Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Today I am praying for Baby Cohen's sweet mommy and daddy. May God give them comfort and strength, and may He fill the void in their lives as only He can.

Click here to read his story.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What We've Been Up To...

I feel so bad that my blog has kind of fallen by the wayside the last few days! We have been soo busy lately, and I know that shouldn't be an excuse - especially since my blog is kind of like a journal of our lives. I hope to get caught up on all of your blogs soon too. I miss ya'll!

So. . . what have we been up to??
Oh, just things like cutting teeth. . .

Trying to drink our bottle while lying on our tummy {doesn't work too well by the way. Ha!}. . .

Laughing at Ridley jammin' to the activity mat music. . .

Going swimming. . .

Cutting down the tree in our front yard that split a few weeks back. It kept cracking down the center of the trunk so we figured it was best to cut it before it fell on the car or the house. Oh yes, that is my husband standing up in the top of the tree with the chain saw! Many prayers were being prayed from inside the house!

And visiting the doctor for a 6 month well baby appointment! 

I hope you all are having a great week!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

2nd Anniversary

On Monday Jacob and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary! It is so hard to believe that it's been two years! God has blessed us so much and we look forward to many more years together.

We didn't do anything big to celebrate, but Jacob got me the most beautiful red roses and we exchanged sweet cards. My Mom came over and took care of Lily while we went out for dinner. We had a great time, but man, did we miss our little girl!

After we got Lily down for the night, we watched about half of the movie Fireproof. If you haven't seen that movie, you really should - it's amazing! We only watched half because I always fall asleep during movies. I'm pregnant, what can I say?! Ha!

I love you babe, and I'm so thankful God brought us together!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Father's Day Weekend

I know I'm awfully late posting our weekend recap! I've been staying busy spending time with my little family. We've gone swimming, taken walks, and just played together. It's been fun!

On Friday evening, a bunch of friend's got together at a park to play life-size Dutch Blitz. The game was rather crazy but Lily had lots of fun swinging. She sat in that swing for probably 30 minutes! We all had a fun time!

Jacob went to a men's prayer breakfast on Saturday morning and then worked at the church {helping with renovations} most of the day. Lily and went grocery shopping and then we did laundry and cleaned the house. She was such a good little helper! In the afternoon we went and visited with my Memaw, one of my aunts, and my mom. It was good to spend some time with them!

I did not do well getting pictures on Father's Day. I didn't get any of my dad or my father-in-law, and only one of Jacob and Lily. I really don't know what I was thinking! Oh well.

I fixed Jacob cinnamon rolls and cheese eggs for Father's Day breakfast {with Lily's help, of course!}. I helped Lily write in the card for her daddy. It was so sweet.

After church we ate dinner with Jacob's family. This is Lily with all her aunts and uncles on Jacob's side of the family.

We headed over to spend some time with Jacob's extended family at PawPaw's house. Everyone enjoyed playing with Lily, although she got kind of fussy because she was tired and hungry.

Jacob's Uncle Johnny got to hold Lily for the first time ever! I guess there are always so many people wanting to hold her, he'd just never gotten a turn. He finished giving her some juice and then she laid her head on his chest and nearly went to sleep. Precious!

We got home from PawPaw's at 3pm and we all lay down to take naps. We woke up at 4:15 realizing that we were supposed to be at church at 4:30 for the ladies prayer meeting and guy's fellowship. Oops! We miraculously made it out the door by 4:30 and got to church about 10 minutes late - not too bad!

The ladies prayer meeting was a special blessing. It's just amazing to share our burdens with each other, and then come to the Lord and bring those burdens to Him. My brother, Jer, who feels that God has called him into the ministry, preached a powerful message on the Parable of the Lost Son on Sunday night. It was convicting and encouraging as I listened to the Gospel preached!

We had our traditional Sunday night supper with my family. We had tacos, and Lily just gobbled up the guacamole! Definitely a girl after her mommy's own heart! Ha!

I also let her suck on some watermelon. She seemed to like it a lot too. Seriously, this girl loves to eat! Her thighs are starting to fill out - pretty soon she'll be a chunky monkey!

And so ended our Father's Day weekend. It was busy but fun, with lots of memories made!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

To Answer Your Questions

Thank you all for your excitement and well wishes about our new addition! Ya'll are so encouraging!

