Thursday, July 17

It's Teething Time!

Isn't he so precious?!

This is the day we found his 1st tooth!

It's official! Mason has had 1 of his botom front teeth pop through the gum and the 1 beside it is not far behind. Mike and I discovered it at 12:28p.m. yesterday (Wednesday)! He is getting to be such a BIG BOY! At 7 1/2 months, he is now respectably weighing in at 24 lbs. and 29 inches long. That is exactly proportional and in the 95% of other boys his age. This is to be expected seeing as Mike and I are both in the 95% in height with other adults. He has done so much these past few weeks: he can sit up well, feed himself puffs at mealtime, drink from his sippy cup with minimal assistance, laugh a lot out loud, pick up dropped objects from floor, stand up on legs with little support, waved bye-bye to Nonny and Poppy (Mike's parents), scoot up while on his belly reaching for a toy, now getting his teeth in, and the list would go on and on if I had more time. It is amazing to me how much they change each week! He is a little fussy latelty with his teeth and double ear infection, but every once in a while he will smile at me that melts my heart everytime. Mike and I are so blessed to have him in our lives! He truly is the most precious gift from God!

Mike heads to Vancouver this weekend for 2-day trip. He has several more trips coming up before the summer ends but, his mind is already past summer and into the fall season where you know what happens: football! The big news in Abilene is that Wylie is getting artificial safe turf on their field and we have already taken a trip over to the high school to see the progress. Someone has even gone so far as to post updates with pictures on so others can see the progress. This town is serious about football! Enough about the fall, I am sure I will post more about that once the season starts. I did go to Wal-Mart a few days ago and noticed that there was already an isle full of school supplies. I kinda of got sad for a minute because I usually buy some supplies for the kids in my classroom each year, but then I realized that there was a little boy at home who needed me, and all was better! Until next time...

Monday, July 14


I hate to begin such a long time away from you with such a sad story, but the family needs your prayers. One of the corporate pilots that Mike flew with at Frac Tech was killed in a tragic car accident driving to the airport on Friday afternoon. He was on his way to fly and a semi truck rear-ended him. He was killed instantly, but it just makes me wonder "why?". Out of all the cars that drove on 820 in Ft. Worth that day, it had to be his that the truck hit. He was only 25 years old; he leaves behind a wife and 5 month old baby boy.

He was hired in April and Mike a I laughingly talked about all their similarities with us. His wife also teaches kindergarten, he was around Mike's age (a little younger), and their baby boy was just 2 months behind ours. I can't imagine what the family is going through right now, but I do know that all the pilots are having a very difficult time. Even though they did not know him for long, they only had good things to say about his attitude on life and his love for his family.

I would not let Mike leave for his 2-day trip to Alaska until I told him repeatedly, through my tears, what he means to me and Mason. Isn't it sad that it takes a tradegy like this one for me to really sit down with Mike and make sure he knows how I feel? It has been so hard juggling being a mom and a wife. Mason is so much more needy, so I really have to work at it to give Mike my attention sometimes. I thank God every night for my family and friends, but I wonder if THEY really know. Of course they do, but it doesn't hurt to remind them each day!

I just wanted to ask you to pray for Jason Powell's family and friends right now as they are mourning the loss of a loved one. We are headed to Coppell tomorrow for the funeral. Can you add a sentence about safe travel for us in your prayer? I want to give this time to Jason, so I will write about how great Mason is doing another day.