Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My Loves

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

In honor of national love day, I thought that I would share with all of you my loves.  I know I have some new readers around here, so it’s probably a good idea to give a little bit of background info on our family anyway since I haven’t done anything like that in a while.

Brian

My first love.  My favorite person in the whole world. 

Brian and I met back in 2002 through a mutual friend, but we didn’t start dating until August 2003, a year and a half later.  Pretty much from the moment we got together I was smitten and I knew that he was the one.  He fit right in with my family and my friends and he made (and still makes) me the happiest person in the whole world.  I feel like I’m a better person because of him.  I really do. 

We were married in December 2007 and that was the best day of my whole life.  Never once did I question anything or feel like I was making a mistake… it was the easiest decision I ever made to marry him, and to this day I have still never been so sure of anything in my entire life.

He is the calm to my crazy.  The quiet to my loud.  The positive to my negative.  The funny to my… oh wait, I’m hilarious, too.  ;o) 

But seriously, I’ve never ever met a person who complains as little as Brian.  We’ve been together for almost 14 years and I’ve probably only ever heard him complain like five times.  When there’s something tough that needs to be done, he just does what he has to do without so much as a frown or a sigh.  Some days I wonder why he still puts up with me in all of my complaining glory. 

He loves me and our babies oh so good, and he goes along with all of my crazy ideas.  He is my biggest supporter and he even reads my blog every single morning first thing when he wakes up so he can alert me if I’ve misspelled a word or made a grammatical error just so I can get it fixed before the majority of people read the post.  That means more to me than he will ever know. 

Oh, and he makes me laugh every single day.  Ladies, if you are ever looking for a man, please, please make sure that he’s funny because there’s nothing better than laughing every day with the person you love the most.

Now don’t let all of this mushy gushy stuff lead you to believe that our relationship is perfect, though, because of course, it’s not.  We have our share of ups and downs just like everyone else, but fortunately for us, it’s mostly up.  And most of the time, our relationship is easy.

He could definitely stand to brush up on his listening skills a bit, though… ;o)

Brian’s face right now:  -_-

Babe, are you still there?  ;o)




Jacob

My sweet, sweet rainbow baby.  I prayed for him every single day for so long and he was the answer to some of my most desperate prayers during one of the hardest times in my entire life..

At five years old (or five and a half, he would say if he was reading this) he is as smart as a whip, already reading entire chapter books and comprehending things that I had no idea that a five year old could comprehend.  His intellect absolutely amazes me and we just know that he is going to eventually use it to do something great. 

He is extremely literal, he is overly cautious about every little thing (just like his Mommy), and he is very shy around people he doesn’t know… he is never the kid singing loudly and proudly in the front row of the school Christmas program, nor do I ever think he will be.  He loves music and is already well versed in many different genres due to Brian’s and my eclectic tastes.  He is every bit as funny as his Daddy and he makes us laugh every day as well.  When he’s quiet, we never have to worry because we know that he’s doing something constructive… reading, playing with toys, or building Legos.

He is teeny tiny, and I adore that about him because it just means that I can still pick him up and snuggle him like a baby.  And he still lets me. 

Some nights when I’m patting him to sleep, and I’m marveling over the smattering of freckles on his little nose and cheeks I wonder how in the whole world I got so lucky to have him.




Olivia

This girl.

Our spunky little gal. 

From the moment I was old enough to even think about being a mommy I knew that I wanted a baby girl.  A sassy, sweet, girly little girl.  And all of my family and friends used to tell me that I was going to end up having 4 or 5 boys just because I wanted a girl so badly.  (I would have been one of those people who kept trying and trying for a girl even after we had six boys.  Haha.)  So I had always just assumed that I would have all boys since I was conditioned to think that way.  Well, in 2014 we were blessed with Olivia and some days I still can’t believe that we do have a little girl.

But I digress. 

She is always singing.  Always singing.  Or humming.  Or talking.  Or yelling.  Or making some kind of noise.  Always.  Always.  Always.  Even in her sleep she’s loud.  From the first night that she slept next to me in our hospital bed, I knew that she was going to be the loud one. 

She keeps us on our toes.  She’s sneaky and she’s mischievous, so when she’s quiet, you better run and check on her because she’s getting into something!  She’s constantly causing Jacob to get into things that they both know they shouldn’t be into and he does it because she’s so persuasive!  I just know that she’s going to be a leader someday.

She has a heart of gold.  She loves fiercely and she hugs me so hard sometimes that I can barely breathe.  She’s creative and hilarious and oh so much fun and she keeps us constantly entertained.  She’s wacky and wonderful and frustrating and lovely and our lives would be utterly boring without her.  Sometimes I think that we should have a third child simply because she would be the quintessential middle child. 




