Saturday, November 1, 2008


March 6, 2008 was a HUGE day for me. I will never forget standing in the toy section of the Natchez Walmart when my phone rang. I answered and heard Amanda's voice on the phone. She told me a secret...she was pregnant!!! I cried! If you know me well, you know I am not a person who cries a whole lot. I could not help myself that day. I was so excited and so happy for my friend who REALLY wanted a baby!

When Jonah was born, something clicked inside of Amanda. It was then that she knew she was ready for a baby and at times, that thought consumed her. She spent lots of time with my new little baby and dreamed of the day she would hold her own. We sat on the steps of the Verdel's pool for hours talking and dreaming about the day she would have a baby. We even came up with scenarios of how she would tell Josh and their parents. Just so you know, all of that went out the window when she found out she was pregnant. She couldn't help it...she was so excited.

Over the past 2 years and 3 months, I have watched my friend Amanda love and nurture my little boy. I have watched her sacrifice time and energy for him. I have watched her wipe his snotty nose and change some nasty diapers without a problem. She tasted his baby food to be sure it was okay for him. She keeps him on her days off from teaching. She loves him...just like he was hers. And he loves her...BOY, DOES HE LOVE HER!!!

This picture was taken last night after we carved the pumpkin. When I saw it on my computer after I uploaded pictures, I got tears in my eyes. It is such a sweet reflection of the relationship between Jonah and Amanda. This is an actual representation of their relationship. This picture was completely unposed or planned for. It was taken in the moment and I think that is what makes it so special.

Now, the time has come that she will have her own little boy. Eli Daniel Wilson is set to make his debut any day now. He is officially due Monday but has yet to show any signs of leaving his cozy environment. I am super excited about him getting here. I can't wait to tell him how lucky he is to be born into such a wonderful family. He has 2 sets of grandparents that can't wait to meet him and spend all the time they can with him. He has a host of friends and family that are ready to love him and help him grow into a Godly man. But, most of all, he has a mommy who is over the top in love with him!!! What a lucky little boy!!!

Halloween: Part TWO

After I got home from work yesterday, we all went in the yard to carve pumpkins. We had three pumpkins to carve but ended up only doing one. Jonah had the book so he could pick out which design we would use.

Jonah was pretty impressed with the big knife. He kept saying "I hold it!" As you can imagine, that did not happen. I continued to hold it but let him help me.

It was taking forever for me to cut the pumpkin because of the little boy sitting in my lap. I was trying to be extra careful with that knife since he was so close. I relinquished the rites to the knife to Dan.
Jonah helped scoop the guts out of the pumpkin. I thought that was pretty gross so I left it to Jonah and Dan. You will see more pictures of that as you keep reading this post.
Max had a large time in the yard with us. He loves to be outside. We have been having some problems with him lately so the time outside was good for him. Lets just say that if things don't get better, our little pup will be on Prozac!!!

We let Jonah put the stickers on the pumpkin. That didn't work out so well for the OCD side of me who wanted them on there straight.

After getting the stickers on the pumpkin, we started to punch the holes. While I was punching holes, Manna came over. So, we all took turns doing one part of the face. I did an eye. Manna did the mouth. Dan did the nose and an eye.

The mosquitoes were starting to like us so I went inside to get OFF. Jonah gets so tickled when you spray him with OFF.
We moved the pumpkin over to take some pictures of us with the finished product. Apparently all of the cutting didn't clue Jonah in to the fact that the pumpkin would be altered. We put the pumpkin in front of him and he said "OH NO!" He kept looking at it and trying to figure what happened.
Here is a picture of our happy family with our carved pumpkin. Even Max got to be in the picture but my shirt kind of masked him.
I'm glad Amanda came to share in our pumpkin fun. There is a picture I love that was taken during this little photo shoot but it will get a post of its own.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween: Part ONE

Happy BOO day to all of you! I have never been a real fan of Halloween but now that Jonah is here...I LOVE IT! I do not love all the scary things it represents but I love the opportunity to spend a day playing and pretending. I love the parties and the festivities. I love that even grumpy and grouchy people can't help but giggle when they see a 2 year old dressed like a UPS man! I think we can all find things to be unhappy about in this crazy world but on a day like today that is dedicated to all things spooky, I took the opportunity to remind my little guy that God made today just like every other day and we should (and will!!!) REJOICE AND BE GLAD in that fact!

Jonah has 2 costumes this year! The first costume was solely for school. I needed something that wasn't cumbersome and was easy for him to wear for 3 hours. I could have done the typical Batman/Spiderman but I know my day is coming where that will be ALL Jonah wants. So, I figured I'd take advantage of one last year of forcing my opinion on him where costumes are concerned. I guarantee you, this costume got tons of laughs and people even stopped me to have THEIR picture made with him. TOO CUTE!

Our day started by getting Jonah fully dressed in the UPS costume. As you know, the UPS men wear brown socks with black shoes. We could do no less! Although, when I got to school, I discovered his socks were olive green...not brown. (Note to self: Get new lighting in our bedroom!)

The pants are a size 2 but they would not stay up. They kept falling to his ankles. So, in order to avoid humiliation, we had to rectify that situation. Dan went to find a needle and thread and took up an inch on each side. While Dan was doing that, Jonah kept informing us that "I need my paints! I need my paints!" (Yes, I spelled pants like paints because that is how he said it!

Our little UPS guy was in an AWESOME mood and gave hugs and kisses freely to his mommy and daddy. How sweet is this?

I forgot his "package" at home so he walked empty handed in to preschool. The package would have only enhanced this costume. It was so cute on it's own!

He signed himself right in! It was on the 3 year old sheet so I had to redo it. But, he gets an A for effort!
We walked over to the Toddler classroom first so Jonah could see Mrs. Audley. He was super happy to see Julia. Julia only comes to our house on Monday and Wednesday so he hadn't seen her yet this morning.
After I dropped him off, I went to work. I wasn't there long before I headed back to his school to take pictures of their Halloween party. I rounded the corner to go to his room and saw him playing through the door. I stood and watched him for just a minute before going in.
Hayden was a fireman and Jonah was very impressed with his props. I think he would have been just as happy to be a fireman. He loved Hayden's costume.
Anna and Gracie Jane were checking Jonah out and he got VERY teased. Check out the look on his face.
Coleman was a cowboy and even had is own horse. Jonah thought that was very cool. He looked at the horse and said "SAY NEIGH!!!" He was a little upset the horse didn't talk to him.
Hayden's mommy took this picture of me with my favorite delivery man. LOVE IT!
They moved over to their carpet to say the Pledge of Allegiance and to say the blessing. Marlie was the snack leader this week so she got to hold the flag.

Jonah loved the cupcakes that Coleman's mommy brought. He kept asking for "MORE CAKE!"
Sarah Catherine's mommy brought the stuff to make pumpkin candy necklaces. It was a little hard for all the kids so the mommies that were there took turns helping the kids. I helped Marlie and Sinnott make theirs then moved over to Jonah. He was more interested in eating his than wearing it.

Here he is with one of his teachers, Mrs. Tan. We absolutely love her and his other teacher, Mrs. Alisa.
Check out the haul he got today. He looked at it and said "That's all my stuff. Not for Max, ok?" Umm, he's the one that give Max stuff he shouldn't have...not us!!!

We stopped by the bank to see Josh and Cliff. Cliff was at a meeting but Josh was there. He even gave Jonah a package that he could carry around in order to complete the costume.

He then informed him that opening mail is a federal offense. I didn't want Jonah to do jail time so we headed home for a nap instead.


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