Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mellow Yellow

This morning I met a fellow blogger, Katie, for brunch. She lives in Georgia but her parents live near me so because she was here visiting for a week she invited me to meet her! I almost messed up and missed her because I'm so bad with e-mail (if you read my post yesterday and add in a ton of constant e-mail hopefully you will understand). I'm so glad I didn't miss her. She was so sweet and her little girl Bella was precious! Thank you so much Katie - it was really fun!
Harper did not agree. She spent most of the time crying. She just was in need of a nap (the good sleeping took a hiatus last night). Oh well - it was good to know you sleep - come back and visit sometime. She crashed when we got in the car so I made a quick stop for a few groceries. I ran into Laurie and the girls which was fun only for some reason people don't love it when you take up the baking aisle discussing your girls, life, and laughing. I can't understand why??? ha!
Doesn't she look cute in yellow? I saw this little romper at TJ Maxx and couldn't resist. She is my sunshine.

I want ya'll to pray for two things today:

  • I am just sick today because Monica was one of the first people I added to the prayer blog and I was so excited when she became pregnant. This morning I got an e-mail from her and her husband letting us know that their little boy Duncan's heart stopped Monday at 25 weeks and they had to induce her and he was born last night. I can't imagine their grief. My heart is SO heavy. I love the blog world but it starts to feel as if there are rarely ever babies born healthy anymore. Do you feel that way? It's because the world has been made so small through the internet. I've discussed with my friends a lot lately that I'm terrified to have another child because I know of so many things that can go wrong. I don't understand why these things happen. But I KNOW who is in control and how much He loves us. Please just keep this family in your prayers today.
  • Sweet little Bentley is having her heart surgery today. Please pray for a success and a quick recovery and for peace for her family. I can't imagine how I would feel if Harper had to have major surgery.
Thank you for praying for these sweet families.

Okay - it is BEAUTIFUL outside today and I refuse to waste such a wonderful day. So we are going out for a walk at the park and maybe do some yard work. This is the kind of day that makes you happy to be alive and you just can't HELP but smile and drive with the windows down and put your toes in the grass! And if you'd like some free ice cream to go with a day like today - go check this out!

65 comments:

Megan said...

I feel the same way about having another baby, so so scared of the unknown. I have to remember that God is in control. That is all the hope we ever have, right? I also agree, it is a perfect day in GA and once I get off work, I am taking my little one outside for a little fun in the sun!

Emily said...

What a fun day!!! I love the little yellow outfit! Too cute! I live in South Texas and the weather has been awesome this week! Praise God! Have fun in the sun!

Emily

Jaime said...

I'm sure you've had some people weigh in on the sleeping thing (Sorry, I don't always read the comments) and I don't want to be one of those annoying people who just gives advice but I'm going to anyway! Ha! When my daughter was born I read the Baby Whisperer and at 5 weeks we put her sleep methods (not as harsh as cry-it-out but more strict than co-sleeping) in practice and I cannot believe I didn't do it sooner. By 4 months my kid was down to waking once-a-night. She wasn't a good sleeper either. She didn't sleep through consistently until she was 9-months old but it is nice to just have the one feeding a night. Anyway, I'd just highly recommend that book because I know how hard not sleeping is!

I also feel your pain with the eczema. My daughter had it very badly too and I remember that I only slept for 3 hours one night because she was so itchy and I got up and went to work the next day! It's amazing that I didn't crash on the way but we eventually got it figured out.

Elizabeth said...

I love Harper in yellow! :) I will keep both Monica and Bentley in my prayers this week.

jenny said...

Thanks so much for your great posts!. You are a great insiration of a wonderful mom honouring the Lord in all you do.It's so great to see you loving Harper so much and yet being real about what a life in the day of a busy mom is like.

I have been to the States 3 times and even lived in Boca Raton for 6 months back in 2001 while I was on a work programme, but have never been or heard about Sonic. I'm definitely going to have to give it a try after reading your blog.
... and just as the weather is starting to warm up on your side, it's getting colder here in South Africa ... enjoy it!
jenny

Maggie Elizabeth said...

Sophie Clare has on the same outfit today!! Only it is pink!! I will have to take her pic today and post it!!

Holly said...

It is a beautiful day out!

