Thursday, December 20, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Superhero Luke turns 4!

It is unbelievable to think that you are already 4 years old!  All of your friend and family came to celebrate your special day in a big Super Hero way!

  Kelli made your unbelievable superhero cake!

All of your friends came to share your special day.  You guys had so much jumping in the jump houses, flying around in superhero capes, and knocking down buildings.

All of your grandparents also came to join the party, and your sister celebrated by taking her first steps at 8 months old.

I believe it is safe to say that Superhero Luke had a party that was out of this world!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Half a Year



It amazes me how fast the last six months have gone.  You have conquered a lot in 182 days.  You are a tiny little gift full of great surprise.  You rolled over before you were three months old, now you are crawling all over the house.  You shocked us all by pulling yourself up to a standing position.  It is so cute to see all 23 inches of you standing tall.

You are still teeny tiny.  You weigh a little over 14 pounds.  Dr. Melanie says you are as healthy as can be,  just a petite little girl.  Your little size comes with a few newborn habits.  You still get up 3 to 4 times a night to nurse, you prefer to be wrapped up in your blanket, and sleep best when you are in my arms.

We have learned that you are quite the actress and your audience of choice has to be Luke. Whether you are spitting your food, projecting your pacifier, or squealing at the top of your lungs you seem to perform  best if Luke is watching.  He can turn your smile into a deep belly laugh just by saying your name.  The bond between the two of you is amazing!

We look forward to the coming years as we treasure every moment with our sweet baby girl.  God gave our family exactly what we needed: a tender hearted, red hair, blue eye, beautiful baby girl full of personality.

Happy Six Months Layla Faith!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Psalm 145:4 Four Generations

Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; 
let them proclaim your power. Psalm 145:4 

Grandparents are an amazing gift to children.  So many of my childhood memories include my grandparents.  My grandfather was the first person to take me fishing, teach me my multiplication tables, encourage me to read, attempt to teach me how to drive a five speed, and walk me down the aisle on my wedding day.  He was, and still is, such an important part of my life. After all I grew up and moved right next door to him, and now my children are creating their own memories with their great granddad.

                                      My 84 year old grandfather holding my 4 months olds' hand

 My grandmother has imparted her southern charm.  Because of her I know that it is proper to: write thank you notes even if it doesn't seem necessary, always dress appropriately for the occasion, never wear white after labor day,  sit with my shoulders up, how to set a table properly, and to always "keep on keeping on". I still smile when she fusses at me for not wearing panty hose with dresses in the summer, and hope and pray that she feels like she spent her money wisely on my etiquette school tuition when I was a teenager.

 I treasure all of our mother-daughter-granddaughter Belk shopping trips and am thankful that I was given the gift of therapy shopping. More importantly than southern hospitality, Granny Dot taught me how important it is to hide the word of God in my heart by memorizing scripture.  My grandmother was the first person to teach me about missionary work in Belize, and she was one of my biggest supporters when I decided to spend a semester of college on the mission field. There is no doubt that my grandparents influenced my life in a major way. 

Four Generations: 
Dorothy Skelton Waters, 
Linda McLean Collis, 
Danielle Marie Sosebee, 
and Layla Faith Sosebee

The three most beautiful and important women in my life!

I hope and pray that Luke and Lalya will treasure the moments they share with their grandparents and great parents.  It is in these moments that family traditions are passed down and that memories are made.
Luke celebrating his third birthday with all of his grandparents.
Papa and Luke admiring Layla the day after she was born.
Two year old Luke on a tractor ride with Granddaddy.
Luke cooking with his Nana
Playing tractors with Grandma

Luke playing with his papa.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A few words from Luke

I love the simplicity and truth that Luke speaks with.  
I  would love to save our conversations to replay when he is grown.

"I see the moon and the moon sees me."

"Father, Amen"  - Luke's blessing at the table.

"Its murnin time.  The sun turned its lights on." -
 These are the words we here every weekend and holiday before 7 am.
Although I would love to sleep late, I know one day I will miss my personal wake up call.

"When I grow up I am going to marry you"
These words truly gripped my heart, and brought tears to my eyes.

Running into the living room after seeing Layla nursing for the first time - 
"Daddy, Nana, you have to come and see.  My baby sister is eating mom's boob!!"
"I want 5 Layla's."

"Layla is my favorite toy!"

"Santa Came, Santa Came!" -
 Jumping on the bed sharing his Christmas morning excitement with Daddy.

"Roxy is my best friend!"

"You know what I have a great idea...
lets go get something to eat and sit in the car and wait for a train to come by."
It amazes me how a simple trip to Gainesville or Cornelia can turn into such a great adventure.  There is nothing more exciting than being in the car with Luke when the bells start ringing and the arms go down, that means one thing -  Train = A SUCCESSFUL TRIP!!!!

another great idea...
"We can make moonshine.  You need water, corn, sugar, fire, and water.
We can make it in the woods and when the phone rings you run."
Conversation with us after watching the documentary show Moonshiners.

"Daddy you are my best buddy!"
These are the sweet words Justin hears every night.

"I miss you when you when you are at work."