I had a wonderful photographer, a friend of mine (Maleigh Canon), take Isabels pictures and they are fabulous! Below are some of the pictures she took. I highly, highly, recommend her for all your photo needs! She's great with kids and gives you plenty of time to take the perfect picture. Please admire!
I was able to go shopping all by myself today. So I headed to Target. I took my time looking at everything because I knew that this was my one and only chance to do this. I looked at clothing, dishes, picture frames, sale items (found some things, of course) then I walked through the toys. There's the swimming toy isle - I will have to buy that stuff later- there's boys toys; stuff I don't care about! Let's be honest, I don't care about toy action figurines, space stuff, dragons and robot stuff (Thank God Dusty like's that stuff to play with Ethan). THEN!... I pass the dolls, princess, dress-up and all the girl stuff isles. I was taken all the back to my childhood. Playing with my dolls, dressing them up and hooking them up in their car seats to the back of my bike. As I was thinking of playing 'Teacher-Student' with my twin sister Jennifer, I just started getting teary eyed (as I always do) and got really excited about having a girl and playing pretend with her. I'm sure some other mom's can relate with me as they play with their daughters "my little ponies" and "barbies" and just treasure all that time with their daughters. I had to get a grip of myself to get out of that store. If I had the money I would have bought tiaras, tutus, high heal shoes, blinging necklaces, talking dolls, dress up clothes and a huge doll house...I am still dreaming of all the stuff that I could possibly get Isabel. But when I got home all Isabel is doing is staring at Ethan playing with his trains. Maybe she'll be a tomboy...I don't know, but either way, I was again excited and felt overly blessed to have a daughter!! I will probably be wondering for the rest of my life why God has given me a daughter. I pray that He reminds me during her teenage years about how special it is to have a daughter! As my mother prayed for a daughter and was blessed with two at a time, I am especially blessed with wonderful Isabel! I think I could talk about her all day. She's my pride and joy. There's just something special about having a daughter!
Today you're six months old. How exciting it is that you're half way through your first year of life. What a joy it's been to have you part of our family! I couldn't have asked for a better daughter.Beautiful beyond anything I have ever seen! Sweet as a button, you melt me with that smile of yours. Your eyes stare straight to my soul.
Daddy and I prayed so hard for you. We wanted a daughter so bad! And what grace and a blessing God gave us. At the very moment thinking about you I still have chills and excitement in my heart because we get to share life together. I hope for the rest of your life we can share many, many more moments of fun and sweet times together. It has been especially wonderful because I get to be a full time mommy and nurse you. What a special bond it has been. Something that I have longed for my whole life. I hope that we can have a bond like I have with my mom (Gigi) as well.
Fun things you have done in life so far:
Took you trick or treating with Ethan, Will and Aubrey, ten days after you were born! You slept the whole time; Had thanksgiving with Cheif and Gigi (My parents), Great Memaw and Ann, you cried the whole time; We drove you to Iowa in a blizzard to see Mammo and Daddo (Dusty's Parents) for their Christmas 'Come and Go', you were a trooper!; Had your first Christmas with all of your family at Cheif and Gigi's - Aunt Jenn and Brandon, Uncle Jason, Aunt Kalie, Jacob and Ali, Cheif and Gigi. We dressed you in the cutest red dress for the Christmas Eve service and you and Ali had matching PJ's to wear to sleep -- So cute!!; Spent Easter with Cheif and Gigi and Gigi bought you the prettiest Easter dress ever!!I cart you around wherever Ethan and I go. You are always willing to go with us, but you hate that car seat! It's so cute, you look over that car seat at me just to make sure I'm still there!
My prayer for you dear sweet Miss Isabel Dear Lord I give this precious baby to you. Lord protect her while you have her on earth at this time with us. I pray you give us words of wisdom and understanding as we teach, discipline and prepare her in your ways for the rest of her life. Let our words be slow to anger as you do with us. Give us patience and guidance as we cannot raise her without Your Help. Let us surround her with a village of believers to help us train her in Your Word so she can be grounded in Your Way and prepared for the world when she is not with us. Lord, one thing I ask most is that she accepts the free gift of your loving Son so she may be with You in Glory and may live a life of blessing, peace, freedom and rest. Thank you for your grace even when we stubble. I give You all the glory and praise. Please lead us in leading Isabel. Thank you again for Miss Isabel Mae. I pray she lives up to her name. Consecrated to God!
