Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sofia's 1st Birthday

Birthday Girl!

Well, baby girl is one year old! She's lived in two countries and has visited 3 others. She's got quite the number of stamps in the ole passport. It blows my mind to think that just one year ago I was in the hospital giving birth.

First family picture
1 Year Ago

For her birthday party we had a little get together with some friends and Sofia celebrated with her very own cake. To decorate, I took advantage of my Pinterest board and actually made something instead of just pinning away and pretending something would manifest itself. I was able to find some cute fabric here and made a little banner, then I made some balls from tissue paper, but my favorite was Sofia's little tutu!  It was super easy to put together and made for some great pics. She looked so cute and girly in it.

Decorations and tutu

With the 90 degree-plus heat though, the cake icing melted just going from the car to inside the building where we had the party! Of course, Sofia didn't mind, but it didn't make for the best picture. Oh well!

Melted cake 
Sofia wasn't quite sure at first what to think about the cake, but as soon as she got a taste of the icing, she dove right in head first! I'm not sure how much cake she really ate, but she had icing dripping from her elbows by the end.

Eating Cake
Eating Cake

Big brother with the birthday girl

The Aftermath
Happy birthday Sofia! It's hard to believe you're one already. You've mastered crawling and have started to stand on your own. You even took a step the other day! You can say mama, doodah (Judah) and oo oo oooo (peek a boo) while doing the motions. You really enjoy bath time and always pretend to brush your hair when we're done. You're a real sweetheart that loves to cuddle and is always smiling. I'm looking forward to what the next year holds. 
So happy
One. Proud. Mama.

Saturday, May 03, 2014


Judah and me with my Aunts Phyllis and Kathy

One of the hardest things about living overseas is being away from family. Let's be honest, that's THE hardest thing. You can get used to not having certain things from back home, but family is not one of them. I come from a small family. My mom's an only child and my dad has two sisters. Had. Both of my aunts have passed away in the past 6 months. It's a hard thing to grasp really. Cancer. Evil, evil thing that it is. It's taken 3 of my immediate family members in the past few years, my aunts and my grandmother. Just last week it claimed my youngest aunt, Phyllis at the age of only 53.

Matching hats

I have some of the best memories of my aunt Phyllis. She always made me laugh and had a great sense of humor. Anytime someone commented on my southern accent I'd respond with, "You think this is something? You should hear my aunt Phyllis talk!" I remember going to her house when I was little, riding horses and playing outside. It was always so much fun. And boy did she love Judah and Sofia. Her face would just light up any time they were mentioned.

Great visit

I'm so so thankful that I was able to fly back home in February to visit her and bring along Sofia. It was the trip of a lifetime to be able to surprise her! We showed up at the door and she had no idea we were coming. It was awesome. She just kept saying, "How did this happen!? How did this happen!?" We had great conversations during those two weeks. One of the most important ones being about how much she loves Jesus as her Lord and Savior. What a balm to the soul knowing that someone you love will be embraced into the arms of Jesus when they leave this world and enter the next. So today, my amazing aunt Phyllis is in heaven with the ultimate Healer. Walking around a lake perhaps, with my Mamaw Houser and Great Grandma Haynes or maybe riding a horse. You've left a hole in our lives but you'll always be in our hearts.

I love you and I'll always miss you. You were an amazing aunt.