Thursday, April 28, 2011

No Words

I have no words to describe to y'all the devestation that has damaged our state. For any of you that read my blog or just so happen to come across it by accident I ask that you PLEASE be in prayer for all of the families that have been affected by these tornado's.

Clay's aunt and uncle completely lost there home yesterday. I can't even begin to describe what the aftermath looked like. I also have several friends whose families were also affected.

This is a picture of my father-in-law and sister-in-law trying to salvage what was left.

This is a picture of the tornado that went through Tuscaloosa. Clay and I actually saw this picture on TV.

These are just some of many that we have seen online and on the news. In 29 years I haven't seen anything this heartbreaking. I have been in tears all day thinking about all these families and what they have lost and just being thankful that I still have a home to go to.

I don't know the Lord's plan in all of this, but I continue to praise HIM and glorify Him during this time as well as our families and friends.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter 2011

We had an amazing Easter! We are so blessed to be surrounded by so many people we love and that loves us. The weather was gorgeous and overall it was a perfect day!

We woke up Sunday morning with a visit from the Easter bunny. Both of my boys got visits this year. Ha! I fixed orange rolls for Clay and I for breakfast... those are mine and Clay's favorite. They are the ones out of the can. Love them! And Bryson had eggs (those seem to be his favorite right now) and a strawberry pop-tart.

As soon as Bryson saw his basket he hit the floor running. And he literally took out every single item to examine it. Such a man! Ha!

This was his basket before he tore into it. He got a coloring book, new crayons, strawberry marshmallows, bite size oreo cookies, sesame street book, new pajama's, and eggs filled with scooby doo fruit snacks.

I forgot to take a picture of Clay's basket. He got a new Auburn tag for the front of his truck, snickers and m&m's, and a National Championship magnet to put on his truck. He's been asking for one for the last few months so I thought I would add one of those in.

After breakfast we headed out to church. For Easter service they let all kids 0 to kindergarten stay in the nursery at the new campus. We usually have to take Bryson to the old campus because they don't have the room to put all the kids in yet. So it was nice to be able to all be at the same church for Easter, even if Bryson was downstairs.

The worship service was amazing as always. And of course I was tearing up after the second song. I can't begin to tell ya'll how much I enjoy our church, the worship leaders, the choir, and our pastor. You can always feel the presence of Jesus when you are there.

This year we went over to my father-in-law's house for lunch. My mother-in-law made lasagna and of course it was yummy! The whole family was there and it was good to get to see everyone.

This was a picture of Bryson opening his Easter basket from Nana and Pawpaw. I couldn't believe he tried on his Mickey Mouse sunglasses!

Owen, Nana, Bryson, and Pawpaw

I was SO excited when I found out that they were going to let Bryson and Owen hunt for eggs. We didn't go to an Easter egg hunt this year, so I was really hoping someone in our family would have eggs to hunt. :)

Owen is already trying to take some steps. I can't believe he is already 10 months old. We'll be celebrating his first birthday soon!

Doesn't that little boy look adorable in those plaid shorts and sweater vest. When I was putting on his clothes yesterday, I started screaming (literally) with excitement because he looked so darn cute! Ha!

These eggs had m&m's, cotton candy, and marshmallow circus peanuts in them. And in true Bryson fashion, once he figured out the ones with the m&m's in them he would open them up and start eating them.

Later we headed over to my parent's house to visit and hunt for eggs there too.

This is my sister! She adores Bryson. She and her three girls gave him an Easter basket filled with a football, baseball and bat, soccer ball, and basketball. Some sort of nerf rock launcher and a bubble machine. Clay and I joked at how Easter would end up being Bryson's favorite holiday because of all the stuff he got. But on a serious note, I'm wanting to purchase the resurrection eggs for next year. It's so nice that our families do so much for Bryson, but I feel like it's mine and Clay's job to teach him the real reason why we celebrate this beautiful holiday!

The hunt was on for eggs at my parents house. Some of the eggs were filled with change and there was even a golden egg, which of course Bryson found thanks to some help from his Grandmama, with $10! What happened to the days of plain old boiled, dyed eggs?

Pawpaw, Grandmama, and Bryson

I wasn't able to get a picture of my brother and sister-in-law. But I was so excited to get to see them. I wish so badly that we lived closer and could see them more often. My SIL is amazing and so much fun to be around. I know I've said this before, but I CAN'T WAIT for the day when they have children of their own :)

Our final stop was to Gigi and Pop's house. Bryson was a trooper the entire day. But as ya'll can tell, we were down to just our shorts by the end of the day!

