Saturday, December 5, 2009

Big

These past few days have been full of big things...for Jason and me at least.
; )

Thursday Jason flew us to Little Rock as a family for the first time. I have flown with him several times, but Z never has. It was a lot of fun and took us less than one hour to get there. Jason told me I was the co-pilot. Scary!

Our little fam
He has worked several years to get his private pilot's license. I am so proud of him!
Zach chilled in the backseat saying, "Airplane" over and over.


Friday morning I had my final evaluation with the neurologist who was my main physician in May when I was sick. This is one of those appointments I had been dreading. Although he already knew what happened with Reese, I knew we would be discussing her medically and possible reasons for her condition. I left with more unanswered questions and anxious about future babies, but GOD is just going to have to work all of this out in my heart.

I have no doubt GOD used this man and his team to save my life, and they did everything in their power to protect Reese. I just hope I never have to see him inside a hospital again!


Friday afternoon we flew to Memphis for Jason's big half marathon. I met a precious friend Kelley at Spaghetti Warehouse for dinner. Kelley and her husband Mark drove three hours so we could meet! It was amazing. The Holy Spirit uses this blog world in mighty ways.

GOD brought Kelley into my life when Reese was born, and we have been in touch ever since. She is still faithfully hanging in there with me (like so many of you). ; ) She has poured truth and life into me and challenged me from GOD's Word. Last night she encouraged me that GOD never says "No" to what He has already promised. I am holding onto His promise of complete joy. This sounds so foreign to me now, but it is what I hope for in our future.

Me & Kelley

She painted this portrait of Reese and me. The picture I took doesn't do it justice. It will always be a treasure in our home.
Race day!

Jason ran the St. Jude Memphis half-marathon this morning with several friends. They have been training for months and did a wonderful job!
The crazy runners. ; ) I'm jealous because I used to be one of them. Since I've been pregnant these past few years, all I can manage to do is walk and run a little. ; )
On your mark, get set, go!
I ran into my cousin David at the race. He is six months older than me, and I wish we lived closer together. I loved seeing him and his precious son Silas. Breanna his wife ran the marathon this morning.
Happy to have crossed the finish line and have their medals...maybe a little sore and tired, too. ; )
On the way to our car, a sweet woman stopped me because she has been reading about Reese and our family on my blog. I loved meeting her and her friends! It was an honor. I don't want to share her name in case she would prefer me not to. ; )

She blessed my heart and made my day!


Thank you again for your sweet words and prayers. GOD is using you to constantly encourage and love on us. Your prayers are making a big difference in our lives.


Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure, because You will not abandon me...

Psalm 16:9-10

37 comments:

Mer said...

WOWWWW...what a weekend Katie! It is amazing how God has used the blogworld to literally bring people into your life face to face. I'm thankful that so many people are speaking truth and loving on you wherever you may go! Go Jason too..I know he worked hard. I wish I weren't such a sloth right now. I wish I could fly a plane too....the odds of me running are about as great as me flying...I need to remedy that! Love you sis.

Jenna said...

Busy busy! That portrait is just beautiful!

Summer said...

OMG Jason is also a pilot! Wow how awesome! I loved that pic of Z strapped in the plane all ready for take off! How cool to fly with the fam! I am glad Jason ran the Marathon! What a beautiful painting of you and Reese!
Summer :0)

Heather said...

I just love you, Katie! Congrats to Jason on the half! Sounds like you guys had a fun weekend! You and I will race again, I just know it!!! :) Maybe even together?!?!? We would have a lot to talk about, so the race would go fast! :) Praying for you tonight!

Becky said...

It sounds like a very special weekend! I love how God brings special people and events into our lives just when we need them. He knows just what will touch us the most!

Kickin' Kari said...

Oh wow! I didn't know Jason had his Private Pilot license! THats awesome! My Hubby does too. He wants to go back this summer to get his instrument. He has yet to take me flying! He keeps promising but hasn't done it yet! Glad you had a "BIG" weekend

Way to go Jason on your run!

Still thinking of you and saying my prayers. ;)

Todd and Courtney said...

What a fun weekend!! How great that Jason has his pilot's license. This is kind of funny but I get nervous when I fly with Todd and he flies hundreds of people every week for American. Not that he's a bad pilot, he's been there 15 years, I'm just a chicken :)

Ashley Jo Anglin said...

Looks like a blast. I love that verse. :) I love that pic of your little man. He is too cute.

Kylie and crew. said...

How great that Jason is a pilot...that makes trips convienent. I didn't realize that you being sick may have been a factor with Reese. That must be really hard. I do appreciate your posts and how real you continue to be with your emotions. I continue to pray for peace that surpasses understanding AND for complete Joy that only the Lord can give.

Mindy said...

OH WOW...this was some BIG STUFF!!! Loved hearing about it all. You guys are the most precious family! Praying for you, my friend!!!

Laura said...

Katie, that portrait is just beautiful. What an amazing gift!! I'm with you about the running...I don't do it as much anymore b/c of pregnancy/being a toddler mom and I miss it! Remember when we used to run the bear trail together freshman year? Love it :-) Thanks for sharing about your weekend. Praying for you tonight!!!

Momofgirls said...

