5 Years Ago

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I cannot believe 5 years have passed. Matthew is such a part of our family. Every year with anticipation we look forward to celebrating his birthdate and his feast day. Today is his feast day. Sunday was his birthday. He shares a birthday with his cousin who just celebrated his 10th birthday. What a special treat. In the shadow box behind his cake, you can see his hand impression, a few locks of his dark hair, and his cross given to us from the Trappist Monks in memory of his casket. Below you’ll see his dark almost curly hair. Matthew lived here for three full awake days before passing on into God’s arms. Our oldest posted two facebook posts that were very touching. If you haven’t read them, take a tissue. Matthew’s life was a gift. I’ve never forgotten how huge I became carrying him around as he began to struggle with the amniotic fluid cycle. I also have never forgotten how often he got the hiccups. He constantly kicked around just like the little girl wiggling inside me now does.DSC_0035
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I still recall the day that John’s brother and family visited us before we entered the Fisher house. Jared chuckled at his constant and rhythmic hiccups. Being a military family, we lived too far for most of our friends and family to see us. Matthew was mostly shared through pictures. Matthew Karol Snow 057I wish all of you could have felt him and held him. He was just as snuggly as every baby we’ve held. Thank you all who remembered with us these three special days and who let us know you were thinking of us. That means a lot, more than you’ll know. Matthew will always be loved and missed. Time does heal, but time can’t take away the memories and love. This was the hardest thing we’ve ever gone through. Snow09-2508BW
We’ve learned too that most people just don’t know what to say. It’s OK to say his name to us. It’s OK to bring his name up to us. It’s not going to hurt us if you’ve remembered him. To help remember Matthew, again, I’d like to give away a birthday gift. Last year I gave away a Catholic mom’s planner. This year, I’d like to give away a personalized burp cloth. Leave me a message and let me know you’d like to be entered and if you’d like it to be for a boy or a girl! God Bless, Emily
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A Pregnant Mom’s Giveaway!

It’s not too late! You can enter this great pregnant mom’s giveaway! I was excited to see all of the sponsors for this giveaway! We love the Regina Doman Books, especially Angel in the Waters and I loved doing the bible study on The Domestic Church by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. There are so many goodies in this giveaway! Click in this link to have your chance at the drawing!

Celebrating the Sacraments!

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We joined our dear friends back in Nashville for three Sacraments. MM received her First Reconciliation and her First Holy Communion with her friends and Opie received his long awaited Confirmation. Being a military family and moving so frequently, we encounter different ages/grades for Sacraments. Joining back up with his class from last year was such a treat for him! While we were there, John’s parents joined us as well as Opie’s Godmother!

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John and I celebrated our Sacrament of Marriage this past week. We were married 19 years ago! Looking back at this photo, we look so very young and yet, I still see us as this same happy couple. Thank you to all who send well wishes and as well as the Mass you offered, Fr Kevin, for us! Now on for another 19 years!
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Feel like a princess for a day!

And why not when you look like a princess in a beautiful ballgown! Cookie had her Junior/Senior Prom this month and with that, came a few necessary extras and some fun extras!
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There were dress requirements for all of the girls which included straps and coverage. We found a Bridal shop that did outside alterations. Although I “can” sew somethings, I felt like a Prom dress was a one shot item and didn’t want to risk failure. Much to both of our dissappointment, we left the Bridal shop when they called saying alterations for added straps and coverage was complete. She cried. It was horrible. At that point, my confidence was boosted and I promptly came home and ripped out all of the Alterations. They added 2 inches of additional fabric all across the front and then thick straps over the shoulders. I unstitched everything and added four layers of lace across the front and then thin straps. We decided after several try-on sessions, to go with criss-cross straps. Although they didn’t hold the dress up like I had wanted, we were still happy with our choice.
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And when you have a big plush green yard to twirl around in, why not!

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It was a Masquarade Prom so of course a mask was needed! I failed to crop this picture before uploading it, so you’ll notice sisters all out with us in the yard. They were all so excited for her!
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Cookie chose Sparkly Silver converse-style shoes to give her that added confidence in the evening making sure to always have great balance all night!

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With a recent short haircut, I helped her style her hair and pinning it up with a cute little Sparkly comb. Her sister, Bluebelle, gave her the cute earring for the Prom and her sister, Moonbeam, shared her favorite LOTR necklace with her. I really think if the sisters could have gone with her they would have! They missed her every moment!

 

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While we were in Nashville ( another post worthy!) Cookie and her Nana had a fun time in the Opry Mall and found all new fancy shmancy new Prom Make-up along with this cute mask! I think this mask rode safely in the car all 12 hours home without a scratch!

