Tuesday, February 28, 2012

We are blessed!

Sunday, Feb. 26th, we dedicated Amara to the Lord. It was a special ( and stressful) day! It was held around the 4 o'clock hour, which come to find out......is not a good hour for baby girl. There were about 10 families dedicating their kids, the room was BLAZING hot and babies were crying all over the place. Amara needed a diaper change in the worst way, she was hungry and exhausted. She had only had one morning nap. Not good! Gabe and I were sweating the entire time, and having Amara be the only one on the stage who was crying the loudest.....that just made us sweat more. Our family was so sweet and patient, but to be honest, I just wanted to get the heck out because I just wanted Amara to be soothed. Geesh! I wish that I was more attentive to all of the sweet prayers and words that were being said, however, I couldn't get in the right head space. What can I say? Amara is a pretty perfect baby, but when she is tired...she is tired and lets you know. Remember, I said she was getting an opinion. Opinion+her new high pitched scream = well....you get the picture.

All in all, it was a special moment, and I want nothing more than to have Amara grow up surrounded by people who can love her and tell her about what Jesus has done for her and people that she can tell about Jesus as well. In the dedication, our pastor mentioned that as babies, they are separated from God ( simply because they haven't accepted Jesus into their hearts). The commitment is real, and its one of the biggest decisions as parents that we make. It really makes me think about Amara growing up and seeing the love of Christ through her mommy and daddy. That is a really big responsibility. I want her to see us serve others, love well, and let God take the lead in our lives instead of push him aside thinking we know best. I thank the Lord for salvation, I thank Him for my beautiful family, and I thank Him for my first breath when I wake up. We are truly blessed today and forever!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dear Easter Bunny.....

I get super excited every year around this time because it starts to warm up, and I LOVE Spring/Summer! Yes.... even in TN. I love slipping on a pair of sandals for the first time, sitting on the back porch drinking iced tea, driving with the sunroof open, yard sales.....the list goes on! When you do these things, you have to do them in style you see. These are some of the things that are on my "pretty please" list ......

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Here we are.....another month has passed! It keeps on getting better and better. I don't even know where to begin. First of all, Amara is a CHUNK! I tell her that EVERY TIME that I pick her up. Our biggest accomplishment this month was our first airplane ride!! We actually did 3. She did AMAZING! We took a trip to Vegas and CA to visit family and for some of Gabe's shows. Amara met Clint Eastwood ( which was pretty cool!) She was such a trooper as we did a lot of running around. She was a patient baby for her new parents that are trying to figure it all out still :) Her laughs are what we live for right now. My mission everyday is to get her to crack up. It is selfish of me because I do it for my own enjoyment. It makes my day! She is still so go with the flow, which is so awesome! We are not on a schedule yet, HOWEVER, I am noticing that we need to be home for her to take a nice nap in a bed at  least once a day. You can't take her anywhere without getting stopped. Her hair is still the topic of conversation and she wins people over with her bashful smiles. Her hair is a hot mess.....even water can't tame it. She may be the only 5 month old that needs product. Amara is very vocal in every aspect. She loves sleeping on her side. Sometimes when she is slow to go to sleep, I will turn her on her side and just scratch her back. It is hard to not soothe her to sleep every time. I am getting better about just laying her in her bed and letting her go to sleep. Thank God for pacifiers!! She still sleeps through the night, generally wakes up around 6 am for a quick feed and usually falls right back asleep ( in the bed with us :), then we will wake up to her cooing and/or sucking on her hand. She is LOUD..haha. I woke up a few mornings ago to find to hickies on her arms ( one on each). She loves to suck on her arms and hands. We are going to stick to her diet right now, and wait on solid foods for one more month. It will be an exciting new chapter. I feel like this is my last month of her feeling like a newborn. I am SO excited for what is to come, but I already get teary eyed just thinking about how small she was a few months ago. I miss it!! 
Here is to 5 Months and the sweetest baby girl in the world!! She will NEVER understand how much I love her and how much she BLESSES her father and I.
Love you boots!!