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Want to Know a Secret?

Roses are red violets are blue…we have a secret we want to tell you…(Wow, I will stop myself before this goes too far.  Poetry is not my thing.)  But, we do have something we want to tell you.  It’s about our family.  There are changes on the horizon.  The good changes that make you want to squeal and eat ice cream to celebrate.  The type of changes that means life as you know it will never be the same.

WE ARE PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!!

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Are you squealing?!  I wish I could see your face right now, I’d give you a big huge hug and probably cry (hormones!)

In early January our family of 3 will become a family of 4!  Our little Colby is going to be a big brother and we could not be more thrilled.

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If you see me, know I have not indulged on too many powdered donuts, but instead I am growing a baby…

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Ahh!

Would you pray for us as we continue in this change?  Pray that this precious little one will grow and develop just as the Lord sees fit.  Pray that we would see each moment of raising these littles as a gift.  You could also pray for some additional rest with a busy summer and an energetic toddler.

Can you believe it?!  We are having a baby!!!!!!!

 

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Five Minute Friday- BLUE

Five Minute Friday- Linking up with my sisters hosted by Kate Motaung.  A time to let go of edits and specifics and let the words flow.  Each Friday a new writing prompt is given and the timer is set.  Ready…

GO…

I have been seeing blue since the day the doctor told us you were going to be a boy!  A boy!  My first child, a boy to carry on your family name.  My life changed the day I realized I was carrying you…a precious boy.

Blue began to take over.  We painted your nursery blue.  I searched for bibs, pajamas, hats, you name it…all blue.  I even did the most practical thing I could think of, I purchased blue toenail polish.  After all, if I am going to raise a boy, blue needed to become a regular shade for me.  Each little thing we prepared for you proclaimed that you were going to be a boy!  And you have definitely lived up to the title…

From sweaty feet to skinned knees, you are a boy.  From a desire to wrestle and an incredible tiger growl, you are a boy.  There are few things that make my heart happier than to hear someone say, “Yes, he is all boy!”  (And they say that A LOT about you.)  As the days pass and I am literally watching you grow before my eyes, I am praying for you my sweet boy.

I pray that you learn what it is to be a boy who will one day become a man.

I pray that your strength and determination that I see in such a little body only increases as you grow, you are going to do unstoppable things!

I pray that the Lord surrounds you with men, men who are seeking hard after Him.  Men who know what it is to boldly lead and stand up for the truth (your dad is a pretty great example of this!)

As I watch your daddy lead our family, I see first hand there is nothing easy about the call the Lord places on men.  Know that over these next few years we are going to do our best to teach you.

We want to teach you how to lead with a servants heart.  To be strong and broken all at the same time.  To seek the Lord first and walk obediently in the path where He leads you.

It’s going to be a journey!

Tonight, as I tucked you in bed and covered you with your little blue blanket the prayers continued to flow.  You are our boy and we love that you are ALL BOY!

STOP!

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Wednesday Wrap Up

Colby here…it has been way too long!  On behalf of my mom, my dad, and my whole family, I am sorry.  If I had to describe the past few weeks in one word I would choose, full.  Let me give you some of the highlights:

Camp season has arrived!  Two weeks ago the college staff began to move onto the camp property.  Since they started to come, dad has been very busy and we have been enjoying every minute of it.  I am making so many new friends!  They take me for rides in their golf carts.

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And, there is always somebody playing outside for me to join.

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We are also enjoying “family meals” in the dining hall each lunch and supper with all of our camp family.  I struggle to stay in my high chair because I have so many friends I want to talk with.  And, I cry like a baby (those are my moms words…) when we leave everyone each night.  I can’t help it, it’s just so great to be around so many people!  This Monday starts the first week of camp where students will be here!  This little dude is more than excited.

On the camp note…my Aunt Maggie is a summer staffer this year at the other Crossings property.  AND…her birthday is tomorrow!  I was able to spend a lot of special time with my Aunt Maggie over the past week before camp started and well, she is pretty great.  This is us hanging out on the back of the golf cart before saying goodbye to her for the summer…

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HAPPY 20TH MAGGIE!!

Not only have we had some good family visits recently, my mom had a fun friend visit today.

We went to Louisville to visit one of her very best friends, Beth.  They were super close college buddies and had not seen each other in over two years!  Beth is a preachers wife and well…we have lived in Haiti and now work with camp so our schedules had not worked out to get together for my whole life!  But today was the day!

