But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another mother of quints! Plus another zoo visit

My new friend Opalyn is 22 weeks pregnant with three little boys and two girls! This is her first pregnancy, and she's only been in the U.S. for a couple of years. She is from the Philippines, married to an American. I will hopefully get to meet her next week. She lives quite a ways from us but is still in the Dallas area.

If I have loaned anyone anything that you are now done with (or if you happen to have extra baby stuff floating around that you'd be happy to give away), could you please contact me so I can start collecting quint paraphernalia for Opalyn? We are so excited to be able to pass on the blessings we've so richly received!

Also, please pray for a safe pregnancy and healthy babies who will stay in their momma lot longer than mine did in me, Lord willing!

As we well know, having five babies at once is a ZOO! Speaking of which . . .

We went to the zoo again! The kids love it, Megan and Naomi can get us in for free, and Megan even works there now as a junior zookeeper! Such fun for us all!

Gracie's all wet after playing in the water at the Children's Zoo

Marcie loving the slide

Grandpadad and David, who thinks he owns him.
[I had the wrong camera lens on and completely ruined all the pictures I took of my mom with the kids. Sorry!]

Peek-a-boo Gracie!
Peek-a-boo Seth!
Strawberry Marcie! Her onesie from Aunt Krista and Co. has strawberries on it and she's
eating a strawberry in this picture. She loves Grandpadad's hat.
Marcie again

Gracie and Megan
Will was VERY excited about the big flying birds at the bird show!
Big Girl Gracie sitting patiently at the bird show

Climbing the stairs was the most fun part of the bird show!

Seth with David behind him on the stairs (and those are my white pants, ready to catch any falls - and dirt!)
Hugging the metal kangaroos was obligatory, apparently.

Petting the goats: David, Marcie and Seth in the very far right corner

Brave David. The last time they called the goats "doggies," but I don't think they did that this time. I'm pretty sure they barked, though! (The babies, not the goats.)

Doesn't Will look pleased with himself?

Gracie and Seth visiting the goats with Megan's help

Lots of tired kids ready to head home. My favorite, most often-repeated comments during the day were: "Are they all twins?" and "That is the CUTEST thing I've ever seen!" Dress 'em alike, line 'em up, they cause a stir!

Goodnight, Marcie!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Texas Bluebonnet Photos - the Jones 8

This was a lot harder than last year, Gavin said. "Last year we just plunked them down and they stayed where we put them!"

(Photo by Valerie Rivera - thank you!!)
We tried to re-create the posed photo from last year . . . with no success.
Nevertheless, Naomi was able to get some great shots as always. We can't thank her or God enough for using her talents and skills and camera to bless us (and those who love us!). :)
Everyone is smiling because Grandpadad is playing peek-a-boo using a paper bag on his head.
I couldn't decide which photo was my favorite. I love this one of Isaac, silly kid! 

Seth and David are just cracking up at my dad in this photo!

My wonderful, handsome husband again with Gracie, who was very happy to let her daddy hold her for one last photo.
The other kids were off exploring the flowers and field.
The girls: Gracie on the left, Marcie on the right, happy Mommy in the middle

I love my girls! I wish Marcie had been smiling, but it was the end of the photo session and she was done. :)

P.S. I love my boys every bit as much, even though they weren't interested in staying still for any more photos!

Texas Bluebonnet Photos - the kids in birth order

Apologies for the weird formatting - I had a lot of trouble and finally gave up. The photos are not the sizes or places they should be!

Texas Bluebonnet Photos - Isaac and friends

His best friend Peter. Aren't they precious together!? (And don't you think Peter looks like he belongs in our family?)

And now one with Megan, their other really good friend. These three spent a wild weekend playing together (even though Megan is nearly two years older than the boys; she is very patient and fun!)

Texas Bluebonnet Photos - The grandparents

Seth and Will were still pretty happy after the family and individual pictures were all done, so they submitted to some extra shots with my parents. :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Landmark day: Last pulmonology appointment, D.V.!

Dear friends and family,

How amazing, how miraculous to report that Lord willing today was Seth's last pulmonology check-up! His lungs sounded really good, his oxygen saturations were good, and he was all over the office like a healthy, normal boy. He kept climbing up into the doctor's lap or my lap, barking like a dog at the dog pictures on one tongue depressor, saying "ball!" over and over again to the ball pictures on the other tongue depressor, and finding little hidey-holes to sit down with  both tongue depressors and just look at them with joy. He is SUCH a cute little boy! The doctor asked if we could just let him have him. He said he needs a little boy. :)

The doc also said again that it's just amazing that none of our kids have any lasting problems, and that only Seth needs any kind of medication (his one antacid and his inhalers as needed). He said, "He's really come a long way, hasn't he? I really think he's going to be okay." When I asked him to clarify what "okay" meant, he said it meant Seth likely won't have any longterm issues at all, including asthma. That is certainly our prayer, especially living at 5000 feet during the grass burning time of year when the air can get very smokey and dusty. We appreciate those of you who have been praying for Seth, and we would love it if you would keep humbly asking God for complete lung health on Seth's behalf.

Oh, the fact that Seth is recovering from this most recent cold and has had two other colds since his last appointment with no adverse affects at all is extremely positive and encouraging!! Praise God. This is just such an enormous, important answer to very concentrated prayer from many, many people. We are grateful beyond words.

One other big prayer request, the one concern the doctor expressed, was that Seth is still not gaining weight like he should. He's gained a pound since our last visit, but that's slower than he should be gaining. His height curve is great, as usual, but his weight curve has leveled out too much when it really should be going up more. Please pray for wisdom on how and what to feed him. He eats a LOT and is very happy and eager to eat, so it's more a matter of what we can do to pack in the fat and calories along with the nutrients. We need to be careful not to give him empty-calorie snacks because he needs to eat nutritious fattening meals. He doesn't like PediaSure or Boost or even Carnation Instant Breakfast, so that's a bummer.

Okay, gotta head to bed. Love and gratitude!!

Not a great picture of Seth, but Gracie is a cutie and Gavin is the handsomest man alive!

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones