Monday, December 28, 2009


Exactly 21 years ago yesterday on December 27, 1988, God gave me the most wonderful Christmas present I could ever imagine - Paige Marie White. She weighed 8 pound 6 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches tall. Exactly the same as her sister Brooke. She was kind enough to wait until after Christmas to make her appearance and sent me to the hospital the day after. What a beautiful gift that was given to me.

Unlike her sister Brooke who liked to sleep and eat all the time...she liked to be awake and not miss a thing. She would take little 10 minute cat naps during the day and keep me busy!! She was always our little clown. She would say and do the funniest little things. She was always up to something - in her quiet little way. People would always say that she had the sweetest little angelic face (which she did) but I would say there were little horns on top too - ha!!!

Paige has always been my little helper. She helped me sooooo much with all the other children as they were growing up. I never had to ask her to do a thing. She would just get in there and help with whatever because she just loved doing it. When the smaller kids would be outside playing, she would give them a bath when they came in. She was the wardrobe consultant. She was the beautician and would fix their hair. She was the cook. When Bethany was a baby and I was so exhausted, she would take care of her on the weekends for me so I could rest. At night she would take her in her bedroom with her and put her little bassinet next to her bed. Paige would get up many times during the night and feed her. I'm telling you, she has been such a blessing to me. That's just the kind of person she is - a GIVER!!!!

Paige was named after my maiden name which was Page. I wish now I would have spelled it like my maiden name but the spelling, Paige, is prettier looking. Her middle name is Marie which was after my grandmother who I never met. At the time, I didn't know what all of this meant, but God named her this for a reason. Paige means "servent" which she definitely is. Marie means "bitter". When I first discovered this, I thought "UUGH". Having your daughter's name mean "bitter" doesn't sound too good. But God in His infinite wisdom has brought the meaning of her name to mean so much more to all of us.

When Paige was 16 years old, she went on a missions trip to Ecuador. When she got back she started to get sick - it was a gradual kind of thing. It started out with her just being sick in the evenings. Then it progressed to the point she couldn't eat anyting without bloating up and being in pain. We took her to Doctor after Doctor. Hospital after hospital. Test after test. She has been through so much. Probably more than most people would experience in their entire life time. To make a long story short....she has Gastroparesis - which means her stomach is paralyzed. She has a stomach pacemaker and a bladder pacemaker. She continues to be nauseated 24/7 and experiences pain every day of her life. She could have chosen to become "bitter" because of this horrible thing that has been given to her. But she hasn't.

Marie comes from the word "myrrh." This was one of the gifts the wise men brought to Jesus. How fitting that Paige was born after Christmas. The myrrh bush is a very bitter plant. When the myrrh bush is cut, it produces tears. Paige's body has been cut so many times and she has cried so many tears. These tears are collected and made into the essential ingredient for the most fragrant perfume. These tears also have healing qualities. So the real meaning of her name is "sweet fragrance from rightly responding to hurts." Paige has chosen not to become bitter because of this horrible illness but instead has chosen to leave a sweet smelling aroma around her. She has a beautiful smile on her face - continues to be a GIVER - and has blessed many lives through her illness. She is a living testimony of God's mercy and grace.

So you see, God truly has given me a wonderful gift. He has given me 7 beautiful gifts. I am so blessed. I love you Paige Marie and am thankful for the wonderful 21 years you have blessed me with. Keep that sweet smile of yours and continue to leave that sweet smelling aroma as you bless other's lives. You will make a wonderful nurse on day!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009


This blog is late since Benjamin's birthday was September 5th but it's because I had difficulty in posting it several weeks ago. I hope this works now!! Here is my birthday tribute to my special boy, Benjamin!!

On September 5, 2001, a precious baby boy was born - Benjamin James White. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces. After Hannah was born, I had 2 miscarriages. That is why there is such a big age gap between Hannah and Benjamin. The first miscarriage was hard enough but for it to happen a 2nd time was a little much for a person to take!!! So when I became pregnant the 3rd time, I was a little nervous to say the least. I was very careful in everything I did and I kind of ate a lot too!! I gained more weight (50 pounds to be exact) with him than with any of the other pregnancies. I remember my favorite thIng to eat was french fries. I would get a whole bag of frozen fries and bake them in the oven. The kids would get such a kick out of me just sitting there at the table with the whole pan of fries (not wanting to share either, ha!!) and dipping them in ketchup. but hey - at least I baked them and didn't fry them!!

About the last month or two before he was born, we were getting our kitchen remodeled. It was completely gutted out so I was having to wash dishes in the bathroom tub. Not a fun thing when you are extrememly big and pregnant. I remember cooking supper in my electric skillet on top of Hannah's play kitchen in our dining room because I didn't have a kitchen. Not only were we remodeling our kitchen but we were making an upstairs out of our attic. We started this about the same time I became pregnant. So things were very messy and very unorganized. It was a very stressful time but it all got done right before Benjamin was born and it all worked out.

