Friday, May 30, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Memorial Day "Camping"

Riley got a tent from my folks for his birthday, so we decided to set it up and enjoy life out in the wild this Memorial Day!
...with the comforts of home just 20 feet away. 
The pregnant lady was most thankful.
It was a fun evening, and the boys were just giddy.
Seriously giddy.
Think running around in wild circles shriek-laughing, switching from inside the tent to outside the tent every 10 seconds, and generally unable to sit still or sit quietly for more than a blink giddy.
(Dinner and story time were both lost causes.)
And, besides the interruption of the rather loud songbirds who seemed to think that morning began at 3am, we slept comfortably in the tent all night!
We enjoyed celebrating the freedom we have in this country, knowing it has come through the ultimate sacrifice of so many soldiers through the years.
It is my prayer that my own children and grandchildren will be able to live with the liberty found only in "the land of the free and the home of the brave." But if not, I am praying that they will be used by God as a powerful force for good in His fallen world.

Happy Memorial Day everyone, and many thanks to our military forces and families.
God bless America!

*Photos all courtesy of Hubby's iPhone camera. He does a good job capturing special moments when mommy's brain fizzles in the heat!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Daddy & Dash

Asher got the special treat of going out to Sweet Frog (our local frozen yogurt shop) one evening last week with Daddy!
Daddy dates are the best!
Love those two!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, Riley!

Happy Birthday to the love of my life!!
We had a fun-filled couple of days, and documented very little of it photographically.

XOXOXO You're the best!!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tickled Pink!

We're tickled PINK!
It's a girl!!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

So which will it be??

I am 20 weeks pregnant today.
Tomorrow is our big ultrasound exam, where we will finally be able to determine whether there's a little boy or a little girl growing in there! (Hopefully, at least!)
Which will it be??
When I was newly pregnant with Asher I got the notion into my head that I should teach myself to quilt, and promptly started two crib quilts, a baby boy and a baby girl.
(I had no idea what I was doing, but figured I could just wing it! Haha! Oh, the tears and the hair pulling!)
After we found out Asher James was on the way, I still finished the baby girl quilt, knowing that when I had other children quilting would not fit into my schedule as easily. And of course I'd want to have a handmade quilt with pink flowers on it should we have a girl one day!
How wise I was! ;)
If we're blessed with our first girl, I am so excited to put her in this lovely vintage yellow dress that was worn by my grandmother, then my mother, then me.
(How wonderful is that?)
If the Lord sees fit to bless our family with another little boy, he will get to wear the very same outfit his father and his brothers wore home from Virginia Baptist Hospital in their first days outside their mothers' wombs! 
Asher and Gray were also baptized in this adorable little outfit, which makes it extra special.

My heart's desire is to look at that ultrasound monitor and see a healthy, wiggling little baby with a strong heartbeat and a growing body. 
Boy or girl, we'll be thrilled!
I'm sooo excited to know what we're having, so we can stop calling the baby "it," but call it by his or her name!
I won't be able to sleep tonight! :)
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p.s... Our ultrasound is tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 9:00am EST.  If you will pray for us and our baby, that all looks healthy and well, that would be wonderful! And, sorry to tell you, we'll be gone all day, so I may not be able to post anything to the blog until late that evening! Be patient, friends! :)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Super Gray!

Super Gray!
Why wear your undies on top of your pants if you can just wear the undies?
Love him!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mother's Day Tea

Our annual Mother's Day Tea was last Saturday!
It was a lovely time.
Each year ladies from our church get together and host a three course formal tea to honor the mothers in our midst. (My mom-in-law was able to join me at my table!)

The lovely hostesses who packed up their fine china and set up a beautiful table...
And some of the darling girls in attendance...
This tea is one of the highlights of my year! 
As a friend said, it's like a spa for your taste buds! :)
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First Course: Savory
Chicken Salad on Croissants
Crustless Cucumber Sandwiches
Miniature Quiches
Grape Clusters
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Second Course: Scone
Freshly Baked Scones
Strawberry Jam
Lemon Curd
Devonshire Cream
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Third Course: Sweet
Lemon & Raspberry Cake
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
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It's such a blessing to be in a church body that values the calling and vocation of motherhood so highly!
Not only do they celebrate it well, they also honor the mothers in our midst with a white rose each year.
It's perfectly adorning my dining table still, a happy reminder of the joys that come with being Mommy to two sweet little boys, and a baby on the way!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day: Mommy of Three!

