New addition for a New School Year

We welcome little Zelie Therese on October 16th. She was 8lbs 6ozs and 19 3/4 inches. She certainly made a place in the family with her robust cries. Max seems to be mesmerized with her presence and signs baby when she cries and greets her every day with a kiss. He likes to see that she has toes just like him, she has ears, just like him, and his favorite, she has a nose, just like him!
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Opie and Max here at our back to school picture time. Opie desperately needs a new blog name. I am thinking of changing it now that he’s a Freshman in Highschool. He has continued to thrive with the Maryland Conservatory of Music and has worked diligently on Beethoven, Bach, and Chopin all summer. He has also decided to join the Ice Hockey team and has been practicing his skills weekly. Max is adorable and I love to see him communicate with us. He signs about 40 words and is in love with the ABCs and Numbers! At any given moment, he busts out singing his version of the ABCs and chanting two, nine, zero, two…etc…
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MM entered the third grade this year. She’s been enjoying soccer and just can’t wait for each Saturday game to come along. She is a ball of energy every day!
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Bluebelle entered the fifth grade and has been enjoying all of her subjects. She is the first one awake and half the time tells me she’s half way finished with school before I’ve even had coffee.

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Moonbeam is now in the 7th grade. She worked with the Home School group over the summer taking several parts in the Romeo and Juliet play they filmed. We look forward to the viewing of the movie in the Winter once it is edited. She also decided one day to climb up a tree 7 feet and then fall down… sort of like Pooh Bear, hitting every branch on her way down and breaking her collarbone. She has been healing for weeks now and is ready for a thumbs up from her Doctor next week.
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Cookie, who also needs a new blog name, is now a Senior! She’s added many new things to her school year. She has taken on her first job and is saving money towards college. We’ve been very proud of her ambition to not spend any of it. She is also dual enrolled with the local community college picking up a few credits towards college while completing her High School credits.

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FALL BONUS to POST:
To add to the fun, some of the kids went to the pumpkin patch yesterday. Our house is full of pumpkins.
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Drawing for Birthday gift today.

Update: And the Winner of the birthday gift in Mathew’s honor is…photo 1
Karen! Email me and let me know if you’re looking for pink or blue!
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AND… Just Because… when I posted this today, I realized this was my 617th post! Quite significant to us. God has gently reminded us over the years with this number. our anniversary! This past 6/17 was our 19th year married! I had been telling myself, I’d like to give something away whenever I hit my 617th post, so, the additional winner for this drawing is….
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Sarah Mason!! Congratulations on your new bundle due in January. Email me and let me know when you find out if you’re looking for pink or blue!

Thank you to each one of you for celebrating Matthew’s short life here with us.
To email me type in emilysnowATmeDOTcom and change the caps to symbols.
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Your comments to be included in Matthew’s birthday giveaway needs to be submitted before noon, CST. I’ll be posting the winner sometime later today. I realized I forgot to include the date for the drawing after the fact. So today marks one week of saying goodbye to Matthew. We will draw a name later today and let you know. The winner can let me know if they are wanting a pink or blue gift! Thanks for your comments!
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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!
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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!