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A $5 investment!

This morning started off rough.

The boys were fighting like cats and dogs.

My back was still bothering me from whatever I did to it Monday afternoon.

Everything felt




And nothing was going right.

I had decided to go ahead with my plan to surprise the boys by going out to breakfast.

Then things changed.

The boys weren’t fighting as much and attitudes were transformed.

I took them to The Waffle House (because they had never been).

After breakfast, the server gave the boys $1 to put in the jukebox.

Soon they were dancing for the entire restaurant with the customers cheering them on.


After breakfast, we headed to a local barber to get the boys haircuts.

Now, haircuts are not something Collin enjoys.

*Read cries like he is being beaten*

So when I told him where we are going he started to sulk.

He got quiet and sad.

I told him he was just going to have to take a deep breath and find a way to get through it.

I saw a sign outside this shop for $5 boys cuts, the price was right, so we went there.

There is one barber in this two chair shop.

He is a master barber with 40+ years of experience.

He was working on another client so we took seats in the waiting area.

When it was our turn Noah jumped at the chance to go first.

This barber is old school.

He tells you his opinion and is a bit scary rough around the edges.

Noah did fine.

His cut looks great and he jumped off the chair and hit the sucker bowl for his reward.

Up next, Collin.

Oh boy!

He climbed into the chair.

Not a peep.

He was draped with the cape.

Not a peep.

The clippers came out.

Not  a peep.

He did great.

And then I saw it.

I saw my baby putting on a brave face.

I saw his confidence building.

I saw his independence.

In the middle of this barber shop, I felt like crying.

He looked like a big boy, but so tiny in that chair.

The chair offered 6 inches of spare room on either side of his small frame.

The cape looked like a king sized top sheet lying puddled on the floor.

He would grin, ever so slightly, when the clippers tickled the base of his neck.

He looked up at me with his big round blue eyes and asked how he looked?

It was precious.

He looked handsome.

He looked sweet.

He looked like a big boy, ready for school.

Ready to take on anything.

Pretty soon, he was done.

He hopped out of the chair and raided the candy bowl.

As we were pulling out of the parking lot he asked when he could go back there again.

SO, a simple $5 haircut turned out to be a investment in his character, development and growth.


Who knew?


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My Baby is 4 today!

Collin Michael Dell

Today is your 4th birthday!

I love you!

You are such a gift and perfect completion to our family.

You are a funny, smart and quriky kiddo.

You love life.

You love your brother.

You love you Mommy and Daddy.

You love everyone!

Happy Birthday to my wonderful surprise.

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Birthday boy Collin!

Here is a look at Collin’s 4th birthday party!

This year he wanted to have a costume party and a cheeseburger cake.

It was wonderful!

Thank you Chase family for bringing fruit.

Thank you Weldon family for bringing veggies and dip.

Thank you Tim for helping with the craft and face painting!

Thank you Mom for the AMAZING cake!

Thank  you Phil and Rosie for bringing chips.

Thank you Dad for making that suede skirt into chaps for me!

Thanks to everyone who helped celebrate our little man!

Enjoy the pics!

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Collin… how I love you

On May 22, Collin will be 4!

4 years old! I can’t believe it.

Due to my impending surgery schedule we are celebrating him next weekend.

He is a quirky kid and when asked what kind of birthday party he wanted he simply said, “a Halloween costume party”.

Alright! I can handle that!!! 🙂

When asked what kind of birthday cake he wanted, he thought for a minute and decided he wanted it to look like  cheeseburger.

Alright! Grandma can handle that!!! 🙂

The party will be small.

Just like big brother, he only wanted to invite boys.

So, we invited his BFF’s.

His friend James almost didn’t make the cut, because Collin was worried that James would “eat his birthday take all dawn”.

So invites have been private messaged on facebook mailed and rsvp’s have been counted, but one thing remains…


He loves Toy Story! LOVES Buzz Lightyear!

So, I am going to attempt to surprise him by dressing like Jessie from Toy Story 2.  OY!

Any idea’s on how to pull this off?

I need help!

I don’t want to buy chaps just for the night, but I kinda need um, right?

I will buy red yarn for the hair, add some freckles to my cheeks and wear a plaid shirt and jeans.

Is that good enough?

What do you think?

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Wordless Wednesday

This is where I found Collin this morning…


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Collin Update Saturday

Collin is going home TODAY!!! IV has been removed, regular clothes have been put on and I am packing up our belongings! Praise God!

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Some pics and a movie

This is what Collin looked like before we got him to the hospital.

Here he is on Monday! It was the first day in almost a week that he tried to play with anything.
Later that day he received a Build A Bear from Aunti Jen!
This is an adorable pic from a couple of days ago! You can see he is starting to come to life.
*note there are no pics of me for a reason!
Here he is w/ Grandpa getting ready for a walk. So cute!
Finally some rest! (For only a short while, but he looks so sweet!)

Here is a video I took today so you could see the improvement. Thank you so much for your support and prayer.

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