Sunday, January 31, 2010

JuneBug at 4 Months + Natalie Norton is my Hero

We take photos of Charlotte all the time but we want to make sure we capture a real good set at each month to see how she progresses in her first year. It's amazing to us that she has already doubled in weight!! I love watching her learn new things. Matt and I are amazed that she will learn something one day and then it just sticks. She learned to grab her toes and now it seems that she can't stop doing it. She giggles and "chats" with us and her personality is coming out more and more with every passing moment.

Over the last few weeks I have been on an emotional roller coaster with this gal Natalie. I heard about her and her serious need for prayer via Twitter. I asked everyone I knew to pray for her and her precious son Gavin, I even recruited my Bible study ladies. He was fighting for his life in the hospital and Natalie was giving us the play by play and the details of exactly what Gavin specifically needed. I was praying for miracles and Natalie didn't get the one we were all praying for. She lost her precious son. I cried as my heart broke for this woman that lives across an ocean who I will probably never meet. I wanted to hug her, her husband, her other little boys. I wished that from far away I could find some way to comfort them. But thank the Lord, He is bigger than an ocean and tiny little me. And thank God for Natalie's persistent faith.

Natalie, if you ever read this please know that I think of you every. single. day.

Thank you for giving me a new perspective. Thank you for teaching me an incredible lesson.

I always thanked God for my daughter before I fell asleep at night. But it is because of you and because of Gavin's short yet powerful life that I fall asleep much differently. Every night I fall asleep praising Him for every single second I get with her. And then I beg and plead with God for at least one more morning that I can wake up and see her face, hear her coo and feel her warm cheek on mine.

I do believe I will think of you everyday for the rest of my life. Thank you for being so honest.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Johnston Family

We love our neighbors! When Matt and I first moved into our apartment Lily was a brand new baby. Over the years we have seen Lily start to walk and talk and then last year we were so excited to meet Adam & Abby. (Please click HERE to see their precious newborn faces.) Gabe & Jess are great neighbors. I can knock on the door at any time of day to ask baby questions or to barrow sugar (it's cliche but I've done it more than once). I could go on and on, we just really love them! It was so fun to run around after them for a couple hours at the park.

yeah, they've made some babies ;)

Friday, January 8, 2010

2009: you were good to us {part 2}

And here's the final installment of WAY too many favorites from 2009!

Good friends who have made our business grow and we love them so much!

The Belly.

And then she was here!

3 Months old already!


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