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busy bee, goodbyes, and baby love

Well I’ve been extremely absent on the blogging front. There are many reasons why. For starters, I feel AWFUL. All. the. time. So there’s that. I’m also extremely exhausted. And I’ve been so busy with work and other holiday projects.

And I’m extremely busy with the little stinker who never stops moving. I wanted to get some pictures of her the other day and she just was not having it. So I just got my camera out and started shooting. Now I can demonstrate my day and how busy little miss is. These are in order in which I took them in a span of about 5 minutes.

oh dang. could’ve been a great shot.

this is how she feels about sitting still for a picture…

I have approximately 37 shots like this.

and like this…

oh wait! I got one!

and we’re back on the move

found a book and is trying to get the paper off

but then Jersey distracted me so I had to go say “hi”.

and now I need a nap.


Anyways, you get the picture! Rory is BUSY!

In other news, one of my very best friends here in Paris and my go-to person for mom advice, Rachel, is moving next week. I cannot begin to tell you how sad I am. Here is our last picture as a Sunday School class with them:

(From top left: Andy, Daniel, Dr. Strom, John, Stephanie, Julie; bottom left: Rory, myself, Rachel, Kelly, Benjamin, Stephen, Grady, and Sandra.)

I am especially sad because Benjamin and Rory love eachother.

Which was clearly demonstrated at their first candle light dinner together on Sunday.

and here again on the couch together… snuggling.

they are SO interested in eachother.

and of course, what would be a group baby shot without Baby Grady?!

Benjamin is clearly loving the two babies on him. CLEARLY.

So Rachel, I’m warning you- Rory and I will be a sobbing mess when we have to say our final goodbye on Sunday. Okay. I can’t even talk about it anymore. I’m crying already!

Tomorrow is our 1st ever family Christmas together! I heard a rumor that Santa is coming into Paris for a quick stop tonight. Can’t wait to see if he comes to our house! 😉

I’m waaaatching you…

Today the teachers got their school pictures back. I’ve always wondered what adults do with their pictures.

And then it came to me.

The ultimate plan to scare my husband.

Put myself everywhere.

When he goes to make his coffee in the morning…

I am there.

When he goes to the fridge to make his lunch…

I am there.

When he goes to watch TV when he gets off work…

I am still there.

When he goes to use the computer…

I am there.

When he goes to get dessert…

yep, still there!

When he wants to play PS3…

I can nag him without saying a word.

When he goes to brush his teeth…

he will also know to floss by my smiling reflection.

And of course,

when he lays his head down to sleep

I will still be there.

The last thing he sees will be my smiling face amongst the poinsettias.

Creepy, is it not?!

picture day!

Today was a big first for Rory! She had her first school pictures taken! I didn’t have time to get a good picture this morning of her in her dress, but I wanted y’all to at least see what she wore! The pictures were so cute and I can’t wait to get them back!

She looked so cute today! I can’t believe how big she has gotten. It blows my mind how fast this year has gone by!

Rory’s new favorite thing to do is look at the windows. In the morning, she always goes to the back window and says “dog” (her version is more like “dough”) over and over and over. Then I will tell her right before Andy gets home that Daddy is coming and she crawls herself to the window on our door and says “Dadadadadada” over and over and over. It is so precious.

She is such a sweetheart already!

I wanted to give y’all an update on Rory going to “school”. She LOVES it. They got a new teacher in her room and she absolutely loves it now. Her teacher gets on the floor and plays with her, and the other one is such a cuddly grandma so she gets lots of love and attention. I’m so happy with her going now. They tell me how sweet she is and how she’s just so happy all the time. They also tell me that she is a total handful and mess- ha! That’s my girl!!! She sleeps in the back of the room by the teachers because she tends to wake up first and squeal and talk and makes so much racket that she wakes the other kids up! ha!

Andy’s parents are coming this weekend and we’re really excited! Rory is going to be so spoiled by them and I can’t wait to see their reaction to how different she is from the last time they saw her.

Rory’s Baby Dedication

Today was such a special day- we dedicated Rory at our church! Over and over again I find myself just in awe of the fact that God has blessed us so much by choosing us to be Rory’s parents. We are so thankful for His will in our life to raise her and teach her about His wonderful grace!

This day was also very special because Rory was able to wear two things that are so precious to me. My Aunt Brenda made her a dress that “just happened” to fit her beautifully now. I think it was meant to be that she would wear it on her dedication day.

She also wore a ring that is so special to me. My Aunt Nita gave Rory my cousin Patrick’s baby ring. Words cannot describe how much this gift has meant to me. My sweet Patrick passed away 10 years ago and I miss him so much, and even more so now that I have her. Patrick was the most precious guy. Patrick had Down’s Syndrome and one of the reasons I felt called to the church we are in (and the one we joined in Alexandria) is because they have a heart for special needs people. This morning before the service two ladies who have Down’s came up to Rory and told her how cute she was. Rory smiled as big as I’ve ever seen her and was thrilled that they came up to her. It touched my heart and made me glad she’d know people like Patrick. I wish she could meet Patrick and that he could shake his finger at her like he always did to me.

