"For You O Lord are a shield about me, You are the glory and lifter of my head. Psalm 3:3

"For You O Lord are a shield about me, You are the glory and lifter of my head. Psalm 3:3

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chuck E. Cheese!!!!

Chuck E. Cheese...I remember going to Showbiz as a little girl and now, I am taking my little girls there! Nothing better than best friends, great pizza, and who else...Chuck E. Cheese himself!
My dear friends Shannon and Jen, and their families all met up for some indoor play time for the kids and a night off for the mommies. The daddies even took the toddlers for awhile and we got to sit and talk- so nice! I feel so blessed to have these 2 precious women as friends...they're like sisters to me! Our oldest children were all born within 5 months of each other and they have been best little buddies since! What an honor it is to learn and grow from each others as mommies and wives. My dear friends, your hearts are deeply rooted in His love and truth. Thank you for being in my life! Love you!
Emma LOVED "Cheese"
Emma & Keaton

Emma & Sulley
Emma is going through this phase of smiling for the camera while screaming "cheese!" and squinting her eyes...

The youngest ones in the batch...Nolan (10 months) and Sophie (1 year)
(You know you're getting old when this is what you do for an evening of fun!!!)
Here's to many more family play dates!

Monday, December 28, 2009

An Angel

So, last week Chris had neck surgery to remove a tumor (not cancerous) and then, we went downhill from there!
Emma and I were at Outback with some friends celebrating our wonderful friend Gerod's birthday and she threw up 6 times at the table, at the restaurant! So we walked/dripped our way to the car and home for some more "fun".
This is gross, but I am so proud and must share...
The on-call nurse said to get Emma to sleep and the vomiting would decrease. So hesitantly, I put her back in her bed (she had been in ours), gave her a bowl, encouraged her to use the bowl and say "mommy" of she threw up. I slept with the monitor on high and about every 2 hours, I would hear her "use the bowl" and then say "Mommy, I'm all done!" I would go in there, wash out the bowl, and she'd go back to sleep...seriously? She amazes me every day!
Emma was supposed to be the angel in the nativity play this year at church. All week we have been talking about the angel visiting Mary with "good news". Emma would go up and tell strangers "The angel came to Mary, and said 'good news, you gonna have a BABY and call Him Jesus!'" When I told her we weren't going to house church, she burst into tears and asked for her halo. So I gave it to her and she wore it all day long.
(her lovely bowl)

1st Tyler Christmas

This year we traveled to Tyler, TX to spend Christmas with Chris' family! We spent the week eating, baking, playing, shopping, eating, Doke family traditions, reading, napping...our kids had a blast and were pretty worn out by the end of the week. Oh and we managed to pass on the stomach flu to MacKenzie and I got it too...sorry we thought we were well! We missed out on the snow blizzard of the decade back in Norman, so getting home was a very focused drive. We are so blessed to have such wonderful family to welcome us into their home, make us dinner, love us well, and celebrate our Savior's birth! We love you Tyler Doke's, miss you already!

Emma opening gifts

Trevor and Emma tracking Santa

Austin, Aunt Joleen and Emma make a gingerbread house

MacKenzie and Cassidy making Jesus' birthday cake and reindeer food with Emma
(Uncle Geoff, where are you?!?!)

On our way to a candle lit Christmas Eve service to sing carols, be with family, and worship!
We were so sad mommy got sick and we couldn't make it for Christmas day dinner at the Dallas Doke's house. We love you guys and we'll be back soon! xoxo

The Weekend Update

Emma got her hair cut last weekend...she sat at Sports Clips (hair salon for men/boys) for 45 minutes while a lady cut her hair. (I think it took so long because they're used to buzz cuts and trims, and not layers and bangs!)

