Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I'm afraid Mason has his own sense of style these days, which includes his daddy's old cowboy boots and his LSU or Bass Pro Shop cap. Let's just say he's not ready to make an informed decision on what his will wear once we leave home to go somewhere.

Mason loves tractors, cowboys and horses these days. I feel a birthday party theme coming on . . .

Our big adventure lately has been potty training. A couple of weeks ago, Mason noticed his pull ups when I was changing his diaper and asked if he could wear one. We haven't talked potty talk in months. So I explained to him that he could wear big boy underwear only if he was going to be a big boy, and he agreed. He had a near-perfect day. I was very encouraged. That was on a Friday. The next day was a disaster all the way around, and Sunday wasn't any better. So we tried again on Monday to no avail. On Tuesday, I was changing yet another wet pull up while giving him the "big boys use the potty ~ if you're going to wear your Lightenin' McQueen pull ups you have to tee-tee in the potty and not in your pants ~ you know how to use the potty so I don't understand why you keep going in your pull up" speech, and he looked at me and said, "Just don't worry 'bout it Mama." And then he got up and promptly walked out of his room, leaving me sitting there with my mouth gaping open. So that was it for me. The pull ups went away, and the diapers came back (yes, I've already had people tell me that wasn't a good idea!).

So today I realized that we had only 4 diapers left, and I really hadn't planned on buying another box of diapers for him once these are gone. So I thought we'd try again. And he had a perfect day (except for pooping). He even woke up from his nap with a dry pull up, which has NEVER happened before. I'm seriously not buying anymore diapers for him so I guess the next couple of weeks are going to be rather potty intensive. Besides, what else do I have to do all day besides direct Mason to sit on the potty every 30 minutes?!? Oh yeah, Hannah Kate . . .

Monday, April 28, 2008

Backyard Picnics

One of our favorite spring time activities is having a picnic. We've had some beautiful weather, and Mason loves playing outside so much that I try to take every opportunity possible to get us out doors. Even Hannah Kate enjoys it, too. Lately we've been eating lunch outside on our back porch. Mason loves eating at his picnic table.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Gone Fishin'

When we moved to Mississippi, we bought a house in a lake community. So we have an 800-acre lake at our disposal. We didn't have a boat at the time, but we had a lake. Our plan was to get a boat so we could enjoy the lake. We've always wanted to get one anyway since both of us pretty much grew up on the water. Well, we got Hannah Kate instead! So now we still don't have a boat, but we still have a lake, and we finally decided to enjoy it. We took Mason on his first little fishing trip last Saturday. He watches fishing shows on TV with his daddy, and he has a small Scooby Do rod and reel that he practices with in the backyard. So we decided it was time to let him experience what fishing is all about.

Seth realized he didn't have a fishing license so he went to Wal-Mart to get one. Anytime he goes shopping for anything, he NEVER sticks to the list. So he came back with a lot of other stuff besides a fishing license, including a "Cars" life jacket for Mason.
As Seth was getting everything ready to go, I was mulling over the idea of whether or not I should go. I wanted to go, but that meant we would have to take Hannah Kate, and I wasn't sure whether or not that was a good idea. So finally Seth looked at me and said, "Aren't you coming?" I said, "Do you want me to come?" He said, "Yes." So off we all went. Now I know why he REALLY wanted me to go . . .
When we first started out, we went to the back of the lake where we thought the fishing might be pretty good, but the wind was blowing towards us so as soon as we cast, the cork would come swimming right back to us. There was also a lot of green gunk floating on top of the water so that made it even more difficult to fish. We decided to go around to the front of the lake and fish from the docks around the boat ramp and clubhouse.
Mason's first fishing trip presented several challenges. First of all, I was afraid that he was going to fall in the lake. He's the typical two year old who doesn't always listen to Mommy and doesn't always walk when you tell him not to run and likes to get too close even when you tell him to get back. So you can see he's sporting the life jacket. That provided a small comfort zone for the images flashing through my head of Mason going over head first into the water. But then I had to explain to him that fishing requires a lot of patience. You see, he thought he would catch a fish as soon as we cast his line into the water. And then he immediately wanted to reel it in. I kept telling him that he had to wait, watch his cork and reel it in when the cork disappeared underneath the water. He would have none of that. And he wouldn't be still. And then he decided he wanted to go swimming instead. So I began explaining to him how cold the water was and how we had to wait for it to get a little warmer before going swimming.

