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Archive - December, 2008

Texans fan for the day and Ella’s fishing success

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It was a bad day to be a Cowboys fan and a good day to be a Texans fan so here’s a great picture.
On Christmas day, a pretty girl catches a little fish at Nanna and Pappy’s farm!

Ella caught a BIG one

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Video: Ella’s Birthday Videos (Midland and Houston)

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Since Ella's birthday is during the Thanksgiving week, we end up celebrating her birthday with family.  This year we celebrated in Midland with Joel's family and in Houston with friends and family. 





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Video: What a difference a year makes!

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Ella and Seth get to see Santa.  Would this be a better experience than last year?


And the awesome picture!

This was from last year’s attempt.
And last year’s picture.

Scared of Santa

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Video: Seth sitting up and playing

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Video: Daddy feeds Seth

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He has eaten just about everything we have given him.

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Hi everyone!

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We’ve had a busy, busy weekend here –  Praise God, we got a contract on our house last week (it was only on the market for about 40 days- isn’t God good?)!  Joel and I were so excited and spent the last half of the week and the entire weekend searching and searching for our next house….we’ve hardly been with the kids, except Saturday morning.  We found two homes that we loved and finally decided on a fav……SO, we’re holding on and making a (prayerful) offer on the new house on Monday morning!  We’re praying all goes well and just as the Lord has directed every detail up to this point, we are certain He will orchestrate the move beautifully.

What's up folks?

Back to the kids….we DID get in on some fun Saturday morning at Ella’s good buddy Woods’ birthday party!  It was a donut breakfast party and there was plenty of sugar to be passed around.  Aunt Amy make brunch for the adults and we rolled out the door with warm hearts and full bellies.  After that we headed over to Candy Cane Lane…..the children’s Christmas party at church.  Ella saw lots of buddies and even got to pet a camel in the live nativity!  We put sprinkles on cookies and jumped in bounce houses and petted every live animal that came in line of site.  It was loads of fun for a three year old and even better for mom and dad to stand by and watch.  I got to visit with lots of my buddies and dad was the perfect entertainer……he was in full control of both Ella AND Audrey for a few moments, to which Mariana and I would like to thank you, Joel!!!!!!!!!!!  Ella got in the car and announced that she needed some “Chick-A-Way.”  I did too.  But we’re buying a house…..and I’m decorating a house.  PBJs soon followed at home!

What about Seffy?  He’s got his first little cold- the poor puddin!  Well, he is human after all (although his Mimi insists he’s an angel in the flesh), so he’s going to get sick some time.  I’m doing all the baby-can’t-take-cold-medicine stuff: vaporizer, nose sucker, lots of fluids.  As you an see from the pic, he’s not really been affected.  Mr. Happy is still his usual, jolly self!  He’s still progressing right on track with his peer group and Joel and I remain encouraged by that.  All glory goes to the Lord!

So now I’m freaking out a little bit because come Monday morning, it will be only 10 days until Christmas.  I have no gifts for the kids.  They need nothing, but they need something to open up Christmas morning!  After all, Ella is just now coming around to Santa (check December this time last year- Santa photo was traumatic)….he’s got to come through this year.  I sure hope Toys R Us isn’t out of baby Ariel dolls, or I’m up the creek.  And she wants cars and trucks because Woods got some for his birthday.  We’ll see what Santa can come up with.  Seffy is going to open up some new pajamas (I have a thing for baby pajamas…..I have to stop myself from buying every footie jammies that I see in his size…..I LOVE FOOTIE PAJAMAS)!  Balls, trucks, baby boy stuff for him too.  You can’t go wrong buying for babies!  Joel and I are buying each other a house for Christmas.  Stay tuned for pics!

Merry Christmas is around the corner………….!

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Welcome Baby Lauren!

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We are excited to announce the arrival of Miss Lauren Elyse
Trott!!!!! She was an early Christmas present to mommy and daddy and
the rest of the world, as she came right in the middle of Thanksgiving
dinner at 3:43 on November 27th at 4 lb, 13 oz and 17.5 inches tall!
Seth is particularly excited about Miss Lauren’s arrival as she too is
a very special little lady born with Down Syndrome that lives right
here in our same city! (The kids’ parents already have great plans
for their friendship as we all grow together……..) We are so
blessed to share this journey with another family who loves God well
and desires to give Him all praise and honor for the great things that
He has done in our lives.

For tons more pics of this pretty little
lady, as well as a little more to her story, check out Laren’s blog
at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/babytrott

Psalm 126: 3
Congratulations Aaron and Leanne! We REJOICE with you in this perfect

Great family
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A Year Ago Today

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I’ve got butterflies in my stomach as I sit down to write this……A
year ago today, I sat in the same cozy chair that I’m in right now in
my living room and answered the phone. It was the nurse from my OBGYN
who called to let me know the results of my quad screen.

“1 in 1000 chance of neural tube defects, (Great!), 1 in 1000 chance
of spinabifida, (Wonderful)……{sigh over the phone}……and a 1 in
43 chance for Down Syndrome.”

“Ummm, what? Could you say that…did you mean…..what did you say
again?” {My heart was in my throat, beating faster than ever

“The quad screen tested a 1 in 43 chance for your baby to have Down
Syndrome….what we’re going to want to do now is get you in for an
ultrasound as soon as possible. Hold on while I call down to see when
we can work you in. Don’t worry, Emily. These tests are wrong 90% of
the time.”

Seth says there's nothing to fear

Fear. Panic. Crying. Sobbing. Weeping. I have to talk to Joel.
This is a mistake. This isn’t happening. This is crazy. Things like
this don’t happen to me- it happens to someone else. Why would God
let this happen? We serve in our church week after week. We’re good
people. We do all the right things and try to teach our daughter the
same. Our kids are supposed to grow up to really make an impact in
this world with their educations and willingness to serve God and love
others. This wasn’t in my plan- when I dreamed of how my life would
go, this wasn’t even a thought. How am I supposed to sleep until I
know for sure that my baby is okay? It’s okay- I just know this has
to be a mistake. Why did I even take that stupid test to begin with
when the results are so often wrong? Who can I call? I don’t know
anyone else who’s had this happen…..or do I and people just don’t
mention it? I need to talk to God- if I pray hard enough- if I beg
Him, this will go away. He always works things out for me, so He’ll
take this burden off us.

You know how it turned out. Seth.

Joy.  Laughter.  Peace.

We’ve got him. We’re living with Down Syndrome every day. And you know what? It’s not scary. It’s not bad. It wasn’t a curse for something we did wrong. It was God’s plan for our lives.

It was who God created Seth to be. We’re still
serving in our church week after week because God is faithful and
deserves our honor and praise. We’re teaching both Seth and Ella to
love God that way. Seth will grow up to make an impact on this world-
in fact, he already has. This wasn’t how I planned my life- it’s way
sweeter with Seth in it. I sleep great at night because we’re in the
middle of God’s plan for us. Seth wasn’t a mistake. I’m glad I took
the test because it forced me to rely on God a whole lot more than I
did before. I know a lot of people who are now walking this road with
me and their precious, perfect little children. And I still need to
talk to God- every day, every hour, every minute. If I pray hard
enough, He’ll continue to lead my heart. He always works things out
for me for the good, and Seth is proof of that.

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