14.4.14

prayer.

You poor city. Storms have hurt you, and you have not been comforted. But I will rebuild you with turquoise stones, and I will build your foundations with sapphires. 
Isaiah 54:11

Praying for Kansas City and the Lord's peace over Passover and Holy Week. 


8.4.14

for your consideration || 04

When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall. 

-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

7.4.14

August Ransom || ONE!


[Many more pictures and details to follow.]

4.4.14

August Ransom || 11 Months Old #CapturetheDay

03.06.2014 On Instagram, I took a picture every hour of August's 11 month birthday activities. He still loves playing in the window but now brings toys with him to play with on the sill. He loves veggie fritters, bananas, oranges and honeydew. He begins lowering himself to the floor from standing without holding onto anything- strengthening those legs for walking! He laughs every time we go up or down the stairs and charges us if we get down on all fours to wrestle him. We visit the Greenville Zoo with Uncle Drayton this month and go to Florida for Mike Nardella's wedding. He loves his Dr. Seuss books, Goodnight Moon and Goodnight Sleep Tight. After a soft song and a snuggle, he settles into naps now and sleeps through the night. (Until teething spikes a fever the last weekend of the month.) His 11 month photo is here.


9am: breakfast

11am: exploring Lulah's

12noon: do I have to sleep, Mumma?

2pm: lunch

3:30pm: headed home

5pm: play

6pm: dinner

3.4.14

Valentine's Picnic and Park

We packed a picnic and took August to the park for his first time on Valentine's Day. It was cold but sunny so we lunched then tried the swing and slide. He did not like the swing one bit. Brandon needed to get back to work so we only stayed a short time.





[Still playing a bit of catch-up after having our computer out of commission for several weeks earlier this year. One of my goals this year is to post more day-to-day posts from our activities. I hope this will make my 2014 photo book process a touch easier. Stick with me as I over-post this week.]

2.4.14

Greenville Zoo


Brandon planned a weekend escape to Greenville to visit the Reeves. On Friday morning, Ali texted to say they were all sick and we had best steer clear of their house. Not ones to be easily thwarted, we decided to go to Greenville anyhow. We ate at our favorite spots, walked Main Street and did some shopping. My brother came over from Spartanburg on Sunday so we went to the Zoo!






August Ransom || Ten Months Old


02.06.2014 August loves his Owlie and has started snuggling him at night. He has started putting one foot flat under him to kick off while crawling. It snowed the end of January; Brandon showed August how to stand at the window to watch the falling flakes. Since then, he only wants to stare out the window at passing cars, busses, birds and people. We celebrate his "monthiversary" at Charlestowne Landing with Lulah and Pops. Early this month, he no longer takes his pacifier and wants to sleep on our shoulders instead of sideways in the crook of our arm. Every day, he becomes more "boy" and less "baby."

1.4.14

Our Florida Weekend

we 3 Loys

What a juggle this weekend ended up being! August woke with a fever (from teething) on Thursday afternoon and pretty much didn't sleep the rest of the weekend. We caravanned with Dayne to Brandon and Mandy's house in Jacksonville. They have done such a great job fixing the place up and making it a really nice space for them. Friday morning, I enjoyed coffee and snuggles with Owyn while we all visited. 
cousins
We got on the road to Orlando around ten. Roman and Jenny closed Friday morning on the Andrews' home in downtown Orlando. It is a beautiful oak-surrounded 3-story house built by Mr. Andrews. The house was abustle with rehearsal dinner preparations so we helped and visited and played with cousins. The rehearsal dinner was a blast! Such a celebration of lovely people and a reunion of old friends. We all agreed the house should be called the Andrews-Hammes house in "the old way" of keeping the name of the original owners in the title.

3rd floor view
Saturday we ventured to Ikea during the tornado warnings and thunderstorms. Saturday at Ikea is never a good idea- unless you are Ikea-obsessed like me! We bought a few toys for August's birthday and some frames for a gallery wall I've been planning. We raced through the checkout to rush home in time for the 4pm wedding ceremony. The skies cleared as we entered the church. The rains brought a lovely breeze and cooler temperatures for the outside reception at The Acre. We devoured delicious barbecue and danced under the stars. Andrew, Tiffany and I decided we had not seen enough of Roman so we followed him around dancing a conga line behind him. It is absurd how long we did this before anyone took note of this. 
Brandon's first smore
   
Dancing like no one is watching
The trip home was difficult on Sunday- traffic and fussy sick baby. But it was a lovely wedding weekend for sure... worth the exhaustion for the memories.





finally home



Charlestowne Landing

In February, Lulah and Pops went to Charlestowne Landing with us. Brandon loves zoos so with some sunny weather we decided to explore our small local one. We saw a black bear do somersaults for the first time and took our February family picture. Because of the beautiful weather, the park was a bit more crowded than usual but we had a fun time all the same. 

Watching the black bear do somersaults

Peeking at the deer with Pops

 [Still playing a bit of catch-up after having our computer out of commission for several weeks earlier this year. One of my goals this year is to post more day-to-day posts from our activities. I hope this will make my 2014 photo book process a touch easier. Stick with me as I over-post this week.]