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The Village

You see, I just had to write this post because you know what? I’m thankful. So over the moon, gushy with emotions, thankful.


These people you are about to all see? All of them have loved us so well this past year. All of them have watched our babe at some time or another, usually even multiple times, because we don’t have physical family near us.


So on this fall, crisp, Friday morning I thought it was about time I give public kudos to our “village”. 


They continue to knock mine and Chad’s socks off in how they love us. First it was being great friends before Archie bear was even in the picture.


Then it was helping us prep for Archie’s arrival, providing things we needed, and bringing us home cooked meals and tasty treats after we got home from the hospital.


Thirdly, it was helping us all throughout the last year by coming over to “babysit” while we had meetings, date nights and job commitments.

They’ve asked us repeatedly when they can watch our babe again, they’ve showered him with so many kisses he won’t know what to do with himself when he’s older because he’s already so rotten, they’ve allowed my husband and I to pursue our marriage, and most importantly, they’ve prayed for Archie bear.


Internet world, these people you see peppered on this post are our family. Hands down, they are the best. They’ve bridged the gap that I feared would be lacking living in a city no where close to Archie’s grandparents.


So thank you, dear friends. This public shout out is long overdue and I know is not at all expected, but I had to try and shout it from the rooftops someway, somehow. Thank you’s in words, hugs, meals and sweet treats will never be enough.


The Lord has been so kind and Chad and I are forever grateful.

What are you thankful for this glorious Friday?


One. Year. Old.

Archie Stone, one year ago, 9 days before your “due date”, after a little less than 5 hours of labor, 2 hours in the hospital, no epidural, 5 pushes, daddy helping deliver you, you squalling on my chest, and a true knot in your cord, our lives changed at 4:14 a.m. on September 29, 2012 in the best way possible.

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I can’t even begin to describe in words how much love I have for you in my heart.

20130905-140708.jpgI have tried to remind myself to soak in each second because despite my protests, you continue to grow!20130905-140746.jpg

There have been so many moments where I have wanted to freeze you in time because the days are passing so quickly.20130905-140758.jpg

Each day you learn something new, need a snuggle, laugh from deep in your belly, grip me a little tighter as I hold you and you look at me with so much love in your eyes that my heart literally hurts.20130905-140808.jpg

Second to your daddy, you are the man in my life and while I mourn you growing too quickly, I can’t wait to see you continue to grow, learn and accomplish your dreams.20130905-140816.jpg

My continued prayer for you is that you will come to know The Lord, be ambitious with your dreams, respect your daddy and I as parents, find a gal who loves The Lord and respects herself and for you to always know that you are so, so loved.20130905-140826.jpg

Know that we will always support, love and encourage you.20130905-140841.jpg

Even if that means you hear the word ‘no’ when you don’t want to.20130905-140849.jpg

You are God’s good and sweet gift to us and we love you with every fiber of our beings.20130905-140858.jpg

Happy Birthday, Archie Stone Watson, Happy Birthday.20130905-140904.jpg