Monday, March 20, 2017

And So We Become A Family

      Buirlen is a little over 2 weeks old now. He likes snuggles, snacks, and car rides(He is certainly my kid) and is the sweetest little bundle. My mom told me that the 2 weeks after he was born would fly by in comparison to the 2 weeks leading up to his birth, and boy was she ever right. So much goodness packed in 17 days!

This makes me so happy. The man I love and our sweet baby, my heart is full.  God is so very good to me. 

      After our week long stay in the hospital, my Mom and sisters were able to come up and help out for a week. It was nice, they took care of the cooking, cleaning, and laundry. And my Mom helped out in the middle of the night and early morning when I just wanted to sleep and Buirlen didn't.

From Mamma to Ama. 

My Dad was able to come up at the end of the week to pick up my Mom and sisters. Dad loves all things tie dyed and so Buirlen got some pretty groovy clothes. 

I can't get over this outfit or the little dude wearing it!

Three generations. 

Three generations of Williams men.

My sweet Pumpkin Pie

I am so excited to get to be a stay at home mom with the Lovely Keren Ruth. Sunshiny afternoon adventures with our babies here we come. Ephraim thinks his cousin is pretty great!(Photo credits to Keren Ruth)

My friend Katy who was due the day after me finally had her baby, Brody,  almost 2 weeks after Buirlen was born. So maybe we didn't get birthday buddies like I was hoping, but I do believe that these 2 are going to be best buds. 

    And so here we are, it's the first day of Spring and life is so good! Happy Monday. 

"The family is God's greatest masterpiece." ~Unknown 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Buirlen Elder Williams

       Our sweet boy is already 10 days old. Buirlen Elder Williams arrived at 10:14 AM on March 3rd, right on his due date. He weighed 8 lbs 1 oz(Though he has now passed his birth weight) and is 22 1/2 inches long. He has a head of fluffy blond hair, a cute birthmark on his wrist, and long fingers and toes, He is perfect and has stolen our hearts. His arrival, however, did not go quite as we had planned.
      I started having contractions on Thursday night and we headed to the hospital in the early hours of Friday morning. I ended up having a c-section because after 4 hours of pushing, he wasn't making any progress. Unfortunately all of this lead to some pretty severe bruising on his poor little head. As his body worked to heal the bruise he started getting really jaundiced. All of this landed us a week long stay in the hospital.
    He was in the special care nursery for all of that except the last day. They put him under the bilirubin lights on Sunday and he stayed there till Friday morning. He was also on an IV to help get his blood sugar up, a O2 sat monitor, as well as a heart monitor. We were able to stay in our hospital room even after I was discharged, though we almost had to leave one day, due to a large amount of patients coming in, but thankfully we never had to. The nurses in the nursery would call us whenever he needed to be fed, so basically we spent the week bouncing back and forth between our room and the nursery.
     This was certainly a week of emotional ups and downs. There was never a time when sweet Buirlen had any critical needs, but it was hard at times non the less. We were very blessed to have some of the best nurses ever! They were incredibly kind, encouraging, and reassuring through everything that came our way. Thank you to all the nurses out there who bend over backwards to not only take care of your patients, but the families as well. You are awesome!
    And God is so very faithful, he gave us this sweet boy and He has been with us through all the ups and downs from the very beginning. Through this journey, I've been thinking about the verse             1 Samuel 1:27 "I prayed for this child,  and the LORD has granted me what I asked of Him."          There were days when I wondered if I would ever get to have a baby of my own. And yet, here I sit today with the most precious little boy I could have ever imagined. I am excited to see the adventures that lay ahead with this boy.

I have loved watching this guy fall in love with his baby.

Wearing a big bulky cast over his IV. We sure were glad when that finally came out. 

My heart!!!

For awhile they wanted us supplementing him because he wasn't gaining much weight due to the bilirubin lights. So we fed him with a syringe after I'd nurse. 

Looking a little loopy after dinner. 

Meeting Ama and Poppy Shearer

The Blue Light Special. 

So very snuggly!

Early Friday morning, one week after he was born, he was wire free and done with the lights and they brought him down to our room. That was pretty awesome. 

Sweet smiles

 And then we got to go home!

Uncle Jesse

Grandma Bonnie

3 generations of Williams

Adventures ahead...They're going to be good!

