I'm a happy RN married to a hardworking resident. We have recently become Carolina fans and are adding the color "carolina" blue to our wardrobe and home. I love the east coast and couldn't be happier living in hot, sticky climate. I was raised on a farm/ranch with two wonderful parents and three fun loving older sisters. I went to a one room country school house down the dusty dirt road with grand total of three in my class. Life in the country was rich, meaningful, and simple, just the way I like it. So from country farmgirl to coastal bell, here I am, living life and loving it!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Well it really did snow in North Carolina. I feel like we have been having warnings and predictions all winter and nothing ever came of them. It finally came and started snowing around 7 last night and we woke up to a ground covered in snow. It was so fun to see Jonah look outside and get excited about the snow. We had breakfast, played a little bit inside, and then got all bundled up to go outside. Jonah loved it. He made tracks all over the front yard, back yard, and then we headed off deep into the woods to find deer and bear! He would have stayed out longer but mommy was a baby and needed to come in and warm her hands up. Daddy is hopefully on his way home soon and we will head out again as soon as Jonah wakes up from his nap!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
We were able to to spend our last Christmas in North Carolina with Kurt, Laura, and family. We have spent three of of our five Christmas' here with the Mosleys', other two we went home and went to Georgia to see Tim's side of the family. So we carried on the Jardee family tradition and the Mosleys' came over to exchange gifts and make homemade pizza! My friend Julie came over with her two little ones because her husband was on call at the hospital and her family lives out of town. Thankfully Tim had Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off so there was not rushing, waiting, or early mornings. It was so special to have him around since this was the first Christmas the Jonah really understood what was going on. We had two late nights of good food and fun games. It was so nice to spend both days with family and enjoy our last North Carolina Christmas together. I did get some quick pictures Christmas Eve but we didn't get any on Christmas Day. I am so disappointed because it was such a joy to see Jonah really enjoy Christmas, that is why we didn't get any good pictures, we were enjoying him open presents and take it all in. Oh well I will definitely be better next year!!
Impossible to get everyone looking at the same time. But hey we captured the moment!!
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I threw a "Sip and See" for my friend Julie the middle of December. If you aren't from the south then I will explain what a "Sip and See" is. It is where you have drinks of any sort, sip on them, and see and cuddle on the new baby. I guess its a thing in south and when my friend told me about it I thought it was a great idea for a little shower for baby number two for my friend Julie. I hunted around on Pinterest and found some great ideas for a hot chocolate bar. I started putting things together and was excited with how things turned out. I was able to do a lot with the food table and didn't have to do many other decorations since my tree and house decorations were up for the holidays. Julie and sweet Abigail were showered with love and gifts and we all had a wonderful morning together! I really liked doing the sip and see and will be throwing another shower for my friend Katie in April. It's baby land on this side of the Mississippi and I think more and more just keep on coming! It's the time of life we are in right now and I am loving getting to experience life and babies with all our dear friends here!
Sweet Abigail Ella Joseph!
Monday, January 20, 2014
Well it's officially January, well towards the end of January and I am finally getting Christmas pictures, and everything in between, up! I'm not really sure what we have been up to and why I have not posted in so long, but I finally sat down and uploaded all the pictures. Here are some pictures of my decorations and our last Christmas in our home in North Carolina. It's hard to believe we have celebrated five Christmas's in our sweet cozy little home.
Christmas was good this year. I was dreading it a little after losing Ellie and all. I didn't know what to expect, if I would have lots of breakdowns, if I would still be happy celebrating the birth of Christ and seeing my sweet Jonah open presents. But you know God is once again good. We had an amazing church service at the DPAC where JD preached on a Father's love. I smiled and got teary thinking about my earthly father and what a gentle and sweet spirited man he is. My dad doesn't ever say mean things about anyone, really he does not and that is a lot to say considering my heart is always needing to be checked for thoughts I am feeling about someone or something. My Dad is a man of integrity, kind to all, fun, sweet, loves his girls, each and every one of them, loves my mom with all he is has which is so amazing to see, and loves the Lord. I was pretty amazed listening to JD speak and then I lost it when I thought about my Heavenly Father who is everything my earthly father is, but so much more in a different way. I am still in awe of his sacrifice for me and how he loves me unconditionally and took my place which I did not deserve. I am so thankful that the Lord has kept bitterness and self pity away from me after losing Ellie. I was afraid I would be angry, bitter, long for Ellie without contentment. But God has been there, he never left my side and I just can't get over how He has helped me overcome everything I didn't want to be. I of course thought about my sweet Ellie through the Christmas season as I do with every day, week, and month. But I just can't express how much God has given me peace that life here on earth was not what he wanted for her and I know she is in a much better place. That's the only thing that gets me through the longing to hold her and have her here with me. And I love my life and what God is doing here on earth. I pray that I will be a witness to those around me and will be used to my fullest while here on this earth. But I understand that longing that people have to heaven in such a different way now. I have an overwhelming joy to join my sweet girl in heaven.
Making Christmas cookies. Jonah was most excited about putting the sprinkles on the cookies. And after they were out of the oven he was really not even that interested in eating. He takes after his Daddy in that he does not really have a sweet tooth.
Love the concentration on that sweet face!!
See the sweet little finger prints in the cookies?