Friday, November 28, 2008

The Highlight Reel

On Monday, our Eisley will be 4 months old. I am not quite sure why time seems to zoom by now that Eisley has arrived, but it does. Oddly, it seems like ages ago that we were headed to the hospital to have her. Maybe it's because it is hard to remember what life was like without her. Yet, each day she changes and grows. So it also seems somehow that time is zooming by. I have already filled a box of clothes that she no longer fits into, and moved them to the attic, to be used again if someday we have another daughter. It was 2 days after Thanksgiving last year that we found out we were expecting her. Little did we know just how wonderful she would be.

Here are some of my favorite photos from this past month with Eisley:


This is the day we got the Bumbo. Doesn't she look so cute in it?


I love this one because I love that little hoodie on her and her tennis shoes.


This is the day we went to Build-A-Bear to make a special friend for Eisley. Here they are together.


We named Eisley's friend Lexi. We chose the name Lexi, because Eisley was born in Lexington, and we wanted to do something to remember our time here in Kentucky. Here they are at home.

I love this smile.

I think she looks so beautiful here.

I like this one because there has always been something irresistible to me about Billy's eyes. He'll peer at me from behind a book or a magazine or a pillow, and all I can see are his eyes. It melts my heart. Eisley has Billy's eyes and I love them! So I love this picture because all I can see are her eyes.

I love storytime with Eisley. She is now really interested in her books and likes to touch the pages. This particular night, we snuggled together and just kept reading. We read 4 books that night.

I love the face she is making here!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Why the heck not?

Thanks to my friend Kandice, you get to learn 7 interesting (or, not-so-interesting) facts about me. Here goes:

The Rules:

1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.

3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.

4. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.


1. I love peaches. My grandparents and aunt & uncle have a peach farm in Northeast Texas, and have since the late 1970s. To me, there is nothing better than a fresh, just-picked, juicy peach. I cannot stomach peaches from the grocery store. They just aren't juicy enough! You can hardly even call them peaches. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of summers at the peach farm. Itchy peach fuzz in the air and all.

2. I hate to fold towels. They fit best in our linen closet when folded a specific way. And since I am part Collins (that's my mom's family), I have been cursed with very short arms. Folding towels with my short arms just isn't any fun, so I usually just make Billy fold them. He does not like folding towels either, mostly because he now has to fold all of them, and thinks it's ridiculous that I won't do it!

3. The average amount of time I keep a cell phone is 6 months. It's very wasteful. And it's not that I buy new ones because I get bored with them, or have to have the latest thing that's on the market. It's because I am really hard on my phones. I drop them, I break them, I lose them. So I stopped buying nice phones a long time ago.

4. The best part of my day is first thing in the morning. Sometimes I grumble about having to get up so early every morning, in order to stick with Eisley's routine/schedule. But first thing in the morning, when I lean over Eisley's crib as she is waking up, she greets me with me the biggest smile she'll smile all day. I don't even have to say anything to her or make any faces at her. Just seeing each other for the first time makes us both grin from ear to ear. How can I complain about getting up at 6:30 every day, when I get to start my day like that?

5. I don't like mushrooms, though I have tried really hard to like them. It's a huge texture issue for me, people.

6. I love to spell. My day isn't complete until I have played at least one game of Scrabble online. I happened to have married one of the world's worst spellers (It is okay for me to say that. He will admit it, too). Because of this, I have learned to not be so compulsive about correcting everyone else's misspelled words. And yes, I make spelling mistakes from time to time, too.

7. My favorite punctuation mark is the comma. I use it way more often than the rules of grammar dictate. Don't judge me.

I will not tag anyone specifically to do this. I don't like that sort of thing. Just do it if you want. And let me know you did. I like learning fun new things about my friends.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Are you out there?

I am curious as to who reads this blog on a regular basis. I often run into people who will randomly say to me, "I read your blog!" and I am delighted to discover someone else who reads my blog.

However, it seems that there are just a few of you who leave comments, and I know there are more people that read than actually comment. So to all you non-commenters out there-- here's your chance to comment! Let me know who you are! Let me know you're out there.

Hopefully one day I'll have more interesting things to blog about. I've got a list going of things I'd like to blog about-- just haven't quite found the time to delve into them more deeply though.

Stay tuned. One day I WILL be back.

Friday, November 21, 2008

A good word

Saw this on my google reader this morning, from the God's Politics blog. It's a good word and worth sharing:

We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.

- Abigail Adams
to her husband, John Adams, in Letters of Mrs. Adams.

I'm not quite sure why these words struck me so, but they did. I'm stewing on them this morning--

I am stewing on these words and thinking about them in the context of my faith. It seems that everywhere I turn, Christians (myself included) are talking about things like social justice. We're talking a lot about helping the poor and taking care of the environment and living communally and doing something. We're no longer equating Christianity just with Republican politics and we're questioning policy. We're talking about social justice issues worldwide, and we're talking seriously about loving our enemies. We are questioning the ideal of American consumerism, and we are even talking about how we do church and wondering if we should be doing it differently.

I pray that these are not just things that we talk about because it's what's trendy to talk about in Christian circles right now. That seems to happen a lot. To be involved in a cause because it's trendy exploits the vulnerable and uses them to make us feel good about what we're doing.

I pray, however, that there is sincere action behind these conversations we are having. I pray that they propel us into doing something real and living like Jesus would have us live. Love in action.