Monday, July 06, 2009

Goodbye Dinner and Blog Hop

Five years ago - right after we got married and joined our new church - the first couple we became friends with were Brian and Isabel. They were newly married also and on 4th of July weekend 2004- we hung out for the first time and became fast friends. We have enjoyed many a night hanging out with them. They are the kind of friends that would do anything for you and will be there for you during anything. I remember going out to eat with them when they told us they were expecting their first child and then eating with them again the night before they went in to be induced with her. Five years later and 3 daughters between us - they are still great friends.
Tonight we ate with them at Doe's because they are moving to North Carolina in 2 weeks. It's a great move for them but we will miss them dearly. There are friends who will be your friends for life and friends you might only have for a season. And they have been our friends through a very sweet season of our life.
They have two beautiful girls - Dominique and Katarina. This is Katarina. I think she ate at least 12 packages of butter tonight. ha!
This was the first time we have ever dared to take Harper out at night. I have been so worried all day because she turns into a pumpkin at 5:45 sharp every single night. She normally starts screaming and doesn't stop until she is in bed. But she was SOOOOO good. She just looked around and ate some applesauce and was so great. She was just enamored with those girls. I feel like life is getting a little bit easier every day with her.

The Mr. Linky thing I normally use every Friday - I think you all know has a lot of issues. Well Brent Riggs and MckMama have come up with a new "linky" thing and I plan to start using it. They are also sponsoring a "BLOG HOP" tomorrow that is for your favorite pictures. The fun things is each blog that plays along with have the whole blog list on their blog - so as you look at one - just go down and click the next link. You don't have to keep going back to the same blog. And what a fun way to visit a lot of blogs. I thought I would play along.

I took this picture a few weeks ago of Harper and a sweet blogger, Stacy, sent me this image she edited for me. Isn't it the cutest thing ever? I printed it and framed it and put it in my living room. I'm slightly biased - but I think this is the cutest picture of the cutest baby ever! :-) (I'm sure you all feel the same way about your kids!)
(I took the link list off because I think it was messing up my blog for now).

118 comments:

Allyson said...

What a sweet picture of Harper! Love it!

Carrie B said...

Well, I have my own baby boy...but he is not as cute as Harper. Oh, did I just say that out loud? Seriously, I could just squeeze her all day long! What a beautiful picture

ctdeyo said...

That last picture is BEAUTIFUL! Of course, we all think our kids are the cutest, but yours sure ranks up there as one of the cutest I've ever seen!

The B's said...

LOVE the pic of Harper!!! What part of NC are your friends moving to???

Alli JoMo said...

That is a GORGEOUS picture of Harper...I would seriously be blowing that thing up to an 11x20. Her eyes look so beautiful! and I love the drool!!!

If your friends are moving to the eastern part of NC we would be glad to welcome them!!!

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Kelly - that truly is a GORGEOUS photo of Harper!

Loved getting to read more about your family and your precious miracle girl!

Blessings and love,
Jill

Erin said...

I love the new picture of Harper. I also wanted to tell you I have the same leopard chairs!

Sonya said...

That photo is really beautiful! I love the colors. I am sorry that your friends are moving away. That bites.

Candice Pair said...

oh my goodness that picture of harper is so stinkin precious! i was hoping you framed it! oh and thank you for your sweet thank you card today..cant wait to see harper in her tutu!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

She is too cute for words....and gets cuter by the month....

Mrs. M said...

That picture was gorgeous!

(or Mom!) said...

PRECIOUS pic of your sweet babe!!

Marla Taviano said...

That picture is stinking gorgeous, Kelly!! WOW!

Summer Girl said...

Kelly, It just so happens that I always say my Grace is, "The cutest baby Ev-er!" But I adore that pic of Harper and yes, she does just melt you with that smile doesn't she?

Kris said...

Kelly,
That is the cutest little picture of Harper! I love it! I love reading your blog. You are such an inspiration!

Veronica said...

I'm glad that you have such wonderful friends, they sound like forever friends to me. Good luck to them on their move. Harper is so cute! I love that pic!

~Katie said...

MY Heavens, you have CUTE baby!She gets cuter every day!! Sorry you have to say goodbye to your friends.

Laurie said...

I LOVE that picture!

Holli said...

LOVE LOVE that pic of Harper....her eyelashes and the sweet drool.....I don't think I have seen a sweeter picture. She is just a doll baby!

Brandi said...

LOVE,LOVE the picture of Harper!!! I have a friend that just had a granddaughter and her name is Harper. Pretty cute name!

Rikki said...

Okay, so I ordered a bib like that off of ebay....awhile ago...still haven't received it! I am ready to see what it looks like!

Cindy said...

Gorgeous picture!!!

Betsy said...

That IS the cutest picture!! I love it!

