I was born and raised in Raleigh, NC and I married an incredible man, Larry eight years ago! Larry stays busy as a pastor here in Raphine, VA and I stay busy lovin' on and taking care of our two kids, Mariah (2) and Justus (4 months) that God has graciously given us.
When I'm not changing diapers, giving baths or playing Ring Around the Rosy, I like grabbing my camera and snapping a few pictures. After the kids have been tucked in for the night, I pull out my computer and edit like crazy. My passion is to capture our stories of every day life... and yours too!
Wow! I realized it's been forever since I blogged and goodness so much has happened! The kids have grown SO much! Mariah turned 4 in October and Justus turned 2 in November. We moved into our new house back in June and we are absolutely in love with it. We are so grateful for it. It's SO nice to have the space, especially when people come to stay!
Mariah started K4 in September. We use A Beka video. She's really enjoying and has learned a lot! She can count to 50, has learned 11 verses and is writing in cursive. She has really matured a lot since school started. She's definitely not a toddler anymore!
We are spending Christmas in Raleigh this year. It's been 3 years since being here for the holidays. I hope your Christmas is special! I will try and keep more updates this upcoming year! We are so thankful for how good God has been to us!! Here are a few pictures from the past few months!
We had our pictures taken in November and I couldn't be more thrilled with them! Here are just a few:
Wow goodness so much has happened since I last blogged!! But I'm just jumping on really quick to share this photo of my kids. We've had lots and lots of snow. It's been beautiful! A lot of it will melt this week as we are getting up in the 60's! Wow!
Whew I have missed a few days so I'm playing catch up! This past weekend Justus had strep. HORRIBLE, horrible for such a small one. In the middle of all of it, he stopped sucking his thumb. Naturally you would think that's a good thing, but not when he's sick!! It hurt his throat so bad to suck it he wouldn't touch it. So after he started getting better his sleep patterns were off and he wouldn't suck his thumb. Rough few days after he started getting better but today he started sucking it again and all is good! We'll worry about weaning him when it's the right time, LATER down the road. Like waaay later:)
Today I was washing dishes and Mariah looked over and said "Mom are you making it rain?" A three year old's mind is like a sponge. Everything is new, she's learning so much and trying to make sense of everything around her.
I know what she was thinking-we sing the song "The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock" a lot when she's in the tub and when we get to the part "the rains came down and the floods came up" she makes it rain with the tub water. So wouldn't' I make it rain with the dish water? :)
Ever since I can remember Mariah has always "plugged in" (putting her finger in her belly button) around nap time and bed time. I joke and say that she's going to be on her honeymoon, drinking her milk and "plugged in".
Today while I was out, Mariah watched a Curious George with Larry and George built a wagon. So Mariah built one too. I came home and she couldn't wait to show me. How hideously perfect is this???! One.proud.mom.
Right in the middle of posting this last night, our internet went down, but here's day 2!
"Beautiful" is what her daddy calls her. Why? Since moving here we have realized how so many girls/women put their security in boys/men. We always want mariah to feel secure not only in us but most of all, in Christ. She is beautiful, no matter what. Today she wanted to put on her Elsa gown and I snapped this photo as she was twirling around and singing "I'm Beautiful" (a song randomly make up:)
Last year I wanted to start the photo a day challenge but knew with Justus being so small and still getting use to having two kiddos it wouldn't happen. This year I am not promising there will be one every day but I would love the challenge! So here's the first one. Justus is SO close to walking. He'll take a step or two here and there but then that's it. His new thing is to walk on his knees and he LOVES it! He's so proud of himself and it cracks us up!
Whaaaat?? Totally can't believe he is a one year old! We had a small celebration on his birthday. He ended up running a fever and having a sore throat so we didn't do a whole lot but when we head to NC for Thanksgiving we will be having a mini birthday party for him! Happy FIRST birthday sweet, handsome miracle. We love you and are so so thankful for you sweet self!
Our Halloween this year was different from the past two. We didn't dress up this year! We have been so busy with the house and our church didn't do a trunk or treat, instead we planned a harvest party only to end up canceling it because of bad weather. So this is as dressed up as they got!
We started on the house a little over a month ago and things are going so well! We are really excited! We sold our townhouse in Northern Virginia back in August and then we broke ground in September. We are hoping to be moved in by March if everything goes as planned. The house should be under roof by next week.
