Monday, November 02, 2009

{ Blog Guilt + Giddiness + Birthday Girls }

I get into this silly little cycle of guilt when I haven't blogged for a while. I feel bad about all the things that I have not recorded...and in the back of my mind there is this little tug, over all the sweet times my kids won't be able to read back on, because I did not write them down. And I always plan + hope to "catch up " on them eventually while the weeks fly by and in the meantime I've failed to jot down today's joys, because I still haven't " made up " for two weeks ago. Like I said, so silly. Great if ( and highly unlikely ) I ever get back to filling in the blanks of the last month, but for now I am going to pick up where I left of and even skip over some unwritten posts in my head and start fresh list of joys for today:

I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying and inspired by these two amazing friends who are blogging daily in the month of November. It's called 30 days of Gratefulness. Or how excited I am to tell you about another beautiful friend of Nikki ( who rather prefers being called Mrs. Mike ) one of my dearest, since we were little girls with long braids and dramatic pen names, our heads in the clouds and the like friends. She's started a lovely little blog. Pop in and tell her hello. . you'll come away with your heart warmed, I promise. That and a good giggle.

Jack's had is half birthday Nov. 1st. And Annabelle and I celebrated by making a big batch of cinnamon rolls ( most of which David took to work to share with the guys on his crew, as a final, farewell from us treat ) complete with cream cheese frosting which we let Jack have generous licks of. Me oh my, do we ever adore the boy. He really has the best grin. We gush over it. And these stout legs, complete with chunky thighs. Which we tickle. And the kissiest cheeks. Which we squish up and smooch away on, all day long. And his funny baby antics ( growls, squawks, chuckles, chortles and coos ) are hilarious . I can already tell he loves making people laugh. Just last night he had me cracking up so hard. He would start laughing when I would stop, just get me going again. We are all also a little in awe of him...He's weighs, and I am not kidding...18 1/2 lbs...and I have to squeeze him into size 12 mo clothes. Just ask his Dad, and he'll tell you, " the kid already eats like a horse." And to think that Annabelle only weighed 18 lbs when she turned one. He's crawling all over the place and is making many attempts to pull him self up on things. Oh and he snuggles right into you, when you hold him. That melts me. Annabelle was never like that. She has always been too on the go, for that sort of thing.

The back and forth of giggles coming from the couch tonight where Daddy + daughter are cuddled up watching old cartoons together.

Reading out loud + loving all of E.B White's books. First Charlotte's Web, then Stuart Little, and now we are half way through Trumpet of the Swan. And I am reading + loving A Tree Grows in Brooklyn , for the very first time.
Playing together outside. And Annabelle's pleading, " oh Mommy, can we go outside and throw leaves at each other, again...please? "

All of the things we are doing for the last time this week. After which, I may or may not sit in the car and cry a little. As Granniebelle told me last night..."honey, moving is a very emotional experience. "
Saturday we move. In just two days. And I am giddy. It feels so surreal. As we take off on what is certain to be a grand adventure, I anticipate and welcome all that the future holds for us, especially knowing Who holds both it + us, in His perfect love. Excited to enter this new season, as I pray it's one that brings great growth to my life and soul and a deeper knowing of Love. One that will make my heart more like His. So I can love better as a wife, mommy, sister, daughter, neighbor + friend.
Celebrating this dear friend ( and wishing so badly it could have been in-person ) today as she joins ranks with the rest of us who as David so bluntly put it on my birthday, are only two years shy of no longer being in our twenties. Many, many good things could be said about this birthday girl, for she is truly + in every way amazing. She is a giver not a taker. She is as strong ( or what you'll hear her refer to as feisty )as she is sweet. And she is sunshine for every square inch. She is a lovely, lovely, wife + mama + friend + example. Leslie, I want to be just like you when I grow up. Oh wait, I am older than you. Darn.
Wishing that your birthday + the year to follow, will be your best yet. Or in the words of C.S. Lewis:
" There are better things ahead, than any we leave behind."


kt mac said...

beautiful post. so great to hear you catch up and see and hear what is going on in your life right now. even though its busy!

that Mr Jack sure is big and handsome - & 6 months?! wow

loved Anniebelle's quote of playing in the leaves *griN*

and yes I have to agree with all the things u said about Leslie and had a chuckle over the feisty comment - She is def a role model to me and I wanna be like her when I grow up too (cept I am younger!!) but then again I want to be as sweet and dear as you too ;)

good luck with the move.
We wanna see pictures when you are settled in!

