Sunday, June 29, 2008

My Greatest Treasures... My Children

Annabel has spent the weekend with a good friend. I do realize that having some down time can be a good thing. I also realize that it is good to spend time with the older children doing things we would not otherwise be able to do. Some of the things that we were able to do, were to eat out at the beach and not care how long this took. I actually got to eat BBQ crabs which are extremely messy and I would never do with Annabel. Then upon returning back to the beach house I could read a book and not care how late I stayed up, because I could sleep late if I wanted to. Ha, I popped up at 7:30! I realize that I didn't have to rush to shower and get myself ready before Annabel woke up. So I sat on the deck and drank coffee, looked at the internet way too much and read some more. Then as planned with my twin 15 yrs. old daughters, we ventured over to Galveston. Something we would not do with Annabel due to the very long ferry line (2hrs. each way) and then being in the sunlight so much as we walked to all the shops in Galveston. It gave us much time to be silly, talk with each other and just pass the time waiting in the ferry line reading our books. After our day was done looking in shops, we ate at Willie G's on the water. It was beautiful and I enjoyed them so much. We returned home at 9:00 p.m. I surfed the internet too long, read too late. As I woke up, showered and attended church at the beach all the while so relaxed. I do realize this sounds pretty nice and I am thankful to my friend that I was able to spend this time with my older children.
The reality is that I am also a mom to Annabel who needs me and my entire family. I miss her so much and can't wait to see her this afternoon. I know it is good for her to realize that she is growing up and can make it briefly without me. She is quite spoiled! There are days I wonder what my life was like before Annabel, cathing, tube feeds and the constant care. I am sure my children also wonder what life was like before I ask them to retrive everything I need, like carrying the diaper bag, loading the wheelchair, get me this and get me that. While I am grateful for this glimps this weekend, I would not trade the life we have with our precious Angel, Annabel. She is a true miracle and I don't ever want to not give God the Glory of His precious gift. I know I have done nothing to deserve her, but will try to keep loving and cherishing His precious gift.


Katie said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful weekend. You certainly deserve every relaxing moment.

Mandy said...

I am new to your blog and am just amazed at what a great family you have. I lost my sweet Madeline to T18 last year on June 8th and miss her each day. Thank you for sharing your life with me. You can visit our website at and read a little about us. We have a unique family too that blesses us beyond measure.

Looking forward to knowing you through your blog.

The VW's said...

I'm so glad that you were able to have a relaxing weekend and some fun! Your family is beautiful! What treasures, just as you said!

Thanks for sharing your daughter's inspirational life! She is very blessed to have you and I know that she is such a blessing to you as well!

God Bless You!

Kathy said...

Praising God for Annabel's health and praying she will remain so!

Too bad you are so busy, Cathy, because you should write a book on raising such amazing children. They are so self-less and loving, kind and caring, and have such compassionate hearts. Well done, Mom!

I know you are proud of them and it's easy to see how proud they are of you and how very much they love their little Annabel!

Praying showers of blessings on you and your family as you shower your littlest angel with so much love!

Glad you had a fun weekend with your older ones and that cup of coffee while relaxing! So very well deserved.

I think every moment with Annabel is a "Kodak moment". Her smile and the light and sparkle in her eyes (and those amazing eyelashes!) are beyond beautiful!!!
Thank you for sharing her with all of us.


Laurie said...


I understand your missing Annabel way too much but I am so thankful you were able to just relax a bit. You sure have earned it my friend. And she will be so happy to see you this afternoon too. I am glad your friend was able to allow you this refreshing time. Annabel is one of my living heroes and she always makes me smile. Our children are our biggest blessings and it is such an honor to raise them forever. Have a blessed reunion with your little peach this afternoon. I love you.

Laurie in Ca.

Cathy said...

Thank you so much for the kind words and visiting her site. I did miss her so much, but blessed me by not sleeping until 4:30 this morning. We are suspecting another urinary infection and will know more tomorrow. But the best is that she has been without one for sometime now. Thank you all for praying. Cathy & Annabel

Krista said...

I just LOVE seeing updates on prescious Annabelle. She is beautiful, inside and out. Bring her to storytime on Mondays at 10 at the store. She would love it.

Kim ( said...

What a beautiful weekend. YOU are beautiful and Annabel just looks great. Sitting up at the beach brought me to tears, she is so precious. I love reading your updates. I will continue to pray for blessings for your family. You guys are amazing. God is so amazing.
With love,