Keller, TX ~ August 7th, 2010

Keller, TX ~ August 7th, 2010
The "eight of us" together w/ our NEW babies after our losses...

Living Proof ~ June 13th, 2009 ~ Pittsburgh, PA ~ Beth Moore

Deeper Still ~ June 28th, 2008

Deeper Still ~ June 28th, 2008
The "eight of us" w/ Beth Moore (w/ empty arms)...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tune in...AGAIN!!!

Please tune in AGAIN to Oprah tomorrow (Friday, October 31st) for ANOTHER episode featuring the Mooney family.

Their son Eliot's story can be read here Eliot Hartman Mooney 7.20.06~10.27.06 and seen here 99 Balloons.

And here is the blog of his new little sister Hazel Emerson.

Thank you to those who tuned in for Tuesday's episode. Talk about emotional! And did you see the tears on Oprah?


I can only pray that the world has been touched not only by Eliot but by ALL of the precious children who stared on that show!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tune In...

Please tune in to Oprah tomorrow for the episode on Miracle Children.

The Mooney family will be sharing Eliot's story, which can be read here Eliot Hartman Mooney 7.20.06~10.27.06 and seen here 99 Balloons.

Here is the blog of his new little sister Hazel Emerson.

Friday, October 17, 2008

So bittersweet...

Our daughter turned 7 months today and our son is half way here...

7 months out and 5 months in...

So bittersweet...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Say Cheese...

The top 9 pics are from the 1st trimester screening on August 22nd, 2008

This is the envelope that contained the pics from this past Monday's appointment...Vinnie had the pleasure of writing on it...

This is the label of the video...also from Monday's appointment. Can you tell how excited Vinnie is???

The below 12 pics are from the level II on Monday, October 13th, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Isaiah 65:17-20 (New Living Translation)

“Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth,
and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.

Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation!
And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness.
Her people will be a source of joy.

I will rejoice over Jerusalem
and delight in my people.
And the sound of weeping and crying
will be heard in it no more.

“No longer will babies die when only a few days old.
No longer will adults die before they have lived a full life.
No longer will people be considered old at one hundred!
Only the cursed will die that young!

Yesterday at 10AM (EST) was our level II ultrasound. Our prayers were for our experience to be much better and different from last years. We already knew thus far that all previous ultrasounds and blood work had been great BUT we also knew that that means nothing...

We were trusting and believing that this baby is well, healthy and whole and even if not we would love and cherish every moment as we did w/ Eva.

This baby has been quite active since 15 weeks (I am 19 weeks and 4 days today). Even that in and of itself if different from last year as Eva was tiny and never very forceful w/ her movements. I was trying my hardest to get thru yesterday w/ joy and happiness w/ the new life the Lord has blessed us with but it was hard going back to that same place that changed our lives a year ago.

I was also hoping to making it thru the ultrasound w/ this baby's gender remaining a surprise...I had thoughts that I'd lose that battle as Vinnie was very eager to know...and NOW!

Thank you all for continuing to think of us, email us and most of all pray for us. We truly do feel your prayers.

I didn't have time to post this on the blog yesterday as we had a busy day...10 AM ultrasound, lunch in town (
we had a gift certificate from Nov. last year that we had yet to use), a 1:30 PM appt, a 4 PM prenatal visit (w/ a new doctor to the practice) and a 5:20 PM appt w/ the chiropractor (I've been having very bad headaches, neck pain and back discomfort). Then we had to get kids from daycare (4 kids...we carpool on Monday's), feed them all dinner and then have the girls at Joyful Twirlers by 7 PM.

Can we say exhaustion!!! for how yesterday's ultrasound went.

Again, I want to say thank you to all of you that emailed and text messaged!

It truly meant a lot and our morning went w/ such ease (I am sure that is because of the blanket of prayers that covered us from afar).

I was welcomed to the office w/ open arms of a nurse that just loved us last year. I told her that I was so hoping to make it thru the appt (emotions wise) and even more w/ the baby's gender still remaining a surprise. She was going to write a note for the tech stating that we DID NOT want to know but I told her not to and we would just go with the flow (Vinnie was waiting in the waiting room for me while I signed in).

We had a different tech (one that I never had before) so in a way I think that was good and we were in a different room than ever before which also made for a smooth ride. Right away the tech asked if we wanted to know the gender. I said no and Vinnie said yes. So again, we decided to wait till all the other parts of the baby were measured and checked out and asked for her to ask us again.

As she looked at the heart she explained everything that she was looking for, in detail…as well as the umbilical cord, measurements and this baby's entire body. The baby was very active and moving all over the place (surely not because I drank a cafe mocha from Walgreen's on the way there) but at the same time being very cooperative w/ positioning for all the needed views.

