Most of September was super! We had such a great month with the start of school, beautiful weather, the start of football season (Gig'em Aggies, whoop!), and our trip to Texas to celebrate Papaw's 95th Birthday.
Our month started out with a beautiful rainbow while eating dinner with some friends at the yacht club. It seems that every time I see a rainbow, I can feel the Lord speaking to me at just the right moment and He reminds me of what the rainbow symbolizes, His Promises.
Start of School!
It's hard to believe that my baby Lawson started Kindergarten, but he couldn't wait and we're so excited for him :) Here he is on the first day...and if you can't read the sign, it says he wants to be an "SR-71 pilot." I originally just put "pilot" and then he made me add on the SR-71....he figured out a few days before that they fly really high which means they rarely get shot down...that's my smart boy!
Some brotherly love before heading in...
A kiss goodbye to his big bro :)
On Tuesday, it was "Meet the Teacher" day for Peyton....he was really excited about being in Mrs. Wilson's class!
A class scavenger hunt to get him oriented....
No surprise that he liked the baby dolls...
OK, now it was his first official day on Wednesday!
I left him happy with pink play-doh :) Love my big 3 year old!
On Friday, the yacht club had a "back to school" pool party. It was mostly older kids, but Lawson still had fun playing a few of the games and they got snow cones for the first time!
A few random pics from the month.....
Here they are being silly with some dinosaur masks from a friend's birthday party....they put them upside down and tried to scare me :)
Peyton playing on the piano and looking cute. He looks so innocent but just wait till the next picture...
What Lawson's nose looked like after Peyton threw the lego board at him :/ It was pretty bad and there is still a scar unfortunately :( Hopefully Peyton learned his lesson to not throw things!!
But they are still the best of friends....here they are snuggling on the couch watching some cartoons :)
Enjoying the beautiful weather at the zoo one Saturday!
And also representing, especially since this was the same day we played Alabama! We made it home in time for the game, of course, but wish it would have ended on touchdown differently :(
Lawson took some of these pics of the animals monkeying around :)
We decided to try out Martial Arts!
This was the one-on-one intro class...Lawson loved it but Peyton not so much, but they both looked cute in their little uniforms! We are still trying to figure out which location to start Lawson at, and Peyton started gymnastics again instead :)
On our way to Houston!
The boys did pretty good with our long day....2 flights and an 2+ hour layover :) And they are big boys carrying their own suitcases now! They can also manage the moving walkways like pros :)
We're here Poppie!
Hanging out with all of the cousins and family the day before the big Birthday Party for Papaw! Notice they are ALL boys...it definitely made for a non-stop day and this was the ONLY time they were all sitting to watch a movie :)
Thanks for all the great food, Grammie!
Lawson telling Papaw everything he knows about planes.....
Helping Papaw open his gift!
Peyton just being silly and cute :)
Cousins hanging around.....
It's Party Time and here is the Birthday Boy!!!
Some special champagne bottles made for the occasion...look how handsome he is!
The whole crew!
Just the grandkids :)
Cousin Alison sang some beautiful songs with Papaw, one of them that she had written just for him. It was a very special day and a very touching moment indeed...needless to say there were very few dry eyes :)
Happy Birthday Papaw, We Love You!!!
And before leaving Houston, we also managed to swing by and visit some good friends real fast...silly kiddos indeed!
Where the month got sad...
And this brings us to the very end of the month, Sunday, September 29th. I was actually about to be 9 weeks pregnant the vey next day, but unfortunately, the Lord had other plans for us, as I miscarried that night :( This was really difficult for us to swallow and accept since we felt so certain that it was "meant to be" and since we felt God's provision surrounding it all with the timing, etc. We know time will heal and that it will be more and more clear as to a reason why one day, but right now it is just hard. The hardest part is that we told the boys and so then we had to tell them the bad news. As you might know Peyton loves babies and was really excited, so he took it the hardest. That boy really wants a baby!
We know God is sovereign, and we once again feel his blessings during this time. I was actually worried about flying, but the symptoms actually started happening a couple days before we flew, so we know it wasn't due to the flight which gives us peace. And the Lord once again put us near family for this to happen and it happened on the night that nothing was planned, and Steven was still here....he flew back the next morning so we were so glad he was there to go and be with me through it all. We are really sad, but we know that we are also extremely blessed to have our 2 wonderful boys :)
We had already gotten an ultrasound and had seen the heartbeat, so here is a picture of the sweet baby. And we decided to name the baby "baby Gabby" after Gabriel, an Archangel celebrated on September 29th and whose name means "strength of God." Both boys have asked great questions since baby Gabby's passing, and they both pray for "her" on a regular basis without any prompting from us and talk about seeing her one day in Heaven which is so sweet :) Just like the rainbow from the very beginning of the month shows us, we know that we can stand on the promises of God. He loves us and wants the best for us, and EVERYTHING happens for a reason, even if we don't understand it now.
"....the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."