Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Carried this Christmas

**I debated on posting this. It's sometimes hard for me to discern what to share publically and what not to. I have no problem discussing our lives with others face-to-face, but blogging is different. I guess it came down to the fact that THIS is what is going on in our lives right now, and if I didn't write about this, I don't know exactly what I would write about. I also believe in the power of prayer and it means the world to us to know that people are praying for our boy.


Carried...exactly how I would describe our Christmas this year. Let me rewind. Price had his 15 month check-up about 3 weeks ago and our doctor was less than impressed with his developmental progress. He suggested we see our pediatric neurologist once again and made a phone call. We were able to get in to see him within four days which is pretty much unheard of at Texas Children's. Our neurologist was also less than impressed with Price's progress and reviewed all of his previous imaging and testing results with us. He agreed with us that Price is about 6 months old developmentally, which is a pretty big delay considering he is 16 months old today. He suggested that we start digging deeper into what might be causing Price to lag so far behind. He decided to go ahead with a couple of genetic tests that day and then wants us to consult with a geneticist in the near future.

My heart sank...a genetic condition? Not my Pricey. Not my sweet, laid-back, beautiful boy. Nathan and I checked out at the neurology desk and proceeded to the lab downstairs to have Price's blood drawn. My brain is in such a fog as I start googling the conditions he is being tested for. Conditions that would radically alter our lives and most importantly, Price's life. Conditions that made my heart just ache like it has never ached before. We are told that it would be approximately 2 1/2 weeks until we would hear the results. I immediately think about the next two weeks - Christmas, traveling to see our relatives - joyous times that I look so forward to every year. How would I survive this Christmas season?

Nathan and I headed home and sat in silence for most of the car ride. Price was in the back seat asleep and traumatized as it took the nurses about 45 minutes to draw blood from his little fat arms. He is asleep and oblivious to the sadness that is overwhelming his daddy and I.

You know what though? Christmas WAS joyous, and maybe even more so this year than in the past. I treasured every minute of it, spending extra time kissing on the kids, celebrating every small victory Price has made during his 16 months of life. Christmas was joyous because of what it means - that Christ came as a baby in a manger on that day in Bethlehem. That Christ came to save the world from our sins. That Christ came to one day have a relationship with me. That Christ came to carry me through life when I just didn't feel like and couldn't walk on my own.

This Christmas I was carried by the Lord. I felt his peace, his love, and his closeness. Some days I wanted to curl up in a ball and hide from the world, but He got us through it. One day at a time.
Today we got the call from our neurologist that Price's testing came back negative. Nathan and I just hugged and I shed some tears. We know there are more tests that will be run and that there will be more waiting. But, I am confident that the Lord will be faithful to carry us once again. And while we are praying for Price's complete healing, we know that His plans for Price are perfect in every way.

Monday, December 7, 2009

All I want for Christmas



As you can see from these pictures, Price was really not into Santa this year. He looked at Santa, then looked at Ellery for reassurance, and then finally his bottom lip came out as he started to get upset.
Ellery asked Santa for an outdoor playset and a doll. She is still a Santa-skeptic, as she was asking me why the reindeer were not with Santa and why his beard didn't look real.
I was thinking that if I could sit on Santa's lap and give him my Christmas wish, I wouldn't even have to hesitate. All I want for Christmas is for my precious baby boy to start crawling, walking, and talking.
Thankfully, I have some one better to ask than Santa. I can go before the throne of God and plead with Him to heal Price. He IS real and He alone can do more than we ask or imagine.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Let it snow!
















Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ellerina Ballerina




Lulu took Ellery to ballet today and even got to sit in the room and watch! Thanks Lulu for the cute picture!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thankgiving












Honestly, this year has not been an easy one for us. Two days ago, Nathan was hit by a drunk driver at 11 am in the morning. He had dropped Price off at therapy and was by himself, thank the Lord. His car was jammed into an electrical pole and completely totaled. By the grace of God, he walked away without a scratch. The driver and passenger of the other car were completely passed out as they were forced into the police car.

We have so much to be thankful for even when times are tough. And I know that our tough is nothing compared to so many people. We have our family, our friends, health, and most importantly the love of our Father who has carried us through every step of the way.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thankful for...

Ellery had her first homework assignment this week. She had to decorate a wreath for Thanksgiving which had little sentences on it she had to complete.

I am thankful for my family, Jesus, and my friends.

I am thankful for my family because they love me.

I am thankful for going to Bevo games!

That last one just threw me for a loop. She's so funny! She sure does love going to the games though, and this weekend will be our last one for awhile!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Free time

Price's physical therapist is out of town this week so we took the week completely off from therapy. I was determined to make the most of it, and so today I took the kids to the zoo. The weather was gorgeous and we had a great time. We even rode the train for the first time.

