Sunday, November 06, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday, Aiden!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Aiden!

Today there is a great celebration in Heaven - Aiden's 2nd Birthday.  We love you and miss you more than we can explain but know that you are happy and healthy playing in God's playground.

We love you!

Even though you planned evil against me,
GOD planned good to come out of it.
Genesis 50:20

Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy Birthday, Layne Grace Gaston


A year ago today, I had the pleasure of being at the birth of Layne Grace Gaston.  She lived for a short time but changed so many lives forever.  Today you are celebrating your first birthday in the arms of our Lord and knowing that you are now healthy and happy! 
I lift your parents and brother and sister up today, asking for peace, love and strength until they hold you again in their arms!!

He changes times and seasons...
Daniel 2:21

Friday, September 30, 2011

Last weekend. . .

we went canoeing/kayaking down the mighty Mississippi River (ok only 7 miles of it :) ) with several other families.  I have to tell you I was a little nervous, intimidated, scared, I mean this is the Mississippi River but I was with friends that I trust mine, my sons', and my hubby's life with (that is apparent - right?).  The start of the trip I canoed with my oldest, Hunter, while hubby took the "power" boat with the supplies, my youngest, Mason and a few others.  I quickly learned my oldest is definitely my hubby's child, he is stubborn just like him and we do not work well together or at least not canoeing - I have to keep telling myself "He is 7".   Anyway we went the first leg of the trip (about 3 1/2 miles) and stopped to grill burgers, play in the water, and visit.  The second leg of the trip I kayaked by myself for approx. 3 1/2 miles (first time ever!) and it was so much fun.

Cute even if he is covered in mud!

 I am not zooming in - do you see how close this barge is to us???


I can't wait until next year and even hubby said he would canoe/kayak this time.  I think he saw how much fun we were having - :) !  

...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.2 Corinthians 3:17

Monday, September 12, 2011

LSU v. Northwestern State

This past weekend we took the boys to Death Valley, home of the LSU Tigers.  I have loved LSU since I was a little girl and went to games with my dad and would visit family in Baton Rouge.  There is nothing greater than Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, it has never rained in Tiger Stadium during an evening game.  I love walking around and seeing everyone dressed in purple and gold.  I did not graduate from LSU but love it none the less and every year we go to at least one game and more if possible.
This was the first time we have taken the boys and they loved it, even sitting through 3 + hours of game time.  They yelled, they ate, they looked in amazement at all the people, and watched for Mike the Tiger to make his appearance riding in his cage.  I think they are already true LSU fans. 

While we were there we showed the boys the brick that my dad purchased In Memory of Aiden.  They were happy that Aiden was there too!!
My little clown.

Don't they look cool?!

Your ways, O God, are holy.
What god is so great as our God?
Psalm 77:13

Friday, September 02, 2011

Don't tell me. . .

I read this note/poem on a friend's facebook page and had to borrow it.  I have been missing Aiden a lot lately and thinking about him more and more.  A lot has to do with Caleb, a sweet little boy who had Trisomy 18 and earned his wings on Monday, August 29, 2011 after living 29 months.  I never had the please of meeting Caleb or his mother Jeannette but have become friends with her through blogs, facebook, and email.  I was able to watch this little angel grow and thrive when I couldn't watch Aiden any longer but his little body was not able to take all he had to endure any longer.  He is playing today with all the other sweet angels in God's presence and for this I am thankful.  Knowing that they are with God makes it easier (Sometimes) but it doesn't take the feelings away. 

Please don't tell me you know how I feel,
Unless you have lost your child too,
Please don't tell me my broken heart will heal,
Because that is just not true,
Please don't tell me my son is in a better place,
Though it is true, I want him here with me,
Don't tell me someday I'll hear his voice, see his face,
Beyond today I cannot see,
Don't tell me it is time to move on,
Because I cannot,
Don't tell me to face the fact he is gone,
Because denial is something I can't stop,
Don't tell me to be thankful for the time I had,
Because I wanted more,
Don't tell me when I am my old self you will be glad,
I'll never be as I was before,
What you can tell me is you will be here for me,
That you will listen when I talk of my child,
You can share with me my precious memories,
You can even cry with me for a while,
And please don't hesitate to say his name,
Because it is something I long to hear everyday,
Friend please realize that I can never be the same,
But if you stand by me, you may like the new person I become someday.

Aiden Mathew Bray

Please pray for Caleb's family that they find peace and strength today and in the days ahead.
For You, O GOD, are my place of safety.
Psalm 59:9

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Southern Child Magazine

Several weeks back, I was notified by Melissa, a dear blogger friend that I have never met but have become good friends, that I was named as "Amazing Southern Mom" for the Aug/Sept 2011 issue of Southern Child Magazine, she worked with 2 other dear friends, Carey & Jessica.  I had no idea this was going on behind my back but it was/is such an honor and one that I feel I do not deserve. 

Southern Child Magazine is a online magazine that to copy their mission statement - to inform and educate parents and care givers, to provide attractive affordable advertising to family based businesses and to help the hundreds of thousands of children in foster care find forever, loving families

The article that was written focuses on my family and our time with our angel baby - Aiden Mathew - who lived on earth for 32 glorious days but celebrates everyday in heaven.  I truly cannot wait to hold him in my arms again. 

Thanks girls for a great article and tribute to my sweet family!!!  Love ya'll.

For You, O GOD, are my place of safety.
Psalm 59:9

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Aiden's T-Shirts

I absolutely love this t-shirt design - Thanks so much Deborah at M'Prints!!  Ya'll are the greatest!  The feet that are used are Aiden's footprints, for such a little guy he had quite a footprint measuring almost 2 inches.

T-shirt is $15 and I would love to be able to deliver everyone but since that is not possible if you live outside of the Lake Providence area please add $2.50 for shipping. 

All proceeds will go to March of Dimes in preparation for the March for Babies walk on May 7.  Our team is Aiden's T18 Crusaders, in memory of Aiden Mathew Bray

Available sizes - Kids XSmall - Large and Adults XSmall - 2XLarge.
Please comment to this post or e-mail me at if you would live to order one. 
I will taking Pre Orders through Sunday, April 17.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace...
Isaiah 55:12

Monday, March 28, 2011

March for Babies 2011

YEAH - We have a team and would love more participants!!!  What am I talking about?  On May 7, 2011, Aiden's T18 Crusaders will be participating in the March of Dimes March for Babies 2011 in West Monroe, LA.  The team was created to honor our sweet angel - Aiden Mathew Bray, who was born with Trisomy 18 and lived a miraculous 32 days.  There is not a day goes by I don't think about him and how different life would be with him on earth with us. 
The money raised in March for Babies funds important research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives. 

How can you help - Join our team - Aiden's T18 Crusaders , Create your own team, or sponsor a team.  You can sponsor our team at

I am creating t-shirts for our team members as well as anyone else that would like one.  I will show the design this week, all proceeds will go to March of Dimes. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Quack Quack - I'm not a Hunter but I see Ducks

I see Just Ducks - Just Ducky Originals, that is!  This is my 2nd season as Area Consultant for Just Ducky children's clothes, they have some of the cutest clothes and it is customizable.  The only limits are your imagination, you change everything from the button & threads to ribbons to fabric. 


If you are interested in purchasing anything you can go online Just Ducky Originals or contact me.