Independence Day 2017

Hey y’all! I hope you had a blessed Independence Day with your loved ones. Ours was pretty low key after our big weekend in Dallas. I’ll blog about that tomorrow.

So our day started in Dallas at our friends’ Dave and Paula’s house. We got ready, packed up, and were on the road by 11am. We got home around 3pm after stopping for lunch and ice cream. After we got home it was back to reality. We unpacked the van, Steven took a final for his summer class, I watched the kids and took care of stuff around the house. After dinner we popped fireworks with the family.

Our family picture turned out pretty good. 4 out of 6 kids are looking and smiling. #winning


We love Paula ❤️


Tom went with us to Dallas. She’s the best! ❤️


Dog pile on Dave. The kids love Dave. ❤️


Heading home 🏡


We hadn’t seen Makenna in over a week so she got a special dog pile too. 💗


Popping fireworks 💥





We put smoke bombs on the back of Brady’s tricycle and it was so funny to watch him ride around with smoke following him.



We are so thankful for our freedom. We are especially thankful to the men and women of our military. Thank you for all that you do!

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Be blessed,
Michelle

Seals Summer Theme Week 

Hey y’all! Welcome back!

I’ve decided to take a long weekend break from blogging to refresh my blogging brain and just enjoy Independence Day with my family. I plan to be back blogging on Wednesday. So no worries if you don’t hear from me in a while.


So today I’m going to share our Seals Summer Theme Week with you—- Super Heroes. Our VBS was this week so I actually let the teachers at church do all the work for me this week. The kids learned about Abraham & Sarah, Samuel, Joseph, and Joshua & Caleb. They sang, crafted, and played with all their friends. They had a blast. In fact, they are already asking me this morning when are they going back.

Mia

Tessa

Gracie

Rayleigh

Can you guess which little boy refused to take a nap all week?????




It’s official, any time I want a super cute picture of Brady, I’m going to have to get Ryleigh to come help me. Isn’t this the sweetest picture ever?!?!!! Brady & Ryleigh have gone to church together since they were little babies and last year they went to PreK together. We love us some Ryleigh.
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Be blessed,
Michelle

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

Seals Summer Theme Week & Weekend Recap

Last week was the first week of summer so our theme was Summer Fun. The kids enjoyed playing on the slip n’ slide, went to a jumping at iJump, and enjoyed picnics. We also took the quints to their first movie (and Brady too).










Saturday the kids enjoyed some time with loved ones and I cleaned house.








Sunday was church and the kids are super excited that VBS started last night!






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Be blessed,

Michelle

Random Pictures 

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

Brant giving me kisses.​

​Rayleigh & Brady


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

Flat Seals Goes to Guatemala

Hello people!

Tom here. The Flats Seals and I spent a week in Guatemala for a medical mission trip and I’m here to give you a snippet of our fantastic week!

We traveled out of DFW straight to Guatemala. The flight was about 3 hours and the time difference is only 1 hour. We then had to take a bus from the airport in the city out into the mountains where we stayed for the week.

Our medical team consisted of around 25 people and included physicians, practitioners, nurses, interpreters, and techs. For the next 5 days, we traveled up-down-around-and through the mountains to remote villages to reach the most needy. We would roll into town, set up our stations, and get straight to seeing the line of people waiting on us. We had long, hard days but helping meet the needs of so many people (physically and spiritually) was a blessing that was worth every drop of sweat.

For lunch the villages would cook as sort of a ‘thank you.’ They brought their best and prepared it all morning. It was really good, even the Flat Seals liked it! Considering the chickens would walk around our clinic and then disappear, I would say its the freshest most organic chicken soup you’ll ever eat! 🙂

In total, we saw 1,258 patients, filled 4,114 prescriptions, gave 159 referrals to the next group that is coming for surgical procedures and making glasses!, fitted 132 pairs of reading glasses, gave 578 bibles, 690 gospel tracts, handed out 30 suitcases of shoes and clothes, and saw 250 professions of faith! WHEW! God is so good!

The last day, the medical team got the opportunity to visit the school and received 150 sweet hugs as a reward for our service. If a heart could burst, that’s the moment it would have. Thankful for this incredible week, the memories made, the family gained, the sweet souls of Guatemala and their beautiful country, and especially for our awesome God.

WHAT A WEEK! We enjoyed a movie on our flight home, arrived safely back to Texas, ate a good ole cheeseburger and we’re already daydreaming about our next adventure..

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Be Blessed,

Tom

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. 🙄 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. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 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