Both of my parents were here when Benjamin was born. Randy, Brooke, Paige, and my mother were in the delivery room when he was born. It was such a special time for all of them and special for me too!! My mother stayed almost 2 weeks with me but my Dad had to get back to Texas and Brooke went with him.

Benjamin was born the year of 9-11. We didn't have television then so had no idea what was going on. I remember I was sitting in my bed nursing Benjamin, when I got a phone call from my Dad telling me what just happened. I remember the fear of just not knowing what was going to happen next. Here I was nursing my newborn baby and what if these crazy people come to Natchez? All kinds of things were going through my head and it was such a scarry time. One that all of us will NEVER forget.

When Benjamin was born, all of my children were older so I really had it made. I hardly got to hold him. They all spoiled him and he was truly loved. When I became pregnant with Bethany, I was so sick I could harldy get out of bed. Paige took care of all of Benjamin's needs and pretty much raised him. I felt so bad but I was thankful I had her to help me. Benjamin was so funny and entertaining. I remember we would all gather in our living room and set him down on the floor and just watch him. He loved to put on a show and we would just laugh and laugh. He is still very entertaining and so much fun!! Right now he is playing football and when he makes a touchdown, he does a touchdown dance. It's different every time and he makes the crowd laugh. I was kind of worried how he would react to having another baby in the house since he was the center of attention, but he loved his little sister Bethany when she was born. They were like a married couple for years after she was born. The honeymoon is over now but they are still very close.

Benjamin is very much a people person. He doesn't know a stranger and can pretty much talk and get along with anyone. He is a very passionate little boy. He can get quite angry but he also cares very deeply about people and just issues in life. He still loves to be held and kissed on which I'm thankful for that!! Although he is getting to where he doesn't like me to do it in public. But he sure loves it at home!!

We found out in the pregnancy that Benjamin was a boy. The only reason I did was because I needed to know "where" he would go. We only had a 3 bedroom house at the time, and we had 3 girls in one room and 2 boys in another room. We were adding more rooms upstairs in our remodeling so I just needed to know how this was all going to work out. I wanted a Bible name. We really weren't planning on having any more children - 6 children was absolutely perfect!! We would have 3 boys and 3 girls. We were called the Brady Bunch and I even made up my own works to the song. So I decided on Benjamin because Benjamin was the last of his tribe in the Bible. It seemed like the perfect name. He still is our last boy - the last of the boy tribe!! Actually his name means, "on the right hand of his father". Which that is very fitting too since we had Benjamin at an older age. Randy will really need Benjamin's help when our older boys are gone which will be here in the next couple of years.

My prayer for you Benjamin is that you will keep that passion of yours. Use your passion for God's glory. You have such a way with people. People are drawn to you. God has great plans in store for you. I love you so much and am so thankful that you are my son!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SON!!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Our summer is officially over now. It seems like it was so short but at the same time it was full and enjoyable. We just finished our first week of school. Paige is in her last year of Alcorn Nursing School (actually she starts next week), Aaron is a Senior this year and going to Cathedral High School, Daniel is a Sophmore and also going to Cathedral High School, and I'm homeschooling the rest. This is my 17th year in homeschooling. Hannah is in the 8th, Benjamin is the 2nd and Bethany in the 1st.

I guess the 2 biggest highlights around here are 1) Aaron just got a new vehicle. It's a 2003 Nissan X-Terra and the coolest thing around!!! It has a lot of extra features on the outside which makes it more cool looking than the regular X-Terra. If I knew how to post pictures on this thing I would!! There is a long story behind this vehicle but the moral of the story is that God led us to this vehicle and every circumstance behind it was HIM and all HIM!!!! Everytime I look at this vehicle now I can't but help feel God's love. 2) My nephew got married in Texas. Real sweet wedding and very sweet couple.

Both my boys are playing football this year. This is Daniel's second year to play and Aaron decided to play also. He didn't want too because baseball is his sport but since this is his last year of school, I persuaded him too. We had a Jamboree last night and each team only played one quarter. We lost 14 to 8 but do you know who made our teams one and only touch down? That would be MY son, Aaron White!!! That was sooooooo exciting. I can't wait to see them play the rest of the season - both my boys. Our first "real" game is in the end of August.

