Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Books I Read in my Missing Year

this was OK

so was this

stupid, don't know why I stuck with it


a story almost the same as Chloe's

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Life since Chloe


My Angel Chloe

My pregnancy came to an end on February 25th when our darling third daughter, Chloe Grace Madonna, was born at just 22w2d. She lived for two and a half hours - which was all I had to pour a lifetime of love into. She was the 'C' to complete our 'A' and 'B' and shared the beautiful features of her older sisters.
I miss her terribly - we all do. You might wonder how you can miss someone that you didn't share memories with yet? Well, it's the hopes and dreams I miss. The plans I had for my little girl and her place in our family - I grieve the person she would've become. Everything is different now. Abigail and Bryony have had an early lesson in heartbreak, and all the Madonnas and Parkers have been shown that every pregnancy/every life, truly is a miracle and a blessing.

I miss you sweetheart xxx

World Wildlife Zoo

Abigail got to feed her favourite animal, a giraffe

Our Third Girl

Our appt on February 4th confirmed that, as expected, mini-Madonna #3 was to be our third GIRL.


Abigail started tennis lessons and seems to be really into it, and pretty good! Nanna is happy - she has been asking about this for years - so now she'll have a little tennis partner when she comes.


Painting the Master Bedroom

Four years after moving in, we finally got around to the last room that needed attention - ours. The girls 'helped' Jake paint the walls.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Father Daughter Dance

On the last Friday in January, Jake and Abigail went to the Girl Scouts Father Daughter Dance (see same event last year). And this year, Bryony was invited to a birthday party the same night so I had a rare evening to myself. Lost in the forest of first trimester fatigue and sickness, this was wonderful!

Another Nephew

Introducing my third nephew - Parker Jack, born on his due date of Jan 21st to my youngest sister, Alexandra, and her fiancé Chris. Gorgeous isn't he?

Alex & Chris were convinced he would be a boy and were right! He has helped to solidify the family theory that the grandsons are made in England, granddaughters here in the States, ha ha. All of us are more confident in our prediction that mini-Madonna #3 will be a girl now.

Into 2015

So, now I'm caught up into the start of 2015. January in Arizona is glorious:
neighbour's lemon tree that drops fruit into our yard too

Abigail doing homework outside

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New Years Eve 2014

debuting my first maternity shirt at 15wks

New Years Eve dinner with the Maggiores

Hosting Madonna-Holland Christmas 2014

We hosted Christmas for Milly, Lance, Morgan, Vann and Grandma. It was wonderful!

Vann's 1st Christmas Dinner

Grandma's tradition

Santa filled stockings for all four of them

Christmas morning discovering them

Monster High, of course

for Abigail too

I am teaching them to toast with 'champagne'

stylish new jacket

Sedona for the day

Holiday Season 2014

milk & cookies in bed at nanna and grandads

JW Marriott gingerbread house display

school party

I donated the dishes from my wedding - they were looking beaten up

nanna bought me a new set for Christmas

nanna bought them tickets to this fabulous performance