Thursday, June 21, 2012

What Would You Do.....

...........when the cheapo kiddie-pool-turned-sandbox fills with rain water...?!

Well, in the Gibson House we choose to embrace it :)

So very serious about his sand play.  Nothing to joke around about.

Practicing his signs.  'Grass' and 'Leaf'.
Water play - car ride - watching the big trucks dig up our street - yep...great morning!

No, Moses is not laying there dead.  He's very much alive.
And, is it just me or does Carter look extra 'meaty' in these photos?!  Hmm.

One Thing I Know For Sure: Summer will be gone before we know it...Embrace it!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Good Stuff.

I never thought I would be one of those moms that went from blogging about 'something' to blogging about 'nothing'.  Well, it has happened.  I have arrived, and I'm officially a 'nothing' blogger.  

I'm okay with it.  Because lately, I just don't have time.  

Let me rephrase that.  I just don't make time.  There is a difference.  It's not that I don't want to sit here and let my heart explode onto my keyboard, because I do.  I just choose to do other things.  And sometimes, choosing to do other things is a mistake.  I need this place.  It's my creative outlet.  If I neglect my need to be here, do you know what happens?!  I crave creativity, which inevitably leads to dreaming about things like this....

and this....


and this....
and on, and on, and on.  Better just to blog, huh?


Here's what I've been filling my time with.

You're right, I am pretty lucky.  We've got quite the commotion going on in our little neighborhood...

It's the kind of commotion that every little boy loves.  And Carter cannot get enough.  He would sit on his changing table all day to watch the 'big trucks' if I let him.

The other day, we actually sat on the porch for over an hour with popsicles in hand.  As we went in, I realized that it might have been weird for the construction workers to have an audience.  I hope they didn't hear me singing 'Elmo's Song'.

And Carter...well, he continues to blow us away.  He's learning new signs, and has even mixed some words in with all those hand signals.  His favorites are 'hub-bye' (bye-bye), 'doh-doh-dohhhh' (go-go-go! As in 'let's go somewhere!'), and 'blyaddgahdaja!!' (said while signing 'banana') whenever he sees a banana.  Everything else is pretty much 'dah'.


"See the fish?!" Carter signs 'fish' and says 'dahhh!'.

"Carter, look at the birdie!"  Carter signs 'bird' and says 'dahh-dohh!'.

"Where's Moses?"  Carter signs 'Moses' and says 'dah-dahh-daaahhh!'.

We'll get there.  And I'm in no hurry.  I fear once the words come, they may never stop.

Lord, help us all.

So I spend my days with my favorite little kid.  And he teaches me about life, and love, and tantrums.

Okay, I've possibly taught him about tantrums.  But whatever.

Life is good.  So rich.  So very full.  My cup runneth over, for sure.


Fun Fact.  One year ago today, I published a post called 'Whys Answered'.  I had so much fun reading my answers to all of those commonly asked adoption questions.  Maybe I'll do another 'Whys Answered' post in the near future, about our lives now.

I also stumbled upon this post.  Hardy-har-har-har.  Here are my 'flowers' today.

They don't even look like they came from the same yard.  I guess that's the effect that a busy little boy has on a garden.  I do have 4 planters this year, and I'm working hard to keep them alive.  Jake said if I kill these, he'll never let me buy flowers again.

And I believe him.



I'll leave you with this.  Jake & I (and much of our church family) have been doing a 7 week study on inner healing & wholeness.  I had a revelation about choosing my words wisely, when Pastor Kathi reminded me of this:

"The power of our words is NOT in the words themselves, but that we're standing in agreement with one side or the other.  We have a choice in what part of the spirit world we will agree with. The POWER is in the agreement!" {paraphrase}

Choosing my agreements carefully, for sure.

One Thing I Know For Sure:  So rich.  So blessed.  God is so very good.

Monday, June 04, 2012


On Saturday, we had quite the celebration.  It was Carter's birthday party, and lots of people that we love were there to celebrate his life.

Thanks for making the cakes & cookies, NaNa!
Because Carter's favorite book is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, we decided to run with it.

"A told B, and B told C, I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree!"  :)

Honest to goodness, could that boy be any cuter?!

Carter's pretty cute, too ;)  Okay, so they're both cute.  I'm surrounded by it.

This mama had so much fun planning out every detail for our first big birthday bash.  Did I get carried away?  Maybe.  Will all of our parties in the future be like this one?  Heck no.  But we had 3 years of no birthdays to make up for :)

Our sidewalks were littered with kids and scribbles - and little feet were running through the yard.  Our trees were even climbed!  I couldn't stop thinking about The Giving Tree - and wondering how happy our trees and yard were to have kids enjoying them.

Does that sound weird?  Sorry.  We don't have littles here very often.  It might have made me sentimental :)

Recognize these boys?  It's Caleb and Jonathan!
In an effort to keep the stress level low for the little birthday boy, we decided not to have him open gifts during the party.  We thanked everyone for their 'presents' - but told them we'd like to enjoy their 'presence'.  Anyhow - instead of gifts, we decided to strip him down to his diaper, sit him in his high chair surrounded by laughing adults, and make him eat cake.

Yea, that's not stressful at all...

Carter seemed to do okay - aside from not wanting to actually smash the cake.  Daddy might have helped :)

Is it weird that I was too emotional to actually SING Happy Birthday?  I was.  Because I know that nobody has ever really celebrated this guy's birthday least not like this.  And he stinkin' deserves it.  And it made this mama cry inside, just a little bit.  

It's always a fun surprise when I take the tray away.  This was no exception.  

Later we just let Carter be free and run around with his little friends, plop his booty in his sandbox, and open and close the door to his little tykes car.  Those are his favorite things, and since it was his day - we just let him be :)

That was our day.  Feeling loved by family and friends, enjoying sweet fellowship, and celebrating the life of a little boy.  Good stuff.

And it's not a great party unless it ends like this:

Yep.  Great party.

One Thing I Know For Sure: Celebrating your first birthday in a family?!  Good stuff.

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