Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sometimes

Sometimes there are little boy footprints on my freshly mopped and still a little damp floor.
Sometimes there are so many hot wheel cars on the ground that you can no longer see the rug.
Sometimes my son makes me laugh so hard I cry
Sometimes my son tests my patience so much I feel like crying.
Sometimes I wonder how on earth our son can be so smart (then I take a look at his daddy and am reminded that he inherited that mechanical mind and brilliance from him)
Sometimes I find dry cereal smooched on the carpet and little hand prints all over the refrigerator
Sometimes I am asked for more hugs in a single day than I ever thought possible.....I would not change that for a second!
Sometimes I am given an amazing "back rub" by a toy car
Sometimes I look back over the last two years and cannot remember our lives without the Madd-man and wonder what on earth we ever did past 8pm
Sometimes I am certain I do not deserve the love I receive from my two boys
All the time I am certain this is the best life for me

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"WEE" Wish You a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Kalivoda family!!! We hope you all had a blessed day with family and friends and spent time celebrating the birth of our Lord! Our Christmas celebration began Christmas Eve as a family of 3. Santa was aware of Maddox's napping schedule and he visited our house first and had his gifts all ready for him when he woke up from his nap!!! We played for a while with the new toys and books, then ate our Christmas dinner at home, followed by yummy cupcakes and singing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. I loved the time we had together, the 3 of us, and the memories and traditions we are attempting to create!








Christmas day we loaded up and spent the day at my mom and Paul's with my Granny (who is out of the hospital by the way and gradually doing better everyday) brother, sis-in-law, Mollie and sister Carol. We had a great time and enjoyed the time with family! Jason, Kameron and Carol built a ginger bread house and let Maddox "help" Maddox loved it and enjoyed sneaking the candy in his mouth before anyone could stop him...he is a fast one I tell ya!!
Maddox and Uncle J and the finished product!




Saturday Brad had to go to work, so Maddox and I spent the day at the house and I was able to put away all of our Christmas decor...it was a sad day, but I must admit, I enjoy having our living room back to "normal"


Sunday we woke up and headed to my dad's house to spend the morning and celebrate our Savior's birth with he and Kelly. We had a nice time and enjoyed more time with family. Sunday evening we headed back to my mom's house because my Aunt Kay and Uncle Jeff from Denton were in town along with my Aunt Karla, Uncle Gary, cousin LaDonna and her boyfriend Robert! It was great to see all of them because we used to spend every Christmas with my mom's family, all our aunts, uncles and cousins when we were little...as we have all grown up and started families of our own it is so much harder for everyone to get together especially around the holidays!








Wow...I am pretty exhausted just after typing all that we did this Christmas season, but we sure had a great time and we look forward to new memories next year, celebrating as a family of 4



"Wee" hope you had a great Christmas as well!!


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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A little of This, A little of That


I will worn you from the beginning, this post will be a bit random with a little of this, a little of that! Well this has been a pretty eventful week which is pretty obvious through my lack of blogging. Maddox is doing much better from his ear infection and seems to be his normal sweet spirited self these days; although, he was not at all interested in eating today which is VERY unusual for him and he had one super nasty diaper late this evening, so I will be keeping an eye on him to make sure everything is alright. I think he is working on another 2yr molar which would make me not very hungry either.
The most eventful part of this week has been that our sweet Granny has been sick and in the hospital battling chest pains again. They did an angiogram yesterday to take a look at her heart and get a better picture of what is going on....they can see no major blockage this time (she has had several bypass surgeries in the past and currently has a pacemaker) while this is good news, it seems after the angiogram she kept getting sick and throwing up which we all assumed was due to the anesthesia at first but it just did not seem to let up any; therefore, they took a sample to the lab and it shows signs of blood so her GI Dr. is now involved and will do a scope tomorrow to see where she is bleeding. Please keep her in your prayers...bless her sweet little heart she wants to be home for Christmas so badly and we are just praying she can feel back to her normal feisty self really soon.

I cannot believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow....I am so excited to spend time with my family and create memories for a lifetime. Maddox is very interested in baby Jesus and it just melts my heart. The other day at Target he saw all the Christmas trees and lights up and got very excited and said "CHRISTMAS" in his sweet excited voice, I said "yes, isn't it very pretty" and he looked up at me with those serious brown eyes of his and sweetly said "baby Jesus" Oh, I almost burst into tears standing right there in the isle.....my job as a mom was complete in that moment! I am so proud of this little man and continue to be in awe that our Savior came to earth as a precious little baby and I am sure he made Mary and Joseph laugh on a daily basis, just as our little boy does!!

