How We Learned To Be Parents.


10 Years...

Ten years ago, after a Sunday night service by Rev. Buddy Rampey, on October 15th 2000, a 15 year old boy asked a 14 year old girl to be his girlfriend.

Being 14 years old, this meant nothing more than the title of "boyfriend and girlfriend", endless talking on the phone, and giving each other "googley eyes" at church when we got to see each other. Our first date "alone" was on our one year anniversary. When we were done eating at the very swanky Olive Garden, we called his mom to pick us up, where we held hands and snuck kisses in the back seat of her car. (Coincidentally, the same car Andrew drives to this day, but that is completely off topic!) We spent more and more time together as the years went on, while going to separate high schools and eventually separate colleges. I can't always say it was easy, but I can say that we never broke up, not even once.

On June 25th 2005, that now (almost) 20 year old man proposed, with a ring he worked VERY hard to pay for, while going to school. With all the money in the world, I would never give that ring up. We waited until he graduated and I was very close to being done with school to get married, on March 1st 2008. I loved him more on that day than I ever thought I could, and I was happier on that day than I ever had been.

Around the time of our 1st wedding anniversary, we conceived our first child, and lost the baby soon after. (By the way, October 15th is also Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day) This was a devastating time for the both of us, and we kept each other strong through it all. Not too long after we lost our first little one, we became pregnant with our son, Nathaniel Ray, who was born on March 19th 2010. This was 18 days after our 2nd wedding anniversary. I loved my husband, now father of my child, more on that day than i ever had before, and I was happier on that day than I ever had been.

To my husband: I can't say that I ever imagined marrying the first boy that asked me out when I was 14 years old, 10 years ago, but words cannot express how happy I am that I said yes. We could never thank you enough for providing for our family as you do. My love for your grows more and more every day. You are a wonderful husband, "man's best friend" to Sophie, and the best Daddy a little boy could ever ask for. Thanks for the past 10 years... I wouldn't have had it any other way.

Love always.

-picture taken in November of 2000-

Three Years = Saving Money!

It has been THREE YEARS since I did this....
I was in the car on the left. You know, the one that isn't right side up.
I walked away with only a few cuts and bruises, definitely lucky.
Bad part... it was my fault. :(

Did I mention it was my Daddy's car??? Sorry Daddy... :)

I bring all this up to say:



Nate's First NC State Game

My husband is an NC State Alumni, as I have probably said before, and his family are huge NC State fans. Being married into the family, it kind of comes with the territory. I will have to say, no matter what team you pull for, there is NOTHING like college football.

On Saturday, October 9th, Nate went to his first NC State football game.
I would love it if the story could just stop right there.

Have I mentioned before that my son HATES clapping and cheering? Yeah, well. He does. It terrifies him and he SCREAMS.

If you've ever been to any college football game, that's pretty much all there is to it! Screaming, cheering, and at NC State, a cannon that goes off every time they score. Fun. Fun. Fun.

After doing nothing but screaming bloody murder through the whole first quarter (see picture above), Nate, myself, and Andrew's Aunt Linda went outside the stadium to get Nate calmed down and feed him some lunch. I was, how should I say it? Distraught. College football games (that are on TV) are usually around 4 hours, sometimes a little longer due to TV timeouts. How were we going to get through 4 hours of a terrified baby and a stressed out mommy?

A couple with a five month old walked by and I saw their little boy had these orange earplugs in his ears. I asked the parents where they got them and they said Walgreens, which disappointed me because I was hoping it was somewhere in the stadium. They asked if we would like a pair, and I DEFINITELY didn't turn that opportunity down! They feel like "Silly Putty" an they worked like a dream! I had my normal, happy baby back! He even fell asleep in the middle and at the end of the game!

Ahhh... a HAPPY MOMMY.

We had a great time at the game and by the end, he was watching and "cheering" with his Daddy!

Here are some more pictures from our big day!

NC State beat Boston College 44 to 17!