Unfortunately, this is all I have to show from it.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Princess and Superman

A couple of months ago Ellery told me she wanted to be the Little Mermaid for Halloween. It sounded great to me, so I purchased a mermaid costume and a cute little crab costume for Price. Then, about a month ago she changed her mind and said she wanted to dress up like Aurora. She has been a little obsessed with Sleeping Beauty so we went to the Disney store and found an Aurora costume, complete with shoes and matching crown. I asked her if she needed a wand, but Ellery was adamant that Aurora did not carry a wand. The girl knows her princesses.

Friday at school Ellery wore her Aurora costume and the kids had a little parade. They waved at all the cars that were honking as they passed by. It was cute.

On Saturday, Ellery was still sleeping when Madi Kate came over with her family. I let Madi wake up Ellery. She was wearing her Cinderella costume and I guess Ellery decided that she wanted to match, because she came downstairs with her Cinderella dress in-hand. She also picked a wand and tiara out of her dress up chest to go with it.

Our new neighborhood is famous for it's Halloween. When we moved in, it was one of the first things our neighbors talked to us about, saying it was a lot like Mardi Gras. They barricade the streets so that is a pretty safe place to be. Honestly, I was excited because after living in a gated community with no trick-or-treaters, I was ready for some action! We were not disappointed. It was definitely a fun night of meeting new neighbors. It was Ellery's first time to trick or treat and although she seemed to enjoy herself, I think she had more fun handing out candy to the hundreds of kids who came to our door. Tiffany, Emery, Price, Madi Kate, and I all set out on the porch most of the night. I bought 4 big bags of candy at Costco and still ran out! I will know to buy some more next year. At one point, a little boy came to the door with a scary mask on and Tiffany caught Ellery saying under her breath, "I'm not scared, I'm not scared."

I am pretty sure this is the cutest Superman I have ever seen. Check him out in his new ride.

Oh, and to top of the weekend, Nathan took Ellery to see the muscial Mary Poppins on Sunday night. This makes me so happy because I so clearly remember doing the same thing with my sister and dad growing up. Ellery told me this morning that she liked Mary Poppins better than the Wiggles or Dora - pretty big statement! They had to leave at intermission because Ellery was falling asleep in her chair. Sweet thing.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Moving on up

...to a queen size bed that is! Ellery went from a toddler bed with a crib mattress to this huge queen bed that my mom and I fell in love with on a shopping trip in Austin! She loves her bed and is probably so relieved to not be hitting rails everytime she tosses and turns, which is often. She actually rolled off this bed once already, which just proves what a wild and crazy sleeper she is!



Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A spring in his step

We are still alive! Tired, but still alive! We finally have all of the boxes unpacked (thanks to a lot of help), and I am actually sitting down at my computer for the first time in almost two weeks.

Everyone seems to be really loving and adjusting well to the new house and new rooms. Ellery is exploring her new surroundings and Price must have whip-lash from constantly watching all of the "workers" going in and out of the house. Colby is in doggy heaven with a new and upgraded backyard. He seriously looks like he is skipping through the grass, chasing butterflies and squirrels. He really does seem to have a new spring in his step.

What a blessing.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Packing Up

Stay tuned...we are MOVING on Monday. I am trying my hardest to purge the house of all it's junk...room by room...and it's taking up most of my nights. Back to blogging soon.


A year ago today...it will be bittersweet leaving our first home.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

Race for the Cure 2009





Above pictures by Ellery...and then the camera went dead! I managed to get one of the actual race.



We spent the morning with thousands of other people "racing" for a cure for breast cancer. This year was extra special for our family as we walked to support Aunt Meredith, who will begin her chemo treatments this week. We know that next year we will be walking it again with her wearing the "survivor" pink shirt. What a day of celebration that will be!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ba!

Price said his first real "ba" today! How exciting! See, he's very vocal and holds conversations with screams, grunts, and ga's, but not much else. He is really trying to figure this speaking thing out. Our speech therapist said it is most likely a motor planning issue. He will watch us speak and you can see the wheels turning in his head, but he has a difficult time mimicking.

For about a week he has been putting his lips together but not saying anything while doing it. While we were in speech today, a "ba" slipped out loud and clear. I was so excited, and I could see the excitement in his eyes as well. I hope I hear some more sometime soon. A "ma" would be really great too!

We WILL get there!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Game time

Saturday we woke up and got ready for the Texas football game. Ellery gets so excited about the games which makes her daddy so happy.

I was using my hair straightener to help fight the frizz at the game, and Ellery decided she wanted her hair straightened as well. It really did look pretty!

So big!

Ellery loved this pink truck and wanted a picture in front of it.