This was him stuffing ice cream cake in his mouth :)

Bryson and Mimi

Again, I can't tell ya'll how much of a wonderful day we had! I want to leave ya'll with this video of Matt Maher's song Christ has Risen...I've heard it alot on the radio and we sang it today in church. Such a powerful song and perfect for this Easter Sunday...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter


We hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter day! Praise God for this beautiful weekend and for what his Son did on the cross.

Jesus is Risen today!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Oh, I Love the Bunny!

The bunny, the bunny, oh, I love the bunny!!!
This will be one of those pictures that I'll bribe Bryson about when he's older. Ha!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

21 Months


you are 21 months old today!
Let's see what you've been up to these days...

You are weigh about 28lbs and I'm not sure exactly how tall you are, but you have shot up over the last month.

You still wear size 18 months in shorts and pants, but everything else is 24 months or 2T.

You wear a size 6 shoe

You aren't very interested in your toys - you would rather be outside! You will walk around in the yard just to be walking. You also like to climb up and down the steps on the porch. And you love peeking your head through the rails and playing peek-a-boo!

You love to sit in your chair in the living room and read to yourself. You will pick up everyone of your books and go through each one. I love that you enjoy reading (well it's not actual reading, but ya'll get the point). I hope it continues when you get older.

This week you've started letting me rock you before bedtime again. I have to admit that I'm in heaven! I've missed this time with you so much. You will let me sing to you and pray over you. I hope this will continue for just a little while longer.

You have the best personality! You can make us laugh all the time with some of the things you say and do. You are so funny!

Your vocabulary is soaring. You are repeating everything we say and learning new words every day. You can also count to ten now. You are very smart!

Your morning routine is pretty much the same. You will wake us up talking or calling out for us. We get you up with Mickey Mouse and blankie in hand. You will watch whatever is on Disney Junior at that time. You are loving that new show Jake and the Neverland Pirates. When you get ready to eat you will go over to your highchair and point and say "up" or "eat." Breakfast has become your biggest meal of the day.

You have a bit of a temper when you don't get your way. Bless your heart you get it from both sides. We are working on it though. We have started time out which seems to be working right now. I'll let you know how it goes over the next few months.

I can't believe you are almost TWO years old! Where has the time gone? You are such a sweet little boy and I can't wait to see the man that you become. I am SO proud to be your mama. I couldn't imagine my life without you in it. You have blessed my life more than you could now. I love you very much!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Party

Bryson had his Easter party at MDO today. I had an appointment that was supposed to be scheduled for today, but it fell through so I was excited that I got to go. I can't tell y'all how much I LOVE Bryson's MDO. All of the teachers are wonderful and Bryson's teacher Mrs. Ashley is amazing! I just adore her and hope that just maybe she'll get to move up with his class!

There are only 5 kids in his class. Two boys and 3 girls. And they were all so precious.

Ashley was telling me that this class really is the best. She kept complementing on how they play so good and are very well behaved.

I think Bryson was surprised when I walked in the door. And he was so good while I was there. He was showing me all the toys in his class.

I rarely get to see him around other kids. I'm really happy I was able to be a part of this little moment in his life. I know he won't remember, but this was really special for me.

This sweet girl and Bryson would never get in this tunnel. They were so funny. They would take turns looking through it, but never climbed in.

They had an Easter egg hunt before lunch. I can't believe I forgot to take a picture of his basket and 4 little eggs he found. I hope he can do better than that on Sunday. Ha!

These times are so special and are the days I will always remember. It's during this time I'm thankful for the job I have. Even though it can be difficult to work 7 straight nights in a row, I get to be off with my sweet baby for 7 straight days and experience all of these wonderful memories.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Glorious Day!

I heard this song today..."Glorious Day" by Casting Crowns. You may have heard it before. It brings me to tears says it all about what our Lord sacrificed for us.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Water for Elephants

So I finally finished up Water for Elephants this last week. It took me a while to get in to... started out kinda' slow for me. But I think I ended up reading the last 250 pages in 2 1/2 days. It was getting so good towards the end that I couldn't put it down.

The only thing I could have done without was the bad language. But in all fairness to Sara Gruen, that was probably how people talked back in those days. She really did a beautiful job writing this novel. And I would have to put this in with one of my top ten favorite books of all time.

