Monday, May 30, 2011

Luke's Dedication

On Mother's Day, we participated in Family/Baby Dedication with Luke at church. We were so happy to share this day and celebrate with all four of Luke's grandparents.

We have no greater responsibility than teaching our babies about Jesus. Words cannot express how thankful we are for the church family God has given us as we raise Luke to know and follow Jesus. We will continue praying for his salvation, that he will someday accept the truths of the gospel and ask Jesus into his heart.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Sydney!

You've been counting down the days to your birthday for the last few weeks and now your big day is here! At 4, you are sweet, smart & beautiful-inside and out!

One of the most amazing things about you is how compassionate you are, much more so than many adults. Your thoughts are almost always very unselfish, and you take the prayers you say for others very seriously. You love Jesus, and it's hard for me to believe how much you already know about him. We talk about him several times during each day, and many times you initiate.

Your brothers are so important to you, and they both believe you hung the moon. JJ is your sidekick & playmate (aka your shadow/copycat!). At bedtime, you always get his last kiss & hug. Luke has become so special to you. You give him such extraordinary attention, at times laying on the floor and talking with him for long periods of time, singing silly songs, or making him laugh out loud over and over. Yes, you love them both very much-today, I am bringing them both to your school when we celebrate your birthday because you insisted that they had to be there with you :) You don't understand that it would be easier for Mommy to leave them with Sarah, and I think it's so sweet that you want all four of us with you and your friends for your special celebration.

You and I are very close. We have so much fun together baking, playing games or ball, working on letters, etc, even fun ideas you create for us like pretending to run a restuarant. You sometimes have a hard time seperating from me when I work or go to bible study, or when you go to school or church (yet you always end up having a good time). Even so, you are certainly also your Daddy's little girl. You try to talk him out of going to work every Monday and love to ride along with him while he mows the yard and sit in his lap and read or watch one of your favorite shows.

School, church, gymnastics, and Culver's are all places you love to go. You love spending time with your grandparents and get so excited to see your special friends like Reese, Tatum, Charlie & Layton. You love princesses & happy endings, the color pink, my iPAD, and the park.

We love you so much and thank God every day for you---you are truly a gift. Happy 4th birthday!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Checking in with Luke

Luke had his 4 month checkup on May 13, where he weighed in at 16 lb, 9oz, & measured 26.5 inches. His height is over the 90th percentile, weight at the 90th percentile and head in 75th. He also had 3 shots but handled them like a champ!

Over the past couple months, he has lost most of his hair, although some of it is already starting to come back. He is looking kind of funny these days with little hair on some areas of his head, lots at other spots, still falling out some, growing back too :) It's okay, he's still just as cute!

(Back to the doctor visit)...The rest of his health report was good, and we talked about starting him with some baby food.

Luke's doctor knows that neither of our other kids went for the rice cereal thing, so at his suggestion, we skipped that step and went straight to veggies.

Here, Luke is trying his first veggie, squash.

Not sure he's a big fan yet :)

This video highlights Luke "enjoying" some squash, with a bonus appearance by big brother JJ.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011


We took the kids to the zoo last Saturday...they loved it! We got a great deal on a zoo membership, so we'll be making some return trips over the next few months. Sydney is already asking when we can go back.

This was our family's first trip to the Nashville zoo...we enjoyed the animals and the playground was MASSIVE. It's one of those things you just have to see yourself to understand. Jeff and I took turns watching Luke and venturing off with the big two as they played out of sight.

Sydney's favorite animal was the giraffe, especially the baby one. Everytime we finished seeing an animal, JJ said "BYE!", "More, more"...(as in bring on the next animal!) Luke enjoyed being along for the ride too :)

On the way home, Sydney told us she had two favorite things: looking at the animals and playing on the playground. (These are the only things we did)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Prayers Answered

Pictured here is Sydney, JJ, and Luke's great grandfather (Jeff's grandpa ), Christmas 2009. I love this photo as it captures 4 generations of McClanahan "boys" & they are all so happy.

