Saturday, January 31, 2009

how they looked at me today

I am grateful for my camera! My dad gave me his old camera this Christmas. I love it! I just feel this urgency to document is going by way too fast!

My favorite kind of picture is the one that captures how my kids look at me most often. This is what I want to remember.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lambie Cake

Here are just a few pictures that we have taken so far today of Savannah's birthday. My Internet is being weird, so this is all I am going to do today!

Happy birthday Savannah!

Just a little note, we have a tradition of giving the birthday baby a lambie cake for their disposal!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

"Bottom hair"

I laugh out loud every time I think about this little conversation Jackson had with his Grandpa when he was here a week ago. It went like this...

J: "Grandpa, you have no top hair?"

G: "nope"

J: "You only have bottom hair?"

J: "Grandpa, you have big tummy? Can I touch your tummy?"

We teased Grandpa all day about his "bottom hair"!

Dad, you are so wonderful. We are all missing your "big tummy" and your "bottom hair". I am sure needing one of those hugs from you right now. We love you so much, and we miss you more that we can express.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Wow!!! What an amazing piece of history! We went to this battle field for the second time this week and we have barely touched on this horrible but so incredible part of the American Civil War. I am going to have to revisit this place.

On this land, 5,000 soldiers died in the first battle and 2,500 in a second battle, fought 13 months later.

This house was actually destroyed. From what I understand, there was only one civilian casuality in the whole 4 years of the war, and it took place in this house. It was an older woman who refused to leave her house when she heard the armies marching toward her. The two sides collided right in her front yard. One of her slaves was hit with a bullet, but she survived. Another slave hid in the fireplace, and spent the rest of her life deaf. The family returned after the battle to find their house in ruins and their elderly mother dead on her bed. Sad. The confederates actually stripped the house later, I am not sure why. All that was left was the foundation and the stone fireplace. The house was rebuilt.

The land was just breathtaking. It was hard to imagine that the bloodiest battle in American history took place on this very spot.

This is where Stone Wall Jackson emerged from the trees. His men had almost lost hope, when he entered the field sitting tall and sure on his horse. It was here that he was given the name of "Stone Wall Jackson", and the confederates ended up winning this battle, even though they lost the war.

The museum on the property also had some really interesting things. There were swords and bullets that were found at the site, along with many other things. One thing that left an impression on me was the coat of a 17 year old boy that was shot in the shoulder minutes into the battle. On his coat you could see the hole from the fatal shot. I read about how the men and boys were very optimistic about war...their daydreams were shattered quickly when reality set in.

I am glad we could see these lands for the beauty they hold, and not the death they were once blanketed with.