After almost seven years and close to 2500 posts, I've decided to stop blogging. Well, I'm sure I'll update big events like birthdays, first days of school, etc. But, I'm no longer going to blog about the day to day events in our lives. It's a good thing. It means our life has become rather boring and normal. And as Olivia gets older, I doubt she would appreciate all the details of her life being shared and I have to think about that. I've decided to write in a personal journal as my outlet because writing has been rather therapeutic to me over the years. So, for now, I leave you with a big THANK YOU for checking in on us and sharing in our joys. It has meant so much to me.
American Girl Store: Abigail picked out her very own Bitty Baby and named her Mimi. Mimi will be very loved as Abigail is quite the little mother. Olivia got some new clothes and accessories for her Bitty Baby, Aly.
Shopping and dining at Legends
Olivia is quite the skee ball player (just like her mama was. LOL!)
It was a great little vacation. Abigail wanted nothing to do with the water park, but did pretty good overall. Both girls seemed to have a really good time.
Sometimes Olivia doesn't always match the emotion you'd expect to a situation. I think I was more sad about her hamster dying on Christmas Eve than she was. Yet, throwing out a favorite bath toy elicited many tears. Yesterday I was cleaning the dining room hutch and I put her bean plant from school on the floor. . .and forgot about it. One of our cats ate the whole thing. Olivia was devastated. Through tears, she grabbed the pot, put it in her room and told me with sunlight, water, and lots of love. .it will grow again (I don't think bean plants do. LOL.) I offered to get new seeds or a new plant for her, but she insisted that she still loves her old plant. I had to remind her that her bean plant is dead.
"But, mom, you don't stop loving something just because it dies."
This time, I wiped the tears from my eyes and told her she could keep the pot in her room as long as she wants. Sometimes she is wise beyond her years. And has such a kind heart.
I unexpectedly gave birth at 23 weeks to micro-preemie twins on August 27, 2007. Olivia Paige weighed just 1 lb 1.5 oz and was 11.5 inches long. Logan William weighed just 1 lb 1.75 oz and was 11.5 inches long. Our sweet Logan passed away after 1 month and 1 day. After 105 days, we were able to bring Olivia home. She is our miracle, our survivor, our joy. . .
On November 20, 2012 we welcomed little sister, Abigail, into our lives. She was born at 35 weeks, but only spent 8 days in the hospital before coming home. We feel very blessed. To contact Ryan and Jodi you may email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
You were the perfect little boy Of whom we always dreamed. Did you know we had your name picked out? All along or so it seemed.
You even had your daddy’s hands So miniature in size. In life we never got to hold you Or even see your opened eyes.
We had so many plans for you. Did you know you are a twin? I wanted you to grow up together. What a pair you would have been!
I wanted to take you to the park And push you on the swing. I wanted to teach you how to walk, And read and write and sing.
I wanted to show you a fire truck And let you ride upon a horse. I wanted to take you to the zoo To see the giraffes, of course.
I wanted you to watch cartoons And play video games with dad. And you and I would take a nap Oh, the times we would have had.
But, your mommy’s plans were not to be. “I have other plans,” God said. “You won't be playing in life’s playground You’ll be playing in heaven instead.”
And although I ache with sadness And in my arms I long to hold. I’ll see you again in heaven When my story on earth’s been told.
A thousand tiny fireflies Parading through the night Illuminate the starless skies With incandescent light They are miracles, here on earth So bold, so strong, so wise And bring to life a sense of worth For those who lack great size.
Some of this life’s smaller treasures Are the ones which matter more Than the larger joys and pleasures That we have grown to adore Volume is not as essential As the gift that lies inside Smaller souls with much potential Who shall never be denied.
A thousand tiny fireflies Parading through the night Illuminate the starless skies With incandescent light These children, while born premature Are testaments of worth Their spirits bold, their futures sure To ever bless the earth.