"A joyful marriage is a bit of heaven on earth..."

"A joyful marriage is a bit of heaven on earth..."

The Mitchells

Welcome! We are so excited to begin blogging! We have family all over the place, and hope this will help keep everyone updated on our life, especially our new addition, Braelyn Elizabeth Mitchell!!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

One Year!

What an amazing year! Tomorrow is Braelyn's first birthday, and Daniel and I are wondering where all of the time has gone. Tonight, we have found ourselves reading through all of our past posts and are touched by all of the memories. Braelyn is doing extremely well for everything that we went through to get her here. She is approximately 18 pounds and is very healthy. We have been extremely blessed.

Since our last post, several things have happened in our lives. Daniel quit his job last April and has returned to school to complete his Physical Education degree at MTSU. He is into his second semester back and is excelling in all of his classes. He has a part time job at Ezell-Harding in the Extended Day program and loves it! I am still teaching 4th grade at Ezell-Harding.

Braelyn supposedly has six teeth coming in, but we still see nothing. Bless her heart!

We promise to start blogging more and hope that you will check back to see updates. Love you all!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sweet Braelyn!


Sorry it has been a while since our last post! Let's just say life continues to be crazy...lol! Jamie, our wonderful sister-in-law, has come twice to take pictures of baby Braelyn. The first time was a week or so after Braelyn came home. One of my co-teachers at Ezell gave us a doll dress from Strasburg!! It is soooo precious! (pictures shown in this post) Then Jamie came and took her one month pictures!! (We will post these pictures soon!) She is AMAZING!!! If you ever need a photographer...she is your gal!

Had a doctor's appointment today! Braelyn is 6 lbs 13 ounces!!! WOOHOO!!! She gained a pound since our last doctor's appointment which was two Mondays ago. She is right on track and will hopefully be able to be out in three weeks after she has her shots! We are so excited!!

She has her days and nights a little backwards, but it is slowly getting better. I, Rachel, go back to work this coming Monday...woohoo! I do miss my kids and I am a little excited to get back into the swing of things, but I know I am going to miss Braelyn terribly!! Jamie is going to be keeping Braelyn for the rest of March and for April and a little of May during the day...have I mentioned she is wonderful!! We are so thankful that she will be able to keep her. It is so nice to know she will be well taken care of!! Love ya Jamie!!

Thanks for your love and support! We love you all SOO much!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Doctor Visit

Hello all! Braelyn had another doctor's appointment today and she is doing wonderful! She weighs 5 lbs. 8 oz.!! Woohoo!! Everything seems to be going well so far. God has truly blessed us with a precious healthy baby girl...

Love you all!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Braelyn is finally home!

Dear followers,

Just a quick note to tell all that we came home from the hospital today! She seems to be doing well and we just hope everything continues to improve as well as it has. Thanks for all of the prayers, we couldn't have done it without all the support!


Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Braelyn is continuing to do well. I, Rachel, just got home from visiting her and feeding her. She is eating REALLY well, which is great for her age. They did have to put her back on the jaundice light because her level went up a little bit, but they said that was pretty much expected. She will probably be on the light for another couple of days. They said once they get her jaundice under control, they will send her home as long as she continues to eat as well as she is.

We realize how much can change in a 24-hour period, but if everything goes well, she might be home at the end of this weekend or beginning of next week. Again, thank you all SO much for you prayers. We believe God is hearing every one of them and we are continuing to see him work in our lives.

Love you all...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

No light!

Hello everyone! Sorry we haven't been able to update in a few days. Braelyn is continuing to do well! Yay! I just called the NICU and they have taken her off of the jaundice light completely. They will re-check her jaundice level in the morning to see if it goes back up. They said she was a little sleepy at her last feeding and they had a hard time keeping her awake to eat, but they said it is completely normal for her to have "sleepy days."

I am about to drive out to the hospital for the first time on my own. Daniel made me drive to the hospital last night so he could observe my skills. No worries - apparently you don't forget how to drive after four or five months...lol! He said I passed...woohoo!

We are hoping that we may be able to bring Braelyn home this weekend or at the beginning of next week. They have not said anything definite...but things are going really well. We are trying not to get our hopes up...but it is difficult not to.

We greatly appreciate your love and prayers. God is wonderful!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Quick Praise!

Daniel just talked to the nurse in the NICU and Braelyn is completely off of oxygen support. She is breathing on her own very comfortably!! YAY!! The nurse said she was eating well and that things are going in the right direction. She said that she was in the process of making their plan for the day and told us that she would call us if anything big happened. We are heading over there this evening for her 9pm feeding and will learn more then.

God is wonderful!!