Monday, February 22, 2010

"Normal" is as normal does... right?

As we try to settle back in to our life,
everything feels so similar, almost comfortable...
but somehow surprisingly different...
I guess we are still trying to find a new "normal"...
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But this is about as 'normal' as it gets around here!
STRAPPED tightly into their highchairs,
side-by-side,
giggling at my silly lunch-making antics...
like Peanut Butter & Jelly Peek-a-Boo.
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These two little stinkers are like two peas in a pod!
B follows his big bro around all day, just starstruck.
Mimicking every motion and gesture. Repeating the inflection of every phrase.
Eager to be on to the newest mischevious adventure.
D eats it up.
Loves to be the center of attention. Loves to be adored.
Such a pair.
Oh, what would I do without the TWO of them!

62 comments:

Mauri said...

Those two are too cute! Love the smiles! What is normal anyway? I don't think normal applies to any family. :)

Stacey said...

They are adorable! And I agree with the above commenter...what's normal anyway? I'm grateful for you that you don't have to find out what you would do with out the TWO of them!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update...both boys look soooo happy to have each other!

Sharon said...

This picture makies me so happy!!! Still praising God for YOUR miracle!!

Kajsa Farnsworth said...

It's so wonderful to see photos of B at home and smiling away! Thank you, thank you for the continued updates. You have never been far from our thoughts here in AZ this past month.

Absolutelywhyaard said...

Beautiful babies! You are so blessed!

Lainey said...

It's so nice to see your beautiful babies and your family getting back to "normal". You are going to have something so much better than normal because you'll know how fleeting and precious these everyday "normal" moments are. Those smiling faces bring me so much joy!

Jennifer Bowman said...

This is so wonderful, what a blessing to be reminded to take joy in the little things. Your story has reminded me of that again. To take time with my kids and enjoy the little things that often can be taken for granted.
I am so so happy for you & your family and your miracle! Prays with you still.
Love, a friend though we never have met ~
Jen Bowman

Scott & Tami said...

So Fun. Eat them up....every second!!!

Kierstin said...

They are SO cute! Bronson looks wonderful and so happy!! What a cute pair they are, so blessed to have each other! So happy for all of you!

I wanted to let you know that I got a couple of your Baptism books and they are BEAUTIFUL!! I am looking forward to buying some more to give as baptism gifts, they are absolutely PERFECT...you are so talented!

Emmy said...

Those are great high chairs, they look so comfortable.
Their smiles are so cute

Megan said...

So happy for you. They really are darling little guys. Thank you for helping me to truely enjoy the silly moments that make up our lives.

nikkipicky said...

Cute smiles all around! You look at him and you can't even imagine how it was a few weeks ago. What a blessing.

I comment...even though I am a stranger to you..so my family can't accuse me of being a blog stalker as I accuse them.

Omi said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story and your faith with so many of us who don't actually know you but have seen your heart. My prayers will continue to be with you and your family.

I'm NOT a VOLCANO! said...

Ohhh! I love the high chairs! And your boys are adorable!

Tasha said...

That is the way brothers should be. Now you can hope it lasts a long long time. I love the picture. You can just see their happiness!

Mom said...

Maybe these two boys will be as good of friends as Mike and Matt are as brothers. Maybe they will go in business together, it will be fun to sit back and watch what they do. Where do you find those chairs, I need one for the St, George house?

love,
Aunt Linda

Brenda said...

I'm so happy for you! I am a mother of four boys-your story has touched me. Thank you!
I am smiling big at your adorable little boys. Blessings to you!
Love, Brenda

Lizzy said...

i didn't know you wrote a baptism book. i just googled it, and it looks darling. i'm going to pick it up for my family.

congrats on the wonderful blessing of making "two" pb&j sandwiches!

We are the Mogles said...

and what a handsome pair they are. i hope as your family finds a new normal that you feel peace and much happiness, for that is what life is truly all about.

Anonymous said...

Beatuiful! What a precious moment. Now, I have to comment on the high chairs also! Love them but where do I get one?!

Anonymous said...

Where can we get your Baptism book? It is beautiful! I would love to get one for my little girl!

The Benches said...

Oh, I just love them! They look so cute in those chairs together! Love you!

