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Looking Back with Gratitude in My Heart

Facebook sure has a funny way of messing with my emotions. This memory popped up yesterday and man did it take me back to a time of lots of uncertainly, fear, and stress.

It was during this time, three years ago, that I really thought we were going to lose Rayleigh. She was so, so, so sick. In fact, she was in heart failure. I remember holding her before her surgery wondering if it would be my last time to hold alive. We experienced lots of ups and downs and scary moments during the quints NICU stay, but I I have never been so scared in all my life as I was when the medical team came to take Rayleigh back to the cath lab. Walking to the waiting room was tough. Sitting and wondering what they were doing to my baby was agonizing. They gave us an estimated time of how long the procedure would take and when the doctor walked in earlier than expected, I was scared. I didn’t know if that was good news or bad news, thankfully, it was all good news. Rayleigh recovered quickly. The surgery had immediate positive results.
Today she’s a healthy, happy, and thriving little girl.

While all this was happening with Rayleigh, Tessa was back in the NICU at Dallas Children’s Hospital. So I had 2 babies still in the NICU at Baylor, 2 babies in the NICU at Children’s, Brant at Paula’s house in Dallas, and Brady (who was only 2 years old) was back home (3 hours away) with family members. Talk about loosing your mind, I honestly don’t know how I didn’t lose my during that time. I’ve always believed in the power of prayer, but it was during this time, in particular, that I really felt the power of prayer. I was so scared, but prayers and God carried me through.

Tessa had surgery to have a feeding tube placed and was released from the NICU again. Both Gracie and Mia had their surgeries to have their g-tubes placed. After a couple of days recovering, we were able to bring them home. Rayleigh, who originally did the best after birth, was our last baby in the NICU and wouldn’t come home until the end of July. But…we got her home and for that I’m forever grateful!

I look back at these memories with so much gratitude in my heart. God was in control the whole time. He guided us through this experience, putting the right people in the right place to help us when we needed it most.

So, I want to spend today in prayer. Leave me a comment on my blog or Facebook page, text or call me, send me a private message, however you want to contact me, do it. Tell me what you want me to pray for and I’ll start talking to God on your behalf.

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Be blessed,
Michelle

Random Picturesย 

Hey y’all! Happy Friday!!!! Hope you’re week has been fantastic!
Here are a few pictures of our week. ๐Ÿ™‚

Brant giving me kisses.โ€‹

โ€‹Rayleigh & Brady

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How is it possible that this picture of Brady was taken 5 years ago!

Me and the girls

Mia & Gracie

Mia is the messiest eater ever!

Gracie taking selfies at church.

Tessa

Tessa taking selfies. lol

Brant and Aunt Kris

Daddy and Rayleigh

Gracie & Rayleigh with Daddy

Aunt Kris & Brady Boo
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Be blessed,

Michelle

First Movie Date

Yesterday, I, along with some very special friends took Brady and the quints to the movies. This was the quints first movie theater experience so I knew I needed lots of extra hands, and I was right! During the summer our local theater shows $1 movies every Monday and Tuesday. I looked over the list of movies and found three I thought my kids would enjoy. The movie we watched was Trolls. We arrived 40 minutes early because we had a big group and I knew we needed to get there early for seats to ensure we’d be able to all sit together. Thankfully we got a row of seats. And the whole time we were waiting on the movie to start, we went to the restroom 10 times! Once the movie started, we went 10 more times. ๐Ÿ™„ Brady and Brant did great. The girls on the other hand thought it was fun to run up and down the hallway and go potty every 5 minutes.

Gracie kept telling me she wanted to see Trolls and I was like it’s on the screen. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Popcorn was everywhere. But all in all, they did well and had fun.
I’m so thankful I had lots of help.

A very special thank you goes to Tom, Katie, Holly Boo, and Hadley Boo for coming with us. We had a blast at the quint’s first movie date.


Now before I sign off…. I want to share some little tricks that helped me yesterday.

  1. Ziploc bags are a must with big groups. I bought one large popcorn, then I used the ziploc bags to divide the popcorn to all the kids. The best part about buying large popcorn is you get a free refill! #winning
  2. I took the quints’ cups to the movies with me so that made it easy to divide drinks up. And I felt comfortable letting them hold on to their cups without the fear of them spilling their drink everywhere.
  3. Take lots of help!!! I knew I’d have kids that would need to go to the bathroom (I just didn’t expect them to need/want to go so much) so I knew I needed people to stay with the kids in the theater while I took the others to the restroom. I’m so thankful for Tom, Katie, Holly, & Hadley.

