Sunday, September 23, 2012


Yesterday there was a birthday in the Henderson house.....Paysen, our sensitive, loving, smart, compassionate, witty, and wonderful boy turned 6!  Surprisingly I didn't shed any birthday tears like normal.....I found myself too busy trying to just make it through his day whilst feeling super sick. 
We do a lot of candles for our birthdays!!  We start at breakfast......a request for his favorite, white chocolate pancakes adorned with some fire sticks is a good way to start your special day. 

He got to choose his dinner location......Olive Garden was his desire.....and so we went!!  It was so cute and funny to watch his face as the staff sang happy birthday!  Another candle.....

We ended the night with cake......I am not able to bake right now (this pregnancy is KICKING my butt) so instead of purchasing a cake, a friend of mine offered to bake him his homemade strawberry request.......more candles.

We celebrated his birthday with friends a couple of weeks ago, I have picked up this tradition of early celebration in order to celebrate outside....and always afraid that the Wyoming weather will ruin a date closer to his actual birthday. 

It was a circus themed party......full of fun and games!!!  One of the most fun parties to plan!  I started with the planning about eight months ago. 

There were carnival which the kids earned tickets for the end of the games they were able to "purchase" prizes from the prize table with their earned tickets.

There was a treat table filled with cotton candy, popcorn, circus peanuts, cake, cupcakes, and punch.....

The kids were also able to get circus tattoos, and make a stop at the "Kissing booth" in which they had a chance to guess the amount of Hershey Kisses in a Jar....the winner taking it home!!!!

It was a lot of fun, I failed to capture a lot of good pictures that day and have suffered from nightmares at my missed opportunity, but there are a few! And the memories will live forever. 

Friday, September 7, 2012

On Surprises........

Let me tell you a little story....Its a crazy one.

I can recall at least a dozen different people that asked me this question in the past 4 months, "Are you guys going to have any more kids?"  Each and every time I would answer, "I'm not sure, but defiantly not right now, things are just too crazy."  I believed this to be true.

A little over a month ago I started having little feelings, feelings that I ignored.  About three weeks ago I found myself unable to drink ANY ALL (if you really know me, you know that this is a big deal....I live for coffee)    That's when I knew.  Nothing on this entire earth could keep me away from my coffee.....well except for one thing.....

I took a few tests at home, You could barely see the result and Devan insisted it wasn't there.....After a blood test, our thoughts were confirmed. 

We are having a baby......a BABY.  Another child, ONE more human in our home......a baby.  You may be able to imagine the panic that set in......  Nervous, scared and uneasy  How could we do this?  How could we do this NOW? 

Then that still small voice whispered.....this is a blessing.    We are blessed. 

I am still laughing at myself....thinking I could plan out my entire life.....I can't.  I know this. 

It is very customary to wait a while to announce this type of news....however, after discussing with Devan and reflecting on the stressful situations going on about in our life, we decided that the only practical thing to do was announce....ask to be lifted up in prayer.......We need the prayer. 

The boys are crazy excited!!  They have, after all, been asking for a baby sister for a few years now.  Going to be a change for Parklen, no longer being the baby....I'm reminded of this when I see this picture.....looking back at us like "really?"

So.....Surprises can be scary.....but mostly, surprises are good for smiles, and joy.  We were surprised and we are thankful!   Please pray for us!  For Parklen and our upcoming travels....for our family, for Paysen in kindergarten and for this pregnancy, this blessing!