Monday, December 8, 2014

Rhory Camille: Month Three!

Growing like a weed - that best describes Rhory these days! I love seeing her change and grow and learn new things. She has even started sitting up in her boppy pillow. She much prefers "standing" or sitting up than laying down so she can look around and see what's going on. She is still sleeping in her crib at night and most nights makes it from between 7-8 until we get to my moms at 6:45 before work. Unless she is extremely tired she is a pretty happy baby! She is our true definition of joy through the pain. She loves visiting her big brother and even got to take him his Christmas tree! 

Here are some pictures of Rhorys third month of life!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RACK) 2014!

Several people have asked and I am so excited to be doing the Random Acts of Christmas again this year! You can read last years post HERE.

I knew going in to it last year that it would be a yearly tradition for Josh and I, and I also hoped that others would want to continue to participate. Once Rhory (and any future children) are older I want to be able to do this as a family in memory of their big brother.

This year the idea is the same - do a few RACK's and email them to so we can open them on Christmas morning. I am hoping we have more of the recipients email in this year, too! I love love love seeing how God is working in the lives of others.

Here are the cards for your printing purposes - RACK 14 PRINTABLE


These are the 18 ideas that I posted last year:
 - Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru line.
 - Tape quarters to a vending machine.
 - Take breakfast to your local firehouse.
 - Donate canned goods to a local food bank.
 - Donate food/newspaper/towels to your local animal shelter.
 - Take your neighbors trash can back up their driveway.
 - Give an 'extra' tip at the restaurant.
 - Buy a co-worker their favorite cup of coffee.
 - Leave treats on your neighbors porches.
 - Leave flowers on someone's car in the parking lot.
 - Take the 'mall Santa' a Starbuck's gift card.
 - Leave a gas gift-card on a car.
 - Send a gift to your child's teacher.
 - Leave money in a book at the library.
 - Donate to your local children's hospital.
 - Leave dollars in the kids section at the dollar store.
 - Leave a free promo code on a redbox machine.
 - Make a cup of hot chocolate for your mailman.

When our kids are a little older we want to try to do one a day with them. If you feel led to do one or even multiple RACK's we would love for you to participate! I know that a random act blesses the giver as much as it does the recipient.The holidays aren't always rainbows and butterflies for some people, and a simple act of kindness can change someone's day in more ways than we could imagine. You never know if your RACK has blessed another family that has also lost a loved one and is going through all of the 'firsts' without them.

Josh and I were forever changed after losing Sawyer, in many different aspects. We were shown God's love and mercy in ways we had never seen before and every day is something we cherish and recognize as a blessing. We know that God designed our lives much before we were born, and we also know that this was the case for Sawyer. It was never in God's plan for him to live longer than 18 days and while I still struggle with that some days, I am thankful that Sawyer is fully healed and with Jesus, which will always be better than any day here on Earth. His short life taught us that he can still leave a legacy, through us, even if he is no longer physically here. Sawyer's life can continue to be a vessel for God's love to shine through to others. We pray that through every RACK card that is handed out that God is able to work through us/Sawyer to bless the recipients and allow them to feel His love.

I hope you will take part again this year in our Random Acts of Christmas Kindness, and if you feel led to share your story you can email your RACK to (only to be opened on Christmas morning!)

If you have any questions, let us know!


Matthew 25:40  "And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!"