Thirteen years ago today, Callahan Leigh Payne entered our lives and our hearts. Cal changed our lives in ways we never dreamed he would. Cal was a big, beautiful, baby boy who I referred to as my "Chunk of Love." He was almost 10 pounds at birth and always the smiley, lovey dovey baby boy! When Cal was about 2, we noticed some things that concerned us a little. By the time he was 3 1/2, we noticed some things that concerned us a little more. By the time he was 4, he had been diagnosed with Fragile X and Autism. Little did we know how challenging this would be but little did we know how blessed we would be! Cal has won the hearts of anyone who has ever spent anytime with him...whether it be 30 minutes or 30 hours. When people take the time to listen to him, watch him, interact with him; they fall in love with him! He's endearing and sweet and yes he can be annoying, but mostly he's amazing. Cal has taught so many people valuable things about life.....especially me. He has taught us that we should never judge a book by its cover, or never judge period....you never know what challenges people are facing. He has taught us to embrace the little things....that you should never take anything for granted. He has taught us that a simple life is a good, no a great, way to live. He has taught us that God does bring good out of all circumstances. He has taught us that we are never too old to play. He has taught us that we should never be embarrassed to embrace things we love. Cal is my only boy, my Lone Ranger....he is my most favorite thirteen year old. I adore you Callahan Leigh Payne, and I am proud to be your Mama!
I started journaling several years ago when I realized that I couldn't possibly remember every milestone, cute phrase, wonderful expression, heart tugging word or life changing action that occurs within my own family. I had to face the fact that my brain has become fuller and fuller with each baby born and each day that passes; and now it's overloaded. I find myself having to write down everything from a daily "To Do" list to much more important things like the first time my son kissed me on the lips. I don't want to take anything for granted and chance that I might not remember. I journal in a notebook, in my own handwriting, with the intent and hope that someday my sweet buttercups will cherish having these journals in their mama's own handwriting. I started this blog, because there are some things that are meant to be shared and some things that I hope someone will read and enjoy. Maybe I can learn something from a reader or two as well.
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I am happy to say....
Jesus is my first love!
My children are beautiful, inside and out!
I'm as happy as I've ever been!
NPayne thinks I'm beautiful!
I LOVE vintage!
I live in America!
I let my children get dirty!
I thoroughly enjoy Bible Study!
I'm addicted to linens!
I enjoy watching football on TV!
I live in a house full of imagination!
I pray for world peace!
I support our troops and pray for them daily!
I am VERY sentimental!
My parents were married for 40 years!
I love thrift stores and flea markets!
My favorite room in my house is the nursery!
There are 4 princesses and one prince in my house which makes me a Queen!
I buy organic and eat organic!
We pray together!
I'm a free spirit with an old soul!
My house is covered in photographs of my family!
Four of my five children can make their own breakfast!
I LOVE Saturday Night Disco at our house!
I am shabby chic....maybe a little more shabby than chic!
My children love each other very much!
I wanted a huge family, at least 7 children!
I love making something old into something beautiful!
My wedding ring is an emerald!
I still have a baby in my house!
I have my mother's every day dishes!
I have my mother in law's china!
I try extremely hard not to be judgemental!
My house is 100 years old!
My bed is one of my favorite places to be!
Music often moves me to tears!
I am very easily amused!
I read The Bible!
NPayne and I have a date each week!
I love being a mother with every ounce of my being!
All my babies were delivered by the same doctor!
I have date days with each of my children!
I absolutely loved being pregnant!
I will have eternal life!
I drink a lot of coffee!
I'm a teacher!
I love my church!
I am creative!
I recycle A LOT!
This is my natural hair color (sort of).
I bake with my children every week!
I'm very low maintenance!
I love my girlfriends!
I have good, I mean really good, children!
I'm a believer!
Our family has lots of traditions!
I adore my husband!
My children think I'm the best mom in the whole world!
Add to the madness!!!
Even though we ain't got money....
I'm so in love with you honey!
Read about Fragile X and Autism by clicking on Cal's picture!