Saturday, November 14, 2009

Power of Prayer

I do realize that most you who visit this blog are wanting to see pictures/updates of Garrett and our family; but today I wanted share something that has been in my mind this week. Just because I am married to an English major does not mean I am a good writer, quite the opposite actually. The longest thing I usually write all week is a three lined prescription at work so bare with me.

As some of you may know I follow a blog by a woman named "MckMama" at (many of you follow her yourself). As I have lifted up on this blog before, her son, Stellan, was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia in womb and has fought a battle against this disorder with many medications and one failed surgery accompanied by several hospitalizations throughout the year. Well unfortunately the week of Stellan's first birthday (the week of Halloween) he failed his medications and went back into this deadly arrhythmia. Along with doctors, Stellan's parents decided to make the trip to Boston's Children's Hospital last weekend. To make a long story short, Stellan almost died on Monday and had to be revived. He was whisked away to an emergency surgery to ablate the accessory pathway that causes his disorder. Ladies and gentleman it was a true miracle but Stellans surgery was a HUGE SUCCESS and he is now free from the disorder he has been plagued with his short life.

The truly "magical" thing about Stellan's story is that people from all over the world prayed for that little boy. You can see a map at the above website. And I was included! I can honestly say that I prayed for that little boy nearly hourly for three days. At times I was literally on my knees praying for his mother, family, doctors and a miracle! When I read the good news of Stellan's "home run" surgery , as his mom put it, on Monday night I was jumping up and down like a babe on Christmas morning! I think I said "Hallelujah and Praise God"! So throughout this week I have wondered why don't I pray that way daily for my family and others. Sure there are things that I am anxious about or true blessings I see daily, but why am I not on my knees for those things? Why am I not praising God by jumping up and down for my daily blessings? Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." I don't know about you but I need to "acknowledge Him" more in my life on a daily, hourly basis. I saw this week the greatness of God in Stellan's story because God gave me so much joy in witnessing what happens when communicate with Him! I will be making more of an effort to pray and praise God more often in my life, wont you?!!

O.K. and picture of Garrett because I cannot post without one!

Seak peek of fall pictures taking by Amanda

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween 2009

We had wonderful Halloween weekend filled with fun and friends! We had our first annual Kline Halloween party on Friday night. We had to have the party indoors due to the rain but we still had a great time. We invited several neighbors and friends and enjoyed good food, lots of sweets and creative costumes! I will have to post pictures later because I am going to have to get them from someone else. When you are the host you don't have much time to pick up a camera. Our great friends, the Angermiers, from Louisville came to stay for the weekend with their daughter Addison. Addie is 20 months old (5 weeks older than Garrett) so she and Garrett played and laughed hard all weekend. Saturday morning we went to Traders Point Christian Church to their indoor playground and let the kids work out some energy and give the parents time to visit. It is very surreal when Laura, Tara, Ashley and I get together with our SEVEN children. It is still hard to believe that we are married raising these beautiful kids!

Garrett and I going down the slide (haha, look at my hair)

Jeremy and Addie high in the sky

The kiddos had a great time playing with the Tripletts Cho-cho

Garrett and Madeline in the tree house

Snack time!!

Then it was time to go home and rest..ok so Garrett was the only one who took a nap. Addie and the tripplets were too excited for Halloween. The daddies got in 9-holes at the golf range and then it was time for festive-shaped pizza. We then got them dressed and met up with the Callahan tripplets for some trick-or-treating! The kids did really well. Garrett and Addison really got the hang of marching up to the door and getting candy from the neighbors. Garrett was so polite saying or signing thank you several times in return. The tripletts enjoyed a cho-cho ride while candy-givers "ohhed and awed" and handed them candy Ashley will never let them eat!! Since it ended up being a very cool night, our crew of 5 one-year olds made it 1.5 cul-de-sacs before having to turn in for the night. What a great night!! (the moms even got to meet up a Kona Grill for drinks after the festivities!!)

Papa Murphy's pumpkin-shaped pizza!

Garrett and Addie ready to go

Waiting for the tripletts

The dragon and the lady bug ready to go!

Everyone in their wagons and ready for candy

The tripletts enjoying their lollipops!

Garrett and Addie insisted on helping push the wagon

A bubble bath to warm up!

PJ's and a goodnight story

Most of all, the Kline family was blessed for time with great friends!