I am also excited about the upcoming movie. Staring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. The movie trailer makes everything look so magical! Can't wait til next Friday :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Weekend with Pawpaw and Grandmama

My parents were so sweet to keep Bryson for the weekend so Clay and I could spend some time together. This is the first time Bryson has ever spent the night away for this long. After agreeing to it I couldn't believe I said yes! Ha!

My mom texted me the entire weekend to let me know how things were going. And of course he was an angel! But aren't all kids angels when their away from their parents?

Here are a few pictures from their weekend...

They took Bryson to one of the local parks in our areas. I was actually kinda' glad they took him to this particular one because I am hoping to have his birthday party here. I couldn't believe this picture when I got it. I have never been able to get Bryson on the swing.

He looks like such a BIG boy on the slide. I really can't believe how fast he's growing up!

Bryson and his Pawpaw

He got to bathe in my parents new bath tub. Oh how I wished this tub would have been around when I lived at home. Ha!!

Of course they went shopping and Bryson came home with a load of clothes and shoes. They even got to take him to my old home church today and I know my mom was loving it. She's been asking me literally since the day he was born when she would be able take him.

I can't believe I didn't take one single picture of mine and Clay's weekend. We didn't do an awful lot. We had dinner last night at Olive Garden and skipped out on the movie and came home to watch Inception with leonardo dicaprio and we didn't get 45 minutes into it and had to turn it off because we were so tired. I guess that's what happens when you've been married for almost 5 years and have a 1 1/2 year old. Ha! But I wouldn't trade these days for anything!

Thanks mom and dad for keeping Bryson and letting Clay and I sleep in. We love you!!!

Monday, April 4, 2011


Not alot going on today. I finished my work week up this morning. Yay!! I always love every other Monday. Because I know I'm going to get to spend an entire week with my baby, loving on him and spoiling him a little too much. I'm really beginning to feel the effects of working night shift since having Bryson. I stay ALOT more tired than I use too. But right now this is what is working best for our family.

This picture cracks me up! Bryson was in full blown sprint mode today. Can y'all tell he was excited to get to school this morning?

MDO has been such a blessing for us. Bryson is in love with his teachers and they are in love with him. He has grown and learned so much just in the last 3 months.

I've been going back and forth on what outfit to get Bryson for Easter. I wanted to put him in a shortall again this year since I figured this would be the last year I could get away with it, but he also looks SO adorable in sweater vests. This one is from Old Navy and I thought some little brown sandals would be cute with it.

And of course we have to coordinate! This is the one time during the year that we all three match in some way. I've been shopping around the last few weeks and have found a few cute dresses, but I can't seem to commit to one. I hope to have one picked out and purchased by the end of the week.

Well March Maddness has been complete maddness this year. Both mine and Clay's brackets are so bad, I don't think Clay even added up our scores because we had so many losses. I'm not really pulling for Butler or UCONN. So far it's been a low scoring game. Oh, well...there's always next year.

Happy Monday!

Friday, April 1, 2011

All About My Church

This week Kelly's Korner started back SUYL Fridays! It's been a long time since I participated...probably because I don't ever feel like I really have anything to share. Ha! But this week is all about your church!! Like Kelly and so many others said...I LOVE my church!

Clay and I have both grown up in Southern Baptist Churches our entire lives. I started attending Gardendale First Baptist in Gardendale, AL after moving back home from college. And not long after I knew this is where God wanted me. I've been a member for over 7 years and shortly before Clay and I got married he joined. This church has completely changed our lives for the better and I can't imagine being anywhere else!

One thing I had to get used to was how large the church is (over 2000 members). But our pastor always reminds us that "the key to a large church is small groups!" Oh, how true that is! I can't tell y'all what our Sunday School class has meant to us. That is where I've made my lifelong friendships. And over the last few years we have become a real close group. We are all raising our kids together (who are all very close in age) in hopes they will all become best friends one day :) These girls have been there for me during the latter part of my infertility journey and they are all such GODLY women who I love and cherish.

I love our pastor. He is amazing and preaches without fear and doesn't care about being "politically correct." Our music leader is wonderful and does a tremendous job leading each week. And I LOVE that every Sunday we affirm the importance of scripture by raising our Bibles in the air and committing to use them in our daily lives. We have an amazing children, youth, and college program. The leaders in these areas have a heart for children and young people. They invest so much of their time and talents to help rear them in the right direction.

I could go on and on about how much I love my church. And I'm sure so many of you feel the same way about yours. But, if you are ever around the Gardendale area we would love to have you visit.

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