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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy

As is my usual excuse... Life has been crazy lately and time to blog just simply hasn't been readily available.
However, I have a moment tonight as baby is down for the count and my honey is closing tonight at Chickfila after a full day at South Doyle.

Oh my goodness, so much to say and so little time. I'm going to have to break up my thoughts over the past few months into multiple posts.

Firstly,... my baby is officially 1 year old *sniffle*. I don't know if I'm emotionally able to embrace the idea that this first year is over. I won't have any of these months back.

                                                (Timothy's first cake served on his birthday)

Secondly, I am so thankful that I did the monthly onesies... one of my next posts will be a few selected photos  from birth to 1 year... and oh how the changes from month to month become so obvious. I LOVE IT!

Thirdly this year has held so many learning curves... but, I thank God for His wisdom pulling me through every single one of them. I know that He uses all things to work together for our good and Justin and I have seen this time and time again.

All of my next thoughts will have to be saved for anther day... But, I do hope to pick up blogging more regularly again and to rebuild my shop. I've had so many special orders I've not been able to build up an inventory for my online shop... Not complaining however :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Timothy Goes to the Park

I wanted to share some photos with you all of Timothy at the park :)
He's 9 months in these photos however, he is 10 months old now *sniffle* I have those photos ready too but,I will share those another day.

Monday, September 19, 2011

So Much to Share... So Little Time

Well, as many of you know... life here at the Atchley's/McConnell's has been quite busy. Two of my closest friends are getting married within a couple months of each other, my husband is settling into his new job, my brother starting up school here at home again... and so... I've kinda been in limbo having to re-learn how to live in a house full of other adults. As such, posting has slowed down drastically but, I'm hoping to figure this all out soon enough :)

I figure I'll take some time to attempt to catch you up on the going-ons in my life right now.

Well, first things first... Timothy is 9 months old now. Can you believe it? He's saying: "Mama", "Dada", "Mimi" (his grandmother- my mother), "Big Bird", "Book" "Mum Mum" (his favorite snack), "I love you"... and I think that covers the vocabulary for today... at this rate... who knows what he'll be saying tomorrow.

His favorite thing in the world is taking a bath. The only problem is- he so loves to attempt to walk, etc. I can't get him to sit down in the tub. It's like bathing a calf. I come out drenched 90% of the time.

On Sunday, September 4th Timothy took his first steps on his own! 5 steps in total in fact.
And, on September 14th Timothy was officially 9 months old :'( Where did time go so quickly?

Did I mention that he's also getting into EVERYTHING!!!  This time it was Mimi's yarn.

This year is also his first for FOOTBALL- and all us Tennessee'ns are "required by state law" to raise die hard Vol fans... otherwise you must move. (Joking of course)
This past Saturday... it was against our arch rivals... the lowest of the low- gators... boooo

So- we dressed him up in UT ORANGE babay 

And he cheered like a natural born VOL

(just a little note here... really.... we cheated. He "praises the Lord" now... and so we'd say "Praise the Lord" for every positive play... and... well... pretend it was for the VOLS we're sure he fully intended to say
 "Go VOLS")

Last but not least, we took him to Cades Cove with Uncle Jonathan and Aunt Sarah for his first tracker ride:

PS. We're also Colts fans... for Peyton Honey mostly!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Timothy's 8 Month Photos

Oh my GOSH!!! If I thought keeping Timothy still for his 6-7 month photos was hard... I so didn't foresee how much more difficult it was about to become.
Mr. I-Wanna-Be-Independent was rolling, crawling, climbing, walking, jumping and anything else you could imagine. So, getting a "still shot" at this point is impossible.

I just love this little fist-chewing cutie pie! He's got me wrapped around his little finger *sigh*
Please tell me... what am I to do?

Here's a link to a video of Timothy :) Timothy Video

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Wow, God is Good!!


My God is crazy amazing just-so-you-know. He's the Abba Father, Provider, Comforter and Healer,... Almighty Maker and Ruler over ALL. And... He cares for ME! His timing is perfect, His ways are far better than our own... and He loves us deeper and with more sincerity than we could ever fathom.

As some of you all know my husband recently graduated from the University of Tennessee with his Master's Degree in Mathematics Education.  Firstly I recognize that he couldn't have done it outside  of the all-sufficient GRACE  of God. His boast is not in himself or his abilities... but rather that God brought him through and not just by the skin of his teeth... But, finishing with a 4.0 G.P.A.
It was hard as..... heck.... he was gone most of the day every day having to do a full-time school schedule/internship/part-to-full-time job. But, it's DONE.

Next,... he had to find a job. He worked two jobs through the summer and towards the end of the summer was hoping to find he had a job with a school in the Knox Co school system well before having to start. We waited.... and waited.... and school started Friday of last week! No WORD FROM ANYONE!
Then, Friday late morning/afternoon he received a call from South Doyle Middle School and was out there working that afternoon!!
YES dear friends... my husband has a job! a DREAM job!!! a job hand-picked by God just for HIM! and it was just in the knick of time! People were telling us that it was too late... settle. Take what you can get and be thankful... BUT NO! God had ONLY HIS BEST IN MIND for Justin!

Let me just say... I am over the moon! For the FIRST time in our married history Justin will be home in the evenings and on weekends... with a decent salary and insurance! I will have him here with me at a certain time every day!!!!! No more nights and weekends without him! We get to be a normal family!

Now, you may think that's the end of my good news.. BUT, it doesn't stop there!!! Oh no!

I have been asking God for a van for months now. Our little Toyota Corolla was killing my back in my attempts to get Timothy in and out of the car. This last week my neighbour sold my father a Ford F150 for a song and as a result... My dad sold Justin and I his van for the cost of that truck!!! Which is ... a SONG

ANOTHER prayer answered!!!

Am I blessed or am I blessed!!! Right now the fulfillment of the prophecy I received has come to pass. I have come out of the season I've been in and I am in my new season on the mountain top. I know that there will be more valleys to come... But, I'm going to enjoy this mountain top experience for as long as it's mine!

Friday, August 5, 2011

New Product! ~Diaper Bag~

So I worked for weeks on this little "baby" of mine.

I had envisioned a diaper bag made specifically according to everything I wished I could find in a diaper bag!
I don't know about you other mothers out there... But, I hate (x100) the ugly, plastic-like, lunch box inspired diaper bags out there.
So, I designed my baby with a two separate compartments inside... One side for diapers, etc... and the other for extra clothes, formula, etc. It even has elastic lined pockets for your bottles, soaps and lotions.
It has two outside pockets for whatever you prefer to use them for and a long strap that has EXTRA padding made to go across your shoulders... Better for your health!
Now, get this... it's BEAUTIFUL! Who could've imagined right?
It's made from off-white linen and a beautiful orange and off white paisley cotton.

Oh and P.S. It's also been completely scotch guarded so no worry about stains!

Check her out... my bay-bay! :)

Please check out my shop if you find you desire a diaper bag such as this one.
Also, please forgive the pictures. I fully plan to do a photo shoot at some point using my sister/model but, we've had guests over for the past 2 1/2 weeks and have had time to do nothing of the sort :)

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