It’s amazing what one night away can do. It has felt a little like a whirlwind around here with the summer youth group stuff going on, a looming cross country move, several out of town trips coming up in July, the beginning stages of packing going on, etc… We have felt very busy and slightly overwhelmed with what the next 3 months hold for us. So, we took a night and headed up to our friend’s mountain cabin for the night, which was just wonderful. It was just our family, no cell phone reception, no TV, computer, or any other distractions. It felt so peaceful and calm to just enjoy long, un-interupted conversation, and to feel like it was a nice calm night before the craziness of the next few weeks hits. Here are a few pictures of our trip:
The way we roll in the car. Opal Dean keeping Bradford entertained in the back.
Dinner. This may have been our messiest meal yet. Somehow sweet potatoes made it all over my face and arms, as well as Bradford's
Being cute waiting for his breakfast.
Hanging with Dad in matching green
The fam (minus Winnie, she decided not to make the trip.)
The past two weeks have been a big time of change for us. I feel like Bradford has become a different kid here lately. He transitioned to 3 meals a day really quickly, gained a whole lot of personality, and is making the first moves towards becoming a mobile child. It’s been really fun watching his little personality emerge. He still loves people, but has become more hesitant, especially in large groups. He definitely does not like loud or unfamiliar noises, and makes that known. The dogs have recently gained his interest, and although I am yet to get any pictures of it (because I’m typically holding him, monitoring the situation), he know holds his arms out when the dogs come in, grabs for them, and smiles sometimes when they lick him. He is very upfront about his feelings, and will let you know happy (squeals and huge smiles) or sad (loud screams and a bright red face) pretty much immediately when he feels them. We are loving all the changes, and are enjoying watching him grow into more of a little person. The following pictures hopefully can display some of the recent changes, as well as just how cute he is.
His signature move now. He pulls one leg up and tries to "launch" himself forward, or uses it to catipult himself into rolling over
Now how does this crawling thing work?
He's now started popping his lips and making this funny sound, then he cracks up laughing when we do it back to him. Priceless
Still loving my food, especially fruits.
Trying out my new sippy cup. Bradford got his first drink of water here, although he hasn't totally figured this out yet. He mainly likes to chew on the cup.
He's learned how to hold the cup, and smile for the camera.
The blur is because he is rocking back and forth, trying to figure out how to crawl! He has been doing this for a couple of days now, so we'll see when he can finally figure it out.
So about 2 months or so ago, Andy and I were driving along going down to Augusta for the day when Andy gets a phone call with a message saying, “Call me back, I have a plan that is going to change your life.” The call was from a friend down in Florida that he has known for a while. Curiously, Andy calls him back and finds out there is a job opening at a church called Spanish River, located in Boca Raton, Florida….first reaction…..Boca Raton, Fl? No, there’s no way, it’s too far away. We learned more about the job…next reaction…well, it’s definitely worth considering, but still feels too far. Had a phone conversation/interview…..reaction…..Ok, we’ll fly down and check it out. Fly down to check it out….all things look great, event though it’s far, we think we could make it work. So, after a lot of prayer, talking it over, going back and forth, and more prayer, we decided that Andy would accept the job.
So, come beginning of August, we will be all packed, will get in the car and drive all the way down to South Florida where he will be starting as the new youth pastor at Spanish River Church. To say how we are feeling about the move: we have both said a number of times that this was not an easy decision, but we feel it’s the right one. We are excited, scared, looking forward to a new opportunity, really sad to leave friends and family here, anticipating all that is to come, and just honestly not knowing what to expect living in Florida. This was never really a part of the plan, but God placed it on our path and made it pretty clear that this is the next step for us. I guess you just never know when you could get a phone call that will actually change your life, but for us it came, and so here we go on down to Florida!
Last weekend, we were so glad to have a quick visit with my sister-in-law and her family. Unfortunately for them, they had to leave their home due to a bug problem. Fortunately for us, we got to spend an afternoon with them. There was a quick moment when the two youngest cousins (and closest in age) really interacted for the first time. It was so cute to see! Thee 2 are just 6 weeks apart, Sadie being the older cousin: