January: We moved out of our apartment in San Marcos and moved in with dear friends while our house was nearing completion. At the very end of the month we were able to move into our new home!
Nathan hanging out in his room in our apartment.
February: On February 7, our second child was born. Kate Elizabeth, 8 pounds 1.8 ounces, 20 1/2 inches of beauty at 7:11 p.m. What a whirl wind that was, but God was so good. He gave us two weeks to settle in our house and my labor with Kate was free of complications, plus my mom and Corey's mom came to help out. During this month we were given fabulous meals made by sweet, dear friends from my prayer coffee group and church.
The morning I checked into the hospital to deliver Kate.
Kate, the morning of February 8th.
July: We celebrated Nathan's 3rd birthday by visiting the San Antonio Zoo with our family, having a party at home with friends and also celebrating at Mimi and Poppy's house in Waxahachie--party all month for the this kid!
I tell you what...it is tricky to get a good picture with all of the different ages. I took what I could get!
August: Took Kate to her first appointment with a genetist where it was confirmed that she had hemihypertrophy on her lower right extremeties (right leg). We were told that she would have to have blood work done every 3 months and an ultrasound on her abdomen every 3 months until age 4 (to check for Wilms tumors that are associated with hemihypertrophy). Then blood checks and ultrasounds will slow down to every 6 months to a year until she turned 8 or so. We had already researched so much about hemihypertrophy--so it was not a shock. She may have to get a shoe insert or shoe lift when she begins learning how to walk. She may also have to have surgery to help correct the leg length when she is a little older. We were incredibly blessed to know a sweet friend who has this same thing and has journeyed through life amazingly well and has had a very active lifestyle. God is sooo good!
In August, we also took a family vacation with Mimi, Poppy, Allie (Corey's sister), Jim (brother-in-law) and Rylie (their daughter). We all stayed in a beach house on Crystal Beach (near Galveston). We had such a good time together playing in the sand and the ocean, sharing great meals (mostly prepared by our awesome chef of a brother-in-law, Jim) and watching the Olympics on into the evenings. Sadly that whole area was destroyed a month later by Hurricane Ike.
Kate and Nathan at Crystal Beach in August.
September: Our church opened up a "Mother's Day Out Program" that I am directing underneath our fabulous Children's Minister--Melinda Hall. It was definitely a great undertaking, but I am thankful to be a part of this ministry.
October: First Halloween with two children. Spiderman and a Tulip Fairy...need I say more? Also, Kate started crawling this month so life became a lot busier around our house.
November: First Thanksgiving as a family of four. We have so much to be thankful for this year.
December: First MDO Christmas Program--big success. Nathan sang and did all of the motions. It was great! We were so proud of him. Kate's first Christmas. Nathan, at age 3, definitely got into the spirit of Christmas. We had so much fun this year.