A Gracious Place

Monday, March 30, 2009

Miranda at the Arboretum


Flower Dress
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.
We had the pleasure of having Eric, Leah and Noelle come for a visit last week. It was so wonderful hanging out with them. One day we took a quick trip to the Dallas Arboretum.

Johnny and Mommy


Johnny and Mommy
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.

Brothers and Cousins


Brothers and Cousins
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.

Blowing out the Candles


Blowing out the Candles
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.
We threw a belated birthday party for Miranda while Eric and Leah were here. We thought it would be special to wait and celebrate with them. I wanted to make Miranda a Pooh cake and thankfully we had Uncle Eric to head it up, because I had never decorated a cake before. Thank you, Eric!

Miranda and Uncle Eric


Miranda and Uncle Eric
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.

Eating Cake


Eating Cake
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Feeding Cheryle Caron


Feeding Cheryle Caron
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.
We got Miranda a Cabbage Patch doll for her birthday. Yes, I am partly reliving my childhood, but she likes it too, so it all works out. The doll came with the name Cheryle Caron. Now I always, changed my cabbage patch doll's names. They were always so weird...Cheryle Caron...need I say more. So before she opened it Dan and I were trying to think of a good name for her new doll. We were fully intending to change her name, but we didn't account for...Eric and Leah. They were hilarious with the "Cheryle Caron" this and "Cheryle Caron" that. So by the time they had left it had already stuck. I have to admit it is pretty funny to hear Miranda say "Chrl Crn". Try saying it without the vowels and that is how it sounds.

Too Much Birthday Fun!


Pooped
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.
Miranda decided to take a break on her chair with her new doll, shoes, dress, and balloons.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

More Singing- "This is the Day"

video You'll have to excuse the yogurt on the face. This was captured during lunch. She really puts her heart and soul into it at the end.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Miranda Claire!


Birthday Girl
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.
Miranda you light up our lives! And today we are so thankful for the precious gift you are. May your birthday ever serve as a reminder of God's goodness.

Believe it or not there was a time when our arms were empty, but we dreamed of you and prayed for you. A devotional for those experiencing infertility encouraged me to write a letter to my future child, here is part of what I wrote, addressed to

"Dearest Little Miracle,

...Oh, what joy there will be on that day when I hold you in my arms and behold your little fingers and little toes. We will sing to you as we rock you late at night. It will be so fun to see how you resemble us, yet you are your own unique person. You will have unique thoughts, experiences, joys, and pain. We can't wait to join with you as you discover this world. We will be there to love you, comfort you, hold your hand, pray with you, read to you, play with you, answer your many questions, and laugh with you. Most of all, dear child , we desire to model the love your Heavenly Father has for you. We will fail, but He will never fail. So we give you to His caring, good hands even before you are born, because although we do not know you yet, He does! We dedicate your life to Him and pray one day you will do the same! We love you so much!

With Hope!
Mommy and Daddy"

Two years ago today we held you in our arms for the first time and beheld you tiny fingers and toes. We are so thankful for your life. How much do Mommy and Daddy love you? SOOOOOOOOOO much!

Her New Chair


Reading her Bible1
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.
Here is the big 2 year old sitting in her brand new chair. I'll have to try to post some video of her opening her present later on. When she climbed into it she said "Comfy chair" and later "cute chair". We had a really fun morning making special pancakes and enjoying some extra time with Daddy on a day that he normally works 12 hours.

She Did Use the Fork...


She Did Use the Fork...
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.
As well as her fingers. As you can see she liked the chocolate eyes and nose the best.

Pooh Pancakes


Pooh Pancakes
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.
We topped them with a dab of whipped topping and some red sprinkles.

Making Birthday Pancakes


Helping Stir2
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.

Helping Stir


Helping Stir
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.

Monday, March 09, 2009

National Forcast

Wintry north, springlike south

"While the northern tier of the country deals with snow and bitter cold, the South basks in springlike warmth." (weather.com)

Sorry Goshen! (sincerely) I see you have snow predicted for Wednesday:-) Don't worry spring will eventually come.

We're enjoying the tulips down here in TX- supposed to be 81 degrees today. Thanks for asking:-)

Saturday, March 07, 2009

"I Mary"


"I Mary"
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.
I went in to check on Miranda while she was sitting on the potty and this is how I found her. She had Johnny's towel over her head. I asked her if she was Mary and she said, "I Mary". We used to pretend she was Mary a lot around Christmas time, so I think she must remember that.

Water Coloring


Water Coloring
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.
I got Miranda to sit still long enough to french braid her hair by having her water color with daddy.

Taking Johnny for a Ride


Taking Johnny for a Ride2
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.

Cuddle Bug


Cuddle Bug3
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.

Bro and Sis


Bro and Sis
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.

Pleated Beauty Handbag


Pleated Hand Bag
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.
My first sewing project completed since having Johnny. I used the pattern from a new book I got- "Bend the Rules Sewing" by Amy Karol. It's such a fun book!!! Next up hopefully a quilt for Johnny and an apron for Miranda (or two :-))

"Little" Brother


"Little" Brother
Originally uploaded by dandeelines.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Twinkle Twinkle

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