Friday, April 16, 2010

A Return to Normalcy

KJ returned from his trip to Louisville last night, and it was so good to be able to see and talk to him.  I had a week's worth of stories to tell, and I'm sure I wore him out with my constant chatter.  We  didn't talk too much while he was away because the conference schedule was nonstop, and we were going nonstop here at home as well.  I thought we would be home a little bit yesterday to prepare for KJ's arrival, but  we ended up being away all day because James had his 6 month check-up, and afterwards we went to KJ's parents to pick up Ella and ended up staying through James' evening nap.  We had a fun time visiting yet again with the Kizziah clan and a portion of the Winter clan.  

James had a great appointment yesterday.  I really love his doctor, Dr. Julie Vaughn.  She is so great and relaxed and makes me feel good about following my instincts as a mother.  She is always so reassuring.  I usually go in thinking I will be scolded for something I am doing that is not "by the book," but she always says, "That's fine!"  As KJ always says, "You (not just me but people generally)  always feel better when someone in a white coat tells you it is so."  

James is 6 1/2 months old and is the same height as Ella at 9 months and the same weight Ella was at 12 months.  He is one big man!  I am so thankful for his healthy growth and vitality.  Because of my two-vessel umbilical cord, we thought he might have a low birth weight!  God is so kind.

We are looking forward to a return to normalcy today.  I have much to get caught up on at home after our week of fun.  I am so thankful that the Lord made the time of KJ's absence so much fun for us.  Ella was so easy, precious, and happy, and of course James was as well.  And one last BIG thank you to Hillary for all her help and for staying with us.  I probably would have been hearing imaginary sounds at night if she hadn't been there to keep me company.  I am looking forward to a bright day filled with God's many mercies today.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits...who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed liked the eagle's.  -Psalm 103:2, 4-5


  1. I am aching to hug those babies! You too, dear.

  2. Welcome home, K.J.! We did have such a fun week getting to see you guys often. I am so thankful that your children were so easy while their Daddy was away. And Hillary is a jewel! I do hope you have indeed enjoyed this lovely day. Looking forward to seeing you again.

  3. Thanks for letting me hang out all week! It was so much fun and helped me stay grounded in Tuscaloosa (instead of being overly excited about Nashville). I sure am going to miss you guys when I move. Tonight at church Ella checked with me to make sure I was coming tomorrow night- which I thought was funny since I'm usually there after she's in bed or either right before she has to go to bed on Mondays. Turns out though tomorrow is a test day so I'll be there 6:30 at the latest.

    Thanks Katie, you are too kind! The term is indeed applied to liberally. I will miss you and your fam as well when I move.
    I love you guys!