We headed back to Houston after half time so that we could get back for church on Sunday. The kids missed their afternoon naps so we were sure they would sleep the entire way home. Ellery fell asleep before we got out of Austin, but sweet Pricey managed to stay awake awhile. He has become a huge fan of the car dvd player, and he usually laughs his way through "The Little Mermaid" or "Annie" or some other very girly movie.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

What a night

We loaded up the car yet again on Friday for Austin. We were given tickets to the George Strait concert at the new Cedar Park venue. These tickets couldn't have been any better - 2nd row, right in the middle! Nathan and I left the kids at the lake with a babysitter and caught a cab to take us to the concert so we wouldn't have to deal with directions and parking.

I think this was the best concert I have ever been to. Not only was it George, but it was George up close and personal. I am pretty positive we made eye contact at least 3 times throughout the night. I might be slightly obsessed with him now.

Nathan and I should really get out more because Friday night was quite a night. It all kicked off with a crazy cab driver who talked our ears off. He told us how his father had 35 kids and 7 wives. What? When I asked him about his wife, he told us that he had one wife as well as a baby mama. What?

While at the concert, I set my phone down on my seat for a few minutes while I stood up, and when I went back to get it, it was gone! I knew it couldn't have gone far and thought maybe it had gotten knocked off. It was no where to be found. I started panicking thinking about my contacts and calendar I had never backed up, but more importantly the pictures of my babies that were on there. As Nathan and I were looking for it all over the floor and I was feeling so rude for not giving George my undivided attention, a guy behind us and down the row a little leaned in to tell Nathan that he had seen the girl behind me grab it and put it in her purse. What? Do people really do that at George Strait concerts...the guy who sings, "I Saw God Today?" I am here to tell you - they do!

So, Nathan asks her to look in her purse and she kind of fumbles around saying she doesn't see it. I was getting ticked and thought about saying something to her, but she was quite a bit bigger than me and had definitely had a few too many to drink. To make a long story short, she knows she's about to be busted and makes some genius comment about how she feels something under the girl's seat next to me. The floor we had just checked and double-checked. We get my phone minus the battery. She had completely disassembled my phone while fumbling around in her purse. We were calling my number, so all I can think was that she didn't want us to see it light up or hear it. When we were about to leave the concert, we end up finding the battery and the back of my phone on the floor as well. She had gotten scared and left the concert early and I guess scattered the remaining parts of my phone all over the floor. What?

Thankfully, the whole phone incident didn't ruin our night and we managed to have a great time. Of course, the night ended with another 45 minute ride with our cab driver who managed to "entertain" us the whole way home.

Check out how close we were!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lake fun

the four little boat riders







Look at those lips



and look at that hair



Madi Kate driving the boat with Poppy


Check out my cool shirt Poppy bought me



These two slept in the same room together. They did pretty good although were so excited the first night that they didn't want to go to sleep. We finally heard Ellery tell Madi Kate, "Madi, I love you but I need my sleep."

Jason and MK tubing


We had such a great time soaking up the sun and relaxing! Saturday night the adults went to the UT vs. Tech football game and left the babies home with sitters. It was such a fun weekend that we are already planning our next trip back!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Home from the lake



We are back from a full and fantastic weekend at the lake with the Melton family. I have lots of cute pictures to post but was shocked to see this one on our camera. I love that Tiffany caught this sweet moment.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A conversation with Ellery

Ellery: "Mommy, what did you and daddy do on your date?"

Mom: "We ate dinner and talked about how much we loved you and how proud of you we are."

Ellery: "And brother? What else did you talk about? Have I ever been to the place you ate?"

Mom: "Yes, and your brother of course. You two are my favorite. Yes, you've been to the place we ate at tonight. Ruggles. Remember? We also talked about how we want to obey God in everything."

Ellery: "Let me think. Oh yes, I remember eating there with Heidi. You have to obey God just like I have to obey Him."

Mom: "That's right punky."

Ellery: "Jesus lives in our hearts. He helps us when we are sad or scared."

Mom: "He sure does."

Ellery: "Some people do not have Jesus living in their hearts. Why?"

Mom: "You are right. That's why we need to tell everyone about Him."

Ellery: (pausing to think for a bit) "Well, how does Jesus get into their hearts?"

Mom: (impressed with the logical thinking that's going on and trying to come up with the best, most age appropriate answer FAST) "Well, all they have to do is ask. They can say, "Jesus, I believe and I need your help," and He will come live in their hearts."

Ellery: "Oh. They just have to ask. Jesus lives far away. We can't drive there or fly there, right? How do we get there?"

Mom: "You are right. When Jesus calls our name, He will take us to heaven."

Ellery: "Yes, when He calls our name."

Mom: "Do you know who lives in heaven with Jesus? Nanny does."

Ellery: "I miss Nanny."

Mom: "Me too, but we will see her again."

Ellery: "Yes, we will see her and see Jesus."

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Future linebacker


I love, love when Price and Ellery start giggling together. Not much makes me happier!
Price had his one-year check-up today. He is now:
26.6 pounds (90th percentile)
31 inches (80th percentile)
and one BIG, handsome boy!
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