Monday, April 18, 2011

One Year Later

And then there were 7...
Last year at this time I was in shock with the Houston Family news. We were having another baby! What a surprise. I am so glad God works the way He does!

Where does the time go? Ugh, I have to say this before every blog entry. I have a hard time finding moments to sit at the computer and make blogging a priority. But, when I do find the time, my heart is filled with all that I have pondered. Today, I realized that one year later our family looks different! We added the sweet little blessing, Bennett Leighann Houston. She was 8 lbs 8 oz, and 22 inches long. She is already 5 months old, and the added chaos has become our new "normal." She is great and has been really easy. Although she is STILL waking up at night, but I do not mind...it is the only alone time I get with her!
Welcome to the family Bennett.
(aka. Benny-Boo)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sisters!

Sisters
Sometimes we are real close friends
We stay up late and talk at night
Other times we don't get along
There are times we even fight
But I know she's always there
And, I know she'll always care
She's my sister, I love my sister
I've given her a great big hug
when she's feeling sad
But, then again I've said some things
that have really made her mad
But i know she's always there
And, I know she'll always care
She's my sister, I love my sister
-Barney
I cannot wait to see these girls grow up. I look forward to teaching them how to put on make-up, Proverbs 31, to not call boys. I can't wait for shopping trips, mother/daughter trips, planning weddings, watching them be moms, and all the rest! They are blessed to have each other, and I am blessed to have them. The last picture is one that I will always remember...Little sis looking up to biggest sis! So, cute!
Holland is with me today as I type this...We were talking about her sisters. I loved hearing what she said so I am blogging about it:)
What do you like about having sisters?
"Because I always have someone to play with"
You have an older sister and a little sister, what do you think about that?
"I don't."
Do you love sharing a room with your sister?
"Yes, we have an alarm clock."
Do you like being an older sister?
"Yes because I get more birthday cake."
When you grow up, where will you live?
"When I am 19, I will still live with Hads."
So, obviously Holland is not aware of how blessed she is to have sisters. I really hope they grow up to be best friends!
Thanks for reading!
Love,
Leighann's little sister
I love you big sis! I am glad I had/have you to look up to!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

3 birthdays in 3 weeks

OK, we just celebrated a 4th birthday, a 2nd birthday and a 1st birthday. The first 2 months of every year will forever be busy for us. They grow up so fast. A few things have been on my mind and my heart has almost burst with emotion as we crossed each of these milestones...forgive me as I muddle to find the words of reflection on these three...
Holland: 4


You are getting bigger right before my eyes. I can't believe you are a big sister to 2 now! You love with all your heart. There was a day when I wondered if there was a gentle bone in your body. You were such a strong little baby. Tough. Stubborn. Feisty. Independent. In some ways you are still all those. I never found that gentle bone, but I did find a gentle heart. The way God has created you, Holland, is so wonderful. I love discovering things about you. Things you love and the things you notice, words you like to say, and your love for lip gloss, I will never forget! You are the one that is quickest to say, "I love you," "You look pretty," "I like your shirt," or "Mom, they said a bad word." I believe God will use your love of people someday. You have a way of making people feel so good and, you desire to please others. I hope to instill in you as you grow up, you only have to please the Lord. There is nothing that would please your mom and dad more. So, keep on living that way Holland! Be tough in every way you want, but keep that sweet heart of yours just the way it is and soft towards Jesus.

Neeley: 2


Ohhhhh...much like your bigger sister, but more. I did not know what strong-willed was until you. Your dad and I believe you will make a great warden in a women's prison someday. On day's that you challenge me, I am quick to hear your dad's voice reminding me how great it is that you are so independent. You are not a follower. You are a leader. I wonder if it is because you are the youngest of 3 sisters and a big sister to a brother less than a year younger than you. I promise to never let you slip through the cracks. Your first day of school, the day you accept Christ as your Savior (prayerfully), your senior prom, your transition off to college, and all your other milestones will be celebrated with much support and involvement by your parents. I was worried before you were born that having a 3rd girl would not be as exciting. Would I feel like I had "been there done that?" I was wrong. What a surprise you were! I felt like I was a parent for the first time! You were so unlike my other two! I should not have been surprised. You had this head full of black hair that stood straight up. You were so small, I just wanted to protect you and hold you all the time. It was painful to move you out of your bassinet and into your own room. It seemed so far away from me. So, even though you were 3rd, you were a first for me. God knit you together...you were fearfully & wonderfully made. Uniquely and specifically made for this family. Even on the days we spend the majority of our time sitting in the "no no chair," I am so thankful for you. I cherish the times you let me cuddle you and I memorize the moments you lay your head on my shoulder. I can't wait to see what you grow up to be...

