Monday, June 17, 2013
Craig and I, dedicated McKinley to the Lord, well before we met her on Earth. And we strive our best to raise both of our children in ways of the Lord. But, we had never publicly dedicated McKinley. It was something that we really wanted to do, and felt like it was important to do. This is normally done when they are babies. Not 2. But, our church had been without a pastor for some time, so no dedication was done, until now. The dedication service was held pretty early in the service. But clearly not early enough for McKinley. Probably one song too long. :) There were WAY too many people in the sanctuary that she felt she needed to meet, instead of sitting still with Mommy, Daddy and Honey and Papa. And clearly, being held in front of the church wasnt very much fun, she would much rather be on the stage. All other babies were perfectly behaved. :) But, regardless, it was a special time, where we were able to dedicate McKinley to the Lord.. and dedicate our parenting to Him as well. We are thankful for a church that loves our children and supports parents on the journey of trying our best to parent Godly children in a world where it is not the easiest.
After church, we were able to go to lunch as a family. We never get to do this, because Craig has to be at work right after Sunday School on Sundays. So it was a fun time. We went to a local chicken place in town, where the kids get to eat free on Sundays. :) It was delicious and the kids were very well behaved. The kids gave Craig a strawberry rhubarb pie from Pie Junkie and a hedge trimmer. :) He was very excited (especially about the pie!)
We all took a great Sunday nap! It was so so so so so nice!!!
Posted by danielle at 1:18 PM
Monday, June 10, 2013
We had a fun, TORNADO FREE weekend!
After our play date, we had lunch and fantastic naps! :)
Sunday, we went to church. Instead of Sunday School, we went to a class so we can dedicate McKinley next week. I know, she is almost 2. But our church was without a pastor for sometime, so this is the first opportunity we have had. Better late than never. :)
I have been dealing with this wierd thing going on with my right ear... it would go through phases (quickly) of being muffled. Almost like I was hearing my heart beat in a muffled tone, but it wasnt. It was annoying more than anything. Craig and Mindy both told me they thought it was fluid in my ear. I have never had anything like this. But it made me think about how it was probably how McKinley hears out of her one ear without a canal all the time. But by the time, Craig got home, it was shooting pain up behind my eye.. to where I had a major headache and then shooting a pain down my neck. It was making me feel sick to my stomach and everything. I sound major complainy right now, but I did not feel well at all. Again, it made me think of my poor baby girl who had these ear infections ALL THE TIME, alot of the time I did not even realize it.. now I have a glimpse into how bad she felt. Another reason to be super thankful for that tube. Anyway, I read that decongestants often help with fluid in the ear. Craig ran to the store, and literally an hour after taking the meds, I felt like a new person! Today I am feeling some lingering pain, but no more wierd muffles.
Overall a FUN weekend in the Smith household.
Posted by danielle at 2:06 PM
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I still need to blog about our crazy, heartbreaking week in Oklahoma.. but first I am going to share a few pictures from our Memorial Day weekend. It started out much like every weekend, but ended perfectly since Craig was able to have Monday off.. we were able to have a great family day!
During Jackson and McKinley's AWESOME Sunday afternoon naps, I started painting the kids bathroom. It is one of the many projects that I want completed by McKinley's birthday party... Craig is thrilled. And I know that the guests at McKinley's party dont care if all of our painting and projects are done.. but it is a good goal for us! Afterwards, we worked on potty training. McKinley LOVES sitting on the potty. And she LOVES toilet paper. So much so that we have to limit to one square until she actually GOES to the potty on the potty. :)
Once we got to Honey and Papas and he dramatically showed them his fingers, he was ready to play. There was alot of happy squeals going on, in the 40 + mile per hour winds. Seriously.
Thankful for a long weekend with my family!
Posted by danielle at 12:54 PM
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
We had such a GREAT Mother's Day weekend! I think Craig's work gave me the best Mother's Day present of all- by letting their sales execs have Sunday off! W.A.H.O.O!!!!!!!!
I sure am thankful for Jackson and McKinley and the opportunity they have given me to be a mom. I am far far from perfect, but strive everyday to be the best mom I can. :) One thing is for sure, I am pretty positive that I could not love them more if I tried.. they are basically the best.
Posted by danielle at 9:11 AM
Thursday, May 2, 2013
When we met with Dr. Berryhill and his PA, they were both pleased with McKinley. In fact, for the first time I ever, I heard these words come out of Dr. Berryhill's mouth. "I dont think we need to do anything at this point.. lets just keep doing what we are doing." Which what we are doing now, consists of speech therapy with Sooner Start, and putting drops in her ears when they start draining. :)
The PA asked a question before Dr. Berryhill came in... "so have you guys discussed reconstruction?" A very valid question. A topic that many people have spoken with us about. Obviously, medical professionals have to give you all options. Which I appreciate (eventually). In McKinley's case, they can reconstruct the ear, but it will not look like her other ear. It will look like a reconstructed ear. Or we can do a prosthetic ear. Or we can do nothing.
For Craig and I, making a decision like this is not easy. First of all, McKinley is absolutely perfect. The size of her ear or lack of canal does not change that. We think McKinley is absolutely beautiful. Again, the size of her ear (or the flatness of her belly button does not change that). Her underdeveloped ear is small. BUT it grows, just like her other ear. And the way her hair is forced to part, it completely covers her underdeveloped ear. So, if it was just up to my desires.. we would do nothing. I would prefer to not put her through additional surgeries that are unnecessary. My desire is to raise McKinley to be confident. Not to be focused on what others could see as a physical imperfection. For her to know and truly understand that God created her to be unique and special and absolute perfect. I desire McKinley to have such a beautiful, compassionate heart that others are drawn to her, not because of any physical attribute but because of her heart for Jesus. Thats MY desire as her mom. BUT, we have to take into account what she could want in the future, as well.
SO, since we dont HAVE to make a decision for 3-4 more years.. Craig and I will continue to pray for wisdom, so we will have no doubt what our decision should be when the time comes. :) In the mean time, I am going to be thanking God for McKinley's passed hearing tests!!!!
Posted by danielle at 12:16 PM
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Craig and I had the opportunity for a long weekend in Seaside, Florida! It was FANTASTIC. One of Craig's former students, who he has remained really good friends with, got married. Craig performed the ceremony, so we spent the weekend celebrating Trey and Lauren. They are a perfect couple, and we are so thankful that we were able to be a part of their big day!
That evening was the wedding. It was perfect! Lauren looked beautiful and Trey looked like he was on Cloud 9.
Thanks Trey and Lauren for including us in your fun wedding weekend! Looking forward to many many more years of friendship!
Posted by danielle at 10:20 AM
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
It is already POLAR OPPOSITE than training Jackson. Not that she is necessarily grasping the concept (we had zero successes), but within the first 3 minutes of having her first pair on, she had an accident. And it made her SO upset. She slowly lifted her leg, started crying, ran to the kitchen, got a towel to clean up the mess. She just wanted me to hold her. I think she thought she might get in trouble. Sweet girl. Jackson was TOTALLY fine with peeing on himself.. did not slow him down at all. And he definitely wouldnt have even thought about cleaning it up.
Another difference, McKinley was totally good with just sitting on the potty. We did alot of singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" This little girl loves some song singing with hand motions. And cheering. We must cheer at appropriate times. :)
We have a long journey ahead of us with this potty training, but I dont think itll be as long as Jackson's potty training journey. At least, I pray not.
Posted by danielle at 10:41 AM