Monday, February 11, 2013

PEEKS INTO THE FUTURE

Shortly after we met, Pete would often discuss our future children. That early in our courtship, I’m sure I ‘ppfftt’d’ at the thought. It didn’t take long, however, until I was convinced of much the same. And what an adventure it's been!

In July 2010, I lost what would have been our first child together.

Nearly a year later, we welcomed our son, Reef. And I often wonder if God made him a little extra special, possibly doubling the happiness dose in Reef’s recipe. He regularly laughs at himself shamelessly and drenches us with slobbery wet kisses. And on days I’m not feeling up to par, he stands at my feet and raises his hands as if to hold me. There’s truly no day that I don’t wake up to his sweet smile and feel renewed.

We are pretty sure Reef knows how much we needed the joy he brings into our lives.

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Here are just a few moments lately—practicing downward puppy—that make me so curious (and excited) to watch his personality unfold...

Other Reef musings...

Development: there's nothing this kid can't do! We are a extremely busy with running and climbing -- moving slow is a thing of the past. He can catch and throw a ball, jump off a curb, and as seen below...perform downward puppy yoga poses. Reef cheers for himself by clapping or throwing his arms in the air, in conjunction with a "yay!"
Vocabulary: repeats just about everything you say, but clearly annunciates "dog, cat, duck, quack, daddy, mommy, sissy, bubba, paw-paw, gi-gi, bye-bye, nose, eyes, knees"
Likes: Team Umizoomi and Backyardigans on NickJr, pineapple, hamburgers, tacos, and playing hide & seek. He's a thrill-seeker like his parents -- enjoys fast bike rides and steep slides at the park.

Hope you have a great week full of fun peeks into the future!



12 comments:

  1. Your little boy is so adorable! He has the sweetest little smile.

    New follower from the blog hop. Hope you can stop by my blog and follow me back.

    Phylicia
    http://heartsncraftsboutique.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm elated you're here, visiting with me. I say "with me" because this blog is me, entirely. I hope you find here what you're looking for by way of inspiration. That's my biggest hope for you, my new friend! I'm visiting you back, no doubt about it!

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  2. i envy his yoga poses. he's so cute!!!

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  3. You guys are blessed!

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    1. We are, indeed. As hard as life is at times -- with finances, health, the loss of loved ones, work stress -- God always rewards us in the end. ...happy endings. XOXO

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  4. Aw Reef is adorable! And they do bring so much fun and happiness into a family.

    xoxo Jamie

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    1. Jamie, you are a doll! Thank you for visiting and commenting. It means the world. I hope you find here, inspiration and a place to belong. I appreciate you! XOXO Mandi Roach

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  5. It's fun to hear how God gave you guys a little goober. He's such a cutie! ;)

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    1. Hee hee, thanks, Tygre! He is definitely a little goober -- we're having so much fun with him. Thank you for your visit. I hope you'll come back often.

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  6. It's so fun to hear how God gave you guys a little goober. He's a cutie! ;)

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  7. Hi Mandi! How are you, my fellow #TXblogger? I'm so glad to have run into your blog. I can already tell, I'm going to love your content. Congratulations on your handsome son. Those pictures are absolutely adorable.

    You can find me & my story at http://xtinedanielle.wordpress.com :)

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    1. #TxBlogger has been a great bridge for many of us, wouldn't you agree?! I'm so excited to connect with you. Thank you for the kind words -- I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog, too. I have "favorite'd" you! :)

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