Maddox with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus...or as we like to call them Kameron, Jason and Mollie

Sweet pic of Maddox and his Tickle Me Elmo that Grandma and Papa Voda gave him.


Oh how serious

Friday, December 18, 2009

Instincts

Well here is a little background information about this past week. I would love to have nice, fun, uplifting things to say about our dear son; unfortunately, Maddox has been outstandingly fussy, and I simply assumed the terrible twos just came up from the ground and slapped us right in the face. He would not listen, had a hard time minding and time out and other consequences have taken up the majority of our time. Yesterday evening I had a breakdown and just started crying...I thought, how on earth am I going to manage this little boy who is testing all of my patience and draining every ounce of energy from me and add another baby to the mix. I know Maddox is strong willed but this is like nothing we have experienced yet. Well, last night, he was up a few times; therefore, I had some time to think and I finally decided to take him to the doctor to just make sure there was not anything medically causing him to act so fussy and disobedient (there were no other clues that he was not feeling well). I am glad I trusted my instincts and took him to the doctor today because he does in fact have an ear infection in his left little ear. I am praying the antibiotics will kick in soon and we will have our listening, obedient, hilarious and strong willed big boy back in no time!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

All Aboard

All aboard!! My mom blessed Maddox and I with the fabulous adventure to the North Pole via the Polar Express. He enjoyed seeing and riding the train, he loved when the crew danced in the aisle, he gobbled up the sugar cookie and sipped on the hot coco with GiGi, he enjoyed picking Santa up from the North Pole and seeing all the Christmas lights....however, his favorite part was the tiny bell Santa gave to him....that stole the show for him as he played and played with that gold shiny bell. In the Polar Express Movie, after giving the little boy a bell, Santa says "This bell is a wonderful symbol of the spirit of Christmas - as am I. Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart" Oh how we long to have fun Christmas traditions and memories with Maddox while most importantly teaching Maddox about the true SPIRIT of Christmas....the tiny baby Jesus!! hank you so much Mom for taking Maddox and I to the North Pole...I hope we can do this as a tradition and I know it is a memory I will cherish for a lifetime!!




GiGi and Maddox getting ready to leave for the North Pole


Momma and Maddox


"The North Pole is that way"



Gazing out the window





"Can Santa make the molars stop hurting me"


Enjoying a cooking with Raffie


Yummy Hot Coco with GiGi


Maddox and Santa and the little gold bell


Playing with the beloved bell


"Gigi, this bell is so much fun"


Jingle Bells Jingle Bells, Jingle All the way!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Little baby Voda


Do you hear  feel what I feel??? Little baby Voda is kicking, stretching and swimming away in its nice, cozy home my belly and I have to admit it is such a sweet surreal feeling especially the second time around because I am a litttle more aware of the difference in baby movement and weird tummy movements! I am trying to cherish every squirm, kick, punch, and roll  as much as possible because I am well aware that this is probably the last time I will have a little one growing in my belly! The guest room nursery is mostly cleaned out and ready to have a coat or two of paint on the walls (anxiously awaiting to know which colors I will be using) decorations hung, and a beautiful crib and bedding to make this room perfect for the little one that is wiggiling inside me!! Thank you Jesus for this precious gift!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

