Sunday, May 31, 2009

Boy or Girl?

Well, right now only God knows the answer to that. We're not planning on finding out until his/her birth. But, we have decided on some names, so we are prepared for either!

So, here they are:

Boy name: Jadon Michael Dodson

Girl name: Kaitlyn Esther (I REALLY had to convince Jody about Esther. He was not (still is not really...) a big fan. He feels like an Esther should be about a 95 yr old woman. oh well. I like it and he likes me:)

On Tuesday I'll be 13 weeks, about 1/3 of the way finished. yay!!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Ethan Henry- the stealer of hearts

We LOVE this new little guy. What a precious (and tiny!) one he is!
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Happy (late) birthday, my love!

How I love this man! and I'm so thankful for his love for the Lord, for me, and for our children. I love you, Joseph! Happy 36th :)

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

our son Joseph

Wow, I love this boy! He has become so affectionate and I'm lovin' it :) Thank you, Lord, for my son. What a joy, what a delight he is to my heart!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Time for a new post

SO much has happened since I've last posted. My precious husband turned one year older; we celebrated by enjoying a night in Abilene while my beautiful mother (and dad!) watched our young'ns. Boy, that was brave of them. On our way home from Abilene Christy called me to tell me she was in pain and needed to pick up Johnny at work, but she felt like she couldn't. So, Jody emptied us out at home, then went to pick up Johnny. The kiddos and I drove to help Christy out with a few things and they proceeded to the hospital while we brought their girls here.

Christy was right. She WAS in labor. How exciting!! At 1am the next morning, she had a most handsome baby BOY. Ethan Henry weighing in at 5 lbs. 12 oz. and was 19 inches long. What a shock that was to everyone! She REALLY wanted a boy and the dr had told her it was a girl. What a fun time that was. I was so thankful to be there!! My husband prefers me not to be out by myself when it's dark, but he made an exception and I'm so glad he did. I LOVE babies!

Our Mikayla is at a very trying time right now. She often displays major disobedience, disrespect, and a very ugly and rebellious attitude. I feel like we're in a wrestling match together and oftentimes I come out the loser. Today after an "episode" while she was supposed to be getting the hair ties, I walked into our bathroom and she'd cut off a good bit of her hair. She's one hard-headed little girl and I love her SO MUCH. She told me that it's hard to obey. To me it seems extremely easy, but then I think about when I disobey God. The whole thing makes me sad:( I just cried and cried while I ate my lunch (lunch meat/cheese/avocado roll ups). Then my mom called me and prayed with me and I cried some more. SO, that's where we're at right now. I really do love being a mommy, but it's no small task by any means! I'm thankful to be right where I'm at. The Lord gives strength and wisdom for each day and I need it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Here's a question for you

Do you want to be the most beautiful woman in the world?

I asked Jody this evening if I could get a few minutes of "me" time. He agreed, so I hopped in the tub and listened to Dr. Dobson interviewing Carrie Prejean (the lady who got first runner up at the pageant who answered a judge's question that a marriage is between a man and a woman).

Anyway, Dr. Dobson said that she was one of the most beautiful women in the world and went on to say that (I wish I had that direct quote!) that's what every woman wants. to be the most beautiful woman in the world. Really???????? Um, not this woman.

Don't get me wrong. I do want to be attractive to my husband. without a doubt. But do I want millions of men to lust after my body while strutting around stage in a white string bikini???? Absolutely not. Is that honoring to God? I think (know) not.

I'm so fired up I can barely see straight. Every once in a while this happens. What kind of example does Carrie set for young girls? This would not bother me so much, but it's all in the name of Christ.

This verse comes to mind:

"Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised." ~ Proverbs 31:30

Modesty. Seems like a tough issue at times. I want to dress and act in a way that honors God. Whether I'm at church, at the park, or at the lake. How we ladies dress reflects our husbands and their names. Let's be aware of this. Let's not be deceived by the world's definition of "modest." If you're unsure, pray about it. I'm sure the Lord will lead you and give you wisdom.

I'm so thankful for a husband who strives to avoid immodesty. He will not vacation at the beach (at least not in the summer time). He does NOT want to be tempted in that area. I praise the Lord for him and his stand. I appreciate his loyalty and faithfulness to me. So, we miss a few swims together. oh well.

I want to be the most beautiful woman in the world TO MY HUSBAND ONLY. And that's what I have to say about that.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Fun with cousins

My sister Grace and family surprised us with a visit, and we are LOVIN' it! More collages to come. :)

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

She must know my love language...

