Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

Wow, I have not updated in a while, but we had been just plain busy. I will write a post about our Christmas/New Years/and Vacation in Philly later this week but for now I just want to state that today is our 1 Year Wedding Anniversary!

I cannot believe how time has flown and how much has changed! I was somewhat positive by this time I would have a teaching job and Dustin and I would have our own place, perhaps a new car, and of course another puppy for me to love on. Not that I am unhappy without those things, those were just some of our goals for the year --- although the puppy thing didn't really interest Dustin. :) Now here were are just starting to house shop, with one dog and two crappy cars, and a beautiful baby girl. I could not imagine life any different right now and I am so blessed to have Dustin and Brooke in my life. Dustin has been such a great husband -- not that I expected less -- and we have had a lot of fun despite the surprise this year has brought. Brooke is growing and learning with each and every day and I am having so much fun being a mommy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

2 months old

I can't believe Christmas is 1 week away! This time last year I was home and prepping for our wedding day and here we are, with a 2 month old baby girl. Brooke is doing really well and growing up way too fast. She turned 2 months old on Monday and that seemed to be the magic number for a happy baby. She is smiling and cooing in response to our silly faces and songs now, which makes this all extra rewarding. I even took her to see Santa this morning and she was all cheery for the picture, no tears at all. After that it was off to the Pedi for the first round of her shots, which was really hard to do but she is feeling much better now.

She weighed in at 11lbs and is 21 and 1/4 inches long.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I follow a blog written by a mom who currently has a baby girl in the NICU with multiple problems. Her twin sister was lost shortly after birth due to many complications. I have been praying for this little girls recovery for awhile now and have felt amazed at this woman's strength. Here is a link to her blog.

Through this I found a blog written by the wife of Todd from the band Selah. I sat here in tears as I read Audrey's story, very thankful for the healthy little girl God blessed Dustin and I with. This woman also has great strength and faith in our Lord and Savior. Her story is heart breaking but filled with peace. Here is a link and I encourage you to read this family's story if you have the time.

How blessed we are.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas is in the air!

Dustin and I put up our temporary 4ft Christmas tree, our stockings, and even icicle lights on the roof! I am a big fan of Christmas time and all the traditions that come with it. This year will be extra special since Brooke will be joining us, even though she will have NO idea what is going on. I am thinking about taking her to PETCO -- yes, you read that correctly -- so her and Jake can have their picture taken with Santa together.

Brooke is doing really well and is oh so sweet! She smiles for us a lot now, when she isn't cranky about her reflux. She is at a stage where she is awake for a good part of the day but really hard to entertain. She has no interest in toys so I just talk talk and/or sing to her. Thankfully, I am getting much more sleep at night as well. Last night she slept for 8 hours straight, and the night before that is was 6. I am hoping it is not a fluke but a new pattern!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Dinner Party Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

This dress is so stinkin' cute and I know Brooke would look adorable in it someday!

Dinner Party Frock GIVEAWAY!!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

December is here!

Wow what a year has brought! Dustin and I are coming up on our one year anniversary soon and I cannot believe everything we have experienced as a married couple. If you asked me this time last year where I would be today, I would probably have said teaching at an elementary school. (I had high hopes I would find a job) but God has a way of changing OUR plans and letting HIS be known. We could not be more thankful for Brooke and how wonderful she is. I love seeing her smile at me when I pick her up from a nap, or bounce her on my knee. Dustin and I are looking forward to all of the changes ahead.