Tiffany Ann said...

I stumbled across your blog a few days ago...a friend of mine had a link to your blog asking for prayers. I have never met you, and I can't begin to tell you how much your "story" has touched my life! The night before I found your blog, I left my 2 year old alone in the tub, and knew he would "be fine" because he's too old to drown. I remember looking at him playing with toys, and telling myself I'd be right back. And he was fine, I got him out and off to bed. I never would have given this another thought had I not stumbled across your words. I am moved by your miracle, and strength. If our world's had been reversed, and it had been me who had been given this, I know I could never have handled it with as much grace, and Supermom strength as you have. I am so impressed by your faith, and love, and detrmination. I can truly call you a hero, someone I have never met. I am a Mother of two, in South Jordan, and I want you to know you have touched my heart, and made me believe that miracles happen everyday. I am so happy for your family, and for your beautiful son's second chance at life. Thank you for being so honest, and open with your story. I am changed because of this, and will never be the way I once was, so thank you for making me a better mom, and believer! You will never know how much you have impacted my life. So, thank you with all my heart!!!
Sincerely, Tiffany W.

Dustin and Katie said...

I do not know you and live nowhere near you, but heard of your story through another blog....please know that your story will be one I never forget- thank you for being so honest and willing to share it with others. You have a way with words- and your words will remain with me forever. Thank you and God bless- lots of prayers for a continued recovery for Bronson.
Katie Mallie

The Martone Memories said...

I still cry every time I open your blog. But now I cry tears of joy and gratitude for you and your family. It joys my more than words can say to see those smiling little faces. Ever since I got wind of your blog (about 3 days after you started posting) I have thought of your family daily when I think things are tough in my day. From one mother of three (two boys, one being a Bronson himself) to a mother of four boys I again say you have touched so many lives and your miracle is a lesson for all. I marvel at the greatness of His blessings for all.
Thanks
Texas Mom
Carrie

Sara said...

So happy that your little boys have a friend in each other! So important! So glad that your family was blessed to have this miracle in your lives! God Bless!

Kristy Treible said...

My heart is so heavy! Your family has been in my prayers for some time now and will continue to be. Prayer is a powerful thing! I am so grateful for Bronson's strength. I hope it was ok that I posted about your miracle baby on my blog. Your family is beautiful.

stacey O'Connell said...

I am still constantly checking on you guys. I love the chairs and am impressed with that aparatus you have there. Altho I am not surprised at how God works and does perform miracles daily, I just can't believe I have watched one take place right before my eyes. I have chills looking at these two precious boys. God is sooooo Good. Thanks for posting.
Stacey O'Connell from MN.:)

Josh and Kandice said...

They are so adorable and I'm so happy they have each other! Their smiles make me laugh, too cute. And every time I see Bronson's smile I tear up. I'm so grateful you have your little guy.

Tristan said...

SO CUTE!!! Nothing is more sweet than for a mom to see that her kids like each other and have a special bond. I am still awe struck with your miracle. I am so happy that you get to find that new "normal" in your life and enjoy all of your boys together.

The Fullmer Times & Seasons said...

What cute little boys! I have two young boys. My youngest is 23 months old. My friend told me about your story and I've been checking often for updates. So happy that you are together again as a family. Such a touching story.
I would also love to know where you found those high chairs. They look like they really work.
Best wishes in the future. We will continue to follow your story. Your updates have been wonderful!

nancy said...

I know you turned off comments, I had to say this anyway. You did make a mistake and we prayed for you and your family and lifted you up in our hearts and pushed streght to you to get you from one day to the next. The people who helped are the same people you and your family would gladly help if the situation was reversed.
God forgives you, and Bronson's story has retaught so many people something that we forgot so quickly. Never leave them unattended, not to grab the phone, check an email. Nothing no matter how important. You must remember, how many lifes you are going to now save. Due to a mistake, you were used as a vessel for us to learn. I swear not to ever leave my girl in the bath not even for one second, I talked to my hubby about your story and was glad when I did. He truly did not know that when they kids panic even if they are just in a slight amount of water bad things can happen. I learned. My husband learned. Thousands of people learned. We won't forget. We will pray that you will be able to turn that forgivness that you easily give to others on yourself.

