Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ellie - 3 Months

Dear Baby Girl,
How can someone so tiny and new, bring so much joy and life into our family?
What a beautiful and wonderful addition you have been, like a missing puzzle piece that has been found and perfectly placed in our family picture. 
This month you are just the most bright eyed and bushy tailed baby.  Taking in the all the sounds, lights, and shapes before you, your favorite entertainment being your big brother.  If you make eye contact with him - it immediately brings a giant smile to your face.  He lights up your world! 
You are so content and sweet. You hardly cry unless it's feeding or sleeping time.  You are easy going and you have really adjusted well to our big move!  Sleeping is not yet can't decide whether you want to sleep through the night or hang out with Mommy like a night owl!  Hopefully you'll make your mind up soon, and it won't be the "hanging out with Mommy" option ;)
You are so expressive; we could stare at you all day as you ponder and react to the world around you.  On the day that Andrew met you, the day after you were born, the first words out of his mouth when he saw you, were "baby's eyebrows!"  He could already tell how expressive you were, so we casually have nick-named you "Eyebrows" ever since.   Just check them out!
Things you love: 
Singing with Daddy
"Talking" to whoever will listen
Looking up at Andrew
Your swings (Fisher Price and Mamaroo)
Your "Ellie" doll lovey
Being swaddled (your miracle blanket!)
Taking a bath


Things you don't love: 
Your first cold :(
The nasal aspirator

13 lbs 

23 inches long 
We love you sweet girl!
Happy 3 months!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Making a Move!

It's finally official! 
We are moving!
I am still pinching myself, and I'm not sure if it's all even hit me yet.  But we are moving out of our sweet little apartment. 

Where John and I camped out on the living floor the day we moved in...with our sleeping bags, takeout Chinese food, and our TV on a cardboard box.
Where we packed our tiny carry-on bags to embark on a month long adventure in Europe.
Where we explored NYC, Cape May, the Jersey Shore, Philadelphia, and more.  
Where we became parents for the first time. 
Where we watched Andrew take his first steps and entertain us daily with his epic dance moves. 
Where we picked pumpkins, corn, apples, and berries at our favorite orchards.
Where we spent countless hours strolling around downtown, capping off those days with our favorite pizza and gelato.
Where we trick-or-treated around our neighborhood with 7-day-old baby Ellie. 
We laughed here.  We cried here.  We grew here. We prayed here.  
We traveled.  We were blessed by wonderful friendships.
But now, it's time for this chapter to close. 

 We are off to our next adventure.  The next Tennessee.  Surrounded by family and friends, we look forward to making new memories. 

We are so thankful for God's faithfulness, provision, and perfect timing. 
This path was not always clear to us, but it was clear to Him all along. 
We are so happy to be back in the South again!

What an amazing 3 years we had!  It's going to be hard to beat!

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