Monday, February 28, 2011


Jude is pulling up on everything. This new found ability has thrown my mommy-duties into a tail spin. I am finding this stage of constant motion a little harder to manage than the slow and steady army crawl stage.

This morning, my management of his new ability was a complete failure. I opted to let Jude play on the floor just outside the bathroom while I jumped in the shower. He has, apparently, overcome his shower fear and seemed content enough. I glanced around the area and thought "He can't do much damage here in just a few minutes."

2 minutes into my shower, Jude appeared at the edge of the tub. He threw the curtain aside, pulled up on the edge and proceeded to lean into the shower. Covered in soap and shampoo, what else could I do but watch him become quickly drenched by the spray? I'm sure I could have done a number of things, but I didn't. I just stood there wondering what I should do.

Finally, since he was already soaked, I just pulled him inside, fully clothed, and sat him on the shower floor until I finished. Undeterred, he pulled every bottle off the edge of the tub while the water beat down on his baby head.

All you wonderfully gifted disciplinarians out there are probably thinking "Wow. What a failure." I know. It was. Hopefully, I'll be older and wiser when tomorrow's shower comes.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Yesterday Jude and I made the trek down to the farm to visit my Mamaw. I tried to introduce Jude to a Robertson pastime: cow gazing.

The fence just behind their house is the perfect spot for friendly and safe interaction with our bovine friends. As this shoddily shot video (screaming baby on one hip, camera in the other hand) proves, Jude's first impression was less than favorable.

I could tell stories all morning about my dramatic childhood encounters in this very field. My grandaddy always insisted that the cows wouldn't hurt us. Nonetheless, my cousin and I always returned from an attempted walk to the pond breathless with tales of being chased by bulls, near death experiences, and escapes that had been within an inch of never returning again.

To my knowledge, the only damage the cows ever did was chew up the seat of the 4-wheeler one afternoon.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

G.I. Jess

Meet my friend Jessica. People call her G.I. Jess. She is a trainer - and tougher than Jillian Michaels. She is, hands down, one of the most health conscious people I know. She can run circles around me. She was in my little circle of junior high bffs. You know...the ones you went rolling with, stayed up all night talking to, the ones who can still make you laugh so hard you snort. She's an old friend.

Last year she went through chemo for breast cancer. God has been glorified in her suffering. Her attitude was humbling and inspirational. This year, she's been rebuilding her life as a cancer survivor.

After a recent ct scan at her routine check, they found a swollen lymph node and some spots in her chest. It could just be a fungus. She'd like to have a fungus. The alternative is incurable stage 4 cancer.

She is going in for a biopsy tomorrow at 6:30am. She'll hear the results sometime next week.

God is a God of miracles. I'm praying that those spots would just disappear.

Please, pray with me.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

9 Months Young

Jude will be 9 months old tomorrow. I can hardly believe how quickly the time is passing! We went for his check up last week. Here are some of his stats:

Weight: 21 lbs 10oz

Height: 2ft 4in

Eye Color: Blue

Baby Tricks: A fierce army crawl, pulling up, cruising with his dinosaur, a great belly laugh, saying ma-ma and da-da (kind of), eating apples, sliding down the baby slide.

The Food Situation: First baby = slow momma. He's just now really getting into table foods and I'm still hesitant about feeding him a lot of things. His main dishes are bananas, sharp cheddar, rice cakes, cheerios, apples, and lots of pureed fruits and veggies. He is hopefully transitioning to formula over the next month and then onto cow's milk at 1 year.

Trials and Tribulations: 1. He's on amoxicillian for a little cough which seems to be impacting his appetite and consequently his sleeping habits. He's not so sleepy, but we are:) 2. Stranger Anxiety, thankfully, seems to be subsiding a bit...though I know it could rear it's little head at any moment. I am grateful (and so are the nursery workers:)

What I Love: All of it!!! In particular, the growth and discovery of this phase is so fun for me. I almost feel like I can see his little mind turning. He's trying to figure things out and explore every new setting. I love it!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Poison Ivy Eyes

I feel like I have poison ivy on my eyeballs.

About an hour after I returned from the beautiful spring weather at Shelby Farms on Sunday, my allergies went crazy. In the past that only meant my nose, apparently my eyes wanted in on the action this year. As I was considering what might have brought on this more extreme reaction, I realized that I haven't been in Memphis for springtime in 7 years.

I'm going in search of some sort of saline wash today and am going back to my daily dose of local honey. We'll see if it helps.

Even if it is accompanied by poison ivy eyes, I'll take spring time! I'll take it! I LoVVVVVVVVVVVVe this weather.

Go on and bloom flowers, bloom!


It's starting to sink in that Jude won't stay a containable little baby forever.

