Ten Years of Love & Laughter

My Laci Elizabeth turns ten years old today! Hard to believe my cuddly, sweet Laci is almost as tall as I, and already in the double digits!

Laci has a very loving heart. She is always leaving me love notes in surprising places, like on my pillow or in my Bible. Just a few weeks ago, I found this one on the keyboard of my laptop when I opened it:

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She expresses her love in art, too, because, while all of my children show creative talent, she is the one who loves to draw.

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Her binder has her version of the British flag.

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“Why Laci, what big lips you have!”

“The better to kiss you with, my mother!”

Laci is a friend to her little brother, which is a blessing. I often hear them playing games together and it always puts a smile on my face. On Fridays, they often build forts and sleep in them. She has had a hard time watching Leslie, who is 18 months older, move closer to the teen years. The Barbies have been given away, for Laci didn’t enjoy playing with them without Leslie. But she is finding her place in our ever-changing home, which is good preparation for an ever-changing life.

Laci has a tender heart. If we have to correct her behavior, she usually comes to us later with a heartfelt apology, or leaves us a note saying she is sorry.

I can’t believe my “baby girl” is already ten years old! If I keep thinking about it, I know I will grow melancholy. (Why must the years pass so quickly?!)

Happy birthday, Laci! I am so thankful that you came into our lives ten years ago. I love you more than words can express, and I am so proud of the little lady that you are.

With love,

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Laci is Nine

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Our sweet Laci Elizabeth is nine years old today! We are so grateful to have her in our lives. Here are a few things we love about Laci!

L oyal – She loves her family and defends them. We often have to remind her to remain calm in such situations! I do love the way she desires to protect those closest to her.

A crobat – She can tumble, twist, and twirl like no other in our family. She has always loved the trampoline, pretend ballet, and cartwheels. Somehow, she has done all of that without breaking a bone!

C uddler- This girl loves to hug and snuggle up with me or her dad. She loves to hug ladies at our church, too. She will always be my “cuddler”!

I nquisitive – Laci is always asking questions about the Bible, about the world, and about life! She never runs out of questions, or of things she wants to learn. She is working hard learning to knit, and is eagerly anticipating piano lessons, which she gets to start taking now that she is nine. I am thankful that she wants to learn things and help others.

Laci is growing into a sweet young lady. She says she wants to be a teacher someday. If she does that, I know she will make a loving, cheerful teacher, because that’s the kind of girl she is now.

Happy birthday, Laci! We are so thankful for you, and we love you very much.

With love,

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Laci is Eight

I started blogging in September of 2007. Laci’s first birthday was the first “birthday” blog post I ever wrote. And here I am, writing her eighth. *sigh* She has been a joy to our lives. She has the most expressive face! In fact, her face broadcasts her emotions even more than the normal person. We have to caution her about even the tiniest bit of pouting, because it shows up like a flashing neon sign in the darkness. Laci is the most hugging, kissing child I’ve ever had, too. She hugs me at least three times a day, sometimes more. She is very tenderhearted, especially toward animals. She recently told me that she wanted to President. If she was the President, she would pass a law that businesses couldn’t put spikes on the signs on buildings to prevent birds from building nests! She loves birds and squirrels and dogs and cats. Some of us here at the Basham hacienda are allergic to cats, and she sweetly agreed to never have an indoor cat so that I could come visit her.

As with each of my children, I could write a book about the laughter and love they have brought into my life, and the lessons they have taught me without even knowing it, but I’ll spare you since I’m positive you have a life to live yourself. 🙂 Thanks for spending part of it here.

Before I go, here are eight photos for eight years.

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Happy birthday to my lovely, lively Laci!

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I Slept Through the Winter Games

I was just outside photographing a few wintry scenes in my yard. We are getting more snow as I type! I love the snow! I grew up in the south where it rarely made an appearance. I suppose you have to have that background to truly appreciate snow – even a dusting! – as much as I do.

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(See it blowing from the roof of our neighbor’s house? Brr!) 🙂

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After I came in from snapping the above photos, I was warming myself up while reading the headlines on my computer. I noticed the Olympic winter games are underway in Russia. I started ruminating on the last time the Olympics happened. Was I alive then? 😀 For some reason, I couldn’t remember them! I checked on Wikipedia and saw that they were in February of 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Then, it hit me. That was the week that Laci had her febrile seizure!

We had lived in Hope for about eighteen months. I was about four months pregnant with Matthew. It was a harrowing day. I had no idea what was happening to her. At first, I thought she was just “playing dead”, with her eyes open. Then, as I approached her little body stretched out on the floor, I thought she was choking! I tried to see if something was lodged in her throat, but her jaw was tightly closed. Then, in my hormonal, expectant condition, I panicked. I called 911 yelling at the poor dispatcher that my little girl was dying! I was on the verge of hyperventilating, not realizing how I was scaring my other three children half to death! The ambulance, with no siren, ambled (not exaggerating), up our driveway fifteen minutes later. Laci was unconscious by then. I really thought she was dying. I went to her funeral in my mind. My world, for those thirty minutes or so, was turned upside down. The paramedics finally informed me that she’d had a seizure and was now in a very deep sleep. When the EMT’s finally roused her as they were putting in an IV, her pitiful little voice saying, “I want my mommy.” was music to my ears! I thanked the Lord over and over for her life! At the ER, she began vomiting, a lot, all over me and her bed. That told the doctors what was wrong. She had caught a stomach virus and her fever went from about 99 to 103 in very little time. This caused the seizure. With my weakened immune system from pregnancy, I caught the virus in just a few hours. I was sick for over a week, and finally recovered because of special medication from my OB. In fact, everyone ended up getting it!