Tred: 1


My little man. I am the second mother to love you. But, I don't feel like I got 2nd place. I get the honor of being your first and only Mommy. I am aware everyday that you could have easily been set on another path. I know how it feels to love a child you carry 9 months and deliver. There is an instant love for that child, even before birth. BUT, I also know what it is to love a child I did not carry within and deliver with the same intensity and depth. That is how I feel about you. You could not be anymore mine. I could not have anticipated how good it was going to be! Tred, I love you and your sisters this much...(arms stretching wide open as much as I can) and more. But, dear little one I have discovered corners of my heart I didn't know existed. Because of you, I love more, bigger, and better than before. I remember seeing you for the first time...you were in the womb. We were at an ultrasound, it was one of those high tech 3D machines. It was shocking, your face was so clear and it was so unfamiliar...it is now a face I love and have memorized. A face I look forward to seeing every morning when I walk in your room. I rush to pick you up out of your crib to hold your precious little body. And, your smile by the way...it melts my heart. It will be hard to discipline you someday because I think if you smile at me, I will quite possibly be distracted and you will go unscathed by my wrath. My love for you almost seems painful at times because I know the sacrifice it took to bring you into this world and into this home. I hope I never let a day go by that I take that for granted. I am so thankful that your first mother loved you so much that she gave you a Mommy AND a Daddy. We are blessed. God has shown Himself faithful, as many times before, through you. I pray you never doubt your first mother's love for you, our love for you, and most importantly, your Heavenly Father's love for you.
Well, there you have it, in writing. With much left unsaid, and...maybe too much said. I know there is a lot I can do to "mess up" my kids...By God's grace I will survive this whole parenting thing. And, by His grace I will do more than survive it...I hope to hear "well done my good and faithful servant." I am so thankful Jesus bridges all the gaps! I want more than anything for them to know they are fully known, accepted, and LOVED.
Thank for reading the sappy ramblings of this mom...






Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Giggle, Giggle, Giggle

I was cooking dinner with my buddy and he was in too good of a mood! I decided to record it...
video


Pure Joy!

One year ago we were waiting for this little guy, not knowing what in the world we were going to get. I have been doing lots of reflecting the last few weeks as we were preparing for him just 365 days ago. I cannot wait to celebrate his 1st birthday in less than 2 weeks. Now, I cannot imagine life without Tred. What a blessing!

Yep, I think she prefers the glider over her crib...

Here are some pictures I have taken in the middle of the night over the last week.






Thursday, January 21, 2010

January 20

Holland's Birthday!



I think I should say Holland's BirthWEEK! This kid was spoiled!!! She got to be "helper" at school for her birthday and we celebrated. She took her Belle doll for show-n-tell. Her birthday wish list included... nail polish, lip gloss, and glitter. We sure are thankful for her!


Her birthday party was a few days later...fun pics to come!


Happy Birthday Holland!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sleeping Babies

Is there anything sweeter than a sleeping baby? I bet we would all have lower blood pressure if we held a sleeping baby more often.
Tonight I went in and checked on my babies and really wanted to capture what I saw...sisters that love each other so much they love sleeping in the same bed, a sweet snoring baby boy, and a fiesty (almost) 2 year old that was MIA from her crib. Here's some pictures of what I found...

The Bigs...


Little Man


AND....
Our #3 is a wild woman! We knew she had figured out how to crawl out of her crib about 2 weeks ago. She will even show you if you ask her. Thankfully, she can't open the door to her room yet. So, she stays in her room all night and during naps until we come in to get her. For the past few weeks Matt and I couldn't figure out where she sleeps because she cannot get back in the crib. Tonight I decided I would risk waking her up to get a sneak peek of her sleeping arrangements...this is what I found. Has she really been sleeping in the chair? How uncomfortable. Crazy kid!






What a handfull she is! I cannot wait to see her in 10 years!!!