Sunday, July 27, 2014

Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer

After having our baby, I finally picked up a book that has been sitting on my shelf for awhile. The book, Through the Deep Waters, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, was a great read right now. I enjoyed disappearing into the story line in 1884 of a young girl, Dinah, who has the desire to become a Harvey girl and escape her years of growing up in a brothel, the daughter of a prostitute. She heads to Kansas to become a chambermaid. This is a story of redemption, faith, healing, forgiveness and love. It is a mixture of romance and drama and faith. I loved to read and get to know the characters of the story. She did such a great job bringing them to life. I definitely plan to look more into her books, as I think I'd enjoy reading more of her stories.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Newborn pics

My friend Bryndi is such a talented photographer. I loved getting these pictures of Mr. Maddox at age two weeks. Check out her website-

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Maddox Mark

This pregnancy was a rough one. Yikes, from early on, I felt super sick. And puked. And laid on the floor. And puked more. Mid second trimester I felt better for awhile. And then the last trimester was pretty rough again. So needless to say, when May rolled around...I was counting down the days til baby would come out. One night I had terrible contractions (make you puke ones, for hours and hours, minutes apart). I was sure baby was ready to come and went to the hospital early the next day, bags packed. And then they stopped. And baby did not come. So I went home. I walked with my lovely friend Katie, hoping that baby would make his way into the world. Finally, it was a Tuesday night, after walking and other various activities, that contractions started. I did some work, cleaned, and watched trash TV until 2 in the morning, hoping the contractions wouldn't stop. They didn't so I decided to finally try to get a little rest until they got closer together or until morning came. I couldn't really sleep so at 4 am, I got up and showered, packed my bags, cleaned my kitchen, and folded laundry. I anxiously waited to call my midwife- wanting to try to hold out to call her closer to the time she would actually be awake. I woke up Mark finally around 6 and we got the kids  rounded up and ready to head out the door. We took them to the Roger's house and that is where we got our last family picture as a family of four. Thankful for friends you can wake up early in the morning who will love on your kids. I can't even tell you the amazing stories of our friends during/after this pregnancy. Watching kids on sick days, during appointments, running over food for your family, painting and decorating your house...and more support once we had a new babe. Seriously, the best of friends to walk with through life.


When we got to the hospital, they checked me and I was dilated to a 4-5 already. We got settled and I started to walk. I was figuring out if I wanted to get an epidural this time or not. Well, I went for the drugs. 

Here is a picture of my awesome mid-wife, Kim, who has delivered all my kiddos. We just love her. She is amazing. Now comes a pause in the pictures. My beautiful labor pics are saved for non-blogger eyes only. If you'd like to see them, ask me personally- I'm not against sharing- just not on the World Wide Web!
Labor went pretty well. Until we realized the little guy had moved and was transverse. Lets just say, things got a little rough but he made it out!

Here is the little man getting weighed after I had held him- born at 1:32 pm on May 21st. He weighed 7 lbs, 14.8 oz, and was 20 1/8 inches long. He screamed bloody murder for 20 minutes after birth. Little did we know, we'd hear that scream a lot in the next six weeks.

I love, love, love this picture. For so many reasons.

Daddy finally holding the little guy after I had nursed him. I love my hubby. He definitely rocked this third birth- moved out from behind the rocking chair that he hid behind when Addelyn was born and stood next to when Jace was born. He was taking lots of pictures through birth and moving around! Maybe if we have more kids, he'll catch the kid! Ha, not a chance!!!

Love Mr. Maddox.

Big Sis and Big Bro came up for the first time. They were super excited.

Can you tell how proud and happy Miss Addelyn is about this baby?!

Nonnie and Papa Hoskinson

First family picture as a family of five!

Papa Marvin and Nonnie Lora Kramer

Generations....with my Mom and Grandma Stewart

First bath, screamer baby!

When Jace came to visit, we all of a sudden looked over and saw what he was up to. This kid!

Sleepy baby!

This little man just wanted to suck! Within the first 24 hours we had to give him a binky. It made him much happier.

Love the sleepy daddy picture.

Daddy changing one of the first diapers- I always try to catch this picture with my babes.

Going home, my sweet little monkey! Crazy to think how fast our hospital stay went. We had great nurses and staff at Covenant. Oh I love giving birth. I know it may sound crazy but if pregnancy and child raising was easier, I would have SO MANY babies!!!!!!!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

kindergarten recap

Where does time go? This year, my sweet girl started kindergarten and it truly seemed to fly by. She started out the year as a shy and timid little girl and it is crazy to see the change in her confidence. The first many, many days, I would walk her to the door and she would hold my hand until the minute she had to go inside. She would INSIST that I wouldn't leave until the last possible second. By the end of the year, she was kissing me goodbye in the van and running up to the door. One of the last days, I offered to walk her up and she said, "Nope, I'm fine, Mom!" I still did though:) This Momma isn't ready to give that up yet! 

She had so many sweet classmates and it will be fun to get to know more of the kids and their families in the upcoming years.

Mark and I both got to go and eat lunch with her at various times through the year. One of the special days I ate with her was on her birthday. I brought her Jimmy Johns and she was pumped!

One cold special morning this year before school, we went through Starbucks for a special hot chocolate treat.

Her 100 days of school project- 100 stickers. I think we recounted this 50 times!

This is the book walk at the School Fun Fair. Oh the Fun Fair. You don't know fun until you have gone to the Fun Fair!

Her end of the year concert, she was super excited and nervous.

The end of the year Talent show- kindergarten did "Pete the Cat."

They also had an end of the year field trip to Palmers right after Maddox was born. Mark got to go with her and they had a blast- mini golfing, go-cart riding, etc!

The last day. So crazy. Mrs. Beisner was Addelyn's teacher. She absolutely loved her. She is a wonderful, sweet woman- a great first teacher for Addelyn.

She got to pick her last day of school meal- she wanted spaghetti and pink cake. So we had spaghetti and pink cake! 
Crazy to think we head off to first grade in just six weeks!