On our way to Waggs' 30th birthday celebration!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Caroline Rentzel Photography

Our sweet friend Caroline is launching her new photography business...oh, but it is so much more than a business, it's a gift from the Lord!
We came to know Caroline through my best friend Jenny. Caroline was the first babysitter I ever left Emma with as a baby. She is currently a student at OU and is pursuing her love of photography.
We were blessed to have her come to our home and take some family pictures.
Sophie Lynn

Emma Rose

We LOVE you Caroline! You are a blessing to our family and our children are so blessed to be around you!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Griswold's

And we're off...let the traditions begin! We love the Sooners, but I must say I am glad football season is over and Chris is home on Saturdays now!
We kicked off the month with a trip to a tree farm with Ray's!
Emma Rose & Millie Jean
After you pick and cut down your tree, you get to thaw inside with apple cider and candy canes.
(Daddy and Sophie watching football and eating chips and salsa)

Emma and I stayed up late and made Christmas ornaments and drank hot cocoa!

Clark W. Griswold
We are so impressed with daddy's skills to cut down our Christmas tree!

So it looked kind of big on the farm...then we got it home and it was seriously a scene out of the movie.
Chris cut the ties and the limbs went everywhere and so did needles!

A few HOURS later it was cleaned up and here's the final result!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's Quiet in the House...

This morning, the house was quiet, which usually means someone is up to some mischievous behavior...
so I came around the corner and this is all I saw...
Sweet Sophie Lynn...just enjoying some cereal...
Love you Lynn, you may be tiny, but your JOY and SWEETNESS shines big and bright!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Not quite how I pictured it...

I want to tell you a little story about Emma Rose...and it goes something like this...
(This story takes place at our table at Interurban.)
Emma was eating her dinner of grilled cheese, carrots, and chips/salsa.
The waitress brought Sophie an icecream sundae for her birthday, so I gave Emma a few bites.
Out of character Emma says: "I don't want anymore." ???
Meg says: "Are you alright...you don't want more?"
Emma says: "No." She looks at Chris, looks at me, back at Chris, then down at the table...
her face turns a lovely shade of green and white, then...
Emma: "Blaaahhhh!" as she vomits 3 times all over half of our table, the booth, and herself.
With vomit running down her nose, she calmly looks at me and says: "What happened?"
Meg says: "Um...you threw up."
As we proceed to clean up the mess, she passes me the sugar container on the table
and asks: "Mommy, do you need anything?"
Meg says: "No thank you."
In the car on the way home I ask: "Are you okay, does your tummy hurt?"
Emma says: "Nope, I feel SO much betta (better)."
The End...not quite how I pictured it (dinner).

Sweet Sophie Lynn is One

Our Sophie Lynn is one today...I can't believe she's already one!
We are so grateful for our precious Lynn and all the joy she brings to our family.

Our lil' Pistol has been tiny but LOUD from the minute she was born.

Sophie Lynn Doke
7 pounds 1 ounce
20 inches


Good Morning to the birthday girl!

In true Doke fashion...

Sweet Lynn,
We love you so much, we love everything about you...
-how you want breakfast before a diaper change in the morning
-your bouncing/dancing for Jesus
-your tiny body and BIG personality
-how sweet you are
-how mad you get when I take you out of the bath tub
-your love for Cheerios and yogurt
-how quiet and still you are in the stroller
-your adoration of your big sister
-your joyful bouncing when you wake up each day
-your love for cuddles and nuzzling

Favorite New Sophie Story: Emma was upset and she was sitting in my lap, Sophie crawled over and hugged Emma's back and then patted Emma's back, smiling.

Psalm 5:11-12
"Let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for JOY, and may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You. For it is You who blesses the righteous man and You surround him with favor as a shield."
The Lord has so much in store for you Sweet One! You are a daughter, a princess of the Most High King, you are an heir to the throne. We pray you will be a tree firmly rooted in the Lord, that you will be a light that shines for Jesus! Sweet baby girl, we love you so much and we are honored to have you in our home.
Love, Daddy, Mommy, & Bear

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sean Edward is ONE!!!!

