Friday, August 29, 2008

Diamonds are a girls best friend

Thank you so much I Love Pink! She just gave me my first Blog award! How sweet is that! I absolutely love reading her blog. She has a precious little girl and is pregnant with her second. OK, she doesn't know what the sex is, but I always bet on PINK. Check her out here I still don't know how to do the linky thing, sad I know. You will immediately see why I am so drawn to her blog. Just check out her daughters smocked dresses complete with a matching bow. Love it!

You are supposed to post about the award and link the one who awarded you. Then you award 7 others and let them know they have received a diamond!

I pass this award to the following: :) my sister


Today was Madi's first day of preschool, and well, you can see how the morning started out. She was so afraid that she would have nap time that she could not even pull herself together. When we pulled up to our church she screams,"this is church!" From then on out it was smooth sailing. We were even more excited when Miss.Jesse greeted her at the door. Miss.Jesse was her assistant soccer coach at camp this past summer. Oh, and the room had 2 cash registers! Even better.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Just to clear something up

I just wanted to clear something up about my last post, Ashlyn living with her father. This decision was not made while I was in SC for 2 weeks.I know the way I posted it, it sounded like that, but this was a decision that I had prayed about and spoke with our pastor about over a month ago. I did not make the decision over night, I just wasn't ready to talk about it a month ago when it all happened. I have always known that Ashlyn loves me and no one will ever take that bond away. Ashlyn is my first born child, and was a miracle from birth. When I began praying about this difficult decision, my prayer was that I do God's will, and even if it was not the best for me, I wanted it to be the best decision for her. I did very much want to keep her for selfish reasons, but my heart knew what was the right thing to do. Ashlyn may want to come back home one day, and she knows she can, but I have peace with my decision and that is what I prayed for. Peace. I talk to her several times a day, and she is always with cousins,grandparents and sounds so happy. This makes the pain easier to deal with. It is by far the hardest thing I have ever done, but I know one day she will look back and know that her Mommy loved her that much that I put her happiness in front of mine.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Back home

We are back! I had so much fun over the past two weeks, and was definitely spoiled by having all of my family in the same town! I spent time with my grandparents,cousins,nephews and nieces, sisters, mom and dad! It was great! I feel very blessed to have such a big family, and I hope and pray that one day we will be back in SC! Keep your fingers crossed!

Madi starts pre-school tomorrow, and soccer September 1st! Guess who is her coach! Yep, her daddy! This will be interesting!

Ashlyn started third grade and loves her new teacher! I do too, she is precious! They had Ashlyn's desk right in front the first day! She must have known that my oldest is a little talker :)
They do not have to wear uniforms this year, so Ashlyn could not be happier! I loved uniforms, but she did not!

We fed the ducks at my dad's house, and to put it blunt, these ducks were CRAZY! They chased us and would get as close to you as you would allow! We threw the bread at them and ran!

This was the hardest trip back! I left Ashlyn in South Carolina with her Dad. Ever since Ashlyn's father and I divorced, she has lived with me, and Robbie saw her every week. Basically whenever he wanted to, which was a lot. Ashlyn never wanted to move to Florida away from all of the family, her friends and the church! I made a deal with her and told her that she had to give it at least 6 months, and if she still felt unhappy, that we would talk about her living with her Dad. Robbie and his family have always been a huge part of her life, and his parents are like a second set of parents to her. They are truly remarkable in the way they love that child as their own! Ashlyn tried Florida for 6 months, and still cried to go live with Robbie. I felt like someone had ripped my heart out of my chest! Ashlyn is very mature, and knows what she wants. I could tell that my child was miserable, and as a parent, that killed me! I will have her all summer, long school breaks, and any weekend that I choose to go get her! The roles have really reversed, and this is the hardest thing I have ever had to do as a Mom. The entire way home, I kept looking around thinking I was forgetting something! It was her! I do not like being here away from everyone, so how could I expect her to like it! I know that one day we will be back in the Carolinas, and then she will be able to go back and forth like she did last year. I did take her to meet her teacher, and I picked her up from school several times while I was there. We spent the entire days together, and I will miss that so much! I will not be able to put notes in her lunch box, or lay out her school clothes! Please pray for me that I will get through this! Luckily my girls are used to Ashlyn being gone every other weekend, so they just think Sissy is at Robbie's again. I will definitely be racking up frequent flier miles! I just wanted to share this with you so when you don't see Ashlyn in all of my pictures, you will know why. Also, so I could get your prayers. Ashlyn is taking piano lessons from my mom on Monday's, and spending a lot of time with my sisters! This does make it easier! I love you sweet girl, and Mommy will see you soon on your birthday in 3 weeks! Study hard and remember to use your manners! Always be a young lady, and don't forget to call your mommy before bed!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Our "photo shoot"

We had so much fun today! The girls did great, and here are a few of our favorites!

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My 4 beautiful girls

My Dad helped me with the "photo shoot" this weekend! We are in SC for the last few days of summer!
Thanks for all the help Papa!
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Monday, August 11, 2008


Just got back from a long weekend in Naples,FL at the brother-in laws! Great weekend! I will post pictures in the morning! I am going to bed! Sleep tight!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A tooth!

Guess who has a tooth! Can you believe it? Allie Grace is only 4 months/2 weeks and already has a bottom tooth! No wonder she has been so fussy and not sleeping! It has already popped through and you can see the top of it! Too cute! I tried to take a picture, but it came out way to blurry! You will be able to see it very soon in pictures, I'm sure!

Monday, August 4, 2008

A big girl day!

Ashlyn always asks ,"Mommy, when can we go have big girl time?". Well, this day we did! Just the two of us! Bill got us 2 nights at the Nickelodeon Hotel and we had a ball. She even got slimed! It is hard for us to have free time now that I have the 3 little ones, so I really cherish days like this! I enjoy being with her and I can not believe how big she is getting! I can not believe my first born daughter will be 9 in September! Oh how time flies!