confession: when i am having trouble getting to sleep at night, i look back through pictures of my kids.
if a picture is worth a thousand words, then i have written many a novel, my friends. one thing that i can look back on in my life and be proud of is that i have a picture from my kids from every single day of their lives (thank you iphone). i can literally watch them grow from birth day-by-day. that’s pretty awesome. if i do say so myself. dang, it’s physically pretty hard to pat yourself on the back.
i wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite pictures and tell you a little bit more about why they are so special to me. i obviously have millions of favorites, so this is my waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy greatest hits.
i had a csection with baby j and he was in pretty bad shape when he was born. because i had a c section and the NICU was tightly set-up i didn’t get to see him until an agonizing 12 hours after he was born. the first time i saw my son (aside from the literally .23 seconds when they were bagging him as they took him out of the room) is this picture that daddy j brought me back after one of his visits. this, my dear readers, is the first ever good look i got at my sweet son.
this is one of my favorites because…well… i just love this face. he had just gotten his oxygen off that morning and that was the first really that i’d gotten to see his whole face.
y’all. i weighed approximately 475lbs in this picture, smelled like grilled cheese, and i had Bell’s Palsy
. i did NOT want to have my picture taken. but, i am so glad that i put my vanity aside and got pictures taken with my baby boy. i will treasure this picture forever and ever.
this is pastor skip. this is j on his baptism day. daddy j and i did a lot of Church “shopping” while we lived in El Paso. we found St. Luke’s Methodist Church
church in El Paso just a short time before i got pregnant with j. the minute we walked in we just felt like we were home. it was such a big part of our life when we lived there, a blessing times a million, and we just love pastor skip to the ends of the earth (and pastor jeb now too). j and c were both baptized at st. luke’s. i hope that any and all future offspring get to be baptized there as well.
um, i just really like this picture.
daddy j reads the most boring things (sorry daddy j), but baby j would find anything that his daddy did fascinating. this picture from him being an itty bitty is just a window into the future.
jerbear the care bear. daddy j told me that i had to make baby j’s halloween costume. i didn’t start even thinking about it until about 5 days before halloween. we searched and searched and came up with this bear costume. i sewed on the heart. that kinda counts as homemade, right?
probably my favorite picture of all time. we are so proud of daddy j for his service. and we are proud of daddy j just because of who he is. he’s a great daddy and j adores him. it’s not very often you can capture emotion like that in a picture– but i had the luck of the iphone with me on this veterans day.
i grew up in mississippi. i am not a snow baby. but, i gave birth to one. this was baby j’s first real time to run around and be crazy in the snow. he looks like such a big boy here. and i can tell you he had big boy amounts of fun.
some other time when i am feeling nostalgic, i’ll pick up where i left off.