Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello Again + An Announcement + Our Disney Getaway

Dusting off the cobwebs of the dear old blog today.  To our readers, a big thank you for being patient as a lot has been going on lately {and that is probably an understatement}.  Now, if you follow Matt + me on IG, Twitter, or FB, you are most likely aware of some of the happenings going on.  The greatest joy in our life right now is...


This was very surprising and welcoming news.  We have always had our heart set on having at least 3 children and since we have had fertility issues in the past, we thought it best to try right away.  So, when I was feeling completely exhausted for the first part of the year, I never dreamed it was due to being pregnant.  We found out when we were a little over 11 weeks along...almost through the first trimester!!  This week we get the joy of finding out the gender of this little one.  This process is very familiar, yet so exciting even still.  We truly appreciate all of the love we have received from all of our family and friends already concerning this announcement.

In other news, Spring Break happened to be a pretty exciting week for us too.  We were able to take the boys on a family vacation to Orlando, Florida.  Our time included staying with our our friend, Robert {aka Uncle Robert}, going to Disney's Magic Kingdom, and visiting the ocean.  All of it was a bit of fantastic whirlwind.

Magic Kingdom was every bit of the magic and more.  Jude loved it so much.  To a boy that loves boats, cars, trains, and Mickey, was a moment that he won't soon forget.  Actually, he brings up Disney World almost daily and our trip was over a month ago already.  The most precious moment of the day came at the very end of our time there.  We got to meet Mickey Mouse himself.  Jude pretty much jumped out of his daddy's arms to hug Mickey.  The excitement and awe he had in his eyes during that moment was just so special.  

The visit to the ocean was also a very noteworthy occasion.  It was Ezra's first time to the beach.  Since he was born at the end of October he has never experienced the sunny, warm weather like we did there.  I think it was love at first experience for him though.  He would just lay in the sun without one cry of discomfort and even took a nap on his beach towel.  As far as the ocean goes, it certainly was not warm water, but he loved splashing in it nevertheless.  Of course, this is Jude's 2nd time at the beach and he was rather pro at it too.  Building and digging in the sand seems to be his specialty or even chasing birds around.  

All in all, the vacation was well-spent and most enjoyed.  Here are some of our captured moments. :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

JAN/2015...Family Photos

We are back to taking family pics, but as a family four.  Yay!  The temperature rose to 50 degrees on Saturday, so why not get out, enjoy beautiful scenery, and capture the moment while we are at it.  Afterward, we went to a hibachi grill, because that experience is always a memorable and tasty one.  Jude decided he would be a chef the rest of the evening.  Thankfully he doesn't have access to real knives. :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Ezra's Dedication Video

We had the formal dedication of Ezra to the Lord this morning at our church.  It was such a sweet and blessed day.  A special thank you to all of our family and friends that were there to support the blessing of our sweet fella.  Here is a video we created to share at the dedication.  Enjoy.

Ezra James Wilson's Dedication

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy Twenty Fifteen

Happy New Year!  Are you into goal setting?  I am.  I like dreaming of what's to come, planning to make it happen, and actually working to see the dream come to pass.  No, every new year resolution is not always accomplished, but some are.  Those successes are what keep me planning and scheming.  In prayer and meditation, I have felt as though the Spirit has been birthing this verse in me for this year...Matthew 16:25- "For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."  Honestly, in my walk with Christ I have found my greatest struggle to be with SELF.  I wrestle with trying to make myself happy versus pleasing God.  This year I want to be intentional in overcoming my flesh and living a life spent completely for Christ.  In every area of my a wife, mother, daughter, sister, teacher, friend, leader, etc.  I am planning on finding true life from living for the glory of God solely.  Yes, I have other goals which I will not go into, but with this as my base I am hoping to see much fruit.  Here's to hoping 2015 is the best yet.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas Celebrations of 2014

Christmas is my favorite holiday (next to the 4th of July).  There is just something so peaceful and joyful about it that even the over-commercialization can't diminish it.  This year was very different for us.  On the 23rd Jude came down with a stomach virus (his first ever) and was sick for 6 days straight.  We still managed to celebrate with our family and friends, but the poor little guy was pretty miserable most of the time.  I think the saddest part was that he had been anticipating the holiday for over one month (I mean, non-stop talking about it) then, he got violently sick.  Matt ended up being spared from the sickness, but Ezra and I came down with it on the 27th.  We were not effected as strongly as Jude, but still very sickly.  Thankfully, we seem to all be over it.  Enough with the "sick talk" though...we still had a beautiful Christmas with our loved ones.  We ate a lot of delicious food, opened some thoughtful and lovely gifts, and had cherished family time.  Here are a lot of pics from 3 separate days.

At Home

At Matt's Mom's

At Matt's Dad's

At My Parents'

At My Aunt + Uncle's