it’s monday again + non-toy gifts.

This is going to get old, but wow, last week was crazy!  It just keeps happening.  Some how, the older Jack gets, the more we’re involved in, the busier we get.  And fall makes it that much worse!  Fall is my very favorite season — and yesterday felt like fall!  It was cool.  It was 59 degrees when we got dressed for church.  Jack wore a light sweater with elbow patches — ahhh!!  I wore boots and light sweater.  LOVELY.  I love fall!  All of that to say, we have been running around like crazy it feels like.  Last week was a blur, but we are good and had many good things happen.

Friday evening Jack and Tommy spent some time together — it was sweet!  Tommy has started taking Jack golfing.  Jack loves it!  It’s fun for them to spend time together, and I think Tommy has been waiting for this for awhile.  Saturday morning we woke up early to head downtown for a 5K.  It was the Sprint for the Prints 5K for Precious Prints.  A really great cause — they help provide comfort to families like ours who lose a child, so we were happy to support them.  It definitely is something that we would have loved to have for Gabriel.  Our friends the Parrishes, who we met last year after they lost their baby, did a video for Precious Prints [I shared on my facebook page a couple of weeks ago] and are a family who has a charm of their daughter’s thumbprint.  Jack rode in his stroller and then ran through the finish line with us.  He loved the 5K!  It’s right up his alley.  Afterwards, he checked out the food and had a bag of Cheetos, an orange, 2 donuts, and a water bottle.  Gotta refuel.

weekend 5k

Then we headed home to set up for Tommy’s sister and brother in law’s going away party that we hosted.  They move to Nebraska today, so we had a fun time Saturday afternoon celebrating them with all their people.  Then we went to mom and dad’s for burgers and came home, put Jack to bed and watched the Tennessee game.  It was a full day!  And so fun.  We will really miss Molly and Drew but are so happy for them and this big move in their lives.

weekend going away weekend molly and drew weekend party

So we had a great weekend, lots of fun celebrating and hanging out, and resting and playing on Sunday.  A great weekend!  Now on to a new week.  Today I’m over at the Knoxville Moms Blog sharing one of my very favorite list posts to date — 25 non-toy gifts for kids.  I’m ALL about this.  Head on over there and check it out!

non-toy gifts for kids

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Did it feel like fall where you are??

a year later.

A year ago last Monday we loaded up our baby stuff, our dogs, and ourselves and hit the road.  We finished our last days at work the day before.  Our house went on the market the day before that – just as we finished up some last minute projects.  It had all happened so fast.  Within 5 weeks of the job offer, we were moving.  We purged our house of our clothes and whatever things we’d need in the short term, and we left the house in “showing condition”.  We left all of our stuff there that made it our home, but took the essence of our home with us.

We left early that morning with our 5 month old, and headed to our new, old home in Tennessee.  We said goodbye to lots of sweet friends in Maryland, and looked forward to being with our family and friends in Knoxville.  It was truly bittersweet.  Today as I think about our move, it feels like we’ve barely been here.  I still feel connected to many of our Maryland friends — I guess that’s a sign of true friendship.  It feels like we’ve been apart for a short while but could pick right back up where we left off.

It feels like we were never away from our family.  Sometimes I forget that we were gone.  My sister recently mentioned that she was glad we were home, and I had forgotten that we were away.  How can it feel like we were never gone, but not here long at the same time?

Every single day I am so thankful to live in East Tennessee.  I love it here.  It is our home.  The mountains.  The views.  The trees.  The water.  The people, oh how I missed southern hospitality.  And the food.

So as we begin our 2nd year back in Tennessee, we look forward to all that lies ahead.  Big things for our little family– we are hopeful of this.  And we remember deep friendships formed in another state.  A place where we knew none and felt alone, but through grace we made friends who made us feel at home.  [Y’all come down here and see us, please 🙂  Ok, good!]

Thankful:

42.  Friendships deeply formed that have made a lasting impact on us.

43.  The beauty that is East Tennessee.

44.  Recounting time.  Celebrating milestones.