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Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Joseph LOVES Helicopters. He's actually thought about getting his license so he could fly them as a "job". Could it be called a job if all you're doing is playing for money?I actually expect he'll get it one of these days. Me on the other hand. Ha! I don't do anything that leaves the ground.

Back when I was about six months pregnant, Joseph wanted to take Wyatt on a helicopter ride. Only problem with that, was our son being nestled inside the womb of a woman terrified of going up in a helicopter. After a lot of coaching I decided to suck it up and give this moment to my husband. So up we went.

My knuckles were cold and white by the time we landed. I wish I could tell you I saw some amazing views of the mountains, but I'd be lying if I said I did. I closed my eyes and focused on keeping the lunch down I'd eaten prior to the nightmare I'd gotten myself into. If I thought I could have gotten back up afterwards, I would have kissed the ground.

Jump forward to the present...

Ansley started taking an interest in Helicopters. Every time she saw one should would scream with excitement. Joseph and I made a special trip to take her on her first ride. Joseph took her up and I stayed safely on the ground taking pictures. As the helicopter took off with Ansley it suddenly occurred to me... Wyatt actually did something here before his other siblings! He was our first child to ride in a helicopter.

It may not seem like it's that big of a deal, but it's nice to have something Wyatt did before his other siblings besides going to heaven (God forbid I ever have to live to see another child go there). When Joseph finally takes Eli on his first ride, he'll honestly be able to say "I've taken all three of my children on their first helicopter ride". I know that will mean a lot to him. It means the world to me.

I didn't have my camera with me the day we took Wyatt for his helicopter ride. It was more of a spur of the moment "take me now or I'll never do it" type things. I wish I had a picture of that to share with you. I do however, have pictures of Ansley when she went up so I'll share what I have instead of dwelling on what I don't. I hope you enjoy...

Getting out of the car. Ansley was SO excited.

Waiting patiently for her turn to ride.

Watching the helicopter as it flew in to pick them up.

Ansley's headset so she could talk to daddy and the pilot.

Eli covering his eyes as the helicopter took off.

Almost safe again. I can stop holding my breath.

Ansley LOVES Helicopters just like her daddy.
I can't help but wonder who Wyatt would have taken after...

We did this Helicopter trip with Ansley about a month ago, and she hasn't stopped talking about it yet. Money well spent!



Stephanie said...

I came across your petition on a blog(though I can't remember the name exactly) and just wanted to let you know that I signed it. I think it's terrible that there is such a law in place that wouldn't acknowledge any life for however long or short it may be. I pray one day they will acknowledge all life...for it all matters!

Malory said...

She looks like she was so excited & had a great time! I would've been passed out from holding my breath the entire time they were gone!

Traci~ Ordinary Inspirations for the everyday wife, mommy, and homemaker said...

GREAT PICS Danielle! So precious!

Love you!


Holly said...

You can tell how excited she is about the helicopter! What a great experience! I think it is so neat that Joseph will be able to say he took all of his children on a helicopter ride. Way to go mama for getting up there with Wyatt!!

The Blue Sparrow said...

That is a memory she will have for a lifetime. I remember taking a helicopter ride when I was just a few yrs older than her and it was so much fun! Id never do it now lol but back then it was a blast. Thank you for emailing me that image, it was pretty cool, and even cooler that someone we've never met would stop and remeber Bryston! Thank you for rembering.

Tina said...

Very sweet...Love Ansley's "big girl shoes!" That is what we call them in our house! xx