So today I get a much deserved day of rest. This weekend was so crazy! We headed to Dallas on Saturday after a full day of trying to clean the house and do laundry so we can come home to a clean house - but that didn't happen! At the last minute we started to race the clock to get to Jacob's soccer game, which ended up getting canceled because of rain. The "plan" for the evening was that Kalie and I get to get out of the house for an evening of girl fun. When we get there the boys want to grill. That's fun and all, but at the last minute when Kalie and I were ready to leave the house, they decided to leave to go to the store to get stuff for the race tomorrow, which took 30 or so minutes. They left us with two really muddy kids in the back yard. I think they just figured they would take a few minutes and they would be back. Yeah, well, as soon as they left the boys wanted in and of course the girls wanted to eat. The point of us leaving the house was for the men to do all this. Oh well! So we threw the boys in the bath to let them play and fed the girls. Finally, the men came home and I bolted out the door (hoping to never come home! HA!). We started off by going to this Italian restaurant, not bad, but I think it was overpriced for average Italian food. Of course it was raining so we got wet going from store to store. We stopped at Fanchescas and Charming Charlies! Two stores I would totally buy out if I had the money. Of course I didn't buy anything, but looking is fun too. We ultimately wanted to go see a movie but you know, once you go to a movie you just want to go home afterward and I sooo wasn't ready to go home yet. So we went to a coffee shop that Kalie drives by often but has never stopped in. The funny thing was is that it was open yet. Their opening day was going to be Monday and they were having training and wine tasting for their employees. But the door was open and we walked and they insisted we stay and have the employees make us coffees as they needed practice - YAY FOR FREE COFFEE! So we got to stay and visit for quite some time. Finally, we went and saw "Date Night". I thought it was hilarious! I recommend it. It was nice to be away for a while. Thanks guys. So the next day the guys went to the NASCAR race and we stayed home with the kids. Nothing different except neither girls would to take their naps. Poor Kalie has been stressed out for a couple weeks because their selling their home and they just got done with inspections and is all worried about things. Of course the NASCAR race is canceled until the next day because of rain. So after back and forth deliberating with their bosses they both got off for Monday so they could continue the NASCAR partying. Crazy guys. Dad stopped by with his friend bearing gifts from Gigi (my mom). Cute, cute baby girl clothes and shoes! I love girl stuff! After a crazy day of being with cry baby girls the men finally came home we popped open the bottle. Drank a little wine, had a martini. A little relief was nice. Next day was a little nicer, though we had workers coming in and out giving estimates of the problem areas that need fixing on their house. Poor Kalie had to deal with those men. One creeped us out. All kids took naps though - LOVELY! The guys came home and we left the house around 6:00. Dusty's passed out in the back and the baby is crying. Deadlock traffic I-35E going south, so we decided to take I-35W which then had all the nascar traffic and construction. A 3 hour trip turned to 5 1/2 hours, me driving of course. Such a tiring trip dealing with crying babies and confusing men. This morning Dusty leaves for work and comes back and hour and a half later saying that they let him have today off too, which he didn't know! Go figure! It sure would have been nice to know he had today off! Luckily it works in my favor. Dusty is taking taking care of the kids! I got to take a shower without hearing Isabel cry and Ethan trying to jump in with me. It's almost 2:00pm and I'm still sitting in my pj's. I'm watching 'Law and Order' and 'Cold Case' while Dusty runs the errands! I think I'm going to take a nap after this. Thank goodness for a full day of rest and an independent husband who can take care of the kids without me. Wish he would do that more often, HA! Thanks for a great day Dusty!
I hope that I can keep up with this time. I want to post some pics so everyone can see and family members can see my babies grow from far distance. I love each everyone of you! Thanks for coming to our blog!