Monday, August 29, 2011

Goodbye Mamaw


I have wonderful memories of my Mamaw Houser. I still remember all the times at my grandparents' house in Bessemer City making biscuits, playing the old piano, painting with watercolors and learning to crochet. She's the one I got my creativity from and I will never forget that. Even last year she was still crocheting away making all the ladies in our family a set of new snowflakes for their Christmas tree. I loved going over to visit my Mamaw and Papaw, having a glass of sweet tea and eating some peanuts while I had a look at what new project she was working on. I still have the little dog she made for me as a child that I slept with until I was 12.

There are never words, you know. To really say how you feel in moments like these. I couldn't sleep last night, knowing the end was drawing near for her. She loved me so much and she never missed the chance to tell me. And she loved Judah too, and Thomas. I have an envelope full of her sweet words and drawings that she mailed to me just this past year and I'll treasure them forever. I just sat there and remembered all the good times and thought about how much I was going to miss her. Thinking of the emptiness we'll feel because a major part of our family isn't going to be there anymore.

Visiting Great Grandma and Grandpa

Thomas and I are in the middle of packing up our house, selling most of our things, packing the rest away in storage and saying goodbye to our life here in Wake Forest and eventually to North Carolina. It can be overwhelming at times but I can tell we're bathed in prayer by people that are supporting us along the way. So tonight I mourn my grandmother's life, but celebrate the new life that she now has with Christ in heaven. I'm thankful for the strong Christian lady that she was and am blessed to have had her in my life. I rejoice with the angels that welcomed her Home today and look forward to the day I'll see her again in glory.

I love you Mamaw!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Urgent Prayer Request

On the right hand side of this blog is a link to a site for Russ and Hilary. This couple is very dear to Leslie and me. For the last year they have been living and working in Central Asia. Hilary has been pregnant with their first child. This morning she went into labor and had serious complications. The baby has been flown to a larger city which hosts a more advanced hospital. At one point the baby did not have a heartbeat and was only receiving minimal oxygen for 15 minutes. They are not aware of the extent of the damage. Noah is still in critical condition and fighting for his life. Please pray for Russ and Hilary and their little baby.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


What a redneck

Laughing with dad

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

14 months


Judah is all over the place now. Still pulling up and cruising all the time. He took a few steps this weekend to massive applause, but it hasn't happened since. We're experimenting with more finger foods and he's getting pretty good at feeding himself. He's been given a spoon to try out on his own but it resulted in peaches splattered across the room and down the kitchen wall. He enjoys eating cheese, toast, crackers, peanut butter, applesauce and fruit. He's a pro at the sippy cup and we're officially off the bottle. Now to tackle the paci! Our biggest obstacle right now is getting him to sleep through the night in his crib. We've been traveling so much and had a lot of visitors so it's been a crutch to just put him in our bed to get him back to sleep quickly. I checked out a few books from the library so we'll see if I can find some tactics that help without driving us all insane. Hopefully sometime soon I'll have a video of him finally walking!




Trying spaghetti for the first time


Thursday, August 04, 2011

Still going…

Well, Thomas's parents were here last week and I didn't get any pictures of them at all! I wish I could write a really good post about how much fun we had at the lake accompanied by some cute pics of us all together. I even meant to get all the photos from Renee's camera, but that didn't happen either. The time went by way too fast. It was a sweet time getting to see Renee for a few weeks and then David last week. They were in awe of how much Judah has changed since they saw him last. Thomas's sister Mary even made it down for a few days and it was nice catching up with her. Another milestone that deserves to be mentioned, our nephew Christian turned one last week! Isn't he so cute!

Happy Birthday to our nephew Christian!
You can check out their blog here.

On the way home from Cville last weekend we stopped off at the Tanger outlets in Mebane. They have a really nice playground so Judah had a big time crawling around and pretending he was a big boy.

Climbing the stairs

See ya later!

In the playground

Down the slide!

This last video is of him in the car after we'd left. He was whispering "hey" to me. Love him.