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My Guy

June 20, 2010

When I am pregnant, I am hormonal.  Go ahead, laugh, giggle, smile, but it is the truth and I know other ladies are saying, “Amen.”  We had an awesome day at Cross Point this morning.  Today’s sermon was on family.

I was struck by just how amazing God has been to us.  I don’t have a husband who just pretends to be a good dad when we go out in public, I have a husband who truly loves and adores his family.  It is incredible to step back and take in just how incredible my dearest Dan is.  He cares and loves me like no other, my life would be so incomplete without him.  From the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed he serves as a Godly example for our family to follow.  Our little girl adores him, that is the only word for it.  I know there may be other men in the world that do it, but he never seems to mind combing her little pony’s hair or playing with dolls.  My heart melts when I see her putting lotion on her face just like daddy does after she finishes watching him shave in the morning.  Watching the two of them run through the sprinklers is hilarious.  She knows without a doubt he will always make time for her.  I love it.

Thanks Dan for being such an incredible daddy.  I look forward to watching you with both of our children very soon.  I love you.

Baby #2

May 23, 2010
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I am proud to tell you that I am officially 31 weeks along at this point which means I am in the downhill slide of this pregnancy.  Don’t get me wrong, it is incredible to feel the baby move and stretch in my belly, I can’t even describe the joy I get from it.  My heart however is yearning to hold my newborn.  This pregnancy has been quite a bit different from the one I had with Rabun and I can’t say that I have appreciated all of the dissimilarities.  I know that I feel extremely blessed to be a mom and am really looking forward to meeting our new addition in a matter of weeks.  Dan has shown time and time again how incredible of a husband and father he is and I know that he will be no different with the new baby.  Rabun keeps getting confused and calls herself the big brother, it is quite funny.  It is absolutely amazing how God continues to bless our family.

Zoo Fun

April 23, 2010

Rabun and I decided it would be fun to take a road trip to Tennessee this weekend.  Today we went to the zoo with Jim, Stephanie, and all the munchkins, it was tons of fun!

Rabun was not too thrilled to get to sit with Anna Kate, Judd, and Jake and pose for this photo.  She was highly offended.

We loved seeing the giraffes.

Rabun and I after a really fun day.

Saying Cheese

April 16, 2010

16 and Pregnant

April 16, 2010

The other day I had the opportunity to watch live cable television for about 2 hours. When I became a stay-at-home mommy, cable was something we cut out of budget because we honestly didn’t watch it that often.

As I was surfing through the channels, I came across MTV’s “16 and Pregnant.” Normally I would have kept right on going, but some of the girls in our middle school Sunday School class had commented about it and I was curious as to what they were watching.

Wow. Seriously, wow. It was disturbing to me as a mom, youth worker, and a regular citizen. Basically it shows the triumphs and struggles that a teen goes through while preparing and having her baby. I am all about “knowledge is power” but this was crazy. I don’t know if they try to pick the girls that live in a world where setting up the baby’s room, holding hands with the “baby daddy,” and doing a baby registry is all there is to it, but that is how it seemed. Even the girl’s parents discussed her sex life like it was no big deal that she wasn’t married. I felt like going through the television and shaking them honestly.

I am constantly amazed about the way some people go through life with blinders on.

The Passion

April 1, 2010

I had never watched it before tonight.  I had heard it was incredible, that didn’t do it justice.

We had a service at the church this evening where we watched the movie.  Stopped for communion just after they have the first Lord’s Supper in the movie, then resumed.

It was an amazing service.  A thought provoking time whether you are a new christian or have been saved for a decade.

My heart broke as a mother, as a Christ follower, as just an observer.  How Mary was able to endure that day let alone everything that came before and after had to be because of God’s grace and mercy.  I have heard about his nail scarred hands my whole life, but as a visual thinker, seeing a depiction of it was powerful.  The people there that day had to have been affected when they went to their homes that night.  I can’t believe it to be otherwise.

It was truly an incredible evening at Cross Point tonight, I know I won’t forget it.

Random Thoughts after a 2 Month Hiatus

March 4, 2010

Guess who’s back?  (Insert evil villain laugh here.)

I probably should mention first off that I am pregnant.  At twenty weeks and counting I am big enough not to fit into anything I would normally wear but small enough that my maternity clothes sag.  I am in the lovely “Is she pregnant or just eating too many Oreo cookies?” stage.  The pregnancy has gone pretty well, I was very sick early on but am now loving life and experiencing serious heartburn on a regular basis.  Normal preggo stuff.

So when I am pregnant I have some crazy dreams.  Dan has encouraged me to to share one in particular.  Victoria’s Secret called.  They were short one model for their upcoming bikini shoot and needed me to fill in.  (At 5’2″ this is laughable, when you combine my lovely baby bump, it is crazy.)  So I go to the shoot and find myself the envy of the other models with my “natural” curves.  One or two of the others go so far as to tell me I don’t even look pregnant, they couldn’t hardly tell.  After the pictures are taken, they give me a Heidi Klum offer and ask me to walk the runway after our new baby is born.  That’s where I wake up and well…start laughing hysterically.  I could hardly wait to tell my beloved about it.  Needless to say when I saw the next VS ad in the paper, I was no where to be found.  Oh well.

Our Big Girl

December 22, 2009

We went for Rabun’s 18 month check-up today. She is finally over twenty pounds! Yippee! Weighing in at a whopping 21lb 4oz she is now (legally) able to ride facing forward in her car seat. She is still only in the tenth percentile in weight, which is fine, being petite is a good thing. She is, however, in the sixtieth percentile in height. A super model in the making…ha.

3 Years and Counting

December 2, 2009

I have been married to the most incredible man for three years.  He is just amazing.  I love my Dan.

Following Directions

November 21, 2009

We are teaching Rabun how to clean up and put things where they belong.  One of her favorite new things to do is to put dirty clothes in the basket.

She set Dan’s shoes on the coffee table.  I said, “No, no.  Daddy’s shoes are dirty.”  She immediately took them off the table (one at a time) and walked away.  This is how I found them when I walked into our room a bit later.

She is so clever.