End of an Era

Okay, so let me be honest here...I have not been great at updating our blog mainly for silly reasons....I read a lot of fun blogs and it seems these people I read about always have such creative and articulate ways of updating the day to day things in their lives; however, I have found myself in a slump, I do not feel creative and I don't want to bore those of you who actually read this thing, but if I am being honest with myself, I have to remember this blog is for our family, to keep up with the day to day sometimes not so exciting stuff, and I want to do better at documenting what WE are up to and by WE. I mostly mean Maddox and little baby Voda (aka the DEUCE).
So, let me start with what we did this past week.....hmmmm.....Maddox hit another major milestone in his 23 months of life....he is now sleeping in his big boy bed and is doing marvelously! One evening this week Brad asked him if he wanted to go to bed in his big boy bed and Maddox responded with a simple "OK" so after trying to briefly prepare him that he would not be in his crib and he could not get out of bed until morning, Maddox went to sleep in his bed!! The first night he wanted one of us to lay with him for a little bit and I did for a few minutes, but I did not want him to get used to that so I had to walk out of there and he cried for maybe 30 seconds and we did not hear another sound out of him the rest of the night...until 9am the next morning!!! YIPPPEE!!! We are so so so proud of him....he has been sleeping in the big bed ever since and there is no turning back..in fact, I took the sheet off his crib, washed it and put it away. The crib remains in his room until we can move it into the nursery which is still serving its purpose as a guest room for a little while longer! I have not been a huge crier with major milestones such as crawling, walking, first words, etc.; however, when we moved the rocker out of his room into the nursery and now that he is no longer in his crib I did shed a few tears. I learned to cherish the nights up rocking Maddox as he buried his head into my chest and actually cuddled with me, and I remember all those long nights when Maddox could not sleep in his crib because his poor tummy hurt him so badly. I remember wondering if he would EVER sleep in his crib, then he turned into a fantastic sleeper who loved his crib, he never tried to climb out, and never seemed to be uncomfortable in there. I loved peaking in on him, seeing his little bottom up in the air as he slept soundly in the beautiful crib that I seriously thought would never get any use! Now, when I peak in on him, his little bottom is up in the air, he is turned sideways in his big boy bed and he looks so big and grown up. That was the last of the "baby" he is now my almost 2 year old, running circles around his momma, toddler who is full of energy, spunk, attitude and all things "big boy" While I am sad to see this era end, I am so proud of him and so thankful for such an easy transition from crib to bed!

2 months old, laughing in his crib, but NOT sleeping in his crib yet!!



6 months old, playing in crib


7 months old, sleeping in crib!!


9 months old, standing in crib to greet me after his nap!!


In baby Voda (the DEUCE) news, we had a doctor's appointment on Thursday and we heard the little heart beat for the first time...oh what a precious moment that always is! Everything sounded great, beating at about 140-150 (which is what Maddox's was) and I am measuring around 18 weeks gestation. Our next appointment is January 7th and we will have the big ultrasound where we can hopefully see the sex of this little one! I was a little sad that we have to wait so long, but at least I will be far enough along that there should not be any doubts as to if baby Voda is a boy or a girl....and I am excited that we will have this exciting appointment the day before our first born turns 2!! While we watch an era come to a close in Maddox's world, we are so thankful to have another little one to soon fill this crib and our hearts with joy!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

23 Months Old



Happy 23 months Mr. Maddox!! I cannot believe you will be 2 years old next month, it just blows my mind every time I think about how fast this year has flown by.

23 things you are doing at 23 months:

-Speaking much more clearly (to your mommy at least....a lot of people still need me as your interpreter until they are around you a little longer to decipher what you are saying) and you are beginning to say complete sentences at times

-You can tell me what you want/need very easily

-You can count to 10 on a regular basis (although, we are still trying to find out where the number 4 has gone, you skip that number every single time!! hahah)

-You know many of your letters and point them out on anything you see

-You still love your sweet "Raffie" (your lovie) and you want to teach him to do all the things you can do...eat, take a bath, go "night night", read a book, give kisses....it is precious!

-You love to wrestle with daddy when he gets home

-You are very very strong and can pick up things we never imagined you would be able to carry

-You are so smart and figure things out so quickly (I know I am going to be asking you how to fix things in the very near future...you are very mechanically minded just like your daddy)

-You love Elmo and can point him out in random movies (the other night we were watch "Elf" and they had an Elmo doll in the toy store and you saw it and got very excited)

-You follow directions very well (when YOU want to) You will put your shoes up and your dirty clothes in the hamper in your room...you also get a diaper for me and put your wipes back in the drawer when I am throwing away your diaper

-You LOVE music...any music, you can drum to the beat and will change immediately when the music changes...you have very good rhythm

-You have mastered the "stink eye" or the "what are you wanting me to do look" and you do this every chance you can (as seen in the beginning of the Letter Video posted a few weeks ago)

-You love to play with footballs, bouncy balls, squishy balls, anything that remotely looks like a ball...you love to throw it, kick it and chase after it. You are getting a pretty good arm on ya!!

