Monday, November 24, 2014

The Nutcracker Angels

This is the video I took at dress rehearsal for The Nutcracker, Bella did so good!  Bella is in the second row to the far right of the video and ends up in the back before coming up front and exiting.  The production was BEAUTIFUL, I got see it twice on Saturday and could have watched it over and over.  All of the dancers were amazing, proud of them all, especially our own beautiful little dancer :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Our Life in October

October was a busy and fun month.  We celebrated Bella, Reggie and mom's birthday days, took a trip to Bloomsbury Farm, carved pumpkins, painted pumpkins, enjoyed the fall weather at mom and dad's exploring and of course enjoyed Halloween.

We had a joint birthday party for Bella and Reggie, they are 10 years apart.  We had a costume party and everyone had a blast.  I still can't believe Reggie is 18 and after his senior year he will be going into the Air Force!  So proud of him, just can't believe it.

Bella has had a lot of Saturday practices for the Nutcracker.  Kyle is doing very well at Complete Nutrition and oh yeah, I became a Complete Nutrition sponsored athlete :)  A month full of fun, love and family.

Sweet Ronan

I had yet to introduce my handsome nephew, Ronan Allen Bechthold.  Missy and Ed had their sweet boy on September 3rd.

It killed me to have to wait a couple of days before we were able to go meet him.  He was much smaller than the doctors thought he would be and right when I got a hold of him he had my heart :)

He has been a wonderful baby, right away he would give them five hour stretches of sleep at a time.  I made sure Missy and Ed knew exactly how lucky they were for that ;)  Just teasing, well a little, after not sleeping for over a year with Bella I am envious of those who get the experience of good sleep with their newborn.

Ronan looks just like Lyla did, he eats well, sleeps well and is so happy.  At just over two months he is smiling and cooing.  I can't get enough of him, I so wish they didn't live in Des Moines!  Lyla is a wonderful big sister and loves her baby brother so much.  Can't wait to see them next week for Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

What Dreams May Come

The month of October was a fun one, I will soon have more photos to post of the fun we've had :)

I wanted to share an experience I had last night, it was very meaningful for me and I do not want to forget it.

I was sick yesterday and slept a LOT.  I had so many crazy dreams and I can remember most of them.  As you all know I lost my Grandma in June.  I have visited her and my Grandpa a couple of times since then.  I know they hear me when I speak to them because my life has changed after speaking to them.  The last time I stopped to visit them I was a mess.  Life was a bit hectic, scary and totally out of my control.  I asked them to please help me and my family, in any way they could.  I knew they were watching over us but at that intense moment of tears and opening up to them completely I asked them to please help my little family.

One week later Kyle was offered an interview with Complete Nutrition and as we all know our life completely changed.  I know my grandparents had a hand in that and I thank them every day for watching over us.  Just the other day Bella and I had a discussion about angels.  One of her friends at school told Bella that we each have an angel that walks beside us every day.  Bella asked me if that was true.  I told her that I believe in angels and that they do watch over us every day, I'm not sure if they walk beside us exactly but I do believe in them, she agreed with me.

My final, extremely real dream before waking this morning was so special to me.  I was at a house with my Aunt Sally and my mom, it was supposedly my Grandma's house.  My Grandma was in a nursing home for years before she died, I have no idea how we came to be at this house that was my Grandma's.  They told me that I got to have the house, Grandma wanted me to have it.  They showed me around the house and everything of my Grandma's was still there, I could feel her presence in all of her things.  They left me on my own and I found books filled with family photos, newspaper clippings from all of our school accomplishments like state track photos, concert choir, milestones from our engagements, weddings, children's births.  Photos of my grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins, it was amazing.  As I put one of the books down and stood up my Grandma walked in, dressed beautifully with a huge smile on her face and she gave me the biggest hug.  I felt so much intense joy in that moment and I closed my eyes.  When I opened them she was gone and the woman selling the house was there, I asked where my Grandma was and she looked confused.  I was standing there holding a note from my Grandma she had written before she passed away.  Then I woke up.

I was sobbing uncontrollably and could not stop.  I knew that I did in fact see my Grandma that night and I got to hug her, see her big smile and smell her again.  I could smell the Olay lotion she always used, her chap stick, still feel her small body wrapped in my arms.  It took a few moments to realize I was dreaming and was in fact in my bed waking up for the day.

I told Kyle about the dream and he told me he too believed it was Grandma visiting me to let me know how happy she is and how happy she is for our family and all the good we are experiencing, the dreams that we are reaching for ourselves and our family.

Thank you god for that dream, thank you Grandma for visiting me.  I miss you and Grandpa so, so much.  There is so much good in our lives at the moment and I know you are watching over us smiling.  I love you, I love you, I love you.  Until we meet again, I so look forward to seeing you again in my dreams.