It’s Been a While…Adoption Update

At the Post Office mailing off our final paperwork

Friends, it has been a while. And by a while I mean a year since I have posted here. Ha! I am way more active on Instagram and Facebook with our more up-to-date life happenings. But let’s catch you up on what all has happened since my last post here…

We have experienced a lot of growth- personal, spiritual, adoption, and our kids! Cam and EmmaLee-Tyler have grown in every way imaginable. They are very much alike and very much different from one another. Their personalities are polar opposites and we are seeing that more and more each day. They amaze me with how much they are learning and how they listen to us more than I think so-ha! Cam’s hair is shorter now and Em’s has grown SO MUCH. I feel like I’m constantly having to change out clothes sizes and buy more shoes. Whew! And they are more than ready to add Casper to our family and talk about him all throughout the day!

My business is growing and it is something I am truly proud of! I am honored and love to educate my team that the Lord has entrusted to me to take care of. I never thought that I would have a business, but I love learning and sharing my passion of wellness with others. It’s a true blessing!

And we decided to take a leap of faith in October. We know, trust, and believe that adoption is what the Lord has called us to. We have been fundraising for over a year now and although we didn’t have all the money we needed we knew we needed to move forward and step out on faith. We put in our application with Faithful Adoption Consultants (FAC) and started our home study process! It turned into a whirlwind of couple of days of fundraising and the Lord providing minute by minute and hour by hour for the funds we needed. There were a lot of tears of joy and gratitude shed that weekend. God was so faithful to us raising the money for our contract and more!

After being approved by FAC, we finished up our home study and our social worker, Sara, was (and still has been) absolutely amazing! She has also adopted with FAC so she knew how to prepare us with our home study for the paperwork needed for FAC, too! We were home study approved in mid-November! Major praise for that!!

After becoming home study approved, we dove into applying for grants and more fundraising. We are still waiting to hear from grants on if we have been awarded any yet. Praying that we will receive several and we would love for you pray for that alongside of us. (Please and thank you!) And in mid-January we sent in our final paperwork to FAC to become an active family.

Tim traveled to New Orleans for 2 weeks in January for his last 2 classes of his doctoral program and that put a bit of a snag in things because of still needing to finish our clearances for Texas. But we got that done and were approved for Texas earlier this week (this doesn’t mean that we will travel or get our baby from Texas but we are ready to go there and get him if we are matched there!) and are currently waiting to be assigned a consultant to go ACTIVE! Whooooo!!!

One step of faith has led us to this point. It was hard to do, but I am SO thankful we were obedient because it’s led us to this point. God has gone before us and prepared our way…we need only to obey and follow Him. I’ll try my best to keep our blog updated with everything in the process moving forward.

A Little Q & A

I wanted to answer a few questions that other have been asking us since announcing that we are adopting. And please feel free to ask any and all questions because we would love to answer them!

Also, we would love to thank everyone that has pledged money per mile for our first fundraiser! Every single cent given helps to bring the next Mathis baby home to us!

So… let’s get started!

Are we planning to adopt domestically or internationally? This adoption will be a domestic adoption. And if you don’t know what that means, that’s totally okay! That means that our baby will come from somewhere in the U.S.!

How much will our adoption cost? We are looking at a total of $38,000 to $43,000 plus our application fee and traveling expenses of getting our new and sweet little one. This price covers agency fees, legal fees, care for the birth mother, and hospital costs.

Will we be specific in any area of what baby we want to adopt? We are planning on being gender specific in adding another precious boy to our tribe, but we are open to all races.

What age will our sweet one be? We hope and desire to adopt a newborn. We would love to travel to the hospital and be there while he is born or at least shortly after.

Will be having any other fundraisers? Yes, and soon after Tim completes the Dopey Challenge/ Dopey For Dough Fundraiser! We plan to have t-shirts for sale, a silent auction/dinner, a 5k/fun run, and more!

I think those are the main questions we have had so far, but like I mentioned earlier here..please do not hesitate to ask us any questions. You guys are our village and this will only happen with your love, prayers, and support!

And if you are wanting to help with our first fundraiser, Dopey For Dough, you can go to this link and fill out the form there: bit.ly/dopey4dough.

 

Dwelling in Him,

Tim, MaeLee, Cam, & EmmaLee-Tyler

We’re Adopting!!

