Sunday, June 16, 2013

sunday shenanigans. (father's day edition)

Happy Father's day to all the really wonderful dudes in our lives.  

Biff: Thank you for raising my Joe to be the wise and silly man that he is and for treating me like your own. 

Jesse: I want to be the Jess that you see. 
(Admittedly, I stole that line from Mary Crowley, but I couldn't mean it more)

Joseph: I always knew you could dominate fatherhood, and you have not disappointed in the least. It is so much fun seeing you "daddy-ing" Evangeline, she is such a lucky girl. I am too.

Papa: I love how proud you are of me and (even more so) Evangeline! We feel so loved by you!

Daddy Ray: I love that you don't mind being silly to try to coax a baby laugh and I love how much you love us!

Seriously, we hit the daddy mother-load in this clan and we could not be more thankful! Here's to you guys!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What I'll take from Texas.

Texas... everything is bigger there. Did you know that?

Actually I didn't find that to be totally true, but there are more rhinestones on jeans there. But that's neither here nor there.

The point is, this big 'ole state will always have a place in my heart.

I got my first job as a nurse in Texas.
On my first day the CEO gave a really great speech to a room full of nervous/excited county hospital new-hires.
Like a good Baptist preacher, he had three points:

     -own it
     -seek joy
     -don't be a jerk

Now, that's good theology.
That speech has attached itself to me and influenced the way I view my job, and my calling.

But, even more than the speech, the women I got to work beside; they made me who I am today. They showed me what nursing really is, not just attending physical needs, but emotional and spiritual. Not just following orders, but really advocating, asking questions, and using creativity in care. I am so endlessly thankful for my time with them. So thankful.

My patients taught me too. They reminded me what is truly important and what's not.
They reminded me that, no matter what the circumstances, Jesus has not forgotten about them. Not a single one of them.
So thankful.

I met Evangeline Lee in Texas.
She will always be my Texas baby, "my bright Texas rose..." (as my dad calls her in a song he wrote). We found out about her, met her, brought her home, sang to her, rocked her, and she learned to crawl in Texas. I will cherish these memories.

I fell more in love with Joe in Texas.
Joe Handy is a rockstar. He is patient, enduring my stories from work, my cooking failures, my emotions, I could go on and on. He is kind, and leads me with a quiet confidence that is easy to trust. He trusts me, he encourages me, he is slow to anger, he is hilarious, and I love who I am when I'm with him. So thankful for my boo.

Texas was Joe's idea. Sometimes I joke that he tricked me, but truly, I am so thankful for our time spent in the lone star state. Bedazzled behinds and all.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

the McPasties go to the beach!

Two goals for our weekend in Orange Beach:

   1. Relax.
   2. Wear sufficient sunscreen to come back almost as pale as we left.

Mission: accomplished.

Vanny-girl loved the sand! After only a few minutes of confusion she did not seem to mind having it in every crevice.

The ocean itself was another story. She was not a big fan.

She is, however, a big fan of her daddy. I am too.

I have to admit, I really enjoyed the tight snuggles that came when we got close to the waves.

Playing around in the condo was fun.

New things to pull up on... things to chew on.

That little wrist-crease tan line slays me.

Lessons learned from our 3 day beach trip with an 8 month old:

1. Slather on the sunscreen. So thankful to not be nursing sunburns!
2. Cute hats are a necessity.
3. Only be out for a couple hours at a time to preserve baby happiness and mommy/daddy sanity.
4. Kiddie pool filled with ocean water = money.
5. Daily naps for everyone.
6. Eating sand is ok.

I'm a total faker, if you know me at all, the fact that my mouth is not wide open would tip you off immediately.

So thankful for vacations and this sweet family.