Saturday, May 25, 2013

30 Weeks Down...10 To Go!

Some say I have my hands full...I like to say I have my heart full!

It's hard to believe that I'm 30 weeks pregnant today!  Baby Smith #5 will be here soon since August 3rd is just around the corner!  So much to do in preparation for our new little blessing, but there is much anticipated joy and excitement in the air too!  

Have a blessed Memorial Day weekend with family and friends!     

Sunday, May 19, 2013

13 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to our Millennium Baby!

13 years ago today we were blessed when we held you in our arms for the first time.  Here you are with Daddy and Mommy when you were just 2 weeks old.

You were 6 lbs, 1 oz., so very tiny, but big enough to fill our hearts and home with love and wonder!  I remember being admitted into the hospital 2 weeks prior to your due date because of preeclampsia. To make a long story short, I was able to labor on my own without being induced and in about 6 hours with no epidural, you went from your dark, peaceful home into this bright, big world!  Your Daddy and I had tears of joy when we saw you for the first time!

I remember crying myself to sleep one afternoon soon after we got home from the hospital because you were so tiny and I was struggling to get you to latch on so I could nurse  you.  Your Daddy woke me from my nap to tell me that he had made a phone call to our local La Leche League and made an appointment for us to see a consultant.  I remember the feeling of gratitude and relief after our appointment because I was soon able to nurse you.  I remember thinking that you have a wonderful Daddy and I have a supportive and loving husband.

We remember when you were and will always be Daddy's little girl and Dad will never forget his first Father's Day in 2000 when he held you lovingly in his arms and gave you a sweet kiss in the backyard in our "old, old house"...

I remember when we were celebrating your first Christmas when you were 7 months old.  The outfit you are wearing in the photo below has been worn by all your siblings too to celebrate their first Christmas.  Nowadays you are more into what's wrapped in the wrapping paper vs. just laughing at the funny sounds paper can make, like you did as a baby... :) 

I remember when I was 17 weeks pregnant with your brother (although we didn't know if you were a big sister to a brother or sister at the time), and I held you on my first Mother's Day 2001  as you modeled your cute outfit with a hat with your adorable smile that lit up a room...

I remember when I borrowed a watermelon print dress from a friend just so I could take pictures of you beside a watermelon and eating a watermelon with me while my belly was getting as big as a watermelon carrying your sibling. (that's alot of repetition there!)  I wanted the matching watermelon (there's that word again!) dress too so I could make the adorable page for you in your scrapbook....

I remember how you loved peeking into the (pink) bassinet looking at your baby brother sleeping.  You were just 17 months old when he was born. You loved taking care of your little brother and still do!  And now you take care of your little sisters too!

I remember how you loved to dance so much that you would stand in front of the oven and stare at your reflection while you made all your graceful ballerina moves.


I remember that even as a little girl you loved learning about our Catholic faith.  I remember for your First Holy Communion five years ago, we went and took a picture at the same church that I received my First Holy Communion.  I remember thinking "Wow! You really do look like me!"

I remember that you loved and continue to love our family traditions and how you light up our lives with your smile and sweet personality and talents each day. 

What a busy weekend we have had celebrating your birthday, watching your brother play in a local soccer tournament, and today we celebrated the birthday of the Church for Pentecost Sunday as we hurried to Mass after your brother's last soccer game this morning.

You had fun Friday night as you played miniature golf and arcade games with some friends and then came home and had a cookie cake that I made and decorated.  The cookie cake recipe was delicious and can be found HERE.  I smoothed the "putting green grass" on the cake using the easy paper towel method that I used on your skate cake last year.  

After Mass this morning we took a family photo with your brother still in his soccer uniform (but Dad and him have red on, the liturgical color for Pentecost!) and you have your new outfit on that we gave you for your birthday.
Me with my millennium "baby"!

Happy Birthday to our beautiful TEENAGER inside and out!  I can't believe we have a teen in our family!  :)  We love you and wish you a blessed 13th birthday! 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mothers' Day 2013

 "The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral-a dwelling place for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body...Even the angels have not been given such a grace! What is more glorious than this - to be a mother." 
-Joseph Cardinal Mindsze

Today has been a blessed day so far!  My parents came to Mass with us this morning at our parish and then we ate a pancake breakfast at our church.  We took some pictures after Mass in the prayer garden to remember this special day!  

 My mom and me and I'm 28 weeks along in my 5th pregnancy! 

 My Dad and Mom with my children

 My family

Happy Mothers' Day to ALL mothers (our Blessed Mother, Queen of Heaven, biological, adoptive, foster, step-mothers, grandmothers, Godmothers, spiritual mothers) and especially to my Mom and Mother-in-Law!
This picture of me with my mother-in-law was taken at the end of April when we threw a surprise party for her 70th Birthday! 

I wanted to end this Mothers' Day post by sharing the BEST commercial EVER!  Just beautiful! Don't you agree?



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