He Fills My Life With Good Things

Family and friends-
We hope you are all doing so well and having a great summer so far!

Annalise and I just came back from our first road trip! We had a mother/daughter trip while daddy was away at church camp. Going to my hometown to hang out with family was incredible. Annalise was of course spoiled by all and she loved being able to hang out with her cousins! We even got to go to one of my nephews T-ball games! We had a great time and are looking forward to being able to go again sometime.
Now that we are finally reunited with daddy, it’s time to cuddle up and relax…. Until tomorrow. πŸ˜‰ Early Monday morning, we are headed out and going to Florida!!! (So tomorrow starts laundry and packing.) Kevin and I have actually never gone on a vacation together- or had a honeymoon for that matter- so we are SO extremely excited for this opportunity AND even more excited to share it with our sweet Annalise! We will be spending a week with (most of) Kev’s side of the family and we cannot wait! God has blessed us so, so much.
I cannot wait to show you all pics when we get back. I’m pretty sure Annalise is going to LOVE the beach! 😜
Since the last blog post, we got to celebrate Father’s Day, celebrate her turning 4 months old, have her normal weekly checkups and we revisited Annalise’s neurosurgeon.
We loved being able to spoil daddy this Father’s Day. It was a great reminder on how our Heavenly Father is so loving and gracious towards each and every one of us. His love is unfathomable and so overwhelming. I’m so thankful God put Annalise on our journey because I have got to witness a side of Kevin that fills me with such joy. I don’t know if this is even possible, but I have an even greater appreciation for that man and who he is as a person.
Last week, we had a visit with the neurosurgeon to check up on her shunt. Because she is doing so well with having it and has exceeded their expectations, we don’t have to go back to visit him for another 6 months! (Praise the Lord!) We are so thankful that the shunt is working perfectly so far and hasn’t caused any problems! We will continue to monitor it for infections and blockage but for now we are so appreciative for our neurosurgeon who apparently knew what he was doing. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ
Our little girl is finally becoming slightly chunky and I love it! Baby fat rolls are seriously the cutest thing. She is almost to 12 pounds and is 24.5 inches long. Although most of her NB size clothes still fit, there are some 0-3 size clothes that are starting to fit! She needs to chunk up just a little bit more though because all of her adorable summer outfits are size 3! And I want to put them on her so bad! 😜
Annalise continues to amaze me each and every day. I absolutely love being able to stay home with her. And that is possible mainly because of you guys donating to our gofundme. I cannot even muster up the words to explain how grateful I am for that. Being able to watch her do things she was never supposed to do, give her the therapies and attention she needs to gain the strength and ability to continue doing things, and helping her learn is more remarkable and rewarding than I ever thought possible. She has taught me so much about myself and about our God than any other situation that I have encountered. I will forever be grateful to the people that helped make that possible. So thank you.
Although the journey isn’t always easy, I have so much to praise God for. I know that you do too. Remember- no matter where your journey takes you… No matter how hard or how difficult… You can always count your blessings. Recognize that He fills your life with good things. He loves you and cares so much for you! That will never change. (Psalm 103:1-5)
I’m so excited for this next week and I can’t wait to share it all with you when we get back! Until then… Here’s the last couple of weeks in pictures πŸ˜‰

Have an amazing weekend and week until we get back to update you again!

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4 comments

  1. Jennifer Walsh · June 27, 2015

    I do not know you but have followed your story since before your beautiful daughter was born. She is such an amazing baby and God is such an amazing God to bless you with her. Enjoy your journey. Much love from Kentucky!

    P.S. Her facial expressions make me laugh every time I see your updates. Adorable!

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  2. Andrea · June 27, 2015

    Although I haven’t commented before, I’ve been following your blog for a couple months now. Annalise is beautiful and such a blessing! Thank you for all your posts and pictures. What a testament to God’s amazing love you are! And I love that Annalise’s cheeks are chubby now! So cute!

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  3. rhondasdoings · June 27, 2015

    She is absolutely precious and yes, a blessing and gift from God! Rejoicing with you in your darling girl! She is a miracle!

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  4. Allison · June 27, 2015

    Love her!!! You have been blessed and I have been blessed by getting to know her through your blogging. She is amazing and is going to do amazing things in her life. Have a wonderful, safe, fun vacation.
    Can’t wait to see the pictures.

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