Justus turns 1 a week from today!!! whaaaaaaaat?? So hard to believe!! We are so in love with this big guy I just can't believe it was a year ago he joined our family!
MawMaw flew in for two weeks and just left us this past Thursday to go back home to FL. We loved having her. She came and canned all of our green beans and we got around 50 pints! Not as much as last year as we waited to long to pick these with our crazy busy lives it just didn't work out to get them any sooner. But we're thankful for what we got! We also had our VBS while she was here and had such an awesome week!
Of course Justus room was not even painted when he arrived, we did have Mariah moved out but that was as far as we had gotten. So, here we are eight months later and it's finally finished! Granted, it's been finished for about a month but I'm just now getting around to taking pictures.
Bedding is from Pottery Barn kids. I love their line of bedding and always have!
Justus turned 8 months on our anniversary! He's just what you see in these pictures. Fun, HAPPY oh my goodness he is so happy! He's an easy baby I'm afraid he's spoiled me. I'm hoping the next one is as easy as he is although the process of getting him here wasn't easy!
I love you big boy! You bring so much fun into our family and I really don't remember what it was like not having your sweet smiling face around our house!
It's been eight years ago that Larry and I said "I do." This time he's all the way in Trinidad on a missions trip and I'm in NC at my parent's house! So we celebrated before we went our separate ways. I love him and every day am amazed that God gave such an incredible man to me. I can honestly say we don't fight, sure we disagree on things from time to time but he's so wise in handling disagreements and I know it comes from God, so I trust him and know that he always wants best for our family. I don't say that to brag, Larry's done a lot of work on me LOL!! God's done a incredible work on us!!
I pray that God blesses each of our children with a spouse like mine. I pray their love for Christ is like their dad's. May they see our love for one another and want a marriage like ours.
Two and a half years ago when we were moving to Raphine, we put our house up for rent. It was on the market I believe no longer than a week (but I think it was 3 days). Larry left to go on a missions trip to Papua New Guinea and I was in NC. I got a call from Kent saying we had a renter! So I signed the paperwork and he's been the best renter you could ever ask for! Now just this past week, we put it on the market to sell and two days later, Larry leaves for Trinidad and we get a full price offer! I signed the contract and we close next month. I'm telling this because I believe both times God provided a renter/buyer for us because Larry has such a willing heart for missions. No I don't believe God is calling us to the field but Larry's love for foreign missions is HUGE. I know our Pastor from our previous church had a huge impact on us in that area and I'm so grateful for that.
Happy 8 years Larry!!! I love you more than ever!!
Last year we planted five blueberry bushes. Larry's uncle told him a specific kind to order so we did and they did absolutely squat! This year a few of them are producing and they were finally big enough and blue enough to pick. So yesterday Mariah and Larry got to do the first picking which Larry has been looking forward to this all week since he's leaving tonight for camp with the teens. Here's a picture of them!
Our garden is doing great this year. I will admit, I haven't had anything to do with it :P With two kids it's pretty hard to get out in the garden and work in it. Larry's done a great job though!
Having a little bed head while gardening never hurts! LOL
Things have been going so well at our church. A year ago we voted on an assistant pastor and we love him and his family so much. John is such a huge help to Larry. Now we have decided to take the next step and hire a youth pastor! We are excited about this opportunity as we begin the search.
Some other exciting news is that we are starting the process of building a house. Since we have been here we have lived in the parsonage which is owned by the church. Last April we bought a piece of land in hopes that one day we would be able to build our own home. We are so excited about this!! There are so many decisions to make but it's been fun looking at housing plans etc. It feels like yesterday my parents were building their house and I was 13 years old then! So I remember a lot of the process. My biggest request is that it's a one level home. I'm so tired of running up and down the stairs with kids and not having a bathroom in the basement. It took a little convincing Larry to keep it a single story but we will have a basement with bathrooms downstairs which will be nice.
Right now we have put our townhouse up for sale in NOVA. We've had such a wonderful renter the past two years but the market has slowly crept back so we are good to sell and not lose $$ on it!
As things progress I will post pictures but summer is here and it's that crazy time of year. Larry leaves for camp on Sunday and my mom is coming to spend a few days with us then in early July he leaves for our missions trip in which I will go to NC during that time and spend it with my parents. Before you know it, it'll be fall-my absolute favorite time of year:)