Month: February 2009

My sweet 2 year old!

 - by emaroo

I realized that I never blogged about Jack’s birthday.  We had a wonderful time and are so excited to have a sweet, LOVING, funny, smart, pottying 2 year old running around!

I really can’t say enough about Jack’s loving heart.  He just exudes love for his family, his friends and God.  He loves to smother everyone in hugs and kisses and LOVES to pray.  God has truly touched his heart and I am in awe daily at how that love shines from him.

We threw Jack a small family and close friends party on Valentines day and I think he had a great time!  We decided to keep it small this year for many reasons, mostly finances and my dwindling energy level.  As a result we had a very low-key but super fun party! 

Jack is in love with “Choo-Choo Trains” so we were sure to have a “choo-choo” cake which he still talks about!  We were so happy to have his Gamma, Aunt Anna, Papa, Juju, Aunt Liz and Uncle Brian, Aunt Gina and Uncle Jason, Great Aunt Mimi (GAM), Geneva, Bree, Nicole and many of their sweet kids join us.  Luckily the weather was pretty nice so we were able to take the party out side as well!

Enjoy some pics!




 - by emaroo

I have never really tried to give something up for Lent before.  I don’t know why, I just haven’t really thought about it.  However, this year…I really am feeling called to make a change in our lives and marriage.  So, I thought first about what to give up and realized that the one thing that gets in the way of our family time, marriage and work life the most is probably online forums and Facebook.  I only read one regularly but Alan reads many.  We both spend too much time on FB either at work or at home when we need to be spending that time focused on our jobs or together, as a family.  Alan and I argue about how much he uses his lap top and we often say we don’t “have time” to do things we need to do when really, we are wasting time online.  I just didn’t feel like that was the best use of our lives and gifts God has given us as a family.  So, Alan and I are signing off our online forums and Facebook for the next 46 days.  Hopefully this will help me blog more since I see this as a great outlet for journaling our life. 

However, I don’t feel that Lent is all about “giving up” something.  I also think that adding something important to our lives is a worthwhile change.  So Alan and I have also vowed to pray together as a couple each night.  We pray as a family, with Jack, regularly…but we feel that our marriage will only become stronger and more intimate if we take the time together to pray for and with each other every night.  I am really looking forward to starting that and feel that it will be a lifelong commitment to each other.

Truly, there is nothing I could do that would come anywhere close to the sacrifices that Jesus made for us…but if throughout this next 46 days we can create a stronger family and marriage, it will be such a blessing!

Baby, birthday and yardwork…

 - by emaroo

Well, those don’t actually go together…other than all of them being included in our weekend.  Saturday I had two photo shoots. One of a totally ADORABLE 7 week old baby girl, Ivy, and then of my beautiful pregnant friend, Meredith and her 2 precious boys.  It also happened to be my 32nd birthday.  We didn’t really do much…by my choosing.  By the end of the day, I was just too tired and hurting too badly to go out, so we just went over to my mom’s to celebrate for a little while and have birthday ‘tarts’.  It was still a wonderful birthday and I am grateful to my amazing husband for making it as relaxing as possible for me.

Before my session with Ivy, I had to love on her…of course!  Jack was VERY curious and was also quite smitten with her.  This might have been the only time he has seen me hold a tiny baby.  He is around a baby everyday, but I don’t think he ever made the connection between babies and me.  Hopefully he will be just as smitten with Baby M when he gets here.


Alan got a chance to remember what holding a bitty baby was like too…this is old hat for him!


Jack then proceeded to play with all of Ivy’s pristine baby gear. Pushing all the buttons on her bouncer and swing and “hiding” in her play gym.


Then Sunday, with the weather still being pretty warm, Alan decided to tackle some much needed yard maintenance. Jack wanted so badly to help, but was content to stay inside to watch out the window. I was working on editing the two shoots I had so we are both very grateful for his patience. It didn’t last forever…but we are grateful none the less.


After a while, Jack wanted OUT!


So, he won and got to help Daddy rake the yard.



Daddy can’t wait until Jack is old enough to do more than just drag a rake around!


‘I Took His Hand and Followed’

 - by emaroo

I stole this poem from my good friend, Jessica’s, blog.

I Took His Hand and Followed
Mrs. Roy L. Peifer

My dishes went unwashed today,

I didn’t make the bed,

I took his hand and followed

Where his eager footsteps led.
Oh yes, we went adventuring,

My little son and I…

Exploring all the great outdoors

Beneath the summer sky
We waded in a crystal stream,

We wandered through a wood…

My kitchen wasn’t swept today

But life was gay and good.
We found a cool, sun-dappled glade

And now my small son knows

How Mother Bunny hides her nest,

Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.
We watched a robin feed her young,

We climbed a sunlit hill…

Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,

We plucked a daffodil.
That my house was neglected,

That I didn’t brush the stairs,

In twenty years, no one on earth

Will know, or even care.
But that I’ve helped my little boy

To noble manhood grow,

In twenty years, the whole wide world

May look and see and know.


Last couple of weeks in a nutshell

 - by emaroo

We have been a bunch of sick little monkeys these last few weeks.  Jack got the worst of it and had/has a double ear infection and bronchitis.  Poor guy.  The breathing treatments have been pretty hellacious to give him, but each one gets a little easier with more and more moments of calm.  Now, Alan and I are struggling to stay well too.   Gotta love Texas weather!

Jack has also decided that he wants to get a jump start on the “terrible twos” as well.  I swear it happened overnight that he went from my sweet, obedient baby to a total hellion.  I feel like I no longer have any skills as a parent.  WHY did I decide to get pregnant so soon??  How on earth am I supposed to do this with 2 kids??  I think maybe God knew that I would never have had a second if I had seen what “terrible twos” really meant.  I just keep reminding myself that I love and adore this sweet boy!  Really, I DO!  This too shall pass, right?  RIGHT?  Sorry…feeling pretty defeated right now.  Between his horrible sickness and now his horrible tantrums…I really need to run away.   Not to mention, I can hardly walk right now…

I sent the boys to church so I could get some peace and quiet in the house for a bit…I think I am going to go take a nap, or a bath, or both.