The Stain Family said...

THAT is truly an adorable outfit...down to the shoe-socks! Such a good pic. Thanks for the ice cream tip...I LOVE Edy's/Dreyer's ice cream. My bestie lived in Alaska for a few years and "just had to" tell me about these fab strawberry popsicles...I went to find them in the grocery store and could only find them under a different brand, can't remember if it was Edy's or Dreyer's, but thought it was so strange that it was the same thing with a different name.

Anyhoo, enjoy the sunshine...going to take advantage of it too!

VanderbiltWife said...

I (kind of) know Monica IRL--we met at Blissdom and both live in nashville--just filled with grief for her, especially since this happened after she miscarried twins AND had her house broken into and ransacked this year. Really, please pray for their family. :(

Tres Chic Texas said...

Hi, I love your blog because I feel the same way you do about my Riley Jane. I know was you mean about hearing bad news so often. I think moms going through struggles in this newborn stage connect with you because of Harper's struggle in the beginning. You are such a prayer warrior! Prayer warriors sadly hear a lot of bad news. God honors that and will strengthen your heart. I am due in October and will share my praises as we go along at www.allrileyupblog.com. Harper is such a cutie!

Jenn said...

I feel that way alot too. I was so sad to read Monica's post this morning. Keep the praises coming because I think we all could use them!

Jess :) said...

Have been praying for Bentley and will also be praying for Monica. :)

I want to do brunch with you and Harper sometime?!?! :) I'm totally serious, too. I just wish I had some relatives by you...unfortunately, I don't. :) Maybe I could convince you to just take me in for a couple of days!! I'd pay...AND...babysit!!!! ;)

Enjoy your day!

Love and Hugs

The Houghton Trio said...

I love the yellow outfit & bow. One day when I have a little girl...she will wear bows every day, haha. I'm sure she'll love me for it.

Patti said...

I know, it is overwhelming to read about all the things that can go wrong with pregnancy and babies. Sometimes when I am telling my husband, he is like "do you ready about ANYTHING good?" and then I tell him about your blog of course! :) It just makes me treasure my healthy baby and praise God for her. I read a quote once that I thought was really good..."We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death." I think we can take it one step further and say that HE can banish our fears...death has no grip on us...Heaven only awaits. Easy for me to say though, holding my precious baby girl. Praying for your friend and her family.

AKat said...

Harper's little yellow dress is too cute! And thank you for posting the skin clearing secrets yesterday. I'm going to try them out on our little one.

Cecelia---Sis---Mom said...

She is just precious in yellow!! She is just darned cute in anything.

We never stop worrying or having those fears for our kids. My boys are almost 15 and 10. My 10yr old had to undergo EKG's and chest x-rays just this past weekend after getting hit in the chest with a soccer ball. Scary.

Prayers being said here for everyone.

Cece

CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

oh harper will be in and out of a sch you'll see. glad you were able to attend your lunch . hope you had a fun time . harper looks adorable in her seat . emma had one like that too in pink i loved it so much i brought several one for grandmas one fro the bath tub and one for teh house love them. praying for Bentley as well . god led me to her blog this morning read my blog circl of lifes message today and you will see what I MEAN .

Rachel said...

Sounds like you are enjoying this beautiful day!

Laurie said...

That is a really cute outfit from head to toe! TJ Maxx has CUTE baby stuff for cheap!

At Home With Amy said...

Kelly,
I read your blog daily even though I don't comment often. I really love reading about Harper and about all the great things God has done in your life. I just wanted to say that I can see that you are a very special young woman of God. Your light shines so brightly. You are such a Prayer Warrior for your friends and stangers alike. It is beautiful to see this in such a young person. I pray that God blesses you and your family with extra blessings daily for all that you do and for all the praise you give to him for what he does for you.
With warm hugs,
AMY

Larry and Kara Wright said...

Oh my word! I went to college with Monica! What a small world!

Julie said...

Harper looks beautiful in yellow!! I love the outfit and the headband/bow (can you tell I'm not in the baby accesories :-) )

I loved reading you previous post. It was so fun to walk through your day with you. You are so busy now but I can tell you love it! You are an amazing woman.

Thank you for your prayer this morning. We need them in several ways!! I miss you!!!!

BOWquet said...

