Sunday, January 16, 2011

Remembering Haiti

It has been a little over a year since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. The 82nd airborne 2nd Brigade were there to help (along with Marines and Navy). John's company got there a few days after the earthquake. They were there a little over 2 months. They worked in and around the capitol. Here are some pictures of John and the company working..

Here the guys were establishing a landing zone to load patients and take them to the USS Comfort. The hospitol is behind the capitol building.

 The first three days in Haiti the guys lived in a storage compound. It only had walls no roof. Then the guys moved to this school house and lived the rest of the time there. At this point they were getting pretty skinny only living on two meals a day.

I am a proud military wife and proud of the work that my husband and the rest of the 82nd Airborne did. There is still a lot of work to be done there. Please continue to pray for the people of Haiti.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Eliza's Birthday

I have been meaning to write about my little 3 year old! Eliza just turned 3 on December 29th. My little Christmas baby. I was in labor for about 3 days and was soooo sick. I had to go into the hospital for fluids three times. That last time I walked in and was almost 7 centimeters...they had to keep me!!! 6 hours later she was born. The girls were 13 months apart soooo from that day on I was really on the move!

Her 1st birthday...she was sick and not feeling good this day :(

I can hardly remember her this little. It really does go by so fast!

Her 2nd birthday celebrated at Gigi and Poppi's

3rd birthday...combined with Anna's birthday. I am still trying to decide what is best. I don't know how long I can combine their birthdays. The 29th is so close to Christmas that it is hard to celebrate then. I don't know...Anyone have any suggestions?

Eliza is so sweet, so LOUD (she has two volumes..loud and very loud) and very smart (she potty trained in just a few short days)! She loves her older sister and baby sister. She is always on the move. She makes me laugh with some of the wild things she says. She can be a little dramatic about foods and bad smells. This is just a little about our red head. We love you Liza!!

Snow day..

We got some snow!! The girls loved it. We had such a fun time playing out in the snow. I say this every year, but I am going to invest in more winter gear for next winter. It is so much more fun when you wear the right clothes. Eliza below is wearing about 3 pairs of socks on her hands.

I didn't take this little girl out. It was way too cold, but this was a picture of her yesterday and I just love this big smile. She has two faces when she smiles. This huge open mouth smile and then a smile where she squints her eyes and looks chinese. I love both. She is the sweetest baby.

Some favorite pictures of Papa

These are just a few pictures....

He was such a sweet man and he loved all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.. and grand dogs too :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011



My little ballerina's

Such sweet sisters

Christmas morning


Papa and Eliza

Marmee and Abigail

David and Kaitlin (such a cute couple)

Alden and Abigail

Cousins Camryn and Caleb (wish we could see y'all more often!)

This year we had a really wonderful Christmas together as a family. We went to my parents home and then the Monday after Christmas we went to Marmee and Papa's house (grandparents). It was great seeing family that we haven't seen in a really long time. It was an emotional, but special time as we gathered in there living room and Papa told us how much he loved us, meant to him, and was proud of us. He then prayed. It is a time I am so very thankful for even though it was hard. He knew, we knew, that it would be his last Christmas. Papa passed away January 2nd and went to be with the Lord. My Mom described it best when she said that my heart has not caught up with my head. That is how I feel. Intellectually, I know he is with the Lord. He feels no pain, no sorrow and is fully healed. My heart, though, is hurting. I am still so emotional and sad. He was such an amazing grandfather and I am so blessed to have had him in my life for 30 years! I know with time my heart will catch up to my head!