Friday, January 02, 2015

Ivy Hope is Here!

Our second daughter and fifth child, sweet Ivy Hope, was born on Christmas morning! She is the most beautiful, dear little one and we're so in love with her.

We went to our church's Christmas Eve service after dinner on Wednesday. I was in early (very early) labor. How sweet it was to sing Christmas carols and take Communion (the boys' first!) together, while thinking about how soon we'd be holding our baby girl. 
Ivy is our smallest bio baby, but a big girl nonetheless! Those cheeks! They did get smaller over the first week, but they're still kissable and adorable.

Haylee spent the night with the kids, who were delighted and surprised by their Christmas present the next morning.

The first time holding their new sister:

Grammy and Papa, along with Lena and Laura came over to meet her a few hours after she was born.

Then, after a few hours' nap, we had Christmas. I mean, we couldn't wait a day, right? It was Christmas after all. Laina got a baby doll to match Mama's new baby.

The day after Christmas and the many adorable faces of our girl.

We seriously can't get enough of her.

Ivy Hope, you are our best Christmas present ever, save of course another Baby who was born on Christmas Day. We are so grateful to be your parents and overwhelmed by God's kindness in giving you to us. We love you, sweet girl!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Mason is Two!

This sweet boy turned two last month. Can you even believe that this was him not too long ago?

(photo credit Carrie Fisher)

Here are his last-day-as-a-one pictures. They make me happy. I dare you to look at them and not smile.

This year, Mason and his buddy Max had a joint birthday party. These two were born one week apart and have known each other ever since. And now Max's mom is expecting a baby girl a few months after ours comes--more best friends!

The birthday theme was airplanes, and Max's family did a great job with the plane-themed games and decorations. I did the cake and food.

The boys and their mamas:

Mason, you came into our lives a tiny little guy and filled our family with joy. You are funny, smart, talkative, and delightful. You sing from the minute you wake up, you dance, you talk all the time, you make jokes, you give sweet snuggles and blow kisses. And then you wrestle with your brothers, get into everything, and unscrew the lightbulbs from the Christmas tree. You keep us hopping and laughing. We love you so much Mason and we can't wait to see what God has in store for you!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Randomness and Lots of Pictures

September through November in photos:

Easiest time "making hair" I've ever had!

International Rwanda Day was in Atlanta this year!

Cory and Sam at CC

I love how this guy runs.

We celebrated our tenth anniversary this year. He brought me daisies. My favorite.

AWANA Grand Prix. Our cars were terrible. But the kids had fun.

CC field trip to a farm.

Post-naptime snuggles are THE BEST.

Iain loves to read.

This year's Octoberfest: a minute man, George Washington, a mermaid, and a bumblebee.

Iain at CC, teaching his class how to draw a ninja.

Cory at CC, teaching his class how to draw something. Can't remember what.

This year has been a hard one in a lot of ways. Thankful that it's drawing to a close and with the gift of a very special little one on the way to end it on a high note.