This is the amazing story of our micro preemie, John Craig. He was born on November 30, 2005 at 24 weeks and 5 days gestation. He weighed 1 pound 8 ounces and was 12 inches long. John is a true miracle and an inspiration to all that meet him!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29.11

Friday, October 30, 2009

RIP Circle #1

Unfortunately, we had to say good bye to our beloved Circle. He lived a short but happy life!!!

Circle just couldn't hang on any longer.....the mold and mushiness completely took over.

So, we said our good byes and headed off to McDonald Ranch to find his replacement...

We love you Circle 2!!!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Giddy Up

It's that time of year again....time to start Hippotherapy!!!!!!! If you remember, last year I took John all the way to Mesa for was a loooooooong drive but well worth it. Anyhow, I am so excited because we just got a call from the owner of the clinic and she has an opening at the stable near us. We don't start until November 6th though so in the mean time this will have to tide him over...

Now that's some serious riding:)

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Uncle Craig, Aunt Alli & Baby Lindley

My Brother and Sister-in-law are in town for the week....we are loving every minute of it and DON'T want them to go home:(

Uncle Craig and Hope!

He's going to be a great Daddy...can't wait to meet my new niece after the Holidays!!!

John conned him into reading 10 (or more) books!!!

John Craig and Uncle Craig...two of my favorite people!

Aunt Alli (and Baby Lindley) singing to Hope....she's a natural.

I love this picture.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Friday Night!

Here are pictures from our wild and crazy Friday night...insert sarcasm here!!!

Watching TV upside down:)
Sound asleep!

And for the record, she slept through the night for the very first time on Friday....hasn't done it again since though:(
John giving Sissy a kiss good night....on her foot!!!!

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Saturday, October 17, 2009


Daddy bought John (and Hope) 4 pumpkins at the store the other night. So today we put together Mr. Pumpkin Head!

John used his strong muscles to help put Mr. Pumpkin Head's arm in place......and he put it exactly where he wanted it to go!

He is so proud and rightfully so. He did this all by himself...all Daddy did was help push the pieces in.
Little Hope watched from the sidelines!
And here he is.....Circle!!!

I asked John what he wanted to name his pumpkin and he drew a circle with his hand and said, Circle.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Good Life!

Life has never been better......I have a wonderful husband who works hard to provide for our family yet still is VERY hands on with the kids (and the housework!) John and Hope are perfect in my eyes and everything I had hoped and prayed for. Life is good!!!

Little Miss. Hope reached 10 pounds yesterday, had her first bath in the sink (much easier on the back) and slept in her crib (in her room) for the first time last night. She is sleeping longer at night....usually waking between 2:00am and 3:00am for a feed and then going right back to sleep. She is taking 3 naps a day and just starting smiling and cooing. She is a very easy baby and we are enjoying every second spent with her.

My Little Man continues to amaze us. He is talking so much more and will try to repeat any word you ask him too.....his little voice is so sweet. He loves to read books and you can find him in his room at anytime flipping through the pages. He is very proud of his library books and loves going with Grams to the Library every few weeks.....he gets to check out 15 books each time! He loves to watch movies on the iTouch which is our saving grace at Botox and orthopedic appointments. He is eating like a champ and drinking is coming along too. Grams taught him how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on his piano and can play it on command. We will post a video of that later......

Unfortunately, he has been under the weather this week.....thankfully, no fever but a cough and runny nose that kept him home from school for three days. On Tuesday I asked him if he wanted to go to school or stay home and rest.....he did the sign for sleep:) I'm sure knowing Grams was here all day (I started back to work this week) played a huge role in his decision:) Anyhow, he is feeling much better today and we are hoping to get out of the house and enjoy this beautiful weather.

Again, life is GREAT!!!

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Sunday, October 04, 2009


John has learned the sign for corn on the cobb and has been asking for it all week!!!

Boy was it good!!!!

Hmmmm, and they said he'd never eat. I have a feeling this feeding tube is going to be out sooner than later!!!

And here he is trying out his sisters car seat. I think he may be just a tad too big :)

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

2 Months Old

I can't believe my little girl is already 2 months old.

She did great at her 2 month check up....cried for a second when she got her 3 shots but stopped the second they were done. She is brave just like her big brother.

So, at 2 months of age, Hope weighs 9 pounds 10 ounces (25%) and is 21 inches long (10%.) The Dr. is very pleased with her growth and has given us the okay to let her sleep more at far so good!

My pretty little girl at the doctors office.

I love how Daddy ALWAYS puts her in a dress!!!

My big guy wearing Daddy's hat....and looking super cool!!!

This kid cracks me up. Yes, those are the caps to his markers....can't wait till Thanksgiving when we teach him how to do that with the olives:)

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