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Jill said...

A friend posted your blog on her blog and that is how I ended up here. I have no ties to you at all, but I wanted you to know how touching your story is, and how glad I am that your sweet babe is ok. Be kind to, and forgiving to that adorable baby's mom, he loves you.

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Robert & Jasmin dey said...

Such Cuties!

Ty and Juju Brown said...

That is so wonderful that they are back to old times. Not missing a beat. Thanks for letting us be a part in your miracle. Hope to see you all at the next reunion. xoxo

Anonymous said...

i have been following your blog now for a few weeks. you are an inspiration in so many ways. you are also such a talented person.
just know you are so loved. i cried through the whole post above. you give me goose bumps daily.
i was looking back at your older posts & i know i was suppose to find this cause i have been looking for something special to do for my son for his baptism. he turns 8 in April. i don't know if you have the template still or not of the book you did for your son but, if you do i would love to see it. i would even pay you for it. it is something i have been searching for. let me know.
thanks for your inspiration daily.
xoxo
heather
my email is nhmiller25@msn.com

Jami said...

You don't know me. My husband has asked me why I keep reading your blog a a couple of others who have had difficult trials. So here are a couple of truths...I found my son unconscious last summer...not breathing, without a pulse, inside a family members van where he and his cousin decided to play and locked themselves in where temperatures in the van were above 130 degrees. I had been prompted to search for my son many times in the half hour prior and it took that long to follow the prompting. I thought I was one of those moms now who had to bear the burden of feeling it was my fault. I wailed as only a mother losing a child could wail. I went through some agonizing hours myself. But a miracle did happen. Without going into detail, our miracle came within eight hours of being at the hospital and our son is with us and mentally as though nothing has happened. But his family is different. We have found a new gratitude. He is my miracle. And now I find myself drawn to these blogs on the internet. I feel like even though you don't know me, if I can pray for you and cry with you and share some of your burden to make it lighter then I am oh so willing to do that. I'm so happy you have your miracle. I know a little bit of the pain and nightmare and guilt you are harboring inside, but I'm so happy you have your boy.

Larsen said...

Your honesty and compassion is amazing...thank you for sharing. I read this to the ladies I work with and we all cry like babies. You have this amazing way with words. I am happy you have your family as a whole. As moms we all do something we will carry with us forever. It may be as simple as not cutting a hotdog into small enough pieces or leaving our child in the tub unattended. We learn andmove on. some lucky enough for the second chance....some not so lucky. We learn from other parents and you have taught many a very valuable lesson.
GOD BLESS

Jenni said...

I doubt you will read this, you have a gazillion other things that are far more important than reading comments....and I 100% understand. But I need to leave my comment on here....for myself mostly. Since you turned off your comments on the post above (again, understandibly) I wanted to still comment on it. How beautiful and well written it was. And how I am one of those people your husband talks of. How YOU have helped ME reprioritize my life. YOu have NOT shared your story in vain. YOu have saved so many.....and you are a GIFT! Thank you for your honesty, your strength, your heartache, your compassion. Please, forgive yourself. You are wonderful, beautiful and an amazing mother....we can all see it! BIG HUGS and don't ever forget who you are....a true daughter of our loving heavenly father.

Anonymous said...

This is a response to the blog entry above. Please don't beat yourself up over what had happenned. Last night I put my 6 mos old down on the bed and told myself to watch him closely to prevent him from rolling off. Well, he had a blowout so I got up to the nearby closet to get some new clothes, then I got distracted and started to straighten up stuff in the closet. Then I heard a thump and my baby had rolled off the bed. I felt terrible! I'm glad you posted your experience to remind us to be on constant alert to ensure safety for our kids.

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Holly said...

I saw your feb 1st post that my sister had posted on facebook and then spent the whole day reading the rest of your story. I'm so glad it has a happy ending...though I know it isn't over and the healing is just beginning for all of you.
Bless you and your family for touching us so deeply.

The Starkers said...

Cute picture!! I love seeing pictures of Bronson and how well he is doing!

Dallin and Megan said...

