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I am 27 years old and am blessed to have my husband Brady, as my partner and best friend. We have two children, Parker and Piper, our little yorkie. We are constantly amazed by the joy they bring into our lives and can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

dear row

Dear Rowan Wright...
Before you were in my tummy we prayed for you...we prayed that God would send us a precious baby...we knew that we could not be responsible for making the decision about when or where you would be born so we prayed that He would send you in His time...when we found out that you were growing inside of me, we thanked Him for his wisdom...we loved you...I am still in awe of how perfectly planned you were...as you continued you to grow, you gave us a few scares...we prayed that God would hold you and protect you and help you to be strong and healthy...we loved you...we prepared your big brother, Parker, for your arrival...he was so excited for you to get here, and was constantly talking about how much he loved you...how much we loved you...when you wouldn't come on your own, we prayed that He would keep you safe until it was your time to arrive...we daddy said, 'it's a girl,' we praised Him...our hearts were bursting with love for you...

When you were first born, we didn't sleep...we prayed for God to give you peace and comfort so that you would be able to sleep...we praised God that, despite little sleep, you were so happy during the day...you made us smile every day...we love you so much....you wanted to be anywhere Parker was...he could make you laugh unlike anyone else...we thanked God for the blessing of watching you two together...

Then you began to move...we praised God for your energy and daring personality...you were fearless...we once caught you inside of the fireplace not knowing you could climb that high...your smile melts our hearts...you still wanted to be wherever Parker was and soon began to find the joy in taking his toys...we are so grateful for you and Parker...

Along with moving came talking...at first just jabbering but soon we could make out the differences between words...we thanked God for your beautiful voice...we could listen to you talk all day long...when you are not talking, you are constantly giving kisses...you are such a mama's girl (which I love), but you give kisses freely to those closest to you...we love you so much...

In the last year, you have filled our hearts with so much joy...we cannot tell you how grateful we are for God's perfect plan...every night we pray that you will be faithful, kind, generous, determined, successful, humble, slow to anger...we pray that you know how loved you are and how wonderfully blessed we are to be your parents...

Monday, April 28, 2014

lost moments

I am desperately trying to keep up with this blog, but I am failing miserably.  Both of my children are changing so quickly that I am terrified of forgetting the little moments.  So, in an effort to keep track and remember...here are a few summaries of lost moments...

Parker is a bit girl crazy...he came home from preschool one day and told us that he Cayman was mad at him for stealing his girlfriend...he also said that he stole her because Cayman wasn't taking care of her and he would...he also explained that 'taking care of her' meant being near her all the time...

Parker also told me that he wanted to marry Babette because she is 'soooo pretty'...pretty sure she's taken...Uncle Landon is going to keep his eyes on you, little man...:)

Rowan began crawling...at 6 and a half months...we were not ready...she also started climbing up the stairs around 8 months...she crawled onto and then into the fireplace last week...yikes

Rowan went through a major 'no' phase...she loved shaking her head no anytime she didn't want to eat or knew she wasn't supposed to do something...that has now given way to the 'I don't care if I'm not supposed to' phase...

Rowan has a temper...if we do not get her more food quickly enough or do not get her the toy or object she wants quickly enough, she tenses up and screams...gosh I love her...

We have been saying Parker and Rowan's blessing every night before we go to bed (may the Lord bless you and keep you...) Parker never lets me forget his blessing and likes to look me in the eye while I say it...it is so sweet...

Rowan has basically had everything under the sun...including 6 ear infections...we now have an appointment with an ear, nose and throat dr to talk about tubes...we are praying that they help!

Rowan has a special sound she makes that is reserved just for me...it is like a super loud inhale that she does when she is really, really excited (mainly to see me)...I love it!

Parker is such a good big brother...Brady and I just feel so blessed that he loves her so much and protects her...oh, and she loves him more than anyone...

Parker just finished his first season of soccer...it was so fun to watch him improve with every game...he takes the game pretty seriously and we were so proud!

Gosh, I love them so much and just wish that I could slow down the clock!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

sweetest sounds

Maybe it's just me, but I can't think of anything better than listening to the noises that come out of my two favorite people (I just read what I wrote and realized that it sounds all -encompassing...I'm referring to the noises that come out of their mouths, ha!)

For the last month or so, our house has been filled with the most wonderful sounds.  Rowan has been babbling up a storm and it just makes me melt.  We have heard lots of 'blah blah blahs' and 'ya ya yas' (usually when I'm talking...I feel like I am getting a glimpse into her teenage years).  Then finally, on Brady's birthday, she said 'dada'...perfect.  My favorite, though, is when she says, 'mmmmmmaaaaaaa.' She has been doing this for a few months now and I swear she is talking to me.  Brady thinks I am crazy, but since she was around 2 or 3 months, she has been say, 'mmmmmmaaaaa'  when she is sad or upset.  I just love it.

We have also had an unusual amount of grunting going on.  Sometimes she grunts while flapping her arms and you swear she is going to take off like a bird.  The very sweetest sound is her giggle.  She doesn't give it freely, but when you hear it, you melt.  Her favorite person to laugh at is Parker...he can make her giggle like no other!