Is your friend moving anywhere near Charlotte?? If she is and needs anything, I would be happy to help her out!

Paige said...

Such a sweet picture! Can't wait to HOP!!

ashiacole said...

that picture of harper is precious!!!!! i always notice her carseat & stroller in pictures... i'm getting ready for baby #1 and just wondering what kind yours is? i love the green & brown!

Sherry said...

What a beautiful picture of Harper! She is a gorgeous baby!

number17cherrytreelane said...

that picture is pretty, stinkin' cute!

Carla said...

Aww. Its always so bitter sweet when friends move on. I'm glad Harper was good for you at dinner though. I have found with both of mine that they get much easier with age!

I LOVE that picture of Miss Harper! I am going to go look for a favorite picture and "Hop" in for the fun!

Beth said...

That is by far the cutest picture of Harper!
Love it!!

Jenglamgirl said...

fAVORITe PICTURE of Harper so far! I HOPE YOU BLEW IT UP TO a 11x14! ha ha! Seriously though, I would of! love it!

Christy said...

So glad to hear things are getting easier for you Kelly. I, along with most other moms, know how tough it can be with a fussy baby. I love how you love that baby girl of yours!
Blessings....

sweethomealagirl said...

love love love that photo!

Rathi said...

Love the picture!! Have a great rest of your week!

Happiness Is... said...

Love the picture of Harper! Sad to lose friends, but it is a blessing to have made them in the first place, and now you have a fun place to visit!

Aura said...

You're not biased, she's BEAUTIFUL. If you have any pictures of her you'd like edited, I do a lot of photos for kids and babies and do a lot of editing myself. Just contact me and I will edit them for you.

Rissa said...

oh my goodness.. sorry for not commenting more!! Harper is just growing up soo dang fast.. and getting cuter each & everyday!!
hope you guys had a great 4th july weekend!!
just wanted to let you know that i've not forgotten about you guys & am still following your blog & am so excited to see what God Has in store for sweet Harper!!

Have a great night!

Heather, aka Jake's Mommy said...

Such a beautiful picture! What a pretty little girl. Loved getting to pray for her and being able to watch this little miracle baby grow up.

Lynnette Kraft said...

That picture certainly is cute! I love the photograph itself but those eyes! What a cutie. :)

Karen said...

Kelly,

That picture is beautiful . . I love her eyes and the drool is a nice touch . . it really is!!! That is all mine does too (my daughter is about the same age) AND she too turns crazy when the sun starts to set . . we do all our outings during the day if we can help it.

Love your blog,

Karen W. Black

Chris said...

sweet picture :D greetings from the Philippines!

Analiza said...

It's always sad to see great friends go, but you know you'll always have great friends in North Carolina.

That picture is a definite nomination for cutest baby eva!!!

Amber said...

Oh my gosh, seriously. That picture is beeeeeeeeeaaaautiful!!

*I* might print and frame that picture!! lol

:)

Moms On The Go said...

What a cutie you have!

Shauna said...

Great picture of Harper!

JanMary said...

Lovely photo, great processing on ito.

Hi from Northern Ireland.

www.janmary.com

Brandi said...

Stunning photo of Harper. . . she's beautiful anyway, but wow! :-)

tonya said...

Your daughter is precious! I love the bib. I followed the link from one of your previous posts where she was wearing a different bib made like that one & ordered one for my son. It came yesterday...so cute...thanks for sharing the link!!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Great post! I am sure you guys will remain friends! Love the photo of Harper!

Shelby said...

Hi Kelly! Love that picture of Harper. I'll have to figure out my favorite of Madison!! By the way.. I live NC...what town is she moving to?
Shelby

Rachel H. said...

Great photo of Harper!

Ramblings of a Crazy Mom said...

I'm an avid reader of your blog but have never commented. With five kids sometimes I have just enough time to read it and run and put out a fire. HA! I just had to say that last picture of Harper is just beautiful. I love the drool! so cute!

In His Army said...

So that's it! Harper is crying because she wants to go somewhere everynight! Ha! :) You finally took her out on the town and she was thinking...why couldn't these people figure this out sooner?? ha. That's is the SWEETEST PRETTIEST picture!!!!!!

wherever HE leads we'll go said...

I LOVE that last picture of Harper - she is absolutely beautiful!

VanderbiltWife said...

Wow, that is a GORGEOUS picture.

I always worry about the same thing--Libbie is in bed at 7 sharp or she gets hysterical. But she's always better behaved for others than she is for me--we rarely have a problem when we're out!

Sarah said...

I love this picture of Harper! She is so cute!

Belle on Heels said...

i am jealous of miss harper's BEAUTIFUL eyelashes!! what a pretty girl :)

Happy Dash said...

Harper is just beautiful! I can only hope and pray my children will be as beautiful as she is :)

Julia said...

beautiful pic!! love the editing!! she's gorgeous!