Before MaeLee and I ever met, the Lord placed a burden in both of our hearts for the ministry of adoption. It’s such a clear picture of the Gospel. In Ephesians 1:3-6 Paul talks about the adoption we have received from God. We were spiritual orphans, unable to fend for ourselves, and God intervened by doing what we couldn’t; Taking away our sin. When we adopt, we are able to show others that love God showed us when he sent his son Jesus. For whatever reason we both sensed that God was calling us to adopting in our future.

So it didn’t take long when we began courting to get around to the question of children, and more specifically, adoption. One of the ways we were confident God was leading us towards marrying one another was because of this common bond. All that to say adoption has been on our radar for a long time. We have watched and supported friends go through that process and have been waiting for the right time to embark on that journey ourselves. Through many conversations and prayers we are confident this is our time to start the process of adopting. We plan to adopt through Faithful Adoption Consultants (FAC). We have heard great testimony from those who have used their services. You can see there website [https://www.faithfuladoptionconsultants.com/]. Needless to say this is going to be a long road filled with twists and turns and we will need our strong support system of family and friends to help us along the way. One of the biggest helps we will need along the way is financial support. The adoption process is an expensive one and there is no way we can do it alone. Those of you who help us along this journey will truly be a part of our family forever!

First Support Opportunity 

As you may know I have been training for several months now for something called the Dopey Challenge. The Dopey Challenge consist of four races over the course of four days (January 4-7) totaling 48.6 miles (that’s a 5k, 10k, half-marathon, and full marathon). We have decided to make this our first fundraiser for our adoption. We are asking people to pledge money per mile I complete in these runs (i.e. $1 per mile would be a total donation of $48.60, assuming I finish each race). If you would like to pledge money per mile you can fill out this google form http://bit.ly/dopey4dough or private message MaeLee or me. Also, feel free to contact either of us if you have any questions!

We’re looking forward to you coming along this journey with us!

Counting all things loss,

Timothy, MaeLee, Cam, and EmmaLee-Tyler

EmmaLee-Tyler {6 months}

We are almost 7 months in with having 2 kids so I figured it was time to do an update on our sweet daughter, EmmaLee-Tyler.

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God knew exactly what he was doing when He blessed us with this precious girl! She is the most smiley little thing you will ever come across. When she smiles she does so with her whole little body! She can light up a room with her pretty gummy grin with 2 little white (and sharp) specs sticking straight up on her bottom gums!

Cam makes her laugh everyday with doing something of his silly nature. She is starting to love to talk and make her little voice known around our house. When she does fuss it isn’t loud at all, which I think is representative of her whole self. She’s generally quiet is comparison to Cam. It’s so fun to see two completely different children come from genes of the same parents, but at the same time that usually get along great even though they are very different.

EmmaLee-Tyler loves to play with her toys, roll around the floor, play in the bath tub, jump in her exersaucer and jumper, and eat! This girl has an appetite and knows how to eat. Anytime we are eating she thinks she should too even if she’s already ate. 🙂 She is also learning to feed herself and loves to put anything to her mouth whether it is food or not.

She usually smiles at everyone, but she is most definitely a Mommy’s girl! 🙂 As far as her growth she weighed 6 lbs 10 oz at birth and was an even 17 lbs at her 6 month check up. Em also was 19.5 inches at birth and was 25 1/4 inches at her last check up! She’s definitely growing like a weed! She is 6-9/9 months clothes right now and size 3 diapers.

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I know she’s only been with us a short time but it truly feels like she’s been here all along! She is the perfect fit for our little family and we love all the sweetness she brings to us!