So....if you are in need of a pick-me-up, just come to our house...the sounds alone will make you smile:)


Not to mention, you might get a country serenade by Parker:)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

the little things

...how rowan cries every time I leave the room and lights up when I walk in again...(I know I shouldn't be smiling at this)
...when parker tells me that 'you're not English' when I try to use an accent while reading him a story...
...how parker truly loves his sister and will rush to her room when she wakes up crying...
...watching rowan do 'baby sit-ups'...
...listening to new sounds and consonants come out of her precious little mouth...
...watching parker play countless games of football and basketball and listening to him rattle off all of the players and their positions...
...watching my children with my parents and brady's parents...
...watching row enthusiastically explore every new toy...
...the way she lays her head on my shoulder...
...the way parker wants a new 'pretend' story every night and lately they involve crocodiles...
...the way rowan lights up when parker is in the room...
...my husband...watching him with our babies...how he loves us...we are so blessed...

Thursday, December 5, 2013

long time no see

The last four and a half months have been the most fulfilling, exhausting, challenging, rewarding, emotional, wonderful months I have ever experienced.  

I have learned that even when your heart feels like it could not hold any more love, it suddenly opens up to love even more than you could ever imagine.  

I have learned that you can live on two hours of sleep for two months straight...I cannot promise that you will be able to speak clearly or comprehend anything anyone tells you, but it can be done.

I have learned that these two little munchkins are my most perfect gift, main purpose, and biggest accomplishment.




I have learned that Parker's gag reflex really is as bad as he says...he threw up after seeing Rowan's blowout...I'm not going to lie, I was a little relieved it happened at my parents' house (sorry guys:)...

I have learned that a little boy who wanted a brother so badly, can instantly love and protect a sister like she was what he always wanted.


I have learned that according to Parker...a cowboy always needs a cow:)


I have learned that you can always count on your mom to come and decorate your porch for fall when you are so tired of making decisions on the inside you can't even begin to think of the outside.


I have learned that your mother-in-law will always come in a heartbeat when your oldest child just needs some one-on-one away from the chaos of his sister:)

I have learned that gram grams and g-dawgs are way more fun than mom and dads.


I have learned that your dad will and can fix anything you ask him to...and that day...

I have learned that nothing is better than watching a football game with grammy and papa marvin.


I have learned that while she doesn't sleep a lot, Rowan's smile melts my heart in the most wonderful way.

I have learned that my child's name strikes fear in the heart of nursery workers at church and that, when  asked if she could play baby Jesus, they just laughed...oh row...

I have learned that nothing is funnier than watching your brother jump on his bed, dance to country music, chase the dog...ok, so nothing is funnier than your brother when your brother is parker:)

I have learned that Parker is OBSESSED with country music and sometimes wakes up in the morning and pretends like he is Florida/Georgia Line giving a concert....not kidding...

I have learned there is nothing better than having a yard to play in the leaves!














Saturday, October 12, 2013

love is in the air

We are pretty blessed.  Our two favorite people...our 'little' brothers, Cortney and Landon, have both found true love.  I know that sounds so corny, but I can't help it.  I love watching them in love.  It is just such a blessing to watch them both so happy...even better?  They both proposed.  Yep, I am getting two new amazing sisters next year.

Cortney and Van have been together for a very long time.  Cortney proposed in an airport parking lot on the way to a surprise trip to Chicago on July 4th weekend.  She is already very much a part of the family...we just can't wait to make it official!  

Babette and Landon started dating a little over a year ago and I have never seen him happier.  She can definitely take that Bevan sarcasm with the best of them.  We went down to Dallas last weekend and met her family and surprised Babette at dinner after he proposed.  We hadn't been to dallas since before we moved to England, so I was so thankful we could be there!

They are both so lucky to have found women who make them better, happier people.  We love them all so much!



Friday, October 11, 2013

Parker E Alexander

I know that every parent says this, but I seriously have a moment at least once a day where I cannot believe how much I love this little man.  He stole my heart the moment he was born and has been stealing again every day since.  He makes me laugh when I'm trying to be stern and smile when I'm sad.  
He walks around singing with a southern accent and knows every word to 'Round Here'.  He 'builds a zoo' every day with his animals and asks for things like 'water buffalo' and 'okapi' to add to his collection (Rowan got him two water buffalo for his birthday).  He changes his clothes at least 4 times a day depending on whether he wants to be a football player, soccer player, baseball player, farmer or bull rider.  He loves to read and will always stop whatever he is doing to listen to a story.  He loves his sister and gives her lots and lots of hugs and kisses every day.  He tells me he loves me at the most random times throughout the day.  He is my little boy.
We had a wonderful time celebrating his birthday.  We started the day with breakfast at McDonalds with Gram Gram and G-Dawg (we let Row and Brady sleep in).  Brady took the day off and we went to Exploration Place, Chipotle  and then took naps.  Grammy came in time for dinner at Big Larry's (best cheeseburgers in VC, ha).  The next day we got to celebrate at preschool...so fun!  Then we ended the week with a party for friends on Sunday.  We are so blessed with this little man!


We spent an hour taking pictures like this on 'sports' mode of the camera.
Parker loves watching us play them back like a movie.


Don't mind my ugly cake...Parker told me it was beautiful:)


Making an imaginary cake with Mrs. Cathy at Preschool.


This was seriously the best picture I could find of the kids...getting them all to look
with a dog running around is not easy.



LOVE HIM!