A letter to my dearest Kennedy Lou.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Dear Kennedy Lou,

Hi, I'm your mom (that's kinda weird to say). I just wanted to let you know that I am so happy you're going to be joining our family this summer. In fact, there's quite a few people who already love you more than you can even begin to imagine. I'm actually quite anxious for you to be here already. We've been going around to different stores and picking out all of the essential baby gear for you as well as things we think would look darlin' on you. We hope you like the things we've picked out for you. Please forgive us if you don't, we're kinda new at this. 

Your dad and I listened to this song by Darius Rucker the other day and it brought smiles to both of our faces and tears to my eyes. We love you. 

We get to go to the doctor tomorrow to see you on an ultrasound again, which I can't wait for. Last time we saw you, you were doing summersaults all over the place and you had your legs extended quite a bit. Your dad says you'll be a soccer player (or at least he hopes so). We just hope you're a healthy girl. I daydream about what life will be like when you're finally here and it gives me butterflies just about every time. I want more than anything to hold you in my arms, cuddle you, bathe you, make you laugh and tend to your needs. However, I want you to stay in my tummy as long as you're supposed to and as long as you need to. 

As long as those two stipulations are met, just know that you are more than welcome to come join our family whenever you're ready. 

Can't wait to see you sometime this summer.

P.S. I am in love with the fact that you'll be born in Texas. Trust me, that's a great place to be born and raised in. We'll just have to convince your dad of that.  

With love,


Fantastic February

Saturday, March 9, 2013

So last month was a little crazy and I didn't update like I should have, but some fun and exciting things happened that I for sure want to document!

For Valentine's Day we stayed home, did some homework and just relaxed. For my gift to Cole I made him a yummy dinner and set up the table all fancy and such and completed the night with his favorite, no bake cookies. :) It was fun! He painted some graffiti on  a four-piece canvas for me, bought me flowers and let me know he loved me. It was a good day for sure. 

I almost feel like everyday is Valentine's day though...Cole and I both do little things for one another to help each other know of our love for one another. It helps keep the love alive. :)

The Sunday before Valentine's day Cole put his artistic abilities to work on my fingernails and toe nails and I must say he did a pretty good job!

Here's the table setting I mentioned and the yummy rice, black bean and chicken casserole we ate. :)

Here's the beautiful artwork he made for me. :) Can you tell what it says? 

We bought these cute pillow covers and pillows from Hobby Lobby one Saturday and had some peanut butter kiss cookies. It was a good day. :)
And last, but certainly not least we found out that we're going to be welcoming a beautiful baby girl into our little family this summer! Her name will be Kennedy Lou Gordon. Lou is a tribute to my MeMaw, her middle name was Lou Nell and she was a wonderful woman that I have many fond memories with. She was an amazing cook, loved to play any and all instruments and knew how to have a good laugh.  

Here's the angle that helped us know we'd be having a little girl. :)

And here's some video footage of the images that they gave us from the ultrasound. 

We sure can't wait for little miss Kennedy Lou to join our family! 

Homemade Haircut

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

So Cole decided to be brave and let me cut his hair a while back...and it didn't turn out too badly! Saved us about $10 and made for a good laugh or two. :)

Pre-haircut...he was pretty relaxed. Good sign! 

Had to give him a temporary mohawk. :)

He's saying "How does it look?!"

Not too shabby if I say so myself!

I think with more practice I may have a new business. ;)

One by one

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

In 3 Nephi chapter 11 of the Book of Mormon Christ appears to the people on the American continent. Christ appears as a resurrected being proclaiming His divinity and His atonement. Christ organizes his church on this side of the world by calling 12 apostles to lead and guide His church. Out of all of the things that Christ taught and did for these people in the brief time He visited them (3 Nephi 11-26), the thing that stands out the most in my mind is the effort He put in to making the experience personal and unique for everyone. He takes the time not only to teach the people and testify, but to bless their lives individually.

Christ invites all to come unto Him. This is not a new invitation as His prophets have always taught that when we come unto Christ and follow his commandments we can be saved. The difference in this invitation is that it is a personal one. “Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world” (3 Nephi 11:14).

The next verse describes the process of each of the individuals in attendance near the temple that day going forth “one by one until they had all gone forth” (3 Nephi 11:15). As He continues to teach them He invites the audience to bring forth any individuals who may be sick, hurt, maimed, blind, dumb, or otherwise afflicted and He blesses and heals each one of them. He then invites all of the little children to come unto Him and he blesses them one by one. We find out that in total in that single day he blessed 2500 souls individually. Imagine the time it must have taken to bless each person individually in the crowd that day, especially as He invited them to go and bring all those sick and afflicted and the children as well.

Although we were not there in Galilee or in the Americas when Christ appeared to the people here in these few chapters, we have the same invitation. Come unto Christ to be healed, blessed, strengthened, and made whole. I know that Christ lives and loves each one of us individually. He is aware of all of our individual trials and struggles and is waiting to bless and heal us as we come unto Him. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and I am grateful for the blessing it is in my life.