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The Men Who Shaped Me

There are probably only a couple of people in my life who know my whole story of my past and what my childhood was like. The earliest memory that I have is the night my father left my mom, me and my brother. Father’s Day always makes me think about that night because it is a night I will never forget.
It was a very pivotal moment in my life. I will never forget the yelling, pushing, and fighting that I saw. I will never forget my PawPaw knocking on our door unexpectedly, yet thankfully, in midst of the chaos that was happening. I will never forget my Gran-Gran hurriedly walking me and my brother across the road to her house during all that so we wouldn’t watch the rest of it unfold. I will never forget waiting for my Mom to come to my grandparents’ house to make sure she was okay and telling me that my father had left for good.
I was just three years old when this happened but yet I remember it so well and it has shaped a lot of who I am today. My parents divorced later that year.
Thankfully my grandparents lived right across the road from us because after that night my Mom had to depend on them for a lot the next couple of years. My PawPaw was/is one of the best father figures that me and my brother could ever have. I’m so grateful that he stepped in like he did and loved us so well!
With divorces come visitation rights and weekend visits. Sometimes our visits went well and other times me and Ethan would sit out on the front porch waiting for someone who never came for us or our visits wouldn’t be good because of all that went on during our time there. It was unfortunate for sure.
Fast forward a couple of years later and my Mom met a wonderful man that had a little boy that was right between mine and Ethan’s ages. A few weeks before I turned 7 they married. I remember calling them as they were traveling to their honeymoon destination and asking “Mr. Craig” if I could call him “Daddy” now? And every day since then that’s what I have called him. I never refer to him as my “step-dad” and for good reason.
My Daddy has never felt like a step-dad to me. He has always treated and loved me as his own and never shown any differentiation in his love for me and Ethan versus Trey. I’m beyond grateful for that! God gave me an earthly father that has shown me the type of love that He has for me.
After I became a believer at the age of 9, I realized even more so how the Father loves His children and just how blessed I was to be a child of God! A good Father loves his children, disciplines his children, and teaches his children very important lessons. The same should go for our earthly fathers and I can truly say that I have had that with my Daddy. God is so good to have given me a grandfather and Daddy as such great earthly examples of the love that my Heavenly Father has for me!
So, fathers remember your children this Father’s Day. Think of the example you are setting for them. Think of the love you are showing them or should be showing them. Are your actions towards your wife and children pointing to your heavenly Father?

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Happy Father’s Day!

Parental Learning

I think it may be it is a combination of things..maybe…probably…most definitely.

My sweet little boy is on the verge of turning TWO, he has a undeniable sin nature (just like the rest of us), he has a B I G personality, and he also has some anger issues that he has inherited through his genes. Sounds like the perfect storm for tantrums, right?

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I found myself with my hands in the air in frustration with him multiple times this week. I have asked myself and God why parenting has to be so hard?! Sure, people warn you about the sleepless nights (BOTH OF MY KIDS SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT LAST NIGHT–Win!), the gas pains, the multiple feedings, and how they grow up too quickly…BUT no one tells you that you may have a strong-willed child and how to parent them in the right way and how to nurture them to become the natural-born leader that they are.

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Yesterday was the day that the Lord reminded me through Cam that THIS is how I am with Him. I disobey, I get frustrated with Him, I get angry, I’m selfish and want things to go my way, and most importantly I *need* Him!! Thankfully God gives me grace and His mercies new every morning! Lamentations 3:22 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never cease so; His mercies never come to an end”. I’m so grateful for this truth that we have. My children have seriously been my greatest teachers of the Lord’s love, grace, and forgiveness. Being their mother has been the most sanctifying job I’ve ever had! I’m also so thankful that we have God as our guide through this parenting journey. Without Him we would definitely be lost and keep our hands in the air all of the time!

On another note, Cam is the absolute sweetest and best big brother that there has ever been. He loves to play with “sister”, help burp her, wipe her mouth, bring her a paci, and give her endless hugs and kisses. He is very protective of his little sister so you better not think of grabbing any of her things while he is around because he is quick to tell you “that baby’s!!” 🙂

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Cam is also currently loving all things that involve cars, trains, and planes! He loves counting to three and then running. He says, “two, two, three, go!” I promise he learns a new word every. single. day. He surprises me with how much he learns and picks up on things I didn’t realize he was paying attention to. His favorite question is “what’s that?” as he is trying to figure everything out in this big world. Finally, his big personality also comes with a big smile and laugh!! I love when he bends over with hands on his knees belly laughing!!

 

imageI’m so glad I have all of these wonderfully good things throughout my days to outweigh the hard and difficult things of this parenting adventure. I’m thankful for grace that the Lord gives me and I’m so very thankful that He gave me my beautiful and wonderful children to raise up to one day, Lord willing, follow Him!

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Blessed with Blessings

Earlier this week I was driving down the road with my littles in the backseat and started thinking about how truly blessed I am. This train of thought started as I replaying in my mind how Cam has started with all kinds of imaginative play throughout his days. He makes Buzz Lightyear fly around our living room, drives cars all down our hallway/entryway and over any wall near him, and likes to pretend he is a bear and scare people with his loud roar! It seriously is one of the best things to watch your child learn and grow and just wonder what is going through their precious mind. It is a true and complete blessing to be able to mother such wonderful children!