At one point I swear I could see the little three lines, kinda like a hamburger, so my guess was a girl (for those who have girls you might know what I mean). Then I saw something else...that looked like a bigger bulge close to between the baby's legs. I blurted out...what is that??? And the tech said it was the cord. Whew. I thought it was a boy part. I don't say whew in a bad way but just that I thought the gender was out of the bag, so to say.

Then that moment came where the tech asked us again if we wanted to this time it was too late for me to tell her that if it's a girl tell us that you can't tell and if it's a boy go ahead and reveal it. Reason being, like every male, Vinnie was hoping for a boy, a healthy baby all in all, but maybe…just maybe…a boy. I felt that if it were a girl than he'd be slightly disappointed. I also felt that finding out the gender at the time of delivery would leave no room for disappointment. So, yes, I didn't want to know more because I had a feeling it was a girl and because I thought he'd be disappointed.

Anyways, long story's a boy. I lost the battle of "let's wait"...

I am so thankful and truly blessed to be carrying a healthy and whole baby boy. I am so thankful for a tech who was so patient w/ us and our son yesterday and who was so detailed in giving us so much information. I am blessed to have been able to see the same caring doctor who delivered Eva just 30 weeks ago. I am ecstatic to know that this baby's hands are open and not clenched, his heart is hole free, his brain is cyst-less, his feet are straight and not clubbed nor rocker bottom....he is peeing and swallowing normally and measuring 1 day ahead and not weeks behind!!!

Not sure if God has blessed us w/ a son, the opposite of our Eva because He knows that I was already comparing everything this time around to out last years experience. I would have taken a girl any day, don't get me wrong...I just know each and every day I would have thought about what would Eva had looked at this time, what would Eva had weighed at this time, what would Eva be doing right now...I do all that as it is. I just think it will be tad different w/ a little boy.

I still am in a state of shock w/ hearing that he is a he. I really felt he was she. Maybe I am not completely convinced. I think I need a second I am thinking about calling our local community college again to volunteer. Why not? They are always in need of guinea pigs to practice on.

***I typed this earlier but waited to post. Since then I had called our local CCAC and believe it or not the teacher asked if I could come in I did. The students all took turns scanning me as well as looking thru my photo albums of Eva. Well, I guess I need to be convinced..he is INDEED a he! No if's, and's or but's about it...IT IS THERE!***

PRAISE be to the only ONE who GIVES and TAKES away. We are truly thankful and blessed beyond measure! Thank you Lord for loving us and creating MY two boys and two girls!!!

Psalm 139 (The Message)
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother's womb.

I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!

I worship in adoration—what a creation!

You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;

You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.

Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,

The days of my life all prepared
before I'd even lived one day.

Friday, October 10, 2008 I stole a recipe!!!

Back in July, on Susie's blog, she had post referring to Andrea's popcorn all over the floor.

At that time I saved Andrea's blog (and the recipe) for future reference.

On occasion, I would pop on to Sgt and Mrs Hub's blog and drool over the recipes and graphic pics of all the lovely things she makes and bakes for her family.

When one day I came upon this post...

Which brought me to Kim's blog...and Kim's recipe...

(I do not know these females at all...just stealing their recipes)!!! Thanks gals!


Thanks to the love of my life (AKA Vinnie) my belly is more ways than one...and I may even go back for more anyways!

It's funny how I retrieve the recipes, sometimes do the shopping for the necessary items, then leave the rest to him. I asked if I could help him tonight and he said me the recipe as I go and sit here and talk to me while I do it.

Ummm, OKAY! So that's what I did!

He takes good care of us! Even more in the kitchen!!!

(Did I ever mention how food is my best friend)???

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Copied idea from

Squidoo (an online group that raises tons of money for charities) is giving $80,000 to the charities of your choice. Basically, anyone who wants to participate can vote for one charity (from a list of about 50...don't vote more than once or all your votes will be deleted)...

Squidoo will donate $2/vote. You don't even have to sign up for anything! Feel free to CLICK HERE and vote for any charity you believe could use $2...

I voted for The March of Dimes...need I explain why?

You have until October 15 to vote! Let me know if you participate, and which organization got your vote (even if it's not one the one I chose)!


My goal for Tastefully Simple was $400...

And look at this...$405.36 !!!!!

And in just 5 Internet orders!!!

(The other 3 were obtained from friends of a friend, family and a friend of family).

Penny $60.43

Deb $60.42

Carole $15.72

Lisa $122.99

Faith $13.48

Chrissy & Anita $60.41

Jeannine $28.97

Carey $42.94


And these are those who placed orders and were ever so kind to allow me to process a day later to count towards my NEXT quarters goal!


THANK you to EVERYONE who has help me achieve my goal. Not only for this quarter but for the next quarter too!