Thank you for visiting my blog! If you are visiting because you have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss, let me say that I am so very sorry. I started this blog shortly after our Baby Grady was stillborn on November 12, 2008. Please visit the sidebar below called "Labels" to find the topic in which you are interested, or just read as your heart desires.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Random Tidbits

I have a little to say about a lot tonight. Nothing deep. I don't have the energy to go there. Still, one day at a time. One foot in front of the other!

***Remember Jessica's trip to Tybee and my concern about her falling asleep at 4:45pm the day she got home. Well, Gib moved her to her bed at 6:30 and she didn't wake up until 1:40am. She went to the bathroom and changed her clothes and went back to sleep until 6:45am the next morning. I felt a hand on my back and she said, "Mommy....I'm staarrrving!" Gee, I wonder why?

***If you've been wondering about our dog situation, well we haven't solved it yet. I think we've gotten Gib a little closer to saying yes. I actually talked to a local vet on Friday about Golden Retrievers. I told Gib and he didn't oppose too badly. I'm hoping when we get back from vacation this summer we can add a 4-legged member to our family! Jessica also impressed her daddy by making her own power-point presentation about why we need to and should get a dog. How can you say no to that?!

***Remember the bird I posted about a while back? Just to let you never came back. BUT, it came at just the right time!

***Back in March, I posted about my new mission in life. I'm still working on it. I actually have two meetings this week at the hospital. It will be a tedious process, but I'm determined to use Grady's short life and untimely death to reach out to help other grieving parents! Keep praying!!! There is definitely a lot of work to do and some obstacles that need to be overcome.

***We are in the process of planning a much-needed vacation at the beach. We had planned not to go to Disney this year because of Baby Grady. In fact, we said we wouldn't go back until he was about three years old. We all need the beach this summer! We love to go to Navarre Beach in Florida but there's not much for kids to do. So, we're thinking of going back to our spring break days at PCB! That's Panama City Beach in case you didn't know!

***I have got to get my "you know what" in gear and get my house cleaned up. As I stated in my last post, my motivation is gone, but my house is driving me CRAZY!!! If you have any great organizational tips on what to do with papers from the kids' school and mail, I would love to hear them! They collect on my island making the whole kitchen look a mess!

***Last Saturday night, the 9th, was prom at Gib's school. Since he's part of the administration, he had "duty". Doesn't he look handsome?

The funny thing is that not long before he was supposed to leave, I tried to crank our van to pull it into the garage (I had left it out so the girls could play in the garage) and it wouldn't crank. It finally did and we determined it was the battery. So, all dressed up in his suit and bright red shirt, he went to Walmart on his way to prom and bought me a new battery. He installed it Sunday morning before we went to church. Happy Mother's Day to me!

***Seriously, for Mother's Day he bought me a digital picture frame. I love it, but we've got to get more pictures of Jessica for it. He also did something very special that night at dinner which I'll post about later. Here are a few pictures (not the greatest pics of me and YES, I'm wearing the same shirt!)...

Emma Grace's class had a Mother's Day Tea the Friday morning before Mother's Day...

Here are a couple of pictures from Mother's Day. Do you see someone missing???

***This past Friday was Jessica's Field Day. Did you have those growing up? I did and they were the highlight of the year. Jessica's teachers were some of the only ones to come. They were great! She has had a WONDERFUL year and I couldn't have asked for better teachers!!!! This is Jessica' homeroom teacher and Jessica smeared all of this shaving cream on her arm. What a good sport!!! We love you Ms. K!!!

***The last day of school for the girls is this Friday the 22nd. I can't believe I'm going to have a 5th grader and a Kindergartener! They grow SOOO quickly!

***We plan to go strawberry picking this coming weekend if they're not all "picked out". The girls and I went last year, picked four gallons and had lots of fun. However, my helpers tuckered out real fast and ate more strawberries than they picked! I'm planning to take Gib to help me this year. Plus, I was pregnant with Grady last year and still not feeling well, so I was moving a little slow! I hope to pick at least eight gallons this year and make jam and freeze some of them. Our jam didn't last long last year!

***How cute are these girls in their pigtails?!?!

***Soon, I will be adding a list of books that I recommend to my left side bar. I just read one yesterday that was incredible and recently finished another one that was GREAT if you're going through a hard time of any kind. Stay tuned...

That's all folks! Have a great night!



  1. Judging by all that has been going on with you... it's no wonder you haven't had time to clean house! You have got so many plates spinning... or so it seems from this long list of updatish postings.

    Hope we can catch up soon! ae

  2. Hey There! I am popping over from Lynn's and wanted to say hi. Your blog is so cute and your family is even cuter! Have fun being the featured blogger and making new friends!

  3. Hi, from one busy mom to another! Beautiful family :)


  4. How cute are your girls! That is awesome that your little Jessica made a power point presentation all by herself! Way to go :)

  5. What a great way to start the week, reading your blog! I found you through Lynette and am so glad I did. I have a soon to be 6th grader and kindergartner and I love the power point! I'd cave for that as well. We had a Golden but moved and had to keep him in the country back home. We now have a Lhasa and are in the process of adopting one in a week or so.

    I am so sorry for your loss and I look forward to reading what you do to help other grieving families. May God bless your family for taking that step.

  6. Hi there,
    I just stopped by from Lynette's Getting to Know you post and I'm glad I did. I am so sorry for your loss......and will say a little prayer for you and your family.

  7. Hi! I thought it was so neat that you were featured today. Last week, for some reason, I went through and read some of your older posts and prayed for you. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. I loved the pictures of you and your all looked beautiful. Have a wonderful week!

  8. Oh, Tonya, you have a precious family. Gib does look so handsome!

    I do see the one who is missing...


  9. Tonya you look beautiful in those pictures. And your husband looks so young in that picture. Your family is just precious and of course I noticed the precious little boy missing. Do you know how many times I look at my kids and think it doesn't look like all of them, someone is missing... I can't wait to read about the books as well as hear more about your new mission. Praying for you!

  10. Hi Tonya,

    I am here from Lynnettes. It is so nice to meet you! I am so sorry for your loss, it is so hard to lose a child, and I do know, I lost my son to SIDS. I will be praying for your family. Your daughters are just beautiful! Blessing Shi~

  11. You have a great blog....Love it..I have enjoyed reading your blog tonight.

    Hope you will visit me...The posts from our most recent "grandparent Disney trip" are beginning, with a look into the eyes of my little guys from this "Grammy"! Also every comment counts as an entry for the May giveaway. (See Monthly Card Box Giveaway"!

  12. Interrupted Expectations sent me your way and I'm so glad to be here! Thanks for sharing your heart and journey with other women. I, too, said good-bye to a little one I loved and let go (although far sooner) and can relate a bit to your sorrow and HOPE.

  13. I'm showing up for the party a bit late, but better late than never. Congrats on being Lynnette's featured blogger. I enjoyed meeting you and your family.