Then, I went further down that train of thought and became overwhelmed with just how wonderful it is to be a mother and get to experience life in a completely different way than I would if I wasn’t a mother. My second little, EmmaLee-Tyler, is just starting out in this world at 7 weeks old and I get to watch hit all the milestones Cam has already reached. I get to experience her rolling over, babbling, talking, crawling, and walking within this next year. It is always so fun and exciting to see my littles grow developmentally!

Life is so much more fun to me as a mom. Life is also more tiring and scary as I think about what my children will face in their lifetime. As a mother you wonder what type of personalities your children will have..will they be quiet and reserved or loud and outgoing? Will they be interested in science and math or take an interest in working with their hands? Will they want to be a preacher and a teacher or a doctor and a lawyer? Who knows except for the Lord! Also as a mother you don’t want your littles to have to face heartache or any danger. I pray that as long as they are in mine and my husband’s care that they will look to the Lord and us in times of uncertainty as that one of the blessings of being their parent.

I love being a mom and getting to watch my “blessings” grow and learn each day. I love getting to hear Cam learn new words, how to count, and how to color. I love getting to watch EmmaLee-Tyler smile, laugh, and roll over. I love having this feeling of being truly blessed my what the Lord has given me and two of my greatest blessings are most definitely my children!

Children are a blessing

 

EmmaLee-Tyler’s Birth Story

After the majority of my morning sickness subsided in the last trimester, the only complaint I had was not being able to sleep due to restless legs and just not being comfortable. Most nights I would only get about 3 hours of sleep at the max. My blood pressure was being managed pretty well with medicine. Then when I hit 36 weeks I started feeling bad just generally and my blood pressure was still high (really high) with my normal amount of medicine. I let my wonderful OB know and we ran some tests and then by the end of the week I was in the hospital being induced and anticipating the arrival of EmmaLee-Tyler.
We arrived to the hospital around 10:00 PM on Sunday, March 6th at 37 weeks 2 days to start the induction process. But before we left the house I had the honor of rocking my 19 month old son to sleep for the last time as an only child at home. It was truly a bittersweet moment and as I rocked him I was fighting back tears because as excited as I was for our family to become 4 people, I was nervous to how Cam would react to this big change in his life, how he would be spending the night away from us for the first time, and how I would handle taking care of 2 children. So, we get settled into our room and the nurses enter in all of my information and give me the meds to help start the laboring process and a mild sedative to help me rest. The plan was to give me meds every 3 hours and by the second dose I started having contractions, but thankfully the sedative did it’s job and allowed me to sleep more than I had been doing at home..even with multiple interruptions of sleep from the nurses. The third dose of meds really had me contracting at the time.
After I received the third dose they started my IV of pitocin to really make me contract and set on my labor of EmmaLee-Tyler. A couple of hours later my lovely and wonderful doctor came by and checked on me and broke my water. (When I had my water broke with Cam I didn’t feel anything or any sensations of the water because I already had my epidural so this was an interesting feeling.)
My pitocin was most definitely working and I contracted ALL DAY LONG! Another couple of hours after having my water broke I asked for my epidural. My epidural this time around compared to Cam’s was a completely different story. It was administered differently and I was able to feel and move my legs this time. I was re-dosed several times because of this. The medicine would work for about a good 15-30 minutes and then I would start feeling the contractions hardcore again. (It was weird and I don’t know what exactly happened like if I just metabolized it fast or something was wrong with how it was placed or what?)
I was progressing in my labor just a whole lot slower than anticipated by everyone, especially me. I went in with the goal of having her my lunch time. Boy was I wrong!!
My awesome nurse tried moving me in different positions to speed things along but to no avail. Miss EmmaLee-Tyler was quite comfortable where she was! Also, she had her head turned to the side so they tried turning her head several times, but she was a little stubborn like her big brother was and would turn it right back where she wanted it to be!
Speaking of Cam, he was in and out of the room throughout the day and each time he came in he asked, “Where’s baby?” Poor baby had been told several times that his sister was coming that day and he kept expecting to see her! He was champ and only had one meltdown when he had to leave that night to go home to eat, take a bath, and go to bed. It was really sad for this Mommy’s heart.
I stalled for a while around 8-9 cm dilated and we tried pushing a couple of times to see if I could get to where I needed to be to deliver. When it was 11:00 PM that day it looked like I wasn’t going to be having on her the 7th liked we thought she would be. (This was a running joke with us because of how long my labor was Cam and went into the next day, so every time someone told us that Em would be born on the 7th, Tim was quick to say to them to not guarantee us that because of our previous experience. Haha!!)
It was around 11:30 or after when I started feeling a lot of pressure and felt like I needed to start pushing. Tim went out to get the nurses and doctor to let them know what I was feeling. Sure enough it was •finally• time to get the show on the road. Like I mentioned earlier about my epidural not exactly working, it definitely wasn’t working at this point. Let’s just say that I felt everything and that’s the most pain I’ve ever had and want to ever experience in my life. I pushed for about 10-15 minutes. (I’m not exactly sure how long because everything was a blur.) It was all a blur of emotions, tears, pain, and joy!
At 11:58 PM EmmaLee-Tyler Jean Mathis made her grand appearance weighing 6 lb 10 oz and was 19.5 inches long! She was immediately placed on my chest and covered with blankets. What a wonderful and long-awaited moment to have with our baby girl! Tim was so happy and full of joy of meeting his daughter for the first time as tears streamed down his face.
Sidenote: Can I just say how thankful I am to have had my friend, Talia, who is a wonderful doctor deliver our baby girl?! We were so impressed with the nursing staff and how wonderful they were to me and EmmaLee-Tyler during our stay there.
I was able to do skin-to-skin with Em for about a hour before they had to take her to the nursery to check out her lungs and warm her up. We didn’t exactly know what was wrong with her until a few hours later when the pediatrician had to come and check on her and then explain everything.
Em had fluid in her lungs and wasn’t able to hold her body temperature where it needed to be. They said her lungs just needed some more time to mature and they needed to make sure she didn’t have pneumonia. She was placed under the oxy hood for a couple of days and to us the worst part of it all was that she wouldn’t get to eat anything during that time.
On Wednesday morning we were able to hold her for the first time since she was born that Monday night. It did our hearts so good to be able to wrap our arms around her little body. She started making improvements as soon as we were able to hold her. Her oxygen sats came up and stayed where they needed to be for the most part after that. That night I was able to nurse her!
Thursday was a day of all around improvement and she was moved out of the nursery to the room they were allowing me to stay in while she was a patient. Cam was able to meet his little sister for the first time that morning and able to hug and kiss her! It was so sweet to watch them interact. And on Friday morning we were finally able to come home as a family of four!! We were all so happy to get to do that and just settle into a routine and I was glad to be back in my own bed!
We want to thank everyone again for all of your prayers you prayed during that week for us and our girl! They were much felt by us and appreciated, too!

