December 30, 2014


In keeping with our new tradition, on Christmas morning we woke up at our house then made our way to Baltimore to see my family. At home we read the story of Jesus' birth, opened presents, and had a little breakfast. Cole wanted Santa to bring her and Ibbie bubbles for Christmas, blue and yellow bubbles that she could blow herself. He did. He and his reindeer also gratefully devoured the cookie, carrot, milk, and water the girls left out.
Cole also wanted Ibbie to give her a Buzz Lightyear, who she affectionally calls "Buzz Light-leader."
Cole gave Ibbie her very own baby doll which was exactly what she asked for. Our generous neighbors gave us a workbench that their children recently outgrew. The girls were surprised and delighted.
We got to Baltimore at 10 o'clock and had a lovely and leisurely morning and afternoon at my parents' houses. I opted to bring a tripod and timer so we could get some family pictures and didn't worry too much about getting snapshots.
Christmas morning, my dad gave Ibbie a necklace to celebrate her baptism in September. I planned to hold on to it until she was a bit older but Ibbie insisted we put it on her right away. The gal loves accessories! 

December 10, 2014

Thanksgiving (Better Late Than Never)

Our Thanksgiving lasted eight days. It brought us guests from Georgia, took us to New Jersey and Rehoboth, and somewhere in there we hosted a meal. I'll let these many, many pictures do the talking.  We are very thankful. 


November 18, 2014

A Year

A year ago today, we moved to Delaware. I have a hard time with that. On one hand, it feels like we've been here for ages. On the other,  I think about Memphis like we just left yesterday.

A few weeks ago, I was a speaker at our church's women's conference. The theme was God's Faithfulness Through All Seasons. Women of different ages and stages were invited to speak about their particular season of life. I was asked to address my experience in young motherhood, recent relocation, and finding a new church home.  I'm a talker and those are some meaty subjects, so I easily filled my fifteen minutes. In preparing my little talk, I took some time to think about the last year.

I know a few things about relocation to be true. God went before us. We moved because He called us to. Moving is hard. I realized one of the greatest challenges of relocation is living in the tension between the new place and the old. I have a heart that wants to live two places when we've only been called to one. It's so tempting to compare our life in Memphis to our new life in Delaware but it's not productive. We had years of roots laid down in Tennessee. I assumed it would take two years before Delaware felt like home and we're still on track for that. I'm grateful for technology and the ability to keep up with friends far away. I wish air travel wasn't so costly. I left part of my heart in Memphis and think about our friends from there daily.

Our Senior Pastor in Memphis left us with parting word that I still remember, "It's not goodbye. It's until we meet again." How I long for everyone I love to be in one place!

November 1, 2014

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