That yellow outfit is soooo cute!

SJN said...

thanks for keeping up the prayer chain. And yes, it is a beautiful day!

Kristin said...

I just want to remind you of the button on your page that says Miracles Happen and they certainly do. It is very hard to see the sadness that you've seen through reading other's blogs but the majority of children born don't go through such trials. Unfortunately, some do and we are drawn to them in the blogging world and pray for them and they almost become like relatives because we are constantly checking up on them. Just remember Miracles Happen everyday! Every child is a miracle no matter the circumstance. Have an excellent day and keep a smile on your face! ;)

Todd and Courtney said...

I feel the EXACT same way about having another baby. Lauren is perfectly healthy, so far, and it scares me "testing my luck" if you know what I mean. So glad you got to meet a fellow blogger!! If I'm ever in Arkansas, we should do lunch! My husband is a pilot & overnights there a lot...I might tag along :)

Jeanie Gray said...

I'm glad to see that Sonic is still included in the daily routine--I don't think I can live without the ice! Harper looks adorable in yellow!

Channa said...

Love the yellow!! Harper looks really good in that color.

hey mommy said...

I understand, Kelly. I actually had to stop reading the parts where you asked for prayers for people for awhile.

lori said...

so fun! we are headed to your neck of the woods in two weeks! (for two weeks!) hubs grew up there and we have land there...it has been too long since we have been last! Maybe we will bump into you!

Katie Roxanne Patterson said...

Hey Kelly!!!

I just recently got into reading blogs when a friend directed me to Kayleigh Anne Freeman's story. I feel so fortunate that I have a healthy little boy and didn't have all of the problems that many other people did. You can check out my blog at http://matthewwaynepatterson.blogspot.com for more encouragement to have another child...but I totally know what you mean about all of the unhealthy babies that are born these days.

Katie said...

Hi Darling~ It was so good to meet you today! Harper is even more beautiful in person and was really very good~ you're being hard on yourself. What a blessing you are to so many! Thanks again for meeting!

Krissy said...

Harper always looks adorable, but yellow just might be her color!

I hear you on being scared to have another baby. A part of me does want another one (I have an almost 2 year old) but I'm scared too after reading about so much that can happen. Drew was born with a cleft lip and palate, which was hard, but at least it wasn't anything life threatening.

Here's to hoping "sleep" visits you again tonight!

Jessica said...

Harper looks so cute...I love her little headband =)

Melissa said...

Kelly,
Just saw this precious pig on another blog and immediately thought of you and Harper! http://attentiontargetshoppers.blogspot.com/2009/05/laugh-out-loud.html

It is extremely difficult to go through a second pregnancy after having problems the first time & reading all the horror stories, but have hope! Healthy babies are born everyday, it's just more prevalent to see all the bad stories on the internet.

Hope you like the pig!

Shannon said...

Every time I go to the grocery store I hold up one of the aisles! We were so happy to finally get a grocery in our neighborhood but now I have to factor in an additional fifteen minutes into every trip due to chatting with every other person there! :)

Elasha said...

Someone has probably already said this, but I'm gonna go ahead and say it too. The world is definitly smaller because of the internet. And people know what a women of faith you are and what a kind heart you have, so they let you know about things like families hurting because of infertility or babies not being born healthy. Just think of all the healthy babies being born that people don't take the time to tell you about. I had my healthy little boy Feb. 25th of this year and I can count at least 10 other babies that I know that have been born since January (all boys by the way). But, it's a shame, but we don't take as much time to announce things like this to the world, or put on a prayer blog. I know, it is so easy to let worries overtake you now that you are a mom. Let's both of us pray that we always remember who is in charge!!!

BTW, love your blog! ;)

blessedmomto7 said...

You and Katie could be sisters-2 gorgeous girls!

sriggs said...

I feel the same way Kelly, I had no idea how many sick babies, how many babies, wives, husbands, have died. There are so many thousands of thousands of sad people in this world. Sometimes reading about all the sadness it too much to bear. Are there any web sites for rejoicing and praising the Lord? There is so much grief and saddness in this world, I'm sure the Lord knows about it.

CourtneyC said...

