Friday Favorites: A Lot of Random

It's Friday and it is time to link up with Andrea, Erika, and Narci for Friday Favorites.
On Monday, we celebrated our Favorite little 9 month old.  

I also have been using this hair spray lately and I like it.  I don't use a lot so for me it works.  I also use the Moroccanoil Treatment as well.  I love these products. 

Carson has been having some dry skin lately and especially on his little head.  We bought him the Honest Co shampoo and conditioner and so far so good. With his hair, conditioner is proving to be a necessity and a favorite around our house.

It is almost September which means fall is almost here!  I'm so excited.  My fall candles came on Wednesday.  

Over Labor Day weekend, I will pull out all of my decorations and get to work.  You can see our house all decorated for fall here.  

I also wanted to share about two new Bible study products with Lifeway.  They both come out on September 1st.  I've been able to be a part of both launch teams and I'm excited for these to come out.  Both studies look at 2 Timothy and would be great for a mother and daughter to work through together. 

The first is Entrusted by Beth Moore.  

The second is called Worthy Vessel by Amy Byrd.  It is geared to teenage girls.  

Have a great weekend everyone!

My Grandma


I have spent the majority of the last several days thinking what I would write in this post and how I would want to describe you.  

Grandma, you loved us well.  All of us.  You knew everyone.  You cared for everyone.  

You always had a story to tell.  Growing up Wes and I would laugh when we had a voicemail on our phone because every time it would say the same thing.  Hello, it's Ma.  I don't need anything.  I'm just checking in.  You would write us cards and you would love when we sent you cards.  

I remember how you would make us volcanoes in our oatmeal or cream of wheat.  You would put the butter and sugar in our bowl first followed by the hot cereal.  As the butter would melt, it would volcano through the cereal.  I thought that was the coolest thing in the world, especially when it was served with cinnamon toast. 

You were concerned about our posture when we walked and you wanted to make sure we didn't have our elbows on the table.  You taught us how to arrange a table.  Details like that mattered to you.  You made every meal feel special.

Grandma, I have thought long and hard about the one word I would use to describe you.  I think the word that sums you up best is family.  Family can be defined many different ways to many different people but when I think of family I think of you.  Ultimately family is about making clear that a certain group of people is important to you.  That's what you do.  You treasure your family and you make certain that they know that they are important to you.  Your parents, your siblings, your spouse, your children, your grandchildren, your great-grandchilren, your aunts, your uncles, your nieces, your nephews, your cousins, and your friends all know that they are important to you.  They all know that in times of need, in times of trouble, in times of joy and sorrow they can come to you.  Thank you for demonstrating family and making sure we all know the importance of family.

 Grandma, you are loved.  You will be missed but know that your legacy will be remembered and treasured.

All my love Grandma.  Emmy.

Fall is Coming

I can smell it.  Fall is just around the corner.  That means football, candy corn, the leaves changing, and pumpkins.  I can't wait.  Fall is my favorite season.  

With fall coming it also means that soup season is coming.  I can eat soup every night.  It is one of my favorites.  I thought I would share some of my favorite soup recipes.  

Growing up my Mom made a Chicken, Broccoli and Pea soup.  I leave out the peas because no thank you, but it is one of my favorites.  My version is a Chicken and Broccoli Soup.

We also like to make chili a lot at our house and throw in some Fritos with it.    

Here are some of my favorite ones I have found online.

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup by The Pioneer Woman

I found this one on Pinterest.  I haven't tried this recipe but I've done versions of this in the past and it is tasty.  

Some nights I just want the classic tomato soup and grilled cheese.  If I'm really fancy, I'll make a grilled pimento cheese.  For that, I like to go to The Lemon Tree in Wake Forest for the Creamy Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Pimento Cheese.

My all time favorite soup to make is The Pioneer Woman's Perfect Potato Soup.  It is perfection in a bowl with bacon and cheese on top.  

What are your go to soup recipes for the fall? 

God I Look to You

This past week has been a tough one.  I find myself doing a lot of thinking and sitting still.  

On Monday the Lord gave me a passage in Scripture that I keep repeating to myself.  

Psalm 126
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
  The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.
  Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negeb!
  Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
  He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.

He also brought a song to my mind that I keep singing.  

 I pray today that each of you would be encouraged by these verses and this song.  

9 Months of Carson

Carson, it is hard to believe that you have now been with us as long as you were growing inside of me.  You are 9 months old and you are my favorite little person.

You move constantly.  That includes jumping, wiggling when you are being held, scooting across the floor, rolling around and anything else you can think of.

You love adventure.  When you swing, you want to swing high.  You love when you are thrown in the air and you love to rough house with your Daddy.

You are champion eater and your weight proves that.  You love hot dogs, yogurt, green beans, and pancakes.  You will eat almost anything.  Fish sticks are not your thing though.  

You are ticklish and your giggles make us laugh.  

You are a champ in the sleep department.  Friday night you slept a solid 13 hours straight.  Your Daddy and I thank you.  

You are weighing in at 20 pounds and 12.5 ounces which puts you in the 70th percentile.  You are 29 inches long which puts you in the 77th percentile.  Your head is in proportion with your body again.  Woohoo!

We love you like crazy and can't believe how fast you are growing and changing. 

Weekend Recap: Choo Choo Edition

Happy Monday everyone!  I woke up with a 9 month old in my house.  I'm not sure that is how I would like this Monday to begin but I have no control over that.

We decided to do some new things this weekend.  Carson had biscuits at Jubala and went on a train ride.  Oh yeah and a girl kissed him.  Moving on.

Friday night seemed like a night to eat out so we went to Olive Garden.  Someone decided he was a fan of the breadsticks and showing off his voice.  Let's just say we have a chatty little guy.
Saturday morning we got up after one of us slept for 13 hours and two of us were not that lucky.  Off to Jubala for a biscuit for the little guy and two pimento & bacon biscuits for the older two.  Sorry Carson.  You missed out on the grown up biscuit. 

Later in the day we ventured to Pullen Park to ride the train.  Someone was not sure what to think of the train.  He did love the swings though. 

Saturday night he wanted to hang out with Miss Ashley at church.  He also decided that pants were optional apparently. 

Sunday morning Mom and Dad were a little surprised to find Carson sitting up in his crib.  Time to lower it again. 

Carson liked playing with his friend Lauren on Sunday.  These two are something else.  There may have been a kiss between these two little crazies on Sunday. 

Later today we go in for Carson's well check.  Let's see what the official weight and height is for this little stud.