After Sam's Halloween festivities tonight, we are heading out of town in the weeeee hours of the morning to celebrate our anniversary in Cancun!!!!!! Y'all, this is our first *real* vacation in years. YEARS. So uh, yeah... we're pretty darn excited. Four nights away from our little munchkin will be hard, but he will be in great hands while we're gone. Thanks to Nana, Gran, and his Aunt Jenn! So grateful for sweet family to love on our boy.
And more than blessed to celebrate ten wonderfully crazy years with my #1 man. Love you, hubs!
This past Sunday, Sam was dedicated at church along with 33 other sweet babies. I could go on and on about what that day meant to us, but I think the prayer the hub and I wrote together sums it all up perfectly...
Thanks for the great pic, Auntie Jenn!
Thank you for loving us so much and allowing us to come to you and call you Father. Today we celebrate our little warrior, Samuel. What a gift he is and oh how many endless prayers you answered by bringing him into our lives. We pray you protect him, but most of all we pray you guide us as his parents.
What a tremendous honor it is to be entrusted to raise one of your children. We ask that you walk with us as we introduce him to you. As he quickly grows into a little boy, may he learn that Jesus loves him and wants to be his friend. He will soon start testing our limits and his own. May he learn that no matter how far he runs, you will always await his return with open arms. And as he becomes a man, may he declare his dependence on you, God.
We love this boy madly, but we know you love him more. And we cannot wait to see how he fits into your story. Please walk with us daily as we seek to guide him into a growing relationship with you, and we pray for the day Sam accepts Christ as his Savior. We are grateful for an amazing church that will partner with us in doing so, but we understand it is ultimately about what happens at home.
Protect our marriage and help us to continue to love each other well through every season. And help us to love Sam well. We are bound to mess up, but may he never question our love for him.
Lastly, thank you for making us wait for Sam. In those six years, you molded our hearts and changed us for the better. We would not have chosen this journey, but you have blessed us with it. May your grace and peace continue to carry us as we begin this new adventure of parenthood.
We had to do the obligatory pumpkin patch photos this year, of course! I swear these things did not exist when I was a kid. But yes, the pumpkin patch visit has been on my "oh, I can't wait!" list for a long time. And it was SO fun... Sam loved it!
We took a ridiculous amount of pictures. Hope you all are enjoying your Fall! We are off to a marriage retreat this weekend up at the WinShape Retreat in Rome (GA). It's our first weekend away from little buddy... we have spent a night away from him a couple of times, but not a whole weekend. It'll be less than 48 hours that we'll be away from him but OH I'm going to miss my sweet boy!!!! He'll be in good hands though. My parents are keeping him and his Auntie Jenn is going to scoop him up for an afternoon of fun too.
And then on Sunday, we have Sam's dedication at church. Been preparing stuff for that all week... I'm going to be one hot mess. The waterproof mascara is packed. It's going to be such a special day celebrating our boy. More details on that later!!!!
I'm a Georgia Bulldog! I met my husband at UGA in Geology 110 and the rest is history.
I'm a CPA, working as a tax professional at a local firm. But I'm also very creative and artistic. I use both sides of my brain.
I'm a Christian and I like to talk about God stuff.
My husband and I are smack dab in the middle of working our way out of debt. We drive old cars and brown bag it.
I'm a huge Dave Ramsey fan, so if you don't like him, I'll probably annoy you.
I love to talk about money and I love helping people with money problems. I'm working towards becoming a personal financial counselor/mentor through our church.
We have two dogs, Belly - an 11yr old border collie mix, and Gertie - a 6yr old lab/pit mix. They're our little loves!
We are members of Buckhead Church and volunteer as 2-to-1 mentors (the church's premarital program).
My husband and I started TTC our first child in November 2005. After a long battle, we finally gave birth to our son, Samuel Nolen, in January 2012!
I want to write a book on my struggles with infertility. And I talk a lot about our journey on this blog, but in no way do I let my infertility define me. This is not an infertility blog; I just want to be an encouragement to others fighting the good fight!
I absolutely love life and wouldn't trade our journey for the world. The struggles we have faced have made me the person I am today.