Due to a few episodes last week involving Comet, pinched fingers and a lot of tears, David brought out the screwdriver to do some baby-safe locks on our cabinets.

Monday, February 21, 2011


It's Monday.

I know you've been dying all weekend to hear about my trip to Graceland. My friend Carrie drove in from Texas for a little visit and some Memphis touring. We first met 6 years ago when we were both living in Southern Africa. She became a fast friend and we've kept in touch through the years.

One of our best commonalities: she's a runner:) We started the weekend with a run in downtown Memphis past all the hot spots...the Peabody ducks, the FedEx Forum, the corvette show on Beale Street, the Civil Rights Museum, etc.

Yesterday we went to church together, spent a restful afternoon at home, took a little jog through Shelby Farms, and enjoyed Corkys (my latest love is their potato salad). This morning, before she left, we headed over to Graceland to get our fill of star-studded jumpsuits, shag carpet and mirrored ceilings.

I haven't toured Graceland in at least 12 years...if memory serves me correctly. It was fun and the tour was definitely interesting! But I wouldn't be opposed if it's another 12 before I head that way again:)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Rock N Soul

Hubs is a hard working man. This week he put in his 30 hours at Crossroads, tutored 10 students in Spanish, and took a substitute teaching job on Friday...without a complaint. whew. All so I can stay home with the little man.

When he comes home, he's usually helping me around the house, playing with Jude or reading a book by one of his former professors. So, when he has an entire afternoon off, we try to do something fun outside of the house to ensure we are having fun together...not just checking email or washing dishes.

This week, our we-love-memphis activity of choice was the Rock N Soul Museum just off of Beale Street. There's a great coupon in the 2011 Memphis City Saver Book and the tour was definitely interesting and entertaining! Even Jude enjoyed the good music.

My favorite display: the dulcimer that June Carter Cash gave to Elvis Presley. I confess that ever since I watched Walk the Line, I've been intrigued by the dulcimer.

Jude's favorite part: the hoppin' music they play inside the museum:)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sister Sweet

I think I've mentioned before here on the blog that I LOVE my little sister. Living in the same city with her after several years apart is too wonderful for words. It is likely that we are treasuring this season a bit more because we both know that it will only last for a few more months before David, Jude and I head overseas. We are scheduled to head across the ocean in early October.

Lindsey has always been more of a "baby person" than I have. When we were little she had about 20 "babies" that she fed daily, dressed, and tucked in each night. Having graduated from dolls, her skills with little Jude are wonderful. She and Andy were actually staying at our house in Louisville for the weekend when I went into labor!

I've been wondering for some time when I'd have the joy of seeing her with her own little one...especially after watching her struggle through the pain and sorrow of a miscarriage while I was pregnant with Jude. As the time ticked away, and no announcement of a little Andy or Lindsey was made, I realized that the likelihood of our being on this side of the ocean to meet a little one was growing slim. But, God often answers our prayers in the affirmative. And in this case, He kindly did so. What a gift!!!

Lindsey and Andy's little bean is due in early September...just a few weeks before we leave to go overseas!!! I couldn't be more gratefully excited for this new life.

Hooray for baby Bishop! I can hardly wait to see that little face!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

10 Things on a Tuesday

1. We had a very happy Valentine's day in the Dawkins household. Hubs started the day with heart shaped pancakes. Impressive:)

2. Somehow, our tradition of a dinner at home was rendered a little less romantic by the baby covered in potatoes and blueberries who was also present at the table. Maybe less romantic, but definitely entertaining. We'll take it!

3. Everyone in the Dawkins house is excited about the arrival of the newest Boeving this week...not to mention the arrival of the littlest Lyons last week! Jude's loving the new man-friends!

4. I ordered the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred that everyone seems to be raving about. I'm not much of a work-out video kind of gal, but since nap time is sometimes the best time for exercise, I'm going to give it another try.

5. Yesterday my sister met me at Shelby Farms and we rollerbladed around the lake. Yes, I rollerblade. I still wear the pair I purchased in high school. I must was MUCH easier than I'd anticipated with a stroller in tow. I think it may be a new weekly activity for me.

7. David's got a full work schedule this week. Jude and I are taking advantage of the spring-ish weather and hitting some of our favorite Memphis spots.

8. This weekend we drove to Jackson to hear our dear friend and David's former boss, Dr. Lawless, preach. It was wonderfully refreshing to hear him teach on Mark 1.

9. While we were there, we had a late-night meal with my cousin, Logan, who is in college at Union. Jude loved having some cousin-time. While I have great memories of college days, I don't think I'd have the stamina to return to those crazy days now. I'm loving old age, haha:)

10. This weekend a friend who lived and worked with me in Africa is making her way to Memphis. I haven't seen her in 4-5 years and I'm more than a little excited. It does seem that Graceland is on our agenda! Bet you can't wait for that post!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine Love

This pic will no doubt get me in trouble when Jude's around 15.

