Monday, November 16, 2015

NICU Thanksgiving Bags

Papa saw the bags last night before we were done & said, "You're going to have to get bigger bags!" They were filled to the top! Each bag included: receiving blanket, candy, crackers, granola/breakfast bars, fruit cup, tissues, lotion, hand sanitizer, notepad & pen, note from us, handwritten note from someone at East Side, a baby hat, a booklet about car seat safety, information about the church, & something extra! The something extra was: a bigger blanket, toy, Wubbanub (paci), or $5 Sonic gift card. We also had enough monetary donations that we were able to purchase 2 $30 & 9 $25 gift cards to Cracker Barrel. They have a Thanksgiving menu with them & Nurse Libby & her friends will give those to whoever they think needs it the most. I am unbelievably amazed at the response to this year's project. Thank you all SO much! We are praying for each family who will receive the bags. 

Delivering NICU Thanksgiving bags! We had enough of everything that we had extra blankets for the hospital, extra snacks, candy, lotion for the nurses & of course the wonderful bouncy seat donation! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Babywearing Week

I was going to post this closer to Sarah Grace's first birthday, but I am just now finding the time to make the collage & put my thoughts into words! So, Happy Babywearing Week!

On September 19th of last year, Sarah Grace was born.  We were praying that she would not follow in the footsteps of her older siblings & need to go to the NICU, but she wanted to be like them!  For some reason, this pregnancy & time after felt different to me. I think it was because I was so busy taking care of Hannah Kate (three years old) & Micaiah (almost two years old).  I didn't have time to stop & think about things so much.  I KNEW I was expecting & I was excited, but it just didn't seem quite real to me.  Sarah Grace spent only four days in the NICU (the shortest of all of our NICU stays), but even during that time I remember telling Wesley, "I don't FEEL like I have a baby."  I prayed about it, but I was embarrassed (I guess?) to feel that way, that I never said anything else.  When we came home, I made myself stop everyday during the older kids' nap & do kangaroo care.  I wanted to help the breastfeeding process & be able to enjoy this tiny baby (the biggest of all of my babies!).  Out of necessity, I wore her any time we left the house & during her fussy time most evenings. I had worn our other babies some, but not this much. Our church family joked that they had never seen her outside of "her pouch."  (Around six months, I was carrying her to class & someone said, "So THAT'S what she looks like!") 
A few months ago, I told Wesley, "Remember how I felt like I didn't have a baby & I was so concerned about bonding with her? Funny how she's the most attached to me of all of them!"  This girl LOVES her mama, & she LOVES to be worn.  I am so thankful for God's blessing of this precious girl & for the way that babywearing has helped us to strengthen our bond more. 

Moral of the story:  Keep calm. Pray. Wear all the babies!
Here's a post I did last December about babywearing information.  I need to do an updated one because I have a few more favorites since then!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sarah Grace's 1st Birthday

This past year has completely flown! We are so blessed & thankful to have three precious children to raise & prayerfully guide to Heaven.  We enjoyed a fun, spontaneous day at the pumpkin patch to celebrate Sarah Grace turning one!  We will have a party for her & Micaiah sometime in the next month or so. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

AiOH Season 2 Episode 3: Teaching Our Children to Have a Heart forMissions

Teaching Our Children to Have a Heart for Missions

Wesley & Denise are joined by Jack & Becky Honeycutt to discuss how to teach our children to love mission work.  The Honeycutts have been involved in mission work in other countries, especially India, for many years.  We hope that you will find some practical tips of ways that we can get our children involved in mission work from an early age!

**Since this episode was recorded, Jack & Becky have shared with us that there is a drought/famine in India. 
In fact, 57 children have been brought to the children's home at Rampachodavarm due to this. Of course, this means 57 more to feed and clothe and send to school. There is also always a need for money for medicine for the hospital and clinic.

These are things that our families can easily help purchase. Think coin jars, birthday projects, eating in once a month instead of eating out.  Let your children HELP with this! 

