Sunday, August 16, 2009

My Beautiful Chaos ...













The house was absolutely bursting with life this weekend.Just what I needed,coming off the past week.We had ALL the kids home together at one point or another.Of course the "boys",Matt,Danny and Brandon, were here as well.Brandon actually heads to college in Arizona on Tuesday.He's off to play football at the University of Arizona.We will sure miss him around here.I think Miss Zoey most especially.He is an outstanding young man.One we have been so proud to having hanging around here for the better part of almost two years.He is going to do great.We know that.It's just Taylor's fragile heart we're most worried about.As for the rest of the crew,Jess did head up to San Francisco for a friends wedding but by Sunday evening we were all under one roof.Of course the day had to come to a close at one point or another.Danny,Caitlin and Charlie had to get back to their own life in San Diego but that is just how it goes.I'll take what time I can have with them and know how lucky I am that they even want to venture our way.Speaking of Charlie ... she is just perfect.Delicate and oh my,is that little peanut strong.Charlotte just turned 5 weeks old and if you can believe it,I do have multiple pieces of video evidence if need be but Charlotte rolls.Yes,rolls.Put her on her tummy and she rolls to her back.Never have seen anything like it in my life.Zoey was so great with her.Danny and Caitlin also brought her a darling baby doll to love on as practice too.For the most part,Zoey was so very gentle,with the occasional ever so quick "extra pat" but other then that she really just wanted to be close to her.When Charlie was crying,Zoey would make a sad face and was very concerned and had to be brought closer to check it out for herself.You can see her doing it in a few of the pictures.The boys played the very proud uncle roles and the rest of us certainly soaked up our time with her too.I always dreamed of having a large family.I never believed it would actually come to fruition,so when we are all together,I gaze around and am filled with such gratitude for these lives I have been blessed and entrusted with.Everything always somehow circles back to Zoey and her life and the gifts with which it brought.I think, or rather I know, we stop and cherish the days like the last few we have had, just a bit more fully.After the journey of the last 9 months,how could we not.After the scare of the past week, we are called to all the more.

*The past week has left me a bit behind on getting bracelets out so if you have placed and order,please know they will go out tomorrow.Thank you for your patience and understanding.

21 comments:

Cheri said...

Sounds like the PERFECT weekend. Charlie is getting SO BIG, she is just beautiful! I LOVE the picture of Zoey leaning over to see Charlie in the bouncy seat...her little eyes just show how engrossed she is in her...too cute!!

stephanie said...

I love that your kids were all home for you to love. What a beautiful family picture.It's amazing, isn't it?
Charlie is scrumptious!!! Another strong one you've got there.
How is Taylor going to handle the separation? Goodness, that's going to be hard on her. Praying for her heart.
Love seeing evertone healthy and happy. All my love!

mommaof4wife2r said...

how delightful to have all of your kids at one place...so awesome. you all just beem with love. and those faces, well, too precious!

The VW's said...

What a BEAUTIFUL family!!!

Bea Braun said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!

Hope said...

I'm sorry I didn't comment your last few posts, especially when it was good news (I was out of town). I'm so happy it wasn't Leukemia. Your family is gorgeous. Give Zoey kisses from Ava.

Anna said...

just what I thought you needed! There is nothing like having our older children back home is there? the laughter and the house being full of love again. I think with our age we just have more wisdom.

Anonymous said...

Love "Aunt Zoey" watching over her niece so closely and with concern & love. Beautiful to see!

Charlie is beautiful beyond words!. All the photos were awesome - every one!

Thank you for sharing your weekend with all of us in blogland.

Aunt Bluebelle/Loraine

sturpin said...

I love happy posts!!

Anonymous said...

Mark - just was going back to review photos - noticed in photo Caitlin holding Charlie - on the mantle - GG & Grandpa's clock! They would be "tickled pink".

PS "GG" (Mark's grandmother, blog land) - would be "over the moon" with a new generation!!!

Bluebelle

scrappy quilter said...

Awe that is so special having all your kids at home. Your granddaughter is beautiful. And Zoey, the pictures with her in are just precious. What an amazing family you have. Hugs..

Anonymous said...

Beautiful family! So many blessings!

Ami G

Melissa said...

What a beautiful weekend you had! Isn't it wonderful having all of your Family around!
Love the photos:)

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I want you to know that I often come to your blog for inspiration. I may not leave comments, but I certainly read your uplifting words.

You encourage me Heather. I'm going through this "thing" right now & I'm so thankful that you understand. In time, I know that this too shall pass. For now, people like you make my days so much better!!
Again, I can't thank you for being you & Zoey....you're too precious!!
{{HUGS}} & In God's Love

Cammie Heflin said...

She is adorable!

Googsmom said...

You have an awesome family Heather!! Great pic's. {{{HUGS}}}} for Zoey

Kele said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the pics of Z and Charlie! Have snuck a peek at the last two posts just haven't commented, my computer is on the brink... can you even imagine life without my computer?!?!? It very well may happen in the next week!!
Love to all of you! Miss you and I am dying to catch up, it has been somewhat crazy the past week but will call in a day or two in the hopes of catching you!
DON'T you dare be teasing me about a fall visit?!?!? The thought of that makes me as giddy as a 5 year old on christmas morning!!!!

Anonymous said...

Can everyone be there again next week when Michelle and I come??? I can't wait to see everyone!Only 9 more days!
Lisa

Anonymous said...

Don't you love the chaos? I do...it doesn't get any better than that...until another grandbaby arrives. And they will. Soon enough your coach will be overflowing. I love reading happy news.
kathleen

Kristen's mom said...

Wow! Our families are too similar. 4 girls 2 boys just wait...the original 8 in your family will grow fast. We are up to 15 for sunday dinner and 17 if a couple boyfriends show up. It is a wonderful thing. Isn't it a wonderful thing to get things back to some kind of normal.

Stephanie said...

Oh goodness, You haven't put a new post up in a couple of days but I just keep coming back anyway to look at that beautiful family of yours.

Ruby's Mom said...

I just love ,love the photo of Zoey looking closely at the baby!How absolutely precious!
What a beautiful grandbaby you have:)