Yes, Mason, fishing is all about patience . . . and sometimes you just don't catch anything at all!
Remember when I said earlier that I later figured out why Seth wanted me to go? Well, guess who was the one casting Mason's line, making sure he didn't get too close to the edge of the dock and reminding him not to run on the dock for what seemed like the millionth time? I'll give you a hint ~ it wasn't Seth!
Finally, after an hour of being out there, Seth reeled in a small bass. Mason wasn't quite sure what to think of it. Seth tried to teach him how to hold the fish, but Mason wouldn't touch it. And then a few minutes later, he reeled in a brim. Mason was a little more friendly with this fish. He still wouldn't touch it, but he kissed it. Yeah, that didn't excite me very much. But I figured that kissing a fish probably isn't any worse than the grass, dirt, bugs and who knows what else Mason has eaten during his lifetime.
So what did Hannah Kate think about all this action? Not much. But she loves being outside though so she took everything in stride and even had a little nap or two.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Haulin' Hannah Kate

Friday, April 04, 2008

Bring the Rain

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings you glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

~Mercy Me, "Bring the Rain"

Bring the rain is the story of Audrey Caroline. She is still in her mommy's tummy right now, but she will be born on Monday, April 7, at 33 weeks. You see, Audrey Caroline is a very sick little girl. There is an absence of amniotic fluid in the womb, and that has caused many problems for this little angel. Her heart, though beating strong, is 80% larger than it should be. Her lungs have not developed. Her kidneys are not functioning. But she has the hiccups a lot, and she likes to put her hands in her mouth. She has been in a very uncomfortable position in her mommy's tummy. Her mommy continues to worry that Audrey Caroline is in pain, but the doctors continue to assure her that she is not.

Because Audrey Caroline is in a frank breach position, a c-section will be performed. But they are probably going to have to do a classical c-section, meaning the incision will be vertical instead of horizontal. This baby has been given a 0% chance of survival in this world. Her mommy and daddy have a resting gown for her and have ordered her casket.

No, I do not know her mommy or her family. During my own personal struggles recently, I prayed that God would just help me and speak to my heart and help me to be a better mommy. So in a very unexpected way, God led me to the story of Audrey Caroline. Her mommy keeps a blog for her. It is a very raw, emotional account of the past 3 months. It has really touched my heart and emotions in a very powerful way. I will not cease thanking God and praising God for the blessings of Mason and Hannah Katherine. I pray I will never take them, or my time with them, for granted. It's okay if Hannah Kate cries all the way through Wal-Mart and Kroger week after week. It's okay if she cries for 2 hours at the end of the day when I'm trying to get supper and a bath for Mason and clean up after a long day of play while Seth is out-of-town. It's okay that Mason still isn't potty trained. It's okay that my house isn't exactly as clean as I would like it to be. It's okay that there are toys scattered everywhere. It's okay that I get tired of staying home all of the time and feel like the walls are closing in around me. As a matter of fact, it's more than okay. It's a blessing!

Please pray for Audrey Caroline's mommy. Her name is Angie. She loves Jesus so much and has accepted His plan for Audrey Caroline. But that doesn't make any easier what this mommy will go through on Monday. It doesn't lessen the pain or dry the tears or diminish the grief. In the meantime, if you have some time (and A LOT of kleenex, and you don't mind to cry), you can read all about Audrey Caroline on her blog.

Audrey Caroline's daddy is Todd. He is one of the members of the contemporary Christian recording group Selah. She has 3 sisters --- twins Ellie and Abby are 5, and Kate is 2.