This is my favorite picture at the moment.
Wow. Were do I begin. I was going to allow this to be a sad day for me - but - the tears have not fallen yet. Brian came home with some roses for me last night. (For those of you who may be reading this for the first time, our daughter Olivia Lynn went to be with Jesus 6 months ago today.) I plan on going to a Creative Memories workshop tonight and I know that looking at pictures of Olivia will probably make me cry. I am SO thankful for all the pictures that we took.
I am looking forward to the new year. I have lots of things that I would like to accomplish. This year I feel as though I didn't do much with my life - except survive.
THE KIDS - They are amazing.
Tyler - oh boy! He is talking like there is no tomorrow. He talks in short sentences and understand more than I probably know. Right now his favorite things are Elmo, coloring and going to "Nana's house." He is on the run all the time. Thankfully he still takes an afternoon nap.
Saturday Tyler turns 2!!
Alysa - Now that she knows that she can stand up, that is all she wants to do. She stated walking holding on the the furniture just before Christmas. She's getting a few bumps and bruises but she's pretty proud of herself. I think that Tyler gets a little jealous. He likes to push her down sometimes. It gave me a strange feeling the first night that I heard her crying in her crib and went to get her and she was standing up waiting for me. Even now she is standing beside me holding onto the chair as I type. She's starting to "talk" to us with her "mamma's and babba's." She smiles and laughs so much. She really is a very happy baby. I am so glad for that. Sometimes I wonder if she has any thoughts about Olivia. Does she have any sense of missing her?
Alysa's smile will reveal her 3 teeth, with more to come in the near future.
Dad- still working hard to take care of all of us. I really appreciate all that he does. I am so thankful that I get to be a stay at home mom.
Mom - I'm doing well. I feel okay and have a lot to look forward to this coming year. I do have one thing that is heavy on my heart. Many of you know that I was raised by my grandmother because my mother died of cancer when I was 16 months old.
Just before Tyler was born my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. Her last treatments did not work. In March she will try something else.
If this does not work....the Drs. are not sure what to do. Other medical conditions play a factor in the intensity of the treatments she can undergo. (she's had 4 heart attacks, open heart surgery, and the effects the treatments have had on her liver) I would love for your prayers concerning a treatment that will work or even a complete healing which would be a miracle. Even though the Lord did not allow Olivia to be healed, I still believe in the Great Physician.
Until next time...