Psalm 127:3-5

Behold children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a mighty warrior, so are the children of one's youth.
How blessed are those whose quiver is full of them

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Last night we went to dinner and opened an envelope that gave us the news that has really changed my perspective over the last 24 hours. I had my standard 20 week (technically 19 week) ultrasound Friday morning and asked the technician to put a little picture with the words boy or girl on it into an envelope so we could all look at it as a family later that night.

We got to dinner and could hardly think about ordering we were all so excited to get the news. As soon as the last order was taken Jimmy anxiously asked where I was hiding the news. He looked first and I looked next. Not that we would have been upset if the words read 'girl' but we were both thrilled that it said 'BOY'!!! We had really hoped that this new little one would be a boy so Ben could have a playmate so close in age!

Now for the change in perspective. Over the last 24 hours I have really been letting the news sink in... two little boys.. 13 months apart. Sometimes I feel scared, I envision two little boys climbing up the side of the staircase in our home... I envision them trying to jump from the top floor landing to the foyer below... and as my heart nearly stops I suddenly see them running outside on the two acres we now have with our new home, I see them fishing in our new pond, I see them catching frogs (EEWWW), playing basketball, hitting golf balls to the back pond, playing catch with daddy, exploring, and just being little and someday big boys together and I laugh! I laugh because just one short year ago I was trying to get used to the idea of having ONE little boy. I was a little scared because I only had two girls and I just couldn't imagine what I would do with a little boy. Now, I am the mother of TWO boys. My how one year can change things. It's a good thing I am madly and incredibly in love with the amazing little man I had last June and now I get to have another one in July! I am such a blessed mommy!

My two sons! WOW!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


In our house we have a new secret language... it's called Serenglish. We have discovered that the one NF (neurofibromatosis) problem that has hit Serene is a speech issue. Her articulation is very bad. Her receptive language is 100% but her expressive language is way behind. But regardless of how behind she may be, the sweet little language she has that is all her own is just precious.

One of our favorite words she uses is Bom. Believe it or not Bom is Grandma. If you ask her to say Grandma... "Bom". When Grandma is leaving it's "bye bye Bom". When I tell them Grandma is coming over it's clapping and parading around singing "bom bom bom". When the doorbell rings and she knows it's Grandma she runs screaming with excitement to the door yelling "bom bom bom".

Just when we thought this child couldn't captivate us anymore with her sweetness... she creates her own language making her just that much more adorable!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow day for the record books... literally

What a day this has been. By the time the snow stops falling it looks like we will have around 10 - 12 inches. This is literally a record for the Dallas / Fort Worth area. Since I didn't grow up with much snow I marvel at it every time I see it. I even braved a drive to take my little man to the chiropractor today for an yucky ear infection that has been bothering him (all better now thanks to a little ear popping adjustment). Anyway, I was kind of glad to have an excuse to get out because usually when things are covered in white here it is a ugly thing called ice. You don't want to have any part of driving in that. While snow on the other hand seems to be much easier to drive in provided you don't stop short and go slow on the turns! So I fully enjoyed my drive to Colleyville and then back home to Keller. It was simply breathtaking seeing piles of white fluff covering every inch of everything.

I started my day by pulling back the big curtains in my room and raising the blind so the girls could look out and watch the snow. It's a huge window that is very wide and almost floor to ceiling so we all felt like we were right out in it... except warm of course! So then little brother decides he wants a better view too and crawls to the window and pulls himself right up to stand at the window seal. WOW! I had seen him try to stand several times but he never could quite get there but I guess today he really wanted that close up view of the snow and he got it. What a fun day for a exciting first for our little man of the house.

After our trip to the chiropractor (which by the way it took me 8 tries to get the car up the driveway and in the garage) we had lunch and then while Ben napped and the girls played dress-up and dolls I straightened up the house excited that I was just getting it clean to have it clean and not for a potential showing... after-all, who would be looking at houses on a day like this? Well I can tell you who, people from Wisconsin, that's who! =) At 3:10 I get a call saying that an agent would like to show our home at 3:30. This means I have to leave the house. I promptly let them know that they were welcome to come BUT, I would not be leaving. I am not dragging a ear infected baby out of his bed to go drive around in 7 inches of snow.. no thank you! I did my driving that morning and got my fill. So, strangely and oddly enough the agent did show our house while the girls and Ben and I sat quietly in the playroom reading a hidden picture book. It felt awkward from my point of view and I think it felt awkward for them too but come on people... looking for houses today of all days. I mean really. BTW, are they gonna clean up the slushy muddy footprints they left on my tile floors? Again just a bad idea in general... well of course unless they buy our house and they track all the prints in you want to... they are yours to clean up now! =)

Ok, so I am digressing a little. While the couple was here to see the house Jimmy got home a hour or so earlier than normal and he and the girls quickly headed outside for some snow fun. Ben and I stood at the back door and watched. Ben was giddy just watching and was "screaming" with laughter and excitement over the whole scene. I only hope it will snow this time next year so he can get out and about in it... while I watch from the door with a new Zimmerman!!! Many snowballs, a snowman and 6 frozen hands later they finally decided it was time to come in. I suggested we make snow ice cream and so Jimmy gathered a giant bowl full of snow I added cream, milk, sugar and vanilla and voila.... super yummy ice cream. Who knew? I have only heard of this stuff but it was so fun to actually eat some. I never thought I would see the day that enough snow would fall in Fort Worth, Texas to make snow ice cream.

So of course like all good parents after snow ice cream we had dinner! Jimmy and Anna went back out into the snow for a while this evening while I got the little ones PJ's on. Then finally the day came to an end... all the people 5 and under are asleep (ok well at this point so is Jimmy) but as I laid down in bed I couldn't help but think about what a special day this was. More snow than we have ever seen here and lots of fun memories to go with it. It's days like these I hope I NEVER forget. I hope the memory of this day will live strong in the minds and hearts of my sweet children for many many years to come. I am so richly blessed!

February snow

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

So begins the studying... AGAIN

Last fall Jimmy was studying for Level 1 of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst).... you know the guys who run hedge funds and who are CFO's of companies. Ok, well this is what Jimmy is getting yet another certification to do. Currently he is a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and is a VP at Fidelity working with their Private Client group as a financial planner to high net worth clients. However, he wants to transition to the analyst role which is another big step for his career and something he has wanted to do for a long time but never got started on the tests. So after much prompting from me, he took the first of three tests in the fall and despite the 34% pass rate he still passed easily.

Now, here's the deal, tonight he began studying for test #2. These tests are only given once a year and the next one is June 5. It was so hard to start this process over again tonight and not be sitting here right now hanging out but instead him be in the study nose in the books and me in bed on the laptop writing this blog. BUT, at the same time I am so thrilled to see my precious husband do something he put off for years and felt he like maybe it was just too late to start. When you love someone you make sacrifices to see them succeed and be their best. This is the moment in time where it is hard to make the sacrifice but so very worth seeing him accomplish a goal!

I'm incredibly proud of Jimmy but I will be glad when this is all over!! =)