I'm not even going to claim to be a Pinterest mom (see below if you don't know what I'm talking about….)
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
I've got no comments on the craziness that invaded Atlanta, followed by the snowfall, over the past few days. But I do have lots of great stories and pictures!
Hammond's first discovery of the powdery white stuff ::
Once we knew everyone was safe and sound, it was a fun few days with family and friends!
Monday, January 27, 2014
I've been gone since November, and while I apologize, we've had a lot of life happen these past few months!
But, I'll start your news years off with one of my favorite stories -
Jamie and I are a part of a church in Buckhead that we love, appropriately named Buckhead Church. From the time we committed to making this place our church home, we were well informed of their vision for members - Connect. Serve. Give. Invite.
Today's story comes from the Serve aspect.
Because of really great experiences that Jamie and I both had with our own college ministries, we decided to invest our energy and resources into the college ministry at BC. And our lives will never be the same.
Three and a half years ago, we became adult leaders (ha! makes me feel old!) for a small group of freshman college students who would gather at our house once a week and attempt to learn more about Jesus and grow in their faith. While we've seen some of those students come and go, there are a few who have stuck with us and we've had the privilege to watch them grow, mature, wrestle through some serious stuff, and become somewhat like our surrogate children. Thankfully, we have at least a year left with most of them, but...
We've had the huge honor of seeing incredible life change happen in them over the years. Victor made the decision to give his life to Jesus and got baptized (you should check out his video here!), they won countless tennis matches and even got to go to the NCAA tennis championship as doubles partners (and made it to the round of 16!), invested and changed the lives of all those that knew them, and brought such fun, hysterical laughter, and life!
Victor and Lucas graduated from Georgia State University this past December, graciously spent the Christmas season with us, and then headed back to Brazil to begin their post-graduate lives at home with their families. We are so excited to see what's to come for them, and yet sad to see them leave.
Victor & Lucas, we consider you a part of our family (Hammond already misses his big brothers!), and can't wait to come visit soon!
And here's an awesome video they put together for us just the other day!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
October was a full month! Here are some of our highlights (mainly of the cutest Hargather :) -
We have been busy, but having a great time! And the little baby in my belly is certainly growing (maybe one day I'll actually take a photo…poor second child!).
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Y'all know as soon as the weather gets just a little below the sweltering heat of summer, I go crazy for everything pumpkin. Here are just a few recipes I've tried (and would totally recommend!).
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
- recipe by Lindsay (so, it's a much healthier version!)
I used the pumpkin cake bar recipe, but substituted oat flour for regular flour (and baked it longer in a loaf pan).
(if I'm honest, not my fave...not quite sweet enough for me!)
These were actually made by my friend, Laura, and were amazing...good enough to share!
Friday, September 27, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Our little man is 1 1/2! I can't believe it. Some days I look at him and think "he's a little BOY."
He's been walking since right at 12 months, and now the boy is RUNNING.
He's also climbing everything! And up for trying almost everything.
Such a talker/babbler! When I can understand what he says...
Hi and Bye are still his favorites.
He also says Mamma; Dad (not daddy)
Hottttt (and puts his hand out toward hot objects)
Woah (at everything...it's hilarious)
Truck (at every large vehicle)
Tooo Tooo when he sees trains
He also can repeat most of what we ask
And we're working on Ham-man (for Hammond, of course).
The video below is him showing off all his best animal sounds...
He's loving water :: splash pads, the pool, and the tub.
He's definitely attached to mommy, but does love his daddy, too.
And the kid is FRIENDLY. I mean, the pun is intended when I say he is a ham! When we're out to eat, walking around, or at the grocery, he says HI to everyone. It cracks me up. And most of the time, it cracks up the other people. Bye is also his best word. Loud and emphasized.
Since a month ago, the morning nap is gone! [Insert happy + sad face here.]
And he's taking a ~3 hour afternoon nap.
Still staying in his crib from 8pm - 8am at night.
He's eating like a toddler. By that, I mean, one week he is super picky. The next week he's eating me out of house and home...and eating everything I put in front of him, including veggies (thankfully this is one of those weeks!).
Loves other kids! They're our greatest form of entertainment and fun.
Loves stuffed animals.
Loves toy trucks.
Loves real animals.