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

Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Day After

If the day after Christmas isn't depressing enough......Johnny had a dentist appointment on top of it.  It was all good news though....no cavities and his permanent tooth is coming in perfectly white!


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Christmas Morn 2011


It was a WONDERFUL Christmas in the Birtch household!!!!

We were awoken (WAY before the sun) to the sweet sounds of our little boy.  All we heard was, "OH MY GOSH!" And the tearing of wrapping paper:)  Yes, John dove right in.....all by myself.  We had to go wake Hopie because there was no stopping him:)









Johnny and Mommy bought each other the SAME gift.....ELF microphones:)  Boy are we having fun with them!!!

About an hour after opening our gifts and stockings we noticed our silly little elf hiding in the Christmas tree with a note from Santa.  The note read, "Look outside!  Love, Santa"

Look what we found outside!


The rest of the day was spent playing with all our new toys.....and an evening with family at Grams and Papa's!!!!!



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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Twas The Night Before Christmas

We had another fabulous Christmas Eve at Grammy and Papa's!  After the festivities ended we made a quick stop at Daddy's friends house then raced home to get cookies and milk ready for Santa.....and cover the front lawn with carrots and zucchini for the reindeer's:)

The kids were beyond excited for Santa's arrival.  Luckily they were exhausted and fell asleep quickly.







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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Little Ladies


I love my little ladies...and LOVE that they hold hands!!!

*Hopie is sitting with me as I write this post.  As soon as she saw these pictures she said, "I miss Pagie poo poo!"



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Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Baking


I am certain I've gained ten pounds this Holiday season but baking is just too much fun with these two.

If any anyone needs Christmas cookies you know where to come!  They all go in the garbage after this weekend because Mommy has no willpower:)





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Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Special Santa


Yesterday the kids made their annual trip to the NICU to see a very special Santa.  It was magical....as always!!!!!!!



Peaking through the NICU door cracks waiting for Santa's arrival:)


John insisted we bring Santa some milk and cookies




Bribing Hopie with a cookie



Counting the M&M's



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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tis The Season....

...to be jolly!!!!!!

This is seriously the happiest time of the year and I love that my kids LOVE Christmas just as much as their Momma!

So far we've gone to the movies to see Aurthur's Christmas, searched for our silly Elf on The Shelf (Ernie) every morning, decorated our tree and EVERYTHING else inside and outside of our house, decorated gingerbread houses, ventured out on two separate evenings to look at Christmas lights, made/ate tons and tons of Christmas cookies and so much more!

Still up.....MORE baking, MORE gingerbread houses, family parties and a visit to the big guy in red!











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