Sunday, June 12, 2022

When the Lord Speaks, We MUST Listen and Obey

I don't normally make posts like this on the baby's bogs, but there is a message and a lesson in every situation we experience in life.  I'm sharing this because we are very grateful, but also so that our experience may teach and help others.  

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

For those who don't know, the Shamimi's great grandfather has been living with her grandparents (my parents) for the past two years.  They are his caregivers.  I know that has to be very taxing on them mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially.  I'm sure it's very tiring because it's a 24/7/365 job that comes with very little to no "thanks" and/or appreciation, especially when the loved one is navigating diseases such as Dementia and/or Alzheimer's.

This past weekend, our grandfather (Mila's great grandfather) gave us all a pretty big scare.  He had recently taken and injured himself, and we were concerned, of course.  We noticed he didn't seem quite like himself, seemed to be quite winded and low on energy, and his skintone seemed a little ashen.  Trusting our guts, we had him taken to the local ER for evaluation.  The doctors quickly found that his heart rate was extremely low, 44 BPM at the lowest to be exact, and was experiencing Bradycardia and Tachycardia.  The cardiologist was called in to assess him and it was determined that it was very good that we had him brought in and evaluated because he needs a pacemaker.  

We are so relieved to know what's going on and that it can be corrected medically.   We are also so very thankful to the wonderful medical staff of Northwest Medical Center in Springdale for taking such good care of him.  After an overnight observation and medication, he was 135% better the next morning than he was when we saw him the night he was admitted to the hospital.

We thank Yahweh for speaking to our hearts to take him in to be assessed, and for Him surrounding him with such attentive, pleasant, and knowledgeable staff, and most importantly for sparing his life and showing the doctors what needs to be done to help him get better and back to Big PaPa we know and love.

We don't always understand why Yahweh speaks, what His will is, or see or understand the entire picture.  But one thing is for sure, and two for certain: when Yahweh steaks, we must listen and obey immediately.  Our very lives or the lives of our loved ones may depend on it.  

YAHWEH is so faithful!  HalleluYAH 🙌ðŸū!!

Sunday, May 15, 2022

A Rite of Passage...14 Years in the Making

Well you guys, is official: Mila is 14.  But also equally as momentous: I passed down my world famous banana pudding recipe to the Shamimi.  That's right folks; there's another Gaston creating the creamy crack now!

Here are videos and pictures from Mila's birthday weekend.

Sigh.  14.  Lord help us all! ðŸ˜Ģ

           The whole gang for Mila's party

          Another view of the whole crew.
   CiCi's Pizza, you've been rocking with us
           for a decade now.  #Props

Nia Renae was trying to steal the spotlight! ðŸĪĢ. Side note: this is the face of impending shenanigans.

       Mila and Nia rubbed Big Pa Pa's head
             until he went to sleep. ðŸĨ°ðŸ˜

Click here 👉ðŸū for The making of the banana pudding.

               Finished product. ðŸĪĪ🍌 ðŸŪ

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Krispy Kreme

I could hardly believe my ears when the Shamimi told me she had never tried Krispy Kreme donuts.  So of course, we had to go ahead and check that off the bucket list.  ðŸĐ

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Mila's Christmas Choir Concert

Tonight, Mila had her Christmas choir concert.   Mila is a part of the prestigious Accents, the top ladies choir at her junior high school and we could not be more proud.   Straight A student, choir member and big sister extraordinaire!   Here are clips from the performance; can you find MiMi? 😁👏ðŸū

Post concert shenanigans ðŸĪŠ 

To all our friends and family, Merry Christmas and happy new year! ❤

Sunday, October 17, 2021

The Birthday Princess

And now, we have a 13 year old.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

And Then There Were 3 <3

Welp, now there are 3 little Gastons and this Auntie is one BUSY lady shopping for them all! 😍

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

MiMi the Artist

During COVID-19, while some of us have been a little less than productive,  the MiMi has been practicing and perfecting her God-given gifts.  She painted this landscape from memory on a sunny Saturday afternoon while visiting family.   Move over Michelangelo! 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020

MiMi's First Week of School

I was looking through the archives and ran across these pictures of Mila's first week of school.  I picked her up.  I cannot believe she's almost 12 now!

Get It Guuuuuuuurl!

Over the weekend, we attended Spring Fest and Mila displayed her superior hula hoping skills.

(This was originally from April 23, 2014...why I never posted it, I have no idea.)