Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy Birthday, Jackson!

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Dear Jackson,

Happy 11th birthday to you!!! I can't believe that you are already 11 years old. It's crazy how much time has flown. I can hardly believe you aren't a baby anymore. 

At 11, you have just started 6th grade. You are in the pre-honors classes, and this is your last year in the gifted program. You are set on joining ROTC as soon as you can, and want to enlist in the Air Force after high school graduation. You currently want to be a para-trooper because "it would be so cool!" I'd rather you pick a career where you keep 2 feet on the ground, but really, whatever makes you happy! 

You are funny, witty and clever beyond belief. You would argue with a brick wall (maybe you should consider a career as an attorney?!?) but you are a great kid. Anderson gets on your nerves all the time, but at the end of the day, you love each other so much. I catch y'all playing together and you can actually be pretty nice to each other when you want to be! 

Jackson, your Dad and I are so proud of you. You are kind and look out for others. Always stay that way! Be a friend to everyone, especially those kids around you that don't have many friends. As you get older, remember to make good choices, even when the "good" choice isn't easy or fun. Know that your Dad and I will be here for you - even when you think you might get in trouble! At the end of the day, keep your eyes on Jesus, and let Him guide your path. 

You are going to do amazing things in this world, and I'm so excited to be standing in your corner, cheering you along. I love you always, Jackson, and I'm so proud to call you mine!


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Happy Birthday, Anderson!

Dear Anderson,

Today is your 6th birthday!!! It feels like we have blinked just a few times, and here we are. Six whole years of having you be the caboose for our family have just flown by. I certainly don't feel 6 years older, except for when I'm having to chase after you and Jackson!

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Anderson, you have come into your own, little man. You are delightfully silly, funny and charming. You are always after your Bubba, but want to be just like him. Even when he gets on your nerves, he's your best buddy. 

Despite a slow start to the year,  you did so good in kindergarten. We are so proud of the progress you made. You loved Mrs. Boyer and made so many friends. The best part? You can now read! One of your favorite things to do is get a notebook and ask us to spell words out for you. You don't ever seem to get tired of it. 

For your sixth birthday we gave you a choice of Disney World or a Disney cruise, just like we gave Jackson. You and Jackson both picked another Disney cruise to the Bahamas. We just got back and had so much fun. We even added on a few days at Walt Disney World before hand. You conquered Space Mountain like a champ and handled almost 16 hours in the park with no breaks and no whining. You are awesome!

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You currently want to be a construction worker when you grow up, and maybe a fireman or police officer on the side. You have big dreams, and we can't wait to see you accomplish what God has in store for you!

Anderson, until you are grown and have kids of your own, you wont' be able to understand how much we love you. You are pure joy with the most infectious laugh I've ever heard. You're an amazing little boy, and I'm so happy to be your Mama! 


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Happy Birthday, Jackson!

Dear Jackson,

10 years and 1 day ago I was on my way to the hospital to be induced. Sitting in the passenger seat of the car, with your Daddy driving, I had a total meltdown. I simply wasn't ready to go into labor and was terrified of what was to come. I wasn't afraid of you - I was petrified thinking about labor. Your daddy wisely told me, "Too late now to be afraid!" He was right about was too late to be afraid of labor. I ended up having a blessedly easy labor experience with you, and you were born at 9:18 in the morning after only 6 hours of labor.

From the moment I first laid eyes on you, I was in love. You were such a beautiful baby, and you've turned into such a handsome young man. You are standing between the gap of childhood and the teenager years right now, in that fun tween stage I've heard so much about. I'm not too worried about the years to come. You have a heart of gold, love Jesus and your family, and always try to do the right thing.

As you go through 5th grade, here are a few things I never want you to forget: Always remember to be a friend to everyone, especially those kids around you that don't have many friends. Be honest, even if telling the truth gets you in trouble. Have the courage to stand up for what you know is right. Be willing to speak up for yourself and those around you who don't have anyone else to stand up for them. Be honorable at all times. Treat all ladies and young women with respect. Remember that you and Anderson must always be a team, even if you drive each other crazy. One day your daddy and I will be nothing but a treasured memory, and you and Anderson must always remember to have each other's backs. Always.

Jackson, I am so proud to be your mother. You are a wonderful young man, and I can't wait to see how God uses you in the years to come. I'll always love you to the moon and back a million times.


Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Happy Birthday, Anderson

Dear Anderson,

Today is your 5th birthday! Whoo-hooo! You have been so excited about turning five and today is finally your special day!

I can't believe that the time has flown by as quickly as it has since you were born. You are the perfect caboose for our family, and I can't imagine life without you. At 5 years old, you are such a character! You are always so funny, and keep us on our toes. Your favorite things to say right now are, "That don't make no sense!" and "Suckerhead!" You love to run around in your underwear and "hide" from us under the covers. You keep us smiling!

You just played your first season of t-ball, and start kindergarten in the fall, and are so ready for big boy school. You want so badly to be as big as "Bubba", and for the most part, you hold your own with him. You equally drive each other bonkers, but at the end of the day it is totally obvious that you love each other.

You have big dreams right now, and currently want to be Captain America when you grow up. Well, Captain America or a dump truck driver, depending on what day of the week it is! Either way, I'm so very proud of the boy you are, and the boy you are growing up to be. You are going to do big things in life, and I'm so excited to be on this journey with you!

I love you, Anderson! Happy Birthday!


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Baseball with my Boys

The time has finally arrived that Anderson is now old enough to play t-ball! He has loved it. It's so awesome to see how much fun he is having on the field after years and years of being Jackson's biggest fan. He is playing on the Fruit Shoot Sharks, and one of his best buddies from school, Bradford, is on his team. They are so cute together. Jackson is playing in the 9/10 league on the DCG Stealers and is the first baseman. He had his first concussion this year goofing off in the batting cage with some friends, but so far on the field, he has done great.

Enjoy some pictures of our boys!


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Happy Birthday, Jeremy!

Today is Jeremy's 37th Birthday! Considering that he was 19 years old when we met, I'd say that we have practically grown oldish together! I hope he has a fantastic day, and that he knows how loved he his.

Happy Birthday, Jeremy!!! We love you! 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Our Sweet Macy

Way back in November of 2002, I had my mind set that it was time for Jeremy and I to get a dog. I went on my lunch break to the local pet store and checked out the shelter pets they had for adoption. I came across a gorgeous brown puppy with white markings and I fell in love. Since Jeremy wasn't with me, I hoped that she would still be there that afternoon when we went back together, and she was. We walked out together that day with Macy, a brown bundle of energy that we would later find out would not weigh "35-40 lb. full grown" as promised, but instead would top out at 75lbs. I still think the shelter people laughed the whole time I walked out the door.

Macy was our furbaby, and she was B-A-D to the bone. I remember the time that I took a quick nap to wake up and find that she had eaten Jeremy's brand new glasses, lenses and all. I remember her running fast as lighting when she got out of the house, countless toys being destroyed, food being eaten off the counters and snatched from your hand when you weren't looking, underwear being eaten, and hair everywhere from her shedding.

But I also remember teaching her tricks like how to shake, beg, bark on command and roll over.

I remember being pregnant with Jackson, and her insisting on sleeping in the bed with me, curled up right between my knees.

I remember bringing Jackson and Anderson home from the hospital, and her being so gentle with them.

I remember that not one time did I ever have to worry about Macy being aggressive, other than a fierce bark for the UPS man.

I remember countless times of her letting the boys lay on her, "ride her" like a pony, and in general just put up with their shenanigans.

We found out on Friday that a spot on her foot we had been dealing with for over a month was aggressive cancer, and that we were only prolonging the inevitable. Macy had a very rough weekend, and we decided Sunday that we were going to have to put her down on Monday. She deserved better than what she was getting.

The boys wanted to take pictures with Macy of them in their Halloween costumes, since we knew she wouldn't be there.

 Macy loved her Harry Potter glasses.

 So yesterday Jeremy and I went home in the afternoon and spent time with our sweet girl. I made her a whole bowl of popcorn (her favorite snack), and for the first time she didn't have to share! It was cool and rainy, and Macy enjoyed the breeze for a little while, before it was time to go to the vet.

For 13 years, this sweet dog has been such an important part of our lives. She has been a joy, and I couldn't have asked for a better pet for our crew. Macy's final moments were with her entire family, surrounded by the people that loved her most. She was at peace, and her passing was quick and painless. I rubbed her ears and talked to her the entire time. We will forever miss her, and we are so heartbroken, but I know we will see her again one day.
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