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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

More Photos from Colorado

Ok here are a few more photos from the Colorado wedding, not only was the location, Devil's Thumb Ranch, amazing but this couple is gorgeous!  Beautiful people with amazing hearts and so perfectly paired. I LOVE this couple!
  courtesy Laura Murray Photography 
  courtesy Laura Murray Photography 

  Photo courtesy Laura Murray Photography 
 Photo courtesy Laura Murray Photography 
Photo courtesy Laura Murray Photography 

the girl update

CanNOT believe I have a 1 and a 2 1/2 year old... Paisley is walking  running and saying a handful of words. Her personality is really developing and LOVE to watch it unfold. She is timid yet tenacious.  She has these sweet little shy moments where she hides her dainty little face. Had her checkup yesterday... man I HATE those. I cry with them every time they gets shots. I'm a wuss. Along with a hanful of words, Paisley has learned no. Everything is no. She shakes her head for every question, pretty funny. Another funny, at the doctor's office yesterday, she was walking around to people saying "HEY". oh and, she is the messiest eater ever! EVER!
And Wyn... oh Wyn, she is a hot hot mess. Just this morning I rolled over because my alarm went off to see her staring at me. She said "Today it is my happy birthday, I am having a birthday cake, and I get my face dirty and I need a party dress". She is very into storytelling and long runon sentences. She has developed quite an imagination and she loves to tell us stories, along with telling us what to do. She told me this week "I am the momma, I am the boss"- verbatim... Another one of Wyndham's catch phrases is "I love you with Ice Cream" which cracks us up every time, and I don't know where she got that from or where she got the phrase "you don't be fresh" but she has coined both and they will forever be Wyndham-isms.  Oh... and she always says "Yes Ma'am" to dada, I die every time!

Favorite moment of the week: Wyndham came over and squeezed me and sissy around our necks for one of her "bear hugs" and said "Awww, I love you guys!"

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Firecrackers In My Blood

One of the moms from the Proverbs 31 ministry said this week "I'd like
to be a mom who handles mishaps and messes with a graceful, "That's
okay, Dear." But I was born with firecrackers in my blood"

Lawdy Lawdy so was I... my firecracker emotions run deep too. I wish I could always keep my cool, and have one of those calm and collected
responses at all times... instead of allowing my deep flowing
firecracker blood to take charge and have word vomit followed by the
feeling of remorse..... But I realize I have to make the choice to let
the Holy Spirit reign me in. I severly need God's spirit to interrupt
my fleshly tendencies so I can have gentle answers that turn away

I believe that God allows perspective changes that help us to see past
the here and now so that we can see God's truth that sets us free.
God has used an amazing woman in my life recently, she has gone
through a tragic loss, yet somehow she has managed to still have joy.
She has leaned on God and she has allowed Him to carry her through. I am
confident that God puts people in your life like that to give you
perspective, to see what it means to truly rely on Him. Thank you for
the encouragment my sweet friend.

Perspective changes make you go home and hug your babies extra tight,
allow you to truly SEE your blessings and not allow them to blur in with
some the messiness that accompanies life.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Put On Your Party Dress

Wyndham loves a good party dress. Every morning when she wakes up the
first thing out of her mouth is "I want a party dress" accompanied by
her near tear face. And so we put on her party dress and immediately
she is smiling from ear to ear. She is ready to face the day donned
in her party dress. I love how something so sweet and simple makes
her so happy and spirited about her day.

By definition all dresses are party dresses... at least in Wyn's mind :)

Take joy in the small things. Dress for success. More lessons taught to me by my children. They help to open my eyes and teach me daily.

Monday, August 6, 2012

1 year ago today

One of the three best moments of my life, all tied for first. The day I married my love, the day we welcomed sweet Wyndham and the day we became a family of four!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Paisley James 1st Birthday Letter

Sweet Paisley James! In a few short hours you turn one. When I was rocking you to sleep tonight with your sweet little head cradled in my left arm and your chubby little legs tucked around my torso I kept thinking to myself, where has the past year gone??? I have throat embers just thinking about how quickly the past year has gone. I remember one year ago from this night right here I was laying in bed praying for you to arrive, praying that I could just hold you in my arms, see your pretty face and look into those eyes... Just see this little being I'd been growing for the past 14 months (or so it felt)... Kinda thought that wasn't too much to ask considering my due date had come and gone and I was still pregnant.

To say that 'time flies' doesn't give justice to the speed that time has moved this past year. This year has been a crazy but magical year. From the moment we laid eyes on you we were all completely smitten. Safe to say you are dearly loved! Wyn has been a great big sister to you since you arrived; she is a bit rough at times... sorry she is still learning, but to be honest most of the time she is trying to help and keep you save. She loves to tell everyone "this is my sissy and her name is Paisy" and she has been known to get a bit protective of you on occasion. I just about die every night when she says to you "goodnight sissy, you my bess friend". You have a built in best friend. Having the two of you 18 months apart has been a touch crazy here and there but I wouldn't change it one bit!

You are a beauty queen on the outside and beyond amazing on the inside. You are a little timid at times and you like familiar-- so long as mommy, daddy, sissy or Lindsey are with you you're golden. You are a sensitive soul-- to put it lightly. If we tell you no, you cry as if someone stole your bones. You are strong- willed and tenacious; I wholeheartedly believe that those characteristics will serve you well and bring you far in life. You have an impectable memory. Most people say that you favor me, you have my blonde hair, my pointy chin, my brow and my eyes, but I see a lot of your father in there too. The way you hold your mouth- your smirk when you play, your frown when things go south. You have perfected the pouty lip and chin quiver. The way you watch things and your personality definitely favors Daddy.

I think that as you mature you will be very wise and objective. You already are observant and tender and a thinker. I love to watch you observe. You will watch someone do something with an intensity and then get up and mimic it almost exactly (well... almost... as much as can be expected with your newly found walking skills). You love to do anything Wyn does, you follow her around and you don't like her leaving you behind, not in the slightest. The current fav game between you and sis is the curtain game - which consists of the two of you crawling behind the curtain and sitting there laughing for 20 minutes at a time. I love being on the outside of your little jokes. And you are so tender and sweet, I love when you are playing and you will crawl over just to lay your head on me and give me a wet slobbery open mouth peck and then turn around and go about your business of play. And you are patient, Wyn has a little hair fetish, and you let sissy play with your hair, and pull you around like her live baby doll-- that is until you've had enough at which point you let everyone in a surrounding radius of a quarter mile know that you're done by letting out one of your famous high pitched, glass shattering squeals.

If we could describe in 10 words: tenacious, quiet, loving, sensitive, thinker, amusing, timid, mischievous, beautiful and expressive.

I love you to my deepest core my sweet little lamb. I would give you my last breath. I pray for you daily.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Living Hope

Living Hope.  Knowing that we always have a choice.

Inspired by Proverbs 31 Ministry

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Baked French Toast

Best EVER baked french toast. This is a passed down family recipe so you know it's crazy good!

1 French bread cut in thick slices
5 or 6 large eggs
1 c milk
1 c half and half
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ c butter or margarine melted
½ c brown sugar
½ c walnuts ( optional)

1) Butter a 9x13 baking pan then arrange bread to fill pan completely.

2) In bowl mix eggs, milk, cream, cinnamon and vanilla.

3) Mix well and pour over bread

 *For best results cover and refrigerate overnight.
 4) Preheat oven 350
5) In small bowl combine melted butter, nuts and sugar

6) Spread over bread evenly

7) Bake 45 minutes until it is puffed and golden. Enjoy!


Enjoy (:

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