Maui

Our first baby.

In the fall of 2009, just after we moved into our newly built house, I convinced Brian that we needed a dog.  He had never really had many pets growing up, so it was pretty much up to me to make the decision of what to get.  We searched for months and none of the puppies stood out until we met Maui.  She was the runt of three puppies and her brother and sister were both twice her size, so I fell in love with her instantly. 

She is now seven years old and has maxed out at 4 pounds.  She smells and sometimes acts exactly like my dog from my childhood who had just passed away one year prior to when we found her.  Sometimes I swear she is Bill (my old dog) reincarnated. 

She loves our babies so much and she never showed the least bit of hostility to either of them when we brought them home from the hospital.  She also never makes a peep.  No barking, no growling… nothing.  It’s actually kind of weird, but also really nice.

We just love her so much!



Other Loves

My extended family.  My friends.  Dave Matthews Band.  Wine.  University of Georgia football.  Fashion.  Friends (the show).  The color pink.  Chapstick.  Hearts.  Cookie cake.  Fall.  Pumpkin everything.  Fancy coffee like overpriced Starbucks lattes.  Paper goods.  Office supplies.  Blogging (duh).  Curling up with a good book.  Feet rubs and back scratchins with Brian.  Sleeping late.  Donuts.  Dark chocolate M&Ms.  My new letter board…

…Don’t say you didn’t see that one coming! 

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!  I hope that your day is full of love and laughter with all of your favorite people!


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33 comments:

  1. This is the sweetest post!!!!!! You can just feel the love in this post!

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  2. Your letters are so sweet! It's like our children are the same. All the things you said about Jacob and Olivia describe Cam and Emmy perfectly. I think they'd be good friends. Ha ha!

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  3. LOVE all this sweet love and you have the best things to adore!! Hey, where is Coach Taylor in this mix of loves from FNL? Too fun as so many are my loves too; pink, fashion, pumpkin, hearts, lattes, sleeping late...so much goodness. Happy Valentine's Day doll!!

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    1. Hahahaha. I totally should have included him, huh?!

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  4. How sweet! Love your family! Happy Valentine's Day!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  5. What sweeet words!! You've got a precious family! Happy Valentine's Day friend!

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  6. Thanks for bringing us into your world!

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  7. You guys are precious. Aren't girls just so different than boys? I swear when Carly was little we were just like dying for a minute of silence. Hope you have a sweet day with your family!

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  8. So sweet!! Rick is alot like Brian, as in he NEVER complains, which makes me then look like the biggest complainer LOL

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  9. So sweet to read more about your loves friend. Jacob sounds so much like my Marissa and Olivia and Emily are one and the same. Birth order REALLY plays into their personalities. I hope y'all have the best Valentines Day.

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  10. Awww!! So sweet!! Have a great Valentine's Day!

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  11. Love this! It was so sweet to read about your loves :) Hope you celebrate them all today! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  12. What a sweet read! I loved your description of your husband and how you each balance each other out. Have a Happy Valentines Day!

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    1. Thank you, Jenna! It's crazy how different we are about certain things, but we are so alike on some things as well. It's the perfect balance. :o)

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  13. What a precious post!! I love yours and B's love story!
    Hope yall have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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  14. You guys are so cute! Hope you guys have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

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  15. Love this! Your family is so adorable. Brian sounds a lot like Eric. He's always the calm to my crazy (which makes me look extra crazy lol) and rarely gets upset. Haha! I think Olivia could definitely hang with my crazy silly boys. And Jacob sounds like the sweetest little love. Happy Valentine's Day <3 Beautifully Candid

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  16. I love your description of Olivia. Even our girls are twinning!

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  17. Aw Linds, I love this post! You can feel the love pouring through the page. It's so sweet to learn a little more about each of the relationships in your life. What a special bunch you have...yourself included!

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  18. What a beautiful family! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  19. As a new(ish) reader I love learning about you, your husband and your little ones a bit more. Hope today was perfection for you 4.

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  20. What a beautiful family. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  21. Wonderful post...loved getting to know more about your sweet fam! Hope you had the best day together!

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  22. This is just the sweetest. I love hearing more about your favorite people!

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  23. Oh so sweet! I just adore your precious family. I can tell how much they mean to you in everything you do!

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  24. This is so sweet, Lindsay! I loved reading this. This would be super sweet to do yearly, and keep it for all your babes to read!

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    1. Thank you, Brandi. And yes, that is a really great idea! I just love this scrapbook that I'm making for the babies to look back on one day!

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  25. This is so sweet!! I love to read the personal stuff :)

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  26. I loved learning more about your loves. SO sweet!

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