"A baby fills a place in your heart you never knew was empty." ~Unknown

"A new baby is like the beginning of all things...hope, a dream of possibilities."  ~Eda LaShan

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Goodbyes and Hellos

      Today was the end of something beautiful. I turned in my key and walked out of school for the last official time. I've been feeling the bittersweetness of this day as it drew near, but I didn't realize it would hit me quite as hard as it did. This was my fourth year at Heartland Christian Academy and they were amazing years. I learned so much working there and have been truly blessed to be Mrs. Williams the 3rd and 4th grade teacher. I've grown and learned, been taught lessons and laughed. I've been frustrated and overjoyed and I am so thankful for all of it.
      I got hired for the job a week before school started back in 2013. I was thrown into it and started learning right away. I've never enjoyed a job quite as much as I did working there. I was beyond blessed by the women I worked with and created some very strong friendships. God is so very good!
     And now comes my next job, being a mom. A job that I have dreamed about and waited for. It is going to be so good. Adventures Ahead!

The week before I started at Heartland, getting my room in order.(Photo credits to the Lovely Keren Ruth)

It's a good place and I look forward to stopping in throughout the rest of the year for things like science fair!

Saying goodbye to my classroom today. 

This morning at assembly, they had me come up so they could pray for me and give me this lovely painting. It's the fingerprints of everyone at school. Pretty sweet!

And now Baby Williams, please feel free to make your appearance(My due date is Friday). I can't wait to meet you!

"Every story has an end, but in life, every end is a new beginning." ~Unknown

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Life Lately and the Waiting Game

      Sunday evening is here and we are at the beginning of a new week. Life is good and beauty abounds. We have been having some of the most ridiculous February weather. It has been in the 40's and 50's. It is so warm and when that is coupled with sunshine, it just doesn't get much better. On Friday, I took the kids out and we enjoyed the sunshine. They had to wear snow pants and boots due to the mounds of melting snow, but other than that we were in shirt sleeves and sweatshirts.
      It's also getting lighter in the mornings, to the point that the sun is pretty much up by the time I get to school in the morning and I'm starting to hear birds singing. There is something about those first sounds of bird song in the late winter that always fill me with joy and peace. I am the first person to get to school in the mornings, and I will often get out of my car, stop, and just listen to the sweet sound. It makes me smile.
      Speaking of school, things are starting to get real around here. My sub starts this week, I will be working with her for about a week before I am done(unless Baby Williams decides to come earlier than his due date, which is less than 2 weeks away!!!!) It is a little bittersweet. I am so excited about becoming a mom and all that but I also know that I am going to miss to Heartland Christian Academy and teaching. It has been a truly amazing blessing to work there. I think God pretty much tailor made that job for me. I was just out of college and starting to think that I wouldn't find a job that year when I got called for a interview a week before school started. I have had such a wonderful time gathering stories, creating memories, laughing over the things students say and do, and building friendships.
     But like I said, Baby Williams is due in less than 2 weeks and the excitement is mounting. I have been thinking about how waiting for a baby is unlike waiting for anything else because the date you are counting down to is really just a rough estimate. Who knows when he will decide to show his face. I can hardly wait. I've decided that elephants must be his thing because he already has three of them as well as a couple blankets with elephants on them. I'm good with that.

    I have discovered that making double thick receiving blankets is a rather quick and easy project, plus they are fun to personalize with some embroidery. I started this one yesterday. 

      And then there is music. I don't know about you, but music has a way of imprinting in my brain in a very strong way. I associate times in my life with the different songs that I was listening to at the time. Also, when I find a song I like, I tend to listen to it on repeat(sometimes to the chagrin of the people around me). One artist that I particularly like is Owl City. I was first introduced to it by My Love before we even started dating. In some ways, I would say that we fell in love to a sound track of Owl City, and it continues to be music that is able to take me to my happy place. I bring this up, because today the Lovely Keren Ruth sent me a text to let me know about a new Owl City song she had discovered, it has been on repeat around here this evening. Go ahead and enjoy!

     As for things I've been learning lately. In my journey of changing my perspective and finding Jesus in a new way, I'm coming to the realization that I simply cannot listen to the voice of worry that so often pops up in my head. It seems like this should be common sense, and believe me, my husband has told me this on many occasions, but I am silly and sometimes I need to come to realizations on my own in order for them to stick. I just can't give that voice the time of day, no matter how persistent it is. Also, I need to be extra vigilant to guard my thoughts when I am tired. Because when I am tired, I am completely irrational and loose my line of defense against fear. 
    Another thing I realized the other day(Though My Love has tried to get me to see this before) is that I simply have got to stop looking backwards. I get so caught up in the past, in whether I should or should not have done something that I trip myself up in my forward motion. It's like I try to move forward by walking backwards. Sure I may make it a few steps, but inevitably, I run into something or fall over. If I am going to move forward, then that is where my eyes have to be. 
     Well, that about sums it up for now. May the week ahead of you be as lovely as the weather around here as been. Keep your eyes forward and remember that The One who created music is writing the soundtrack of your life and it's a beautiful thing! Happy Sunday. 

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." ~Omar Khayyam