Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Just a season....

Hey Everyone.... I'm back! Well for a few minutes anyway! Things have been a little crazy around here. I got my friend Cyndi to post a few pictures so now I'll post a few more and fill you in with some more details on Miss Abigail Faith Collins!!

Abigail is still in the NICU. She weighs 2lbs. 11ozs. today. She went off oxygen but is actually back on it now. She is on a very low setting and may be off in a few days. She is still being tube fed for all her feedings. We should be starting bottles or nursing in the next couple weeks. She is off her IV and PIC lines and seems to be holding her temperature pretty good. They have actually turned her bed down quite a bit but are keeping her in the incubator because she's SO small.

The nurses and Drs. at the NICU are just wonderful, as usual. We are just counting the days until she can come home. It's been SO amazing how many wonderful friends and family God has given us to help us during this time. I have someone scheduling people to watch my big kids so I can go to the hospital and hold Abigail. We also have had people bringing some meals which has been a wonderful blessing to our family as well.

Have I ever told you guys how amazing my husband is? Well I know I have you just have to read some old posts if you haven't heard :) He has been my rock during this time. He ran the house SO well while I was in the hospital for 2 weeks but has also been so helpful in the evenings with the kids so I can spend more time with Abigail. He is such a blessing to me I can't imagine my life without him. He loves our kids so much and is SO great with them. I love to watch him hold Abigail too. It's just the sweetest thing ever! He talks to her and tells her how much he loves her. Our kids are so blessed and so am I.

The Lord's grace and mercy has been poured out upon our family during this time. We feel so blessed to have another child and that she and I are doing fine. She was so worth every drs. appt. and complication. This is a season... so temporary in the long run. We'll look back at these few weeks one day smile. For now yes, it's hard. I'm tired and I cry.. A LOT! I want so badly to have Abigail home and for life to be normal again. I feel like I'm in that move Groundhog's Day.. each day feels the same.. I pump every 3 hours. I visit Abigail, I hold her, I spend time with the big kids and I do it all again the next day etc. etc. etc. But for now I wait upon the Lord for my strength to be renewed each day. He will carry us through this time and make us stronger for it.

Thanks for reading and please continue to pray for Abigail. She needs to grow, grow, grow! Pray for my big kids as they are being carted around to many different people's houses.. they love it but I worry about their schedules. And most of all pray that Neil and I will be a testimony to God's grace and love to each nurse, doctor or NICU parent we come in contact with.

Grace to you all,


Monday, August 24, 2009

Abigail Faith Collins

Born August 23, 2009 @ 1:48 pm
2 pounds 4 ounces
14 inches long

She is in the NICU on minimum oxygen and breathing on her own. Mama is doing much better and has had GREAT blood pressure readings since delivery.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Let summer begin!!!

Well, we have already been to the pool several times and the kids are loving it. Emily likes to play outside the pool and walk around mostly but it won't be too long before she's jumping in like Carson and Sarah Grace. We are taking a little break from school but will be starting back soon so we can take a break when the baby comes....

Well, Neil finally did let me find out what we are having...... Carson was a little disappointed but he soon got over it. It's going to be so much fun with 3 little girls in the house! I loved growing up with 3 sisters!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Loss of a Friend...