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Disney Trip 2016

We recently took a trip to Disney World and we had a blast! When we went last year, it was Tim’s very first time to go and experience all of the magic that Disney has! Ever since we left Disney World in 2015 he has been wanting to go back and so we quickly started planning when we would go again and saving all of our Disney Rewards. Tim’s mom, stepdad, and sister were able to go with us this time and it was his stepdad and sister’s first time to go to Disney World.

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Although Cam is still too young to remember his first 2 trips to Disney World we will remember his trips and how his face lit up seeing all of his favorite characters and watching the wonderful parades. During our last trip we didn’t get to watch the parades due to riding rides or not being in the park while they were going on, but this time we were able to catch a daytime and nighttime parade and Cam absolutely LOVED them! He got so excited to see the characters he knew!

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Cam also rode a few rides last time but this time he rode a lot of rides that he was big enough for in Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. We would walk by a ride and he would start saying, “Ride! Ride! Ride!” We rode the tea cups, carousel, Dumbo, Magic Carpets, and It’s a Small World with him. I think there might have been a few more he rode but some of the ones he rode multiple times due to no waiting times and fast passes!

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During our day in Magic Kingdom we obviously wore Cam out before lunch because as we were waiting to order our food at Be Our Guest he fell asleep and slept through our entire lunch in my arms. Speaking of Be Our Guest…this was something that was on my bucket list. 🙂 I tried and tried to get us reservations to eat there last time but wasn’t able to get them. BUT this time as soon as I could make reservations for restaurants I made them for Be Our Guest. Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my all-time favorite Disney movies and I wanted to eat in the castle! It was a great experience and great food! It was a definitely a dream come true/wish fulfilled!

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Another wish fulfilled for me was getting to satisfy my pregnancy cravings with multiple Dole whips! You guys…Dole whips are heavenly! I haven’t met anyone that has had one that hasn’t liked them!