Kelly,
I just wanted to let you know that your blog means so much to me. I found your blog through a blog of a blog. I have really enjoyed reading your blog. My husband and I have been trying to have our first for 20months now and your compassion to those of us out there that are trying is so touching. You are such and amazing christian woman with a heart of gold. Harper is truely blessed to have you as a mother.
I agree she does look super cute in yellow.
Blessings,
Courtney

Jennifer said...

I love Harper's outfit! She looks great in yellow. I love TJ Maxx baby clothes.
I know not all babies are alike, but Brody good sleeping nights were pretty sparatic when he first started sleeping through the night too. Hang in there! 12 hours is around the corner!:)
This weather is seriously the best! I'm loving it too!

Raina's Retreat said...

I feel the same way about having another baby. It's so scary but a huge blessing at the same time. After 2 preemies, 2 stints in the NICU and scary PDD, we have decided to just enjoy the 2 we have. Seems like the more you know, the scarier it is.

Paula Aspacher said...

God is sovereign! He is in control. The internet world has kind of shrunk us to see more of the world and what goes on in others lives. All of you have each other to lean on and learn from in your trials and tribulations, prayers and praises. We without internet when our kids were little were in the dark most of the time, ignorance is bliss sometimes. I say go for it. God never gives us more than we can handle. He is always there to hold us.

bethany said...

I love Harper's yellow outfit...so cute! I need to convince my SIL that my niece Kensley need some bows like all the other little girls! Who am I kidding....Kensley is going to be the girl in the overalls full of mud...not the cute little girly with the big bow on her head!
An Auntie can dream can't she??!!!

Mendy said...

It's crazy that you blogged about your fear of having another child because of knowing about all the babies out there that need so many prayer - I have had the exact same thoughts recently. I have 2 perfectly health children and I was blessed with picture perfect pregnancies and deliveries, but I'm scared I will be pushing my luck if I have a 3rd. My heart ACHES to have another baby, but I'm more scared than ever. I having been praying so hard about this and truly just want the Lord to lead me and my husband. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It's comforting to know I'm not the only one.

Abbie said...

I know that you probably get TONS of unsolicited advice, but I feel that as a new mother myself, I have to pass along this bit of info that was handed down to me. When we had my baby sleeping in the room with us, she would grunt, wiggle, and wake up all night long. I was getting no sleep. A friend of mine told me that the same thing happened to her. Turns out her little boy could 'smell' her, so his sleep was restless. She moved him out of the room when he was only three days old. We did the same, and voila! We slept so much better, and so did she. We realized that she could, in fact, sleep for longer stretches if the constant food source wasn't tempting her. Anyway, just thought I would pass that on. I'll do all that I can to help a new mom get some sleep!

Oh, and the yellow outfit is presh!

Ruthie said...

Ah! She does look cute in yellow!!!

I feel the same way about the blog world and always reading about sick and dying babies/children... it breaks my heart, and sometimes, it burdens me so much I can't keep reading story after story. I just have to take it to Jesus and trust that He knows all the details. It has me thinking though, it really has shown me what a broken and cruel world we live in. This was Not how God intended it to be and it will not be how Heaven will be! How broken and sad God must feel to see all the sick, hurting, dying... and He doesn't even have to read blogs to know all about it - He knows each and every case. That boggles my mind. What a good God we serve. I feel like the blog world has increased my ability to have a more "Kingdom" focus and to have a more prayerful heart and attitude.

It always comes back to a simple song I was taught as a child by my Mom, and know sing to my daughter... "Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey." It is so hard some days though, isn't it??

Ruthie

Alyssa said...

Oooh yellow is definitely Harper's color! So adorable!

A mom and one princess said...

You are a GREAT mom! Harper is very lucky!

Doodle Bugs Paper said...

harper looks precious in yello!!!

Doodle Bugs Paper said...

yellow... what happened to my W??

Julia said...

Kelly - I will pray for Monica (these things help me to remember to thank God that I have at least been blessed with a healthy child), last week one of our pastors wife miscarried her girl at 17 weeks. They were told for 7 years that they could never get pregnant so they adopted SIX boys over the years!!! As soon they got their last 2 (last weekend), she miscarried. It is hard to understand why God finds that best, but he does.