Remember your wise husband's words because each one is more true than you know. This tragic accident was in the plan too so that your family and most of all sweet Bronson could be used as tools to inspire testimonies, strenghten them, bare testimony of miracles that could only be granted by our God. You have opened so many eyes, and we all thank you, love you, pray for you, and cry with you. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Please forgive your mistake that everyone has made one time or another and only be grateful for the gifts this mistake has given you and others. I will continue to pray for your family, that you are able to stomp out the guilt and welcome the happiness you deserve.

p.s your family is BEAUTIFUL.

Rob & Nell said...

You are such a beautiful writer! Man, your Feb 23rd post had me in tears, nodding my head and just sighing out loud at the pain and strength you had in one post. I am in awhh of you and your family. Time heals all things as it will with you.
Remember, you are amazing!

Blessings,
Nell

Anonymous said...

I know you didn't want people feeling the need to comment on your most recent post. But you must know this could have been me in my house somewhere else. I quote I heard sums up my message to you, "God's will is what we would chose if we knew all the answers." Try to trust his will and not bear the huge burden you are feeling. I have followed your story and it is so clear you are an amazing, attentive, wonderful Mom. Like I said, this could have easily been me or millions of other Moms who have made these same mistakes many times.
Try your best to enjoy the miracle of your little guy and not focus as much on the should haves.
Your family has such strength and you are so inspiring. You were meant to share this story as an example to so many others.
I love seeing your pictures and hearing how little Bronson and brothers are doing.
Stay strong...

Heather said...

Not a day goes by since reading your blog that I don't feel more thankful for my boys presence in my life. I hug them tighter and am reminded that those "important" chores can wait sometimes and am living in the moment more. Absolutely adorable picture, we had noodles today and my floor is a mess, but I am thankful for it! :) Blessings to you and your beautiful family and your new normal.

threeboogers said...

YOU are a strength! You are a GREAT mom and it is not YOUR mistake. YOUR fault. It could have been anyone. Anyone of us SAHM's that have oh so much to do and have on our plate. I am SOOO happy for you that it was God's plan to have him back. I can't imagine how hard that would have been.
Thank you! for being real, for being you, and for helping me hug and love my boys a little tighter today and tomorrow!
You will make it through this and enjoy life to it's fullest again some day. Don't let Satan get you down and work on your weaknesses and faults. That is not what our loving Father in Heaven wants.
Who wants "normal" anyways rights??
((HUGS))

Carroll Conversations said...

Alma 7:11-12

I'm an angel mommy, and am so grateful that it wasn't your time to join the angel mommy group. This scripture has carried me through, knowing our Savior truly understands our personal grief, our guilt, and our pain. Thanks for sharing. Your family is loved by many. Isn't it beautiful to get a taste of heaven by feeling so much love from all your spirit brothers and sisters.

Rowley's said...

Beautiful testimony, thanks. How grateful I am for our loving Savior!

Matt and Brianna said...

I just have to tell you, YOU ARE AMAZING!! Don't feel any differently! That is what SATAN wants you to do! Obviously, you have been chosen to carry this trial, and you have handled it A LOT better than a lot of other people I know. (including myself) I can't even begin to tell you how strong I feel the Spirit when I read your blog or watch the video (which we do...A LOT...my autistic 3 yr old son asks to watch it over and over and over etc.!) I think he must feel how strong the Spirit is too, because we are witnessing a TRUE miracle!! Please, stay strong, and try and remember that little baby B must have a special purpose in this life, and the next! (as I think YOU do too, look what a great testimony builder this is to others, not to mention the missionary opportunities!) He has taught ME to remember how fragile life really is and to not take any of it for granted!!

Your writing is BEAUTIFUL!! THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY!

Meliss said...

I wanted to leave this comment on Tuesday's post, but didn't see the option. Your story has touched my heart and I have whispered a few prayers for you. My heart aches for the guilt that you are feeling. I recently heard the Oquirh Mountain President and his wife speak. She suffered the loss of her child from drowing, she used the words, "on her watch". She gave a lovely testimony how she found peace. If you get a chance go visit her at the temple so you can hear her story.

{jane} said...

i love this picture!

and, great post above it. ;)

Nicole Guerra said...

These boys are adorable! They remind my of my two youngest, both boys, the little one following the older one trying to be just like him, I love it! I still enjoy reading your blog, your family is beautiful :)

Nicole in CA

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