Saturday, December 13, 2008

and thanksgiving...finally...








i know, i know...i haven't updated our blog in over a month. i'm sure all 3 or 4 of you who check our site regularly are ecstatic to see that i have something besides halloween pictures on here now!! i figured that with christmas right around the corner i should get caught up with thanksgiving first. lucy has about a bazillion christmas outfits that her adoring grandparents have given her so soon i will be uploading an entire christmas fashion extravaganza.

lucy enjoyed her first taste of turkey...she devoured the turkey rice dinner (prepared especially for her by gerber) just like everything else we put in her mouth.

in addition to some turkey day shots i am including a picture of lucy in her favorite new sleep position. i think i need to buy the girl a sleep mask because every time she's wearing a hat and starts to get sleepy she pulls it down over her eyes and drifts off so peacefully...she does it with a hood too : )

other important news...first tooth is in and we witness new hair growth every day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

halloween...finally...





thanksgiving is almost here so i figured i should hurry up and finally get our halloween pictures up. we don't get many trick-or-treaters out in our neck of the woods (actually we don't get ANY)...but that didn't stop lucy from wearing two halloween costumes in one day. she was an a.m. ghost and a p.m. cat. i promise to get more creative next year!

Monday, October 27, 2008

milk mustaches




i had to post some of these precious pictures we just received from haiti! last month we were able to provide a group of orphans with the milk and formula they so desperately needed following the devastation of the multiple hurricanes and tropical storms they have weathered. the non-profit organization we started - the bloom project - is doing great things for orphans all over the world. with all the generous donations and fundraising we have done we have not only helped these Haitian children but also provided funding for two families adopting orphans from china. i feel so fortunate to have been called to this very important work along with my dear friends amy and christy...we can't believe the way bloom keeps GROWING! www.bloomproject.org

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Lucy's Dedication







we recently shared a special day with dear friends and family at forest hill-ballantyne. along with 2 other families we participated in a dedication ceremony in which joey and i committed to raising lucy to know and love jesus. we know it's the most important thing we can do for our daughter and we're so thankful to have others supporting our efforts. as you can see - even lucy's friend addison was there to love on her and share in the fun : )

the dress she is wearing was picked out by my grandmother and worn by me, my brother (yes...he wore a dress!), and most of my cousins when we were itty bitty.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

just for marc...






so i've been a little bit of a slacker about updating the blog.  the truth is there isn't really anything earth-shattering to report and i've been spending every free second of my busy days playing with lucy and soaking up her sweet baby-ness before she's all grown up (which is really happening too quickly already!).  having said that...one of my best friend's husbands is ALWAYS on my case about being a blog lame-o, so...this is for you marc...
i know that day after day you have been disappointed as you faithfully stalked my blog and found NOTHING new and exciting...just the same old 'golf and his girls'.  thanks for not giving up on me and inspiring me to take my blogging to a new level.  i hope this new entry fills your day with joy...

so...in a nutshell...our world continues to be a brighter place with little lucy around (her name does mean 'light' after all).  it's all about simple pleasures...she loves her baths, standing up, seeing how many fingers she can stick in her mouth at once, using her 'voice' in new ways every day...  she received a super cool gift from her uncle robert last week...a miniature adirondack chair made just for her.  like i said - nothing earth-shattering - but OUR world has definitely been turned upside down and we love it!

on another 'non-lucy' note...the bloom girls had a great opportunity to get out in the community and spread the word about our charity organization.  check out amy's blog for all the cool details - www.4ourkiddos.blogspot.com - she's much better at documenting this stuff than i am!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

golf and his girls



















now that we are a family of 3 joey and i are trying to be a little more intentional about creating opportunities for family memories and traditions.  a few weeks ago we decided to carve time out of our busy schedules for family day once per week.  so...every friday we are trying to do something fun together as a family.  (i guess the "fun" part is up for interpretation since yesterday we spent all morning cleaning out our office)  last friday happened to be joey's birthday so of course we had to make it extra special.  i cooked breakfast at home, we were all lazy around the house, joey opened presents, we went to redeem one present (new running shoes from try sports), ate lunch outside (what a beautiful day!), and then we hit the driving range.  as joey prepares to play again it's hard for him to take an entire day off from golf so lucy and i decided to join him.  i even took my clubs (which, by the way, were custom made by my very talented husband).  i think at least 40% of my swings actually made contact which isn't bad for me.  lucy took a nice little catnap while joey tried to help me with my swing and then she woke up in time to watch daddy in action for a while (she actually really loves that : )  when i was sufficiently sore (i guess i need to hit balls more than once every 4 months) we headed back home where we put our good little sleeper to bed and had a romantic italian dinner on the back porch...all in all definitely a fun family friday...

