Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cousins!!!

Remember last year when they met for the first time?



Well Amanda and Cadence are in Oregon again, and on Sunday we got to spend some time together!

(clearly, it's still not easy to get a good picture of all of us looking at the camera!)


We had such a fun afternoon and it was so, so great to get to see them again! Our other sisters Vanessa and Natalie were here as well...only missing Emily who is busy working, but will join us for some fun this weekend!

Sunday was a beautiful day, so we loaded up on sunscreen and headed to a SplashPad.

Abbey took right to it...



Auntie Natalie took one for the team and got soaked with the kids...



Cadence showing Abbey how it's done...


I just can't believe how much joy I feel when I get to see Cadence. She is a living, breathing, walking, talking miracle. And every time I am in her presence I am stunned anew by God's goodness.

For those of you who are new(er) here, Cadence was born in August 2007 at 26 weeks weighing 1 lb, 11oz. She was in the NICU for months, and had multiple surgeries on her tiny little body. For months we waited and prayed. We watched as my sister and brother in law remained strong and faithful, and fought on behalf of their daughter. And now, today, we get to play with her, and talk with her, and hug her. She is a gift. Her story defies the odds. I often wonder why the Lord has us walk the paths He gives us, and I give thanks when I see my stretch marks.


Looking forward to some more family fun this weekend! It'll be the first time in three years that all 5 of us sisters have been together!!

6 comments:

The Branches said...

That is such wonderful news that Cadence is doing so well! It's crazy how babies grow in just a year. I love that splash pad, I wish we could find one around here somewhere...

Vanessa's Dad said...

My heart sings...

LOVE,
GRAND DAD

Lori said...

PRAISE GOD for sweet Cadence!!!

I think the 2nd picture of you all looks a lot less chaotic! LOL!! It's amazing what a difference a year makes!!

Aunt Carol said...

Hope The Sisters and The Cousins have bunches of fun this weekend. Take lots of pictures.

Love, Aunt Carol

Once Upon A Time said...

Looks like you had lots of fun! I wish we had a SplashPad around here.

Noah said...

Stop making me cry !!