Wednesday, January 2, 2008

A new year, and a birthday

I always enjoy this time of year. I enjoy the calm AFTER the storm. The holidays were so much fun, but my head is still kinda spinning. I am happy to get back into our quiet routine. We have been soooo busy...gone all of the time. I was content just to clean my house and have some one on one time with Lily today. Oh, and we did run out to the store to get daddy a really cool b-day present. Yep, Jay turns 34 today. He got to celebrate by going back to work - yay! (but he had his new IPOD to keep him company, so he was alright). I work tonight, so I have his present wrapped and waiting for him to open when he gets home.
So, 2007 was good to us...but I am really thinking that 2008 will be even better. I bought a new devotional that I am already loving. I also bought one for Lily and she really seems to like hers too. She reminds me when it is time to pray, if I ever forget. She knows that Jesus lives in her heart...she's got the basics. I am just hoping that the THREE of us, as a family, grow closer to God this year. We are changing churches again and we have been talking about getting our priorities more in order. And YES, we are going to LOSE SOME WEIGHT this year! Even Lily said "We donna srow out da tandy...we donna eat better dis year!"
So, here is a picture of me and the birthday boy (30 seconds before 2007 came to an end) and a couple pics of our favorite little "party animals" who helped us welcome in 2008.






31 comments:

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Happy Birthday Jay!!!!!
Hope your day is GREAT...
Love the pictures...
Happy New Year...
Hugs to you girly..

LaLa said...

Happy Birthday Daddy....you are a BABY...I turn 42 the end of this month! Love your party animals : )

Much Ado said...

Happy Birthday Jay! And Happy New Year to you, Jay and Lily! :)

Beverly said...

Happy Birthday Daddy. Looks like you guys had a fun New Year's Eve.

Beverly

Doris & Dan said...

Happy Birthday!!

Keep smilin!

Stacy said...

Happy Birthday Jay!

Very cute party animals you have there!

Happy New Year!

Steffie B. said...

First off....Happy Birthday Big Daddy Jay! I'm sure he will love his Ipod!
Second.....you don't need to lose weight!
Third....are you talking about the devo we are going to do or did you get antoher besides that?

Glad things are going well....do tell what else is in store! ;)

mommy24treasures said...

I was SO ready to get back to routine today. I am a routine junkie. 10 minutes to wapner kind of person ;)...
I hope 2008 brings about the dreams you have for your family. We too are making our annual list of things we want to endeavor to work on. I would love to hear more about the devotional when you have a minute. Is it the one Gwen is always talking about?

Daniella said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby! Happy New Year to all of you! I too was ready for order again - tree has been down a week already. School is still out til MOnday and we are having unexpected company tonight - Joe's sister so we are excited - haven't seen her in almost 2 years!!! Here's to 2008 :)

Jewels of My Heart said...

I just love you.... you are so sweet and funny and such a wonderful Mommy. I need to start a devotional. I love that Lily is doing one too.
Happy birthday to your hubby.
Love the pics... looks like you all had a Happy New Year!!!!

i-Con said...

Happy Birthday to Jay - young pup!

Happy New Year to you and yours. I'm wishing you all the best.

Linette said...

Cute pics! And Happy Birthday Jay!
I've been looking for a good devotional so would love to hear more about it when you have time.
I'm working on my goals for the new year. Maybe I'll stick to goals since I don't the resolutions! ha..ha. ;)

Janet said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby, and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

Happy Birthday Jay.

I love your little party animal

Laura Nipper said...

Happy New Years and Happy birthday to Jay. I would love to know what devotional you went with. I am always looking for a good one. Hope you had a good night at work.

Juliette said...

Hope Daddy had a great day, Happy Birthday!
Seems you had a good time and a lot of fun. Love the little party animal!

ADELE said...

Happy Birthday to your husband. I hope it was a nice day for him. Also, I would love to know the name of the devotional that you are starting. Mallory has a little devotional book too. Happy New Year.

Two Kayaks said...

Happy Birthday, Jay!!! How cute do you guys look snuggling on the couch?
All the best in 2008!

~Amy~ said...

I hope you are well and Happy Birthday to Jay!!! :)

Tracey & Mike said...

Happy New Year!
And Happy Birthay Jay!
We're with ya on the losing a few pounds thing. We donna eat better dis year too!

kerri said...

Happy birthday Jay.
I am so happy to get back into our same old, same old, we are all creatures of habit here.
Many !! blessings for the three of you in 08'.

Tiffany said...

Happy Birthday to Jay!
You two are the just the cutest couple!!!
I love the pictures of your little party animals... they are just too cute also.
Happy New Year to you all! I hope 2008 is a wonderful year for you.

Denise C said...

Good Morning!

Happy B-day to your hubby! Your family is just so cute! I love to read your translations of your daughter's words! So very precious, as is she!

I am a long time reader but just now beginning a blog of my own....whew... it's a little overwhelming...but I'm gonna give it a try!

I love reading the China adoption blogs...I have read them for a couple of years now and they so touch my heart! (We have friends who adopted their daughter from China a couple of years ago and she is absolutely adorable too!) Your little China doll is truly darling!

I hope you have a very blessed day! Oh, one more thing, We have been through the "changing churches" thing and I'll be lifting you in prayer as you make this transition. I remember how unselttling it was for us but God is so good and His timing is perfect! It was a journey for us...a learning & growing journey but one that I will keep with me forever because the walk brought me so much closer to my savior!

Sweet blessings to you!

Warmly,
Denise C

sea star said...

Cute party girl!

Happy Birthday to your man!

Mr.Brian said...

Hey it was my mom's birthday on the 2nd too.However she was a little older then 34..more like 71.
Hope 2008 brings all of us a great and happy new year.

Mr.Brian said...

Ohhh and my dad's name is Jay.Ohhh kinda fun here friend.
Any Sherry Sheila or Gloria's to mention???

Emmie said...

hope jay had a great birthday!
we sure do miss u guys!
love the pics! =]
im excited to get back into the routine of everything too. the holidays sure do make the time of year crazy! gotta love it though! ;)

The Shocks said...

Happy birthday Jay.
I have to agree with Steffie, you do not need to lose weight. You looked good at the reunion.

Beckyb said...

LOVE the pics - what fun!! Oh and tell Jay - Happy Late Bday!! He's just a young-un!!!

Diana said...

Lily looks especially cute in her hat!! Happy Birthday Jay!
You inspire me withyour religious commitment which is something we have to get back to this year. I love that Lily reminds you to say your prayers.
God Bless all of you.

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