"You have nothing in this world more precious than your children. When you grow old, when your hair turns white and your body grows weary, when you are prone to sit in a rocker and meditate on the things of your life, nothing will be so important as the question of how your children have turned out. It will not be the money you have made. It will not be the cars you have owned. It will not be the large house in which you live. The searing question that will cross your mind again and again will be, How well have my children done?"

~President Gordon B. Hinckley

Sunday, December 28, 2008

THANKSGIVING

SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR!!

WOW, we have been blessed! I love this time of year because it brings out the very best in people. I know so many people get annoyed with crowds and people not being patient and being overly busy...but I love it! You see what is truly important in life and you realize what changes you need to make to be better! This year has been fantastic and no exception...I feel as though I am perhaps the most blessed woman alive. Here are some reasons...


SETH...I am married to a man who I adore...respect...cherish...and above all who LOVES ME! Can it get any better than THAT?! He is a WONDERFUL daddy...so eager to spend time with our children and SO loving of their difficulties. He is incredibly patient with them and with me. I have been so blessed to marry a man who is incredible and who is my best friend!


KEATON...I am constantly being told how polite and sweet he is. Don't get me wrong...we have our tantrums and our "mean" time-out moments...but he is INCREDIBLE!! He says please and thank you. He says sorry when he does something wrong and for the most part he really listens to us. More than that though...he is a sweetheart...I am so lucky to have his sweet spirit in my home...he teaches me how to be kind and innocent! I learn so much from him and I am grateful for such a wonderful little man!!


LILEE...BOY OH BOY, she is a doll!! Amie and I talked and decided that maybe the reason there were THREE boys born at the same time was so they could all watch out for little miss Lilee!! She's gonna need some watching out for, but I'm sure she'll be able to hold her own. The girl's got SASS!! She's not gonna take nothin' from nobody and she'll make sure you know it for yourself! BUT...she's such a mommy too. She thinks she is SO MUCH older than any other baby she sees and will tickle them and laugh at them and love on them. I am so excited to see her with this new little bean!


LOGAN and ?BABY?...This pregnancy has brought back lots of emotions from being pregnant with my sweet Logan. I got pregnant this time in September and with Logan in October so I have been pregnant through many of the same holidays and happenings! I am grateful for a reminder of my sweet angel baby...for his example of perfection he has brought to my family, for his constant reminder that we WILL BE TOGETHER FOREVER! I am grateful for this new life that grows and develops...perfectly...inside of me! What a perfect plan our Heavenly Father has for us and how beautiful this miracle is!!


Although it's late, I hope you all had a very blessed and memorable Thanksgiving and took time to remember those things you have been given! From our family to yours!!


Picture Overload...

Lilee had her FIRST ice cream cone...she loved it!!

For Family Home Evening before Thanksgiving we had a lesson on what we are THANKFUL FOR. Daddy said mommy. Mommy said her kids. And Keaton said HOUSE! Then...we made THANKFUL APPLE TURKEYS! It was very yummy and I think Keat got a lot out of it!!Keaton's face is PRICELESS in this photo...he's eyeing all the goodies!
The day after Thanksgiving we went with my parents to Zoo Lights. It has become a tradition and the kids REALLY loved it this year. They got into the lights and the animals a lot more than they have before.

Keat kissing his best buddy.

Grandpa with Lilee and Carsten watching the merry go round...I thought the picture looked ARTISTIC!

Pictures with Santa...the first of the season. Keat was SO excited...Lilee was NOT so excited...

Carsten was just cute!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Strong and Steady at 162 bpm

Well, after freaking out a little too much, I called my Dr. and asked if I could come in and find the heartbeat on the Doppler. They obliged, but told me I was ridiculous to think I could feel the baby this early. I got there. I waited. I waited. I peed. I waited. And then it happened...
I heard the most beautiful sound a mother can hear...strong and steady heartbeat at 162 beats per minute! Now I can relax...and maybe sleep. Thank you to EVERYONE who was concerned and were thinking of us. I am SO used to going to Dr's appts. every week to every other week that this once a month thing is hard to get used to. I see the Dr. for a regular appt. next week, then the stitch goes in on the 23rd...boo for a spinal on Christmas Eve Eve!!:) But yeah for peace of mind that the cerclage brings! By then, we'll celebrate Christmas and New Year's and then it'll be back to the 2 X's a month appts. to measure my cervical lengths! I'll have those until about 26 weeks and by then this little bean better be kicking my insides so that I don't have to worry!!:) Thanks again for all the prayers and well wishes...I'm a mom...we freak out...it's what we do!!:)
Oh, and I'll be sure to get RIGHT on those updates as SOON as I get a free minute...maybe this weekend??:)

Fetal Doppler?

I have a LOT of catch up to do and lots to share, but I'm a little worried right now.
DOES ANYONE HAVE OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS A FETAL DOPPLER?
For the last few weeks I have been feeling this little bean flutter away and the last few days NOTHING. I KNOW that it's early and I KNOW that many of you probably don't think I'm truly feeling the baby, but I felt Lilee at 13 weeks and Seth could even feel her by 14 weeks she moved so much. I don't have an appointment for a while and I'm just starting to get really worried. SO, if you have one, could I borrow it for a few hours, and I will give it RIGHT back!?!? I have spent a LOooooooooNG sleepless night waiting for this little bean to bump me but I'm not getting anything. I know all you mother's can relate with the anticipation and worry of this time in your pregnancy. Thank you!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Returning with Honor

The countdown in ON!!
Tomorrow morning, at approximately 10am we will pick Elder Nick Becker up from the airport after serving an honorable mission in
Bahia Blanca, Argentina!
We are SO proud of our missionary and are very anxious to see him again. When he left, the 3 musketeers(Keat, Aiden, and Kolby) were about 9 or so months old...now they are almost THREE!
We have 2 new nephews to introduce him to, and his very first niece to show off!
As excited as we are to tell him about what has gone on the last two years, we are more excited to hear of his experiences as he has served Heavenly Father in this great capacity!
We have been blessed for his service and we pray for safe travels this night and happy landings tomorrow as the Becker's make their way to the airport!!
We love you Uncle Nick!!