Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December 18, 2009

Here we are bright and early at Mary Black, 6am, ready to be induced and have this baby!!! We were blessed with the same nurse we had with Kaelyn 3 years ago! She is awesome! (This time we had the baby before her shift ended! YAAAY! Bless her heart...last time she stayed until 8pm - her shift ended at 7, and Kae didn't come until 8:51pm! She did come by the next day to see us though :)


Finally she arrives at 6:48pm and that was a miracle! They were predicting around 10pm but I jumped from 4cm to 10cm just like that and Kalli pretty much just came right on into this world without much pushing at all. In fact they had to delay a c-section down the hall because Kalli decided "ready or not here I come!" I was actually told not to push or even laugh for a few minutes because she was coming on out and our doctor needed time to grab her gloves real quick! It was an amazing experience. Crazy how each birth is so different.
Thanks to Nan and Pop for keeping Big Sis, Kaelyn, and bringing her up to meet her new baby sister! She was soooo excited, and poor thing waited for her AAAAALL day! LoL
Here is our sweet little Kalli Dawn. God is SO good and SO amazing!



Thursday, September 10, 2009

In Loving Memory...

Well, if you had told me the photos below were the last we would ever take with my Papa I would call you crazy! I didn't see his death coming. My mom, Kae, and I went to Charleston to visit with him when he was in the hospital and things were quite confusing. They spoke of kidney problems, infection, etc.. but they also spoke things about rehabilitation centers for him to gain strength back when he was released from the hospital so I didn't think much of it. My bosses were gracious enough to let me work from Charleston and I was so glad Kae and I went for that week because she brought him so much joy! The date is on the tape on his hand in the picture of him and Kae... 8/10/09, the last pictures we would take with him. This particular time I'm so glad I'm that annoying person bugging people for pictures when they don't feel like taking them.



After that week Kae and I returned home. I needed to get back to work and there wasn't much I could do being pregnant, tired, and entertaining an almost 3 year old in a tiny hospital room. And he had my mom, uncle, his sisters, his parents, etc.. And besides I figured I would get a call letting me know he had been released and we could go visit him at the rehab center. I did get a call, but not one I was expecting. It was around 8:30pm on August 26th... Brian was upstairs putting Kaelyn to bed and my dad called. I answered and he immediately asked for Brian and I asked what was wrong. He said he needed to talk to Brian and I knew it must be something bad. I told him Brian was upstairs and he finally told me that the Dr.'s said Papa most likely wouldn't make it through the night. I started crying and running up the stairs. Brian took the phone and Dad told him we needed to come now. I've never packed up our family so fast. On the ride there I was thinking of how we would walk in, hug him, and tell him how much we love him. But then I found out he had not been conscious. :( My heart sank as it became so real and I balled just thinking of him not getting to meet our precious Kalli, due in December. And this is how she got her middle name, Dawn. My Papa's name was Donald Graham and everyone called him Don. It was Brian's suggestion as I was crying on the ride to the hospital that night, just trying to comfort me, but who knew, we both loved the Southern little ring to Kalli Dawn and the whole meaning...Kalli - most beautiful Dawn - sunrise, so she would be "most beautiful sunrise" It brought a glorious image to my mind.

We got there around 11:30 I think. He could only have a few visitors at a time and my parents just weren't sure if I could handle seeing him the way he was. He's my Papa, the one who spoiled me rotten as a little girl..threw birthday parties for me and invited kids I didn't even know, always had the grill fired up cooking the best dinners when we came up to visit, sent me the coolest dolls from the Disney store for Christmas, took me to Lord of the Dance, came down to FL to celebrate my high school graduation, paid for the harpist I HAD to have on my wedding day, and was there for the birth of my first child, his first great grandchild. And he would look nothing like that man, not even like the man I had seen just a couple of weeks or so earlier in the hospital. Not to mention I was 5 months pregnant and on an emotional roller coaster! But they knew I wanted to see him, so they took me back. It was awful, sooo awful. And nurses hurried around pumping more blood in him as we stood there and cried. I was in such shock. Everything just went bad so fast. They thought they had found the source of some of the infection in his stomach and decided to take him into surgery at the last minute. It wasn't planned where we could all be there in case something were to go wrong. His organs just could not handle it... It was a mess inside and when they touched anything, it bled. My parents had just seen him before this surgery and he was FINE, talking to them and in a good mood. And this is what came just a couple hours later. I kept telling myself God could still perform a miracle... they happen everyday. I stood there and talked to him and he did squeeze my hand... I needed that. I just hated not being able to see him before this surgery and wanted him to know I was there. The nurses said he could still hear us and that proved he could.
The next day, August 27th, Papa passed. And even sometimes now, I can't believe it. And by the way, I still believe God performs miracles, and could He have saved him if that was the plan? Yes He could. Even though my human mind doesn't understand why, it was his time to go home. I pray he knew how much we all loved him. "Press On" as he used to say.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Baby Girl

