Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My Thankful Heart

My sister Abbie wrote a post today on what she's thankful for & in turn inspired me to do the same.

1.  My husband.  Everything about him makes me love him more & I am a better person because of him.  He's a strong man in hard times & I just can't get over how much I really need him - always and forever no matter what.

2.  My kids.  Everett's absolute obsession with me makes me feel like a shiny special stone & Aubrie's love
to the moon & back for me always makes me sparkle a little brighter.

3.  Ollie wiggles and kicks often.  Every kick makes me happy & excited about our future.  He or she is one special baby.

4.  My family - all 100+ of them- I have gotten so many messages of love & support from cousins & aunts, etc. - I love them for all the right reasons.  They are beyond supportive & can't wait to share in our growing family.

5.  My parents - without them life wouldn't be the same.  We need more parents like them in the world - they are perfect and they don't even have to try to be.  If I am half as good as them - I'm one heck of a Mom.

6.  My dear friends.  Through this process we have become very aware of the people that truly love and care for us.  We really need friends right now who go out of their way to support us, hug us, wipe away our tears, and to make us laugh when we feel like crying.  Friends like that are few and far between, and are some of the best things in life.  We have been very blessed with some very special friends old and new.  I appreciate them more than they know, but I think they do know :)

7.  My church.  Sunday was a hard day in that place for me, but it was a good place for me to be.  I love that church.  Everything about it inspires & lifts you up.

8.  Vacation - that's right.  I am counting down the sweet sweet days until my entire family heads to Disney.  It's the happiest place on Earth & we can use all the happy we can get right now!

9.  Trudie Claudette.  This is my pug I've had since I was 20.  I swear she knows something is up and sits her head on me as much as she can.  She is a spoiled brat & refuses to follow my rules, but she's special to me.

10.  My faith.  For as little Bible knowledge as I truly know - which I'm working on - I have a very strong faith.  Jade & I actually took a "gifts" test at our church & faith was the highest scoring category for both of us.  In our current situation - our faith is all that gets us through the day & what keeps us strong.  Without our faith & strong belief - I can't imagine where we'd be - but not nearly where we are now.

11.  Finally for all of you.  I don't know most of you and probably never will, but you have overwhelmed my blog with stories of inspiration, prayer, bible verses, and encouragement.  For that I will always be appreciative.  I have met a few new "friends" that have given me inspiration & books to read by e-mail.  I already have them on order & I'm anxious to read all I can about Down Syndrome before Ollie arrives.  Yes nothing is certain & Ollie may not have DS, but by golly if he or she does, I am going to know everything I can before we meet.  I know I'll probably fall on my face a few times learning more, but that's the best part of parenting - learning about your children as you learn about yourself. 

Don't forget to pray for Ollie!


  1. Oh Annie, that is such a sweet post! I love how positive you are, even though I know these are stressful times. I just caught up on Ollie's story, and it is so happy yet unknown.

    So sweet because you love that little guy so much and he's not even here yet! I know the waiting to know about his little heart must be making you crazy and I can only imagine the sleepless nights you have until he finally gets here. I am praying for you all...please know that!

    But, if there ever was a girl strong enough to handle this...it is you, my friend! Ollie is one lucky little boy! So stay stong, girlie...we are all here for you!


  2. You are such an amazing person, with a heart full of love, faith and hope. You represent all of these things to me, and it makes me proud that such people exist in the world. I can tell from your posts that you really trust in God's great plan, and this is something I really strive to be too. Keep up this wonderful spirit, keep spreading all the love within you.

    My thoughts, prayers and love are with you.

  3. I love you!!!

    Also, running out the door tonight, Calvin said "Do you know how much I love you?" "How much?" and he pointed straight up to the sky and then back to himself. To the moon and back! :)

  4. You're awesome Annie!
    Just a quick hello from one of your prayer warriors... ; )

  5. I LOVE this post. It sounds like you are so loved. Your blog is so spirit strengthening and inspiring. I am going to use your blog post idea for one of mine coming up. Hope you don't mind.
    Take care

  6. A wonderful post Annie. Your life's adventure is continuing and you will remember every moment of it in stunning clarity because you have chosen to put it into words. I am appealing to the weather Gods that your visit to WDW has the most beautiful weather Florida can offer. {{Ollie}}

  7. gosh made me tear up...maybe because you're beautiful wonderful talented loving sisters weren't included. geez hateful. i guess i can let it go. maybe i'll pin you down and give you kisses, i know how that grosses you out! or even better, i'll hang drool to your nose and suck it up just like you used to do to me! haha! love you!

  8. Great post mama! I too think this would be a fantastic blog post to do:)

    Still praying for you and Ollie!!!

  9. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. ( www.gardenofeagan.blogspot.com ) Someone has probably already mentioned the book "Gifts" to you. I have an essay about my daughter Angela in that book. I know this is a scary time for you, as you learn some stuff about DS that you wish you didn't know...about heart defect and surgeries, and a whole bunch of other stuff. I wish you didn't have to go through your pregnancy with that fear. I'm a firm believer that God has us get the information in the way we will best handle it. I didn't get a prenatal diagnosis, and I know why. For some who get a prenatal diagnosis, that extra time allows for medical professionals to prepare for the baby, and for parents to emotionally prepare. It also allows you time to connect with those of us who have walked this road before you. Hang in there! Just remember when you're feeling overwhelmed with too much information that above all else, Ollie is just a baby, and nothing more. He/She is not a diagnosis. He/She is not Down syndrome. He/She is just a baby who may or may not have a little extra genetic material to carry around.

  10. Praying for you, Ollie, and the entire family. May your faith continue to bring you strength and hope. Ollie is very lucky to be joining you all!


Thank you so much for your kind words & support! I love hearing from you & read each and every comment you leave for me! ~Annie


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