There were quite a few questions asked, so I thought I would just give you all the pregnancy details in this post instead of emailing everyone.

  • I am 13 weeks today, and the baby is due December 24th. Lily was due December 28th of last year, but wasn't born until 01.01.10. We will, Lord willing, have two babies in 2010. They'll be Irish twins! ha!
  • Thankfully I had lost all the baby weight I gained with Lily {although I was not pre-pregnancy shape} so I'm not too concerned about having tons of extra weight to lose after this baby is born. Click here to see my 13 week picture with Lily.
  • I'm feeling very well. I just get tired in the afternoons and sometimes I feel a little queasy.
  • This baby was definitely not planned {by us anyway}! We do believe that God had this little one planned from before the foundation of the world, and we know that He works everything together for our good and His glory! Getting a positive pregnancy test was quite a shock to say the least!
  • We truly believe this new little life is a miracle! Read this post to find out why.
  • We have gotten lots of varying comments and reactions from family and friends. For the most part everyone has been very excited for us. We have gotten a few negative comments that have been hard to deal with.
  • We had our first visit with our wonderful midwife 2 weeks ago and got to hear the baby's heartbeat. That was amazing!
  • I must explain about Lily's "Big Sister" shirt. A friend of mine is making a really cute outfit for Lily, but she's been really busy lately and wasn't able to get it done for us to "announce" with it. So, we just typed out "I'm A Big Sister" and taped it on the front of Lily's onesie then Jacob photoshopped the paper line out. You can see in the pictures above that we tried a couple different fonts. In a few weeks I'll post pictures of the real thing! ha.
  • This is totally off the subject, but I got a comment on this post and I wanted to clarify what a "Boston Butt" is in case you thought we are Barbarians living in Alabama! Ha! Boston Butt is a cut of pork that is really good for making bbq pulled pork. FYI: it is from the shoulder of the animal, not the rear! LOL
Hope ya'll have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Weekend Fun

On Friday, Lily and I met our friend Sarah for lunch at Panera. We had fun chatting and Lily was in a great mood! She kept trying to grab our food and drinks- silly girl.

We had my family over for supper on Friday night. Jacob grilled some yummy hamburgers. I'm ashamed to admit that it was the first time we've entertained since Lily was born- except for several nights a few guys came over to watch a movie, but that doesn't count. Now that it's summertime and Jacob isn't too busy in the evenings, we plan to have friends and family over much more. I love how Dad and Mom both have a grandbaby in the picture. So sweet!

Papaw and Ridley played outside after supper. Ridley loves pulling leaves off the tree!

Lily had fun watching them from her bouncer. She loves being outside!

On Saturday morning we met Jacob's family for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Joseph's girlfriend was in town visiting, so it was fun to spend some time with them. It was fun for PawPaw to be able to come too!

We spent all Saturday afternoon at a youth orchestra concert. It was fun, but oh so long and hot! There was no air conditioning or fans in the gym! I felt so bad for the conductors. Jacob got to conduct a full orchestra of about 80 kids! It was awesome. They only had a week to prepare the pieces because it was like a music camp, but they did so well!

On Saturday evening, we went out to my Memaw's house and visited with some cousins that were in town. This is my cousin Mandy who blogs at Pennies and Blessings.

Everyone had a fun time playing with Lily. She was good even though it was so so hot outside!

Sunday was a great day of being in God's house and fellowshipping with family and friends! Lily kind of had a rough day though- she didn't sleep well the night before and she was so fussy all of Sunday morning. Thankfully she took two great naps Sunday afternoon and was better behaved on Sunday night.

Btw, isn't Lily's dress adorable?! Aunt Myra got it at a yard sale for her. I love it!

We all went to Myra and Ernie's for supper after church. Lily played for a little while in the pack and play with Ridley. They were so cute!

Jacob's family came over for supper last night. Jacob smoked a boston butt- oh it was so yummy! No, Jacob doesn't always cook, but in the summertime he loves grilling and smoking. I definitely don't complain! ha!

I got laid off from my part-time administrative assistant job over the weekend. The company's headquarters are in Florida and they decided to move my position to the home office. I had to pack up my office yesterday and my boss stopped by to get everything. It was hard.

