Saturday, July 17, 2010

New Book of Memories

I am going to order a new printed copy of the blog today.  It's so nice to have our lives in book form for the kids to read our story.  When there are moments that I forget how incredibly blessed I am to have the most amazing husband and five beautiful kids, I'll look back at these memories and smile.  My biggest dream is that one day I will be able to sit down with my grandchildren and read them the stories of their parents' lives.  They will know how much we were loved. 

P.S.  Happy 8th Anniversary to the best husband in the world.  I can honestly say that I have never met a man who loved his kids and his wife more than you do.  I love you!  I have always loved you!!

Fourth of July

I remember one year ago on July 4th, I had just learned I was going to be a mom again.  Peyton and I snuggled up together the night of the 3rd and talked about how much the news was going to change our lives. We had been trying to conceive for about 18 months, so it was big, happy news. We were right about a lot of our predictions.  Though it took me a long time to really believe we were having another little girl.  I had been so sure she would be a boy.  I just felt so different during her pregnancy than I did with the girls.  Peyton ran the Peachtree Road Race again this year.  We can't quite remember if this is five or six years, but I know he ran the year I was pregnant with the girls and I am pretty sure he ran the year before that too.  If we had been keeping the blog from the beginning, I could look it up.  I am always so proud of Peyton for sticking to this tradition.  We are going to make sure that next year we take the kids out to the fireworks, but this year, they did fireworks in the yard with their dad.   The fourth was also the 35th anniversary of my dad's death. It's so hard to believe that my mom was a widow at such a young age. 

Our Family

Destiny turned ten last month, Samantha and Sabrina will be five next week, and Michael will be seventeen next month.  I can't believe how fast our children are growing.  This morning, Amelia reached for me for the first time.  I just teared up immediately.  My little "Frankie Girl" is getting so big.  She's a chunky monkey.  We bought a small pool at the beginning of the summer and the girls have pretty much lived in it.  I rarely come home from work when they are not swimming.  Samantha and Sabrina have both learned to really swim this summer.  They turn flips in the air and underwater.  Destiny has been a fish since she was about four.  Amelia will let you dunk her under the water.  If you just quickly put her under and pull her right back up, she acts like she's about to freak out...shaking and then she starts laughing.  It's really funny to watch.  She loves playing in the pool with her big sisters. 

Peyton has been really busy at work.  The moving business has really picked up this summer.  It's a blessings, but I really miss him on the weekends.  He's still managing to be home one day each weekend for the most part. 

I don't have much to say about DHL for the moment.  I moved into the Air Export role in December and I'm still not comfortable.  I'm beginning to be confident in my ability to handle export freight, which is amazing to me.  I just can't seem to get the buy in of my group yet.  I hope they will eventually realize that I really believe they can be the best AE group in the country and I'm only looking out for their best interest. It was really a big leap for me to move from the area manager role into a much more localized role.  I miss my old work life and my old contacts, but I'm making big strides every week.

I am going to go color with girls now.  We still have to paint our nails today and bake our brownies.  I made a lot of promises today that I need to keep.  Busy..busy....

Second Round of Chemo

Jordan shaved the rest of her head last night.  She was losing a good bit of hair already and the rest would have come out quickly after Tuesday's round of Chemo.  This is round number two and it is expected to be a little more intense than the first round.  She did really well during one.  She was only sick a couple of days and her spirits are high.  The girls are praying for Jordan to feel better every night.  It's really hit home for my kids how seriously ill someone can be.