"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, 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!

Happy Halloween!

We had so much fun this year for Halloween! Our friends Brian and Sarah hosted a costume party with yummy treats, pumpkin carving contests, and games!
Gerod, Kerri, and Gracie (not pictured...sleeping) were "pumpkin pie"
We went to lunch and then the pumpkin patch with other mommies and kids!

Tinkerbell & a Zebra

(Sulley (3), Emma (2.5), Sophie (11 mo.), Keaton (almost 3), Nolan (8 mo.)
It's a tradition for us to trick or treat with our dear friends the Ho's and Cochell's and this year the Boyd's, Josh, Laura, and the Garner's came!! We went to Jen's for chili and cornbread...then we're off! This picture was the only moment of tears and the kids were all smiles the whole night! (I need to borrow more pics from friends to show all of the cute costumes!)