Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Happy Birthday ClaireBell

ClaireBell, what a joy you are to me every day. I love you so much and am so very thankful to Jesus for giving you to us two years ago! I hope you had a wonderful day.

a birthday banner I made


After cake, she and her Aunt Eliza Jane played in the pool

what's summer without a few water balloons??

She loved opening presents! Unlike last year, she needed little to no help! It was so much fun watching her eyes light up with each gift. And hearing the ooooh's and ahhhh's was just precious :) 

She is very into Toy Story these days...she watches the movies just about every day! So, of course, she was thrilled with having her very own Jessie and Woody dolls :) She played with them all day, slept with them and is now watching Toy Story 3 (which she also got for her bday) with her sweet friends :)

Happy Birthday, sweet girl! Now its time to welcome your little brother!

Friday, August 19, 2011

asnip happenings

I am coming to you today with no excuses or explanations for why I haven't shared any of our latest happenings or news. So I am gonna dive right in!

Firstly, we are so excited and anxious to welcome our sweet little boy in a short 3 days! (give or take a few ;) Did I ever mention I was pregnant?? Dont think I did.

I have been, as every pregnant woman does, praying for an earlier delivery (crossing our fingers for this weekend!) 9 months pregnant in August in the south is taking its toll on me! We are so excited to meet him :)

Secondly, our sweet little ClaireBell has her 2nd birthday on, believe it or not, my due date! I can't believe its been 2 years already...she's getting so big and changing in so many ways.

Getting her hair cut and colored...haha, just kidding. But she loves for me to put the cape on, put some foils in her hair and then admire herself in the mirror ;)

a big "CHEEEEEEEEEESSSSEEEE" for the camera every time it comes out!

Enjoying some Braves baseball this summer

This girl loves ice! eating it, playing in it...keeping cool at her daddy's tennis match.

So let's go ahead and add another event for August 22nd...this day also marks the first day of Dakota's classes! Which brings on another topic. He has transferred to Liberty University Online. The convenience of online school is something we are taking advantage of. He is and will be a busy man! Working full time and taking care of a wife and two little munchkins, and still pursuing his degree! We are so proud of him :)

Such a good daddy and husband :)

Ok, so far we have a new baby coming, a 2nd birthday to celebrate, new classes to start at a new school, and if that isn't enough, we are MOVING to Florida the 1st of September!!!! This online school thing has opened up so many opportunities for us. We are very excited to be moving closer to our families (about an hour from the Asnips and two hours from the DeGuzmans!)

Dakota has accepted a job in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and will be starting the day after Labor Day. Sooooo many things happening! All very exciting and new :)

There are so many things for me to be thankful for right now:

welcoming a baby boy!
having a safe and great pregnancy
the blessing of our little girl and the 2 years we have spent with her
the opportunity for Dakota to finish school
God providing a job in FL so quickly
the joy of moving back to the BEACH :)
living close to wonderful family
all the help I am receiving to clean and pack up our house!
and so so so much more.

Thank you, Lord for your guidance and protection over us these past few months as we have sought to do Your will. Thank you so much for Your clarity in our decision making and for not being a God of confusion. Thank you for keeping me and our baby safe these past 9 months. Thank you for ClaireBell and what a blessing she is to us every day. Thank you for bringing Dakota into my life so many years ago, knowing how he would love me and take care of me and lead this family.

For those of you who have stuck with me through the silence this summer, thank you :) Please keep us in prayer as we tackle the next few weeks with confidence, energy and great anticipation!

I promise to update again soon :)