Friday, June 17, 2016

I wrote a little story book for Kennedy's 1st Birthday!

The Day You Were Born

There’s a special place in heaven filled with babies waiting to be born.

It’s a happy place as you can imagine and all the Angels want the job of taking care of them!

One especially beautiful morning little Kennedy noticed extra excitement in the air. The Angels were fluttering around washing baby faces and combing their hair.

“Someone is going to be born today!” Kennedy thought. “What if it’s me?”

Suddenly Jesus arrived! The babies crawled to him as fast as they could. They loved Jesus!! He picked them up and hugged them. He touched each of their cheeks and gave them kisses.

And then he picked Kennedy up.

“Kennedy. I can tell you now your full name is Kennedy Rae Smith. And you have two wonderful parents waiting for you right now! You are going to love them! They even have two dogs!”

Then Jesus hugged her extra tight and said, “And remember, Kennedy. I will be with you always! You can come to me anytime you need anything!!”

The next thing Kennedy knew, a woman doctor was holding her up to show her to two people. And she was freezing because she didn’t have any clothes on!

The doctor laid her on her mommy and that was better. She looked up at her daddy who had tears in his eyes. He seemed nice!

Then people took her away to scrub her skin and weigh her and measure her.

Finally they put her under a warm lamp for a few minutes and then another lady who called herself Nana picked her up and carried her around telling her how much she loved her and how she would always be there for her.

Later another man called Papa came in. He had tears in his eyes too! He held her like she was the most precious thing in the world.

By this time her mommy had dressed her up in a cute peach outfit and hat. She was warm and clean. And a little tired from all the activity.

After all the people held up little boxes over and over again (she wasn’t sure what that was all about, but they kept saying “That’s a good one for Facebook”) they finally put her in a crib to sleep.

Before she closed her eyes though she looked around the room and saw Jesus sitting in a rocking chair! She hadn't realized He was there because when He came into the room in Heaven everyone got excited and ran to meet Him. And that hadn’t happened here.

But there He was; smiling at her. And a warm peaceful, happy feeling filled her tiny body. She waved her little hands, wiggled her little body and smiled at Him… and then she slept.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Taking Kennedy on Vacation

Lots of firsts for Kennedy this past month! Her first passport, first airplane ride, first time out of the country and first all-inclusive resort!

We just returned from a week in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic; staying at The Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort and Spa. We had a great time even though it was different from the last time we were there. For instance everything revolved around Kennedy instead of me! :)

The locals LOVED her! Everywhere we went they touched her hand or cheek, saying, "Hola, Baabee!" And she would grin and wave at them! It was so sweet!!

Yes it was more work, but totally worth it!!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Kennedy Comes to Visit

The last two Saturday nights we've had a little visitor!

The first time, Brittany and Kennedy had been to the zoo about two hours from here with college friends and then came to spend the night. The next time, they were at a birthday party an hour from here and again came to spend the night, but also celebrate my birthday.

They brought flowers and dinner and we took them out on the boat Saturday night and to church and lunch on Sunday.

Kennedy has become a busy little bee and doesn't sit still anymore! It seems like that happened overnight!!

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Flower Girl at 9 and a half Months

Kennedy was in her first wedding already!! She doesn't even walk yet, so rode down the aisle in a wagon.

The bride was a friend of my daughters and although my husband and I had been invited to the wedding we couldn't make it. I really would have liked to see it though. Brittany said Kennedy smiled the whole way down the aisle!

It takes a pretty secure bride (who is beautiful by the way) to let this little bundle of cuteness go first:

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Kennedy's First Easter

We just got back from nearly a week in Charleston over Easter. What a difference there is between eight and nine months! Kennedy is interacting and laughing and as busy as a little bee!

She loves to make noise: whether she's crinkling up plastic or paper, ripping pages out of magazines, scratching her nails across fabric or banging two items together (metal, wood, plastic - doesn't matter.)

And she's never still for more than a few minutes. She has a funny crawl, where she bends one leg up so she's kind of on her knee on one side and her foot on the other. We call it her crab crawl. Crazy, but she can move across the floor really fast doing it!

And there is nothing better than having her crawl up to you and sit with her arms up for you to lift her!
My heart melts every time!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Kennedy is 8 months old already!

My beautiful little angel!

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Sweet Moment

John (who plays the piano really well) taught Brittany to play as she was going up. So while they were visiting overnight one Saturday last month he introduced Kennedy to the instrument.

And doesn't the one below look like she's saying, "Did I do good, Papa?"

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