Wednesday, April 23, 2014

isaac says.

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i walk around the corner of the house to find isaac henry on the front porch with a handful of flowers: "dees were jus dead, momma." well, now they are.

getting dressed for the day, i ask isaac what shirt he wants to wear.
ih: me wear monster truck shirt!
me: oh buddy, you wore that yesterday. it's dirty.
ih: monster truck shirt!
me: sorry bud. it's dirty.
ih: [in a very understanding voice] oooohhhhhhh, is dere poop on it?

in nursery at church..
teacher: [just finished talking about jonah] isaac henry, have you ever seen a big fish?
ih: [very matter of fact-ly] no. but i seed a dog.

me: isaac henry, what do you wanna be when you grow up?
without hesitation, ih: robot. NO! BIG robot.

bryant: what did you learn about in sunday school?
isaac henry: Jesus.
bryant: what about Jesus?
isaac henry: him died on da cross...
[points to nearby toy crab laying on the ground upside down]...
crab died too.

we're outside looking at the strawberry plants and their blooms.
i point out a bloom to isaac henry..
me: don't pick this flower. it's going to turn into a strawberry.
isaac henry points to another bloom: dis one turn into a apple!

ih: momma do it.. [attempts to hand me a crayon.]
me: no buddy. you're doing good. you keep coloring.
ih: momma! my hands are full!

walking through walmart, i yawn.
me: whoo! momma's got a case of the yawns!
ih: me got a case of da burps.
me: the burps?
ih: uh huh, and da bless yous.

i'm trying on my easter dress and isaac henry is commentating:
ooooohhhh!!! momma's a pwincess!! momma is pwincess anna!!! spin awound momma!! you's a pwincess!!!

we're outside playing in the front yard. our teenage neighbor is fixing to go for a run. he's stretching, not wearing a shirt.
isaac henry YELLING: hey! you goin' to da pool?!
isaac henry: you goin' to da pool?!?!?!
isaac henry: momma, is him goin' to da pool????
...neighbor runs away.

Monday, April 21, 2014

easter festivities.

we started our easter festivities off thursday night with a seder dinner with our church. they do a great job and it's really cool! add it to your bucket list if you've never gone to one.

friday night we went to our church's good friday service. it was really good too. we kept both boys in service with us because they had a little runny nose and were acting whiny and they both did great. the only time isaac henry spoke out is when the music lulled at one point and he yelled [he probably just used his normal voice but you know how ultrasensitive you are as a parent in a church service or anytime your kid needs to be quiet..], "let it go!" apparently he thought it was time to place requests..

saturday we were gonna go to an easter egg hunt in town but when we got there it was bonkers. so many people and the time slot that was next was full so we were gonna have to wait an hour for the next time slot. no thanks. so we decided to let isaac do his egg hunt from us saturday after his nap.

this is something my mom always did when we were kids, hide all our goodies out in the yard and make us go pick it up. even as teenagers. and i'm so excited that isaac henry is old enough for us to do that for him. my mom was always so good about making holidays extra special.

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every egg he found he had to open and tell us what was inside before he could go on to look for more eggs. so cute.

he ended up with a few pieces of candy, a mini chocolate bunny, some quarters, a tow mater car, a little thing of bubbles, and a spider-man tshirt.

we didn't make grant search for his stuff.. i don't think he woulda got too far..

he got some puffs (for later), a few quarters, a baby car, and some bubbles. babies are hard to buy for.

sunday morning we got ready and i wanted to get a picture of the boys because they were matching in the cutest outfits ever and looked so adorable i never wanted to change their clothes ever again.. and i really needed to get it before church because my children have a tendency to poop/pee out of their clothes.

it's almost like they are a baby and a two year old when it comes to taking pictures.

we started inside. it went really well..

[isaac henry is singing jesus loves me to cheer up baby dant.]

since the inside pictures went so well, i decided to take them outside for even more pictures. basically because i'm brilliant!

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perfect! everyone look at the ground. no one smile. yep. that's it!

this is how our photo shoot was going, "look and smile! i'll give you a gummy worm! i'll give you a quarter! ISAAC HENRY. I WILL GIVE YOU A SPANKING IF YOU DO NOT LOOK AT THE CAMERA RIGHT NOW. and don't drop your brother. STOP PUSHING YOUR BROTHER. LOOK AT MOMMA." it was all a very happy situation. you know, preserving the memories.

at this point i was not feeling the easter cheer so i gave up, hoping for no costume changes and that we could try again in the afternoon.

and what do ya know?! a easter miracle! both boys were still in their outfits after church was over!

bryant and i served in nursery during church. i hated to miss service because i just love easter sunday, but i love me some babies too.

last year we matched meghan and andy and bryant matched jason this year, so we had to get a picture..

we ran home after church to change clothes before heading over to mom and dad's for lunch. and you know i had a second go at pictures of the boys..

it turns out they are actually sweet and i might not strangle them after all.

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yep, it's for sure. they're sweet. i'll forgive them. 

hope y'all had a good easter too! it really is my favorite. how awesome that we serve a LIVING God! it's just really cool. Jesus is really cool. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

a quilt for callie.

y'all know our friends beth ann and jared. well, they are gonna be parents NEXT MONTH. crazy! i cannot wait to meet little callie. she's gonna be sweet, i just know it. and i hope and pray she looks like beth-ann. let's just say jared would not make a pretty lady and keep it at that.

so 2 weeks ago (is that right? i don't know.) was beth ann's shower and of course i was there with bells on, or hoodlums in tow, whichever picture you'd like to paint of my life in your head. i'll give you a hint, it was the latter. and isaac henry took that opportunity to poop TWICE, because he always picks the best, most convenient times to poop his pants. enough about that..

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beth looks great. she's definitely all belly and i rubbed her real good. I LOVE PREGNANT BELLIES. GIVE ME ALL THE BELLIES. i'm putting that picture away for potential wedding slide show material since it's technically grant and callie's first picture together. love at first.. proximity?

and i made her a quilt. cause y'all know me. i just gotta do the baby quilt thing. it's my fave. it's pretty much just like norah's quilt. because again, it's my fave.

but then.. drum roll.. that dark purple fabric that looks black in the picture but is really dark purple.. it's my bridesmaid dress from their wedding. that's right folks. i chopped that sucker up. and put it in a quilt. it was really my friend kelly's idea. she's brilliant like that.

how romantic right?

and i stuck a wipes case in there too. because personalized wipes cases are my jam and my girl meghan is a pro at making them.

soooo.. callie can come on out now. because she has a wipes case and a quilt and that's pretty much all she needs. but seriously, come out here so i can smooch ya. also, i promise to be a good mother in law. and dear jared, grant has the best intentions. love, lindsey jo.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

death sucks.

well, good morning to you too lindsey jo.

you know me, not one to mince words. and that's what's been on my mind lately.. death. just. sucks. so there's some fun stuff that i want to write about here soon, but i've gotta get this junk out on virtual paper first.

last friday my friend jaimie unexpectedly went home to be with Jesus. she was sick for a few days and then her body just failed her. the funny thing is, i never met her. we had tons of connections, our lives were weaved together. her brother is our friend and our friend became her sister in law. we were kindred spirits, we were walking the same stage of life, and we connected over the internet. isn't technology cool like that? sometimes it's a burden. but sometimes, it's just really cool.

sunday we went to her visitation. and i just don't get it. maybe i'm not supposed to. and y'all, i know. i know God is good. i trust Him. but i do not understand His ways. my heart is heavy for jaimie's family and other families around me that have the people they love most just ripped out of their life. this sucks. it just does.

jaimie was a beautiful young momma of two babies, loving the Lord and her family. she was so talented and crafty. and so sweet. just my kind of girl. 

 elisha was a very much so wanted and loved little boy. the caboose to a sweet family in our church.

my noah was the funnest. he was a friend to everybody. Jesus-loving, handsome, full of potential.

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i cringe when my mind whispers "that's not fair." because i know what's not fair. Jesus taking the punishment for my sin is not fair. i do not want fair.

i cling to the hope that is Jesus Christ. because y'all, death sucks. but Jesus has defeated death.

Friday, April 4, 2014


i hope y'all are right with the lord. because i've blogged three times this week and i feel like that might be a sign of the end of the world.

part of the can't blog, won't blog problem is the instagram, which is like my own personal mini-blog. i like to refer to it as the gram. anyhow, if you're over there following me you've seen this business, but i want to get back to documenting it here too. double documentation. why post pictures one place when you can post them 4 places?! welcome to the times of social media my friends. and what better way to get back in the groove than to relive an entire month of the gram together??

this dreamy kid.. he's a momma's boy, just how i like 'em.

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broke my favorite mug. that'll tick ya off. i have yet to replace it because going into world market with handsy isaac henry may result in more broken mugs, but just a reminder.. my birthday's in may.

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this was our green for st. patty's day and the extent of our festivity..

going through the boys' clothes, organizing/purging/switching sizes out.. it's gotta get worse before it can get better..

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we met papa and ne for breakfast and a dollar tree date. they're fun.

my brother was killed 4 years now. he was the first baby boy i loved and i sure do wish he was around to love on my baby boys. he was one of the good ones. i miss him.

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also, i was [still am :)] adorable.

grant the smiley..

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i was with isaac henry's class in nursery at church the other day. they are all boys and one girl. and that particular sunday the girl wasn't there. so. many. boys. so much fun!

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we had spring break VBS last week and i had first graders with my girl kali. she's one of our awesome teenagers. don't mind us, we're just over here being secret agents, discovering Jesus.

isaac found a marker. bryant asked him what color his hand was. he said, "dreen. me da hulk."