-You like to help mommy do anything...cook, clean, laundry (sometimes you are more helpful unfolding the laundry than folding it, but I know it is the thought that counts:) )

-You are developing a very sensitive heart and you can easily get your feelings hurt when you get in trouble or you cannot have what you are wanting (I know you got this one from your mommy)

-You know your colors and point them out in your cereal, on a sign, in the car...anywhere!! You know that the red light means "stop" and the green light means "go"

-You are still a very good eater, although you are getting a little more picky and you are doing very well at feeding yourself. You hate to have food on your hands and say "Yucky" when your hands are dirty

-You love to imitate daddy....the other day you went and got your toy laptop and put it up on the table, climbed in the chair where daddy usually sits and "worked" on your laptop, just like daddy!!.....you looked so grown up!

-You enjoy making us smile and you are very good at making us laugh

-You still love Nemo and any fish for that matter

-You are working very hard on your 2 year molars and boy those chompers are huge back there

-You have turned into a very good sleeper.....last night you went to bed at 8pm and woke up this morning at 10am....it was amazing! (I hope I did not jinx myself just now)

-You love to read story after story and we will sometimes find you in your room sitting on your bed reading to Raffie....you are such a big boy!!


We are so proud of you Mr. Maddox!
Here is proof of the "stink eye"from the little stinker himself!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Through the Eyes of the Curious

All is quiet in the Kalivoda house. Brad is putting Maddox to bed, the Christmas tree is glowing in the corner, the warmth of the heater is blowing and the feel of the Christmas Season is upon us. I love this time of year, the colder weather, the beautiful Christmas lights, the smell of Cinnamon, the red and green decorations.....however, this Christmas Season I am already learning a lot about seeing the season through the eyes of the curious...the eyes of our sweet Maddox. When he sees a Christmas tree, anywhere, he points it out and stares for a minute and says "BIG" (even if it is a small tree). While driving around he loudly and so excitedly points out every house, building or tree that has Christmas lights beautifully glowing ....constantly asking for "one more". I love to watch him get excited about the "frilly" parts of the Christmas Season...and I am even more excited to watch him get excited about the TRUE parts of Christmas....the tiny baby lying in a manger who came to live a life to die for us and rescue his children!! He is constantly asking us to read him his "Jesus Book" and sits so quietly and amazed as we read him story after story about our Lord and Savior!! It truly is the most amazing thing I have every experienced to watch through the eyes of our child, see what he sees and how exciting Christmas truly is! It is absolutely impossible to not get in the spirit of things while having a little one point out how beautiful this time of year is.
Thank you my sweet sweet boy for being so honest, genuine, curious, observant and excited to see all the beautiful things around you...and thank you for constantly sharing those new discoveries with me. You are constantly teaching me, your mommy, new things and for that I am forever thankful....you continue to provide more and more happiness to our lives everyday!!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

So Much To Be Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving from the Kalivoda Family!!! We had a wonderful time in Oklahoma visiting Brad's family and we are a little sad to already be back in Lubbock (Brad had to work on Friday, so we left Thanksgiving evening and made that glorious 6 hour drive home!)
On our way home from Oklahoma last night, Maddox was wide awake just chillin in his car seat for the last 4 hours of the drive (keep in mind, we did not leave Oklahoma City until about 6pm, which would get us home around midnight....so for Maddox to be awake, not upset at all and it be almost 11pm, well, we were a little shocked to say the least) all of the sudden about 40 miles away from the house, Maddox starts counting. Now normally his counting sounds a little like this "One, two, one, two, one! Yeah!!!" So when Maddox started out with "One, Two...." we obviously assumed another "one, two, one" would follow.....well much to our surprise, Maddox just took off and said "three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten!!!! Yeah" Brad and I both sat there, looked at each other with the most bewildered look on our faces and couldn't believe what we had just heard. Maddox continued to count to ten the entire way home!! It was so funny! Way to go little man...you never cease to amaze us!!! Well, I was able to get his counting on video this evening while the Madd-man was taking a bath (please forgive the horrible quality of video, I had to stand in the hallway so he wouldn't see the camera...if he sees the camera he wants to see what is on it and will not let me take a good video any more....learning to be a little sneaky)


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A few pictures from Thanksgiving! Thanks Kalivoda's for a great holiday..we had a great time and we can't wait to see you guys again soon! Miss you already!