Saturday, August 16, 2008

beach baby





"the sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." ~jacques cousteau
for me our beach trip was the gift of slowing down, listening instead of talking, simple pleasures, an overall highly successful recalibration of my life. during the 3 days we were there i actually read one entire book (the shack...check it out!), penned a few entries in my journal, heard from God as i read his word, had deep conversations with my husband, slept in the sun, ate fresh seafood, shared the gift of the beach with my daughter for the first time...
for lucy it was one more amazing discovery...i wish i knew what was going through her little head as she stood mesmerized with her feet in the sand. i wonder if she thought "this is the biggest bathtub i've ever seen!" i'm just so glad that she liked it because being the beach lover that i am she'll be spending a lot of time there!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

lucy's room



4 years!



                                                                          a couple of weeks ago joey and i celebrated our 4 year anniversary.  my incredibly thoughtful hubby brought home wine and cheese for us to enjoy (which is a long standing tradition for us...meaningful conversation over cabernet and brie).  I love that in the picture I took there is a little pair of baby nail clippers...evidence of our baby love who is now a sweet little addition to our world...even wine and cheese night : )  lucy also was mesmerized by the pretty flowers daddy brought mama...they are gerber daisies like we had at our wedding...again - mr. thoughtful : )  uncle robert (lucy's favorite babysitter) came over to hang out and put her to bed while joey and i actually got out of the house for a real date...dinner at 131 main where we both savored seared tuna salad (yum!) and quiet time to enjoy each other and be grateful for the marriage we grow into more and more every year...

"and over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  let the peace of christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  and be thankful..." ~ colossians 3:14-15

...love, unity, peace, thankfulness - may they continue to fill our home...

Saturday, July 26, 2008

sleep, sweet sleep!






Lucy turned 2 months old this week and to celebrate...SHE SLEPT ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE NIGHT!!  Go girl...we are so proud of you...11 hours of sleep (which translated to 9 hours of sleep for me and Joey...I had forgotten what that felt like!).  At her doctor's visit this week our suspicions were confirmed - Lucy is a LONG, LEAN poopin-eatin-sleepin machine!  At 11 lbs. 2 oz. she is in the 50th percentile for weight and her measurement of 24 inches put her in the 95th percentile for length.  As you can see from the pic - Joey and his mom (AKA BeBe) couldn't wait for the doctor's visit...they had to find out for themselves.

As you can see Lucy has spent a lot of time with a lot of friends over the past couple of weeks.  A trip down to Orangeburg and Charleston allowed us to see Gran and Papa, my friend Heather, Lucy's Aunt Lindsay, and her buddies Julia and Grant (who are also adopted!).  And we can't forget our trip to the mall with her best girlfriend, Addison, and her local grandmas (Mimi and Mia).  This girl doesn't lack for love - that's for sure!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

eyelashes...






every day i am amazed at the precious little ways lucy grows and changes.  lately joey and i have been particularly in awe of her eyelashes - once non-existent, they are now growing longer and fuller every day!  looking back at pictures of her in her first week of life i realize how much she has developed...her little personality is really starting to show.  she's smiling so much and trying her darnedest to talk and laugh.  who would have thought that a tiny little thing could bring such joy into our lives.  it's hard to remember our family without her.  we continue to correspond with amy which is such a gift.  i truly miss her and think of her every day when i look at lucy.  i think that more and more as i see the child that lucy is becoming i am grateful beyond measure for amy's decision to give her life and place her in our family.  i just finished making a collage of pictures for lucy's room.  i included pictures of amy so that she can be familiar with the face of the precious person with whom her story began...

...i am including a few pics from "cow appreciation day" at chick-fil-a.  being the chick-fil-a nut that i am, lucy and i (along with our friends Corinne and Dylann) dressed up as cows to get free lunch last week : )