Saturday, July 28, 2012


Jonah loves pajamas.  He loves picking his pajamas out at the store and then choosing which ones he will wear each night.  Pajamas are a big deal to him.  Dan, on the other hand, wears a white t-shirt and black shorts.  Jonah has always asked him why he doesn't have fun pajamas.  

Tuesday night, Dan was at a meeting and I sent Jonah to get dressed for bed.  He came in with such a proud look on his face.  He said "I just discovered that I had all the things I need to have pajamas like daddy!"  Sweet little thing just wanted to look like his daddy.  And, would you believe that he has worn this every night since?  Fortunately, he has plenty of white t-shirts and 2 pairs of black shorts.  If this week is any indication, his days of pajama shopping are over.  He seems pretty settled on this look.  

Family birthday party pictures

My friend Ann came to Jonah's party to take pictures.  She has posted lots of sneak peeks on her Facebook page so I snagged a few of them until I get my disk.  I'm loving this one my family.  

Friday, July 27, 2012

Just can't get enough

What is it about me and parties?  Within three hours of being home from Jonah's 6th birthday party, I was on Pinterest planning Micah's 2nd birthday party.  I guess I just can't help myself.  :-)
Micah's party will actually be a small party at home.  I plan to only invite three kids from church and his two cousins from Tampa.  But, it will be fun to do all the Elmo themed ideas I've pinned. 

Happy 6th Birthday, Jonah!

Dear Jonah,

Today, you turn six years old.  SIX YEARS OLD!?!?!  How on earth did that happen?  You entered our world and made it so much better.  We really wanted a baby.  We tried for several years to have one and were even told it would never happen.  Then came you.  The news of your impending arrival shocked us like nothing we have ever known.  From the time I knew I was pregnant with you, I prayed that you would come to know Jesus at an early age and that your life would bring joy to others.  

You haven't made the decision to ask Jesus into your heart yet but you are so close.  You are asking lots of questions.  You are recognizing sin in your own life.  (and in the lives of others so we are having talks about being judgmental!)  You are memorizing scripture and quoting it.  You are reading God's word for yourself from your own Bible.  You love church and you love Jesus but you haven't quite made the turn of recognizing your need for Him and for his saving Grace.  But, we continue to pray that day will come soon.  

But, you do bring joy to others.  Oh, sweet boy, you do that regularly!  You have more adult friends than most adults.  And, they span the states.  You have people who love you all the way from Washington State down to Florida.  You make them laugh.  You make them cry.  You love them and they love you.  I remember one time in Vidalia when Mammy was in your room dressing you after a bath.  I walked down the hall and unbeknownst to her, I overheard her conversation with you.  Through tears, she told you how much joy you brought to her life and to so many who know you.

You have such a kind heart and sweet spirit.  I hope that never changes.  I watch you with your friends and smile at your kindness.  You've started to recognize other kids who are alone and that tugs at your heart.  You have a welcoming spirit about you.  That comes in handy for new kids at church.  You have a great concern for Andy, your sponsored World Vision child.  You asked for money for your birthday so you could help him have a birthday party.  You give food to homeless people holding signs.  Your heart is huge.  

A lot of things happened between your 5th and 6th birthday.  You played on a soccer team and on an Upward Basketball team.  You learned to read and you are very good at it.  You rode the Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios.  You completed your first year of real school.  You took your first spelling test.  You broke your first bone- your arm!  You won 1st place in a school photography contest and went on to place 2nd in the entire county.  You started piano lessons.  You skated for the first time.  You went to South Carolina, Louisiana and Mississippi.  You learned to dive to the bottom of the pool and retrieve toys.  You had your first sleepover.  You declared your hatred for pickles of all kinds.  

This year also brought your first real loss.  You sat in my lap and wept this week when I had to share the terrible news that your friend Cliff went to be with Jesus.  You have since cried your little eyes out over that news.  As your mom, I'd do most anything to shield you from the hurt and sadness you experienced this week but unfortunately, this world is full of trouble and this will not be the last time you cry over loss.  

You have excelled in your role as big brother.  You are the kindest, sweetest, most patient big brother I have ever seen.  You rarely get frustrated with Micah.  You read to him, play with him, comfort him and love him.  When he sleeps late in the mornings, you most always ask if you can just go wake him up.  I hope and pray you always feel about him the way you do now.  

Jonah, on this day 6 years ago, we were completely smitten with you but we had no idea the joy you would bring to our lives.  You are such a great kid and I'm so glad God let me be your mommy!  I'm proud of you and can't wait to see the many ways God uses you for his Kingdom and His glory.  

Shortly after birth- July 27, 2006

A lot changes in six years, huh?

Your 6th Birthday party- July 26, 2012  (Photo by Ann Axon Photography)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Working hard

Dan was in the back reading Micah his bedtime stories while Jonah and I sat on the floor in the living room talking about his birthday party today.  We are really hammering down the idea of gratefulness so I took the opportunity to talk a little about that.  He was talking about how fun his party was when I told him he needed to especially thank Daddy.  He asked why.  I told him that Dan works really hard so we can have special things and do special things like birthday parties.  I went on to talk about how birthday parties cost money and if daddy didn't work hard then we couldn't have parties.  He asked me how working hard meant you could have parties.  So, I explained that working equals money and money helps you buy things and pay for things like waterslides at last year's party or the bounce house this year.  He sat there for a minute and said "Well, I guess daddy didn't work very hard before I turned 4 because that party was at home!!"  LOL!  That kid!  

I just told Dan this story and he said "that's interesting because just earlier today he told me that his 4 year old Pirate party was his favorite EVER!"

Jonah's 6th Birthday Invitation

Breaking Bread

Just another Jonah story from dinner at church tonight.  

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Super Hero Night at Chickfila

I always get texts from our local Chickfila restaurant telling me about their latest specials or theme nights.  We have never gone.  I try to avoid all things that scream "LOTS OF PEOPLE WILL BE HERE" because crowds are not fun to me.  Especially with a BUSY toddler.  But, back in June, we were at Silver Springs for the day when we were chased away by rain.  As we were driving home, Dan remembered the text about Superhero night.  We decided that if were there right when it started at 5:00 p.m., we could maybe avoid the crowd.  So, we rushed home and changed the boys into their Superhero attire.  Jonah wore his Spiderman costume and Micah wore one of Jonah's old Spiderman shirts.  

We got to Chickfila right when the event started so it wasn't at all crowded.  Jonah loved all of the super hero stuff.  There were all sorts of activities but he only wanted to play in the playground.  There was another kid there dressed as batman.  They totally referred to each other the entire time as Batman and Spiderman.  

Micah was a tad bit traumatized by the cow.  Every time he caught a glance of the cow, he would cry.  

Thor even made an appearance.  And, Micah wasn't at all scared of him. All in all, it was a fun night.  But, I'm not super stoked about attending another "event" there.  It gets super crowded and C-R-A-Z-Y with a capital C!  I think I'd just rather pay for Jonah's kids meal rather than fight the madness for a free one!


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