Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Happy Day

April 8th is a fabulous day for our family because it's the day that Beckett finally got to come home!!! I am still in awe of how Beckett was only in the hospital for only three weeks. At the time, it seemed like forever, but three weeks was nothing compared to how long we thought he was going to be in there. We are SO blessed, and I thank God every day that we have Beckett.
Here I am waiting for Matt to bring the car. I kept thinking that the nurse was going to say that they'd made a mistake and he'd have to stay longer. (Weird, I know.)

Yeah! The Rakes Family leaving Parkland!! Even though we LOVED the doctors and nurses and all of the excellent care, it was time! :)

Beckett slept most of the way. When we got home, we were so excited to show him his room and the house, but I think we stressed him out. He started breathing kind of weird, and it totally freaked me and Matt out. He was fine, but we decided that we overwhelmed and overstimulated the poor guy.

Sleeping his first night in our room.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Beckett's First Birthday

This last Saturday we had Beckett's One Year Old Party!! What fun!! Since Beckett was born on St. Patrick's Day, I decided to go with the lucky and green theme. We just had a small family party over at my mom's house.
Please note the difference between the cake I had made and the cake I made for Beckett-ha ha!! Don't worry, I'm not becoming a cake maker/decorator anytime soon! :)

Beckett did not like getting his fingers messy with the icing. He kept wanting me to feed it to him.

He's not having it. Who came up with this tradition anyway?

Get this thing away!
Em and Harper (Beckett's girlfriend--he REALLY loves her) It's adorable! :)
We're so LUCKY that Beckett's one and healthy!! Thank you God!! :)

Thursday, February 26, 2009


A week ago, one of my best friends turned 30! I can't even believe we are at this point-no, no!! I like to think we are still 20. :) Anyway, my other best friend and I decided to go on a road trip down to Waco to celebrate the occasion. We had a great time, besides the fact that I got food poisoning--yuck!!!

Happy Birthday Holly!! Love you!!

Harper, Emily, Holly, me, and Beckett at Cathay House


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What a Difference a Month Makes

I'm not really being fair. This was the only 11 month pic where Beckett wasn't smiling. I just thought it was hilarious and had to share. He really is happy and has a fun personality.

Sunday, November 30, 2008


November 30, 2007 was the worst day of my life. To hear that things are not well with your baby is an understatement. To listen to a doctor tell you that organs are where they shouldn't be makes you want to turn back time and figure out what went wrong. I remember thinking, "No, no this isn't happening. This isn't the way it's supposed to be." I felt so devastated, but yet there was still a part of me that knew God was still in control and He had a plan. It might be different than the plan that I thought I needed and wanted, but it was still His plan. I have never prayed for something so much in my life. Matt and I prayed throughout the process that God would be glorified and there would be no doubt that He was the one who healed and saved this baby.

I am thankful that He answered our prayers in ways we never could have expected. I am thankful and humbled by God's grace, mercy, power, and love. I am thankful that I have experienced God's hand divinely placed on Matt, Beckett, and me. I am thankful that God gave me Beckett to take care of, love on, and raise him to be a man seeking after God's heart. I am thankful that everyday I get to hold, hug, and kiss Beckett. I am thankful that I get to see Beckett breath, laugh, smile, and I am thankful to the wonderful Maker and Creator who intricately formed and made him so perfect. I am thankful that November 30th is no longer associated with fear, sadness, and despair, but with hope and joy that we have an amazing Savior who performs miracles. I am thankful.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Successful Surgery

Beckett made it through his surgery like a champ! He even decided that he was going to crawl for the first time the day after his surgery. I don't want to go into too many details about the surgery because one day Beckett will not appreciate it, but the surgery was unrelated to his CDH. He had hypospadias. (I'll let you google it if you want to know more about.) Needless to say, the recovery has been a little rough! Diaper changes were not fun, but hopefully we're on the up and up now! We go back in this Friday for the doctor to look at things and take some stitches out.

Thanks for all of your prayers! :) We will try to get some pictures up soon!

Sunday, November 2, 2008


I know we've neglected the blog a little this past month. We'll get some pictures up soon. We did want to let everyone know that Beckett is having a minor surgery on Wednesday. This is unrelated to his problems he had at birth and should be a routine thing, however, we would appreciate prayers during this time. It's never an easy feeling when you know your child is going under the knife. Anyway, thanks for your prayers and we'll get some pictures up shortly.