sunday we celebrated Jonathan and Stephen's birthday!

 Let the journey begin.......

On the Menu:
Chili, Hot Dogs, Slaw, Chips...
  Cupcakes & Candy
        Hot Chocolate, Sprite, & Root Beer



Friday, October 31, 2014

31 for 21...Day 31

 At 12:01 AM, October 9, 1998
We began our journey into the world of Down Syndrome.....
The journey has taken us on some wild rides of...
UP- DOWN-OVER-UNDER...and at times....
Hanging Suspended in air...
Truly not knowing what is next?!?!

We lived through every single one of those moments...
Praising the Lord for that...
We now look back and think...
I wouldn't have had it any other way....
Down Syndrome isn't a curse...
It's just different and different can be good....
I'm thankful for who Christ created Jonathan to be....
So, bring on the journey and whatever wild ride is ahead...
Because Jonathan is so worth it! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

31 for 21...Day 22

 Having Down Syndrome doesn't keep Jonathan
 from having fun or living life to it's fullest.

Each day is a gift....
From the simple days of nothing much happening...
To the days of amusement park rides and thrills....
Life is Good~

Living in the world of Ds isn't a negative, it's living life with a little something extra ;-)

Monday, October 20, 2014