Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sophie: Twelve Months

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Happy birthday, sweet girl! I really can't believe that you are one already. You have brought so much joy to our family over this past year. We love watching you learn and grow.

At twelve months, you are pulling up on everything. You've tried standing on your own a few times. You continue to have a happy, sunshiney disposition. You were very excited about your birthday toys and first taste of cake and ice cream! You like books with textures or flaps to lift. You are wearing 9-12 month clothes and size two diapers. You do not like to wear hairbows or shoes. You wake about 8am to nurse, have breakfast, play, and then we usually have an outing or friends over. After lunch we read books, nurse, and you take a nap from about 1-4:30. Then you nurse again and we play outside till Daddy gets home. Dinner, bath, nurse, and bed by 8pm.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sophie's Ice Cream Party

banner by Honey
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monthly photo banner and sweet invite I found on Etsy
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entry way
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birthday girl high chair
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Our sweet baby girl
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yummy table
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cookies (all sweets made by yours truly)
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ice cream cone cupcakes
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Bebe and Papa Rick
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Honey and Poppa
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Nana (pictures of Pap Paw are still on my phone)
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Cousin Dillon trying out the rocking horse. Serious business.
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Danielle and the birthday girl
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Opening presents
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Big gift from Mama and Daddy: a doll pram
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this new toy from Uncle Tyler and Aunt Kayla is so much fun!
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Sophie had the greatest time at her party. She really enjoyed being the center of attention. She was happy and smiley and dug right into her cake and presents. Happy first birthday party, sweet Sophie!

Friday, May 23, 2014


I had an interesting discussion with a couple of my girlfriends last month. The great topic: birth control. Dah Dah Dah Dum. Here's an email with my part of our chat.

"'Christians may make careful and discriminating use of proper technologies, but must never buy into the contraceptive mentality. We can never see children as problems to be avoided, but always as gifts to be welcomed and received.'

The article I quoted above (link here) was a great jumping off point for me as I started researching birth control from a Christian perspective several years ago. I was on the pill for the first 2 1/2 years of our marriage, though I was never completely comfortable with it. I realize now how much better I feel working with my body to achieve or avoid pregnancy instead. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It is not a Christian book, just a great primer on knowing your own body and instruction on using fertility awareness as birth control. It does work if you practice it correctly. :)

I am not opposed to truly contraceptive birth control (meaning it prevents ovulation, like the pill, or blocks sperm and egg from meeting, like a diaphragm). I believe life begins at conception, because everything necessary for life is there at that moment. So while I think that the pill and its equivalent (like nuva- ring) and barrier methods are okay for Christians to use if used for the right motives, IUDs and morning after pills fall into the abortifacient category for me."

But in addition to those thoughts, I am so frustrated with doctors and pharmaceutical companies who push the pill like there are no other options. Just in case you didn't know--you have options, ladies! And remember your body works just the way God designed it. Pregnancy is not an evil thing to be avoided at all costs. Your body was designed to give life.

Even feminists are jumping on the bandwagon now (a la Sweetening the Pill). Join the party, research, and decide what is really best for you!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Strawberries, Trains, and the Swing

We went to Nana and Papaw's house a couple of weeks ago. Annie and JJ had the best time exploring. They ate strawberries straight from the patch and watched lots of trains go by and Annie played on the swing for hours. Sophie was not feeling 100% and that kept her from truly enjoying the strawberries. Other than Sophie being sick, it was a great weekend!
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Watching the trains
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Sophie and Nana
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Daddy snuggles
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JJ relaxing with Papaw
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Mother's Day
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Her first ice cream cone
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Sophie and Pap Paw
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Monday, May 19, 2014


We're well on our way to a decade! Happy anniversary, my love.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

One year ago today . . .

. . . JJ was returned to our custody after an absence of exactly four weeks. We have treasured this past year with him and have had so much fun watching him grow and learn! He is a little boy now, not the baby who came to us. JJ loves any and all toys he can manipulate, take apart, destroy, and put back together. He enjoys playing outside, especially with his lawn mower and water sprayer. He likes the water and any cars, trucks, or things that go. We don't know what his future holds and are conscious of the sadness surrounding his current placement in foster care, but we are thankful for these days the Lord has given JJ to us. Tomorrow he will be three. Happy birthday, JJ!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Annie's Dance Recital

Y'all, there are not enough words to describe the hilarity that was this recital. I'm not sure if I mentioned Annie's class got their third new teacher in January. The first teacher was good, the second teacher was wonderful, and the third was...nice. I don't think she had ever taught children this young before. After the first week Annie realized the teacher wasn't going to follow through on anything she said, so Annie tuned her out and has been doing her own thing and having a blast these past few months. She ignored the teacher and just did her own dance at the recital. :) It was adorable and hilarious and the video will be treasured for years to come. Annie was very excited about having everyone come watch her and wearing a costume and getting flowers.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Photo Catch-up

Cleaning out my photos from April and found these--hope they make you smile!

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