Ralph is now a few months shy of 93 and had a pretty bad fall a couple weeks ago. Internal bleeding in his brain brought about some serious surgery on Tuesday at a hospital close to his home in Northern Kentucky. Today, less than 48 hours after his surgery, they have unhooked the tube responsible for removing additional blood, AND he is walking with a walker. They are even talking about when he can go home(!), after his blood pressure settles down.

He is a wonderful Christian man, who has lived a good, long life. Many prayers have been answered as he seems to be healing so well after the care of his physicians and the ONE above all others.

We are so glad we got to visit him last week in the hospital and look forward to visiting him at his home real soon.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Beautiful Flowers

Please don't tell my girl that these are weeds-I'm pretty sure you would break her sweet heart.

When I picked her up from school today, she couldn't wait to surprise me with a present. She "knew I would love this present."

When I asked her the best part about school today, as I always do, she said that picking pretty white flowers for me was her favorite part of her day- this was how she spent her time on the playground.

As soon as we were in the door, she pulled them out of her backpack and wanted me to put them in water and display them on the counter. She knew I was sad yesterday to throw our the last of the beautiful flowers her Daddy got me over Mother's Day weekend.

Jeff, thanks for the beautiful flowers. Sydney, thank you for the beautiful flowers too. I love you both so much.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

"Learn to Swim"

Sydney has been participating in WKU's (swim teams) "Learn to Swim Program" on Saturday mornings. At her lessons, she gets one on one instruction with a member of the women's swim team. She was the youngest since the lessons are technically for those age 4 and up, but they made an exception for her.

Her last lesson was this past Saturday. She has made a lot of progress this spring! At her first lesson, "the water was too cold," she "didn't want people splashing her," etc. She basically held onto her teacher as they moved around the pool for 30 minutes.

After "getting her feet wet" at the first lesson, she really made some big improvements! She is kicking very well, and starting to understand more about the importance of using her arms. AND, she had fun :) We look forward to participating in this program again in the future.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Dream Come True

Over the past few months, friends/family have often asked me how it's going...and what it's like to have a 3 year old, 1 year old (just turned 2!), and an infant (now 4 months!).

So for my three angels, here's my answer:

Being your mother brings me unimaginable joy and is unlike anything I ever imagined I would experience on this earth. I told your Daddy a while back that I was living my dream. The funny part about that is, I never even knew this was my dream until I found myself in the middle of it!

I can't believe God has allowed me to be a Mom to the three of you. What a tremendous blessing and responsibility he has given to me! You all make every day a beautiful one and I am so proud of my sweet princess, my adorable wild card & my amazing baby boy.

Celebrating Mother's Day with all of you on Sunday was just another part of my dream. You are my sunshine.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day


Thank for all that you do for our family! You are an awesome mother! We love you very much

Daddy, Sydney, JJ, and Luke

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Reflecting & Anticipating


Reflecting...I found out we were expecting you on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend one year ago-I will never forget what a special Mother's Day that made 2010 for me! Anticipating...this Saturday, you will turn 4 months old and, Sunday, celebrate your first Mother's Day here with me!

You are happy, you laugh out loud! You are content. You are healthy. You are growing so fast. You are a great sleeper. You are easy to take care of. You are a joy & blessing. You make life so much better! You are AMAZING!

We all love you!

Monday, May 2, 2011

JJ's Party

The weather was not so nice on the day of JJ's party...but thankfully we were able to host it at church.

The kids loved playing in the CC and especially in the inflatable!

My sweet boy ate, sat still to open presents (!), laughed and played and played...he did enjoy his party so much! He was lucky to have all of his grandparents and cousins for the party, and also some special friends-the Borders, Dahmers and Hastes.

The only thing about the party that he didn't enjoy was when we sang Happy Birthday to him :)

We will always remember this celebration very fondly.