Doves Press typeface

Saw this on Antiques Roadshow. I’m not a huge typography wonk, but I do appreciate good typographic design.

I absolutely love the small-caps of the Doves Press Bible. SMU has one in their collections. Next time I’m in Dallas I’m going to see if it is on display.


3 months

Dear Fin,

Happy 3 months old! You turn 3 months old and mommy turns 33 years today. We have enjoyed seeing you develop your own sweet personality this month. You smile and laugh all of the time. You certainly are selective as to whom you offer this precious pleasure. You definitely smile at mommy, daddy and your big brother, but it is extra special when you smile at Carter singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". I can't wait until you and Carter can run around and play ( and fight, of course). You love being held all of the time, preferably by mommy. I still cherish our quiet time in the middle of the night, however I am ready for us to just meet in the morning. 

I love how you suck on your hands like it is your last meal. I love talking to you on your changing table. I love how you cling onto our shirts as to say, "never let go of me". I love how you just know that we are your family and that this is where you belong. We pray for you every day that you will always know that this love and security is never ceasing. 


Blessings always, 

Mommy and Daddy



Happy 2 months, Fin!

Dear Fin,

Happy 2 months old. I am actually late in writing this as you have turned 2 months on the 21st of December. You have grown and changed so much in this last month. It has been so much fun watching you more awake and alert. You are tracking faces now and are smiles all of the time. I enjoy your biggest smiles as I change your diaper. I absolutely cherish our late night rendevous’s as it is only you and I snuggling until your next feeding. You have dropped a feeding in the late evening which makes mommy a little more pleasant to be around.

I love your big, beautiful, blue eyes. I love your creamy white complexion and your sweet soft skin. I love how you love to cuddle and fall instantly asleep in my arms.  Recently, I have added your precious little "coos" to that list.

I love all of you, sweet boy and feel so blessed each day that I hold you.


With all the love in my heart,

Mommy and Daddy

1 month of Finley

Happy Birthday sweet Finley!

You are now one month old and it has been such a roller coaster ride since you have arrived. As your mommy, I have loved every waking moment that I get to hold you in my arms, smell your smell, and catch a gaze at your beautiful wandering blue eyes. With your cute button nose and your perfect round face and head, you become more and more handsome each day. I can't keep from giving you a million kisses all in one sitting. He would never admit it, but I think that this makes your big brother, Carter, a bit jealous. 

You are pretty happy most of the time as long as you have a tummy full of milk and are being held. Daddy still sings those crazy songs with made up words like he used to with your brother and this gets your attention as well. You also have the most deadly toots I have ever smelled. It makes Carter laugh every time. Carter is a great big brother. He sings to you all the time and gives you kisses on the head, knee, or nose. You really stop and listen hard when he sings to you. This brings tears to my eyes. I can't wait for you two to play and, of course, fight together. I'm certain you two are on your way to becoming the best of friends. 

We love you more than you know right now and we promise to spend the next infinity showing you just how blessed we are for you to be in our lives. We thank God every day for completing our family with you!

With the truest love, 

Mommy, Daddy, and Carter

Carter turning the Big 2!

Happy Birthday to my sweet firstborn son! You are such a big little boy for a two year old. Mommy and Daddy are amazed at how smart and perceptive you have become. You have more to say than a talk show host and string sentences together that always get our attention with a raised eyebrow. We are so proud of you and how you keep your brain working. You love to play and get into everything as your curious mind keeps you on the go. You love to sing songs and recite your ABC's just out of the blue. Daddy and I were saying just last night how much fun you are as a two year old as you discover your world around you all the time.

On the other hand, becoming a big brother has definitely rocked your world! It has been a major adjustment for you and we know that it is tough sharing mommy and daddy with baby Finley. But you are a wonderful big brother and it makes mommy and daddy real happy when you given Fin a gentle kiss on his little head ( or knee, elbow, etc. ). You also love singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" to him which makes him smile. 

Carter, we want you to always remember that our love for you grows more and more each day and you will always be special to mommy, daddy, and Finley. Our birthday wish for you is to have not only a happy birthday but a happy life.

We love you forever, Mommy and Daddy. 

Oh those sleepless nights!

Yes, it's all coming back to me now. We are a week and 2 days at home with a newborn. How quickly you forget all the sleep deprivation, constant feedings, million diaper changes, and not to mention the unexpected hormone surges that make you into a blubbering idiot for no reason. Carter told me he loved me the other day and you would have thought I was at his funeral.

But, I also had forgotten the love you feel the first time you hold your newborn son and the swelling of your heart as you hold him and cherish each moment that goes by. Even when it's just Fin and me in the middle of the night, I feel so blessed and loved by this little person in my life. 

I am struggling, however, with the idea of making enough room in my heart to love Fin like I love Carter. I wouldn't say that the love is more or less, but just different. Carter was our world for going on two years and now POOF!, here lands this sweet boy that I am supposed to love the same. I told Will the other day that it is like I have so much love in my heart for the both of them, it's too much to contain. That's probably where the tears enter in. 

Overall, I am doing well. Recovery after a C-section has not been the end of the world for me and I am surprised how good I feel after a week and a half. We all are adjusting just fine. Carter is turning two in a week and a half and this is definitely showing but is a sweet boy most of the time. He comes over to Fin all the time and says, "Hi Finley!", waves at his face and sometimes plants a gentle kiss on his head. 

And Will still is the best daddy in the whole wide world!!

Our little dare devil!

One of my greatest fears as a mother these days has been Carter falling out of his crib. It even wakes me up at night of the thought of my sweet boy falling to the floor. Well, today was the day! I woke up to the sound of "(THUMP!) AHHHHH FALLLLLLLLL!" Harley goes barreling through Carter's door and we find him on his knees on, (thank God!) his nice new thick rug we bought and put right beneath his crib. I think it scared the pants off the both of us more than any harm done. We sat on the floor of his room and held each other for about 10 min. I am not sure what he was thinking about, but I know all you mommies know exactly what was playing over and over in my mind. He is ok and back to his normal self with not even a scratch to show for it. We talked at length about how "we DO NOT climb in or out of our crib because it makes us fall and that makes mommy sad!" He can now tell you all about climbing out his crib and mommy being sad!

School Days

Our sweet little boy is growing up! Yesterday was his first day of pre-school at Young Children's World at our church, Highland Church of Christ. It's only two days a week from 9AM to 2:30. He was so excited to see all of his little friends from church, he ran in and sat in his chair right away. As a mother, this gave me great joy to know that my baby boy knows comfort and can adapt so easily. It also made the tears subside as I left my little buddy of two years in the hands of someone else.

I am sooo excited to see him learn and grow and make an impact in this great big world before him. But most of all, I am very thankful he is growing up in the Lord.