Friday, December 24, 2010

Why Jesus is better than Santa Claus!!

Author Unknown

Santa lives at the North Pole ...
JESUS is everywhere.

Santa rides in a sleigh ...
JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year ...
JESUS is an ever present help.

Santa fills your stockings w ith goodies ...
JESUS supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited ...
JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited.

You have to wait in line to see Santa ...
JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap ...
JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is "Hi little boy or girl, what's your name?" ...
JESUS knew our name before we did. Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too. He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly ...
JESUS has a heart full of love.

All Santa can offer is HO HO HO ...
JESUS offers health, help and hope.

Santa says "You better not cry" ...
JESUS says "Cast all your cares on me for I care for you."

Santa's little helpers make toys ...
JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle but ...
JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree ...
JESUS became our gift and died on a tree.

It's obvious there is really no comparison.
We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about.
We need to put Christ back in CHRISTmas, Jesus is still the reason for the season.

Yes, Jesus is better, he is even better than Santa Claus!!

Merry Christmas from the Kirkpatricks!!! May you be filled with the love of Christ!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Well it's finally turned way colder than I would like, but Mallory is getting some great use out of her cute winter hats John's mom also known as Granna got her. Here are some pictures I took of her wearing them! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Walking and more Walking!!

Mallory is now walking 80% of the time!! I can't believe she is growing up so fast!! She has also started eyeing everything I eat and would rather eat it than what is on her plate! We are getting Ethan and Mallory's picture taken today. I am curious how the photographer is going to preform this diffuclt task!!! Hopefully we will get some cute ones!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas!!!

The weather has dropped here in South Mississippi and we have pulled out the cute coat and hat John's mom got her!! Here is a picture of her wearing it the other day!!

My dad said she looked like she needed to be in New York, not south Mississippi! Ha! I had to laugh!! Now if I can just convince her to keep the hat on longer than 2 minutes we will be staying warm this winter!!

Shots and More Shots!!

Well, today was Mallory's 12 month appointment!! She had to get 4 shots and her finger pricked to check to make sure she wasn't anemic. She cried more than I have ever seen!! It was so hard to watch and I am surprised I wasn't in tears!! She weighed 19.12 was 28.5 inches long and her head was 43 cm. She is in 10th to 15% percent on weight, less than 10% on her head and 25% on height! I just knew she would weigh 20 pounds at this appointment, but I was wrong!! For some reason, the doctor always refers to her weight saying she is a "little bitty thing". I know she doesn't have much fat on her, but when she is around other babies to me she doesn't look that much smaller than them!! Out of curiosity I asked the nurse if she thought Mallory looked smaller than normal for her age and she replied "Yes, for a 1 year old she is small" . Well, I guess to me she is just Mallory even though others think she's really small!! Maybe she is just destined to be little like I have always been, well except when I was pregnant with her!!

I also got the clearance to start slowly decreasing her prevacid to see how she does!! I am hoping to be able to get off that medicine one day so Mallory can be medicine free!! I also, asked her for some suggestions on how to get her to drink Milk out of a sippy cup and her response was not what I really wanted to hear, but she wants me to keep her drinking it from the bottle longer cause of her weight. So, sadly we will not be bottle free for a little while longer... I was afraid the doctor was going to tell me this... On the bright side I can start giving her whole milk and no more formula!! Yea!! Now I just hope her stomach can tolerate it!! I guess we will be finding out pretty soon!

All in all we had a great appointment and don't have to go back until she is 15 months!!! I am very thankful for a healthy little girl!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with the Davis family!! Ate lots of yummy food and laughed as Mallory and Ethan entertained us all!! Mallory was introduced to some new foods and loved them all!! She at Turkey, Mac-N-Cheese, Peas, Cornbread dressing, Banana pudding and pumpkin bread!! I am so thankful that her digestive problems are much better and we are still off the reglan!! She has been eating more and more solid foods than ever and we haven't had any problems!! Praise God for this!! Here are some pictures from the day. Enjoy!

Happy 1st Birthday Mallory!!!!!

Mallory has officially turned 1!! I can't believe it!! Last weekend we celebrated her day with a family party at my parents house. I think she had lots of fun and got way to many gifts!! I had lots of fun decorating and making her dress and birthday hat! Her dress however would not have looked nearly as good if John's Nanny had not helped me with the collar... boy she was right when she said collars are hard to sew!! I think it will be while before I try another collar!! Ha! Mrs. Beth Robinson a longtime friend of our family made her adorable cake!! It was not only delicious, but super cute too!! Enjoy the pictures I have included! Most of you may have already seen these on Facebook.

