Wednesday, November 28, 2007

You Know You're a Mom

and married to a full-time seminary student on the brink of graduation (& working, preparing for a new job, moving, etc.) when your only break from your son for the week is your annual exam at the "woman doctor". Isn't that how every woman wants to spend the 1 hour of true freedom that she has had/will have for weeks?!?

I should also mention that this adorable child of mine has decided naps are for wimps and "sleeping through the night" actually means waking up at 2:30 am, 3:30 am, 4:45 am, and 6:00 am. I believe he is upset that we're moving away from his friends, therefore attempting to thwart our efforts by making us too exhausted to move. Since we're moving back to the South, I'll just say "Bless his heart".

On the whole moving note. It finally hit me today that we are actually moving in 2.5 weeks. On the drive home from aforementioned doctor's appointment, I started crying. I thought I would only use this blog for fun pictures, never to vent my emotions, yet no matter how hard I fight it, I am a member of this "internet generation" and am therefore emoting online. I am thrilled about Raleigh and know the Lord has amazing things in store for us there, yet I am really sad as well. Today it is for some silly & not so silly reasons - I love my OB/GYN; I love our pediatrician; I love our church; I love my hair stylist; of course I love our friends and the fact that I can just walk to most of their apartments; I love being able to walk Bella in the neighborhood in my PJ's and nobody cares; I love that I can talk rap music with some of our college guys and nobody thinks it is weird; I love that I know exactly which aisles to go down at my grocery store for the things I need.

Praise the Lord for being able to miss these things and more. Praise the Lord that Christmas is coming soon and there will be the hands of grandparents, aunts, and uncles who want to hold my child. Maybe I'll even get to go on a run by myself, without the dog and the stroller...I'm not even sure if I would know how to do that...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Turkey Day

We celebrated Thanksgiving by feasting at our house with 2 great families - the Porters and the Andersons. We had yummy food and such a fun time with everyone. Even the 4 kiddos (ages 2, 9 months, and 2 five-month-olds) did well.

The Table

Decision at the Grocery Store: Wine or Flowers?
Answer: Free Centerpiece = Leaves picked up on run that morning :)

The boys with full stomachs

Some of the girls and kids

Always time for a story

Like I said, it was a fabulous day with great much to be thankful for!

Friday, November 23, 2007

We Are Homeowners!! (almost)

Last weekend we traveled to Raleigh and put a contract on a house! We have never felt like such grown-ups. So...we're officially "under contract" or "pending" or whatever the correct term is. Hopefully the inspections go well and we can put an official "sold" sign on the house soon! Our plan is to close December 18th, so the next 3-4 weeks are going to be crazy. One of my (Amy) favorite quotes is..."Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all". I never knew that it would be so applicable to my life.

Here are pictures of our new house. We didn't take any from inside...

Looks like we're definitely going to need to invest in a rake or two.

Here is Redeemer Presbyterian Church - our new church home!

Andy had a birthday while we were there, so we put together a little party for him...complete with singing & cake.

Josiah got to meet Rachel (one of Amy's best friends) for the first time. She is living in Raleigh right now. We can't wait to be close and able to see her more often!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Stronger 2

Here's another video- make sure you wait for the smile at the end...

Stronger 1

I know you're not supposed to let your baby listen to rap music, but Josiah has obviously inherited his mom's taste in music (and her rhythm!).

Thanks to Ames for the Kanye CD for my birthday! Make sure you turn up the volume...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Mimi & Papa came to town

Mimi and Papa (Amy's parents) came to visit us this past weekend. It was so great to see them and they had a lot of fun playing with Josiah. We enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather, I got to go running with my Dad, Andy & I went on 2 - yes, 2! - dates, we took a few naps, fixed my sewing machine...all kinds of great things!

Here they are with their favorite grandson...