birthdays

"Goodnight Moon!"

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On August 28th, our son Ryan turned 2 years old. Dad was out of town so we celebrated officially once he was home that following weekend with family and friends and sort of allergen-friendly cupcakes…and balloons.  Lots and lots of balloons. When Emily was 6 months old, we chucked her pacifier to the curb.  Not […]

being real with God

And by "Busy" I mean…

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This guy keeps me on my toes. He’s napping now which has allowed me this brief moment to post a few pics and random thoughts. This is his cupboard. See.  He actually sleeps in there.  Kidding, kidding!  But it is his cupboard where, if he’s not reading a book, throwing the dog her ball, trying […]

Emily

Better Late Than Never?

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Well, I know Halloween and Fall Break were a while ago, but I thought I’d post some pics anyway so you can see the Adventures of Emily and Ryan.  We had an early snow so we pulled all the pumpkins into the front hall.  Ryan played “ball” with these every day until the snow melted. […]

Ryan

What’s in a name?

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Jason and I both wanted our kids’ names to mean something, not just sound good to the ear. And by “mean something”, we wanted their names to bestow a blessing on their character and life, a kind of calling, if you will. I knew for sure for our first kid, if it was a boy, […]

God's love

The Birthday Boy!

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Jason and I hugged maybe a little more than normal yesterday. We just kept staring at our son, looking at one another, and then finally stating the obvious, “We have a one year old son. We’ve never had a one year old son before…Thank You, Lord God, for the blessing of Ryan Graves!” Not trying […]

Emily

More summertime fun!

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Here’s a pic of Ryan sporting Em’s backwoods redneck teeth as he crawled around in his cute military style crawl: Em actually wore this set of teeth to the dentist recently…the dentist screamed and then couldn’t stop laughing! My kid is quite the prankster. *I actually didn’t realize Ry had a prune mustache until I […]

cousins

Some summertime fun!

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I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted pictures or even shown that our lives are also fun amidst tough stuff. We had a wonderful summer visiting family and friends in South Dakota and Minneapolis. We laughed a lot this summer. We relaxed, breathed, and just simply enjoyed. I honestly can’t imagine my […]

Emily

Making Out

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So, I used this as my title post here. But, it has a different meaning to me when it comes to these cheeks. Both sets of cheeks above are ones I don’t think I could get sick of smooching on… When I fell in love with Jason, I never imagined I could ever be in […]

Ryan

A bit of a novice…

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…and he just thought he was getting up to have a yummy bottle. Little did he know that he’d be getting a taste of his very first vittles… Super cool dude race car bib made for Ry especially by his Nana… …looking around, curious as to why I hadn’t given him a bottle quite yet… […]

baby

Cuteness level: Off the charts…

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Obviously, I am biased. Everyone should think their kids are the cutest. I am no exception. Sorry for NEVER being on here anymore, if you were, in fact missing me and my randomness 🙂 I’m busy staring at this sweet, little, chubby, yummy, tasty, snuggly, hunk of a little man and I’m loving it! LUH […]