Brother Charles

If I had to pick the best decision my cousin Matt ever made it would hands down be marrying Kristen!  She completed that side of our family tree & I love her dearly.  [I love Matt too].  When they announced they were pregnant with their first child a few years ago I was ecstatic.  Stella was due a couple of months after Coach & I were married and it completed my summer.  I drove to Arkansas to be there for one of her showers and when they told us they were expecting again I knew I wanted to make another trip!

During a random phone conversation with my aunt she mentioned the shower date.  On a whim I checked flights to Little Rock and right away booked myself a seat & then sent them all a text basically inviting myself for the weekend and to the shower.  Stella & I both started counting down almost immediately and while it took time away from work and a drive to Dallas it was 100% worth it.  

My plane was scheduled to leave Dallas at 4:05 but we were overbooked & therefore late taking off.  I sat with two men who are incredibly involved with public education in Arkansas and the flight passed quickly.  The minute I hit baggage claim Stella was hugging me & refusing to let go.  I haven't seen this little girl since my younger brother graduated from high school last May.  Major props to her parents & Mimi for being intentional about her knowing about her Texas branch of the family.  That welcome to Arkansas was for sure Top Three moments of the weekend. When I saw my grandparents sitting in baggage claim I teared up a bit.  My Papwaw turns 83 this month and every time I visit I am reminded of what a blessing it is to spend time with both him & my Mamwaw.  

We had a great dinner out with each other and went to my grandparents to sleep.  An extra special treat was that my aunt stayed at my grandparents for the weekend as well.  I have a special relationship with her and it was great to spend time together.  

Saturday morning my grandmother cooked a big breakfast and we headed to the shower for Braydon & his mama.  Some of my grandmother's friends attended as well and I loved being loved on by them.  We capped off our Saturday out with lunch as a family and somehow convinced Stella's parents we should keep her for the night!  It was an afternoon of playtime & coloring with my girl.  Popcorn and a Hallmark movie ended our night before Stella couldn't keep her eyes open any longer.

Showing off our "lipstick" to my mom, Stella's Aunt Debbie

Showing off our "lipstick" to my mom, Stella's Aunt Debbie

Our soon to be mama of two Kristen, Braydon, myself & of course Stella

Our soon to be mama of two Kristen, Braydon, myself & of course Stella

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My current phone lock screen

My current phone lock screen

Saying "see-ya later" to my family is always difficult and I am so glad Stella was asleep when they pulled up to the airport drop!  A teary-eyed Mamwaw and brave faced Papwaw was hard enough to take.  Thankfully my aunt kept me laughing as I went to check in.  

Papwaw with his grand-daughter & great-grand-daugher.  Such a special photo I will always cherish

Papwaw with his grand-daughter & great-grand-daugher.  Such a special photo I will always cherish

Stella has a dance recital in June and I am already scheming of how I can make a return trip in time to see her dance.  Coach & I have decided that a trip once a quarter is absolutely a necessary thing from now on.  

Celebrating milestones wth family is such a blessing!  Grateful to have been there to celebrate a new life coming soon.  Till next time,