Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday...


Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Colten raised money and competed in a board break a thon out at karate a couple weeks ago. He had several sponsors and raised money for the side kick foundation. The day of the event was also his birthday party so it was a little rushed but he still had a great time. Justin and I however were exhausted by the end of the day!
Claire slept through the entire thing.
Aubrey was there to cheer him on.
I love my little girl!
He was very serious about the day.

Waiting his turn.
How did he grow up SO fast?
They wrote names of the sponsors on each board. It was really neat.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The moon will rise, the sun will set but I won't forget...

Yesterday marked the five year anniversary of life with out our sweet baby boy. As always it was an emotional day. I feel very fortunate to have Colten in our lives. We can see what he would look like today, a glimpse of things he would love, and items that he may hate. We are fortunate to have a preview of what his life may have been like. We know that Jeret continued to bless us this past year. He helped his baby sister make it to the world safely, he gave us peace of mind and comfort during some scary days of a pregnancy. I feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful gardian angel. With all that being said it doesn't change the fact that it is hard. Having Colten is a blessing but he will never have a brother...a twin brother. Colten is at the age where he is extremly aware that he does have a brother. I like to think that they still have a twin connection. He is sitting her right now snuggled up next to me talking about his brother with me. It is amazing how aware he is. How he too misses his brother like crazy. I am so glad that Claire was a girl...I think it would have been extremly hard for Colten to have a brother that wasn't his twin...hard on all of us to see him close to that sibling and not want more. It is so very bittersweet. I know that if Jeret were here we would not have our girls (Aubrey because there is NO way we would have had another child quickly, and Claire because we would not have wanted four children) however we would never trade one for the other. I guess what we have to remember is his short life and the ture impact it has had on all of us. We have to thank God for his perfect plan for our lives and although we may not understand it, it is the way it is and God's plan is always great. So another year...365 more days without our precious boy, we will remember with all the sunsets, with all the laughter, with all the ups, and with all the downs we will remember our precious baby boy now and forever. Rest in peace sweet baby boy..we love you with all our hearts!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Colten...

Yesterday our sweet boy turned five years old! It seems as though he has been around forever, and then at the same time it has gone by in the blink of an eye. We were so fortunate to have had Colten fight for so hard for his life when he was born. We experienced first hand how fragile life is and feel beyond blessed to have him in our lives. At five years old you weighted in at 40 pounds which is the 43rd percent, and your height was 41 and 3/4 inches which is the 27th percentile...not bad for always being off the charts! I have loved every minute of being your mommy and am looking forward to the next five years with you. At five years old you are beyond thrilled to be doing karate, soccer, and attend baseball camp. You can be overly competitive but we will take you that way! Little man you are sweet, caring, and LOVE your little sisters. Colten I hope you always know how truly loved you are. I hope you know that your parents will support you and cheer you on in every aspect of our lives. Thank you for fighting so hard for your life five years ago. I cannot imagine life without you and I pray we never have to. Thanks for bringing us so much love and happiness!

KSU Basketball...

Claire has enjoyed LOTS of basketball games this season with her parents, and her siblings. There is definitely another wildcat in our household as she loves the lights, noises, and people that go along with each game. She also traveled to Wichita, and Kansas City to watch the cats play...a true fan for sure!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cousin Fun...

We are so blessed to have so many cousins around! Lately we have been blessed to spend lots of time with all of them!

Merry Christmas...

Sunday, December 18, 2011