The night after our day at Magic Kingdom was quite eventful and resulted with about 2 hours of sleep for me. We had a family suite that had multiple rooms for all of us to sleep. We put Cam to bed as normal in our room and about 2 hours later I hear “Momma, Momma! Momma, Momma!” coming from our room. I walk in the bedroom to Cam laying in the middle of the bed with vomit covering and surrounding my sweet little boy! {Sidenote: Cam has only thrown up one other time and it was in the car as I was driving down the road.}

Tim was in the shower and Cam was still half asleep and not crying about the situation at all. As Tim’s mom started stripping the bed, I take Cam to the bathroom and strip him and put him in the shower with Tim to wash him off and wash his hair. (This was quite an experience!)

We get new sheets on the bed and pillows and Cam continues to throw up every 30 minutes to 1 hour throughout the night until 5 AM. It was a rough night to say the least, but we made the best of it.

The next day was our Animal Kingdom day. We had already paid for tickets and had reservations for meals so I sent everyone else to Animal Kingdom until I knew for sure Cam could hold down food and wasn’t feeling too bad to ride in the stroller. We (Cam and I) joined everyone else around 10 AM that day after he had another bath, ate some breakfast, and had some gatorade to rehydrate him.

Cam was a little puny that day as he later had other stomach issues happen to him in the middle of meeting Mickey Mouse. (Yikes!)

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Our (Cam & I)  favorite part of that day was our safari ride and seeing all of the animals! Tim really enjoyed the roller coaster, Expedition Everest, from Animal Kingdom. We ate at Rainforest Cafe that night, which was one of our favorites from our last trip and Cam liked seeing all the “ah-ah”s (monkeys) when the rain would come in the restaurant.

Well, that about sums up our trip..other than the fact that everyone else got the stomach bug Cam had except Tim and his mom as we traveled home. (Lucky them!) Even with sickness going on we had an awesome time!

Until next time…

{Cam- 8 Months}

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Can you believe that I am 2/3rds of a year old?!? Mom and Dad certainly cannot begin to fathom that these days. I keep telling them that is what I do..I just grow, grow, grow! Sue me! 🙂

I have been able to do a lot of new things these days! I can clap my hands to say “yay!” and when Mom and Dad sing “pat-a-cake”. Mom thinks it is so cool that I have been watching her do it for 7 months now and I can do it myself without being told to clap. I crawl around on my belly and get where I want to go. I also move at lightning speed in my walker these days!

Also, I can say “hey!” and “Dada” and I have even put those two words together. Mom is “patiently” waiting for me to say her name. Looks like she will have to wait just a little longer for that to happen.

I mentioned in my last blog that I would fill you guys in on my trip to Disney. Well, as you all may know I love watching Toy Story 3 in the car while we ride places. (It is supposedly the ONLY way I ride calmly.) I really love Woody and I laugh and smile when he is on the iPad screen. And I got to MEET WOODY in the Magic Kingdom! How cool is that?! Mom and Dad were afraid that I might get scared and cry when I met him, but nope..not me! I told him to “Reach for the sky!” and he did. We gave each other high-fives and he touched my face. We even took a picture together to remember the moment. It was really cool to finally meet him!

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Dad ran a 1/2 marathon the morning of the day we went to Magic Kingdom. He is my hero! He ran 13.1 miles in 3:04..talk about a stud! Mom and Dad said I was the real MVP of the trip, though! I handled Disney and Universal Studios like a boss!

The day after we got back from Disney it snowed like 7 inches at my house! How “cool” is that?! I loved being out in the snow. I liked that cold, wet stuff hitting my face as it was falling from the sky. Dad built a snow man and Mom made snow cream! The snow stuck around for a few days and it was fun while it lasted.

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This month Dad had 2 big events going on for the youth..D-Now and Acts 1:8 Missions weekend. It was fun to see our friends from Abbeville and get to hear some of Dad’s close friends preach.

In other news, Mom says I’m rarely still these days. What can I say..I like to move, woman! I’m also being told “no-no” with a shaking finger a lot, too. I’m a curious boy and like to pull everything down to my level and open drawers and cabinets so I can inspect it. 🙂 Mom has to do a lot of “redirecting my attention” now. I’m just trying to spice up her job as Mom a little.

See ya when I’m 3/4ths of a year old!