Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Blessings...

On the afternoon of the first Thursday in February 3 years ago,
I frantically tried to reach Casey on our only cell phone.
 
Earlier that week, Christopher had been diagnosed with RSV.
That Thursday afternoon, Casey was told to take him to the hospital for fluids.
Within an hour, doctors called an ambulance instead.
 
The situation was very serious
and everything moved so fast.
 
By the time I reached the hospital,
it was like an ER scene from a movie -
White coats surrounding my baby.
 
I was rushed away, scared and confused.
And that was only the start of our journey.
 
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I've shared some of the painful memories,
and a little about gratitude and giving back.
 
 
But this year is different.
I am beginning to see a glimpse of God's "big picture".

First, my faith was strengthened
in ways I could not even imagine.

I learned to depend on him and I experienced
a peace that truly surpasses understanding.
 
Second, He used this trial
to put a desire in my heart
to stay home with my children.

Then, He followed through.
 
Opportunities opened up
that allowed me to stay home
and even to homeschool!
 
Third, God impacted others in their ministries
and showed us how a church and a community
can come together to pray and support.
 
We were blessed by so many people
in such a magnitude that I can't ever repay.
I am humbled to consider the love shown to us
and ponder these acts in my heart just as
"Mary treasured up all these things,
pondering them in her heart" Luke 2:19
 
Fourth, God revealed to me
that His hand was on this situation
from the very beginning, and even before.
 
He prepared us for this.
He brought us to it, He brought us through it,
and He strengthened our faith.
 
God's plan is bigger than we can see
in the midst of a trial.
 
The list could go on and on,
but I know one thing for sure...
 
I have never been more certain that
the trials I faced were directly used
for our good and His glory
in HIS timing.
 
 Count it all joy, my brothers,when you meet trials of various kinds,
for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  
And let steadfastness have its full effect,
that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:2-4
 
God is so good.
 
You can view Christopher's story here:
 
 
<>< Stacy

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!
2014 has had a busy, but great start for the Wiley family  :)
 
Here's a few snapshots of our December!
 
A visit with Grandpa K. :)  :)

We had such a blast decorating our tree :)
 

She is getting so big!!!
 

Christmas at Missy's house! 
Loving on Kristen!  :)

Always smiling!  :)


Me and my three

Sticking out her tongue!


Hollywild - Lights at the Zoo

One of the few pictures of all 5 of us!

Chillin' with Grandma and Grandpa :)

Michael loved the deer

These two love to play together...
and get into trouble together!

She loves getting on and off of this thing.

Sword fighter!!!!!!

Me at a riding lesson Casey surprised me with  :)

Casey had a riding lesson, too!

Hanging out in the book nook.

I just LOVE this cute face!

Check out our Christmas trees!
A family tree and a GAMECOCK tree!
Also, an extra table set for one of the dinners we hosted :)


Casey made the turkey look all fancy shmancy

One of her first Christmas presents!

Fun, fun, fun...
 

Papa and the family :)

Mommy's happy girl!
 
Sometimes they get along...
 

They LOOOOVE Daddy!


A family of 5... rarely captured on camera!
 
 
I almost can't believe I have 2 pictures of
our whole family together in this blog post.
They are VERY rare!
 
To remedy that,
we are trying to win a YEAR of free photography
with our favorite family photographer.
(4 sessions)
We are very close to the leaders!
 
 
 
<>< Stacy
 
 
 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Smiles, smiles, and more smiles.....

Wow - I have not posted on the blog in 1.5 months!
 
November/December are always busy for musicians,
but I played my last big Christmas 2013 gig yesterday!
 
This week is for resting, catching up, and enjoying Christmastime :)
 
Here's a peak at what we've been up to :)
 
Church day!

The many HATS of Lizzy...


Such a serene fall picture :)

"This chair is too big for me, Mom!"

Michael loves his sister :)
 
We took a field trip to Skytop just to see
the mountains, animals, and climb trees!
(we had already picked apples at Stepp Apple Orchard)

Bright and sunny!

Tractor driving at an early age!

Running around the bamboo forest

It was a little cold that day!

Daddy and the crew

Elizabeth was belly laughing here!
Daddy took her for a ride!

Elizabeth heard all the sheep and goats and started saying "Baaaaaa"
It was just adorable!   :)  :)  :)

Tree climbing, of course!

Boys will be boys....

Such a fun little trip!


Throwing Michael into the trees!

The classic Skytop Orchard picture :)


Enjoying some apples!
 

Christopher swinging with Elizabeth in his lap!

 Pure happiness on  both accounts!
 

Can't believe how big he is getting!

Lizzy watching her brothers play on the screened porch.


A princess skirt, necklace, and crown...

Oh my word he is HANDSOME!!!!

A glimpse at the prettier side of schoolwork..

Gooooooo Gamecocks!
We won a pretty big game again this year  ;)


This.  I.  Love.

Elizabeth had a great 1st Thanksgiving...FAMILY, FOOD, and FUN!!!


Climbing again....
 
I took the kids outside to take a few Christmas pictures......
As a very proud Mama, I am going to post way too many of them here.
 
My Grandma in Ohio sewed the backdrop  :)

Tutu cute!
 
Happy, happy, happy!
 
Love. Love. Love.


Smiling at her brother roaring like a dinosaur...
Michael is a great little assistant when bribed!


Tongue!

Such a sweetie!

Show us those teeth!
 
By the way - we promptly taught Christopher to sing
the Chipmunks version of
All I Want for Christmas is My 2 Front Teeth...
and then he put them on his Christmas list!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Poor little dude!  I had to explain it was just a silly song....


Handsome big boy!

Brothers...always into mischief!

Not much success photographing all 3 by myself!

Such a sweet face even when she isn't smiling!

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

WALKING like a CHAMP!
 
Elizabeth doesn't always cooperate for pictures!!!!!!!!


She does not look like a little baby anymore..... 11 months old!!!!

:)  1st Christmas  :)
 
It's been a busy month+, but we are so happy!
 
It feels good to do all the Christmas things we couldn't do the last 2 years.
Wait, who am I kidding... it feels good just to live under the same roof!
Having a Christmas tree again is an added bonus  :)
 
<>< Stacy