Thinking about our precious baby girl inside of me brings me back to my first baby girl, Kaelyn Annalise. Wow, not such a baby anymore. She is growing up so fast! She keeps us smiling & laughing, and brings so much joy to us and everyone around her. While we were in Charleston visiting Papa in the hospital, she said the funniest thing. She looked at his mom, my Great Grandmom, and asked, "What's on your forehead?" We knew what she was talking about but poor Grandmom had no idea and started rubbing her forehead and said, "Oh I don't know...Nothing I don't think... Gene (Great Granddad), what's on my forehead?" Kaelyn keeps asking and at this point we are kind of ignoring her hoping she will give up because I don't want her to embarrass Grandmom. But she just can't help it... and she looked up at Grandmom and excitedly asked, "Is it stripes or somethin'?" And made one of her funny little Kaelyn faces. hehe We died laughing!! I still don't think Grandmom ever got it, so thanks Kae for one of the funniest moments ever! I need a video camera rolling on you at all times girl! ;) Love you!
Here she is below looking all grown up on the way to pick up Nana from the airport on 8/10/09.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

It's a GIRL

Well we didn't even make it until the 29th! We went and did something special at a 4d Ultrasound Office b/c if we plan to do a 4d late in the pregnancy, it was no extra cost to go ahead and find out the sex. :) So here she is in all her glory (pics below)... Miss Kalli Grace. She was so sweet, waving at us and rubbing her little eye.
I must admit, I thought this was a boy. Things were so different and lots of people thought the same way I did so I had pretty much convinced myself and given my poor husband false hope. lol I was completely shocked when they said girl! Especially since when the first shot of her came up I thought I saw a male part, but it ended up just being the cord. hehe I will admit to you all that it took me a few hours to get over the initial shock ... all I had been thinking about were boy things. But I soon got in girl mode and got excited about sweet sisters. I've never had that and I'm excited for my girls to have best friends for life. :) It took Kaelyn a little while to accept it as well. Nobody told her we thought it was a boy, but she insisted she was having a baby brother. She came to the ultrasound with us and after leaving we asked what she thought about having a baby sister and she still said she was having a baby brother. I tried to tell her Kalli would be pretty and sweet just like her, but she said she wanted a boy just like Daddy. ;) Finally a couple days later she got excited about her baby sister and talking about all the clothes, shoes, and toys she will give her. I can't wait to see them together. Poor Daddy...our house will soon be even more dramatic, but I know he loves his sweet little girls. Thank goodness our dog is a boy! ha!
But on a more serious note... We are so thankful and blessed with this tiny miracle and so excited God decided to give us this precious gift!



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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

We are Still Alive...

...I promise! Okay, so I have been MIA lately. As most of you have probably gathered I wasn't feeling too hot for a few weeks early in the pregnancy and just could not do anything but make it to daycare, work, daycare, home, snack, bath, sleep. That's right.. that didn't include making dinner. My poor hubby for all those weeks! LOL He was good to me though and made me bowls of cereal and pb&j's...the only thing I really wanted. Finally at the end of May I started feeling better and cooking again. :) And then life has just been a whirlwind! Kaelyn went to Michigan with Nan and Pop for 2 whole weeks, we went up for a visit and to bring her back, then we went to FL to visit Brian's family for the 4th, and we have just been so busy and exhausted! I do plan on back-blogging about all of this... and I will date them when they happened b/c I like to document it that way for memories. ;)

As for the pregnancy... all is well. We are 16 weeks right now and will be finding out boy or girl on July 29th! In the past week I have started feeling the little flutters and very small kicks...definitely not strong enough for anyone else to feel right now, but such special moments. We are very excited! :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bring back my Kaelyn to me...

Kaelyn often sings this song, "Bring back by Mommy to me..." and puts Daddy, Brewer, etc.. in there. Well after 2 long weeks we finally got our precious Kae back! We got to Michigan on Friday the 12th to spend the weekend with my family and take our baby girl home. We were so excited to see her and she was excited to see us too! We had a great time and celebrated Father's Day a little early with my Dad, and also had a late birthday celebration for me! Woohoo! =) The weekend definitely went by too fast! :)

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On the way home we spent the night in Gatlinburg to get up early and take Kaelyn to Ripley's Aquarium the next morning... June 16th. It was our 4 year wedding anniversary! I am a little embarrassed about this, but we both were trying to get everything out of the hotel and get to the aquarium and didn't even remember the special day until we got a text from my mom. hehe Funny how life changes after kiddos. :) We had a great day together though and time is just flying. I love you babe. Here's to many more! <3 Here are a few pics from the trip!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

My Birthday!

Today is my birthday and my honey surprised me with some beautiful flowers at work! These were my favorite flowers so far. I still don't really know what they are but they created such a nice fragrance for our whole office area. :) I worked today and then met Brian for a Dr. appt where we got to hear Baby Sneed's heartbeat. It was in the 160's... strong and fast. And then we headed to Charlotte for Cheesecake Factory... my very favorite!
I got a few cards/gifts in the mail, but the most special was one my mom sent from Kaelyn. I am missing my baby girl, but she is having a blast!


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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Kaelyn's 1st Big Trip...