Hesper said...

My prayers are with you and your delightful little family as you move.
Cant wait for pics of the new place!!
Love and miss you all,

Noah and Ryders Mommy said...

Such a sweet + beautiful post! I have missed them you know! Your posts that's like getting a hug from you only in writing form :) But I'll take it! And my is Jack growing and Annabelle too! Her curly locks are so breath taking and his smile!! I can see why everyone is so smitten over him! He's such a sweetheart! And I have found with having boys that they are all lovers and cuddlers and forever Mommy boys!! Daddy's buckaroos, but in the morning when sleepy eyes waken and feets pitter patter, it's mommmy who they climb in bed with to snuggle!
praying for you friend that this move and this time of year bring nothing but happiness and joy and closer relationship with the one who has your hearts in his hand, I can see him blessing your socks off all the more and I hope that he continues to fill your hearts with more and more of His love every day!!
Love you so much dear friend!!!

Leslie said...

So I just cried and cried and cried some more.

I teared up over the site of not only great getting bigger Jack.. but the little Anabelle face tucked behid.. My how lovely she is getting. For realsies....

and then over moving... cause I have been like that as we found out on the phone.. and yes Chelle it is, emotional... for us ladies our home holds our heart and our family inside... to change them, is so diffifuclt, even when exciting.

and ... then... yes... feisty, close to 30... and oh how I ever want to be like you when I grow up.... I think of you as one of the best role models, so none of this modeling after me my friend..

your a dear mamma, a dear Godly woman... with a great big heart, and I think it was the sweetest happiest (not coincidence) in the whole world, that from our two corners of the world we matched up.

Can I even really believe it...
COME HERE SOON... please, pretty please.. with lots of games of cards, and giggles on top.


and how I wish I could unload a box or two for you this weekend. I would.... I really really would.

Nikki said...

So excited to be able to hang out with you tonight for your "last hurrah," I promise not to cry till after we say goodbye!

And my goodness, Jack has a TOTAL Nate smirk on his face in that first photo!!!

XO ~ Nikki

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Chelle - this was such a wonderful post! Your little ones are so adorable! You are a blessed lady! :)

AndiMae said...

So so lovely + wonderful to see a post from you today! Completely made my afternoon!

I too know how very hard + emotional moving can be. So bittersweet. But is it bad that I am ten times more joyful + excited for you than sad? :) Of course, I am the one who is gaining you as my neighbor, not leaving people I love. Praying for you, sweet friend, as you start your grand new adventure!

Audrey + Elliot are so so excited to have Jack + Anniebelle as neighbors too. I can't wait to be able to kiss + snuggle them more than once or twice a year :)

And goodness, your little tribute to Leslie made me cry! Because you described our dear friend so very PERFECTLY! We are truly so blessed to have her in our lives, aren't we?

I love you! Keep me posted- I want to see you on Saturday!

Jenny said...

a little bird told me you were headed this way so very soon!!! :)

Lisa said...

I can't believe how wonderfully grown up your beautiful children are getting. Jack looks so much older already. Wonderfully warm posting, as always.

~beautyandjoy~ said...

Oh Chelle, it is so wonderful to read your words here!

I love every detail (isn't EB White even better than the last time you remember readng them?)

Jack is just gorgeous (Luke grew the same way compared to Kez!)and I love your Lewis quote...and I connected with Nikki last night after loving her blog and was cracking up at all she said about reading a certain book years ago. :) I love her writing!

I was just thinking last night again how blessed I am to have women like you and Leslie and Andi to speak into my world... I am so grateful for all you write and say.


(I am praying for that new home and all the unpacking and creating and moments your heart will go through in the next few days. Can't wait to see pictures. xo)

Lisa said...

gosh can I understand the blogging guilt - it has been far too long since I have been here and boy have I missed you and your simple pleassures!!!
Hope all went well with the move - as always you are in my heart...

with love!

wahzat said...

wow so much has happened since the last time in to visit. I can't believe that cutiepie Annabelle has a brother. Congrats to you and your family. Giggle we were actually pregnant at the same time. My twin girls will be six months in the first of December.
As usual it is such a joy sharing in the obvious joy you get from your husband and your family. Young Miss Annabelle has gotten so big and as ever is the cutest cutest there is and her brother Jack is amazing.
Hugs to you
(sigh I know about not being able to visit, post or keep uptodate)

wahzat said...

oh hope the move went well and that the tears shed were just alittle

On Second Street said...

missing your cheerful self around here!

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