Wednesday, December 15, 2010

snapshots of our week

Nini took some pics of us for Christmas. Here are a few previews...

Ellie's new favorite thing. Her tooth finally popped through and she loves feeling it!

Nini teaching me to wear a hat

Pulling up on everything (and sporting velour)

Chillaxin after a nap

Snow (to us) in Birmingham

Daddy and Ellie "getting ready" for church

Cheering on the Bucs with Uncle Drew

Playing at Nini's house

Following Mommy everywhere

Loving on Daddy after a bath
Taking baths in the big tub now and loving it

Getting ready for Christmas

lunch with Daddy at school
Can't get enough of her tree.. love that little nose!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Note to self: You really do care

It all started this morning when I began freaking out about the Christmas card picture for this year... It is the 13th of December, I have no Christmas card picture or card, and this is Ellie's first Christmas. This is supposed to be the best card. We have to have the perfect picture that shows all of our friends and relatives how happy we are and how adorable Ellie is, right? I was really beginning to stress out because time is running out. I was really getting anxious about all of this. Then, I stopped, thought about it, and asked myself, "Self, why do you care so much about this?" Will it effect Ellie or Eric or anyone for that matter? No. So, what's the deal?? It hit me...

I really do care...

About what you all think about me...

I hesitated writing this post, because, I am not really sure who all reads this blog and it is kind of scary to put yourself out there. But, in an effort to be genuine and trying not to spend life hiding behind the fear of transparency, I'll press on...

I hate to say it, but I kind of prided myself on the idea that I didn't care. That I wasn't afraid to go against the grain, do my own thing, go against the flow. You get me? But, I realize that there is still a big part of me, even though I am in my mid-twenties (wayyyy past all that high school peer pressure, try to be cool stuff) a wife and a mom, that still worries about an image and wants people to think of me in a certain way.

I know it doesn't matter. Or at least it shouldn't matter. But, I let it. I know my identity is in the Lord and His view of me is what does matter. Yet, I am still a sinful person living in a fallen world struggling with the same old things day after day. Will I ever not really care?? Probably not.

But, for now, I'll be me (as much as I can be since I am still trying to figure out who that really is) and you be you.

Thanks for letting me get that out there. It's a bit easier to work through things when you actually stop and think about what needs working through. You feel me?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Some Favorite Things

Somethings that have made life a little sweeter lately...

  • Having our house decorated!!! My sweet husband is the man! I went out for a friend's bday and came home to lights on the tree (which I dread and takes me forever), the outside of the house lit up, the mantle decorated, stockings hung, and the Nativity set up! He even taught Ellie to just point to the ornaments, and not pull them! (We'll see how long that lasts...)
  • Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer!!! YUM!

  • The Josh Groban Christmas CD

  • Cold weather- Being from FL, I usually dread it, but it makes things seem more Christmas-y

  • Celebrating Advent- this is the first Christmas that we really ever have. We are trying to include more traditions in our family that point Ellie to Christ.

  • Which leads me to these 2 books- This one is called Treasuring God in Our Traditions and has really challenged me to be more intentional with the things we do as a family. And, I just got this book for Eric and I to read together this month. It called Come Thou Long Expected Jesus and is a collection of Advent readings by really great authors.

  • Projects! Kelly moved out about a month ago so I have been working on our craft/play/guest room. Last night I painted the walls while E coached a game. I can't wait to finish and show y'all!

  • Almost 10 month old babies! This has been the most fun age. I think that every month, but Ellie has been so happy, animated, and learning/doing all kinds of funny new things.

  • Pictures... sadly our nice camera is in the shop... again. I never knew how much I loved that thing. I saved up for a long time to get it and it is worth every penny! A sweet friend has lent me a camera so I now can take pictures again. So here are a few...

  • Love Christmas PJ's

    Decorating her tree

    Ellie loves to wear and make bracelets out of everything.
    Ellie getting her first tree. I should add that it is the biggest tree ever. My idea of getting the tree is finding the biggest one in our price range color. That I did. I think it must have been tagged wrong... It takes up half the living room and drinks at least 3 cups of water a day.

    Getting Christmas cards is another favorite thing! This is where they hang out!
    Burlap is another favorite thing. I am obsessed with it. Want to make curtains, pillows, bed skirts out of it.

    Ellie has really gotten into books. I almost teared up the other day. We were all sitting on the floor and Ellie went over, picked up this book, and flipped through every page super fast like it was no big deal. I know, I know... but she is getting so big.

    Wednesday, December 1, 2010


    "Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him tell of all His wondrous works! Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His presence continually!" 1 Chron. 16

    I feel full. So full. Taking the time to really think about all that the Lord has blessed us with is overwhelming and humbling. Overwhelming because there are so many good things that He has given to me, things I often overlook in discontentment because I want more of this or that. Humbled because I don't deserve His goodness, not even a little, yet He is so gracious anyway.

    I love Thanksgiving for this. It reminds me to stop and remember, to look back at what the Lord has done, and is doing today. To give thanks.

    For a husband, best friend, source of much laughter, personal weatherman, and solid rock.

    For such a happy, active, make me laugh, healthy little girl!

    My family, some of my best friends, and most supportive people I know (we missed you daddy!)

    More family we love and wish we could have been with them (well, we were via skype!)

    A home that's warm, cozy, and feels like us.

    All of our needs our met, we have more than enough...

    "More" Ellie has been learning to sign a little. This was her response after Kelly gave her her first (massive) bight of mashed potatoes.

    Thankful for "firsts" (Kelly and Drew's first Thanksgiving as a family and Ellie's first ever) and for a new "brother"!