10 month pictures

Due to a coupon for a free 8x10 photo collage, we decided to take Lydda Grace to Sears for some pictures. We all three went and it was so much fun to do this as a family. With such a wiggly little girl pictures just get more challenging! Here are a few shots as found on the Sears website... so not sure how the quality will be.


meeting gracie

Rebekah and Javier have a relatively new dog named Gracie. (She came with that name, she wasn't named after Lydda Grace or anything like that:o)). Lydda Grace and I went to Greenville Friday and spent the night and all day Saturday with Rebekah and Gracie.
Here's Aunt Bekah trying to hold Gracie and Lydda Grace at the same time. They both wiggled so much it was all I could do to snap a picture before they fell over.
Gracie was so sweet to put up with Lydda Grace (and us trying to take fun pictures!)

We took a great walk Saturday! At Falls ParkHold on to her Lydda Grace!


Perishable Wreath vs. Imperishable wreath

Emily and I are reading through the bible in a year with our church. So after the keynote speaker last night when I returned to my room, I read the chapters for our reading yesterday.

That reading (1 Corinthians 9) included this:
For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

After reading this I had to ask myself have I connected my head to my heart. Am I running to win the perishable wreath or the imperishable wreath? This is the question I am pondering in both head and heart today. I guess this question sets me up for how to accomplish this task practically. If anyone has any good suggestions I would ask them to post a reply.

Grace and peace,

Connecting the head with the heart

Today I am at NACURH and the battery on my computer still has some battery so I thought I would do a post about what I learned last night. Vernon Wall (an NCSU grad) was the keynote speaker at NACURH 2009 last night. He talked about social justice. He began his comments by asking the students if they had connected their heads to their hearts. I thought this message is important for all of us. Sometimes in life we have experienced things but we have not experienced life. My example of this would be when you have listened to a story or speach all your life but when the head connects with the heart is when you have heard. So my question to you is are you listening and if you are has the message connected your head and heart.

More to come later!

Grace and peace,


happy birthday uncle javi!!

We tried.... that's all I can say.

She was DONE!


wii baby

Lydda Grace loves the Wii... specifically she loves the little blue light on the balance board and the lights on the remotes.

Yesterday Jon was doing yoga on the Wii and she kept crawling under him to get to the remote. I kept moving it from one side of him to the other and she would turn and scramble to get it and then I would move it to the other side and she would go back after it.

It is so funny what keeps her attention and what entertains her!

catching up!

Whew--- getting back home and back into our routine has been busy! I was talking to some friends at church the other day (with 3 and 4 kids) about the fact that I have no idea how they do it and I only have one!! They both agreed that it's all relative, whether you have one or four they still take up all your time! I believe it!!!

Here are a few more pictures from our week in Chapin.

With Susan Marsh- it only took 3 or 4 tries to get that smile from Lydda Grace... and looking at the camera too! Amazing!

Reading with Gran on the dock.

With Mama on the dock. My mom was determined to get some pictures of me and Lydda Grace together since usually I am the one taking them and am never in them!

Watching Grandpa fish Saturday morning before we left.


a few more pictures

We have very few pictures of Lydda Grace sleeping because I'm always scared I'll wake her up. This day she ended up needing a later nap so we had to wake her anyway so it wouldn't mess up her bedtime. I had fun snapping away at my sleeping girl and she didn't even stir!


this week

Whew... we have been busy bees this week! Lydda Grace and I have been having a nice visit while Jon is working hard away at a conference. It has been so nice to be here and not home by ourselves for the week.

Tuesday we went to visit my Aunt Kay and family in Florence. It was a quick but sweet visit.

Wednesday morning Lydda Grace and I went to see Mrs. Carrie, Reece and Mason. Reese and Mason were so sweet to Lydda Grace. Wednesday afternoon Mrs. Karen, Mrs. Pam and Lyndsay came over to visit. The girls were so cute together!

Thursday Grandpa came home from Chicago so he watched Lydda Grace in the morning while Mom and I ran some errands. Then that afternoon Mrs. Linda, Mrs. Annie and Ruth Louise came to visit. We have been so blessed to spend time with friends and family throughout this week!!

I do, of course, have more pictures... :o) for a later time!


mothers and daughters

It was a happy first Mother's Day. With a smile from this sweet girl what wasn't there to love?!


Lydda Grace and Zach

My new favorite video....


9 month check-up

21 lbs. 7 ozs.
29 inches long
90th percentile for both
Praise the Lord for a healthy and happy baby girl!

visiting family

This past weekend we went to Yadkinville to see Granna Wylie, Uncle Nick and Mandy. We also got to to into Winston for Lydda Grace to meet her Great Uncle Mike. We had a fun weekend and Lydda Grace did so well with traveling and sleeping.

This was also the weekend we left Finn with Granna Wylie and his kitty friends. It's been a little harder than I expected but we know we made the right choice.

Lydda Grace and Finn on Friday before we left. She loves this cat though he's still not too sure :o)

With Uncle Mike- he gave her this doll that her Great-Gran made! Lydda Grace loved the doll and kept trying to put her in her mouth. She'll learn one day that this is a very special doll to treat lovingly.

With Dada at Taste of the Town in Winson-Salem. We had fun and Lydda Grace tried blueberries and pink lemonade sorbet. She liked them both. (I love pictures of them cheek to cheek like this!)