Thursday, December 18, 2014

thanks for asking


5 years ago, I said "yes". 
Actually, I think I just nodded. 
Then GT waited and asked me again in order to get a verbal response. 
I suppose that my silent nod of affirmation wouldn't suffice when it came to
THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

When he proposed, on the balcony of a hotel room of the Four Seasons (strong work, gt), I was wearing a beautiful birthstone ring that was given to me by my aunt Jessi. Well, in all of the excitement it was gently and literally tossed to the side, in order to be replaced by the new bling. Unfortunately, to-the-side was off of the balcony...and never to be found.
 I really liked that ring and still wish that I hadn't been so careless.

Luckily I wasn't so careless in my husband selecting. 
More accurately, in my saying yes.
GT always says to me, "thank you for marrying me"
to which i respond, "thanks for asking"

and i mean it.
He has always been and continues to be the better decision maker and initiator between the two of us. 
I always ask his advice before making a decision. even little ones.
it's really a wonder that i can function when he is gone for days at a time.
i kid. i kid.
but only a little.

When GT asked me to marry him, there was no doubt in my mind that my answer would be yes.
On that day, five years ago, i said yes because I was incredibly in love and pretty infatuated with him.
i said yes because he loved me so well.
and because he loved his family,  he enjoyed being with my family, he sought Godly wisdom from other men, he treated others well, he was strong, he was passionate, he was driven, he was considerate, he was a leader, he was mature, he had a great family, he liked to go to baseball games and concerts, he was ambitious, he was supportive, he made good conversation, he was confident, he liked black coffee, he was smart, he was taller than me (seriously, it had to start somewhere), he knew how to have a good time, he didn't take himself too seriously, he was a little bit country (ok, a lotta bit), he was handy, he was independent, he appreciated good and stupid humor, he was encouraging, he was competitive, he was easy to talk to, he handled my "issues" well, he was thoughtful, he was incredibly handsome.
i respected him and i loved him.
and i really like being with him as often as possible.
also, when i told him that "i'm not high maintenance, i just like nice things"...he stuck around and even gave me nice things.
luckily, i'm not as "high-maintenance" as when we dated (or so i think)

today, i would say yes again...if he asked.
but the reasons extend beyond those listed above.
the Lord gave me the desires of my heart before i even knew what they were.

He gave me a man that would lead me and my family to know Jesus personally.
a man that would make tough decision day-in and day-out that were the right decisions, but not the most popular or easiest. 
a man that would continue to seek wise counsel from others that would make him a better father and husband.
a man that would pour into the word of God in order to grow His personal faith.
a faith that would stand as the cornerstone for our family.
a man that would be practical when i was unreasonably emotional
a man that would always say "i'm sorry"
a man that wouldn't give up on us
a man that is committed to and incredibly intentional about leading and loving his family
a man that likes still likes to be my boyfriend

I was not aware of all of the good that i was saying "yes" to then.
and sometimes, the not-so-good, but in saying "yes" i got it all and i'm keeping it.

5 years later, i still back up my decision
and GT, thanks for asking.


(yes, that is GT in the above photo. pb&lh. pre-beard & long-hair)

Monday, December 15, 2014

a long weekend in Huntsville

you all know how much i love going to GT's parents home
this much

recently, we spent a long weekend there and soaked up every second of time with them
getting loved on

visiting Granny
or "Grammy Rubys" as JR calls her

loving Texas in general

playing with the dogs
you might notice Trigger...he's a Texan now
he and Judson always enjoy a little reunion


taking some photos of TW when i'm running late for church

playing some dominoes, of course
the ladies won, if you must know

more dog loving
I'm not sure if Judson Ray or I love being at GT's childhood home more
we just make ourselves right at home and never want to leave

luckily, we have an open invitation and take advantage of that as often as we can
thank goodness for awesome grandparents!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thanksgiving2014

we had a full weekend of festivities this Thanksgiving
that involved lots of lots...overflowing with blessings.

Jake, Jamie, Beau, Luke, Josh, Jonathan, Jenn, Lillian and James Everett were all in on Wednesday, so there was constant kid action somewhere
mostly on the gator or running around outside

thursday lunch was at my parents house with the whole crew
and some food-prep help from the littles

our newest family member, sweet Harper


Judson and Luke are never far apart

and the things we find them doing always entertains

after lunch and a bit of lounging, a family-friendly game of football commenced

i'm pretty sure the team i was on won.
i missed the end because a rather hungry 4 month old summoned.
but, it doesn't matter who won...we all had fun. 
ha!

i love these ladies of mine
(missing a few)

and this little guy's first Turkey day 


that evening we celebrated our sweet wittle Wukey turning 2!!!!
he is quite the character
with his silly smile, quirky mannerisms and awesome hair
i love how he loves us, especially Judson.
he's a good little buddy
and i am incredibly proud to be his aunt!

this tough guy, too
how did he get to be 4, anyhow?

Friday, my Mamaw Jo cooked a delicious lunch of gumbo and mexican cornbread
just so we wouldn't go a meal without being with our family
she's the best

that night, us Kirby siblings saw Mockingjay....yeeep!

Saturday morning, my Mamaw Lou cooked breakfast at her house
what a wonderful treat!

then we took family pictures, which went as well as you can expect 

but the photographer did bring her miniature pig
'
so, that was fun... 



the older i get and the more people that i get to know, i realize just how rare it is to have such a large family living in close proximity to one another.
it is a rare thing.
and it is not something i take for granted. 
i soak up every single second with my family
and thank God repeatedly throughout the day for the goodness He has shown to me.

all of this family is wonderful, but without sharing the hope of heaven with them, the joy would be missing.
i am incredibly thankful that i was born into such loving, welcoming, joyful family that taught me about Jesus. 
because of the gospel of Jesus i will share eternity with my earthly family.
and that is something to be thankful for.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

5 months with Townesy

another month has flown by 
and little Townesy, you have got me 
you are just about the sweetest thing i ever did see
you really are a good baby 
meaning, you are happy
you sleep good
you eat good
and you are a definite charmer

and you put up with your big brothers silly antics

you seem to have a calmer personality than your brother
you are pretty content to hang out in my lap and watch whatever he is doing 
you always smile a big smile when you see yourself or whoever is holding you in the mirror

you can sit up if you're hanging on tight to something
like my leg

you don't like to sit against anything though
you arch your back until you work yourself to your stomach or laying on your back

you are a big snuggler
and will lay your face against mine (or your Mamaw Jo, she gets a lot of snuggles) for the longest time
it might be my favorite thing
and sometimes you hum a little tune of contentment
we do this often throughout our day

you seem to make fast friends, as everyone gets a smile from you

you are easy to make laugh
and squint your eyes tight and let out a little chuckle

and you are much better about riding in the car!!! hooray! 
although, you'd prefer to take over the steering wheel

you keep your pointer and middle fingers in your mouth all of the time
and can take your own pacifier in and out of your mouth
you love your exersaucer and seem quite entertained by the animals and noises
sometimes i will walk through the room and catch you grinning at me 
if someone else is holding you, you are probably staring me down
we're kind of inseparable, you and me.
i'd like to keep it that way, knowing it won't last forever.

i am so excited about celebrating your first Christmas with you
although you won't have any idea what's going on
your presence in our lives brings incredible joy
your smile brings cheer
your snuggles bring comfort
your curiosity brings excitement
your dependence brings purpose
your sleep brings peace

we love you, little Rooskie 
you are a source of great delight!