Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
We've only just begun this new little family and yet I really can't remember or imagine life without Will. The song "Till There Was You" keeps running through my mind and consequently I've found myself singing what lyrics I know of this song to my sweet little one when he sleeps in my arms.
But I never heard them ringing,
No, I never heard them at all
Till there was you.
There were birds in the sky
But I never saw them winging
No, I never saw them at all
Till there was you.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
William Levi Singletary was born at 9:25am on Saturday, November 14, 2009. Baby Will weighed in at a whopping 10lbs 5oz (4.68kg for our European readers)!
Annie is recovering well from surgery and Will is eating, sleeping, and pooping...a lot!
Soon to follow:
- Photos, photos, and more photos
- Full explanation of Will's name
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
We met up with a bunch of our friends at Jubilee Farm in Carnation. A good time was had by all, especially James. While he did enjoy the pumpkin patch, our little man was mostly enamored of the tractors. His second-cousin, Kevin, would be proud...as was his dad. After all, you don't hear many country songs about squash. Tractors...heck, I can think of three off the top of my head.
Anyway, here are some photos from our adventure.
|2009.10.24 - Jubilee Farm|
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
James also loves his babada, which is what he calls his Jesus Storybook Bible, and lately he's taken to carrying it around the house and occasionally plopping down to flip through the pages or asking someone to read it to him. I love this and I pray that his love for the bible will continue for the rest of his life.
Another one of James' new loves is Elmo, which is hilarious since he's never actually seen Sesame Street. So now our life is full of the little red monster along with a small Elmo doll that James now sleeps with at night...I'll have to get a picture of this one night, it's really adorable.
Speaking of pictures, we finally bought a new camera (yes our old camera is officially toast) so here are a few shots of the boy to tide you over until we get back in the swing of things.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
With less than two months until we get to meet our son I am finding myself overcome with emotion. Just today, after putting James down for a nap I started thinking about our new little man (as he kicked and wiggled in my tummy) and I couldn't hold back the tears. I am just so excited to have another son. A whole new person with his own personality, smile, giggle, smell and heart.
When I first found out I was pregnant with this little man I was excited but I wondered how I would love another child the way I love James. Today that has completely changed and I feel foolish for ever having that thought. I already love our littlest man more than I can put into words and I praise the Lord for giving us this unexpected little blessing. Just as my mom used to say about me when I was little (I was also an unexpected blessing) I never knew how much I needed this little guy until God brought him into our family and now I can't imagine our family without him.
I remember a woman that I know talking about children awhile back and how she feels like God gives us a whole new heart for each of our children as they come along. She talked about how you don't think you will have enough love or enough room in your heart for a new baby so God just gives you another heart that can be filled up for that new little blessing. I finally get this and I can't wait to meet him.....and tell you all his name.
Monday, September 14, 2009
I am a little less than two months away from being a mommy of two little men (on the outside)and I can't wait. My belly has swollen to the point where it's much harder to get in and out of bed (which has to happen a lot due to my pregnancy bladder) and I'm noticing that I cry a lot easier these days (poor Ryan). The baby and I are both doing really well and it would seem that we have a very strong little man on our hands; so I'm gearing up for another newborn that is stronger than me.
James is also growing like crazy. He is taller and taller every day and a little sweeter as well. Of course he's picked up a few bad habits here and there (biting and screaming to name a couple) but we're trying to reign him in with some good old fashion discipline and of course a lot of prayer.
James has become an excellent cuddler as well. I've found that if I lie on the floor these days he can't help himself, after a few minutes of watching me from afar he has to come on over and snuggle up next to me, I love this.
Another new development is his vocabulary, he now knows more words than I can count and it's just getting bigger. Every day he hears some new word or perhaps he finally gets up the courage to try it on for size, so I am constantly hearing the sweet sound of my young sons voice telling me about the world. Amazing. He's also very curious and wants to know what everything is so we spend a lot of the day with him pointing to things where ever we are and me telling him the name...over and over again. :-)
On to the man of the house. Ryan is still working hard every day for our family and I can't tell you how proud I am of him as a husband, father and worker. In the morning when he leaves for work James and I pray for Daddy's day and that he would glorify God through his work, his words and his actions. Now I know he is far from perfect, but I really am proud of the man he has become and the man that God is working him out to be.
So there you have it, the cuddly little man, the crazy pregnant girl and the hard working, hard loving man of the house.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
|2009-09-05 Zoo Day|
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I do hope to have a little girl one day but right now my heart is in a place where I'm ok with a house full of boys. Actually I'm more than ok with it, I'm excited for it. I sometimes think about the future and what our house will look like if it is filled to the brim with handsome young men and I can't wait.
I get excited for my boys that Ryan is their daddy, that he is the earthly example that they have of a father. I get excited thinking about what they'll do, who they'll become and that I get to be along for the ride. I get excited for the wives that they might have one day and I pray for them. I pray that their wives will love Jesus and that their marriages will be founded on Him. I pray that I will love these young women and they me, and I pray that their babies will know and love the Lord.
