1.29.2011

Surrender: Doubts and the TWIST!

Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 first.

Around the same time that Brent decided he wanted me to stay at home, he also got an inkling to be a realtor. He knew that his current job provided less than what we needed to live and real estate is something that both of us have always been interested in. He met with a local broker to discuss the ins and outs of the career. He came home motivated and ready to pursue this career. But how?


  • It costs money to get started and there are monthly fees, whether or not he is selling homes.
  • He would have to get a new vehicle...have you seen our immortal Camry?
  • With his current work schedule and traveling, it would be nearly impossible to get started in this career, even part time.


So our options were:
1.  Look for a completely different full-time job that offered more flexibility in his schedule so he could also pursue realty.
2.  Quit his current job, get a part-time job, and pursue realty.
3.  Quit his current job and jump headfirst into the realty thing and see our expenses as an investment in a new business.

And so we began to fervently pray for direction. What option was best for our family and our finances? I talked to my mother and one of my co-workers about it a lot. The Bible tells us to seek wise counsel and they have such wisdom and insight from being in my shoes years before me. They have never been one to tell me what I want to hear, only what I need to hear and I respect them for that. They gave me Biblical advice and never led me in the wrong direction. Both of them responded to all of this in a way that let me know that Brent and I were not being hasty, but waiting patiently for the Lord to answer prayers. I am thankful to God for both of them.

We were not comfortable making any major decisions unless it was clear the Lord wanted it. We didn't want to test the Lord and we certainly wanted to be good stewards of His money.

When you are in a state of utter dependence on the Lord, I think that is where you have the most potential to grow in your relationship with the Father. But we didn't want to put ourselves in that situation foolishly. We wanted God to put us there in His infinite wisdom. 


Meanwhile, we felt that it was best to let my principal know sooner rather than later that I did not plan on coming back next school year. I knew the longer I waited to tell her, the more time the enemy would have to convince me otherwise.  I decided that Friday, January 21 was the day. The few days leading up to that point had me in some major doubt. I thought of a thousand reasons why I should not be doing this. I'll be bored during the day, we won't have any extra money, Lily won't grow socially, I won't be surrounded by adults everyday, what if this, what if that, etc. If you let him, Satan will divert your attention as far away as possible from what the Lord wants. And that is what he was trying to do. None of my reasons had Lily's best interest at heart. Then I remembered every current or previous SAHM mom that I talked to said the same thing, "It will be hard, but you will never regret your decision." Every single one of them said that.

So in the morning of January 21, my students were in music (I think) and I prepared to go let my principal know. Here's the twist...


Just before I walked out of my classroom, I noticed I had a text from Brent. It said, "It happened. So long Cornerstone." He had a feeling all week that he was going to lose his job because his boss had been acting very strange toward him--questioning his every decision and getting him to quickly tie up any loose ends of the projects he was working on.

Brent lost his job. God made it VERY easy for Brent to make career decisions. This was an answer to prayer regarding those options I mentioned above.

There I was, heart about to jump out of my chest, preparing to tell my principal that I'm quitting my job, and doubting my decision now more than ever.

So what do I do? I change my mind and decide to think about it over lunch. Again, allowing the enemy time to creep into my thoughts and change my mind. I decided to tell Regina (my co-worker that I had been talking to during the whole process) just to see her response. I knew I could trust her judgment. She teared up about it and our conversation was interrupted and that was that. I couldn't really gauge what she was thinking. I sat through lunch pretending that everything was hunky dory, but really trying to ignore the doubts that filled my mind.

I had to surrender. What if the fullness of God's plan being revealed to us depends on me completely surrendering and letting go? If I hold on to my job, just in case we still need income come August, then I'm not releasing control to the Almighty. The only way to put ourselves in a position to trust God was to quit my job. I had to give it up. And that I did.

With tears in my eyes and a strange mix of fear and joy, I told my principal and the administrative assistant while my kids were at PE. And after I did that, I felt like I was sold and surrendered. Both of them responded with such encouraging words and confirmed that I was doing the right thing.