The Allens said...

That picture is incredible!

Holly said...

Oh wow the edit on that picture is really good! The colors are awesome and I love it!

April Jackson said...

I am like most mothers and think that I have the cutest daughter ever, but that last picture of Harper is amazing!! I keep going back and looking at it. I love how Stacy didn't edit out the slobber on Harper's chin, too cute! You are doing a great job at photographing her!!

Taking Heart said...

Very sweet! My husband and I were married for ten years on the 4th of July... a fun weekend to celebrate!

Get Real Girl said...

Beautiful photo! Love it!

gottaluvboyz said...

What a wonderful photo of Harper...she is beautiful!

Christian Carroll Stewart said...

Love the beautiful pic of Harper! I accidently posted 2 times. Not sure what happened. Sorry!

Shelly said...

You have a beautiful little girl! Just precious! Happy blog hop!

http://atticgirl.blogspot.com/2009/07/mcklinky-blog-hop-whyd-mama-put-me-in.html

Carolyn F said...

Passing through on the Blog Hop -- great picture!

Erin said...

That last picture is amazing! I want to learn her tricks!!

I am glad she was good for you guys at dinner!

What is with this blog hop thing?! Just to get more people to your blog?

Amydeanne said...

your girls are beautiful! and love the last picture of Harper! what a sweetie!

Marina said...

Harper's pic is so so cute!!

P.S. I'm blog hopping via the McLinky....bunny hop over to enter 4 great giveaways:http://energizerbunnysmommyreports.blogspot.com/(Dr Hippo books, CoverBee Laptop sleeve, Chex Mix bars, Piggy Paint- 10 winners in all!!)

Heather said...

I love that picture of Harper!! It's gorgeous!!!

shopannies said...

what a great story and pictures of your little one. They must be very special to you

Erin said...

That is such an adorable picture of Harper! I wish I had photo editing skills... not that that's what made the picture so cute. I also LOVE the idea of the "hop"?? Is it possible to use the feature for Show Me Where You Live Fridays so that you can just go from blog to blog instead of having to try to remember where you were on the list???

a49erfangirl said...

Sorry to hear your friends are moving away. I am sure you will miss them. The pictures are fantastic and they hold lots of memories. My next door neighbors are just like your friends. They are wonderful people.

Dina said...

That is a beautiful picture of Harper. I don't think she can take a bad one though.

You kind of have to be a rocket scientist to figure out MckLinky! I think I finally got it.

Amanda said...

I live in NC! It's a lovely, lovely state. :)

Rita said...

Another great picture of your precious gift. She is a doll.

Jacquie said...

That very well could be the cutest picture of the cutest baby EVER!

The Gilliland Family said...

LOVE that photo of Harper! Wish I knew how to do those things to my pics, but I am not very computer savvy! Ha! It took me forever to figure out how to add the mcklinky to my blog and I still don't think I did the exact way I was suppose to. Goodness!

Love that little dribble of drool on her chin...its those little things that make the picture! Thanks for sharing! :)Amber

MEGAN said...

Harper is just STUNNING!!!!!!!!! That picture is phenomenal.

Ginger Lamar said...

Kelly, I think all moms are biased to their own children, but Harper is one of the prettiest babies I have seen. As she gets older, she gets even prettier! And she is so lucky to have a mother like you. You are an inspiration. That picture is just precious!

amya said...

Harper is ADORABLE. She really is a pretty!!

daniellep said...

Where, oh where did you get Harper's bib? It is the cutest thing ever (after my daughter and yours of course!) and I must get some for my newest godchildren.

Whimsical Creations said...

Beautiful photo!!

It is sooo sad when friends have to move away. I am so glad for the internet.

Erica said...

She is truly beautiful! As a mom of 2 girls, I know how you feel. The editing make that picture even more stunning...if that is possible!

newlyweds said...

How special to have such great friends. Love the pictures of Harper she is precious.

kapjones said...

Kelly - that bib on Harper is too cute! Where did you get it made??
-kim

CalieB said...

That picture of Harper is adorable! I love the coloring! Oh, and I went to sonic and had the white coconut and pineapple during the 4th of July weekend TWICE!! It is so yummy. It's my favorite sonic drink now.

Kimberly said...

That is an adorable picture of Harper! I love her bib too!

Don't worry..the turns into a pumpkin at 5:45pm doesn't last that much longer...

Mommyof2girlz said...

Hopping in from the blog hop. What a sweetheart and love the bib ;)

Mary said...

wow, that picture doesn't even look like Harper!

lisacharlesparsons said...

Sorry about entering so many times on the blog hop. I could not get my blog page to post. Do not know what I am doing wrong.

Sheila said...

I love it, it's a very beautiful picture!