Complete Bibles - $3.00
New Testaments - 2 for $1.00
Songbooks - $1.00
Bicycles for preachers - $100.00 (These also come with a Petromax light)
Orphan support- $25.00 monthly
Widow support- $10.00 monthly
Milk cow for orphanages - $350.00
Pair of milk goats for widows/orphans home - $225.00

Contact Jack & Becky for more information:

GBN Documentary about the India Mission Work (well worth your time to watch, it's amazing....~Denise)

Photos Jack & Becky shared of the people of India:
On the way to worship services

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AiOH Season 2 Episode 2-Because You Have Young Children

This episode covers a listener requested topic. Thanks to Kelly for messaging us on our Facebook page & asking us to address things we CAN do BECAUSE we have young children.  We were blessed to be joined by our friends, Tommy & Michelle Johnson, to discuss many good works that can be done in the church today with the help of our children.  They also had some great suggestions for help with worship, personal Bible study, & focusing on our marriage during this season of life.

Ways to Serve with Young Children:
  • hospital bags
  • baking/cooking
  • cards, drawings, paintings
  • prayer
  • visiting
  • making calls
  • play dates
  • donations (We have done NICU donations & the Johnsons have done children's home donations in lieu of birthday gifts.)
  • make communion
  • pick up communion cups
  • clean the church building (or just certain areas)
  • take children with you to purchase items for the church pantry, mission trips, etc. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

AiOH Season 2 Episode 1 Accepting Criticism

AiOH Season 2 Episode 1 Accepting Criticism
Welcome back for Season 2!  We appreciate the encouragement & support you have given us as we try to help & uplift other families who are striving for Heaven.  At the beginning of this episode we have some EXCITING news about Polishing the Pulpit. We are looking forward to meeting those of you who will be there.

  • It seems like no matter what we do, we will always receive some criticism or correction for the decisions we make as parents. The most important thing we can do is to receive it in a Christlike way. This episode was a listener requested topic.  We hope it will be an encouragement to you as you strive to make the best choices for your family!  

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Micaiah Update

Here's Micaiah's Update:

Common Micaiah sayings:
  • Thankyoufoodiscuse (Thank you for my food, may I be excused?)
  • Du-dozer (bulldozers,'s going to be a sad day when he stops calling them this!)
  • Johnny tractor
  • It's delicious!
  • After I ....., then I'll.....
  • But I might wike it (like)
  • You could hide! Then I'll count!
  • I want to wove on you (He would want to sit in my lap facing me & lay his head on my chest--sweetest thing ever!)
  • S'race (Sarah Grace)
  • I just a boy! (If we would say he was silly or a cowboy or anything like that)
  • It's too scary! (LOTS of things: the dark, loud noises....)
  • So I just did it (If we ask him why he did something)
  • A-B-A-S that says Ma-Caiah!
  • A-B-SUS that says Ma-Caiah!
  • Don't hush me! 
  • Don't say, "We'll see! Say YES!"
Some things Micaiah does not love: loud noises, going to sleep (ever since we got rid of his paci a month or so ago), obeying...., being "hushed," if we say "we'll see."

Some things Micaiah LOVES: cheese & crackers, milk (he drinks it all day long), playing outside, working outside with Daddy or Papa, playing with Sarah Grace, singing Trust & Obey or Standing on the Promises, reading books, Thomas the Train, riding the tractor, riding "my new tractor" (he's had it for several months but still calls it this), going to Bible class, singing songs even when he's playing, coloring, "writing," riding on the Ranger, checking cows, feeding the chickens, catching chickens, swinging on the swing set, going to Nana & Papa's house, playing with the big boys at church (Eli, Cody, & Ryder), jumping, jumping off of the steps at the church building.  

He likes to eat crackers, cheese, applesauce, anything in a pouch, bread, Papa's cinnamon rolls every Sunday, mac & cheese, biscuits, Cracker Barrel.  He is pretty much fully potty trained for during the day. He really likes to potty outside!  YIKES!

He is a VERY active & wild, at times, little boy.  We are blessed to be his parents!  


This jacket & bow tie was Wesley's, made by Nana

Mother's Day

This suit was Wesley's, made by Nana