Obviously, the things I love aren't in any particular order. I promise I love my boys way more than eating I just didn't want y'all (or me) to have puffy eyes 2 days in a row. So, I decided to separate the sappy posts with funnier or lighter stories. Which means.......you may need a tissue today! ;) UH-OH.....I'm crying already.
Kelly and I had only been married a total of 6 months when we found out I was pregnant with our first child. It was somewhat "planned" and we were thrilled. Maybe ecstatic is a better word! We couldn't wait to be parents. The pregnancy was for the most part a breeze. But during my second trimester, we hit a little bump that would change my life FOREVER (tears again). I remember it like it was yesterday. I was sitting in the doctor's office talking to my FABULOUS midwife, Celia. She said, "Look, some of your tests results came in and I'm sure it's nothing but I want you to go to Birmingham for a targeted ultrasound". I was floored. She said, "One of the tests showed an increased possibility that your baby has Down Syndrome." My heart didn't sink it plummeted! I can't begin to imagine the look I had on my face. She was so sweet, so calm, and so reassuring. But you can't tell a mama something "could be" wrong with her child and expect the same response. I was terrified, upset, sad, and the list goes on. I remember thinking, "This is supposed to be a happy time and I am completely freaked out!". Kelly and I went to Birmingham. We had the ultrasound that targeted the babies heart and were told everything looked good (happy tears), but the only way to know 100% is with an amniocentesis, which we declined. For us, we knew we would meet this baby with or without a genetic disorder. On November 4, 1999, Daylen "Reed" Culver was born. A HEALTHY baby boy with a head full of black hair. I'm sure every mother can blog about how their first child changed their life, but to me God gave me an extra nudge to change my perspective. He GOT my attention. One Sunday morning after Reed was born, I was sitting in church with his head nestled in the crease of my left arm. I remember looking down at him and tears filled my eyes with more gratitude than I could ever think possible. In that moment, my perspective changed from thinking "why should I follow God" to "WHY WOULDN'T I follow GOD"! Why wouldn't I live for Him? Of all the people in this world, He blessed me with this beautiful and healthy child. My love, honor, and adoration for God changed from that point on.
Reed is such a great kid. He is 13 and so dang good looking! He is passionate and competitive like me and loves to be organized like his daddy.
Of course God gave me another little nudge with my second child (consistency is key - right?). Through Hunter, God showed me that He always knows best. I wanted a girl! Doesn't everybody want a boy and a girl? We decided this time we wanted to know the sex of the baby. When the ultrasound tech told me it was a boy, I cried for 24 hours. BUT, I haven't cried about it since. I can't tell you how many times I see little girls with their perfect hair and the bows and I think "thank you Lord for knowing me better than I know myself". I was meant to be a mama of boys! I'm not that organized. I would NEVER keep up with all the hair bows! LOL! Instead, God knew exactly what I needed.
Hunter is the sweetest child I know and so loving. He is laid back and for the most part just goes with the flow. He is NEVER in a hurry (this has to be a practical joke from GOD) ! Want to make him gleam? Tell him he looks like his daddy!
I thought long and hard about the perfect prize I could add to the goody basket to represent my boys. And then it hit me! ONE OF MY MOST FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IS WATCH THEM PLAY FOOTBALL!!! OH MY! I absolutely adore it! You want to see me gleam? Let one of them make a great tackle! Woooooohooooo! My tears are gone! I'm PUMPED! The thought of it gives me chill bumps. It's so fun! So, I am adding a sports cushion therma-seat to the giveaway. Nothing fancy but very handy. Just something you can grab and go to your favorite sporting event. Why didn't I buy 2 (one for me and one for you)?