I was planning to quit by the fall, but since Jacob doesn't have a full-time job through the summer, we really needed the money I was making. I know that God's ways are perfect and He will provide for all of our needs. Please keep us in your prayers if you think of it. My Etsy shop is doing really well so we are praying that it will continue to grow. If you know anyone looking for hairbows or pins I would love for you to send them my way! Thanks!

Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

5 months

Lily Grace, you are 5 months old! What have you been up to these days?
  • You still love bathtime {that's when I got most of these pics}
  • You don't like rice cereal, but you love avocados and sweet potatoes.
  • You love being outside and mommy tries to take you out a lot- but it's been pretty hot lately.
  • You seriously sweat like a man {gross, but true!}. You would rather be in just your diaper than have clothes on. You wear a short-sleeved onsie to bed and your whole little body still leaves a sweat spot on the sheet {again, gross, but true!}.
  • You "find" daddy and mommy with your eyes when someone else is holding you.
  • You weigh 13lbs!
  • You were doing great taking 3 naps/day until about 3 days ago - you did well with 2 longer naps today, so we'll see how that works out.
  • You are so attentive - nothing gets past you. ha!
  • You are still sleeping great at night!
  • You reach for everything and when you get something, it goes straight in your mouth.
  • You can scoot backwards a little bit when you're on your tummy.
  • You can sit up for about 10 seconds by yourself before you start leaning forward.
  • You love for mommy to play the piano - you just coo and smile!
You are growing up way too fast, but we are loving seeing you go through all the different stages. You are a fun baby {most of the time} and daddy and mommy love you to the moon and back!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

To Love Their Husbands Tuesday

I'm linking up with Lauren for To Love Their Husbands Tuesday.

I just wanted to share one thing that my Mom instilled in me growing up. Whenever someone would want to make plans with our family, Mom always said she would need to check with Dad before making plans. 

That is something I have tried hard to carry into our marriage - to always check with Jacob before making plans. I think this one small thing has helped our communication to be so much better. 

Monday, June 7, 2010

Our Weekend Excitement

On Saturday evening we attended the wedding of some sweet friends. Out of the tons of weddings Jacob has played in and I have gone to with him, I think this wedding was the most eventful! It was an outdoor wedding, which is never a good idea in Alabama. Ha! It was at a country church and they had pulled all the church pews outside. It was set up really pretty with an arbor and decorations.

We had to drive about 20 minutes to get there, and on our way we noticed some dark clouds looming, but we hoped they would miss the wedding location.

You can sort of see the dark clouds in the background of this picture. So anyway, Jacob's brother, Judah, was video taping the wedding {he had two very expensive cameras set up} and there was a keyboard for the prelude and a sound system, etc. I think you all know where I'm headed with this. ha!

All the pews and chairs were packed out and the grandmothers had been seated when all of the sudden we smelled rain bigtime and felt the first couple of drops. Judah thought a bird had pooped on him and he made the funniest face.

Then, just as quick as a wink, the bottom fell out! Jacob bolted straight for one of the video cameras, I grabbed Lily, the diaper bag and stroller and stumbled ran across the rough terrain as fast as I could for the building. It was like a huge stampede of everyone trying to get under the awning out of the rain! Jacob, Judah, and my brother's all helped get the sound equipment, keyboard, and cameras out of the rain. Seriously, it was a huge downpour and they all got soaked!

The wedding obviously had to be moved inside to where the reception was going to be because all the pews were soaked! Everyone did a great job going with the flow and quickly getting the room set up for the wedding. All the guests sat at the reception tables for the wedding, and the ceremony turned out beautifully.

Ridley didn't seem to mind the change in plans! ha.

Two of my brothers after they were mostly dried out.

Somebody loves her Aunt Myra!

Little Miss Prim and Proper always crosses her ankles. So funny!

We started Lily on avocado instead of rice cereal this weekend, and this is what she thinks about it! It's a much better experience for all involved!

On Sunday we ate dinner with Jacob's family. This is Judah and Lily.

Aunt Katie and Lily

After church on Sunday night Jacob's youngest sister, Elizabeth my my little brother, Joshua {that's his foot in the top of the pic} played with Lily while everyone stood around talking.

We went to my parents for supper. Here is a video of Ridley making Lily laugh. I don't know if she's just noticing that he's a little person like her, or what, but she will just sit and laugh at him walking around. It's so funny! You'll also get a taste of Sunday nights at Mom & Dad's - it's quite a loud but happy get together!

I hope ya'll had a wonderful weekend!