Thursday, December 20, 2007

2007 Christmas Letter

So, this is my third attempt at writing our annual Christmas letter! I have started the letter twice with the intent of recapping the past year of the Tohill lives, but it is just too painful to approach it that way, so I am just going to give everyone the latest update on each individual of our family.

I must mention first, that most of you know the detailed story of the birth of Nathan and Noah, but I usually wrote very little about Grace and Sam during that time. May I tell you that these are two really great kids. With all of the events that happened, they were troopers through it all. They are not usually left very often, and when things got hairy, they were so flexible, willing to go with anyone and everyone who volunteered to watch them. Their lives were pretty much chaos for a period of time, as I tried very hard to keep things "normal" for them.

Ed is still working at Burns and McDonnell in the Infrastructure Division. He pretty much has been working on projects locally and does not have to travel (we all love that). His work has been awesome at allowing him the time off that he needed to have in the beginning of the year. He amazes me at how he can juggle work, family, household chores and projects and occasionally squeezes in a round of golf. He is a great dad and much help to me.

I am still staying home with the kids and trying to keep my sanity! I gave up running the playgroup with our church but we still attend and are involved. I have given myself the title of Chief Family Organizer which includes lining up doctor visits, therapy, running kids to activities, etc. For the most part, we keep busy. I am still working on getting through the obstacles we were faced with, there are some days when I'm not sure that I want to get out of bed, but I am hopeful that with time, my heart will continue to heal.

Grace is growing up very quickly, she turned 4 in May. She participated in the Dance Ministry through our church and took ballet classes. It is so adorable to see the girls in their little leotards performing! She played soccer for the first time this fall. It was a shaky start, mostly jumping around cheering for her teammates, but she showed a lot of improvement and soon was scoring goals. She also started Preschool three days a week, which has been really good for her. It is hard to believe how much she has grown up and will soon be in shool full time.

Sam has become a real boy this year! Don't get me wrong, he still loves to put on the plastic princess high heels and push his lawn mower around! He is such an easy-going boy, but he found a very renewable source of energy in the last six months or so. He wears me out, but I wouldn't have it any other way. We worried for a while that his verbal skills seemed to be lacking, but not to worry. . .one day he woke up and began talking and hasn't stopped. For those of you who haven't seen him in a while, well, let's just say that he is Eddie Junior! He is cooperative for the most part and has learned how to manipulate his mom really well.

Nate. Where do I start? Well, let's just say that we are maching free (since August) and he has remained pretty healthy so far. He receives therapy about once a week through Missouri First Steps and visits the developmental pediatrician every so often, but other than that, he is just a regular baby. Most of his milestones are calculated according to his due date and so mostly he is considered around 8 months old. He is sitting up now and is showing signs of crawling. He is eating well and will eat about anything we throw his way. He has gained significant ground with his weight and now weighs about 15 pounds. Not bad for starting at 1! He is a great baby, sleeps well through the night, happy and never cries. He is our miracle. We know how blessed we are for his outstanding health, and realize that he could of very well had numerous complications. We are still very cautious with him as far as keeping him healthy throughout this winter season. Hopefully, by next year, we won't have to worry to much. One last thing about Nate, can you believe that he will be 1 year old in just a few weeks??

Once again, we can't say enough thanks to each and everyone of you for all the support and encouragement over this last year. It was amazing to us how God uses each one of you to touch our lives. We love you all.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas season!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Nate is always smiling, when he's not sleeping!
Grace and Sam pretending to love each other!

Sorry that I have let time get away from me. Things get sort of busy at times. We are busy gearing up for Halloween with parties, parades, trunk-or-treating, etc. Grace has decided she wants to be Hello Kitty this year and Sam is going as a firefighter. Nate, well we will see which costume we own will fit! Grace is enjoying her first year at preschool, and is making new friends. I thought preschool would give me a small break to do errands with only two kids, but I was wrong! Just taking her to and from school, we end up loading and unloading the car 8 times! These carseats sure are safe, but they also are a pain. Grace has also been playing soccer for the first time and she is really enjoying the snack tickets at the end of each game - and also scoring goals! She is also participating in children's choir at church and is starting to come out of her shell just a little. We recently attended a Princess Party which is where these pictures were taken.

Sam is getting very boylike! He is keeping me busy always. He has changed so much over the last 6 months, it is scaring me. He took forever to talk, but now he will not quit. We are looking forward to the time when he can participate in a few more physical activities, as he needs a good outlet for all his energy.

Nate is growing and now has his first tooth! He looks more and more like Sam every day. He is such a good baby, I'm not sure what I did to deserve this (not that Grace and Sam were bad)! I am confident that he will be sitting on his own within the next month or so. He still struggles to eat as much as we would like, but he is also growing steadily so we cannot complain. With winter approaching, we are all scheduled to get our flu shots and trying to keep as healthy as we can. It has been stressed to us that this winter is extremely critical to Nate's overall health and for future lung issues. We will pray that we all stay in good health and that we will have a mild winter!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

I recently took the kids to Hallmark, where they had a casting call for child models (thanks to Debi S.). While I was trying to get them ready to go, I decided to lay Nate in his crib while I corraled the others out of the bath and shower. At some point, Grace and Sam wanted to join Nate in his bed and I couldn't resist the picture.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Just Starting

Hello. I am just trying to figure out how all of this electronic stuff works. I am in the process of trying to create digital scrapbooks of our pictures of the kids. I hope this will be an easy way to share our experiences and pictures with you. Thanks for visiting.

Grace Preschool
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