But for now, enjoy it:)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Blogger's Block

I think I have blogger's block.

This week I've been at a loss as to what to post about. Usually, it's the opposite. I do have a few ideas rolling around in my head, but the writing of them would take longer than the time I have to devote to this little blog.

So, when all else fails, I'll quote other people.

I'm haphazardly reading two books right now. Both of them are re-reads (ok, they are probably more like bi-yearly regulars). Two quotes that I've been chewing on this week:

"Therefore, though she went with Sorrow and Suffering day after day along the shores of the great sea of Lonliness, she did not go cringingly or complainingly....She had the feeling that somehow, in the very far-off places, perhaps even in far-off ages, there would be a meaning found to all sorrow and an answer too fair and wonderful to be as yet."
- Hinds Feet on High Places by Hurnard

"I found it necessary sometimes deliberately to refuse thoughts of what someone has done to me and to ask for help to dwell on what Christ has done for that person and wants to do for him and for me, for i am sure that my treatment of people depends on how I think about them. This hymn is often a helpful prayer to pray:

May the mind of Christ my Savior
Live in me from day to day,
By His Love and pow'r controlling
All I do and say."

- Discipline by E. Elliot

The latter quote has given me tremendous fodder for thought as I've considered how little I really look at others and consider what Christ has done and/or wants to do for them. What a change this would make in so many of my interactions, even with strangers....the one who cuts me off in traffic or pushes ahead of me in line. It is a daily call to give the grace I've so mercifully been extended. Easier said than done, but definitely worth the work of discipline.

Lest I receive more comments from my cousin Logan, who prefers that the blog be daily adorned with pictures of Jude, here's a daily dose of Jude with Grammar and Pop after bathtime. The hat in the pic above has been in the Dawkins family for over 50 years!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ribbit, Ribbit

Jude's room received an overhaul this week. We re-arranged, I made a crib skirt, and added a few picture frames. Inspired by a card my sweet friend Kim gave to Jude when he was born and set in motion by this painting phase I seem to be going through, today I created a little frog-man to hang above Jude's bed.

You may wonder what Jude does while I'm sewing buttons to felt and putting puff paint frog legs onto a canvas. Well, he eats thread, chews on the inspirational card and occasionally gets paint on his curious little baby paws. Even at 8 months, he loves crafting:)

Monday, February 7, 2011


(ep-i-kyoo-ree-uhn) having luxurious tastes or habits, especially in eating and drinking.

My food love list for this frozen Monday:

1. Saturday night at home with hubs, a movie and homemade pizza. Our household favorite: chicken, corn and tomatoes with a ranch sauce on a garlic honey crust.

2. The night David proposed, he had an Izze on hand for my drinking pleasure. I admit that when I get a Starbucks gift card, I forgo all the menu options and usually order an Izze from the cooler. Last night, our SS teacher sent me home with the extras from our Superbowl party. Ahh. Happy refrigerator!

3. Brianna's Balsamic Vinaigrette was among my top discoveries in the homemaking class I took on Wednesdays with David's mother. It is oh-so-good. I could almost drink it. Romaine, Gorgonzola and toasted almonds with this makes my mouth water.

Friday, February 4, 2011


1. Jude has a runny nose, a finicky appetite, a lot of fussy moments, and night time crying. He also loves a teething ring these days. Yep. I think it's teething round II! Those bottom chompers just aren't enough.

2. Our most recent developmental milestone: Jude's first pull-up. David was standing at the dishwasher when Jude hoisted himself into a standing position. I got out the video camera and we partially captured the moment. We were so excited though, that I'm ashamed to put it on the blog. It would be fodder for mockery of these first time parents:)

3. Bananas are Jude's favorite food. Doors are his favorite toy. Daddy is his favorite playmate. His favorite past time is dumping out trashcans and eating the contents.

4. Stranger anxiety is in full swing. I'll have to write an entire post on that one.

5. Yes. I am even more convinced that he really is saying "Da-da" in reference to David and "Ma-Ma" in reference to me. He says it in reference to some other things too, but still...

Sorry the blog has been a bit Jude-dominated lately. Maybe next week I'll have some fresh thoughts beyond babyland.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I've been organizing some of our videos from Jude's first few months of life and I came across this video I made for my sister while we were in the hospital. Don't judge me...I was sleep deprived and still on post-baby pain medicine:)

I hope you find it as entertaining as I did...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Shape of February

In honor of the month of pink hearts, chocolates and valentines, I decided to create a little door decor yesterday afternoon.

Inspired by a wreath I saw while perusing Michael's, I bent an old clothes hanger into a heart shape and tied pieces of ribbon, felt, and toule around the wire.


Wishing you a loving February:)