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colors aren't our strong suit.

had a lunch date last week with one of my besties tara and her daughter kari. ih and kari are so sweet together. love them.

i usually don't buy the premade dough. go homemade or go home. but it's lightning mcqueen y'all. and cookies and lightning mcqueen are isaac henry's favorite things. so i had to..

"chacha teen tookties" I LOVE TWO YEAR OLD TALK.

flannel and overalls..

went to dunkin for a free iced coffee monday. ih wanted "chock-it ice peem". he settled for some "rolls".. a boy after his momma's own heart, or maybe her sweet tooth.

these lips were made for smoochin'..

some bubble gun action. good for minutes of entertainment!

did you make it through all that?? you're a true fan. i'll give ya my autograph next time.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

whistle while you work. pray while you clean.

i'm convinced dishes and laundry will be the death of me. and toys.

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seriously, i think i could constantly pick up toys, do dishes, and rotate laundry and there would still be more to do. and i might be awesome in a lot of ways but i am not a woman who delights in the loading of the dishwasher.

and even though it does not come naturally to me, i've really been trying to do my mundane tasks with a joyful heart. and i've found something that helps! now don't get me wrong, most days i still loathe the laundry, but this trick helps.

so if you're looking for a little joy while you clean, pray for your family!

as you fold that laundry, pray for the person that it belongs to. those footie jams = a prayer for isaac henry. that button up (iron free, hallelujah!) = a prayer for bryant. those 87 burp rags = 87 prayers for grant. those yoga pants = a prayer for myself, because why the heck not?! these are the people i love the very very most and suddenly not only am i serving them by washing their clothes, the laundry feels a little more meaningful. is that dumb? i don't even care!

i recently went to a women's event at church and the speaker suggested praying these scriptures for your children [or yourself! or your spouse!] as you clean a specific room of the house. i think this is brilliant! i'm sure you could come up with more scriptures to pray but i'll share the ones she provided..

if _____________ confesses his sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive his sins and cleanse him for all unrighteousness. 1 john 1:9

wash ______________ thouroughly from his iniquity, and cleanse _____________ from his sin. psalm 51:2

create in _______________ a clean heart, o God, and put a new and right spirit within him. psalm 51:10

may ______________ come to Jesus, he who labors and is heavy laden, and He will give him rest. matthew 11:28

may ________________ put on the whole armor of God, that he may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. ephesians 6:11

may _________________ stand therefore, having girded his loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod his feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; above all taking the shield of faith, with which he can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. and may ___________ take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God. ephesians 6:14

jesus said, i am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger. may ______________ feed on the bread of life. john 6:35

if any thirst, let him come to me and drink. may _____________ drink of the living water. john 7:37

just wanted to share this little tip with you. i hope you find it helpful. or maybe your kitchen is always clean and/or you are super duper joyful always and you don't need tips for cleaning joyfully. but y'all hear me out.. i pretty much am praying "create in my a pure heart" all the live long day. no shame in this game.

peace out on the hump day. dishes call. like always.

Monday, March 31, 2014

grant at 5 months.

i'm late, i'm late! grant man is 5 months old and i feel like this month was a big one for him. just coming into his own, i guess..

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at 5 months:
  • bryant saw him army crawl a little bit. and i've seen him try really hard. he wants to move!
  • is a rollie pollie. spends a lot of time on his tummy. 
  • playing more with toys and loving his jump-a-roo and exersaucer.
  • still moist. but he is spitting up less over all, which is preferred.
  • y'all. he's a chunk. he's moving out of 6 month and mostly into 9 month clothes at this point. still cramming him into 6 month winter stuff on these colder days. 
  • has slept through the night a few nights in a row now. i'm hoping it's a new normal and not just a phase. he's still being swaddled and i'll keep doing that until he expresses that he wants change. if it ain't broke..
  • still rocking the nursing. we tried some cereal a few weeks ago and wasn't very interested. tried again a few days ago and loves it. we tried bananas last night and he scarfed those down too. 
  • still won't take a bottle and i've pretty much given up because.. what are you gonna do?! with him starting solids and hopefully a sippy cup soon, eh. it's no big thing. 
  • his leg strength is crazy. i think he might get up and walk away here soon.
  • loves being talked to, tickled, and playing peek-a-boo.
  • constantly fixated on big bro. he's very interested in what isaac henry is up to! 
  • has been battling a never ending chaffing/rash/awfulness. but he is taking it like a man. i mean, doesn't complain AT ALL. but i know it's gotta hurt. those chunky thighs man, they're cute but they cause the chafe..
  • if he can get to his toes, he's sucking on them. it's adorable. 
  • if you're laying or sitting beside him and he wants your attention he'll start smacking you with his arm or kicking you. for some reason that cracks me up.  
grant is a rock star of a babe. he is just so easy going and lovable. seriously, the best second baby to have. so laid back. easy to please. and them cheeks. to. die. for.

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man he's handsome.

a stroll down memory lane..
1 month. 2 months. 3 months. 4 months.

what isaac henry was up to at 5 months..

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