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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Swimming Along

I just love this photo booth shot of my niece.  She had the most fun playing with this neat feature on my new Mac, when she visited during Thanksgiving. 

 The panicked look on her face reminded me of a video emailed to me by  fellow blogger, Julie.  I hope you will take the time to view it, especially if you are a grandparent or have small children at home.   I taught my kids a similar swimming technique when they were small.  They could literally SWIM before they could WALK!  Teaching them to swim at an early age was a necessity, due to the fact that our pool is only 15 feet from the back sliding glass doors (very similar to the one in the video).  I had already buried one child and took every precaution I could to keep my kids safe.   They are never 100% protected but I needed the security of knowing I did everything I possibly could, to protect them.  Swimming is still a favorite activity (good exercise too) for both of them, after all of these years, and that is a BLESSING indeed!


Blogger Peggy said...

Your niece has a wonderful sense of humor!

7:49 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

That really is a great picture! Nancy, I didn't know you had lost a child. I'm so sorry.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Peggy~ My niece is a funny character and I enjoy spending time with her.

Thanks Linda! Our first son died 28 years ago. He had Hypo-plastic Left Heart Syndrome. They are able to perform surgery to correct the problem now or do a heart transplant but at the time there wasn't a procedure and he died at 4 days old. Many lessons were learned during that time of my life. I think you sometimes grow the most when you are in your deepest valley. God has been good to us, by blessing us with 2 happy,healthy kids, that are now 26 and 27 years old.

I'm keeping you in m prayers!

8:24 PM  
Blogger Cris said...

LOL, that picture is too funny!

I've seen that video before. My heart broke the first time I saw this watching the infant in distress, but at the same time in awe at how the children were able to stabilize themselves in a pool of water that is over their heads.

9:59 AM  
Blogger nannykim said...

Wow that is an amazing video; I will have to share it!!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Cris~ Good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by.

Kim~ The video is right on target. I think they should have taken the baby out a little quicker but it got the point across. Have a great day!

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Jan said...

I never knew you lost a child. I'm so sorry. It is such a helpless feeling to have a child with a medical condition that you have no control over. Lucas' heart problem was not detected until he was one month old, and we were so fortunate to have a wonderful pediatrician that found it... many would have missed the symptoms. He had surgery @ UNC when he was 6 weeks old, and I remember the helpless feeling we had when handing him over to the nurses outside the operating room. That's when God's love took over and gave me such a feeling of peace. Isn't God good?

3:51 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Hi Jan, thanks for stopping by and thanks for leaving a comment. I had remembered this about Lucas and you are right... having a good pediatrician is a blessing. Our pediatrician found Little Joe's problem on the day before we were to go home. At first, they thought it was respiratory and sent us by ambulance to UNC. UNC found the heart problem soon after we got there and we knew Joe would die eventually. He only lived for another day but it gave us enough time to have him baptized, give him lots of love, and try to grasp the reality of what was to come. It was a very difficult time in our lives but as you have witnessed, God has blessed us beyond measure with Ben and Katherine. You are so right... God is good!

6:44 PM  
Blogger Flip Flop Floozie said...

Boy with that wide opened mouth..I was wondering if she is a good singer!! I would think she would be. Cute picture!! We leave tomorrow sometime heading to Illinois..going to be a cold trip this time. it got to 85 here today..So unusual!!

7:13 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Sandy~ Good luck on your trip, enjoy your family... I will pray for safe travels.

Maybe singing lessons will be next! hehe

8:47 PM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

I enjoyed getting caught up here tonight. I can't believe the weather in the pictures. We've been under snow for several weeks--and really buried right now.

Kim got safely home this evening. She does have the same kind of energy your niece has. We watched a movie and just hung around on the couch tonight, but soon her energy will kick in.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

12:07 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Tom~ I'm glad you stopped by. I know you stay busy, especially this time of year. I'm glad everyone is safe and sound... ENJOY THE SNOW!

9:29 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That is a wild picture! Did she like the result?

Yes, it is Russ and Cheryl and their kids and grands who will be arriving tomorrow night.

All's set for the party this evening - I'm taking a bit of a break - it's been a crazy day!

7:41 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Dawn~ She was having a great time but didn't know that I would be putting it on my blog. Tell all hello and enjoy every minute of their visit. It's great being with family for Christmas... a blessing indeed!

9:56 PM  

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