I started reading blogs in 2006 and realized it was a great way to capture normal every day life for posterity. So I started my own in 2007. Because who doesn't want to remember the time their 3 year-old pooped outside under a tree in an attempt to outdo her 4 year-old brother who had just peed under the same tree? Or the time I was feeling nostalgic about dirty French doors. Or the time we witnessed an act of kindness from a stranger. Or some random ramblings about candy.
If I didn't have these moments documented on this blog, they would most likely be lost forever. So, it's with that in mind that I have continued this blog. And I'm glad I did.
Because in August of 2013, at the ripe old age of 43, I found out that I was unexpectedly pregnant. In November at our 18 week ultrasound, we found out we were having a girl and we found out there was something wrong with her. After more testing, we were told she had Trisomy 18 and my blog posts soon became all about our little Rebecca Irene.
I used this blog to document my pregnancy and the all too short time we had with her and it does my soul good to know that through my blog posts, Rebecca touched so many people. It was also through these posts that hundreds of people prayed for her and for our family.
Thank you for being here and taking the time to read what I write.
Here's a little bit about each one of us...
Me - I'm 44. I enjoy hanging out with my husband, blogging, coffee, running, eating, a clean house (which is unfortunate since I dislike housework), and playing Words With Friends.
I dislike talking on the phone, cooking (which is unfortunate since I love to eat), vague Facebook statuses where it seems people are begging you to ask what's wrong, and cleaning house.
I'm a Catholic who converted in 2007 and I'm still learning about my faith. I love God, my husband and my kids and I try to keep my priorities in that order.
Dan - He's 47. He enjoys hanging out with me, reading books about history, anything made with chocolate, watching the Boston Red Sox on our overpriced MLB cable package, taking care of our garden, and helping our kids with their math homework. (Okay, maybe he doesn't enjoy that very much but he is very, very good at math. And me - not so much.)
He dislikes running (even though he does it to stay in shape), most vegetables, the gout (which he has a nice recurring case of), social gatherings, and doing our taxes.
Peter - He's 11. He enjoys playing video games, playing the guitar , camping, hanging out with his friends, following the Red Sox but not actually watching their games, reading books about history, doing chores with his Uncle Brad, Lexington-style BBQ, walking around outside with a weapon (toy, of course), and Megadeth.
He dislikes vegetables, when I tell him to hurry, taking a shower, having to go anywhere after he's already home, homework, and bedtime.
Sarah - She's almost 10. She loves watching make-up tutorials on You Tube, putting together cute outfits, shoes (the girl loves her some shoes), helping me in the kitchen (hopefully one day she will be able to do all the cooking for me), taking selfies, helping Daddy with the garden, asking me at bedtime what our plans for tomorrow are, watching American Idol with me, sleepovers with her friends, singing into her microphone, eating ice cream, playing the piano, and playing Uno.
She dislikes trips to Ace Hardware, Lexington-style BBQ, studying for tests, being hot, receiving help on her math homework, being told how to do something, tennis shoes, and bedtime.
Rebecca - April 10, 2014 - April 15, 20014 - My tiny saint. I had the privilege of carrying her for 9 months. I had the privilege of praying for her. I had the privilege of sharing her story here on this blog. And I had the privilege of holding her as she took her very last breath on earth. And I can't wait until I get to see her again in heaven. Please read all about out her here.