Thursday, February 23, 2006

Sweet sleep

I love how he is crossing his little arms. When I look at him sleep, I see the same face he had as a newborn.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


My parents were recently in the country (they live in Oxford, England). It was so nice to get all my siblings and our families together. Johnny hadn't met my dad, his Poppy, yet and the last time my mom saw him was when he was born. I am so glad they got to see him at this age because his personality is so fun and he's very social. My beautiful niece and nephew were also such a joy to be with. Sheesh! These kids are all growing up too fast! Crazy to think it was a little over a year ago I was pregnant and watching my sister give birth to her daughter. Here's a picture of Nonnie and Poppie with their three adorable grandchildren. What you don't see in the picture is my sister and me jumping around like fools trying to get the kids to smile. It worked!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Johnny & Princess Lulu

For about three years I was a nanny to a beautiful little one named Olivia. I call her Lulu. I started taking care of her when she was only 4 mos.old and quit to have Johnny when she was three and her little sister, Sophia, was one. We had so much fun together and they made me realize how much I would love motherhood. Yesterday was her fourth birthday and Johnny and I visited her and Sophie for lunch and cake. It was so sweet to see her with Johnny. She is such a little lady now and will always be so special to me.

Saturday, February 04, 2006


This picture makes me laugh out loud every time I look at it. He was kind of hyper when we took it, and this was the smile we got. Crazy kid.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

I was going through some old e-mails last night and I came upon e-mails we sent out asking for prayer when our sweet baby was hospitalized with meningitis. It was so scary and unexpected and the days felt very dark. This prayer brought us so much comfort and faith and we included it in an e-mail we sent when we brought Johnny home from the hospital. I thought I'd share it...

I was born on earth as a feeble and helpless child, but Thy angel, spreading his shiny wings, has sheltered my cradle. From that moment Thy love shines in all my ways and miraculously guides me into the light of eternity. For that my soul lauds Thee and hails Thee with all who know Thee:

Glory to Thee Who hast called me into life.

Glory to Thee Who art revealing to us the beauty of the universe.

Glory to Thee Who art opening to us heaven and earth as an eternal book of wisdom.

Glory to Thy eternity in the passing world.

Glory to Thee for Thy mercies seen and unseen.

Glory to Thee for every sigh of my heart.

Glory to Thee for every step of life, every moment of joy.

Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age!

-Akathist of Thanksgiving, Ikos 1
by Metropolitan Tryphon