Boys are such a blessing and although I'm tired tonight after a long day of seemingly endless discipline all I can think about is how much I love my boys, how I got more wet kisses today than I can count, how James called out "Mama, Mama, Mama" when he woke up from his nap and how his face lit up with joy when he heard Ryan come home from work.
Thank you Jesus for my boys and if it's your will, keep 'em coming.
Now we're off to take a shower......he has flour everywhere.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Both trips were a jumble of extreme fun and wonderful time with family as well as craziness and chaos with the little man. Some plane trips were great, while others actually brought me to tears for fear that they would never end. But we made it back safe and sound.
In the past two weeks I've learned that I'm a little more of a homebody than I thought I was but I'm ok with that. I've also learned that babies and sand are an amazing combination and I love to watch my son play endlessly with the little granules of sandy goodness. Thanks for the sand God!
We have lots of pictures and I'm sure lots of stories but the camera is with Ryan at work right now and I'm a little foggy from a nap so story telling is out. What I can say is that I am so very thankful to my family who made both of these trips possible (especially my sister and her incredible husband for whisking us away to Maui!) and thank you to my husband who takes such good care of me.
Since I don't have vacation photos yet here are a few of James and his buddy Danny that I meant to post before we left two weeks ago:
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
1) Lots of cuddles
2) He wants his mama all the time...lately he's been more of an independent little guy but when he's not feeling well it's all mama, all the time.
3) Kisses out of nowhere and unprompted hugs that last for minutes on end.
4) James' sick face....it sounds funny but when he's sick he has this pitiful little puffy faced look about him that makes my heart melt, poor baby.
Things I don't like about James being sick:
1) That James is sick. I hate knowing that he doesn't feel well and that there's nothing I can really do to take away the pain. I finally understand what she meant when my Mom used to tell me that she wished she could be sick instead of me when I was little.
2) His random crying fits that last for 20 minutes and have no discernible cure.
3) No sleep! Getting up every two hours at night with a crying boy who can't be soothed.
4) Fevers! I hate it when James has a fever. Fever's scare me and make my little boy act like a zombie, I hate them.
So we've been battling what turned out to be a throat infection (not strep, thank goodness, just a sore throat) and a fever for the past few days but it looks like James is finally on the mend. After two bad nights of sleep and two hard feverish days James is sleeping through the night again and appears to be back to his normal self. I'm looking forward to a nice weekend with a happy boy.
Monday, June 22, 2009
We don't have a name yet, although we probably won't share that until #2 arrives, but we're overjoyed at the news of another son.
I feel so honored that the Lord has given us another little man to raise and shepherd. I pray that this little guy will grow to be a mighty man of God who follows Jesus and serves others before himself. I pray that he grows to be a strong but humble man and a wonderful father just like his own Daddy.
So there you have it, we are a boy household for sure, bring on the trucks, swords and army men!
It's quiet in our house, Ryan is off at work and all I can hear is a bird outside my window and the subtle humming of my computer. Everything is very still, sort of like in a movie when you know something really big is about to happen but for the moment the screen is silent and the scene is still. That's how I feel. Something really big is about to happen, we're about to meet our newest child, our newest gift from the Lord, but in this moment just stillness.
I know I am pregnant, I can look down and see my growing belly and feel the slight aches and pains that come with my changing form but it dawned on me yesterday at church that I still don't really believe it. I can't really comprehend that our little three person family is going to look different in just a few months. I am overjoyed of course, in fact every time I see a baby now I feel warm inside knowing I will have another one soon, but a piece of me doesn't fully understand.
Also, if I am totally honest, a tiny part of me is a little bit sad...but just a tiny part. James has been my sidekick for the past 15 months and we have become pretty used to our routine and our dynamic, and that's all about to change. Although I couldn't imagine James being an only child, nor would I want to only have one child, I am a little sad that our alone time is about to end.
But, as with everything in life, things have to change and really what a wonderful change, right?! A new baby, boy or girl, is an amazing gift. I can already see the excitement in Ryan's eyes when we talk about holding our newest little one (he loves babies) and remember how precious it was to hold and cuddle James at that age. I also can't wait to see James as a big brother and watch our family grow and change. We are all going to learn a lot from this new baby and I can't wait to see what that looks like.
So, I praise Jesus for our new little one and anxiously await his or her arrival into our lives. I'll try to post this afternoon as well to let you all know what kind of baby we have this time around but I'm putting my money on another sweet boy.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
"Da da da, roaaaar, tttttt, chchchchchch...." Maybe I'll roll around a bit and make some more noise so they'll come get me.
*Mom enters the room 6:50 am*
What's that noise, someone just turned off my fan! Oh it's the yellow haired Dada. *Big smile* I like her.
Hey crazy lady, what are you doing taking off my pants!
Whoa there's a lion on my pants! "ROOOOAAAR!" Oh and a monkey! "AHH AHHH AHH."
Hey now that you've taken the diaper off I feel kind of free. Oh yeah, and there's that thing down there that's so fun to grab...wait no, don't put the diaper back on, ahhhhhhh, you always ruin my fun.
What's that, oh yeah it's the dark haired Dada. *Big smile* I like him.
*Later in the morning after Ryan left for work*
Why does the yellow haired Dada keep trying to get me to call her Mama, is she crazy, her name's Dada?
Annie: "James can you say Ma Ma? MMMMAAAA, MMMMAAA."
Annie: "Ugh, well you'll get it some day."
*Later in the morning while I vacuum.*
What is she doing? Ooooohhhhh she has that fun red machine that makes all the noise, I love that thing....and I'm also kind of terrified of it.
"Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (high pitched scream)." It got too close to me.
Now what's that thing doing? Oh no it's eating all the cheerios that I specifically left on the floor for later, hey you big bully I was going to eat those!
"Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh (another high pitched scream)."
Well I'm going to go play in the other room if that's how things are going to be. Harrumph.
*And that's been our morning told through the eyes of James.*
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
And just for fun here's a shot of James today at the end of lunch.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
We have had a fun week. The munchkin has really taken to this walking thing and he's starting to be a little more vocal which has been unexpected but really cool at the same time.
To date James can say the following things:
- All done (which sounds like ada)
- Hi (he rarely says this word because he prefers waving but I've heard it a few times)
- Nana (this is more of a sounds he makes however one of his grandmas is called Nana so I'm hoping he'll make the connection soon and know what he's saying.)
- Roar (when we ask him what a lion says, he also makes a monkey noise when we ask what a monkey says but I'm not sure how to spell that one)
- Ba ba (when asked what a sheep says)
- Mama* This one gets an asterisk because he has actually said this word a number of times but he doesn't know what it means. In fact Ryan figured out earlier this week that James thinks my name is Dada too, ugh! So I'm trying to retrain him...he'll get this one day, right?
In other news, I got laid off last week so I am unemployed for at least two months at the end of which my company says they will (probably) bring me back at a different pay rate and with fewer duties. Ryan and I aren't worried, we are just continuing to trust in the Lord and His plan for us however we would appreciate your prayers.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
1) Child Care: No matter who is working in the nursery, they always remember James and a few of them get really excited when they see that he's coming in. I love that these ladies love our son.
2) Relationships: Ryan and I have made some of the deepest friendships of our lives with people who love and serve Jesus at this church.
3) Community: Unless we are called to move somewhere else, our children will grow up with a community of loving, Godly people who have the same values that we do and are raising their children as such.
4) Teaching: The teaching is Jesus centered and does not stray from scripture. Our pastors preach and teach the truth of the bible so that we can all grow closer to Jesus and glorify God.
5) JESUS: Our pastors aren't afraid of talking about sin, Satan and hell. We are confronted on a weekly basis with the fact that we are all sinners and none of us are worthy of entering the kingdom of God. We are taught, as the bible very clearly states, that the ONLY way to heaven is through belief in Jesus Christ and that there is a real hell for those who don't.
That's all, we just got back from church and I am just so thankful for Jesus right now and what he did for me, that he saved me from my self and from hell, that I had to share.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Speaking of our little one, I may be farther along than I thought. I have finally secured a doctor and an appointment with said doctor and we go in on Thursday to hear our little one's heartbeat, yeah! I thought, and still kind of do think, that I was 8 weeks pregnant but the nurse seems to think I am 10!!!!! Which would explain why I have been feeling a lot less morning sick this week but I still don't believe it. Oh well, the Dr will figure all that stuff out.
As I mentioned the morning sickness seems to have tapered off a bit (thank you Lord!) but now I've got this nasty cold that took ahold of me over night. This morning my wonderful husband actually had to stay home from work (after a tear filled request from his ailing wife) because I couldn't get out of bed. BUT, I slept till almost 2pm and now I feel A LOT better, not great, but a least I'm out of bed and doing things like laundry.
In other news, James started walking on April 17th.....well taking steps anyway. He takes about five steps at a time and if you act really excited while he's doing it he might even give you a replay. We're trying to get it on video for the blog but no luck yet, soon enough.
Alright, I might need to go back to bed now. Sorry for the small number of posts lately but I promise that I'll start up again once all sicknesses subside.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
If you haven't ever been to UW in the Spring you should make the trip...especially to the quad where all of trees are in bloom. Here are a few shots from our day...which by the way was wonderful (I wasn't sick for most of it, yeah!) and ended with a Dick's burger and a chocolate milkshake (two really good reasons to live in Seattle).
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
What did you people do to the back of my head?!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Here are some pictures from our day at the aquarium with James along with his first birthday cake.....which he didn't like at all! How is this kid related to me?!