Aunt Kim swinging Maddox!! He loves this girl! (So do I)

Papa Voda and Maddox playing on the four wheeler outside Bass ProDaddy and Maddox shooting a gun at Bass Pro

Oh the excitement of the huge fish at Bass Pro...Maddox was in heaven

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Date Night

This evening I did NOT have to say :
"sweetie, please sit on your bottom"
"no, we do not put food in our nose, food is for our mouths. You can eat it or leave it on your plate"
"no, this is Mommy's drink, your cup is right here....Oh, I'm sorry you would rather have my drink, but your cup is right here...oh look at this fun straw...show me how you drink out of YOUR cup."
"sweetie, sit on your bottom....listen and obey or you will have a consequence"
"can you find the letter 'M' on this menu while we wait for our food"
"buckle? Would you like to try to buckle yourself in your highchair again?"
"no, we do not stick our fork in our nose. Your fork is for eating your food."
"no, we do not stick our fork in our ears either. Forks are for eating food only."
"no, you do not stick the spoon in your ears or nose either."
"oh thank you for listening and using your inside voice...that is a very good boy"
"where are your ears? Can you hear what we are asking you to do?"
"That's right, that is Green."
"I know that person is coughing, but it is not nice to mimic other people"
"No, I'm sorry we cannot go outside right now"
"I know you are finished and want to go, but we are not finished until everyone is finished eating"
"no, please don't stick your finger in your nose or ears......no, please don't stick your finger in Daddy's ear either"
"Yes, our waiter has a pen in his pocket.....No, it is not YOUR pen"


Thank you mom for watching Maddox this evening so Brad and I could enjoy a fabulous date night!!! Gosh, if you really think about it, dinner this evening was so boring...hahah. Brad, thank you for a wonderful evening....you are the best husband and friend I could ever ask for.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Catching Up....Again

Gosh, I have not been too great at keeping this blog updated....once again, I have no exciting or creative way to get you updated, so I will just start with last weekend....My good friend Rusty got married on Saturday and I had the privilege to be his Best Wo-Man....that is correct, I was a GroomsMaid and stood on his side..that was definitely a first for me, but I really enjoyed it and was honored to show my support for him and his new bride. Rusty and I have been good friends since we were 3 years old in the nursery at church; however, we joke that we really didn't like each other until junior high...he didn't like me when we were little because he says "thats the girl who knows all the answers" and I didn't like him because he was loud and rambunctious until junior high, then he was quiet and mumbled all the time..hahah. Please keep him in your prayers, he is in the army and will be deployed for Afghanistan in January...I cannot imagine how difficult all this must be on his new wife Amie and his family.


After the wedding on Saturday, Brad, Maddox and I loaded up and headed to Midland to see my best friend Sarah and her husband Dusty. We had some furniture to give them (still trying to figure out how to get the once used as a guest room cleaned out for a nursery) and I was excited to see her, catch up on everything and see her beautiful new house! We had a wonderful time and it makes me even more sad that we no longer live 11 seconds away from each other. Thanks again, Dusty and Sarah for your great friendship and your hospitality this past weekend....we can't wait to see you again soon!!






As far as Baby Voda is going, everything seems to be going great. I still have some "morning" sickness (anytime of the day) but not nearly as bad as a few weeks ago. I think I have felt him/her move, but I am not completely certain. We have an appointment December 10 and after that appointment they will schedule the ultrasound where we can hopefully see the sex of this little one...I am super excited!!! This pregnancy seems to constantly prove that no two pregnancies are ever the same....I am carrying this little one much differently than I did with Maddox and I am not gaining weight nearly as fast as I did with the Madd-man; however, I am sure that is mostly because I rarely have an appetite and I most certainly did NOT have that problem with Maddox. My heart is getting more and more excited about watching our family grow and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us!
Sorry to ramble on so much, I will leave you with a video of Maddox dancing to his Thanksgiving card from Grandma and PaPa Voda (thanks again for the card, he loves it!!)