Most everyone is back in school now. May God bless all your children this year and keep them in His hands!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Anyone ever heard of Peach Schnapps?!? That was my question for the day Friday, but I sure know about them now. I saw a recipe for a Peach Pound Cake that sounded so good. It sounded like a good summer time cake. We were having a Sunday School fellowship the next day so I thought that would be a perfect thing to bring. It said you needed to soak the peaches in 1/8 cup sugar and 1/4 peach schnapps. So I headed to the grocery store on a search for peach schnapps. I had no idea what that was but figured I could find it. I looked in the fruit section. No luck. Next to the cooking section. No luck. Maybe it's like an ice cream topping? Looked there. No luck. Juice Section? No luck. Hmmmmm. They must be out of it. So I go to another grocery store. Did the same search. No luck. OK - I have absolutely no idea what these peach schnapps are. So I decided to show my stupidity and just ask the cashier what in the world peach schnapps are. She said, "Honey, they aren't called schnapps (with a short vowel "a" sound) but it is called schnapps (with a short vowel "o" sound). So I said the word correctly this time and said, "OK - so what are peach schnapps"? She said, "Honey, you are in the wrong store. You can find that in the liquor store around the corner." Ha.....I couldn't help but laugh. I told her I had never been in a liquor store in my life. She assured me that this was only used for flavor and that the alchohol is burned out of it through the cooking process - like a rum cake. She said you couldn't get drunk off it unless you "maybe" drank a gallon of this stuff. Well, I decided I wasn't about to go in a liquor store so I would send Randy in the morning - ha!!! He wasn't too excited about going in there either but he said if I would call first and make sure they even had it, he may go for me. You know....have it ready and waiting for him so he could just run in and run out? So I called the place and pronounced the word right and everything!! I must say it felt so weird looking up a liquor store phone number in the phone book and calling it. Well, they did have the stuff so I asked how much it was. She said it was $9.00. I asked how big the jar was and she said it was 1/5. Well, I had no idea how big 1/5 was and I didn't want to act more stupid than I already was so just said thanks and hung up. It sounded pretty tiny to me and I didn't want to pay that much so I just made up my own concoction to soak those peaches in. The cake ended up being very good. But this cake sure did have a story behind it and we laughed so much over it. So if anyone ever wants to make this cake and wants to know what Peach Schnapps are, I can sure tell you where to get them!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer News

I thought I would get caught up on my blogging. Right after Bethany's birthday, on Father's Day, we left for Florida with the youth group from our church. We took a nice bus...watched videos.....snacked.......slept......and visited. The youth trip was amazing. I've been on youth trips before and there is usually some sort of girl drama that goes on. There was no drama and no problems this trip. The speaker was amazing and I absolutely LOVED the music. We did mission work during the day and had Bible studies and conference that evening. The last day we went to Universal Studios which was a blast. I think the kids highlight of the trip was seeing my hair wet and nasty from the rides (ha).

Our garden is gone now but we are still enjoying the fruits of our labor which I put up. Oh by the arm looks great now after the bad burn I got from making plum jelly. A full quart size jar of boiling water fell on it. You can hardly tell it now.

We are enjoying the summer, it is soooooo HOT!!!! We haven't had much rain at all. Everything is so dry. It will soon be time for school to start back up. I already have my students curriculum all ready to go. We will start the first part of August.

Hope everyone is having a great summer and I would love to hear from you!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Exactly one year ago today on June 20th, 2003, at 6:05 p.m. our last child was born - Bethany Joy White. She weighed 8 lbs., 6 ozs. and was 20 3/4 inches long. Do you know that Brooke, Paige and Bethany were exactly the same weight and height? She was known as the "tie breaker." Up until her birth we were known as the Brady Bunch. We had 3 girls and 3 boys. A perfect little family. But now I'm known as Mrs. Snow White with my 7 dwarfs. We weren't planning on having any more after #6 (Benjamin) so she is truly a gift from God. Not that the rest aren't gifts from God because they are, but she wasn't in "our" plans. That sounds so horrible but I don't know how else to put it. But God knew that we needed her and I can't imagine what life would be like without her. She is the sunshine in our home.

It all started when I wasn't feeling well. I just layed on the couch feeling sick. Brooke took one look at me and said, "Mom, you are pregnant!!" I told her there was no possible way that I could be pregnant and no I was not - I just didn't feel good. She just kept smiling and said, "Nope, you are pregnant.". Paige came in later and said the same thing to me!! Well, they were right!!! I was so in shock. Like I said, we weren't planning on having any more so how did this happen? Well, don't answer that!!! I just knew Randy would be more shocked than I was so I was not looking forward to telling him. In fact, I think he was the last one to find out!!!! But like me, even though he was shocked he was happy. How can you not be happy with the news of a new baby?? It just took a while to get to that point.