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She had such a great time and is already thinking of Prom for her Senior year!

A lot of changes here

Well, we have moved since I was last on here. I spent many many weeks packing and unpacking and here we are. We’ve settled into a little cottage built in the 30’s backed up on the water. We see eagles and deer on a regular basis!
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Along with the move came another little gift from heaven right in the midst of the winter snow and boxes! We are due October 22! I’ve gone back on the progesterone injections and the blood thinner as I did with Nicholas a year ago.
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Bluebelle has donated her hair again to Locks of Love this Lent and is very happy to share her hair with others for a wig.
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Max is almost walking! He is going to be ONE on May 4th! He is such a joy and makes everyone happy!
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Cookie is finishing up an SAT prep class getting ready for the real deal in June. In the meantime, she’s really looking forward to the Junior/Senior prom! Following that I think she’s looking into taking Driver’s Ed!
Pictures will follow later in a separate post!
Opie is finishing up perfecting Beethoven’s Rage over a Lost Penny and one of Chopin’s Nocturns for a performance coming up. He is also looking forward to his Confirmation he’s been preparing for! We had to go out and buy a new suit!
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MM is getting ready to receive her First Holy Communion in May! She has enjoyed studying her Catechism with me and reading King of the Golden City. To go with that she painted a little hut and decorated it with roses to prepare for the coming of the King.
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Moonbeam has been steadily getting better and better at not only drawing horses, but also riding them! Here she is at a trot on a vaulting saddle!
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Bluebelle also was learning with the vaulting saddle!
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I wish you all a blessed and Happy Easter!

A cold Sunday in ordinary time

It’s been bitterly cold in Maryland. We’ve all stayed bundled up much of the time while we get days of snow and cold. It snowed a bit yesterday, just enough to re-coat the ground with a sparkling blanket of white.
Here is M&M after Mass exploring the way the snow crunches in the shade.
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Every day after a bit of snow, we see the birds have been busy outside! Cutest thing to imagine them hopping around in the cold.
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Max is also exploring… this time it is his daddy’s rosary as we head back to the car after Mass. When he woke up from a cat nap in Mass, he was handed the rosary and gripped it tight, not to let it go… and he really never did until we pried his fingers open!
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Have a great week and stay warm!

Merry Christmas 2013

We started our Christmas baking by using our St Nicholas cookie cutter I found from the St Nicholas Center. This was a great addition for Bluebelle who got the Baker’s Dozen book. I thought she did a great job decorating St Nick!
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We made the royal icing recipe that came along with the cookie cutter. The girls enjoyed decorating so much, I think we ended up making over 4 dozen sugar cookies.
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Our little guy here had mastered sitting. Here he is waiting to leave for Christmas Eve Mass wearing his cute little Christmas plaid shirt and corduroy pants sitting all by himself! We bought some floor pads to help make being on the hardwood floor a little more comfortable while he still tumbles over time and again. We just slide it under the couch when he’s not on the ground.
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from the dining room, John caught sight of a cutie pie with her Santa hat just itching for Christmas Eve to be over. She could barely contain herself while she was reading a book!
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A few days before Christmas, Bluebelle was helping out with Max before riding lessons. Max will sit and read a book with anyone who will read to him.
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Max is the first baby who has not cried at this age with Santa. He was just as jolly as Santa was!

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Here is a cute picture from my phone that totally makes me think he’s a brown eyed baby!
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Here is our Christmas table right before we sat down. I love the twinkling of all the lights.

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the boys and mom after Mass.

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I am so very blessed to have John home this Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Ok, I’m failing here…

…to keep up with this little space I’ve created. So many of you have emailed me saying you want to keep reading my blog and actually enjoy it. I am honored. We’ve moved up here to Maryland and my routine with a baby has changed dramatically. What I used to do with 5 kids has suddenly changed now with 6 in the home. There is a 6 year difference between M&M and Max. Matthew would have been 4 almost connecting the ages, but with this gap, I realized that John and I are rookie parents all over again. We keep finding ourselves saying,
“Oh yeah, I remember that.”
All the things that come with having a baby in the home… the pack and play in the living room, the jumper, the bouncy seat, the toys, the diapers have taken over the house. Little Max here has more things than we do it seems, but we love every bit of it! These little eyes that gleam back at us when we talk to him just melt us all! And yup, I think he’s a hazel eyed baby!
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Moonbeam eyes, just like his big sister! And finally, he’s decided to put on some weight, once he discovered eating solids is delicious!
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Here are the brothers in a daily pose!
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Getting back into the groove

from our busy days of unpacking, school beginning, and taking time to enjoy the surroundings! And I can tell you, the kids are thriving being back into our school routine and weekend routine with dad home! They’ve been enjoying their new big backyard, tree swing disc, and pool time!

