Monday, November 24, 2008

So Very Thankful...

SO VERY THANKFUL......
I stood in my kitchen this morning preparing "Thanksgiving" dinner for our family. Rod, Milly and Theo were all in the kitchen with me and Steven Curtis Chapman's lastest CD was playing in the backround. I was busily preping the bird for the oven when I heard sweet Milly exclaim, "Daddy's Song!" as "Cinderella" began to play. Without a word, Rod scooped up our two year old "Cinderella" in his arms and began dancing around our kitchen. I picked up our baby boy and began to sway with him, but I couldn't take my eyes off my husband and daughter. There they were twirling around, all smiles, oblivious to the world around them. It was the most beautiful sight I had ever seen. I hugged four month old Theo close and spun around a few times watching him grin from ear to ear. It was if time had stopped for the four of us in this beautiful little moment!I have to admit that over the past month I have been growing more and more weary. I have allowed myself to let the stresses of the "unimportant" get in my head and depression has crept in. So there I stood in the middle of the kitchen and all that "small stuff" began to wash away. I began to tear up and wondered, "how did I get here?". I am living the dream. Loving husband, fantastic stepson and two beautiful children I was never supposed to have. Rod and I, together, "doing life". We have had such a rough couple of years. Jobs have come and gone, finances have been "challenging" at best. We have watched loved ones suffer from illness, and now for the first time in my life, I am unable to sing! We've seen families broken, lives lost and a scary economy. There have more times than I care to count that our marriage suffered. There have actually been times that Rod and I neither one thought we would make it! But here we are, nearing the end of 2008. We have a comfortable home, wonderful family, fantastic friends, an amazing church and Rod just started a great new job full of security and promise. How did I get here? The answer, plain and simple is GOD! If it were not for His hand of protection and providence, I would have been dead long ago. Jeremiah 29:11 says it best:"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. They are not to harm you, but to prosper you. To give you hope and a future".I have been working hard at not allowing Satan to rob me of the thankful heart, and the joy that comes with this time of year. I am realizing, that there may not be many gifts under our tree on Christmas morning and I may not be able to participate in Christmas music programs this year, but does all that REALLY matter anyway?As we gathered around the table this evening I realized, God has given us more than we could ever ask or imagine. I will enter this week of thanks with a renewed sense of gratitude for my Maker, Redeemer, Restorer, Rebuilder, Rewarder, Provider, Healer, Father and Friend. If only you could see where God has brought me from. THAT IS HOW I GOT HERE!!!!!My prayer for all people this year is that we can look expectantly to the Christmas holiday and remember what it is REALLY about. The coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The greatest gift came not wrapped in paper and tied with a pretty bow, but it came wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. The Greatest gift of all!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

FALL FUN!

Autumn has become one of my favorite times of year now that I am a Mom.
There are so many wonderful memories to be made. Carving Pumpkins and Roasting the seeds. Long walks in the brisk air viewing the beautiful changing of the leaves. Hot apple cider. Looking at my kids all dressed up to beg for candy. The Circleville Pumpkin Show. Bonfires. Hayrides. Thanksgiving gatherings. All of these things are made sweeter, because you share this time with the ones who are dear to you.
Here we are...best friends, soul mates...doing life together.....acting crazy and having the time of our lives!





Trunk or Treat at the Naz. What a blessing to be able to show God's love as a family...........serving the community!



Here are the greatest gifts God ever gave me. Amelia, Rod, Megan, Alan & Theo!



What could be sweeter.....??????







Monday, July 21, 2008

I'M A BIG SISTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HEY PEOPLE!
IT'S OFFICIAL.....
I AM A BIG SISTER!
MY BABY BROTHER FINALLY CAME OUT OF MOMMY'S TUMMY!
I LOVE HIM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH.
MOMMY SAYS HE LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE ME WHEN I WAS BORN (EXCEPT FOR ONE MAJOR DIFFERENCE THAT SHE WILL EXPLAIN WHEN I GET A LITTLE OLDER.)