Mallory has also started walking more and more since then, which is so much fun to watch!! Luckily we haven't had any accidents yet, but I am sure there will be some to come!! Mallory has also started to say more words. Her letter of the week must be "D" because she has said Daisy, Dog, Daddy, and Duck!! I sure to love watching her learn!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Answered Prayers, Birthdays and Mallory's First Halloween!!

Mallory's first Halloween was very low key this year. Due to her age we didn't take her trick or treating and our church didn't have a fall festival here so we opted to go with a friend and her little girl Kensley to the ZOO BOO. To be honest it was fun getting out, but all we did was push her around in the stroller and I didn't get very good pictures but will post some for you to see her. At first I wasn't even going to get her a costume but after some friends fussing at me and my friend Carrie finding me one on clearance with shipping for under 12 dollars we ended up with a really cute and fuzzy white tiger cub with the cutest pink ears! I am not to sure what Mallory thought of it but she didn't complain about wearing it, which surprised me!

Mallory's first birthday is coming up in less than 3 weeks now!! It's hard to believe that she is almost one!! We are having a low key party with just family this year and I am trying to do most of it myself except the cake of course!! Our wonderful and talented friend Mrs. Beth is making her cake and I can't wait to see how cute it will be!! The pictures are a sneak peak of her party dress and invitations!

The next good news is we officially have a new realtor, and don't get me wrong I liked our last one and he was super nice,but it was just time for a change since it's getting close to a year that the house has been for sale. Hopefully our new one will work her magic and sell our house!! She sure did put my mom and I to work with her long list (3 pages!!!) of recommendations she suggested we change!! The funny thing about the list is a lot of it was getting a females perspective over a males!! However, after we completed the list the house looks more like a model home than a personal residence and the best part of all this was most of the changes were free and didn't cost a penny!!

Lastly, I took Mallory off one of her digestive/reflux medicines about a week ago. She is still on prevacid ,but I took her off Reglan. This medicine is known to have some very bad permanent side effects and has the worst label (Black) a medicine can get by the drug approval people. You might have also seen commercials about attorneys sueing over this medicine!! I am sure you are now wondering why on earth would you give such a medicine to your child, well without going into a long history all the problems we have been through, I will just tell you that the risk of side effects did not out way the benefit she was getting from the medicine. In order for Mallory to keep food down, digest any solids at all, not choke on her spit up and gain weight normally - we had to have this medicine. I can honestly say that without this medicine I am not sure where we would be today with her eating and weight gain, so in a nut shell that is why we opted to give her the medicine. Well moving on to last week, Mallory all of a sudden started doing some strange stuff with her tongue, which is a side effect of this medicine ,plus we have been on it way longer that it's recommended, so I decided to stop it. So far so good, we have spit up a few times, but nothing like it was and she has been able to digest all the solid foods I have given her ,which is a huge answered prayer!! Also, the weird tongue stuff has subsided ,which is also a relief!! Praise God for all this cause I didn't know if we would ever make it this far about 3 months ago!! I will say that Mallory has been a little extra fussy since taking her off and I am hoping it's not cause she is in pain from the lack of medicine, so I will continue to monitor this, but until any other negative changes we are REGLAN free!!! My prayer now is that one day in the near future we can introduce some of the foods that she wasn't able to digest even while on Reglan and once that happens I will know her digestive system is finally maturing!! Praising God for all these steps in the right direction and for answering our many prayers!! God is good all the time and all the time God is good!!

I will close with one of my favorite bible verses. It's Philippians 4:4-7

”Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Two days in a row!!

Well I am on a roll... posting two days in a row that is... but I am sure it will not last ! Ha!

Recently, my sister had to take Ethan to a birthday party at Mitchell farms in Collins, and she asked Mallory and I to tag along for the ride since Craig had to work. I can honestly say it was not an easy trip... and next time we will be taking another adult along with us!! I did manage to get a few pictures, but not very many since Ethan was running off and I had to hold Mallory most of the time cause she isn't walking... I can say I admire people who have twins and don't see how that do it all the time!! Katy and I were worn out when we got home and didn't even make it home with our pumkins we were suppose to get!! Ha!! Besides having our hands full while we were there, it was a really neat place that I hope to make a family tradition in the years to come! Here are some of the pictures we took. Enjoy!

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's about time!!

Ok so I know it's been way to long since I updated our blog. It seems like every time I thought about sitting down to update, Mallory would wake up from a nap or laundry was calling my name. Hopefully I will do a better job in the coming year!!