It feels good to surrender and know that though the details of our lives are completely unknown right now, God holds us in His hands and is guiding us in the path of righteousness.

We would rather have no income yet be drawn closer to the Lord than to have a hefty income but be without an intimate relationship with the Lord.

Wouldn't you?

We aren't worried. We know without a doubt we are smack dab in the middle of where God want us so that He can receive the glory.


Proverbs 20:24 says, "A man's steps are from the Lord; how then can man understand his way?"

Proverbs 3: 5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." 

Psalm 138:8 says, "The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me." 

Deuteronomy 11: 17-20 says, " Beware lest you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.' You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. And if you forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. Like the nations that the Lord makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God." 

Psalm 37: 4-5 (my life verse) says, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act."

A quote that I heard at the conference, "He puts people in positions where they are desperate for His power--so that it's clear who deserves the glory." (originally by David Platt, but I may have misquoted it because the speaker quoted it and I quickly wrote it down). 

The wisdom we have is from the Lord. The peace we have is from the Lord. The knowledge we have is from the Lord. The ability to trust is from the Lord. The blessings we've been given are from the Lord. The people He has used to direct us are from the Lord. The ability for me to write about this is from the Lord. The ability to read and understand His word is from the Lord. All that we have is from the Lord. Praise God and to Him be the glory...great things He has done and will do! 

Again, He said yes, though I never dreamed He would. Let this be an encouragement to you. Begin praying now for those things you think are impossible and surrender to Him completely.

Brent had an interview this week. It went well, but it's not something he wants to do. He has two more interviews next week. And the Lord will continue to provide for our every need.

1.28.2011

T.I.R.E.D.

I just returned from a fun-filled, information-packed conference in Bham with all the wonderful ladies I work with.

After 2 nights away and only getting a total of about 6 hours of sleep (no lie), I'm TIRED to say the least. I'm a terrible sleeper, especially when I have to sleep with someone else in a hotel bed. Last night, I was so frustrated about not sleeping that I almost had a fit with the sheets. Thankfully, 3am-ish rolled around and I finally fell asleep.

All this to say that I originally planned to complete my Surrender series tonight, but it looks like going to sleep might be in the best interest of my family. I'm getting a little irritable.

By the way, I have the best husband in the world. He took such great care of Lily while I was gone...including the fever, frequent blow-out diapers, and screaming at meal times due to the long awaited arrival of FOUR MORE TEETH!

By the way, she's 13 months today :) I plan to keep up with the chair picture, just haven't had the chance to do it today.

Sorry for the delay. Hopefully I'll be well rested tomorrow to share the rest of our story. Thanks for sticking with me :)

1.26.2011

Surrender: Reasons Why

Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

The thought of me staying at home next school year slipped to the back of our minds. As much as I would love to stay at home next year, we really can't afford it. Staying at home became a serious consideration, but it would most likely happen after one more year of me working. So we proceeded to find Scripture to support what we wanted to do.We only wanted it if God wanted it and if He didn't want it, the Holy Spirit would reveal that through the Word. Simple. Our prayer became, "Lord, if you don't want this in the future then please change our hearts." Again...already assuming it's not what God wants.

We began to really read to see what the Bible says about the role of a mother in a Christian home. Here are some things I read (mostly Scripture) that God used to reveal His plan for us.

"Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled."
Titus 2: 3-5 (other versions say "busy at home")

"So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander."
1 Timothy 5:14

"Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children."
Lamentations 2:19

"You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth."
Deuteronomy 11: 18-21

"She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue."
Proverbs 31: 26

So we read and meditated on these verses and absolutely knew that God wanted me at home raising Lily. But, there was still no urgency. We still had a "when we have the money" mentality. My husband is a HARD worker and gives 110% to everything he does. He is devoted and committed to his work, but his job doesn't provide the income we need to live. We compared his income to what we need to survive (bare bones people...bills, groceries, gas...nothing else) and the budget doesn't allow me to quit working. So we decided on one more year of me working and pinching every penny...THEN I would stay at home.

And I read this article. Cried. And was overcome with so much conviction and urgency that I can't wait another year.

My biggest question has been, "If I quit working, how will I serve the Lord, where will my mission field be?" I love my students and enjoy the privilege of talking to them about Christ everyday. You wouldn't believe some of the discussions we have. God is working in the hearts of those children and it is such a joy to be a part of it.
But my ministry is at home. I will serve the Lord at home. My mission field is at home. My first and most important ministry is my husband and my daughter.

I serve the Lord in my home by cooking, cleaning, laundry, meal planning, grocery shopping, etc. all of which I LOVE to do. However, they become chores and bring no joy because I am doing them in the late afternoon while I am also trying to spend quality time with Lily who has been at daycare all day. Afternoons/Nights are stressful and full of guilt because a thousand things need to be done at the same Lily needs her parents to spend quality time with her. Lily needs my full attention. Not my left over attention.

My home is my mission field by praying for and encouraging Brent, teaching Lily to fear the Lord, and creating an environment where the Lord and His work are always welcome. My prayer for Lily everyday is that she would be part of the generation that truly seeks the Lord; that she would not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of her mind so she can test and approve God's pleasing and perfect will; and that she would only seek and desire the approval of the Lord.

I also read the parable of the talents (Matthew 25: 14-30) and it became SO clear to me what the Lord wanted. The word "entrusted" is used in verse 14 and that word kept coming back to me. The man in the story entrusts his money to three other men. Two of them invest it and the third buries it in the ground and has nothing to show for it. Let me break it down for you: God entrusted Lily to Brent and me. We send her away everyday to daycare. We are not investing in Lily, someone else is. And let me say right here that I LOVE Lily's daycare and teachers. They are wonderful and Lily has tons of fun there! But, those teachers are not her parents. We are. And we should be the ones who do the raising. If you think about it, the only day Lily is not in the care of someone else is Saturday (daycare during the week, church on Wed. and Sun.) and that's just not cutting it. As Granny Rosie said to me, "If God didn't want you to take care of a baby, he wouldn't have given you a baby to take care of."

I was so convicted by the Holy Spirit. God gave Brent and Lily to me and I was neglecting my most important ministry. The only answer is yes...I am going to be a stay at home mom.

We went from praying God would change our hearts if he didn't want me to stay at home in the future to praying that it would hopefully be possible after one more year of teaching to seeing the urgency for me to stay at home next year.

Lily is only young once. Her preschool years are a God-given opportunity for me to teach her to fall in love with her Savior. No longer did it matter that our budget said no. We've already been to the wilderness and learned that we don't live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. We don't depend on the budget, we depend on the Lord. And. He. Never. Fails. Us. 

Part 4 will be full of doubts...and the twist, if you are lucky :) And the bad part is (for you), I'm going out of town tonight until Friday for a work conference. I'll be praying that God gives you patience :)

P.S. If you are a working mom of preschoolers, what you are reading is how God has spoken to me. "Working at home" as Titus says means that God has called me to stay at home. However, that may look different in your life, depending on what God has called you to. I am an open book, I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I want the world to know when God is moving in my life. I want God to use me and this blog to change the lives of others and that isn't going to happen if I don't tell you what God is doing. I don't mean to offend or bring guilt on anyone. My prayer is that in some way you have been drawn closer to the Lord.

1.25.2011

Surrender: A Biblical Perspective

If you haven't read the first part, read it here.

One day shortly before Christmas break, Brent said, "I read something today I think you'd be interested in."

Now let me just stop and tell you that my husband is a technological geek and anytime he says that it's usually because he's found the latest and greatest gadget and wants to tell me all about it...hoping I'll agree with him that we can't live any longer until we have that gadget. (He agrees that this is an accurate account.) 

Impatient, I couldn't wait to read the article to know what was "so" interesting (again, I'm thinking some new gadget that I'll never understand how to use) so I just asked him to tell me what it was about (and if I thought it was really worth my time, I would actually read the article).

 And he said to me, "I want you to stay at home."

"What?" 

"I want you to quit work at stay at home." 

"Like, as in next year?" 

"Yeah." 

That article was DEFINITELY worth my time and I couldn't wait to get my eyes on it! Except for the fact that he couldn't find it. He knew it was written by Mark Driscoll and he gave me the gist of it--it was an article about husbands and how they are to love their wives financially by providing for the family. 

Something I had longed for was seen as Biblical by my husband. He didn't think it was unbiblical before, he just had never thought of it in light of God's Word until he read the article. He has always wanted me to stay at home once we had children, but when we had Lily we just financially couldn't make that happen and we never seriously considered it...until now. 

I concluded that Mark Driscoll is my HERO (haha) and it was time to buckle down and find some Scripture that confirmed what was on our hearts.

Part 3 coming soon...

1.24.2011

Surrender: Afraid to Pray

On my way to work every morning I pray out loud.

This past August, when school started again and I was taking Lily to and from daycare everyday, I prayed daily that God would provide a way for me to stay at home next year. I prayed that prayer with a lot of doubt. As the words fell out of my mouth I immediately thought to myself, "God doesn't want this, quit praying for it."

So I did. 

And I felt like God wasn't on my side and was working against me. I wanted one thing and he wanted another. 

I quit praying because I wanted so badly to stay at home, but I was afraid that God would say no, and I didn't want to hear that. I would rather ignore God and keep working. I didn't want to hear His response, unless it was a yes. So instead of praying for a yes or praying for God to change my heart, I just quit. 

No, I didn't stop praying altogether. I just decided in my heart that God had already said no and there was no need to keep praying for a way for me to stay at home. He didn't want it and it wasn't financially possible anyway. 

Done. Move on.

Lesson Learned: Don't be afraid to pray for what you think is impossible.

And I know what you're thinking...that I've already spilled the beans about the surprise. Not really. There is a twist, so just stick with me.





1.22.2011

Stay Tuned for BIG News!

Be on the lookout for some BIG news (well, at least I think it is).

NO, I'm NOT pregnant. (Why is it that any time a young married woman has an announcement to make, people automatically assume she is preggo? Sometimes all she has to be is tired or sick and people suspect she is pregnant...can't a girl just be tired because she is tired?) Ok--stepping off the soapbox.

NO, we aren't moving. At least we don't think we are.

It has to do with A LOT of faith and trust in our sovereign God!

If you've been with me long, you know that I can't keep it short. So, you'll probably be seeing my posts as a series or in parts. I've got to figure out the best way to tell the whole story, because you know I don't leave out ANY details.

Stay tuned :)

I apologize in advance if this news isn't as big as you were expecting...haha!

1.13.2011

The Strength of Words

Many times when we think of the power of our words, we (at least I) think of it in a negative way. I think of all the things I shouldn't say. My words are very powerful. I have the power to destroy someone with my speech. I also have the power to build up, encourage, and love with my speech. Let me be in the business of making sure I love and encourage others with the words of my mouth, rather than remembering to bite my tongue before I say something I shouldn't. Let my words build up and benefit those who hear (Ephesians 4:29). 

James 3:2-12

2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.


The tongue is a small part of our body, but it has the power to create a disaster or something beautiful. What do you want your words to do?

1.12.2011

A New Name and Stir Crazy

I'm beginning to change the looks of my blog as much as I change the radio station.

By the way, the name has been changed to "A Merry Heart" because it's a little more universal than the previous title--meaning when I have more children, I don't have to change the title (and NO I'm not pregnant)--and I didn't really like my daughter's name being a part of the title...thus a new title.

I looked up the word merry: jolly, fun, entertaining, hilarious, festive just to name a few of the synonyms.

My life is certainly not always merry, so that can't be the reason I chose this title. I chose this name for two reasons.

1.  My mother, Phyliss. In her kitchen, she has Proverbs 17:22 cross-stitched in a frame. I can't tell you how many times I have read that verse. I do believe laughter is her medicine because she does it quite often. And by quite often I mean if she is not laughing then she is sleeping. Even during her sleeping hours she has been known to laugh a time or two. She defines laughter and she is a living example of Proverbs 17:22. Laughing is by far my most favorite thing to do, and she is my most favorite person to laugh with (or at...it just depends).

2.  My Joy, Jesus Christ. Like I said before, my life isn't always merry, but it is possible to have joy in every circumstance. Zephaniah 3:17 says, "The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing."

The pics below are of us getting a little stir crazy with all this winter weather...thankfully Brent went back to work today and Lily had to go to the doctor, so we all had excuses to get out of the house today! Poor Sanibel...she's ready for the luxury of going to the bathroom without her paws freezing.









 My personal favorite

Skyping with Grandma Reese

1.11.2011

Mrs. Frye and My Love for Reading

First of all...WAR EAGLE! I feel blessed to be a part of the Auburn family :) 

I like to read, so much that I started one book last summer and started another in November and never finished either one. I don't think I even got through the first chapter in either book. Isn't it obvious? Reading is my number one hobby. You'd think that a teacher would love to read, right? Truth be told, I don't love to read. 

In middle and high school I was always in the advanced English classes because the regular classes couldn't handle my extreme knowledge of literature I love to write. I remember my teachers well:

Mrs. Bean (6th grade)- the sweetest lady you'll ever meet. I always got in trouble for laughing too much with Sarah Turner and Lynne Rayford.

Mrs. Levin (7th grade)-the Jewish lady with a nasally accent, black hair, and very defined lipstick

Mrs. Montgomery (8th grade)- we all called her a mushroom because her hair cut looked like, you guessed it, a mushroom

Mrs. Brown (9th grade)- the one who claims she was struck by lightning and that's how her hair turned white and something about jumping out windows and angels. It's all a little vague now.

Mrs. Price (10th grade)- the one who thought the "beep beep" of the buses outside our window was her hearing aids and constantly apologized and tried to turn them down. There was also a time that she went to the bathroom and while she was gone we (as in the other students, I would have NEVER been brave enough to do this) pulled out the TV and put in a movie. When she returned, she just sat at her desk and watched it with us as if we'd been doing that the whole block.

Mrs. Frye (11-12th grade)- We had a love/hate relationship. I loved her as a teacher, but her personality didn't click with mine. She had potential to like me, but I messed that up and you'll see why in a second. She rarely smiled and made me a nervous wreck when she called my name to answer questions about literature because, well, I don't like to read and never saw what she saw in a story. I never finished a novel in her class until my senior year. I decided I would give reading a try. I'm glad I did because I fell in love with Tess of the d'Ubervilles and Wuthering Heights. Mrs. Frye told us at the beginning of the year that she always assigned Pride and Prejudice at the end of the semester and she always remembered her students by who did and did not read that book. And the one novel I decide not to read that year was Pride and Prejudice. I guess my name is written in the book titled "Those Whom I Will Frown Upon Until the Day I Die".

I love to write, but not read. Obviously.

So you'd probably be surprised to hear that I have signed up for Bloom, an online book club, and Blogging for Books. I receive free books and then review them with my honest opinion 30-90 days after receiving the book. What have I gotten myself into?

I joined both of them because it gives me the opportunity to meet new blog friends and write on topics I probably wouldn't write about had I not read the books. I just have to find the time because not only do I not enjoy reading, I certainly won't enjoy reading more than one book at a time. Maybe I'll surprise myself...we'll see.

The first book I will be reviewing is...

It's going to take almost 2 weeks to even receive the book, so I've got time to gear up for all this reading I've signed myself up for.


I hope you'll come back and join me on my reading adventures. Or, just start your own adventure with Bloom and Blogging for Books :)

1.10.2011

Snow Day

Lily has seen snow so many times in her life that she's going to think this is normal in Alabama. Maybe it's becoming normal??? We got almost 8 inches of snow last night and we are snuggled up in our house staying warm. My school is closed again tomorrow, so we get another day to play in the snow! YEA!!!

 The day started with hot cocoa. The only other time in my life that I have seen snow like this was in the blizzard of '93 in Birmingham. I spent the night with my grandparents, the power went out, and we made hot cocoa over a fire. 

 Then we bundled up and headed outside. Lily was getting a little fussy because it was close to her morning nap time, so she didn't enjoy it too much. 

 Maybe I should invest in some snow boots? Nah...the Kroger bags worked just fine!

 Our house in the beautiful snow. Yes...those are Christmas decorations still on our house. The opportunity  to take them down just hasn't risen yet. The decorations in the house are down, though! We don't look too redneck because there are about 4 other houses on our street that have decorations up and light them every night! 

 All three of us in the snow!

 Lily and her Daddy :)

 Trying to get Lily to stand in the snow...we should have known better!

 All she wanted was a kleenex

Our backyard

 Lily went down for a nap, so Brent and I made an Auburn snowman. WAR SNOW EAGLE!!! 

We are very thankful that the power didn't go out so we can still watch the game tonight! 
I hope everyone enjoyed their day in the snow. Stay warm and safe! 

1.06.2011

Lily's First Birthday

A year ago (well, a little over a year now since I'm SO late in posting this!) our sweet Lily was born! Our precious little 6lb, 11oz, 19in long baby was given to us at 8:36am. Here are pics from her first birthday! Her Minnie Mouse party was at Granny Rosie's house at 5pm. We had all kinds of soup followed by delicious cake (made by the same lady that made our fabulous wedding cake!). TBone played "Happy Birthday" on the piano and we all sang to you! The people attending were: Mommy, Daddy, TBone, Nana No Name, Uncle Ben, Granddaddy, Grandma Reese, Aunt Katie, Uncle Ryan, Greg, Mom and Pop, Granny Rosie, Leslie, Quinton, Becky, Sandra and Daryl, Aunt Nancy, Aunt Rita, Uncle Greg, Josh,  Guncle Us, Allison and Brian, Jessica, and Joe and Jennifer.  If I forgot anyone, PLEASE forgive me! 

Birthday breakfast at Cracker Barrel. 


The DELICIOUS cakes! 

The banner says "Happy Birthday Lily!" on Minnie Mouse cut-outs. My super crafty friend, Ashley, and I made this the day before the party with a Cricut. LOVE that machine! 

The balloons

The napkins

The cake plates (yes, I took pictures of ALL the details)


And the Birthday Girl in her Minnie mouse shirt and bloomers! I never got a good pic of the shirt, but it had Minnie Mouse on the front with a pink bow and it was monogrammed with "Lily". 

The only picture I have of the "Redneck Rat Tail" cutting. Who did it? Uncle Ben, of course. The rat tail is GONE! Haha :) 

Another pic of the cakes

The birthday girl checking out her decorations!

On either side of the cake I put her chair pictures from each month. 

Aunt Katie showing you your new baby doll

Opening presents

Your new customized bowl and plate from here. Jessica always gives the neatest gifts! 

Opening your bowling set from Joe and Jennifer...who are expecting their first little one this summer! 

Reading your VERY loud Minnie Mouse card that sings to you. You still play with it at home! 

Happy girl and loving the attention you are getting

The only family pic from the night :(

And...the cake...first touch

First taste...you didn't know what to think

Then you decided to dig right in

And you got really excited!

You worked the room...turning from one side to another smiling and giggling. 



You really wanted to pick it up and put your face in it. I think it was too heavy. 
 So Mommy picked up the cake with a spatula, but you never did dive in! 


 My two favorite pics from the night. I love your expressions! 




Time to get clean! 

You were MAD at Mommy!

But it all turned out just fine because you got to ride in your new wagon!

Your smash cake after you were done with it

Playing on the piano with TBone

We enjoyed the night SO much! You'll never have a first birthday again :( But we look forward to many, many more birthday celebrations with you!

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