Today my mom gave me a very cool gift. I had no idea getting something like this would make me so happy. But get this. She gave me a $10 gift certificate to Sonic. !!! Do you know what this means to me???


sigh. How does she just know??

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Someday I'll laugh about this? I don't think so.

Friday afternoon while Mikayla was supposed to be sleeping, she got into a bit of mischief. I woke up to markers. She wanted to do art work and wanted to look like the guy at Wal-mart (I'm assuming the one who had tattoos all over his arms). She had marked all over herself, her clothes, her stool (the one used to GET the markers), and our comforter. The last thing I mentioned made me the saddest (read: MADDEST).

Boy was she ever in trouble. I thought about posting a picture of it, but I think you can only do that if you think it's kinda cute. And it wasn't. Not in the least.

"Poor" girl got her piggy bank emptied, her kitchen set retired for about a month, and many of her toys sold at the garage sale we had today to help pay for a new comforter for us. The comforter she ruined would've cost over 100 dollars to replace. So, we opted for a cheap(er) plain black one.

How I love that girl! But, she's starting to get destructive!! HELP!

Think I'll ever laugh about this one?? I don't know. I can't imagine.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cisco15, Rising Star 11

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Or this one...

This (obviously) could be turned to black/white as well. I just don't know. Should I just keep trying?? any input would be great. (Look how BIG Joseph is getting!)

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looking at a bird

For my husband's birthday I want to make him an 11x14 of our children. I'll post some different options and you guys (girls) let me know which you think I should do for him, ok? thanks:) this is the first...
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Our fourth 2nd Tuesday

We started out with a Bible study on Obedience. Everyone brought their Bibles!! I was so happy and impressed :) Then we delved into a craft that looked fun, but proved to be way too hard. Oh well. I'll try to do better next time. We then topped it off with some spaghetti, corn and garlic/cheese bread. Yum! Join us next time if you'd like. I think we're going to pick strawberries!!

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

So happy to be a mommy today!

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

To all you beautiful mommies, esp. mine!

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some effects of last night

We had a bad storm last night. The top picture if the house right next to ours. The Lord was very merciful. We were spared and we are thankful. All to report with our house is a few missing shingles. Driving around the neighborhood shocked me. Downed power lines, uprooted trees, simply chaotic. It's amazing how powerful the wind can be!!

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Friday, May 08, 2009

Never to be taken for granted

Psalms 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

This past Wednesday I had my first appt with my ob/gyn. At the first appt he always does a sonogram. As I lay there in that dark cool room, I waited calmly to see if our tiny baby had a heartbeat. Dr. N always looks at the monitor first and then turns it my direction. I saw the tiny baby with the even tinier heartbeat. sigh. What a truly beautiful sight. I'm so thankful!!

He kept my due date the same- December 8th. Tuesday I will be 10 weeks, already 25% finished with the pregnancy. yay!

I'm feeling surprisingly exhausted lately. I thought I was at least a semi-strong person. Now I feel like a big wimp, getting so tired from everything. Still nauseated quite a bit, but not constantly like before, thank the Lord!

Just enjoying my family and the joy they are to me. It's almost Mother's Day- oh boy:) Hope you all have a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Welcome, Bethany!

I "stole" this pic from Misty's blog. Love it!

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She's been born!!

Bethany Hope Risse. She weighs 8 lb 7 oz, is 20.5 inches long, has dark hair :) She was born at around 9:15 this morning, and Mike assured me he has given her kisses already. Praise the Lord for the good delivery of a healthy baby girl!! Hopefully I'll be seeing a pic soon...

A scare and a mercy

About 10 minutes ago, my brother Mike called me. About an hour ago, they had a big scare with the baby. Her heartrate had gone from 150 and lower and lower til it was 40. The Lord was merciful and thankfully, it climbed back up to the 150 range. Praise the Lord for that!!

Misty is at an 8, is enjoying her epidural:), and is just waiting to start pushing. I love being an aunt.

More updates as I hear them...

A baby today??

My brother Mike and his wife Misty left for the hospital this morning at 5:40 (their time). Lord willing, their baby girl Bethany Hope will be born sometime today. This will be their 4th child. I'm super excited and I wish (of course!) that I could be there. Thankfully my mom is there to watch the other children. I will keep you udpated:)

Saturday, May 02, 2009

A cold/fun Saturday

We met the Hamiltons and my dad in Abilene today for a day of excitement. When we got to Abilene it turned super chilly on us. Our first stop was the Army Surplus Store, where we met up with our friends:), then China Star (YUM!), then the Air Show. We definitely enjoyed the day. We didn't see much plane action b/c of the lack of visibility for the pilots, which was totally understandable. A good time was had by all!

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