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I really like Beth.  She was super sweet to let me play with her and mom today.  They talk A LOT.  So, next time they get together I will probably hang out with my dad.  Nothing personal Beth.

From weekend adventures, the start of camp, reunions with friends, and simply trying to take a nap every now and then our life is full.

Don’t worry though, I am doing my best to keep up with it all.  You can bet if there is an party to be had or a reunion to be enjoyed, I will be there!

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Just hanging in my suitcase until the next outing…

Over and Out!

Colbster 😉

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The Graduate

My Sister,

You have been an official college graduate for over 24 hours.  Congratulations!  How does it feel?  I’m sure you could probably sleep for the next two weeks to catch up on all the lost hours of rest leading up to finals.  I know I am needing some serious rest after watching you graduate this weekend.

What a whirlwind of emotions a funny looking square hat and oversized robe can bring your direction when you see it on your little sister.

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My sister who is the queen of silly faces for every picture taken between the age of 4 to current…

My sister who walked through the many stages of music loving with me…Spice Girls, B*Witched, FM Static…we tried it all.

My sister who knew all my secret crushes, and sometimes couldn’t keep them quiet.

My sister who was my personal chaperone when I received my license.  Not just any 6th grade girl can say she used to cruise with her sister in her tahoe…

My sister who has always inspired me by walking to the beat of her own drum and never being scared to try something new.

My sister who trekked through the mountains of Haiti with me, leaving no tooth behind.

My sister whose laugh is contagious.

My sister…a college graduate!  My mind struggles to wrap around how this could even be possible.  I am so proud of you and this awesome accomplishment.  Your journey is so fun to watch.  I am blessed the Lord chose to not only place you in my life as a sister, but a best friend.

The Lord has big things yet to come for you, my sister, and I look forward to cheering you on all the way.

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“I met a girl named Tara, she lived in the heart of America.  She liked black caddies, listened to Puff Daddy, danced until her legs were sore…” -FM Static, Definitely Maybe.

While you catch up on your rest, you should definitely search FM Static on YouTube, I never knew how cool we were for loving them so.

 

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Five Minute Friday- MEET

Five Minute Friday- Linking up with my sisters hosted by Kate Motaung.  A time to let go of edits and specifics and let the words flow.  Each Friday a new writing prompt is given and the timer is set.  Ready…

GO…

We have had two pretty substantial moves in our married life up to this point.  The type of moves where you pack up from the routine and move into some big unknowns.  The moves that consisted of way too many tears and “see you laters…”  The moves that placed you in the, often uncomfortable, new kid in town stage.  The moves where you better be ready and willing to meet new people because the old are not coming with you.

These two transition periods in our married life have been so abundantly covered by the Lords grace.  Our move to Haiti was a stretch, but the people we were able to meet in that beautiful country will be in our lives forever.  Our return to the states, although a familiar location, has been another opportunity for us to meet all sorts of new people.  In fact, today alone, I had the blessing of meeting up with a new friend from church and working to build our relationship and this evening saying some “see you laters…” to a sweet friend from college as she plans a move next week.  Oh the circle of life…

In the midst of exciting new relationships, and tears over distance in the old, I am reminded that for the rest of our lives we will be in the business of meeting.

What season of meeting are you in today?

I feel I am slowly climbing out of the new kid in town stage.  And as I leave this awkward, I don’t even know anyone in this new place season, there are a few things I  hope to always remember…

I want to remember how great it felt to have someone seek me out to say hello.  I hope to always be aware of the “new” people the Lord brings around me and be the first to speak.  They are reaching out enough by simply coming around, I want to be the smile that let’s them know I’m glad they did.

I want to remember how nice it is to have someone help me navigate the unfamiliar without me having to ask.  A simple tour of the town, or introduction to some new people  is a game changer.  No one wants to feel silly and ask for directions or have to wonder if everyone around them know everyone else.  A little help goes a long way.

I want to remember how sweet it is to have someone love on my kid.  New environments are hard.  The whole family feels a bit displaced.  So, to have my child happy because someone is intentional in playing with them and giving me a moment to take in everything around me is…HUGE!

For those of you we have been privileged to meet over these past few months, THANK YOU!  Y’all have taught me a lot and loved us well.  I may be ready to give up my new kid status, but I’m not ready to stop meeting new people.

STOP!

 

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