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I have got to give “Opie” a new name. Opie from the Andy Griffith show is his personality for sure though. If I asked him he’d say, “Steve” leaving his best buddy laughing. So for now, it remains Opie. Opie can’t get enough of little Max. He told me just today is Max wasn’t so cute, we’d probably be moved in by now. Here they are together on the screened in porch probably watching their little polar bear sisters shivering swimming.
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I am almost positive, Max has hazel eyes. This leaves Bluebelle delighted as she’s been the only one until now with hazel. All others are blue.

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When we moved in, I asked about finding a path to take the kids biking. Not too far from our backyard is the Chesapeake Bay. Its absolutely beautiful and I can only imagine how it will look in the fall!

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We finally made it into our new school year. We’re only on week two now, but, at least we’ve started and I have to say, I think everyone is relieved. They are not being told to keep unpacking something or to continuously hold Max while I keep going with the boxes. Here are the new students sitting on the front porch in Maryland. I’ll be posting their individual first day pics soon.

Prayers for all of the students this school year and their teachers who are instructing them.

If you enjoy God’s Canvas and want to still be able to view it, please email me. With all the gps hype I’ve heard from facebook and tracking, we are going private soon.

Max pictures before we move!

We are heading to Maryland in a week. This morning we said goodbye to all of our friends at church and now we start the hustle of packing before the packers show up. John’s command is over and we are looking forward to a change of pace in our new home… if we could just find a home. I keep telling the kids God already knows our address. Now if John and I could just hear Him tell it to us directly, it would be a lot easier. :-)
Little Max was 10 lbs 5 ounces at his 2 month well baby check this past week. He’s been steady on the chart. No more, no less, just right where he started. 10%. He’s such a sweet baby and loves to pass out smiles. The kids and I truly don’t get much done.
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I took this shot so you could see the details in the peter pan collar and the buttons.
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I love the hair on the back of his little head.
So sweet!

Despite getting ready for the Change of Command and packers this week, we’ve managed to squeeze in eye exams for 4 kids, a well baby visit, a doctor’s appt in Nashville, and a birthday party for two girls who will be celebrating their 9th and 11th birthday on the road! I hope to share pictures from the party later. For now, I need to start labeling items in our home to store, to pack and to not pack. Have a great week!

around the house…and car

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Well, leave it to Moonbeam to be the first in the family to need a cast. She and the dog collided in the driveway and the dog won. She did not have a broken bone, but injured the growth plate in her wrist. She wore this green cast two weeks and is now in a splint. She’s much more comfortable now since she is able to take it off to sleep. This has not stopped her from picking up Max and loving on him at every moment.
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Max doesn’t get much tummy time in this house. When he does, everyone flocks to his side to entertain him on the ground. Max received this beautiful handmade Shamrock quilt from my parent’s neighbor. He really loves trying to focus on the contrasting squares.
Even Sam is interested.. from afar.. at all the excitement surrounding this quilt!

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Our Son turned into a teenager this month! He is about to pass me up and you should hear his deep voice! I had great ambitions to wake up and make him homemade cinnamon rolls. I skimmed the recipe from the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook the night before and couldn’t wait to offer them to him when he woke up. I was prepared for the hour the dough needed to rise, but not allllll the other steps to get to the finished product. Well, with Max in my arms rather frequently, along with gift opening, and a trip to see Monster’s University, I served him his “breakfast” treat! No one complained even though it was 4:30!
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I think my camera roll on my phone has over 1000 pictures of Max, taken by any one of us at any given moment. I was thumbing through and found this one that was taken after praying the Rosary. I just love babies in hats!
Look who is starting to notice us!
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Max is 6 weeks

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Little Max is such a joy! Thank you all for your prayers for him to put on weight! He finally made it back to his birth weight by one month and has continued to gain about an ounce a day since then! He goes back this Friday for one more weight check and hopefully we’ll be on our way! I can’t tell you how sweet he is! Even his cry is sweet. He quiets down when we lift him up to our face and assure him we are there. With an upcoming move, I decided I needed to try some way to “wear” him. I found a Moby wrap and I think it will do the trick. I think he’ll be happy and feel secure while I am trying to unpack us into a new home. I put him on today and within minutes, he was asleep. He stayed asleep for an hour in it!
I am rarely on the computer and almost never behind my sewing machine! My days are filled with Max!

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