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A Blanket for Brantley

July 15th, 2011 by Jessica Posted in celebrations, Everyday life, family, General | No Comments »

A couple of weeks ago, my brother’s first child, Brantley, was born. I, doing as I do, made him a blanket.


I also decided to do a yarn-wrapped letter “B” for him as well.

From June 2011

Brantley was born on June 29, and had some health problems. I’m happy to report that his health has improved greatly since his birth. He appears to have quite the fighting spirit! We’ve all been so very thankful for the prayers and support offered by so many. Keep the prayers coming! We don’t know yet when he will come home, but hopefully it will be soon.

And finally, a family portrait from a few days ago. The ventilator has been removed since this photo was taken.

From July 2011

Thanks again to everyone for the prayers, thoughts, kind words, and encouragement. It means the world to all of us.

Lessons from a 3 year old

July 12th, 2011 by Jessica Posted in Everyday life, family | 1 Comment »
From July 2011

This morning on the way into school, Phoebe stopped by a patch of grass and looked at a mushroom. The following conversation occurred:

Phoebe: Look Mama!
Me: Yeah, that’s a mushroom.
Phoebe: Where did it come from?
Me, unsure how to answer in my not fully caffeinated state: Uh, the ground.
Phoebe: No, it came from God.

Couldn’t really argue with that.

On an unrelated note, I have a ton of posts floating around in my head. I need to find the time and energy to actually compose them. Hopefully soon regular posting will resume again.

Instagram Photos June 1-3

June 6th, 2011 by Jessica Posted in instagram | 1 Comment »


Plant your Dreams.


Ready for the day!


Scary Bear!

Sweet Sunday Morning

June 1st, 2011 by Jessica Posted in Everyday life, family | 2 Comments »

Lately Phoebe has been a bit of an early riser. We’ve had to tell her that during the week her clock needs to have a green “6,” and on the weekends we’d really like it if it had a green “7.” She has this clock from Target that has different colors for each digit. Well, she doesn’t seem to get on the weekends that mom and dad would really like to sleep in. This past weekend, she would come into our room early in the morning and declare that there was a green 6 on her clock, so it’s time to get up! The sun is out, so let’s get up! Saturday I tried to get her to climb into our bed and snuggle.

Sunday morning she came into our room around 6:15, went to Rick’s side of the bed and said, “Daddy, I want to snuggle Mama.” She then climbed into bed and inserted herself between us, put her forehead on mine, and wrapped her sweet little arm around my neck. She also made sure to point out that I had not brushed my teeth yet. I pointed out that neither had she. She stayed that way for maybe 10 minutes or so. It was sweet while it lasted. Then she crawled out of our bed and asked if I needed coffee to wake up.
“Yes, I do need coffee to wake up,” I answered. Then she said, “I need you to come help me make coffee because I can’t do it all by myself.” I sent her to Rick and they both got up and made me coffee.

That was my sweet Sunday morning. I hope to have more like it, even if it means waking up earlier than I’d like.

April 27, 2011

May 25th, 2011 by Jessica Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

I know, I haven’t posted in forever. I haven’t wanted to keep on posting without first posting about the tornado outbreak of April 27th. At the same time, I haven’t quite been able to put my thoughts down about that day either. So now, 4 weeks later, I still haven’t posted anything.

The day was scary and long. By the time the worst of the weather hit late afternoon, we were already exhausted from the multiple tornado warnings throughout the day. We spent a lot of time in our closet. We spent one of the warnings in a Chick fil A trying to keep our kids from seeing our worry. Our power went out sometime around lunch time that day and didn’t return til sometime the next Tuesday. The day after we fled once we heard that power wouldn’t be restored for many days. While we wanted to help in our community, that wasn’t going to be easy with two little ones.

We are extremely thankful that we came out the other side ok and with very little property damage. We know there were many who were not so lucky that day.

As I’m writing this, another storm system is set to come through. The local news has told us that there may be pop-up tornadoes, but not in the quantities and the strength we saw that day. I’m sure we will all be a little jumpy at the sound of the tornado sirens for a while.

I know other communities have been affected by this most recent line of storms in the past couple of days. We will keep them all in our prayers.