5 days. 4 nights.
12 hours there.
3 hours north.
10 hours home.

a great trip to say the least.
but we are in recovery mode.

sleep in our own beds.
rolling on our own floor.
showers in our own shower.
baths in our own sink.
favorite shows late night in our own bed.
using the computer once again.

it's so nice to be back.

embrace the camera: 3/29/12

{me & my sweet boy on the drive}

first time linking up with emily over at
embrace the camera description: take a picture of YOU with your kids, spouse, friends, etc. the point of embrace the camera is to get in front of the camera and to document a bit of yourself.

will be pretty difficult for me to do this one... but i think i'll try.

happy birthday sister of mine

yesterday my little sister turned 22


we love you

we had fun at the zoo!

on this birthday of yours i've been thinking...

i'm so very proud of you.

you've very hard to accomplish your goals & see your dreams come true.

your job is perfectly suited for you.

everyday will be something new & exiting.

people look a lifetime for a job like that.

and here you are, just 22 & you've got it!

way to go sister!

you are the very best aunt.

joshua lights up every time hears your voice.

he giggles every time you tickle him.

he smiles every time you smile at him.

you love him sooooo much.

he loves you soooooo much!

you are such a great sister.

this year has been good for us, i think.

we've gotten a lot closer, and i really like that.

thanks for all your love & support.

and for listening to all my issues... ;)


we love you more than you know.


not turning back.

the amazing thing about the book called the Bible is that no matter how many times you read a book, a chapter, or a verse it comes alive in different ways almost every time...
i've probably read Philippians more than any other book in my Bible. it's pretty short, studied it in church a couple times, etc. for my Tuesday night book study we are reading The Search for Significance by Robert S. McGee {pretty good so far}. the book took me Philippians 3.
i started reading:
vs.7 But whatever were gains to me know I consider loss or the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake i have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that i may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, btu that which is through faith in Christ- the righteousness that comes form God on the basis of faith. I want to Christ- yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
and then I love how the Message writes vs.12-14:
I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back.

Friends, don't get me wrong:
i have not got this figured out, but i'm running.
i'm running towards Jesus.
with everything i've got, i'm running.
and i'm not turning back.

watch me grow

doesn't get much better :)

finally i have been able to edit/ add text for joshua's monthly pictures :) yea internet & computer!

photo booth fun

just me & joshua

{i like to chop my fingers}

{momma lovin}

{even a cute alien}



mthere is too much to be thankful for.
including that i finally got a new blog design. i couldn't be happier about it.
even though i've had joshua's announcements done since the beginning of february, i finally sent them all out.
i finally sent my great-gram some updated pictures of baby joshua. she will be so happy. that makes me very happy.
i've been listening to this song. over. and over. and over.
i lost 2 pairs of sunglasses. finally bought new ones. found one pair at sister in laws house. just found the other pair at my parents. now i have 3 pairs. hope i don't lose any of them...
march 12th- we are getting the internet at house!!!
doing pretty good at the no dairy thing... until last night when i had cheesy bread. but come on, it was soooooo good.
manny, joshua, and i went on a walk sunday afternoon. pretty perfect.
spring is coming.
went to the park for the first time this year last week! it might have been windy and only last 15 minutes but it sure was lovely.
going to start researching starting baby on solids. so not ready for that...
i'm so happy i have a new blog design.
we are insanely busy. but we are seeing a lot of people we really love. so i'm just thankful.
i have the most amazing tuesday night book study. these women are incredible & spur me on like no other.
the snow is coming.
kaci is going to have a baby real soon!
i'm going to do my devotional.
{so happy for a new blog design!}

Joshua Manuel: 4 months

4 months old. how cool is that? you are such a happy boy! even though you got real sick with bronciolitis you stayed pretty happy and smiley. this momma is very thankful for that. not to say that this month didn't have it's trying days, because it sure as heck did. but overall... you're a great
baby- so happy, so ticklish, so smiley!

this month...
- you rolled from your tummy to your back. exactly 2 times. then you got sick and we all kind of
gave up.

- you are super close to rolling from back to tummy.
-you sleep almost exclusively on your side now.
- with all the rolling going on i stopped swaddling you :( it was a little sad for this momma.
- we celebrated valentine's day with friend in the morning & then went to chinese with daddy and momma.
-we went to a lot of uncle johnny's basketball games. you slept a little, watched a little, and everyone just thought you were so cute!
- you have a really hard time falling asleep if we have friends over. too much fun for sleeping time!
- early on in the month you found your hands. hard to ever move them from your mouth!

- later this month you found you feet! now your favorite game is pulling off your socks & getting
those toes into your mouth. i think you'll be quite happy when it's summer and you don't have to
wear socks anymore.
- you grew out of size 1 diapers
- you are exclusively in size 3-6 months
- everyone talks about how big you are. but at your last appointment you were just in the 50th percentile for height and weight. just about average. and i'm totally ok with that.
- we've been having lots of fun with jackson. he shares his toys, makes you laugh, and even reads to you :) quite cute!

- i can tell you are getting older... you don't want to sleep all day... it's been a bit of a challenge trying to figure out what you want/ what's best for you in the evening... sleep more, sleep longer, or just be awake and cranky??... who knows, but we're figuring it out...
- you are insanely ticklish and laugh so adorably.
- Kma probably makes you laugh the most. probably because she laughs at you the most. i love the special relationship you two have :)
- your sickness was no fun. breathing treatments. saline nose drops. the worst goopy eye. nose sucker. yuck! but you were a trooper through it all.

- your favorite toy is "gaffy" the giraffe. {daddy named him}
- really, you just like to put everything and anything into your mouth, including anyone's hand!
- we spent the night in golden with Jason, Shauna, and Evie. we put you in the pea pod we borrowed from Aunt Christine and you wiggled yourself out! next time we better zip it up.
- Daddy is the best at rescuing you when Mommy is too tired to do anything... one day you should thank him...
- and lastly, on February 29th {leap day} you got a new cousin!!! Timothy James Pollard. he was a few weeks early, but we figure he just wanted to be as close to you in age as possible :)
- we love you more and more everyday!
it is so fun to be your momma. i love our little schedule: wake up around 7:30am. eat. watch the today show. nap time. {sometimes i take a nap too} wake up. eat. play. watch momma eat. nap time. wake up. eat. daddy's home! play and hang out. sometimes see people, go to bible study, or AlethiaYouth, or whatever. sometimes another little nap. then eat and back to sleep around 9:30 or 10pm. there's a lot of other stuff in there too, like cleaning, monday morning study, grocery shopping, tupperware errands, walks, work outs, reading together, and a bunch of other stuff... but life is good. i'm so thankful for every little smile, giggle, and grin. my absolute favorite thing is this little scrunch nose thing you do when you are happy or excited. it is so cute! i seriously can barely stand it. you are such a perfect miracle. Momma and Daddy are thanking God for every second of this blessed life with you as our son.

We love you. Too much.
Love, your Momma