Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hard to Believe

It's hard for me to fathom that we have been married for a year (well, yesterday was a year). One year ago, I stood in front of God, family and close friends and took my best friend as my husband - what a wonderful day that was!! We have been through a lot in the last year: buying a home, planning a beautiful wedding in a month and a half, moving me from Oklahoma City back to small town America, lovingly laboring over the house and making it home, finding out 4 months in to our marriage that we were expecting a miracle, 2 1/2 weeks in Midland Memorial Hospital with my very ill Dad and ultimately losing him and all the emotional rollercoasters that go with losing someone so close so unexpectedly, PREGNANCY and everything that goes with it, and welcoming our beautiful son. There is no one else on this earth I would rather have had by my side through the good and bad of 2008.

I just wanted to take a few minutes to share a few things I love so much about my husband and being married to him.

~ I love having a son together! It amazes me everyday what a beautiful creature we created!

~ I love watching him take care of Ethan, whatever his need, whatever hour of the day!

~ I love what we have done with our house and I have enjoyed immensely working together to make it ours and make it home.

~ I love how he lets me decorate however I want to (including using turquoise despite his dislike for the color).

~ I love watching him in the kitchen, cooking and taking care of me.

~ I love quiet nights at home with him, hanging out, watching movies, cooking...just being a family.

~ I love taking road trips with him, whether they are short or long journeys and the conversations we have on the road.

~ I love how he comforted me and let me feel every emotion during the loss of my father, as hard as it was on us, me and at times, our marriage.

~ I loved watching his eyes sparkle as he talked about our son during my pregnancy, and now to watch those same eyes look at our son with such love and pride.

~ I love being Mrs. Ronnie Cason - guys like him don't come along every day and I'm thankful he chose me to be his wife!!

~ HIM! With every ounce of my being, and that love grows everyday.

There are so many other things I could list here, but I don't have the time! I'm a very blessed girl and am thankful for my husband and look forward to many years of wedded bliss! I'm going to post a few pictures of our dating days; what a great time in our lives!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Our Angel is Finally Here!!!!

Well, it's official. Ronnie & I are the VERY PROUD parents of a beautiful baby boy! Our little miracle, or big miracle, Ethan James Cason, arrived Wednesday, December 3, at 8:00 a.m. He weighed 9 pounds even and was 20 1/4 inches long. He is absolutely the most beautiful creature I have ever laid my eyes on, and by far my greatest accomplishment and I am in complete awe. Ronnie and I both are just amazed by this little person we created. I had no idea I could love someone so much at first glance. My whole perspective and reason for living and breathing has completely changed; I would go to the ends of the earth for that precious little boy. We have been so incredibly blessed by this addition to our family that has made us 3 instead of 2. Here are a few additional pictures of our first four days together!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Countdown to D-Day is in the Last Hours...

D-Day, aka Delivery Day, is upon us. It has seemed so far off for nearly 9 months, and I can't believe that in less than 24 hours, I will be a mother. I'm definitely ready to meet my son but I'm also bittersweet right now. I have enjoyed being pregnant so much and I'm really going to miss Ethan being in my belly. Of course, I'm also to the point of being so miserable and uncomfortable, that I'm looking forward to getting him out of there!

We have elected to do a C-section tomorrow morning at 7:30. After much thought, consideration, prayer, and discussion, Ronnie, myself and my doctor have decided that this is our best option given all the information we have. Ethan is a BIG boy! And, my cervix is small, and is not preparing itself the way it should for a delivery with a due date less than one week away. There is a long family history on my side of the women carrying long after their due dates, not dilating, LONG labors and traumatic deliveries. And, I seem to be following in those same footsteps, so we've decided to avoid the chances of spending hours in labor with no success and having to do a C-section anyway.

I'm terrified and a complete nervous wreck, but I know everything will be fine. My main concern is that Ethan arrive safely and be healthy when he gets here. So, please keep our little family, the doctor, and all those involved in the surgery tomorrow in your prayers. I will post updates and pictures as soon as I am able.


My second most favorite time of year...Thanksgiving. We had such a blessed one this year, despite my Daddy not being with us. We stayed in Dumas due to me being 8 1/2 months pregnant. My Memom, my mom, my brother, my sister-in-law and my step-nephew all came here. We had such a great time! Memom, Ronnie and I cooked and the food was delicious. We ate, sat around and reminisced about wonderful memories with my Dad, watched an old prom video I ran across when I moved to Dumas that was very comical! It was an amazingly blessed time of family and fellowship.

Now, it's time to gear up for Christmas and I can't wait! Especially this year because we will have a brand new addition to our family!!!