I heard something great the day other day, and have been thinking about it a lot lately. I was talking to someone at church about having babies, and she mentioned that it’s not the baby that makes everything crazy, it’s everything else. It’s so true isn’t it? Babies are such a wonderful happy thing, they bring so much joy! It is the business of life that brings the stress and rushing and craziness. Thinking about it has made me relax a little more and make sure I take the time to snuggle my little boy just a little longer and appreciate these days where he is still so small. The other day we waited three hours in the doctor’s office (I think they forgot us. When I went up to ask the nurse how much longer it be since there was no one else left in the waiting room, she looked really surprised and then rushed us back, where a few of the nurses were already heading out to lunch. Awkward…). A three hour wait in an office with a baby could be stressful,boring, long, but we really had fun. I let Sawyer play with the other babies if the momma’s were friendly, we played lots and lots of peek-a-boo and he had a good nap on my chest, which he hasn’t done in months. It was great! Our lesson in Sunday School last week was about gratitude and I think remembering to be grateful for everything really helped my attitude about everything this week, and gave me the chance to have a great, fun three hours of waiting rather than a boring, antsy wait. After all, how could I not be grateful to spend everyday with this cutie?
Last month I spent a few days focused in on searching for family history, walking through century old graveyards looking for a familiar name, and for some kind of clue to some of the ancestors I have who we simply cannot find. I am fortunate to have very tangible roots so close to home. I think many people do, but just don’t take advantage or don’t realize just how close they are. It’s a powerful thing, to look for your family, and to see where they were, and where their final resting places are.
This a photo from October of the home of my family in the 1800’s, where one of my great-great, etc. etc, grandfather’s came home to after the civil war, and where he raised his children. It still stands, and you can still see where his fields and pastures were. That’s amazing to me. To envision what it looked like then, and to see it now.
Here is his grave, not even ten miles away. I’m actually surprised it is that far.
This is the original church at the cemetery, the foundation has been redone, but much of it is original. Amazing. Even more amazing is that a hundred years later, we have come back to the area, and only live a half hour or so away. Why I hadn’t been here before now, I don’t know.
Our week around here has been crazy. The level of messiness in our house is proof. Last Monday, I came down with something so bad I thought it was horrible food poisoning until my Dad got it this morning. I’ll spare you the details, but it was ugly. Moving on, luckily, I was feeling good enough by Thursday to get it some family time at both our families for Thanksgiving. We spent the morning at Brandon’s brother’s, then he went dirt biking with him, and the afternoon at his cousins, then the evening at my folks. We are so grateful to have so so much wonderful family nearby and so much to be thankful for! A few pics from the day-
Just hanging out up here…
His Dad dressed him. He’s really proud of his Halloween costume.
"…and here’s how you start it Son"
"Hey Ladies, check out my ride"
Sawyer has a second cousin who is nine days older than him. I can only imagine what they think when they are together, but it’s so fun seeing them grow up and interact. I’m sure they’ll be best buds growing up.
"and this toy here, you just pull just like this…"
"whoa, look at that toy!"
"outta my way"
"I saw it first"
"I’m not giving up without a fight!"
Still best buds! Happy Thanksgiving!
This is my son, Sawyer. He is six months today to celebrate the occasion, he treated me to a series of goofy faces. Everyday, I take a picture and send it to Brandon, and now he automatically smiles every time he sees a camera or phone held up in front of him. Lately, he’s followed the smiles with a series of goofy faces and sounds. I guess he’s seen us make enough at him trying to get him to smile, that now he does it back. I got some good ones today:
He smiles and laughs in between each face. I’m glad to see he already appreciates a good goofy face.
My sister-in-law Becky looks amazing pregnant. Amazing. Just see for yourself. We took these photos last week while I was visiting Utah. I cannot wait for their cute little guy to be here in December! Becky and I are both fans of classy, pretty maternity pictures and I think we got just that. She sure made it easy!