ARTHUR IS 2 MONTHS!

β«ΈΒ π•‹π• π•‘Β π•‹π•–π•ŸΒ π•‹π•šπ••π•“π•šπ•₯𝕀 ⫷ β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” βž™ 11 pounds, 13 ounces  βž™ 22.25 inches long βž™ gives the most adorable genuine smiles  βž™ loves to have babbling conversations βž™ β€œSmiley Spitter-Upper”  βž™ completed a 7-hour road-trip vacation βž™ sleeps 6-8 hour stretches at night βž™ favorites: blue binky & finger nibbling  βž™ enjoys long warm baths with Mama βž™ prefers lullabies over white noise  β«Έ π•„π•’π•žπ•’β€™π•€ π•„𝕠𝕀π•₯ π•„𝕒𝕣𝕧𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕦𝕀 π•„π• π•žπ•–π•Ÿπ•₯ β«· β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” Contrary to timeContinue reading “ARTHUR IS 2 MONTHS!”

𝗑𝗒𝗧 β€œπ—§π—ͺ𝗒” 𝗙𝗔π—₯ π—”π—ͺ𝗔𝗬…πŸŽ‚

Oh Theodore, you would’ve been TWO today…Β  I remember this moment…Β  I remember being so thrilled that you were β€œcomfortable” enough on this particular day to lay β€˜chest to chest’ with mommy; feeling your chest rise and fall with each breath against mine was well worth recruiting someone to help coordinate the process of delicatelyContinue reading “𝗑𝗒𝗧 β€œπ—§π—ͺ𝗒” 𝗙𝗔π—₯ π—”π—ͺ𝗔𝗬…πŸŽ‚”

…It all begins and end with a kiss πŸ’‹

Think about it. The first instinct a father has when holding their precious baby is to kiss their cheek… because what feels better than fresh newborn skin pressed against your lips when no words seem significant enough to properly represent your overwhelming amount of love? Those same fathers eventually experience earthly departures, yet that sameContinue reading “…It all begins and end with a kiss πŸ’‹”

⚑️WONDER WOMAN IS 6⚑️

I laughed when this little β€œsuperhero” requested a β€˜Wonder Woman Birthday’ because prior to last month, the words were never even in her vocabulary… Ironically, her β€˜silly thought’ quickly evolved to a very β€˜appropriate suggestion’, as I soon began to realize that MacKenna casted herself for the perfect role… I think back over the pastContinue reading “⚑️WONDER WOMAN IS 6⚑️”

1 Year In Heaven…πŸ‘Ό

Tomorrow, April 9, 2020 – My heart broke the same day yours was made whole… And although I miss you more with every beat of my broken heart, I’d gladly give-up a piece of my heart, to know that God has replaced the missing piece of yours… I hope you know how absolutely, incredibly PERFECTContinue reading “1 Year In Heaven…πŸ‘Ό”

A Special Gift πŸ°βœοΈ

β€œTheodore picked out this stuffed bunny as a special gift for you, right before he went up to heaven to live with Jesus…” That’s what we had to tell our 4-year-old three days before Easter last year. As tears welled-up in MacKenna’s eyes, she was devastated, yet grateful all at the same time. She couldn’tContinue reading “A Special Gift πŸ°βœοΈ”

live. love. & smile.

2020, if you’ve taught me anything, it is that a smile can both disguise pain and exude joy all. at. the. same. time… It is that sadness and happiness know how to coexist if you’ll allow them… It is that grieving can last a lifetime, but family lasts longer; family bonds are eternal… Yes, 2020,Continue reading “live. love. & smile.”

6 MONTHS GONE

Hi Theodore,Momma here…Today, marks 6 months.Half a year since I’ve looked into those fierce eyes.I have nothing profound to say,besides “I love you more than life itself”.Β Thank you for filling my arms for 223 days.It’s your strength that has quite literally become mine.Just one thought of your courage empowers me to do absolutely anything.And itContinue reading “6 MONTHS GONE”

ALIVE IN THE SHADOWS

Happy 1st Birthday, my sweet Theodore. Mommy wanted to do something extra special to honor your beautiful soul; an eternal soul that is still very much alive.  From the day you were born, it was always your soul that touched me more than your body. Even on your birthday, they whisked you away for the first openContinue reading “ALIVE IN THE SHADOWS”

DADDY’S ARMS

Little did I know that this would be your last picture with Theodore. And the more I stare at it, the more I realize how this final moment with your son perfectly summarized your entire relationship. Theodore always felt safe in his daddy’s arms. And you, Michael Nelson, are the pillar of strength for ourContinue reading “DADDY’S ARMS”