Aunt Brenda and Aunt Nita- You mean so much to our family. Thank you so much for your gifts, they truly touched my heart more than I can say. I am so glad Rory will grow up knowing such wonderful women who will help share stories of her Granddaddy, Grandmother, and Patrick.

pulling up

Last night Andy and I were getting Rory ready for bed and I wanted to take some pictures of her in her Mississippi State tshirt. I gave Jacks this tshirt when he was a baby and I can’t believe he’s 7 now and Rory is wearing the tshirt. She was rolling all over in her crib and enjoying every second.

There have been several times that Rory has tried pulling up, but she’s never been able to do it more than just to her knees. Well when taking pictures last night, she decided to try again and I caught it on camera!

The next picture is obviously me freaking out while trying to still take pictures…


Can you tell she’s proud of herself?!

She’s finally starting to feel better but still has a runny nose and cough that sounds/looks worse than it is. I kept her home from MDO today so she’d have a few more days to fully recover, and the doctor told me to keep her out today because her immune system is down.

In other news, THIS CHILD NEVER STOPS ANYMORE. She’s crawling, scooting, rolling, climbing, pulling up…. oh my goodness! I’m loving it though. She’s so fun! I still haven’t gotten her on camera because I promise everytime she sees it she stops crawling. We’ll get it soon though!


“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Psalms 94:19

“Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.” Psalms 119:50

“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

I have been praying these verses over and over for my friend, Rachel and her husband Eric. Sweet little Weston that I have asked you to pray for passed away on Friday and it has been such a devastating roller coaster for them. God is the ultimate healer, and for whatever reason chose this path for that family. I know with every fiber in me that He is good. Who knows for sure why He chose this- maybe because he knew they couldn’t bare another day seeing their baby so sick- but His plan is perfect.

Its hard to not feel guilty on so many levels right now. Rory is and has always been such a perfect baby and so healthy. She has cut two teeth and has a nasty cold right now and it has been many sleepless nights. Just like any other mother I have thought, said out loud, and cried for just ONE night of uninterrupted sleep. And yet- how dare I wish that when I have a personal friend who would give up everything for just ONE MORE restless night with her baby boy. And so many people I know and friends of mine can’t have a child and have tried for years- they long for a sleepless night.

Today is the funeral for Weston. I cannot fathom the sadness and devastation of having to go home to a fully decorated and stocked nursery with no baby. I’m praying for God’s comforting arms to be wrapped around them today and the days, weeks, months, and years to come.

Chattanooga trip, etc

Where do I even begin? I’ve been gone for 9 days and we are finally back from our sorta/kinda vacation. We all slept so good in our own beds- there is really no place like home.

Last week, Andy had a training conference thing in Texarkana which is only an hour and a half or so away. We decided that I’d just come up and spend the week so we could have a little break and that way he’d be able to see his little girl. Rory and I shopped a lot (I may or may not have gone to Target every day) and just hung out in the room. We had a good time!

Then on Friday we left from Texarkana to start the first leg of our trip to Chattanooga. We passed through Jackson and ate a quick dinner with Andy’s family.

Rory and Grandpa
Rory and Grandpa

Rory and Grandma
Ashley and Drew are so fun!

After dinner we got back in the car and drove another 2 1/2 hours to Hendersonville (Nashville area) to see Lauren and Josh! Saturday morning Lauren took Rory’s pictures and then we had to hurry off to get to the party on time.

Oh, Lar Lar, you are so funny.
They are making the same face... Lauren's is better though!
Rory LOVED her "Squash"... but what kid doesn't?!

Oh but the joke was on us! We got into Chattanooga and realized… there’s a time change!!!!!! UGH! So we were an hour late for the big surprise. Talk about being so mad at myself for forgetting! Sheesh!

The big secret/surprise I’ve been talking about is this trip- by the way. It was a surprise birthday party for my Grandma and my Aunt Patrice. Grandma turned 80 and Aunt Patrice is 60 today! happy birthday! It was so great to get (almost) everyone together for the first time in forever. The McIntire’s are spread from Conneticut to Texas, so its rare we all get a chance to be together.

Rory and Aunt Yvette
they loved our singing, can't you tell???!!!
Happy Birthday!

So I got a group shot but something happened…

test shot... Chrissy and baby are in it...
actual shot... and they are gone. Pete, did you butt them out!!!???
baby Janey was so mad that Rory came in and stole her thunder! ha!
my cousin Eric and Rory- she looked so tiny with him holding her

strike a pose Breeana!
having fun with Granny
Grandma got some good loving in

We spent Saturday night in a cabin with my parents. It was such a relaxing and fun time hanging out with them.

Mom and Dad
Happy 39th Anniversary this week!
checking out the view with Daddy
Rory and Andy
little family of three

On Sunday we hung out with family some more and then headed to downtown Chattanooga for the night. Andy and I decided to make a little vacation out of it and stayed the night downtown. Telena, Josh, Riley, Jacy and Jacks met us at the hotel and we swam for a little bit. Rory loved it! She thought Jacks, Jacy and Riley were so funny!

Monday we drove to Memphis and stayed at the Peabody. It was so nice! We ate at Texas de Brazil and are still stuffed from all that meat, ha!

We got home last night (Tuesday) and I’ve been washing clothes non-stop ever since we walked in the door! It was such a nice trip and I’m so glad we were able to make a vacation out of it.

Today I’ve been trying to get Rory back on schedule. As I am typing this she’s in her bed yelling because she’s so tired but doesn’t understand why she has to lay in her bed. I have a feeling its going to be a long couple of days trying to get back to normal!