So that’s why I couldn’t remember the last Olympics. I literally slept through the 2010 winter games!

I’m not sure whether I’ll have time to tune in to the Olympics this year or not. But, these games remind me to count my blessings: my sweet Laci, who is now an energetic seven year old; that baby I was expecting is now an adorable three year old who keeps us all laughing, and I now can recognize a seizure if it ever happens again. I’m thankful that the Lord doesn’t punish us for panicking in stressful times, but rather He embraces us and helps us more than ever. Even in my fearful condition four years ago, I was crying out to my Lord Who was right beside me.  I’m thankful for a husband who rearranges his life and works overtime and at odd hours to help me when I’m sick. I’m thankful that my mother was close by, and could stay with the kids while we took Laci to the pediatrician for a follow up visit. I’m thankful for the prayers of precious friends during that scary day!

I could go on and on…God is so good.

With love,

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Laci Turns Seven

It’s really hard to believe that this girl…

…turned seven today!

Seems like yesterday that she turned six!

I suppose it’s especially poignant because I had just begun blogging when she was born. In fact, here is a picture of her on one of my earliest blog posts, when she turned one!

Hard to believe that my “baby” girl is so big! She is reading so well, and does great at math. She loves to listen to me read to her and her favorite game is “dress up”. She creates plays and sings specials for us. She loves to snuggle and give hugs and kisses. She also loves running and jumping and playing soccer. 
We are so blessed to have this sweet girl in our lives!
Happy birthday, Laci! We love you!!

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Summer Camp

The reason we got to take this amazing trip, was so my husband could preach at a Junior High Camp in West Virginia. It just so happened that two of our kids were the ages to be campers that week. And it just so happened that my son was praying for a chance to go to summer camp! He wasn’t old enough to go to the camp Lauren went to last year, so I just told him to pray about it – with very little faith that God would answer. After all, a trip to camp isn’t a “need”, so my faith was weak. Weak, but not non-existent. It’s amazing how God blesses even my microscopic faith! God answered and gave Mitchell the chance he’d been longing for.

I was busy caring for our three younger kids most of the week, so I didn’t get many photos of the campers. They had a great time, though. Mitchell was on the orange team, while Lauren was blue. They memorized dozens of verses, swam, played games and ate the wonderful food prepared by the ladies of Faith Way Baptist Church. Of course, the preaching was amazing. 🙂 Each night, there was a bonfire outside which was also a testimony time. If a camper wanted to share what God was doing in their lives through camp, they were free to do that. There were several sweet testimonies given during the week.

Mitchell in line for the “human bowling” game. I never got a photo of him actually hitting the pins. 😦

Lauren, knocking the pins down in “human bowling”. It was a fun and exciting game!

The bonfire.

Bro. Downing Gregory, the pastor of Faith Way Baptist Church in Belington, WV, and leader of Camp Popeye.

The whole group on the final day. It was sad for the kids to say goodbye to the friends they spent all week with. It reminded me of how I used to feel at the end of camp when I was a teen. I would have to say goodbye to friends like Amanda Tyler. It was never easy.

Lauren, and her team leader, Todd Hall.

Mitchell, and his team leader, Pastor Scott Hall.

Terry signing a Bible on the final day. 

 This is Terry and  Bro. Dan Vaughan. He and his wife, Hollie, are sweet people.
(And he is hilarious!)
While we were at camp, Laci lost one of her front teeth!

Then she lost the other one! 
We had a great time that week, but our adventures weren’t over yet! I hope to share more soon. 
Thanks for reading, and for all the great comments. I sure love hearing from all of you!

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Laci’s Haircut

My sweet Laci has long, wavy hair. All of us in the family have admired it, since we don’t have this added blessing. However, it was getting unruly and hard to manage, so we needed to trim it. I’ve only trimmed it one other time, and that was less than an inch. This time, I cut it a bit more. I view this as her first haircut in over six years! I just had to put it here in my “scrapbook”. 🙂

 Here are some “before” photos:

This is how much I cut off! It’s about six inches!
Here are some “after” photos:

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Lastly, here are some photos of it dry. I noticed it’s slightly crooked when dry! I guess the natural wave and bounce made it lopsided. Hopefully it’s not too noticeable in real life. 🙂 

Her shorter hair makes her look even more grown up. *sigh* But, it’s staying a lot neater during the day as she plays (her hair wouldn’t stay in a ponytail very well), and it’s easier to brush. She likes it, and so do I. 🙂

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