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Follower of Christ. Wife to Adam. Mama to Joshua (9), Abigail (8), Esther (7), Hannah (6), Noah (5), Joseph (3), Peter (2), James (9 months), and Blessing #9 due late August. Soli Deo Gloria!
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Adam and Laura

Adam and Laura

Joshua Addison

Joshua Addison

Abigail Lauren

Abigail Lauren

Esther Rebecca

Esther Rebecca

Hannah Ralene

Hannah Ralene

Noah Evans

Noah Evans

Joseph Patrick

Joseph Patrick

Peter Edwin

Peter Edwin

James Emil Robert

James Emil Robert

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Monday, November 10, 2014

On the Move

Well, I didn't intend on taking a month-long blogging break.  Oops. :)  A lot has happened since I posted last.  We've done a little traveling, a lot of learning, and a whole bunch of baby snuggling.  Mary Grace turned two months old and Adam made the decision to join a private practice nearly three hours away, which means that we'll be moving!  It's funny, when Adam graduated from dental school and we were considering different options, I was not thrilled about the idea of him going back into the Army on active duty again.  I didn't like the idea of moving every few years.  Haha!  It turns out we've moved more frequently than that and I'm really kind of getting used to it. :)  We're purging (woohoo!  I love purging!) and packing and will move after the new year.  There are definitely things that we'll miss here, but it's a great opportunity and we're all looking forward to it.  Since we're busy with the move and all I will probably only be doing a monthly post here for awhile.  I may show up more often, but I'm not making any promises. :)  Once again, this post is very picture heavy and full of memories that I want to have documented for when we're old!

Mary Grace talking to her biggest brother

Heading out the door to go to a Georgia Tech football game with Grandpa Evans

Joshua had a blast!

The purple girls before church

We went to the US Space and Rocket Center when my dad was visiting.  Traveling with Grandpa is so much easier and lots more fun! 

Hannah and Grandpa looking at the Saturn V

Looking at the rockets wore James out. :) 

I made a new, Pinterest-inspired fall wreath for our front door.  I was wishing my mom was here to do it with me.  She was always so good at crafty things!

Sweet smiley baby

Hannah is helping Joseph learn to ride a bike

Getting yet another kiss from a big sibling!

Being goofy with my Peter Monkey

We noticed that Hannah was having difficulty seeing far away and found out that she needs glasses.  

I think she looks cute!

Happiness at the park

James fell asleep while Adam was reading the Bible one evening.

Snoozing away

James thinks that Mary Grace is the greatest thing!  He kept his hand on her like this the whole time we were taking a walk.  

We're not big baseball fans (or any sport, for that matter), but since Adam is from Kansas we had to cheer on the Kansas City Royals in the World Series!  And of course you can't do that without popcorn and cookies. :)

Happy Baby!

Mary Grace and I were playing around with the camera on the laptop.

Joseph wanted to "play her a song".  

Silly baby!

She's such a sweet pea!

James waiting on his big siblings to get their free Book It pizzas.

Free Book It pizzas plus 3 little boys getting the buffet for free = a meal for 11 for just under $15.  Not too bad! 

This goofball keeps me on my toes!

He gets so excited about his baby sister!

Joseph was a brave boy for his 4 year shots last week.  I thought that he didn't make a peep, but he reminded me that he said "Ow".  :) 

Out of all 9 children, Mary Grace is our first back sleeper.  She does not enjoy tummy time.  She isn't our best sleeper, which I'm discovering is due in part to my nursing issues.  I've had problems with every baby around this time.  I always think and hope that it will be different with each one, but it never is.  I won't go into the details, but yes, I've tried a whole host of herbs, teas, and other remedies.    As much as I hated to do it, we gave her formula last night.  She wolfed it down and slept great.  Poor baby was hungry.  :(  Sigh.  At least she'll still nurse for awhile and she won't be hungry!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

More Pictures

Here is the second installment of photos from the past month.  I realize these posts are rather Mary Grace heavy, but I just can't resist. :)  

Snoozing on the couch

Reading with Grandpa Evans 

Snoozing again.  Believe it or not, she is awake a good bit of the time!

My sweet Mary Grace...3 weeks old

Napping beside me while I blog.

Joseph loves crafts!  Notice the red marker on his nose. :) 

Everyone has to have a turn brushing Mary Grace's hair.  

All ready for church...

...wearing a dress that Grandma Evans (my mom) made for Abigail when she was a newborn.  Mary Grace won't get to meet Grandma until Heaven, but I love that she gets to wear something made by her!

Mary Grace was baptized on September 28.  The christening gown she wore is another heirloom made by Grandma Evans that her three big sisters wore for the same occasion.  It was an extra special day because Grandma and Grandpa in Kansas were here!

Sleeping in Mama's arms on the deck.

Adam's parents came for a week-long visit a couple weeks ago.  We took a short road trip to visit this museum.  It was really interesting.  Joshua loves Civil War history, so he was particularly excited about it.  

The museum has a great hands-on area for children complete with dress-ups.  

Esther loves to dress up.

We got to see my brother, Mark, briefly at my Grandmother's house.  He was in the area for some training, but just recently returned home from a year-long deployment.  I hadn't seen him since Mom's funeral nearly 2 1/2 years ago, so it was great to catch up!

Uncle Mark and Peter goofing off. :)

Esther and Mary Grace with Grandpa in Kansas

Grandma in Kansas and Joseph enjoying a book at the library.

Checking out some Civil War artifacts at the museum.

Grandma and Grandpa with 8 (Mary Grace was sleeping on me in the Moby Wrap) of their 19 grandchildren!

Mary Grace enjoying some Papa time after her siblings went to bed.

Noah picked some apples. :) 

Apple picking in the mountains of North Georgia. 

Abigail and Noah came up with an easier way to carry their bags of apples.

Poor baby had a nasty eye infection.

Looking much better after day 2 of antibiotic drops.  

Loaded up and headed to the park to play some tennis!

I caught a smile on camera!  She was actually awake, but she squeezed her eyes shut right when I snapped the picture.  

All nine of our goobers watching Joshua, Abigail, and Esther's writing lesson.

All of the children love to hold Mary Grace, but Hannah asks more than anyone else.  She is thrilled to have a baby sister!