Monday, January 27, 2014

The universe conspires

I think the universe must be conspiring against me. On Monday morning at 8 am this kid is still deeply asleep. But on Saturday and Sunday mornings, he cannot find it in his little body to sleep in past 7:45. Every weekday, we have to coax him out of bed to go to preschool but on the weekends (before he even knows what day it is), he's out of bed and ready for Mom and Dad to be up and at 'em! Also, I feel a bit bad when I have to wake him up when he's sleeping so...angelically.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Photocase Calendar

I made 2014 calendars for a few family members for Christmas this year. Sabrina's Creations at Pixels & Co. sells a 2014 calendar template that fits perfectly into this IKEA Photocase. I loved the idea of this calendar as soon as I saw it. Since we don't live anywhere near an IKEA and the photocase wasn't available online anywhere, I found it on ebay. It was a bit more expensive on ebay than going to IKEA to buy it so I only ordered two photocases. Perhaps, if I hunted around town I could have found a substitute but I still just love how it turned out.
Here's all the months together.

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Today is our oldest girl's birthday. If she were still with us today, she would be six years old! It's hard to believe so much time has passed since she was born. Mr. Rochester and I often wonder what our girls would look like, what their personalities would be like, and how Trotwood would be different if his sisters were around today. We miss them both so much but we are grateful for the blessings we have and for our little family. We celebrated today by visiting the cemetery and singing "Happy Birthday." And tomorrow we're going to bake a "healthy-ish" dessert in honor of our oldest girl.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Winter Wonderland

We got a lot of snow (for us) in December and it was one of the first times Trotwood has really had a chance to run around in the snow. I don't know, do you think he liked it?
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Thursday, January 9, 2014


Another January 9th...our sweet Betsey Trotwood would be two years old today. Sometimes, I wonder what other parents who have lost a child do on the child's birthday. For us, even though our girls are not currently with us, they are ours and will be forever. Each birthday, we try to have a celebration by getting a cake or doing something fun together as a family, like we would if it were any other family member's birthday. Usually, I try to take off of work that day to make the day extra special although it's not always possible. For me, celebrating helps assuage the loss I may be feeling and makes my heart a little lighter on a day it feels particularly heavy. I think Mr. Rochester feels the same. For our four year old son, it helps him better understand that he does have sisters and even though he doesn't get to play with them right now, they are still a part of our family. We love and remember them.