Be blessed,
Michelle

Tessa’s Homecoming Day

Three years ago we brought our sweet Tessa home from the NICU. Which meant we had 2 babies home (Brant and Tessa) and three in the NICU (Mia, Gracie, and Rayleigh). Having two babies at home was busier but not so bad. My family was amazing and came out to Dallas to stay at home (actually Paula & Dave’s home) with Brant and Tessa so that during the day I could still go to check on the other 3 in the NICU.
Our NICU didn’t allow us to bring babies back after they had been released.

It was also during this time when Rayleigh got so sick. And by sick I don’t mean a little cold, I honestly thought she was going to die. It was the scariest time in my entire life. I was so happy and thankful we were able to have 2 babies home but on the flip side I was on the brink of losing my mind over the thought of losing Rayleigh. But as we know, everything worked out and we eventually came home with all 5 of our quints.

Tessa is my loud child, and by loud I mean really, really, really loud (I seriously could keep going with the reallys). She’s so animated when she talks, its hysterical. She tells the best stories, most of the time we don’t understand what she’s saying but she thinks it’s funny and laughs at herself which makes everyone else laugh too. She is my girly-girl and loves to dress up and have her hair done and she always wants a bow in her hair. Tessa has brought us so much joy, laughter, and love. โค๏ธ


Happy 3rd Homecoming Day Tessa!

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Be blessed,
Michelle

 

Camping Trip–Day 4

We have finally made it to the last day of our vacation. On Monday we woke up, got dressed, packed up, took a ton of pictures (as you’re about to see), and headed home.

This was the perfect first vacation for our family. My idea of the perfect vacation is going to a beautiful beach. I absolutely love the beach. And originally, we thought about going to the beach, but we knew the kids just wouldn’t be up for it this year. We have to drive pretty much all day to get to a nice beach; we just didn’t want to stress ourselves out with such a long trip in the car. Broken Bow is only 2 hours away and not once did the kids complain about the drive. The lake was so nice and relaxing and it’s nice to know we don’t have to drive 2 days to have a nice, fun, and relaxing vacation. Maybe in a few years the kids will be ready for such a long trip, but until then, we’re perfectly happy vacationing close to home.













 

Here’s some extra “outtake” pictures.




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Be blessed,

Michelle

Camping Trip–Day 3

Sorry for dragging this very short trip out but with all the pictures I am sharing, one post would have been massive. So here we go with Day 3.

Sunday we got up and went to church in Broken Bow. It was raining that morning and rain was in the forecast all day but thankfully after lunch it was clear so we headed out to have some more fun. We took a train ride through the park, road go-carts, and spent some time by the river before the rain made us leave. We were so thankful for the nice weather so we could have some fun out of the cabin.


Ready to go to church and this guy was being a weirdo. ๐Ÿ˜‚
Gosh I sure love him. โค๏ธ


So I was in charge of packing and I did a great job except for the fact I forgot to pack myself any shoes. The only shoes I had were the ones on my feet! So I had to wear these old flip flops to church with my dress. ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ


My cuties all ready for church. This was their first time in a church other than ours and they did so well.



We had the sweetest conductor for our train ride. He was in awe of the quints and of course big brother too.






Seems like lately in every picture we take that someone has their finger in their nose.
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While on the train, the conductor threw corn and the squirrels and deer came right up to the track to eat.





The kids loved playing in the water at the river.
















Nana and Pop’s with all the grandkids.











Then we road go-carts.


Brant loves to dance.

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I know I’ve said this on every post but we really had so much fun! The kids did so good and enjoyed everything we did.

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Be blessed,

Michelle

Camping Trip–Day 2

I failed to mention yesterday where we went on vacation… we went to Broken Bow, OK. It’s only approximately 2 hours from our house which is one of the main reasons we picked it. I really wanted to go to the beach, but we knew the kids weren’t up for such a long road trip so we kept it close this year. And honestly, I’m glad we did, we had so much fun and didn’t have to go that far to get there.

The whole weekend was forecasted to be rainy…every.single.day! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ We were all so bummed, but thankfully the rain held off and we were able to get out and have lots of fun! Day 2 was our water day. We rented a party barge and spent the morning on the lake. Gage and Makenna tubed behind the barge. And Brady took a turn too. ย After lunch Marty, Kara, and Erin came up and we all played, kayaked, and swam the whole afternoon. That evening Jeremy grilled steaks. It was such a fun day!!!

The boys on Jeremy’s fishing boat.

โ€‹Gage and Makenna

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As you can see, the sun zapped everyone and they were out!

Be blessed,

Michelle