Tuesday, March 31, 2015

1 month of Sunshine!

Sweet Sunshine, you turned 1 month on January 12, 2015.

You started this year off as the cute little bug you will always be!!

You are:

- Holding your head up

- Smiling at Mom and Dad

- Sleeping really well

- Cooing at your Sissies

- Following every movement that we make

- Loving your swing and bouncer

Love you so!

Sunshine's Newborn Pictures!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014 was such a sweet time.

Sus and Ty were here with us. Aunt Tricia came down, as well!

Coco and Pop came after Christmas to share in the joy!!

Sunshine had only been with us for two weeks. Sweet little love! You three girls were so much fun!

A few days before Christmas, we took our first trip as a family of five to the Rock Ranch for the Christmas lights! So pretty!!

It's always so amazing to be surrounded by sweet family and celebrate the birth of Christ!

The music, the movies, the smells, the tree, the crafts, the ornaments, the baking, the snuggles...

I'll take it all. I love Christmas time. Love, love, love it!! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Here comes Sunshine! {Your Birth Story}

Sweet Sunshine girl:

You are finally here!

You arrived on a chilly winter morning in December. December 12, to be exact.

Mommy and Daddy went to the hospital at 6:00 a.m. to get all prepped for your entrance.

Mommy had lots of fun when they tried to get her IV put in five different times.... yikes. Daddy says that I turned white as a sheet. I pray that you don't have rolling veins like me!

They wheeled me into surgery and at 7:57 a.m. you were placed in my arms.

7 pounds, 7 ounces and 21 inches of precious, pink perfection...

We named you after the two men who we love the most in the world!

Natalie Parker Stanford. Your name means "born at Christmas time"

Sweet ray of Sunshine, we love you so! Your sissies are so smitten. Your Daddy and I are in awe.

We cannot imagine a time when you were not in our lives.

Thank the Lord so very much for your precious, precious life!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Getting Back in Gear + Random Thoughts

To my sweet littles:

Life is different with three.

Everyone always told us that going from one to two would be the biggest adjustment.


Just kidding. I know that they didn't mean to lie. Maybe.

Going from one to two was breezy.

From two to three, however, has been a big adjustment for our little fam.

Let's be honest here. I just had three kids in four years.

I know, I know. I'm not the only one.

It hit me last Fall that I have been pregnant three out of the last four years, though.

Crazy town.

Anyway, we're slowly adjusting to our new normal.

Sorry that you girls have been watching so much Paw Patrol. I promise to get it together.

I'm so very thankful everyday for the Playdoh, crayons, spit up, cheerios, diapers, laundry, dishes, smiles, giggles and hugs.

You three are beautiful, creative, amazing gifts from the Lord.

Each morning may I raise my eyes to Him and say thank you!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DD Date Night

Scoot and Renaissance went on their first official Daddy-Daughter Date Night the other evening.

It was precious, y'all.

Scoot picked out which special dress she wanted to wear and requested an "Elsa braid."

She also had to wear her pink glitter shoes...            shocking, I know.

When she heard Renaissance at the back door after work, she ran to show him how very beautiful she looked....

and she did.

These sweet, little moments of our life are so amazing.

My elegant three-year-old is growing up right before my eyes, and it seems like it's just going too fast.

I grew up with Daddy-Daughter Date Nights.

I've read the articles from people who say that these are somehow wrong or confusing.

I disagree.

Take a moment to think about the father's role in the parenting of a child. In our case, we have three daughters.

Who are my baby girls looking to every day to see what a man should look like?


Who is to show them how a man should treat them, their Mommy and women in general?


Where will they see the traits of strength, love, gentleness, compassion, fun, etc in a man on a daily basis?


So you see, for my sweet girls {as was the case for me} Daddy is the man who should take up the role of exemplifying Godly manhood to his daughters. He should shepherd and guard their hearts until the time when another man {their husband} steps in to do the same.

To us, DD Date Night is a wonderful tradition. A purposeful time to show our girls what dating {starting when they turn 40... haha} should look like.

A note to my girls:

You are beautiful, kind and funny...   

and you are also KNOCK-YOUR-SOCKS-OFF smart.

Use that brain!

Never let any man treat you in a way that is less than a daughter of the King of Kings and a strong woman of the almighty, all-powerful God!

You deserve the very best. Put your trust in the Lord and He will provide it for you.

Your Dad and I are praying for you every day.

And please remember when the dating portion of your life does start...

Daddy and I are always here... in the background... with a shotgun and a shovel.