15 September 2009


happy birthday ANDREW!
he turned 31 on the 20th of august!
we spent the day as a family :: just being us

so many reasons to celebrate him!
I have been lucky enough to celebrate 10 birthdays with him!!
oh how life has changed in 10 years...
from college kids sitting on the beach contemplating marriage to juggling our own kids absorbing life!

With the passing of each birthday I am overwhelmed at God's provision and love and the gift he is in my life; now our lives. I have watched Jesus move in his heart, I have watched him have a passion for people and ministry and be used for the kingdom. I have watched his heart melt over the arrival of three tinys. I have watched him be unconditional, selfless, and unwavering; offering gentleness and compassion when its most difficult. I wake every morning feeling like I am the luckiest! I watch him love on our tinys, give of himself, point our faces toward christ, and trust Him in our leadings :: my heart is blessed and changed eternally!
cheers to you love. cheers to another ten on this journey . i pray god gives us a lifetime to celebrate, absorb and experience all He has for us!

foosey on daddy's shoulders :: picnic at lake norman, jetton park

who can resist the lake

i love the joy on lillibug's face :: looking at her daddy

amazing when i can catch everyone in one shot :: rare

14 August 2009

the tiniest tiny :: turns one!

she's ONE!!!!
this past year has been . . . amazing!!
FULL of life and laughter
{and tears & meltdowns :: come on; there are three children under 5 in our house!!)

its been a year full of 'pause' moments

we will never forget looking those big curious eyes for the first time
wondering who this new tiny person was!!

lucy is a joy . she is still covered in squishy fabulous baby rolls
curiously observing & content to absorb the world as it comes to her!!
she brings laughter and noise and baby chaos to our house that for this season we wouldn't trade for anything!

surrounded by family and friends we laid our hands on her and andy prayed
for protection, guarding her sweet life, praise for her life & what a gift she is, for wisdom and discernment as we parent, for God to draw himself toward her and make himself known at an early age, for Him to even now prepare her heart for his purposes and call on her life!

lucy VS cupcake

big sister lillian did the honors of serving the birthday her treat

it took lillian & liam several minutes to warm up to their birthday treats . . .
lucy didn't hesitate

for the record, she ate every single bite
leg propped+icing smeared+belly full of yummy sugary goodness = happy birthday girl

07 August 2009

to the hills

a much needed getaway.
we were so blessed to have a place to stay in the mountains..
and spontaneously vanished for several days
it was refreshing . life giving and relaxing..well as relaxing as anything can be with three tinys!!
we didn't get the camera out until one of the last days...
a picnic spot near the chimney's..grilled out lunch & played in the water

i mean....

'the foose'

liam: "ooo mommy, wook, big water"

so when can we go back!!???

hopefully soon .. we've talked about starting a new family tradition....car camping!!!

don't hate...car camping will have a new level of luxury the this famliy!

tent+air mattress+tinys+fleece+hotdogs+marshmallows+guitar+apple cider+campfire=our next adventure...

stay tuned!

kids tri

think back to 'old school' pep rallys...
remember; in the gym, chaos, screaming, loud, unintelligable words over some lame sound sysytem that resembled the voice of charlie brown's mother....
well this was like that times ten!! hundreds of kids and parents
crammed into the aquatic center pool area.
kids lined up with numbers on their arms and legs designating their race number and age group.
this was for real....
the horn blew and the thunderous sound of tiny arms and legs flailing in the pool made us smile
we became 'that' parent or 'that friend' screaming and
passioinately cheering on these tiny athelets
for me, who is about to do my first sprint triathlon...i was awestruck..
by the smiles, and yet dedication of these tiny people
we were there to cheer on sorelle werner..this was her first race and she did an amazing job!!

liam obviously wasn't too amused

sela werner and lillibug...they share feburary birthdays..sela just two weeks before lilli
she was wide-eyed and watching big sister race!!

sorelle, warmed up and ready to race!!!
ryan giving his pep talk. . and letting her know that he and allyson were so proud of her no matter how she did..and that she was to have FUN!

i love that in the background of this picture you see allyson (mom)
and sela and lillibug cheering on sorelle as she blew by us on the bike!!!

these next few are blurry..but i couldn't help but post them...
lilli and liam and sela did a fun run after the kids tri..it was just a 100m or so..
one of my favorite things...about a race
no matter how you do there are always people there to cheer you on!!
the joy on their faces was priceless..even as tinys..they understand the joy of an accomplishment
they crossed the finish line and had us & a chick-fil-a cow standing there open armed!!..

i HEART this picture....she didn't care who had crossed the line before her...

it deserved a victory salute!!

23 June 2009

father's day

we had a busy father's day.
that afternoon we all piled in the car and drove to mooresville, nc for the NC state games championships

andy's race was at 330pm
it was a criterium. . just a 30 min race around the same circuit!
i kept the babies as occupied as possible....was an entertaining task . . didn't take long for liam to let everyone know he wasn't too pleased with the temperature..i don't blame him

so armed with juice boxes, goldfish, yogurt squeeze(s), bubbles, loveys & camera i was well equipped as a mommy could be!
every several minutes andy would pass and we could yell for him

sweet liam boy...flush-faced and not too happy...thankfully the race was almost over!!

daddy blowing lillian a kiss!

cool shot of them blowing by us!

he WON!!
only one more race until he moves to cat 4!

we came home, went to the pool and enjoyed playing the rest of the day
lucy is my first tiny that I've actually bathed in the kitchen sink....she was so funny!
we're of course in love with her sweet personality...fun to watch her be into EVERYTHING!!
another curly headed baby! i'm in love!

oh the rolls!!

sweet lillibug!!
what a fun way to spend father's day!