Friday, October 24, 2014

Preslee is 6 Months Old

I can't believe that my 3rd baby is already half way to being one year old {yesterday}!  I just don't even feel like this should be possible.  I love every single minute of Preslee!  I truly try to soak up each little stage that she has been in, but it all just goes way too fast.  I can't handle how quick it goes!  But every day I am grateful that she is mine.

Preslee Ray:

- You are still such a sweet and happy little baby.  You will have your moments of outbursts every now and then, but for the most part you are still very docile and easy going.
- The past few days you have started fake coughing and you think it is the funniest thing in the world.  You get so tickled at yourself when you make the noise and then get even more tickled when we do it back at you!  LOVE it!
- Your first attempt at letter sounds has come.  You have started saying, "Ba,ba,ba,ba,ba..." So sweet.
- You are a jumping girl!  If we hold you up you just push your legs up and down and try to make yourself jump over and over.  Or if you are in your bouncer you will just kick your legs and get that bouncer bopping up and down super fast and hard.  When you lay on your belly you will kick, kick, kick your legs.  You are so ready to use your legs full time!
- This month you have started taking naps in your own bed.  You have always gone down at night in your own bed, but now you are napping in your bed like a big girl when your sisters go down for their naps.  So big!
- You are still breastfeeding great! Six feedings a day still every 3 hours.  We have not started you on solids yet, but plan on starting tomorrow.  Mommy has postponed it as long as possible, but I need to go ahead and get you on the path to eating solid foods with my milk.
- I've noticed that when you smile and get so excited you tend to smile up at the ceiling.  Your neck just tilts back!  I love how you smile not just with your whole face, but your whole body!
- You are still rolling around and trying to move yourself, but no crawling yet.
- You can balance and sit up on your own for about 5 seconds without any support.
- You are still up sometime between 7 & 7:30 and down sometime around 10. You are an awesome night sleeper still!
- No teeth yet.
- You are wearing all 3-6 month clothes, but I need to get out the 6-9 month stuff, because I've noticed that you are outgrowing some things.
- You definitely want something to play with now a days.  You don't just want to sit.  You want to stand or hold something & play with it.

My precious baby girl, I just don't know how time can get away so fast.  My heart hurts when I think about how much I love you, but it aches to freeze time just for a moment to soak you up for just a bit longer in the sweet little baby phase.  You are so happy and you truly do bring so much joy to our lives.  My prayer is that you will grow up to know and love the Lord and continue to be so sweet and gentle and that you continue to reign joy into people's lives through the overflow of that of the Lord. You are my third baby girl and you are so special.  Words truly can't describe the amount of love I have for you and the amount of longing that I desire for you to walk in the ways of the Lord.  You are so amazing and I do thank my God every day for blessing me with you.  I love you Preslee Ray.  

(P.S.  This sweet outfit was mine when I was a baby.)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kennedie's School Pictures

Okay, so I'm not a fan of the "cheesy school pictures," and don't really plan on ever ordering them, but I feel like I should at least document them to some extent.  Kennedie had fall pictures done in her KR class at school last week, and so here are the images pulled from the online gallery:

Fake smile and all she is still absolutely adorable!   {I would like to note that I curled her hair and it looked super cute, but you can't really tell since it's pulled behind her ears on one side and the bow is hiding the other!}  I can't believe how big she is getting!  I love this sweet girl so much & I'm so proud of her.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


I realized that I hadn't blogged since Preslee turned 5 months old and I'm about to write a 6 month post for her.  Life has been so blessed but at the same time it seems things have been a bit busy.

Kennedie is still busy in KR at school.  She has learned SO much already this school year!  I am so proud of her progress and we cannot say enough amazing things about her teachers.  They are so kind and loving and Kennedie has nothing but great things to tell me every day.  One of the biggest things she has already learned this year is how to write her name.  This may not seem like much, but she started the year barely able to recognize the letter "k" and couldn't write ANY letters.  Y'all, this is also great, because her Mommy & Daddy gave her a very long name with 8 letters-- 8!  Here is a picture of her precious name.  I always want to remember these sweet little letters.....

Sawyer, Preslee, and I have been enjoying lots of special time together while Kennedie is in school.  We had to change up our schedule some since naps are typically in the afternoon, but with us having to go get Kennedie in the afternoon that would totally disrupt nap time.  Well we moved nap time to the morning with a late lunch and the little girls have totally rocked the new schedule.  Here is a peek into their sweet relationship:

When I have all the girls we try to go to the library for some Music and Movement.  The big girls are really starting to participate WAY more and the love it and look forward to it.  Preslee is already getting in on the action.  She just smiles the whole time and watches the "teachers" just happy as a lark! So sweet!

Lantz and I were blessed to get to go to a Minister's Support Network Retreat a few weeks back.  It was so nice to get away with just the two of us for a little renewal time.  The host couples there were incredible and so loving and caring.  Lantz and I left feeling so refreshed.  We feel honored that we were able to participate in the weekend.  It was even more awesome because my good friend Laura and her husband Travis were there that weekend too.  So, it was great to catch up with them all weekend and have fun with other ministers & spouses.  (We are also very grateful to all the grandparents that pitched in to watch the girls so we could go.... we truly are blessed to have such incredible parents.)

Upon leaving the retreat we headed back to McKinney and repacked the girls and loaded them in the car and headed to Abilene for Summit at ACU.  Have I mentioned how much I love ACU before?  Such treasured memories there, and every time I'm there I make new ones.  I especially love making new memories with Lantz and the girls.  Summit was awesome and just like a cherry on the top of a sundae after the MSN retreat.

When we got back in from Summit I was blessed to be able to go to a ladies day at our church where we listened to the "If Gathering."  Wow!  What an incredible time with sweet sisters in Christ!  It was especially awesome because one of my new friends from church/ladies day became a Christian and got baptized!

Lantz has been busy mentoring 2 ten year old twin boys each day after they get out of school, and I've been busy Bible studying with two teen girls.  Lots of prayers for each of these would be greatly appreciated.

We went to the zoo together last week and it was so much fun.  We got a family pass, so I'm hoping we'll be going back again soon.  Hopefully I'll have some pictures from Lantz's phone soon.

And of course, October brings in my busy season as a photographer.  Everyone wants those beautiful fall colors in their family pictures and everyone needs new pictures for Christmas cards.  I feel so blessed that my little photography business has grown so much that my calendar filled up in September until the new year.  I have committed to 2 sessions a week this fall, which may not seem like much, but I can tell you it has proved to be a full plate with three little girls.  Next year I will probably cut down even more.  If you have never "like" my Facebook page, I'd love the support.  You can click HERE to "like" it and follow my work.

On a different note, Lantz's mom was in a wreck last week and she broke her vertebrae in her back in two horizontally.  So, to say that she is in some pain would be an understatement.  We are so thankful that she was not hurt worse, but it was pretty scary.  She has been staying with us since last Wednesday night.  She will see a back surgeon on Friday to make some decisions on what is next.  Prayers for her would be appreciated as well.

And of course I can't blog and not add a picture of all three of my loves.......

I am so grateful to my LORD the Father for blessing me with my life.  My cup is full and running over & my heart sings songs of thanksgiving to HIM.