Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A few weeks ago before the little munchkin was born, we had a HUGE snowstorm!! We have a pretty big drive way area, and Bug can handle shoveling the deck and stairs, the front sidewalk and front steps. BUT...the driveway is impossible, that is why we have a plow for our four-wheeler. Unfortunately Hunter Dan had not gotten it hooked up yet, and with him working out of town we are kind of on our own. We were having a hard time getting in and out of our driveway, and basically only had a path from our tires in and out to the garage. A couple days after the storm when I was having a particularly hard evening, I heard a strange sound coming from outside. It was a snow-blower in my drive-way. I started bawling like a baby!! It was a neighbor from three houses down. Someone who does not go to our church, didn't know I was pregnant, and didn't know Hunter Dan was working out of town. When I went out to tell him through my tears how much this meant to me and explain the situation...he simply said "no problem, I thought something was strange because your driveway is always cleaned off by now". He spent the next hour and a half in the cold snow blowing, and then shoveling my entire driveway. I was truly touched by this act of service.
During the first couple of weeks after lil' squishy face was born I had many opportunities to see service in action...for me. I am a bit prideful I guess and don't like to ask for help, but the ladies in my ward made sure we had meals brought in, and play dates for Jibbity and Ashie during the day since Hunter Dan was back at work, and Bug and Lexlee were still at their dads for the holidays.
Just this past Monday, when I had been so sick with strep, and had no idea what I was going to do about dinner for my kids, I got a knock on my front door from my neighbor two houses down with a pan of enchiladas, applesauce, oranges, and cookies. Once again touched to tears from the thoughtfulness that came from this neighbor who has three small children of her own.
Through these examples of service that brought me such joy, relief, and love...it hit me hard that this needs to be my focus for the upcoming year. I love taking meals into people, it makes me feel good, but do I do it very often?...No. I need to try to be better at looking at other peoples needs instead of just my own. That is my goal...never pass up an opportunity to serve.
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Lil' squishy face had a weight check, and blood drawn again. The tests will be back tomorrow, I'm praying for good news. His weight was up another 4 ounces, but that still only brings him to 6 lbs 11 ounces, still 8 ounces away from his birth weight at almost 4 weeks. So I guess I will be giving him a little more formula at feedings. I'm kind of bummed about that, but we need to fatten him up. As a comparison, Bug weighed 2 ounces more when he was born, and at one month he was over ten pounds! He has never stopped since then.:-)
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I am feeling much better now, but I'm probably going to be taking Lexlee in to instacare tonight after I get back from Jibbity's dance classes. She's pretty miserable with a nasty sore throat.
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Such a lengthy post...sorry, so I'll end it with some pictures of my sweet little munchkin bum.(just for you shell)
I took the first two this morning.
Kind of skinny huh?
I know, picture overload...but this is my journal so if you made it to the end...Have a great evening!!

22 comments:

Myya said...

First off I have to tell you that I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new header!!!
In reading your post today you brought me to tears. What wonderful acts of kindness & love your neighbors & friends did. your family is lovely, and although really tiny your munchkin is still absolutely precious!!! Prayers are being said this evening for good test results for the lil man.

Shelley said...

What a little chunk of preciousness!! I love the pics of him with his siblings. I'm going to dr tomorrow for nasty sore throat as well. Good luck on baby's tests.

Krissy said...

Ashie looks so big next to your sweet little guy! Praying for the little guy to gain some weight and for Lexlee to feel better!

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

I love the new look of your blog! It looks so fresh iand vibrant!!

I'll be praying tonight you get some great test result for your little one. He is simply adorable!!!!

MiMi said...

So beautiful, the acts of kindness...the pictures...all of it!

Rhonda said...

What a great post! I am so glad others have shown you acts of kindness and touched your heart.

Sorry to hear you have been sick along with your little one. I love all the pictures. Wow, long legs and big feet! He is so precious. I just want to scoop him up. I love the pics of your kids holding him. That is priceless!


Praying for good results for all of you!

Becca said...

If you remember, Ian lost weight when he cam home from the hospital. I had to supplement with formula and I was devastated.....BUT he came back and he is HUGE now!!!!

Your little guy will get there on his own sweet time...

Take care,

~Becca

MiChElLe said...

THANK YOU!!! I love them all and I can not wait to see him! You guys all better get over this strep crap so that I can come. I have got to hold him (oh, and I want to see you to, it has been too long) Take care and I will talk to you soon. Bob's your uncle!!!

shortmama said...

Dont you just love the kindness of others, strangers and friends?!

Glad you are better and hope Lexlee recovers quickly!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

So sweet!!! Love the picture of him and his big brother hanging out. :)

Having some meals when I had my second made such a difference...one less thing to stress about. :)

Sheila said...

Oh my goodness! I am in LOVE with him! He is just too cute for words!! It makes me want another one! And his eyes are so big and beautiful!! Congratulations!
And I am with you on doing service for other people! I have so many good friends who are always doing for others....I need to start doing for them in return! Thanks for the positive attitude!

Anita said...

Beautiful baby...love those big ole eyes.

Brandy said...

your post made me cry. how wonderful for all that help! and lil squishy face it totally adorable.

Tina Fisher said...

Congratulatins! Sorry I haven't been over sooner.

Your little guy is very cute! He'll fatten up! :)

You have some nice pictures to put in your picture frame! :)

kado! said...

oh...i love all the photos...how adorable!!!!!!

Sarah Miller said...

Thank you for the reminder to not be so self focused. You have no idea how much I needed that like, TODAY!! Your family is precious and your baby will be just fine. Both of my boys had to be supplemented with formula and i'm just so thankful that we live in a day and age to have that extra little help.Hang in there!! Love you!

Gwen said...

Aw, the little guy is such a sweetie! He doesn't look skinny to me, but my kids are on the small side. Hope he keeps doing well!

Get feeling better and remember that people are willing to serve those they love, and you are loved!

Aimee said...

He's adorable! Wow, and I won the contest? Thanks! I'll email you my info. Glad you made it though the C section alright...I've had 2 of them. The first one was unexpected and awful and the second was planned and really easy!

April Riley said...

Thanks for stopping by and following my blog!

You have a beautiful family! I'm sending prayers your way for your newest addition as well as the rest of your family. God Bless!

Shea and Madilyn Broadbent said...

Does baby boy have a name yet?? :) Shea and I think he is adorable!

Vivienne said...

"How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world."
-- Wm. Shakespeare

Your neighbors sound lovely. (And I love the pictures. Precious!)

kanishk said...

Praying for the little guy to gain some weight and for Lexlee to feel better!

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