I don't even know where to begin to update on our crazy life!! Mallory is almost a year old and is growing way to fast!! She has gone from just laying around to crawling and now to pulling up and pushing toys around the room. I am sure walking is just around the corner!! She loves to clap ,put her hands in the air and do the "touchdown" move!! She has also started dancing to music now which is so cute to watch!! We have 4 teeth on top and 2 teeth on the bottom and I can honestly say the teething process is not much fun but part of having children!! We recently went to the doctor and she weighted 18.10 which for an 11 month old is only in the 12% but thats ok. Eating has been another story all on it's on. We have battled reflux since birth along with Gastroparesis, which is a delayed empyting of the stomach. Although we are on two different medicines eating certian solid foods it quite the issue. I am praying she will outgrow this problem and will one day be able to digest regular food and eat like a normal child, but until then we will take one day at a time and continue to eat what we know she can digest! All in all God has blessed us with such a wonderful sweet little girl!!

It has been so amazing to see Mallory blossem and grow. It's hard to believe how different she is from almost a year ago. The Lord's blessing of children is truly amazing and I thank Him for every day I have with her!

On a different front, John has taken a new job. He is now working for my dad selling tires in my hometown of Hattiesburg, MS. Our house is still admist the wonderful Florida housing market and that requires me to drive back and forth to check on it every so often, but hopefully in time it will sell. It's just such a blessing to be back where I grew up and so close to family!! Mallory will now get to grow up with her cousin Ethan, which is great since they are only 10 weeks apart!! I can honestly say after living in GA and FL that Mississippi is the best place to live hands down!! The is no place like home and that home to me has and will always be in Mississippi! Excited to see all God has planned for us back in Mississippi!!

Well that's about all the updates I have time to write today, but will try to update again soon!! Next big event coming up is Mallory's 1st Birthday on November 20th!!Enjoy the recent pictures I uploaded!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Well it's been a while since I have written and I can't believe how fast Mallory is already growing!! She out grew newborn clothes during our Christmas vacation and has now outgrown the newborn size diapers!! She has also started to smile a lot and make lots of cooing noises!! She seems to really like being talked to and sometimes attempts to talk back!! The greatest mile we have hit is she is now sleeping all night long!! Praise the Lord for this. She now sleeps 9 hours!!

We had a great Christmas this year getting to spend it in Hattiesburg with Mom and Dad. The entire Davis family was able to make it this year and I enjoyed getting to see them all!! It was also fun having Ethan and Mallory together once again and I can't wait until they can actually play together!! I am sure they will have lots of fun!! We also got to make a trip to see John's family the day after Christmas, which was really nice, but I was really happy to finally get home and sleep in my own bed!! It has also been really nice to get in a routine with Mallory. She seems to be a lot happier when she is on a flexible routine!

It's hard to believe it's already 2010. I normally don't make New Years resolutions cause I am sure I would end up breaking them, but I do plan on trying to get back in shape and loosing some of this baby weight from having Mallory. Little old me actually gained 60 pounds when I carried her! Yes, I did say 60 pounds.... Ha! I never in a world's dream thought I would gain that much weight and hope to never gain that much again even with another pregnancy. My poor little legs had a hard time with the extra weight towards the 8th and 9th month!! I have probably lost 60% of that now and hope to loose at least another 20%! I also still can't wear my wedding rings yet, my hands are still to big.. so I hope my hands will go back down once I loose a little more weight... anyway enough with the whole weight thing. John and I ordered the P90X videos recently and they should be coming in this week so we are getting ready to start working out!! Yea!! I can't wait!! I really would like to start back running again, but until the cold weather is over I will put that off.

Last year for my birthday, John got me a sewing machine. I played with it some, but just didn't feel up to it that much while I was pregnant. I also need some lessons!! I did recently pull it out to work on a new project I found online. I am making some fabric quilted alphabet letters to help teach Mallory the alphabet when she gets older. They are turning out cute but it has been some very detailed work with cutting out each letter in the fabric and then sewing batting in the middle. I would really like to learn how to make clothes at some point, also. It's amazing the cute things I see that people make online. I am looking forward to putting my creative side to work in the coming years!!

All in all life is great! I feel so blessed to have a sweet healthy baby!! I look at her and think how lucky and grateful I am that God gave John and I such a big blessing!! I think it's so awesome being a mom and I look forward to the years to come!! I hope we have the relationship that I have with my mom now!! My mom is truly my best friend and I love her dearly!!

Tomorrow Mallory goes for her 8 week appointment and will get all of her shots!! I am not looking forward to the shots, but excited to see how much she has grown and weighs!! I will post the stats in my next entry. I can't believe my sister's little boy Ethan just had his 4 month appointment and weight 16 pounds!! He is growing so fast just like Mallory!!

This weekend my parents are stopping by on their way to Orlando for a Goodyear conference and it just so happened it's the same weekend that our church is doing baby dedication!! So they will get to see that also! I am super excited to get to see them, but I am sure they are more excited about seeing Mallory!! Ha!

Well it's almost time for Mallory to eat again and I better get started on dinner. Hope you enjoy the pictures! I will try not to wait as long to make another entry!! Hope every ones year is starting out great!!