Thursday, December 11, 2008

My very first snow....

Annabel woke up to a Winter Wonderland! I am sure you can tell from her cold little face she wasn't too keen on this white powder. My older children called and said get a picture of Annabel in the snow. I found a place in the shade and placed her little rocker there, bundled her up in two blankets and her little flannel gown. You can see this is not a happy face! We took the pictures very quickly then ran back in the house.
Some of you know that we had damage from the storm and Annabel, Carly and Colette, my twins, and myself moved to a new, smaller home right around the corner. We call this our little cottage! It looks so cute with the snow on the roof. As you can tell we am still in the process of putting up the decorations. One of the pictures is of our street. To us who never get to experience snow, we thought it was so wintery and beautiful.
School was not cancelled but was delayed. So Annabel did get to go to school for the day.

I have always struggled with the idea of sending a sick little baby to school at such a young age. The fact is that she is fragile and nothing I do will change this. God has blessed us with so much more time than we imagined. When I first found out that school would be an option when she turned three years old, I thought absolutely NOT! We began to realize how much Annabel enjoyed other children and adults. She beams when anyone talks to her. She literally comes alive. I was told of this teacher at the school she attends and that if I could get her in this class, do it. Blessed doesn't begin to describe how I feel about this school and her class. The greatest gift to me is that I know when Annabel is at school she is LOVED. Mrs. Anne is her teacher, Ms. Lisa and Ms. Alice are the teachers aides. I have posted pictures of them prior to this post. The lady in the bottom picture is Mrs. Shan, who is also such a gift to this class. I have always know Shan in our community, but what I never knew is what a beautiful heart this lady has. She visits with Annabel when she is not there to substitute (she has two handsome boys at this same school), and then when one of the aides are out she is called upon. I am so grateful for each and everyone who has contact with Annabel. From the time I enter the doors of the school, the principal, vice principal, other teachers, the nurse, secretaries and therapist tell me about what she has done that day or how happy she has been. I have to be honest at my age, it is good to have a break to run errands or just clean my house while she is being well cared for. We are also so lucky that she has 3 very caring therapist, Ms. Linda, Ms. Dana, and Ms. Christy. So thank you to all who touch Annabel's precious little life.


Anonymous said...

aww... so sweet in the snow~ i can't believe it snows down there and not up here in Dallas. i'm glad you guys got to get snow though~ your house is so cute too! love it. and i can't believe we are getting more annabel pics of her standing on her two little feet! that is so awesome~yea anna!!!
~LaLa (Lauren)

Laurie in Ca. said...

Good Morning Cathy,

I just love you guys posting about the snow. Now we're talking Christmas in my book!!! It was 80 degrees here yesterday, sigh. I really would like the colder weather to stay and act like it's winter. I love all the pictures of Annabel and seeing her standing there again, it melts my heart like snow. I am glad you are able to get out while she is safe in loving arms too. God Bless that school. I don't even have my tree yet Cathy. I have to get a move on here. I love you my friend and it warms my heart to see Annabel doing so good. I'd love to have some time with her and see those smiles in person. Hope you have a blessed day and weekend and know that you are thought of every single day and loved and prayed for by me.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

May said...

love the pix of her in the pure and beautiful. Hope she does well this winter and keeps warm.

Kelly said...

i can't believe you guys got snow! how exciting. i'm sure kaiya could teach annabel how to love snow :) i'll have to find the xmas pics i took a couple years ago - it was a VERY heavy snowfall and kaiya was getting buried as i was taking pix :) she liked it though - had her little tongue out catching the flakes.

annabel looks amazing in her pictures! it's so awesome that she gets to go to school and that the staff is doing so much for her. it looks like she's getting so big!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

I love the pictures, she looks so great in red at the bottom of the post!! :) I can't imagine snow, although it is beautiful. We have never lived anywhere that it snows.

Kathy said...

Precious Annabel how fun to see you in the snow! This Michigan girl would be happy to send a supply all winter if you like!

Your new "cottage" is absolutely adorable! I love it!

Your school sounds absolutely amazing and the staff defintitely gifts from God!!! Praising God that this wonderful resource is a big part of Annabel's life.

Cathy, you are a wise mom to give your precious daughter the opportunity to experience all that this school offers. We will all pray that little Annabel's health continues to improve and that she stay healthy throughout the winter.

Thank you for sharing all these wonderful pictures. It allows all of us in the blogosphere to experience all the amazing miracles and accomplishments of Annabel Grace.

Prayers continue and I am believing for more than we can ask or imagine!!!