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Who Do You Miss?

I know all of us have people in our lives that we love dearly who are far away from us geographically. That sucks sometimes…

I just wanted to let them know how much I love them and miss them –

  • Stephanie – my oldest and very dear friend. Who would have thought that 700 miles and 20 years later we would still be as close as we are? You make me so happy and I am grateful for your friendship. I am so glad that you are my babies’ “faffy” and my best friend…
  • Mindy – you have become like a sister to me and I am confident that God put us together so many years ago because He knew what you would have to go through. I am amazed by what He has done in you and in me as I have watched you deal with horrific circumstances. I love you more than you know…
  • Sarabess – I knew when we met at that youth camp year ago that there was purpose in it. You have become my sounding board and my confidant – what would I do without you? We have got to do something about only seeing each other every 5 years, though…
  • Kirstie – we are separated by so much more than miles. I will never understand why God took you from us so early in your life, but I know He is sovereign and I trust Him still. You are so dear to me – you were an amazing mom, wife, friend and daughter of the King and you are missed so much.
  • Pops and Mama Reba – I have learned so much from you. I learned from you that there is a proximity to the anointing and I am so grateful for having the opportunity to be close to you both. What I have gained from you is invaluable to me and I pray that God gives me the chance to continue to learn from you as I watch you follow after Him.

There are more – so many more – but this is enough for today.

Who do you miss?


Monday Morning Brain Dump

  • I just realized that my friends, Mute Math, have a song on the Twilight album! You can hear it on their myspace page. I think that’s so amazing – they are some of my favorite musicians on the planet. 🙂
  • Yesterday’s service was great. I love worshiping with my team – especially when all the gadgets work like they’re supposed to.
  • I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already here! This is my favorite holiday and I’m really looking forward to stuffing myself and then going to see a movie with the fam. We’re going to see Bolt this year – Reagan’s gonna love it!
  • I wish I could pay someone to come drag all of the holiday decor out of the attic and put it all up for me. I love to have it up but I don’t love going through all of that mess.
  • I am not addicted to sweet tea. I could stop anytime I wanted to.
  • I went into Starbucks yesterday and the lady in line behind me forgot she had a ridiculously huge purse strapped to the front of her and she kept bumping into me in line. I had to work very hard to not give her the look – I did good and you would all be very proud of me. 🙂 I was happy to have my salted caramel hot chocolate. (Don’t be jealous, Mandy – I know how much you love them!)
  • I’m thankful for my family – they’re amazing.

What are you thankful for this week?


Sunday Night Brain Dump

  • I went out to the grocery store tonight with Rylee – made a quick stop at Starbucks first and then headed over to Fresh Market. I was dressed in Sunday afternoon nap attire and had crazy afro nap hair and then Rylee spit up all over me right before we walked into the store. Of course, I walked right by this little skinny 20 something year old with her skinny jeans, ah-may-zing boots and Louis Vuitton handbag. Her hair was perfect and I just wanted to go crawl in a hole somewhere. 🙂
  • I need some girl time
  • I love my church. It was a great day today – a great crowd, good worship and an awesome word from dad.
  • We went to the fair again last night. It was cooooold.
  • GAFA danced at the Latino festival yesterday. The group before us was a really bad religious drama that included the devil (in a red cape, devil horns, a pitch fork and bad stage makeup), a hooker, drug dealer, a pimp and Jesus (with flowing robe, bad brown wig and fake beard). The drug dealer actually used real cigarettes that he was really smoking (that was the only awesome part)… it was the epitome of bad church drama.
  • There will be a really cool blog post tomorrow morning – so be sure to come by and check it out! I can’t wait!

Fair Fun

Every Halloween, a bunch of from church get together and go to the fair…it’s so much fun! There’s no one there – everyone else is out trick or treating… We had a great time – here are a few pics…

Ummmm…So, Reagan kind of freaked out halfway down the slide. But then he got up and rode all the big kid, scary rides anyway. I, on the other hand, wanted to throw up just watching him stand in line to ride the spider.

Rylee and her Papa…

Reagan and his friend, Ethan – they rode this about 10 times, I think.

Reagan with his cousins, Gabriel, Noah and Adam and his friends, Ethan and Caleb.

Rylee hung out in her stroller until it was sleepy time – she’s just so darn cute I couldn’t resist putting this one in here.

What did you all do last night?


Monday Afternoon Football

Don had to work the weekend, so he’s off for the next two days. We were supposed to clean out the garage but we ended up in the back yard playing football. Rylee was the cheerleader and I was the media..


My Little Girl

Everyone told me that the first child always has more “photo shoots” and I didn’t believe them. But it’s true…I have about a million pictures of Reagan but I’ve fallen waaaaay behind on documenting the little girlie.

So – after Rylee’s bath today I put her in her first little pink tutu and started snapping away. (tee hee!)


She’s Just A Bit Different…

So, my 3 year old, Reagan, was the perfect baby. He was sleeping through the night by 8 weeks and practically jump into the crib at night ready to go to sleep. I swaddled him – tightly – until he was 10 months old and he LOVED it – he would stop crying immediately when I would pull the blanket out and start to wrap him up. He’s always been a great napper and still rarely gives me any fuss about sleeping 2-3 hours every afternoon.

Now I have this amazing little baby girl. Rylee is 13 weeks old and I CAN NOT figure her out! (of course…she’s a girl!) Now, I do have to say that most parents would still think I have a little angel on my hands – she consistently sleeps from 8-4ish every night, gets up to eat and then goes back down for a couple more hours. But lately she’s been going a little nutty on me. I think I’ve created a monster with the swaddling thing. She is much more strong willed and stubborn than Reagan ever was. She’s been getting out of her swaddle a lot and so now I’m trying to put her down for naps and bedtime without it. Yea – we’ll see how that goes.

Hey moms and dads out there – any advice for me? How did you get your babies to sleep through the night consistently?


Grammy Comes To Visit

Don’s mom came for a visit over the weekend. This is the first time she has met little Rylee and we are so glad she was able to get away for a few days. We had a great time hanging out together and letting her love on her grand babies. I couldn’t resist posting a few pictures from the weekend…

OK – so this last one doesn’t really have anything to do with Grammy’s visit but I just couldn’t resist it. Reagan said he was a “Diaper Ninja”. HAHAHA – I love my boy. 🙂


Caught in the Act

Reagan started gymnastics class last week. I don’t know if he got off to a great start or not… These pictures were taken right as his class was beginning – in this order….

At least he felt bad about it…. 🙂


What Am I Doing To My Son?

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