Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Shampoo Mohawk

Taylor's hair is getting so long!

I just couldn't resist "mohawking" it one night.

She thought it was funny, too!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Best Friends

Taylor Joy's friend, Ryleigh, came to visit her last weekend. They had fun together at the learning table and most often they would try to touch each other and then inevitably one of them would end up mad! Getting up in each other's business...Isn't that just what friendship is all about?

On another note...Taylor is feeling MUCH better and is almost back to being her crazy self. Thanks for the prayers! They were heard and she is healed!

Sick as a dog

Have you ever wished you could really kiss a boo boo and make it all better?

My sweet Taylor Joy is as sick as I've ever seen her and all I can think about is I wish there was some way for me to take it away even if it meant me being sick in her place and still having to care for her. I can't stand to see her this way. She's as chill as I've ever seen her, downcast, glum, no smiles or giggles...the opposite of the Taylor we all know and love.

As wild as she normally is and as on my feet as I always have to be, I want my Taylor back. I want to be running back and forth, here and there. I want to see that precious dimply smile on her sweet little face. I want to hear squeals and dadada all day long instead of her being totally conked out in her bed.

The one amazing thing about this is that she's cuddling with me. She is so sleepy and the medicine so strong that she literally just falls asleep on me while we are sitting somewhere and I get to cuddle with her all I want. She slept on my chest for like an hour last night when she woke up at 4 am.

I can't tell you the last time that happened.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A Tribute

It breaks my heart to be writing this. Our precious Taylor Falligant, close friend of my family, Taylor Joy's namesake, and like a little sister to me, passed away on Monday morning, January 15th. I just want to take a couple minutes to remember her short but well-lived life, and the lasting impact she made on so many.

As a baby she was probably the cutest ever (along with another Taylor I know...). She grew up in our house since my mom took care of her and we felt like she was our sister from day one. Those bright eyes, and precious smile...we all knew she'd be a knockout and were we ever right!

My family and I still talk about some of her most precious sayings like, "pur danden" (Poor David, who happened to be sick), her songs like, "skimarinky dinky dink skimarinky do, I love you!," and a million other things that make us smile to this day.

I googled Taylor to see if I could find some other pictures of her (and I did) but before I did there was about 4 pages of her accomplishments. Gymnastics meets, track meets, band qualifying events, etc. She was literally GREAT at everything she tried. The girl could also sing and play volleyball, cheerleading, any other school sport, but she had to narrow it down for time's sake.

Taylor was the apple of everyone's eye. Sweet, smart, gentle, kind, beautiful (thought she never let on), talented, humble, the girl you love to be around...

Here's an article about her: http://gazetteextra.com/falligant011507.asp

Taylor, you are loved abundantly, cherished richly, and missed constantly.

Dance with Jesus for me. I know you'll be great at that too.

Please keep her family in your prayers.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Matthew 11:28-30

Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Mobile Tot

Hey everyone...in case you haven't heard our Taylor Joy is now crawling! She began a couple of weeks ago and I had been meaning to put some footage of it up. So sorry for the delay, but here it is!

This video doesn't capture our true reluctant crawler who cries the whole time while she's crawling. Usually she is so frustrated that she wants mommy or the toy that mommy is holding that she cries the whole time and it cracks us up. She is actually much better at crawling these days. That was only like the second time she had ever crawled!

In the video I was holding my cell phone which plays music and Mercy Me was motivating her to keep moving. So funny!

In other news, Taylor Joy will be 8 months on Wednesday! What a big girl! Not literally...she weighs about 17 lbs and hasn't gained very much in the past couple of months but has been eating TONS! Guess she will be just like dad in that sense. She says, "dada" all the time, as well as, "buh", "lala" and "gaga". Still no "mama". Oh well. Soon enough. She's pulling up and starting to scale things. She is very proud of her newfound mobility.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

How we wrapped up 2006...

A wonderful end to an amazing year...

Sweet time spent with our families... Taylor Joy just keeps getting spoiled by all her sweet aunts.

We were blessed to be able to visit the Bridenstine's in NC over Christmas. We love them SO much and miss them and joke all the time about how the Lord is going to bring them back to TX...or so we are praying!

Seeing old work friends...

Hanging out with Ryan and Cate all weekend... such a FUN & CUTE couple!

New Year's Eve at Jon and Stephanie's wedding (they were sweet with the wedding cake, no mashing it in each other's faces)

My three favorite guys having fun on the dancefloor...

Happy New Year, dear friends and family! We love you!

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