Di said...

Gorgeous photo, so adorable :)

Sonya said...

That picture really brings out her beautiful eyes!

Rikki said...

Hey! Your comment was funny! I didn't think I knew the other girl...except from your blog, of course! Yes, I emailed the girl about the bib today and she told me that she got like 74 orders in 4 days. She said it shipped today! Can't wait to see it. Thanks!

abeachcottage.com said...

love the photo, she looks adorable

Grecia said...

Kelly, I know you said you bought Harper a float for the pool. I saw this on MySpecialKs blog and thought of you. There are several of them that have been recalled.
Here's the link http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09261.html.
If that doesn't work, just go to Renee's blog and you can go right to it.
Hopefully, it's not the one that you got for Sweet Harper.

Night Owl Mama said...

OmGosh she's gorgeous and smiles before 5:30pm. I too have a screamer but he's a screamer NON STOP almost since the minute he was born! you can read my essay at the link on my blog about how I'm handling it. Its not easy and I send you a ton of credit and a huge Mommy hug.

Stacy said...

I read your blog daily so I had to stop by for the hop!

Harper is a beauty....maybe the perfect girl for my Jackson! LOL

Stacy

Peterson Family said...

That pic really is beautiful. Your friend Stacy did a great job!

Beth said...

I just love that pic of Harper, Kelly....she is just precious. Her eyes are gorgeous!!! I am so glad that she was a social butterfly for you the other night for your dinner with your good friends.

caycee said...

Love the picture of Harper! Pretty sure Carson has a crush, everytime he looks at a pic. of Harper he tries to kiss the comp. It's so funny!

Jules said...

Beautiful picture.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Hey, I was curious where your friends are moving to in NC. If you get a chance, email me at EmptyNestTales@gmail.com and let me know. They might be moving near me and I could welcome them!! Or near my daughter(Adventures of a Southern Newlywed). I hope they will love it here in NC. It is a beautiful state!!!
Love & blessings from NC!

Misty said...

Let me know where your friends are moving to and I will send out the welcome wagon here in North Carolina if they are close to me. I am in Thomasville, close to Greensboro.

Leah said...

Hi Kelly from Australia!!

Now for your first question. I have 6 boys and believe me not one of them reached their milestones at the same time, however all of our boys pretty much slept all night from 8 weeks except Oliver who spent his first 8 weeks in NICU. Ive been truly blessed when it comes to sleeping.

Bennetts 7 months old and has been sitting up for 2 weeks. Hes taking his time with reaching all his milestones and still doesnt roll from back to belly.

And the stool is divine. Any good decorator will tell you always add a touch of black for that wow factor.

Love you blog!!

Sweet Joni said...

Very Cute photos... sorry to hear your friends need to move but I'm also glad you got to KNOW them & hope all goes well to continue that.

kimberly t. bowling said...

What a great job Stacy did with that photo! Kudos to her, and Kudos to you on a BEAUTY of a baby girl! Good choice to get that framed!

Suzette said...

Oh I love that picture of Harper.. Does the girl have a bad pic? She's absolutely precious!

I'm going to have to go to Doe's. I've lived in NWA my entire life and have never been.. Maybe that will be our date night for our official night out since our baby arrived!

Oh and this is for your post from today - I'm reading babywise right now, I'm nervous because it is a pretty strict guide, but I have decided to give it a shot. It's basically getting on a routine. I'll email you the basics!

The_Richards said...

I know whats it like to leave behind friends for new homes and adventures. BUT good friends will always hold a special place so distance doesn't mean anything. AT least thats what i think.

I live in NC so if you friend is looking for a great church home and is near Fayetteville. tell her to try Covenant Love Family Church www.clfc.com I attend New Beginnings Ministries which is AWESOME and she is always welcome there too.

Pineapple Princess said...

Thanks, Kelly, for including me in this post. It was seriously the HUGEST blessing!!
Yes, I have to agree with you... cutest baby ever! :-)

Ladybug said...

That is the cutest picture!! Love it!

If your friends are moving anywhere near us please let me know. We are in Willow Springs (about 10 mins outside of Raleigh) and would love to welcome them. I know my kids would enjoy meeting some new friends as well!! :)

Sara
www.ladybugsandlilypads.com

Melissa said...

She is so beautiful! I love that last picture! I need to get some of my twins so photos like that. I also need to know where you got that precious bib? I am obessed with having my babies names on everything. Love the bib!!!

Pieper said...

Oh the photo Stacy did of Harper is amazing! Just darling!

mccoy5 said...

I just love that adorable picture of Harper! Great job Stacy - although you did have an easy subject! HA!

Michelle said...

Those are great pictures and great memories!

Happy Blog Hoppin'!
Michelle
Lollypops and Lizards

Preppy Coastee said...

I loooooove the bib!