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Monday, October 11, 2010

Beautiful Things

This past weekend was filled with some beautiful things I want to share.

Friday night, on Matthew's 12 week birthday, he smiled at me for the first time. For sure! There was no mistaking it. We were up very late for some reason. It was 1:30 am, and I was rocking him in the glider. He just looked up at me and sported his beautiful smile. He smiled. And smiled. And smiled. It was a beautiful moment I will never forget! (For the record, his adjusted age is 5 weeks.)

Maybe he was in a happy mood after a good two hours of sleep for the first time in his crib.

The weather has been absolutely beautiful here. It couldn't be more perfect. The girls had a great time playing outside over their fall break. I'm so glad it didn't rain or it would have made for a very long week!

I made my first trip to a local Goodwill store Saturday. It is close to a very affluent neighborhood, so they had some very nice things...even some beautiful things with some beautiful prices. Love it!

We made it to church yesterday. I'm ashamed to admit that it was my first time back since Matthew has been home. I've missed it so much, and it felt so good to be back. There was nothing particularly beautiful about it. But it made my heart happy, so I'm including it.

It was Matthew's first time going to church, and he did great! It was another full-circle moment for me. Many days I sat and stood in that church, praying and hoping for a living baby. Finally he's here and in my arms. Now, that is beautiful!

We went to a wedding yesterday in the beautiful town of Dahlonega. The bride was beautiful! We had a little time between the wedding and the reception, so we visited The Fudge Factory. We got some chocolate covered pretzels and some fudge and had a beautiful time on the square together. We then made the drive to the reception at a vineyard nestled in the north Georgia mountains. It was absolutely beautiful! Especially the sunset.

I happen to think this picture of our family is beautiful, too! It's our first family picture since Matthew has been born.

I hope all of you have a beautiful day!



  1. I can't wait to see what you got at Goodwill!

  2. I want to know where this Goodwill store is? Love your family picture, you are BLESSED!

    Deb Waters

  3. Tonya... I am so happy you have been experiencing such precious beautiful things lately. Yay for Matthews first official smile:) I bet that just melted your heart! What a great family picture that was... wish there was another little 2 year old pumpkin in that picture with you... but maybe the boys are painting their own beautiful pictures up in Heaven...

    Miss you Tonya... love you sweet friend!

  4. Yay! First smile. How precious. May the special moments keep coming.

  5. I went to college in Dahlonega. It's changed a lot since then, but it still holds a special place in my heart!

  6. I smiled just thinking about the "first smile"... It is truly one of the most amazing parenting moments, by far. Thank you for sharing your beautiful moments --- sounds to me like they are coming from a grateful heart :) Praising God for the beautiful moments in our lives!
    Love, Sherri

  7. Such beautiful, beautiful things!

    love you,