Tuesday, January 29, 2008

dillon is 7 weeks old!

can you believe dillon is 7 weeks old!?!? i CAN'T!!! we laid dillon on his tummy tonight for the first time in several days and he did awesome with holding his head up! our little boy is growing SO much! he is getting so big. we go to the doctor on feb. 8 for his shots. it's not going to be a fun day, but i know that we will get through it! we love you all! this is a much better pick-me-up than my last post. God is so faithful...even in daily tummy time. we love you all!!
dillon on tummy time.

what are you guys talking about?
we're so proud!

look at our family!!!! (dillon's saying "who is this dog and what is he doing?!?!)
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PS: dillon does have other clothes besides this t-shirt!! HA!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

this week in review

i do have to say that i'm kinda glad this week is over. it has been a wierd week where a lot and not a lot happened all at the same time. as i'm sitting here with dillon and petey on the couch, covered up with the best blanket in our house, i'm reminded at how quickly life can change drastically. at the beginning of this week, i found out that one of my friends's house had been broken into and the man that broke into her house beat her up and sent her to the hospital. then the next day, i found out good news, two of our friends are pregnant! (rachael greenway and jennifer hooper...they're sisters-in-law and they're due two days apart! yea!) so, that brings us to wednesday. i called my sister to tell her the good news and she had horrible news. a dear sister, amber mathenia, was killed in a tragic car accident on tuesday evening, leaving her husband and two kids, 4 and 6 months old. on that same day, i found out that one of my longest and best friends in the world received some terrible news from a doctor...that she and her husband would not be able to conceive children natrually. so, that brings us to thursday. i was talking to one of my best friends, holly cossiboom, and she told me that a 3 year old from their church had drowned that weekend in 19 degree weather. on friday, mom and i got to hang out for the evening...we went to englewood's women's conference. that was good. and on saturday, i enjoyed dillon all day, along with pancakes in bed, staying in bed until noon, going to see some old friends for dinner and hanging out with new friends after dinner. praise God that He is faithful.
on friday, as i was reading in psalm 4 and reading an email about amber that i had received, i was reminded that the Lord is so faithful to his children. although this week has been hard and i've been reminded of bad things in life, i would not trade it for the fact that my God is a sovereign God. Psalm 4.8 says "in peace i will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, o Lord, make me to dwell in safety." and again in psalm 116.15 "precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones." the second verse sounds somewhat morbid you might think, however, i love that it is precious to the Lord when someone goes to be with Him forever. also, the psalm 4 reference is such hope...not just for the life to come, but for now, there's nothing for us to be fearful of. the Lord allows us to dwell in safety. we have nothing to be afraid of.
i realize that this might be a ramble, but i wanted you to first of all, pray for all of these tragedies that have happened this week, and also rejoice with those that are rejoicing right now. Praise the LORD that HE is sovereign and that we are not...that HE is faithful...that HE is our best interest at mind...and that HE loves us. i pray that all who read this will have a better week and live in the peace that passes understanding.

here's a little picture to show you how big dillon is getting...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

nothing to blog

well, we have pretty much just hung out the whole month of january. dillon is asleep in my arms (even though i know that's not babywise, but i LOVE this little boy!) dillon and i got to go to sikeston, mo, to visit aunt g and uncle ricky (i'm stealing lee's name for william because i think uncle ricky is funnier ;)). we had a GREAT time. glenna and i have been bffE for ten years. i'm so thankful that we've remained friends who pick up right where we leave off even though we don't live in the same town anymore! we really wish the marshalls lived closer...like down the street. maybe someday they will ;)

the tankersleys (janie's sister and her family) have been here since dillon was born, but they are heading back to louisville today. last night, marie was having a really good time with the hamper and dillon. we are really going to miss them, but know that it won't be long until we get to see them again. other than that, ben is just working like a dog at vip and on his freelance work. thanks to everyone who is sending him work. God truly is providing for us and we are so thankful! we would love to see everyone soon! peace of Christ to you all!

edit: i just realized i used the same picture of dillon as in a previous post! i guess i really like that picture!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

ben makes one helluvan elvis!!!