I first met Miche' at MOPS. She was one of the leaders of our MOPS group and was also very involved with MOPS as a regional leader. Miche' was always together. Do you know those types? Their kids are always dressed nice and clean, they are always "put together" and look nice? They are always together enough to be able to serve others at the drop of a hat? That was Miche'. She loved her family and friends and most of all her Savior and it showed. When I was in the hospital with Emily Joy she came to visit me. Always encouraging and up lifting. She was one of those that wouldn't just ask "how are you?" but would say "how are you really?" she wanted to make herself available to those in need. She would bring a meal or give you a call even though I'm sure she had many other things to do.
I was listening to a message today from Vision Forum on Hospitality. It made me think of Miche'. The message was a challenge to me in my walk. The speaker spoke about how hospitality is an opportunity to serve others. It's not about showing off your talents of cooking or your clean and perfect home. It's about fellowship and allowing others to see Christ Love through us. It's about showing our children how to love and serve others by helping clean or prepare a meal. I have always loved having people over for dinner but I'm not sure I have been doing it with the right spirit. I'm going to be working on this so don't be surprised if you get a call from me inviting you over for dinner so I can practice! :)
I have learned that we need to reach out beyond out close group of friends. Reach out to those who might not otherwise get a dinner invitation. Making our home a living testimony of God's grace and love and lifting up our husbands in the process. Making him proud of his wife, children and home. Allowing him to be free in invite others over and supporting his vision for ministry within the home. What a powerful tool our home can be if we become keepers of it as God has commanded.
Miche' made her life about serving others. She was called to meet her savior on May, 25th 2009. A wife, a mother, a friend and a servant to the King. She did it with excellence. She will be missed by many.
I don't want to waste another day of my life focused on myself. I want to be a doormat or a butler. You must listen to this message from Sundays sermon (6/7/09). Then the doormat and butler statement might make more sense to you. I'll try to keep you updated on how I am doing in the area. The bottom line is... are you treating others the way that Christ would treat them?? I know I have a long way to go in this area.
A work in progress....

Friday, May 8, 2009

Field Trip to Morefield Mines

We had a wonderful day at Morefield Mines. The kids dug for minerals and had fun just getting dirty and playing in the mud. We really didn't find anything great but the kids don't know that :)

Here are some pictures from our day....

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Our Big News... another blessing!!!

Psalm 127:3 "Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is His reward."

God is so good. He has decided to bless us with another child. We are due at the end of October. The kids are so excited. Carson is really praying for a boy but says he will be happy either way. Sarah Grace is already such a good big sister I can't wait to see her with a tiny one! Emily is going to be IN LOVE with this baby. She loves babies and always wants to hold them. She has a funny way of saying "hold" but we hope she has that fixed before the baby comes. It sounds like horse without the "s" sound at the end. So you can imagine her asking over and over again to "hold" my friends babies.. it's been quite funny :)

I have not blogged in forever mostly because I haven't been feeling too great. I've had more sickness with this baby then my others. I hope that I am starting to head out of that stage of pregnancy soon. Neil is so excited and he is already such a great father it's just a shame not to let him be a father to MANY!! He spends so much time with them and truly loves it. It's so cool to watch.

Well, I'll write more later and try to post some updated pictures of the kids too as soon as I take more! The snow is long gone and we are enjoying the spring weather!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Snow!!!

Snowball Cookies (no they were not made with snow!)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What we have been up to ....

Emily enjoying a cupcake at the Valentine's Day party... this picture cracks me up with her legs crossed like that.. what a little lady :)

Carson as a snowman .....

Sarah as a snowman ... one of the games at the Valentine's Day party

Carson right after he got his yellow belt!! He was so proud of himself and so are Daddy and Mommy!!

Sweet Emily Joy right after a bath.......

Neil using his brain power to finish a puzzle started by the kids...

There is more then one way to eat a corndog!

Friday, February 13, 2009

The girls....

We went to the park on Wednesday with some friends and I happen to snap this shot of the girls as they walked along the path.... God is so good and children are such a gift...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy 2nd Birthday my Sweet Emily Joy

These are some pictures from our "friend" party on Friday... we had such a blast!! My friend Kim took these pictures. I have not even downloaded mine yet... I think if I ever fall into a lot of money I will hire a photographer to follow me and my family around and take pictures!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

My wonderful husband....

My children and I are so blessed with the most wonderful husband and father in the world. He spends countless hours pouring into our children and I can't imagine a better gift to give your wife and mother of your children. He is such an amazing man! I have been reading Created to be His Help Meet and it is teaching me more and more each day how to support and love my husband in a Biblical way. I'll be sharing more later about this book but for now I just had to praise my husband for the wonderful Christ-like example he is in our home.... he shares he heart on his blog about being a husband, father, evangelist etc. I hope you'll stop by and hear his heart sometime....

Saturday, January 3, 2009