I posted back to you on my blog, but just in case you can't find to make it back there tonight:

Sweet Kelly, please don't ever think you could offend me! I LOVE hearing stories about Harper, you allow me to live vicariously through you!!! Seriously, don't ever think that! And I am so loving the tour of homes that you're doing, I love your house and you're giving me great ideas for redecorating. I just use my blog sometimes as a place to vent and hope that someone out there is moved to pray for us...I have a few options in the works, but things will all happen in God's timing. The economy is pretty bad right now, so we'll see what He has in store! Keep praying!

Katie said...

(((Kelly))) I so know what you mean about how sad it can make you reading all these tragic stories. My new saying is "in the blink of an eye" because anything can happen and your life can change in the blink of an eye - happy or sad. It has made me value my life way more and not to presume that my life will be the same next week, next year etc.

The weather here in north Texas has been beautiful too - I am making the most of it before the mercury starts shooting up!!

Katie :o)

Tia said...

Hi Kelly. I've been reading your blog since you were pregnant with Harper but I've never left a comment. She is SO precious and I love her bows :)...and all the monogramming. So fun!

I wanted to let you know that I just started an etsy site for the hairbows I make incase you're interested...in which you definitely seem to be :)

www.littlebowhead.etsy.com

Jenilee said...

I love the previous post about what you do in a day. :) I can relate!

And, I know what you mean about healthy babies... i knew things can go wrong in pregnancy, but until I entered "the blog world", I had no idea it was so common! We are done having our own children, leaving the option to adopt at some point but I'll be praying for you! The mind is a tough place to do battle and fear over children is not easy. Thankfully, we serve a God who is in complete control!

Those Crazy Clarks!!! said...

Kelly,
Sometimes I get overwhelmed and sad when I read these blogs and hear all of these heartbreaking stories. Then I go to work and help bring tons of healthy babies into the world.
Just come on over to Arizona and come to work with me for one day. Then you can be amazed at all the healthy miracles born each and every day.
Amey Clark RN

2 Little Irish Boys said...

Harper looks gorgeous in yellow!!
I pray for all babies--makes my heart so sad to know that families are hurting and don't have healthy babies. It does make me happy to know that God does have a plan!!!

Jen said...

Love the cute yellow dress.

Just today I went out to lunch and met a reader of my blog and I read hers. A few months ago we figured out we only live about 20 min from each other. It was so fun to be able to put a voice and personality to the stories and pictures. It is so fun getting to meet people who read your blog.

Hope you get some sleep tonight.

Melissa Miller said...

Precious yellow outfit
on Miss Harper!

I know what you mean the world does seem smaller with the internet.
They are in my prayers.

Jami said...

Harper looks just adorable in that outfit! Yellow looks great on her.

Wendy said...

This sounds totally dumb but I am going to write it anyway: I thought it was cool that you and your new blog friend have the same hair. Seriously, could be mistaken for sisters.

Also, I know what you mean about the fear issue trying to creep up on you when you think about baby #2. When my now toddler was 2 months old, my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor and my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer right after that.

Both of them have recovered from surgeries but there is still that little bit of fear that comes back when I think about trying for another. All those "what if's" come crashing back to me. Then I remind myself that Jesus has my family and future right in His hand and to trust Him.

Your next pregnancy is going to be wonderful. You are going to have a huge army of prayer warriors backing you up through the whole thing!

Amy H said...

I have 2 big healthy babies. They were both born with no problems and they have been a blessing from the start. My daughter is almost 3 and my son just turned 1. It is busy at our house but we are all doing great.

hope that lifts your spirits. I think the stories of sorrow are more compelling than the regular ol' stories of healthy babies, which is why you don't hear as much about them. The ones that need your prayers are usually not the healthy ones.

It's a big wonderful world and there is lots of good out there. Just wanted to share a piece of that with you.

noahandlylasmommi said...

I am so sorry to hear about Monica. I have a friend who lost her baby at 20 weeks about a month ago. It is just awful. I will be praying for her and her family.

Sara said...

Katie is a doll! I loved having her as a college roommate up in Ohio. You are so lucky to know her!

Sara said...

Moinca is one of my very dear friends & i just wanted to thank you for taking time to pray for her & her family as well as taking the time to post about this. *hugs*

Also, I lost a TON of hair after each of my 3 babies. Insanity, I tell you!