Updates on my Maddie – summer 2008

Maddie:

She is LOVING summer. She started summer camp a few weeks ago and it definitely agrees with her. I think she’d go all year long if they offered it! This first session was “Jungle Boy” and she came home at night telling us all about the happenings of the day with Jungle Boy. This session is Olympics Gladiator Style. She LOVES playing Gladiator dodge ball which is your standard dodge ball but in a gladiator ring.

She will attend three and a half sessions (7 weeks). Before and after camp she goes to our neighbor’s house. She loves their daughters and has a great time. Camp wears her out though. Maddie never

stops, so for her to be lounging on the couch after camp – you know she’s tired!

She’s been spending a lot of time with Arnie lately. She’s his shadow. If he’s off doing something, she’s usually right there with him. Be it weeding or painting or watching the game, they’re together. It’s really cute! She’s also growing up so fast and is maturing overnight. Nana (Arnie’s mom) said something to her a few weeks ago that really clicked with her. Nana told her that Nana’s older sister always got good attention when she was extra nice to her little brother and sister. Since then Maddie has been helpful with Olivia and not picking on her as much. It’s been a wonderful change :).

She spent some of her communion money on a new bike and is really enjoying it. She and Arnie took a ride on the bike trail last week and Arnie said she was FLYING. Even went so far as to cross the main streets by herself (after looking both ways, etc). They biked about 5 miles that night.

It’s hard to believe she’s going to be 8. She is a joy and full of love and energy and we love her so much!

Half of an Angel's heart

I read this on another blog I frequent: . Emma Kate isn’t here yet but Bethany and I have been corresponding. Please stop by if you can and lend them some of that amazing support you’ve given us.

Anyway, here’s the story of the Angel’s Heart. Be prepared and have some tissues ready…

It’s a beautiful day up in heaven. Jesus is rounding up his tiniest angels, to go live on earth, and be born. One of the sweetest angels says to Jesus “I don’t want to leave, I like it here, and I will miss you”. He reassures the scared little angel that everything will be okay, and that she is just going for a visit. She is still not swayed on this idea. So Jesus kneels down, and says, “How about if you leave half of your heart here with me and take the other half with you, will that be okay?” The angel smiles and says, “I guess that will work”. But the little angel is still a little scared. She asks, “Will I be okay with only half of my heart?” Jesus replies, “Of course you will, I have other angels there that will help out, and you will be fine.” Then Jesus gives the angel more details about his plan. He says “When you are born, your mommy will be scared, so you have to be strong, and when you feel weak just remember that I have the other half of your heart.” “Enjoy your time with your family, play and laugh everyday.” “And when its time to come back to heaven, I will make your heart whole again. Always remember that you are not broken, just torn between two loves.”

-Author Unknown

Happy Birthday Olivia

Where has the time gone? My baby girl is FOUR!

We had a great birthday weekend – because in our family we celebrate birthdays for weeks on end. Friday Olivia had her birthday party at Diana’s. At 10AM Valentine the Clown came to play with the kids, do balloon animals and face paint. After nap, we had cupcakes and presents.

Saturday morning Olivia crawled into my bed at 6:20 for her birthday snuggles. I cannot believe how big she’s getting. Her long legs now go past my knees when I snuggle her. We took the girls to the Beardsley Zoo for the afternoon. They had a BALL and it was the perfect practice for Florida heat because it was HOT! On our way back we stopped by Nana & Poppy’s house so they could wish her a happy birthday.

Yesterday was the 4th anniversary of Olivia’s first heart surgery. We’ve come a LONG way in 4 years.

Arnie, Maddie & I gave Olivia two dresses for her birthday. She is so easy to please :). Of course their true presents will be given on Saturday when they are told we’re going to Disney World. 28 days from today!!

Someone shared an article from the Boston paper with me. A piece that truly touched my heart was this:

That’s what no one tells you when you have a child who is not perfect. That love changes everything. That love propels you from the bed to the cradle in the middle of the night. That love is why you sing even when you’re bone tired. That love is what fills your heart with pride and your eyes with tears, sometimes many times. That love is the reason all parents, even parents whose kids have challenges that seem burdensome and overwhelming to everyone else, say with certainty, “I wouldn’t trade my child for any one else’s.”

As rough a road we have had, I wouldn’t have it any other way. And honestly, the road has had a few speed bumps but it’s not a bad road to be on at all.

Happy Birthday sweet baby girl! We love you with everything inside us and beyond.