I AM VERY EXCITED TO HELP MOMMY WITH BABY THEO. MOMMY SAYS I AM ALREADY A GREAT HELP TO HER. SO FAR I HAVE HELPED WITH DIAPERS, BATH TIME AND I LOVE TO SING SONGS TO HIM WHEN HE IS SAD.

HE REALLY DOESN'T DO TOO MUCH MOSTLY SLEEPS, EATS AND SOMETIMES HE SMELLS FUNNY.

MOMMY PROMISES THAT HE WILL BE ALLOT MORE FUN IN A FEW MONTHS! I CAN HARDLY WAIT!

SO, UNTIL THEN I WILL JUST GIVE HIM LOTS OF HUGS AND KISSES AND TRY TO TEACH HIM ALL THE STUFF I KNOW!

WE BROUGHT HIM HOME FORM THE HOSPITAL LAST THURSDAY. BOY DID HE HAVE ALLOT OF STUFF.

GOOD THING THERE WAS A BIG SISTER AROUND TO HELP HAUL THE LOOT!

BYE, BYE FOR NOW!

SMOOCHES,

MILLY

Friday, July 18, 2008

INTRODUCING.....

THEO TIMOTHY ANDERSON
BIRTHDAY: JULY14, 2008
TIME: 8:03 AM
WEIGHT: 8LBS 9OZ
LENGTH: 19.6 INCHES


Saturday, July 12, 2008

I'M GONNA BE A BIG SISTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HEY THERE EVERYONE! IT'S ME, MILLY!
I HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY HELPING MOMMY GET READY FOR MY NEW BABY BROTHER TO GET HERE! MOMMY AND DADDY SAID THAT HE HAS BEEN GROWING IN MOMMY'S TUMMY (I WONDERED WHY SHE WAS LOOKING SO FUNNY...). A DOCTOR IS GONNA HELP GET HIM OUT ON MONDAY MORNING SO I CAN KISS & HUG HIM. MOMMY SAYS THAT I WILL MAKE THE BEST BIG SISTER EVER!
MOMMY ALSO TOLD ME HOW LUCKY I AM BECAUSE I WILL HAVE TWO BROTHERS NOW. I LOVE MY BIG BROTHER, ALAN SO MUCH. IT WILL BE FUN TO HAVE A LITTLE BROTHER TOO!
I GET TO STAY WITH GRANDMA & GRANDPA FOR A FEW DAYS, BUT MOMMY SAYS I CAN COME TO THE HOSPITAL EVERYDAY TO SEE HER, DADDY AND BABY THEO. MOMMY WILL PROBABLY NEED ALLOT OF HELP FROM ME. NO WORRIES THOUGH....I AM A GREAT HELPER!!!!!!!!

SO KEEP YOUR EYES GLUED TO OUR FAMILY PAGE.......MOMMY AND I WILL BE SURE TO POST PICS OF THE NEW BABY AS SOON AS WE CAN!

HUGS & SMOOCHES TO ALL!

MILLY

ROMA PETTENGILL

As many of you are aware, my longest, dearest friend, Megan and her husband Dave embarked on the journey of a a lifetime several months ago.
I am so proud to introduce their son Roma Ranier Pettengill! He is a beautiful, blond haired boy, who looks surprisingly allot like his Dad!

It has been a long journey for the three of them, but now Roma has found a "forever home" with two amazing parents. I am so very proud of them and look forward to sharing Dave and Megan's parenting adventure with them!

I love you three very much!

To keep up with the Pettengills you should check out

www.wefellinlovewithaboy.blogspot.com


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

OUR NEW HOME

Since our family is growing, we realized we were going to require alot more space.
We were so blessed to find our new home. We have been here nearly two months and it really feels like home. We love it!A room only fit for a princess.....
Milly loves it!