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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

This Post is Brought to You by the Letters M, O, E, B

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Here is a video of Maddox learning his letters

Random


Hello all!! Thank you for your support and encouragement as our secret is now out in the open. As I mentioned in the previous post, I am officially out of the first trimester and so far I am LOVING this second trimester......WOW I have energy again and it feels great!! Maddox has been so much fun lately (well, he is always fun, but we have had less and less discipline moments the last few days which helps this mommy enjoy the day much better). Brad asked me the other day what one of my favorite parts about being a mommy was and after a lot of thought....currently, one of my favorite things is watching Maddox learn new things. He currently counts to 3 and knows if there is one, two, or three items in front of him. He knows the letters "M" "O" and "E" and can find them on any page of a book or anywhere he might possibly see some letters...I joke that he learned to spell my name "Mom-e" I don't know why these 3 letters have stood out so much to him....but I love it!! He is learning his colors beautifully, but sometimes everything is "PINK" I have no idea that he even knew the color pink, but maybe he is letting me know to get ready for a lot of pink and prepare for a little girl...hahahah....I really have no idea, but you can ask him what color something is and he will say "pink" I will correct him and he will say "No, no, PINK" such a sweet silly little boy!

As I mentioned, I have had energy the last few days and I put that energy to use by putting up all of our Christmas decorations....I know, I am super early, but I wanted to enjoy it this year and not feel like I was rushing to get the tree up and then rushing to take it back down. I love it and I feel so relaxed and at peace when I see the pretty lights on the trees.....(Maddox loves the lights and the Trishmas Wree....aka the Christmas Tree...and the pretty "balls" aka ornaments)

I will take pictures and post them after a while.

Sorry this post was so random and I do not have a current picture to post; however, I will leave you with a picture of Maddox from this date last year.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Kalivoda Party of Four

This is a post I have waited roughly 13 weeks to write.

Looks like Maddox has been keeping a little secret:

(His shirt says "I'm going to be a Big Bro")

Brad and I are so excited to watch our family grow from 3 to 4 as we are preparing to welcome a new little baby Voda in May. I am about 13 weeks pregnant and we had our first ultrasound yesterday....everything is looking great....good strong heartbeat and it look like he/she was sucking its thumb.
Wow, this pregnancy has already proven to be much different than the first (which I expected). I did not have any morning sickness with Maddox and had a great appetite; however, my body is responding much differently this go around and I had all day morning sickness for about 8 weeks and I still do not have a huge appetite....Brad says it has to be a girl :) I am however feeling much better and I am gradually gaining more and more energy...I'm not sure how I run out of energy by the end of the day...its not like I am chasing a very active 21 month old around all day...hahah. Brad and I are both excited to have these little ones close in age and we pray they have an amazing bond and we can keep our sanity..hahah!!!
I have to say a special thank you to my amazing husband. I have been a ball of emotions this past week and he was been so supportive and uplifting and helps me laugh at the crazy hormones. Thank you Brad for your constant support and how patient you are with me....you are amazing and I love you more and more everyday.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Always Learning

Once again, the Lord is using this precious little boy to teach me more and more about His love and faithfulness. Let me attempt to put into words what the Lord showed me today. Maddox has entered a phase for a while now where he will drop or throw things that he actually wants and then get upset if he cannot reach them (when he is in his car seat, high chair or crib). Lately he has started to throw Raffie (his lovie, blanket, best friend) out of his crib and then he gets upset because he cannot get him back until I come in and give him to him. Well, this reminds me of my relationship with the Lord. Just like Maddox loves his Raffie and wants him by his side at all times, he has a laps of judgement and thinks for a second "I'll be okay if I throw him out of here for a little while. I don't have to have Raffie with me in my crib." Then Maddox immediately regrets that decision and needs help getting him back. My relationship with Christ is often somewhat similar. I love the Lord and want Him with me all through the day and night. I need Him to guide me, be my friend and love on me; however, there are times when I let myself think "Oh, I am sure I can handle this on my own. I don't have to have Jesus with me right now, I'll be fine." And more often than I like to admit, I push Him aside and attempt to live my life alone; however, I immediately regret that decision and desperately call for Him back. Now, unlike Maddox and Raffie, the Lord is right there as soon as I ask. Thank you Jesus for blessing our lives and showing us more and more of your love and faithfulness



Here are a few pictures from a couple weekends ago when we visited the Vodas!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

I thought it would be fun to post a few pictures from Halloween last year and have a few giggles!!!


Maddox the Monkey!!

Maddox stuffed in the penguin costume that did not fit at all :)



And on this Halloween 2009, here is our handsome pirate!