Randy goes to Ecuador every year (except for this year) on a missions trip. Her due date was around the time that he would be gone to Ecuador. He struggled with what to do. He loves going to Ecuador but he didn't want to miss her birth either. I encouraged him to go to Ecuador. He would be back 3 days before her due date which was really pushing it but I was leaving all this in God's hands. He would make everything o.k. And like the rest of my children, she arrived very late and everything did work out just fine. Actually, you would think being the 7th child, labor would be fast and easy. But no.....she was the longest labor of them all. I think it was 26 hours. Along with Randy, both Brooke and Paige were in the labor room with me. Brooke was pretty much in the Doctor's way - ha!! She was right down there just a squalling. She kept saying, "This is such a miracle!!" as tears were streaming down her face. She even got to cut Bethany's cord. How sweet is that? My oldest child cut my youngest child's cord!! Bethany was also my most difficult baby. She had colic soooooo bad. She cried in pain from sunrise to sunset. I tried everything but nothing helped. But fortunately after 2 months of this, it was gone. She went from a screaming baby to a smily, happy baby and has been that way to this day. She just smiles, bounces, skips, giggles, and is just the sweetest little thing.

I feel like we have a second family. There is a big gap after Hannah - 6 years - and then there is Benjamin and Bethany. I had 2 miscarriages after Hannah. So I knew Benjamin and this baby would be very close. I wanted to pick a name that just flowed with Benjamin. So when you said his name, the other would just follow. I wanted a Bible name so I chose Bethany. Doesn't that sound good? Benjamin and Bethany. Even their middle names start with the same letter "J". Benjamin James and Bethany Joy. I call them my 2 B's. They were a couple. They acted like a "married" couple. They were so loving and absolutely adored each other. They were so cute together. After about 5 years of this adoring, loving, relationship, the honeymoon ended. Now they act more like an "old" married couple. They still love each other but they have their squabbles now. He is still very protective of her and she is very jealous when he pays attention to other little girls. I am having so much fun with these 2 it's like we are starting all over again.

Bethany is such a cuddle bug. She'll say "We need some loving today" and she'll climb up in my lap and I'll cradle her like a little baby and kiss her all over the place. I know she is too old for that, but who cares? They stay little for such a short time. The other day when I was holding her like a baby and giving her her "loving" I said, "What is going to happen when you get too big to climb up in my lap like this and get some loving?" She said, "I'll never be too big for that. I'll always be your baby." But, I know one day she will be all grown up and doing her own thing - so I will enjoy it while I can.

Bethany means "daughter of the Lord" and I can truly say she IS from the Lord. Joy means just what it says, "joy". She is so happy and with that blondie hair of hers, she is like a ray of sunshine. I absolutely just love her to death.

My prayer for you Bethany is that you will keep your joyful spirit and that you will bring sunshine to others so that they can see God in you. I can't thank God enough for giving you to me. He knew you were just what I needed!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Daniel's Moment.....

When Daniel was a little boy he used to absolutely idolize Chad. He kept his picture on top of his dresser.....he would follow him around every time he invited "just" Chad to his birthday......he would talk about him all the time. Little did we know that one day he would be our son-in-law!!!!

Chad knew he wanted to fly a plane one day. When he started going to flight school, he would always tell Daniel, "I'm going to take you up with me one day." Then Daniel would start bugging him...."Chad, when you going to let me fly with you?" He would bug Chad to death - until he got older of course.

Last night, we were to meet Brooke in Vicksburg because Daniel is going to a wedding with them in Alabama. Brooke was supposed to meet us but instead Chad met us with his PLANE!!!!! He is a flight instructor so he had one of his students with him.

The plane was soooooo little. It was about the size of our Suburban. It looked like a little toy. In fact they were pushing it around and turning it with their hands to get it in the right spot. It looked like they were playing with their little toy plane.

Of course I was a little nervous thinking about my little boy going up in the air with Chad in that little plane. So I asked if I could look at the plane. Chad said, "Sure." It had so many buttons. It had 2 tiny seats for Chad and his student and a really small seat right behind them for Daniel. Chad also told me the plane was really old.....hmmmmm.....There were 2 sets of controls by each seat - so Chad can control the plane also. Chad said this was his student's second time to fly......hmmmmmm.....He said he would put the plane in the air and land it since it was only his student's 2nd time to fly but that the student would control it once in the air.

It was time for them to leave. I'm still kind of nervous but I know Chad has been doing this for a long time. Seeing your child drive off in a car for the first time is scarry enough but seeing them fly off in a toy plane is even scarier!!!!

They putterred off down the run way. They went so far down the runway, we couldn't see them - but there were lots of trees too. After what seemed like an eternity, we see them coming back our way going faster, and faster and then up, up and away in the clear blue yonder. We waved to them!!!

I turned to Randy and said, "This is Daniel's moment".