Thank you for your precious words and prayers. You encourage and bless me so much! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and hugged your loved ones a little tighter this year.
A few fun pics of our week...
Zach loved this amazing snow village display. They even let Zach "control" some of the trains. ; )
Complete with an airport
This is my fifth grade teacher Ms. B. Isn't she beautiful!? She has always been one of my favorites, and it was an honor to spend time with her. I can't say enough wonderful things about this woman who loves Jesus fearlessly. She has always challenged me in my walk with the LORD, and GOD has used her in a powerful way to minister to my heart since Reese was born.
Zach with his second cousin Charles at a little family party
A little reading with Pappy
Two of my beautiful nieces and I made a gingerbread house. Everyone seems to disappear when we do this...I have no idea why!
Meredith my sis in law and me on Christmas Eve
I don't know what I would do without my sister Mandy and my amazing sis in laws Mere and Shannon.
Shannon my other sis in law and I at another family party
Baby Westin will be here in three months. ; )
Playing the piano with Gran
G-Daddy doing what he does best
I will never forget him saying to me on Christmas day after I'd come out of the bathroom crying, "You're gonna make it, girl." So sweet.
Zach playing on Christmas morning
Pappy with Riley (our dog) & Hannibal (Faber's dog)
Z & Garrett (G is six months younger...poor thing was hungry!)
Z with two of his great grands Gigi and Papa
Papa made this sweet ornament for Reese. He is so talented, and I know she loves it. Gigi told me they hung an angel above her ornament for "our angel."
Helping Z open his gifts
Z making himself comfortable in Faber's lap
This is my precious friend Jen. Her son Tyler went to be with Jesus on June 24. He will always be a handsome little guy, and I can't wait to hold him when I get to Heaven. I only wish we lived in the same city. Jen (and so many other sweet mamas who have little ones in Heaven) rushed to my side when Reese passed away. She is amazing, and I am blessed to be in her life.
Sweet Rebekah. We lived together for three years at Baylor, and she is so close to my heart. I don't get to see her often enough. She told me, "Katie, you come back whenever you want to." I love this because I know exactly what she means. She like so many of my close friends are here for me...praying me through, listening, not judging my feelings in any way. Just letting me be.
Bunny with Z and Garrett
Hil, Laura, Braysen (poor little guy was not happy), & me
I've known Laura since JH and Hil since HS, and we've been through so much together. These girls came straight to our house as soon as they could after Reese was born just to sit with me. Lifelong friends. So beautiful and real!
Cody chillin' with Zach
We missed you Bo, Mandy, and Abba!
We made it.
Through lots of prayers, laughter, tears, and even making sweet memories despite our ache of missing Reese. Like my mom said on Christmas morning, "I want you to know I'm thinking of Precious right now and wishing she was here with us."
Remember Your word to your servant, for You have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
Psalm 119:49 - 50