Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thankful Thursday v. 3 (better late than never right?)

How is it Thursday already?! I swear I just wrote last weeks post and here I am again sitting down with my list of "thanks". Although this is only the third week, I've really enjoyed the time I've spent writing these entries. They've made me more aware of how LITTLE I have to complain about. My life has been filled with blessings and I'm so thankful I'll have these posts years from now to remind me of where I was and how I've grown.

This week has flown by and it's been filled with family, friends, and new milestones. It seems lately that every time we turn around Jack has learned something new. Every stage with him has been sweet and exciting, but I've got to say, this last month has been my favorite. His little personality is really starting to shine and he cracks me up on a daily basis with his charm and mischievousness (don't let that smile fool ya...he is always up to something).
Within the last week alone he has started waving and saying what sounds like "heeeeeyyyy". He's also mastered the "kiss" (when I ask him to give mama kisses he will hold my face and bite my lips...painful, but ooooh so cute) and knows who "dada" is. One of the biggest and definitely most exciting things to happen in our home this last week was this...

Although I sometimes complain about wishing I had a "life" outside of mommy hood, I am beyond thankful that I am able to stay home with my little man. I love getting to watch him grow on a daily basis and I know when he is older and embarrassed to hang out with me (which is never gonna happen...tell me it's never gonna happen?!) I will look back and thank the Lord I was able to spend so much one on one time with him as a baby.

Ok, could I be anymore sappy and emotional right now?! You'll have to excuse son is walking. I'm never going to forgive him.

Alright y'all, moms are probably Gods greatest creation. Right? Who's with me?! My mom, (she's the one with me in the picture...ya, you all probably thought that was my sister. I know...she gets it all the time. Here's hopin I got her good genes). Anyway, today everyday I am more and more thankful for my mom. One of the best things about growing up and becoming a mom yourself, is that it takes the whole mother daughter relationship to an entirely new level. I always knew my mom loved me, always, but I never really understood that love until I had Jack. Having a baby of your own is like the best therapy you can imagine, it makes you realize (in an instant) WHY your mom was the way she was (you know...overprotective, nosy, bossy ;)).

My mom and I have grown closer in the last 10 months than we've been in all of my 23 years. She is my best friend, my encourager, my confidant, and the answer to all my questions. She is the one who calls me when there is a huge sale at the gap, the one who taught me how to cook, appreciate an ice cold beer in a coffee mug (there's nothin like it) and pluck my eyebrows the right way. She's the one who treats my baby like he's hers (and I wouldn't have it any other way). She still makes me feel like her little girl even though I'm married and have my own family now, she still let's me call and cry to her over the phone when I'm having one of those days, and she always, no matter what, tells me the truth. I love her and am so thankful she taught me how to love.

And you guys thought I was done being overly emotional....psshhh

I'll end with this...

I'm thankful for a husband who lives in reality and knows I'm not perfect. One who willingly eats a schmorgasboard (sp?!) dinner when I forgot to thaw the chicken ;). thanks babe!



  1. I'm so glad you see your mom for how redonk she is! Ain't she the best!

  2. Sis!!! my heart just did one of those double beats... Proud mom moment going on right aunt Kelly would say "gulp"... God's Mercies never end.... This is just the beginning.... And it reminded me of a Bible verse I have underlined in my Bible given to me at a Titus 2 meeting years ago by a wise older Sister in Christ when I was in the throws of "deep trench mommy hood" and feeling so inadequate as a mom... She showed me this verse..."Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen" Hebrews 11:1 , although sometimes hard to trust, I always had Faith in Him and am reeping His Graces in my children and baby grands!!! We are so Blessed! I love you dearly....Amen!
    I love you... Mom

  3. Ps ... I knew that coffee mug never fooled ya lolololol!

  4. Just a precious post Jess. Thank you for sharing and for giving this mama of four (Yikes FOUR) hope that this might all pay off.
    Love hearing how you see your mom...and how the little and big things make a difference.
    HA! Your mom poured me a little somethin in a coffee mug at Bubs wedding...since I was nursing we sorta tricked Uncle Kirk! Lololol!!!
    Love you both...mama and daughter!
    Aunt Wendy

  5. This post made me tear up a little. First, your little man couldn't be more adorable and CONGRATS, buddy for walking! What a big accomplishment and ha, all it took was a bag of chips. A man after my own heart! :)

    Second, I love my Mom as much as you love yours and immediately identified with your post. I'm about to move to CA in the fall and am trying to hold and hang on to those moments when I'm with my Mom before I leave.

  6. I remember the coffee mug, and knowing what was in it as early as about oh....8 years old, hahahaha

    I loved this post Jess. Your Mom really and truly is amazing and we all love her! Im so happy for all the blessings in your life.

    I miss you and love you!