Mother's Day with my three little blessings!
[At Outback Steakhouse]
I am just so thankful to my heavenly Father for showering His kindness upon me in this way. It's a big job, with lots of hard work, but it's so completely worth it!
And what a tender mercy to be blessed with a womb full of joy this Mother's Day.
I'm 19 weeks pregnant, and just a week away from discovering whether we will be having a boy or a girl! How exciting!
Happy Mother's Day!!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Heart of Virginia Festival

Every year Farmville hosts "The Heart of Virginia Festival" (because it's smack in the middle of the state!) and we decided to walk downtown to check it out. They closed off a couple streets to make way for loads of vendors selling crafts, foods, and fresh squeezed lemonade that hit the spot when the sun began to beat down on us!
The boys especially enjoyed the display of vintage cars...
And were thrilled to get to sit in an actual air plane!
They were entertained by the clown that shaped doggies from balloons for them...
And even got to pet a magician's white bunny rabbit.
[Gray wasn't quite sure what to think of the magician himself, though!]
It was a lovely time!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Book Review: The Five Love Languages of Children

The Five Love Languages of Children 
By Gary Chapman, PhD & Ross Campbell, MD
I'm always reading a book on childrearing. Since it's such a huge part of my life and job right now, I'm constantly desiring to soak up as much encouragement and information as I can. I borrowed The Five Love Languages for Children from a friend, in an attempt to better understand one of my little buddies whose personality can be a bit of a puzzle at times.

I thought it was very insightful, and learning more about the love languages (I have not read the first book) was quite helpful. I loved the tips given in the book for "filling up their love tank," and will definitely utilize many of them.

This book defines the five main love languages (words of affirmation, acts of service, physical touch, gifts, and quality time), how to diagnose your child's primary love language, and then how to use that language to communicate your love to them in a way that they will best understand and feel it. (Note, the authors encourage parents to use all five languages with their children, but knowing what makes your child feel truly loved and secure can give you a way to make sure they get enough of that.)

This was the first book I've read recently that didn't come from a distinctively biblical approach to childrearing, and while there was a great amount of wisdom to be gleaned from its pages, I found several parts of this book that I didn't necessarily agree with. I don't think I'd recommend this book to any and all parents. However, I would definitely recommend that parents learn about the love languages and how to use them to communicate love to their children in the way they will best receive it. Also, as I found it very helpful in understanding my son and what makes him tick, I would be more inclined to recommend it to someone with a child that confuses them, frustrates them, or is just generally more difficult to train and connect with.

The thing I liked about the concept of the love languages was how it helps you to better "know your sheep." As parents we are like shepherds, taking care of and tending to the needs of our flock. This book offers tools to help you better understand your children... especially the confusing ones! :) It helps you remember that we're all created differently, and that our children may require different attention or training techniques than we did as children.

If I'm honest I don't think the love languages are an end all solution to childrearing problems. I don't think it's necessary to categorize our children in this way, and I am not sold on the idea that each child has one dominating love language that speaks more clearly to them than all the others. (I was struggling to diagnose my own love language while reading this book, so I took a test at the end and scored equally high on three of them! Classic me.)  However, I enjoyed reading about the different ways to communicate love, found some shortcomings in my own parenting, and am thankful for the encouragement to improve.

All in all, a pretty interesting read, and I'm glad for the knowledge I've gained from it.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Three Years Down!

Not only have we finished up an eight-week stretch of Riley living in Danville to finish up his last couple of rotations, but we have also officially completed his third year of medical school!
[End of the year cookout]
Cause for celebration, indeed!
Three years down, one to go!!!!

p.s... Daddy, we are SO glad to have you back home!!! We missed you! xoxoxoxo