WoW! Busy busy!
My husband is a pilot too, We have been to Sacramento several times (about a 2 hour drive, a 40 min. flight!)
iT'S FUN TO GET SOMEWHERE QUICKLY, BUT SORTA SCARY TO LOOK OVER AND REALIZE YOUR HUSBAND IS FLYING THE PLANE!

Lindsay said...

Oh that portrait is beautiful, I can only imagine it in person. What a treasure! Congratulations to your hubby's 1/2, great job! And how awesome that he has his license and got to fly y'all! That's so neat-o!

Shelly said...

Glad to hear you've had a great weekend! Love the picture that your friend painted. It's just beautiful.

So thankful to read that your still hanging in there....

Karen said...

What a beautiful portrait. It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I have been praying for you as God has brought your family to my mind:)

Tristan said...

So glad you got to meet your sweet friend!

That painting is just so precious of you and your baby girl!

Clementsville: Population of 4! said...

What a great weekend!! MAN I wish I knew you were in town!!! We live outside of Memphis and would of loved to have met up with you!! Maybe next time :)

Have a blessed Sunday!

Katie

Linds said...

Looks like you had SO much fun! That painting is beautiful and I am sure a huge treasure for you! She captured the love for Reese so beautifully. We continue to pray for you and Jason!

ashley said...

Oh, how much Ben would have loved to be Jason's co-pilot! Congrats to the pilot and runner - and to the brave momma for stepping out. I agree with Mer, it does my heart good to see others loving on you wherever you go.

Julee Turner said...

What a great week! So fun that Jason can fly yall around! I wonder what Zach was thinking during the flight! haha! :) Think of you often! Miss you girl!

Alex and Jill said...

What a big weekend for you guys!! Congrats to Jason on finishing the half-marathon! The portrait is beautiful...what a special gift.

This post made me smile.

Deciduous Heather said...

What a big weekend~ Congrats to hubby on quite an accomplishment with his pilots license and the half marathon. How fun to meet new friends~the portrait is beautiful and priceless. I am sorry you left the Dr with more questions than answers, but He knows all the answers and all we can pray for is His Will...and it will be done. (((HUGS))) and continued prayers from us here in NC.
Heather

Crystal said...

I love reading your posts, Katie! You are such an encouragement to me... although you may not feel complete joy just yet, the joy that you do have (maybe the joy in your hope and faith??) spreads to my life. Every time I read your blog, I see our loving and loyal God at work. Hope you are having a great weekend! :)

Crystal

Fabiola said...

What a wonderful weekend....

As for the portrait, it is such a thoughtful (and beautiful) gift.

Fabiola

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Looks like you had a great weekend. Praying for you. Remember God is walking with you even when you can not see him.

hi-d said...

What an awesome post. Congrat's to your hubby on his pilot's license and for the run!

I am so thankful that God is using people to minister to you, because I KNOW that you have ministered to all of us!

Thanks for sharing your life!
hi-d

The Morris Family said...

The happy, busy weekends area blessings. It seems for moments life is normal in a sense. It is amazing how the Lord grants us to meet people or hear form them at just the right moments. Keep trusting, He is our help when we hurt and he is our shield when the enemy bombards you with thoughts even about future preg. Trust HIM!!!

Praying for you!!!

Lauren Kelly said...

Awww, this post is so fun!!!!! :) Love ya, friend!!!

Sarah said...

Your post today brought Hebrews 12:1 to mind "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with PERSERVERANCE the RACE MARKED OUT FOR US." Katie, it's SO AMAZING and encouraging to hear how this cloud of witnesses extends to the far corners of the world, as you have witnessed! God is so good. *hugs*

Jennifer said...

Wow... you have had a busy few days! How fun to be able to fly together like that! :) That painting is beautiful, such a special friend you have in her!

C. Smith said...

Ok I am so jealous of the woman that met you at the Marathon- My husband ran the full this past weekend and I would have been so happy if I had run into you as well - I love to read your blog and even though I dont know you I feel I do and feel so much of your pain everytime I read your blog.

Rebekah said...

What a weekend!!!! How amazing how God works and brings just the right people into your life at just the right time! The painting is beautiful! What a treasure!!!

Angie said...

You were definitely busy this weekend!! That is just awesome that Jason ran that marathon - and how fun is having your own pilot??!! So fun.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend away. It is nice to "get away" sometimes.

I love the portrait that Kelly made you - what a great friend and I bet it was just so nice to meet in person.

Donna said...

Wow! Sounds like a great weekend, Katie! It must be so fun to meet other bloggers. ;)
I hope you have a great day! Thank you for stopping by my blog so faithfully.

carolina girl said...

Katie,
I have been reading your blog a while and have never commented. Let me say that YOU bless my heart in every way! I am praying for your precious family!

Sarah said...

Oh Katie, I love that painting!! I can't imagine how special it must be to you! ♥

run26.2mom said...

What an awesome time it sounds like you had. Congrats to your husband for running for St. Jude's!!! A great cause as we all know! One of my running buddies flies there each year to run it. She always comes back with great stories...a fun race, just like your pics show. Don't worry you will get back into running in time. Between your husband and your dad as you mentioned in a previous post there is no way you will escape it for long:) Did Jason run it wearing those footie things instead of shoes? Ha!
Peace.
Susan

 
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