Monday, October 18, 2010

Photo shoot of the kids...

If you are in Chattanooga...Cobblestone Rue does an amazing job on photos...I am finding that I need quality not quantity when it comes to pictures these days and I have not been disappointed with our pictures there. We have participated in a "give back" campaign the past 2 years that earned us a free mini-session (20-30 minutes is PLENTY for my 2 busy bodies) and I am amazed at how accurately these pictures year to year have captured their personalities...

Anyway, not available for long but take a look:

Pictures from August

More updates to come but here are a few from our early August and celebration on the kids' birthdays.

Mary Susan's birthday cupcake at Whipped, sweet time with our little girl

Surprise playset: double birthday present from both grandparents and mom&dad

MS & Bo's birthday party with friends at Riverview Park (thank you to our friend, Amber, for the wonderful pictures that captured the day)

Finally, a few pictures from our birthday surprise playset party...grandparents joined in on the big surprise on MS's actual she is loving on her baby and brother helping open presents.

oh, and one more cupcake before the day was through :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Enjoy the Grace.

Bucky & I listened to a beautiful sermon a few nights ago . Although the words were many (as most sermons tend to contain) there were three that remained in my mind/heart/soul/being: Enjoy the Grace. God gives us grace DAILY. Sometimes His grace gives us energy to ENJOY LIFE FULLY, other days it simply gives us the ability to ENDURE. How my days are a battle of this swinging pendulum. I have found myself the past few days repeating those words in my head as often as I breathe: Enjoy the Grace, Enjoy the Grace, Enjoy. The. another friend said on her blog, "pray not to miss this".

Days with 2 small beings are somewhat bi-polar...some days are amazingly sweet where I feel my heart jump and tears swell somewhat constantly at the beauty in my house---sweet little feet on my floors, giggles & squeals from both children as they enjoy each other, "ABC" songs missing quite a few letters most days, books, artwork, walks...pure sweetness. Other days are...hard. My house is a wreck and any attempt to remedy the problem is amazingly unraveling directly below my steps by 4 little hands. There is screaming, snatching, tears, drama, just ugliness. Those days I feel my chest swell but I am pretty sure it is a reflection of my blood pressure bursting through my head. And somewhere in the midst of our days there is Grace poured on every inch of it---grace to ENDURE, grace to ENJOY.

Today, God's grace poured down on our family as we spent our afternoon at the hospital with Bo who so affectionately told his PawPaw after a full recovery he "broke his brain". How thankful I was to hear his words and know he was okay. I never thought that we would be celebrating a mere 4 stitches to the head and a discharge to go home. After a long, hard fall from the top of the bleachers it was the best case scenario as we watched our little boy go from lethargic/not talking/stunned to his sweet self. So scary, so awful, and yet so redeeming. Certainly "just a fall" and the first of many stitches but yet so close and so revealing of our hearts and our need for God grace daily.

So, in this moment I am able to Enjoy the gifts God has given me. I am beyond BLESSED to be a mom to two amazingly sweet children, a wife to a tender man that weeps at his sons pain, and a friend to so many that stepped into support us tonight. Pray not to miss this!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

This time last year...

Last year...

And this year...

Sometimes a girl just wants to cry!

Happy Birthday Sweet baby girl. There is so much that I can't recall about this last year as a mother of two but I can remember so clearly holding my daughter for the first time. After a quick 2 hours of labor and a short 30 minutes at the hospital entered this world. My first words, "you look nothing like your brother" and how I have learned so much from that. She is NOTHING like her brother and EVERYTHING like herself. So calm, so content, so much personality, so much a gift that I could have never forseen nor asked for. What a true blessing that our God pours on us when we are blind to his grace or Plan far greater than our minds can fathom.




May: a month of Smiles for MS...what a happy baby. So pleasant, so sweet, so content. Bo now Potty Trained!!! Woohoo! Bucky's 1st beach trip with MS, Hilton Head with my parents. Very fun trip with our family. Bo loved the beach...his vocubulary is expanding and more understandable each day. MS LOVED the beach as well...crawling all over the place. Also pulling up by the end of the month!

Updates to come...

"Cleaning and scrubbing will wait ’till tomorrow, but children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs! Dust go to sleep! I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep." – Ruth Hamilton

Life will not stand still though I beg for it to daily with 2 babies growing too fast in my mind. Blogging has fallen far on the list of importance for our daily routine.

Here are a few pictures to capture our April!

Each day is an unfolding adventure for sure!
A few new, unpleasant sleep habits...Bunny Hop 2010 with Aunt Emily
Zoo Atlanta with Nana while Bucky was in New Orleans for his 1st Half-IronMan

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Athens on a beautiful college day...

Oh, I mean Atlanta on a beautiful spring day, 4 babies in tow and 2 more on the way...things have changed just a little :)

Sweet friends/roommates/groomsmen of Bucky's. How blessed we are to walk through life with amazing people at our side. I wish we could pack up these 2 families and move them to Chattanooga!

More Easter pics...

What a sweet Easter we had with family. Time is so precious with our family!
Our Easter song for the week: He is Lord, He is Lord. He is risen from the dead and He is Lord. Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. So sweet coming from Bo's little mouth.

Easter babies...

MS's 1st Easter. So we needed a picture in the Easter basket! Seems she is a little bigger than her brother was this time of year! I love my sweet babies!
MS @ 8 mos, 1st Easter...

Bo @ 8 mos, 1st Easter...

Are you curious?

Potty trained Bo conversation: Mom walks into the bathroom...
Mom: are you finished?
Bo: go, away, mommy...I need my property (aka privacy)...don't be curious
Mom: don't be curious?!?
Bo: Go away, don't be curious.

Have I ever mentioned that we are pretty sure Bo thinks he is part monkey? He walks like a monkey, talks like a monkey, and loves George. SO much so that we ventured to Atlanta for Curious George LIVE at the FOX. Bo walked in like he owned the place and LOVED it. MS, not so much...a little overstimulated and unable to sleep with all the noise. It was fun to watch Bo!

sipping a little f-o...never actually sip-able b/c they are too frozen!!! very frustrating to a 2.5 y.o.! Yes, he does have a seemingly black eye...can't seem to remember where it came from?
PS: we saw the likes of that hot dog a little later in the day...yikes!

MS is eating a MumMum, not a chili dog...we aren't that bad!

Bucky couldn't hold his excitement for such a fun event (kidding, this was torture for him).

He kind of looks like George, do you agree? :) Sweet boy!

February into March...

Really...I took 2 pictures in February? MS turned 7 months and I didn't even snap a picture in her too big onesie (which isn't actually big on my oversized child). So let's move onto March. Our 3rd snow followed by super warm weather--typical spring! MS started crawling this month and Bo's days are full of WORMS! Worms in the house, on the porch, worms. Our hunting has slowed down after Bo dropped a rock on his finger and "smashed" it (his words). We continue to be amazed by his ever growing vocabulary, busy body, and amazingly sweet heart. He may look like his momma, but he has the tenderness of his daddy.

No, socks cannot be used in place of mittens!

So many snowmen this year!!!

Showing off his worm stash (can you see on the rock?)...he doesn't understand quite yet that worms need dirt like we need air! Poor worms!

Warm day at the park...MS pre-crawling days...much easier at the park!

sweet friends anna & noah over for a playdate.


MS turned 6 mos & got her 2 bottom teeth (the cutest!). She started sitting on her own very well and continues to amaze us with her content personality. Bo enjoyed his second snow of the year with a sled ride and some snowmen. Still potty training but we stayed laid back taking our time.