"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Newborn Pictures

We actually had Landon's newborn pictures taken when he was only 6 days old, but for some reason I completely forgot to share them on here!

Despite me nursing him a good bit before the photo session, the little guy was wide awake for much of the time. And, um, a little difficult. But after awhile, our wonderful photographer (and friend), Kali, pulled out her baby whisperer skills and got him to fall asleep. The pictures still came out great though! Check out Kali's site - Kali Norton Photography & Design

Here are some of my favorites!


 This is what I mean by difficult :)
 I wasn't planning to be in any pictures (6 days postpartum? I think not), but he needed some comforting! And Kali took advantage :)

 So this is actually my baby blanket that my grandma made. Thankfully my mom kept it all these years!
Our cute little bug :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Blessings in disguise

Some of you may have noticed that we changed the subtitle to our blog recently. (If you don't remember what it used to say, it was "Our journey through pregnancy loss, infertility, and being foster parents".) Landon obviously is the "new life" we celebrate- he's been such a blessing and we don't take him for granted!

I decided to take out the "infertility" part, because while we certainly understand how it feels to try to conceive for an extended period of time (it took a year and a half of actively trying for Landon to come into being), I feel like saying we were infertile seems a bit silly now that we have a sweet baby boy.

That being said, I still am so very aware of those who are still in the midst of infertility. It crosses my mind every time I go to post a picture of Landon on Facebook, as silly as that may sound. Because I know what it's like to want a baby so badly, not be pregnant, and having my news feed flooded with photos and statuses about pregnancy and babies.

Of course, I didn't expect people to restrain from posting such things for my sake, and I was actually happy for those blessed with babies before me. But it was still hard.

Maybe the fact that we lost our first baby made things more difficult, but of course there's no way to know.

I've often felt before that God put me in certain situations to help me be aware of how others may be feeling. Lost a baby? Tried to conceive for awhile? Been on bed rest? Fallen in love with a foster baby and had to give him back? Took care of a toddler with severe behavior issues? I totally feel you! ;)

Truth is, everyone has at least something they've lived through or dealt with that gives them a different outlook on life. Some are obviously more painful than others.

Certain experiences of mine have not been very pleasant (as you faithful blog readers know!), but I do believe that they've been blessings in disguise. This is where I start singing Laura Story's song "Blessings." But since I can't sing - and thankfully you can't hear me, ha - I'll just share some of the lyrics.

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops 
What if Your healing comes through tears 
What if a thousand sleepless nights  
Are what it takes to know You're near 
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

That baby we lost? He's our little prayer warrior.

That period of infertility? Gave Logan and me a chance to work on our communication. And I think it's safe to say we wouldn't have become foster parents. And fostering has taught us OH so much!

Those months of bed rest? It gave me an opportunity to practice patience and humility. Plus I learned how to crochet!

The foster baby we fell in love with? His family still sends us pictures, and we still pray for him. He also gave us a head start when it comes to taking care of a baby.

The toddler with the behavior issues? Gave us a major trial run with disciplining. Also made us realize that many kids don't grow up with a loving family...and that fact can have dire consequences. We definitely still pray for him.

I could totally add to the list, but I'll refrain. Let's just say that as time goes on and on, it becomes more and more clear that the trials we face are blessings in disguise. Praise God for that!

"When the difficulties, contradictions, temptations, pains, and sorrows come - none of them need to be wasted. All of them can be embraced as precious opportunities to join in the great work of redemption." -Msgr. Bob Guste

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Growing boy: 1 month

It's pretty crazy to think I was in the hospital one month ago, getting to know our sweet boy. Time goes by too fast!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Landon is ready to celebrate! How about you? ;)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Welcome to the Church, Landon!

Our precious boy was baptized yesterday. He did so well and was wide awake the entire time! 

 The only time he cried!
Landon sucked on Logan's finger most of the time after this
 Fr. Jeff, our good friend and priest (he celebrated our wedding as well)
 Landon with his parents and godparents - Logan's brother, Tyler, and my sister-in-law Lindsey
 My family (except for my sister and her family, who was actually in town this weekend but had to leave yesterday morning to head home)
Logan's family

It was a beautiful baptism, and Logan and I are very blessed to be surrounded by such loving people. What's even better is they love our little boy just like we do!


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