Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Technically, Mary's first celebrity photo was with another hometown hero, Da Coach~
Friday, December 12, 2008
Our friends Jennifer and Tom, from Colorado, were in town this weekend. They stopped by for a visit, and brought some souvenirs from their recent trip to Maryland. Mary warmed right up (even though she hadn't seen them since this time last year!) and even let Tom give her a little ride~
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
About a week before Mary was born, Emily came and made a cast of my belly. I didn't know it was Mary, yet, or all about the world of online journals.
For Mary's birthday, Emily brought the belly cast - beautifully hand painted. I love it! I hope Mary will cherish it as much as I do.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
One year ago today, Mary underwent her first heart surgery. It was a palliative measure, to place a shunt, to help her blood flow as normally as possible until she was big enough to handle the complete repair. She was just 6 days old at the time (it also happened to be her due date). Those days are still such a blur to me. I was recovering from my own major surgery, and was scared and worried, about Mary, and also Charlie and Sam. They both missed me, and were filled with their own fears about the baby.
Now, a year later, Mary is thriving. We've learned just how each of us can rise to various challenges. Our faith has been strengthened. Our love for each other, and the Lord, has grown. We are whole again.
Then He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace." Luke 8:48
Thursday, November 6, 2008
About a month before Mary's big day I received this email from Kelly -
Subject: A story
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2008, 10:10 PM
I am going to buy this for you. You can read it, and run your fingers over the stamping while we wait for Mary to get perfect (again) (even though she always was). You can look at it, and remember that I'd never known that particular quote until I saw it on the blog about Mary.
Someday, when we are in our 50's or older- jetting off to book readings, and other interesting cultural happenings, it will sit in Mary's room, on her dresser or a shelf. It will hold her jewelry or just her dust. She will be a perfect, normal teenager- she'll be giving you hell. She'll never get rid of it, and she won't be sure why.
When she is our age or older, she will rediscover it, and begin to love it in the way that you and I always have loved it. Because it will represent love, certainty, goodness and faith.
All the things she will have learned because of the way you loved her, mothered her and cared for her.
We will want to steal it from her, possibly. We will envy her youth and opportunity. Then you'll smack me and I'll smack you because youth and opportunity take time away from all the interesting cultural happenings that we finally have earned.
She'll give it to her daughter.
I promise you. Okay? I promise.
Kelly brought over the little dish right before Mary's surgery. It's lovely~
Oh, Kel, thank you for being a friend. Love you.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Lot's of the people who love Mary came to help us celebrate - Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie Darlene, and Uncle Dan. Jack, Madeline and Luke. Aunt Jessi and Jaiden and Julian. And Aunt Christina. Aunt Donna and Great Aunt Charlene. Our friends Emily and Desmond, the Humphrey's and the Merrick's were all here, too!