well, we had one happenin' party on saturday night! thanks so much for everyone who made it awesome! also, for those of you who don't know, ben turned 30 on december 29. well, since we had a newborn and family had been in for awhile, i decided to throw him a surprise party this past weekend instead of on his birthday! he had NO idea! not even with all the cars out front! we decorated the house with record streamers and gold happy birthday garland along with (of course) the bust of elvis from tom!! it was absolutely awesome!!! we've decided that this might be ben's only surprise party...at least for 10-20 more years :). we finished off the night with pictures of "elvis" (we'll see if you can figure out who elvis really is). here's some highlights from the night!

the cupcakes that cindy, cilla, and rachel made.

ben's reaction when he saw everyone!

cilla and kathy with the king...the were scared.

stefi and sarah havin a good time.

mimi and papa givin elvis some love

one team trying to come up with 6 degrees between ben and elvis

brian and cindy with elvis...cindy did shake her pelvis.

me and my king ;)

ben had a great time with me and these pictures. everyone was scared to get their picture taken after that :)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

dillon is one month old!

(tummy time on daddy's chest)
well, this past month has FLOWN by!! i can't believe that dillon is one month old! it seems like just yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital. i've uploaded a few new pics to picasa and i'm going to share some on here. you can click the link on the right margin to see all of the pictures. we have enjoyed some great times with friends lately. our friend, kathy guthrie, decided last week that she hadn't had enough holiday parties, so we all got together and played catch phrase and had some junk food that was pretty great so that kathy could get that last fix of holiday cheer ;). it was a blast! then, last night we went to kirby and cilla's house for some pizza and we had a great time with them and the williamsons. one of the ladies that was there asked me if we had had some good family time since all of our family had gone back home. we have had some great family time and we're figuring out that dillon loves to stay awake between his last two feedings of the night.

(more tummy time with daddy)

(my granny, dillon, and me. i'm her namesake, and she's one of the most amazing women i know.)
we are all adjusting well to dillon's schedule and just keep praying that he continues to do well. several people have also asked about petey and how he likes dillon. he LOVES him. he's very curious, but he's also very protective. i'm looking forward to this next month with "chillin' with dillon" (thanks auntie jen). we hope you are doing well and that you'll come see us if you get a chance!!

(smiling in the morning ;))

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

boy, are we glad 2008 is here!!!

that title sounds like we had a horrible 2007, when, in actuality, it was a pretty great year! it definitely had it's ups and downs, but all in all, i think it might have been one of the best years of my life so far. we topped it off with dillon (of course...in case you hadn't noticed yet...) and family for Christmas, then we rung in the new year at 11:00 because we're just officially adults! how terrible is that?!!?! but we did have a good time with the atkins and denkers and rachel. it reminded us even more at how blessed we are and how much we hope that the Lord never takes us away from our dear friends.
Christmas was crazy, but really good. we spent a day or two with janie's family only, then ben's older sister, jennifer, came into town and tagged along (what a great sport she is...to put up with the myatts!) until ben's family came in on the 26. and when i say family, i mean his mom, sister, dad, and meri. janie's brother and his family were still in town, too, so i think it was officially the most family that has ever been in one town for us since we have been married!

everyone was so excited about dillon and once again, it reminded of the incarnation of Christ since mary was feeling the same way that i did and still do with a newborn around this time of year. it's pretty crazy to think about Jesus coming as a baby. Christmas has taken on a whole new meaning for us this year. it's been pretty amazing.

dillon is doing so well, too! what a trooper through being on a crazy schedule and all of that! we went to the doctor for his two week check up and he now weighs 8 lbs 10 oz (he's gaining the right amount of weight!) and he is now 22 inches long! that's 3 inches in 2 weeks!!! so, we might have a long, lanky boy on our hands!! he is doing so well with his scheduling, too. he's going at least four to five hours the first stent after we go to bed, then, he goes four more! YEA!!! that's pretty great for a three week old!! he also is learning about tummy time. he only lasts for about five minutes, but then he is so content with just hanging out with us lying on his back on the floor. he did great meeting all these new family members of his. he also got to be baby Jesus in he myatt production of the Christmas story. it was pretty great.
now we are looking forward to figuring out what normal is with dillon. bw creative is getting off the ground and if you here of anyone needing any kind of design, please send them our way! we're praying that God would bless your 2008 beyond what you could ever imagine!