Tuesday, September 27, 2016

THANK GOD!!

The SUO challenge this week is Thanksgiving or Thank you.  My thank you is for GOD this week, as our Tate Keith, our little Tator Tot has gone home!  He now weighs 4 pounds 5 ounces - so has almost gained a pound since birth.  He is a fighter.  It has been an uphill journey from the moment of his birth on Sept 11, 2016.  He beat all the odds, and he is our Tate the Great!! We are SO thankful to God for keeping our little Tate safe and growing.  My heart is full.   Until next time,  Karen

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

TATE KEITH ALDRIDGE ARRIVES!


THIS IS TRULY MY MOST FAVORITE COLOR COMBO EVER. AND THE SUO CHALLENGE THIS WEEK IS "WEATHER".  I WASN'T SURE I WAS GOING TO HAVE TIME TO MAKE A CARD THIS WEEKEND. I HAD ABOUT 4 I COULD PULL FROM MY ARCHIVES WITH THIS SAME COLOR COMBO BECAUSE I LOVE IT SO MUCH, BUT I REALLY WANTED TO USE SOME NEW PRODUCT IF POSSIBLE - SO I WHACKED THIS OUT LAST NIGHT AFTER SPENDING THE WEEKEND 40 MINUTES AWAY WHERE MY DAUGHTER GAVE US A BRAND NEW GRANDSON SATURDAY, SEPT 11TH. IT WAS NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY. IT WAS ALSO SEPT 11TH. JOY - BORN ON A SAD DAY IN HISTORY. NEW LIFE. AND THIS ISN'T JUST ANY LIFE. FROM THE START OF THIS PREGNANCY WE HAVE BEEN CALLED TO TRUST GOD OVER AND OVER AND OVER, FROM THE BLEED THAT THREATENED HIM IN THE VERY BEGINNING, TO MY DAUGHTER TOTALLING HER CAR WITH HIM IN TOW AFTER THAT, TO BEING TOLD HE WAS TOO SMALL AND MIGHT HAVE GENETIC PROBLEMS, TO BEING TOLD THAT ALL ALONG MY DAUGHTERS PLACENTA WAS THE PROBLEM AND NOW THAT THIS TINY BOY WOULD HAVE TO BE DELIVERED 6 WEEKS EARLY. WHAT A JOURNEY OF UNCERTAINTY AND FEAR WE WENT THROUGH. TATE KEITH ALDRIDGE ARRIVED ON HIS TIME WITH ALL THE RIGHT PARTS AND THEY ALL WORK AND HE IS PERFECTION -- AFTER BEING TOLD THAT IT WOULD TAKE DAYS TO INDUCE THE LABOR, HE DECIDED ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH AND HE CAME QUITE SUDDENLY, AND DIDN'T EVEN WAIT FOR THE DOCTOR TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE. HE IS THE TINIEST MOST BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GUY WHO IS SHOWING HIMSELF TO BE SUCH A QUIET FIGHTER.....AS HE HAS NOT NEEDED OXYGEN, HAS NOT NEEDED A FEEDING TUBE, AND EACH DAY SHOWS US SOME OF HIS STRENGTH CLOAKED IN HIS 3 POUND 7 OUNCE BODY....HE IS FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE. EVERY CHILD IS A MIRACLE, BUT I AM GRATEFUL WE GOT TO EXPERIENCE THIS CHILDBIRTH AND PREGNANCY THAT WAS FILLED WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING...AS I WILL NEVER EVER TAKE ANY BIRTH FOR GRANTED AGAIN. I HAD 4 KIDS AND ALL CAME WITHOUT A HITCH AND WERE HEALTHY. UP UNTIL NOW OUR GRANDCHILDREN ARRIVED WITH VERY LITTLE COMPLICATIONS.....THIS ONE HAS TAUGHT US A WHOLE NEW DEPENDENCE ON GOD. I HAVE WATCHED MY DAUGHTER AND HER HUSBAND TAKE THIS JOURNEY AND I HAVE BEEN IN AWE OF MY DAUGHTERS STRENGTH - GOD HAS BEEN WITH US EACH STEP OF THE WAY AND I KNOW HE WILL CONTINUE TO WALK WITH US AS TATE GROWS AND MATURES. ONE DAY HE WILL BE A BIG STRAPPING GUY AND WE WILL FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE HOW THIS ALL STARTED. I AM IN AWE TODAY. I AM HUMBLED BY THE DELICACY OF LIFE. ENOUGH SAID. OH, , AND I MADE A CARD THIS WEEK. HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYONE!