Archive | October, 2011

Prayer request

Hi friends, a few weeks ago I wrote about Rand’s cute “mater onesie”  made by my friend Settle Monroe of Pinecone Threads…well, Settle and her husband Jeff need your prayers.  On Saturday morning, their 3-year-old son Webb did not wake up.  So if you would please stop and take a few minutes right now to pray for Settle, Jeff, Jack (Webb’s twin brother) and 1-year-old Duncan.  Settle and Jeff have amazing faith and, although the shock and sadness was evident on their faces at the funeral on Wednesday afternoon, so was their strong steadfastness and trust in the Lord.  Please pray that the Lord would comfort them and give them a “peace that transcends all understanding.” (Phil. 4:7)

At the funeral, everyone was given a bookmark that Webb colored at church the Sunday before.  Here is a link to Webb’s amazing obituary.

Settle Plyler Monroe

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Happy Birthday Wes

Happy 33rd birthday to my sweet husband Wes!  He’s one awesome husband and father.   I tried and tried to think of something that could make his day extra special but still couldn’t come up with something more fun than hanging out with Rand. Wes would tell you that even though our birthdays are in October, we’ve been celebrating and jumping for joy since April.

“We’re thanking you, God, from a full heart, we are writing the book on your wonders.  We’re whistling, laughing and jumping for JOY.“

Psalm 9:1-3


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Weekend fun

This past weekend we walked to a local crafts festival. I found some really cute handmade puzzles – Rand will get it for his 1st birthday so don’t tell him. We also found the funnel cakes…

And we found Grandmommie…and Nina decided to catch a ride.

All the weekend fun landed me in bed Sunday with a sore throat.  Rand (in his new Mater Onesie) had a little cold himself but he wasn’t letting it get him down.  I chose this photo because it shows his sweet little dimple (and it isn’t too zoomed in on the piece of dog hair on his cheek! Errr!)

I almost forgot…last week we took belated 5 month photos before Rand grows even more.  This one’s for you Auntie Jax!



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Friday Photo Flashback

Last Sunday, I celebrated my 30th birthday, so I thought this oldish photo would be appropriate –


It was taken on my 24th Birthday. I was looking for some “hair pics” because I MUST get my hair cut ASAP (no one told me your hair falls out after you have a baby…). The last time I got my hair cut was JUNE and now, 4 months later, minus a LOT of it, it is starting to look pretty straggly. But I’m trying to decide: Bangs or No Bangs?

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Heads up Erin Condren Fans

1.  Erin Condren is featured on One Kings Lane  (Ends Friday 10/14).  The good stuff always goes fast, so hopefully it is still there.  Several of my sweet friends use the Erin Condren planners and convinced me to check it out last year.  I got a calendar/notebook that I use all the time now to keep up with Rand’s stuff.  I really like the labels…they seem like a pretty good deal, but if you know you are going to order a planner or something in the future, check out the $50 gift card for $25.  It would really help with the planner purchase…her stuff’s not cheap!  I ordered my calendar last May…and they customized it for 1 year for me starting in May/June vs. January which I thought was nice.  Here’s a peek:


My calendar came with a personalized notepad

And they threw in a few labels…which I think that is what I’d like to get ahead for Christmastime, although these work great year-round.

Hmmm…not a lot going on in December yet. Invite me to something!


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Something Fun

Hey friends – I’m guest blogging today over on the blog 101 Things I Love.  I think you’ll love Johanna’s blog too!

While I’m no baby expert, we are pretty proud of the fact that Rand is sleeping through the night thanks to a new routine and lots of prayer!  Now I just need to get to work on the nap time routine…


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Home away from home

We just spent the past two weeks at our 2nd home – New Smyrna Beach, FL.  We’ve visited every summer but, this year, due to my grandmother’s illness, we pushed the trip back to the Fall.  I think we’ll visit in the Fall from now on.  It was nice to have temps in the 80s and low 90s vs over 100 degrees. The water was definitely warm enough for swimming.

Plus, we almost had the beach to ourselves (I even took this photo on a Saturday!)

We visited all of our old favorite restaurants (with no wait time!) like JB’s Fishcamp, the Spanish River Grill (just ask Wes about his Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding with Maple Bacon and a Fresh Farm Egg that he had for brunch…) and a new addition, the Taco Shack. It is exactly what it sounds like, except for Monday night we lucked out with $1 tacos, yummy queso and sangria!

Ocean’s Seafood was still crowded…

Not just with people…


But most days we just ate in.  I’m obsessed with Publix and wish we had one here at home.  We got some great things while we were there but my favorite had to be the Wheat Italian 5-Grain bread.  We stocked up before we left.

We had an entire week all to ourselves and enjoyed showing Rand the beach, relaxing and being a family of 3. Since Rand wasn’t really ready to “beach it” all day, we did some other fun things like visiting the local farmers’ market

where we bought some yummy mangrove honey to have on our Publix Wheat Italian 5-grain toast, experienced the local life

and lingered around to watch the boats sail in.

It was a full week of sunrises, sunsets and sea air.

After a whole week to ourselves, the family arrived and that was fun too. Rand got some quality time with his uncle Sam

He cheered up his “Beebo” who had lots of good stories about Florida

He met his Granny (on the Franklin side) – they really hit it off












And we hung out with uncle Sam some more.

After our “Geah’s” memorial service in Orlando, Rand got to meet lots of family.

Including his cousin (twice removed???) Rand. Here are some of the “Rands.”

It was sad to not have Geah with us – singing the songs and reading the scriptures she chose.  Rand cheered us all up with lots of kisses though.  His Geah would be proud.


We also tried to get a good family photo, but I just finished looking at them and there wasn’t a single one with all 3 of us looking at the camera.  Oh well.

The only downside to the trip…it was the end of “love bug” season. The Tahoe really took one for the team.

Is anyone still here?  This post is almost as long as our trip.  I still have a wildlife kayaking adventure to tell you about, but I’ll save it for the next post.

Finally, it was time to go home just as the rain set in.  Which made leaving a little easier.

Reminds me of a song I sing to Rand each night before bed…

Jesus, let us come to know you,
Let us see you face to face.
Touch us, hold us, use us, mold us,
Only let us, live in you.

Jesus, draw us ever nearer,
Hold us in your loving arms.
Wrap us in your gentle presence,
When the rains come bring us home.
(by Michael Card)


And so we’re home. For now.

Update: Speaking of bedtime songs…check out my guest post on fellow mom Johanna’s 101 Things I Love Blog

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Friday Photo Flashback

Fishing - NSB

While I’m ready to get back to our normal routine, I’ll be sad to leave the beach tomorrow.  I’ll especially miss waking up to the sound of the ocean and the beautiful sunrises (yep – we’ve been up for every single one!)

Each morning while having our coffee and hanging out with Rand, we’ve enjoyed watching a fisherman or two set up his bucket and pole, toss the cast net to catch his bait and then wade patiently with his line out in the surf as the sun starts to climb.

A few mornings, we’d see entire families fishing – reminding me of when my father would get up at 6am or so and, sometimes, we’d get to go too.  This is one of my favorite photos ever.  If I was a painter, I’d like to have a painting of it.


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Steve Jobs

The problem is I’m older now, I’m 40 years old, and this stuff doesn’t change the world. It really doesn’t.

I’m sorry, it’s true. Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much — if at all.

These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I’m not downplaying that.

But it’s a disservice to constantly put things in this radical new light — that it’s going to change everything. Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” [Wired, February 1996]

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Happy Birthday James

Happy Birthday to my brother James (aka Uncle James)!  We are still at the beach, so I’m sure James is thankful that I only have the photos on my computer to choose from.  While there were some silly gems on facebook, we’ll just stick to this one.  It was actually one of my first photos last year when I got our Nikon.

James and I usually get to celebrate our birthdays together (always on his birthday because the fam isn’t ready to eat another cake 5 days later).  But since James and his wife Samantha are in Austin, TX for James to attend Seminary of the Southwest, we will just have to celebrate long-distance.  As I said, we’re still at the beach and I’m guessing we’ll be at J.B.’s again tonight…so it might be key lime pie instead of cake.  Happy Birthday James – we love you and miss you – especially today!

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