Sean Edward Boyd is ONE!
Our dear friends Sean and Stacie's little one Sean Edward turned one this week!
Stacie and I were each pregnant with Sean Edward and Sophie Lynn...I was due 9 days before Sophie and Sean Edward was born 9 days before Sophie was born!
If you know SE, he lights up the room and makes you smile!
Yummy cake!

It's official- he is WALKING!

Allison, Alicia, sweet Sophie

(I'm getting better at taking pics and recording our memories! Thanks Allison, you are my inspiration!)
Dear Sean Edward, you are a mighty warrior for the Lord! You are a son of the Most High King, a royal heir the throne! Matthew 5:14...YOU are the salt of the earth and YOU are a lamp on the table who gives light to the whole room! From the moment you were born, you were mighty, strong, and sweet. The Lord has GREAT plans in store for you and we can't wait to see what adventures the Lord takes you on!
We love you so much!
Love, the Doke's (your future in-laws)

Emma & Her Boys

Emma Rose is blessed with many friends...some of her closest friends are Sulley and Keaton. They were all born within 5 months and the mommies are best friends, so the kids get to spend a lot of time together! We got to watch Sulley last week for half a day and we had so much fun!
Sophie says, "Let the fun begin!"
Picnic at the park
Sulley, Emma, Keats
Emma wanted to show Sulley her twirling...sweet girl!
Emma loves her boys so much and we are so grateful to know these amazing warriros for Jesus!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

From our kitchen to yours!

On Saturday mornings, Emma and I come up with a new breakfast idea...chocolate, chocolate chip pancakes, cinnamon sugar pancakes...this morning...
"Rose Waffles"
(Cinnamon/nutmeg, banana waffles)
Rose Waffle Recipe:
2 cups Bisquick
1 teas cinnamon
1/2 teas nutmeg
1 1/3 cup milk
2 tbl oil
1 egg
1 diced banana
(top waffles with powdered sugar and raspberries)

Love you Rose! We can't wait for Sophie Lynn to join us in the kitchen soon!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sweet Sophie Lynn

Our sweet Sophie Lynn is turning one in 2 weeks (sniff, sniff)
As her birthday approaches , I've been thinking about all of my favorite things about my sweet little one...
-she loves to sit and play under tables
-she loves to worship (she claps, bounces, and dances on her knees)
-she loves her Emma Rose and watches everything she does
-she wakes up joyful every morning and jumps up and down when I come to get her
-she will always be our joyful gift during a hard season of losing dad
-she LOVES to take baths, as soon as she hears the water running, she starts shrieking with excitement
-she loves to swing and play outside
Sophie @ 8 weeks
Psalm 5:11-12
She is a JOY in our lives and we are beyond grateful for this precious gift!
We love you Sophie and can't wait for you to be one!
(Well, maybe I'd be fine if you would stay a baby forever!)
I must say thank you again to my best friend Shannon...you capture images a mommy only dreams of!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

5 Years, 2 Kids, and an Anniversary

This weekend we celebrated our 5 year anniversary!
5 years ago I married my sweet husband...I am more than grateful for him and still feel like I don't deserve him! Thank you for your unconditional love, support, and kindness. The past few years have shown us that we can make it through anything...when we are weak, He IS strong! Can't wait for the next 5 years!
Orange Tree...we went through the line separately
and both ended up with the exact same combo:
-cookie dough and peanut butter yogurt
-topped with cookie dough, Reece's PB cups, Snickers, and Butterfingers
I've never spent $10 on a cup of icecream, but this was so worth it!
Before we had kids we used to go on campus runs every week, sometimes every day! Now it looks a little different. :)
We woke up Saturday and went for a jog and although it was fun, we remember a day when it didn't seem so hard, so windy, so achy, and so tiring!

The rest of the afternoon was spent with friends watching football and eating what else...
pizza shuttle!

My sweet mom kept our girls for us and we are so thankful!
Mom was on her way to a dance competition! If you know my mom, she LOVES to dance and is currently learning west coast swing! Thanks Muka, we love you!