....without Mommy and Daddy! Early this morning Kae headed off to Michigan to stay with Nana and Pop for 2 whole weeks! She was so excited about her new Princess suitcase Nana got her and we got it packed and she pulled it around everywhere. She had no hesitations, she said "Bye Momma, Bye Dad" Dad, she said Dad, not Daddy, wow... she is growing up. I know we will enjoy our alone time, but we are already missing her. I know my mom and dad are thrilled and they will have a blast though! Here is my baby when she left this morning and when she arrived with her suitcase at Nan and Pop's. Pray I can make it these 2 weeks!



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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Women of Joy '09

This past weekend my friend, Lindsey, and I headed to Charleston for Women of Joy. We had such an amazing time! Charles Billingsley led praise and worship and it was so anointed every time... so very powerful to hear around 6,000 women singing praises to God! We were also blessed with anointed speakers... Kirk Cameron, Nancy DeMoss, Angela Thomas, and the hysterically funny Chonda Pierce. They all had touching words from the Lord to share with us. I loved that they were all so real and transparent. Each one was so different, yet all were sharing such relevant truths. Then that wasn't all...we had a concert by Casting Crowns. WOW. They were amazing. Back to real and transparent...that was them to a T. I love listening to their music, but getting to see them and hear them speak was awesome. This was one of the best conferences I have been too. It was so nice to get away for a weekend and be refreshed with the Word of God and such wonderful times of praise and worship. To see more pics from our weekend (I know you ladies want to see Kirk haha) click HERE!




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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day <3

First of all Happy Mother's Day to both of our Mothers! You are so very special to us and we love and miss you very much! and Happy Birthday to my Mom who celebrated one yesterday...Wish we could've been there. Love you!

I had a wonderful Mother's Day! Brian and Kae took me to Olive Garden on Saturday night and when we got home Kaelyn couldn't wait to give me my gift so Brian said she could give it to me early. She brought me a huge bottle of Dream Angels Heavenly perfume (fave!) and box of Godiva chocolates that she of course wanted to share. hehe She came in and said Happy Mother's Day and brought me a sweet card that she drew in for me. :)
The next morning Brian spoiled me with a few more gifts... he's such a sweetie! And then we all headed to church.
We came home for lunch and I got to relax all day while Brian did some cleaning and laundry for me. It was definitely a perfect day!
Below are a few pictures of the things Kaelyn made for me at school. :)

Hope all you Moms had a great day!




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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Happy Birthday to My Baby!

My biggest baby, that is! Today is Brian's 32nd birthday! Kaelyn and I surprised him with a red velvet cake because that's one of his favorites! We gave him a few gifts and are taking him fishing this weekend in his biggest early gift... his boat that he is loving!
Happy Birthday Honey! We love you so much! :)




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Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Okay, trying to pick back up where I left off...

Princess Belle and Cinderella were up at Chick-fil-a last night and I had been planning on taking Kaelyn after work. She was sooo excited about it. We got there about 5-10 minutes before they arrived and wow, the restaurant was already packed and there was no place to sit. I decided to go ahead and get Kae her kids meal as I knew it was going to get more crowded and just told her we would eat it at home. The whole thing was chaotic and we seemed to wait in line forever, but it was worth it. Cinderella wasn't that great to me so I tried to get Kaelyn to come on home after Belle, but she was set on Cinderella too, so we waited in yet another line. lol It really made her day though... she was so excited and will be talking about this for a few days to come. She loves looking at the pictures of her and the princesses! :)
The last picture is of my little princess experimenting with eyeshadow. :)



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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Kaelyn's Has Big News!

Watch the video below to hear Kae's news!

We are just 6 weeks right now so keep us in your prayers for a healthy, growing baby! We are all very excited. Little Baby Sneed is due December 19th. :)



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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy Easter!

I am finally getting around to this post. Seems like we had such a BUSY weekend! We started the weekend off right with a boat ride out on Lake Bowen. :) It was Skyler's first time on the boat and she wasn't ready to go home. She loved it!Then we ran home to change for an Easter EGGstravaganza at Legacy Outreach (My Aunt and Uncle's church) Kaelyn had a blast. They had a really neat setup with 6 different stations and as you went to each one they were telling the story of Easter. Some of the stuff may have been a little over her head, but she was enjoying herself. Afterwards they had a huge egg hunt, snow cones, and bounce houses everywhere so there was lots of fun to be had! Skyler racked up on the eggs and even shared some with her little sis. ;) We came home and Kae and I crashed...she had missed her nap with all the craziness! Sunday we went to church with my aunt and uncle and had Easter lunch with them afterwards. The girls looked so cute in their dresses. The lunch was delicious and Kae & Brian helped me make Easter basket cupcakes! We had a wonderful weekend and are so grateful for our RISEN Savior! Kaelyn reminded us all of the true meaning of Easter as she sang...Mighty to Save all weekend! It's one of her favorites so I am including a video of her singing it. :) Just in case you don't know the words, here is what she is saying...
Savior, He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save, He is mighty to save
Forever, Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave.