April Blog Post – 23 Months of Sweet Judson!
Updated: May 1
This has been SUCH a sweet, special, and memorable past month for our little family,
and as of today,
our sweet little Judson is officially 23 months old
(and just one month away from his second birthday)!!
The Lord has been so abundantly good to our family this month,
and we have been praising Him for all that He is doing –
and for the immense blessing of getting to live in this precious old family farmhouse (my greatparents’!!)
for this sweet season as we chase after the dreams
that Jesus has so clearly laid on our hearts
(and is truly leading us to step by step –
we are so humbled and grateful beyond words)!!
Judson and I are loving our daily trail walks and runs with the beautiful mountain views
We get to wake up with the most stunning sunrise views
and end the day watching the sun set over the mountains… and it is truly breathtaking.
I am loving this simple and sweet country living with my best boys…
and know that we are truly living in the “good ol’ days,”
and wanting to soak up
and savor every little moment!!
Judson is at SUCH a fun little age,
and he brings us so much joy and laughter…
and we are just so blessed to get to be his parents!!
We celebrated allllll the things this past month –
like our 4-year wedding anniversary
(in addition to our “engagement-anniversary!"),
Wes’ birthday (29 and sooo fine haha),
an anniversary/birthday weekend beach getaway,
the 4-year anniversary of Emily Mabry Creative (grateful every day for this small business!),
taking Judson to his very first Braves game (while we were down in the Atlanta area for a pastor’s conference for Wes),
welcoming in baby chicks (!!!) to our home sweet home
and so much more!!
My heart has just been overflowing with gratitude for all that the Lord is doing right now…
and it is such a beautiful and fun adventure getting to chase after Jesus and our dreams with my sweet boys!!
“Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us.” // Psalm 40:5
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”// 2 Corinthians 2:9
…Now onto a little more detail on this past month and some sweet memories we have been soaking in and that I want to bottle up and remember forever!!
Hold fast to what is GOOD!!
Holding my boys oh so tight these days
and loving this sweet simple small town life here -
and thanking Jesus for the gift of today -
every day truly is just that… a gift!!
We have been loving exploring new walking/running trails,
and just spending oh so much time outside now that spring is here!!
We started off the new month with our 5-year “engagement-anniversary!” Haha!
“And I thought I loved you then…” #happyengagementanniversary
5 years ago this month, I said my “very best yes” to the man of my dreams - the one I had been praying for since I was a little girl - on the same little white church steps where we met (at a church dance) and got married almost exactly one year later (the next day was our 4-year wedding anniversary)!! #engagementversary
God has been SO good to us since this day and continues to bless us beyond measure!! I will forever see you as my prince charming and my knight in shining armor, sweet Wes!! So thankful I get to say “yes” to new adventures and life with you and our sweet baby Judson every single day - it truly is the greatest gift!!
This will forever be the sweetest memory for us - and I love our love story and the life and family we are building together!!
May God continue to be glorified through our love, our marriage, and our family - He writes the best love stories of all!! #engagementanniversary
There’s nothing sweeter than doing life with my very best friend and the man of my dreams!!
This has been such a big year for us - between finishing grad school degrees, selling our very first home sweet home (our beloved fixer upper), and moving to a sweet old family farmhouse for this next season, it sure has been a fun adventure chasin’ Jesus and chasin’ our dreams (all while chasin’ around our sweet baby boy)!!! #chasingdreamstogether
I just love this sweet little life and family we are building together, and just know that year 5 ahead is going to be a special one and the best one yet… because it truly does just keep on getting better and better!! I am so thankful for the way you lead and love our family first, how you lead and love your ministry at church, and most importantly, how you love and follow our Lord, Jesus Christ!!
It is my prayer every single day that God will get much much glory through our love, our story, and our family!! From pursuing me during our engagement season while I was serving the Lord overseas in Uganda, to loving and pursuing me every day since… what a gift from above you are, Wesley Mabry, and forever will be!!
So thankful that we were able to head down to the beach that weekend to celebrate four years of marriage, and all the goodness that the Lord has in store ahead!! Life with you and our sweet Judson is “immeasurably more” than I could have ever dreamed or imagined, and I feel like the luckiest wifey and mama in the whole wide world - today and everyday - to be loved by you!! #happyhappyanniversary
Thank you, Lord, for our sweetest anniversary yet! Here’s to forever!!
Woke up on our anniversary morning to flowers and the sweetest card from my man!!
I love you and the husband and daddy you are to our little Judson, Wes!!
After a sweet little mommy-son breakfast date
and park time, we were officially beach bound!!!
Our sweet baby boy was worn out on the way down and goodness we love this sleeping angel so much!!! Our very greatest gift of all!
Judson was a happy happy boy getting to stop at Bucees on our way down to the beach!
And even got to pick out his very own Buccees animal crackers!!
And there is truly no better place or way to “ring in” our fourth anniversary than dinner on the water
and chasin’ sunsets with these two!!
Jesus always has a way with showing off with sunsets for our anniversary… every single year!
Thank you, Lord, for this past year of loving you and one another… and we just have a feeling that year 5 ahead is going to be the very best one yet!
Thank you, Lord, for the “immeasurably more” that my sweet hubby and family are to me - and that you are a God of ABUNDANCE!! You have been so very good to us this past year, and this is our anthem going into this year ahead!! May you forever get ALL the glory! #thebestisyettocome
“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way…” // Psalm 37:23
You know it’s a good, good time on the beach when you end the morning running into the ocean in your bare diaper!! Our baby boy LOVES the beach and lovessss the WATER - it is sooo much fun with him thesedays! #foreverbeachbaby
And I’m convinced there’s nothing sweeter than those post-beach snuggles - no tired like beach tired!! I love this little beach babe with everything in me - soaking in these sacred moments!! #thegoodstuff
While we were down at the beach, we celebrated our favorite person in the whole wide world’s BIRTHDAY… and boy oh boy, you are so very LOVED, cherished, and adored, Wesley Mabry!!! #29ohsofineeeeee #happybirthdaybabe
From falling completely in love at a little church dance, to getting engaged 7 months later, to pursuing me overseas while I was living in Uganda, to chasing after our God-given dreams together, and now raising our precious baby boy together…. what an adventure it has been!! I have always been head over heels in love with you, but seeing you be the most tender, gracious, and loving FATHER to our little Judson has been the cherry on top! What a GIFT you are to us and to this world, John Wesley Mabry!! So grateful that I get to be your “ride or die” through this crazy thing called life, and that I get to love you forever and ever and raise babies with you… amen!!! #loveyouforever
Wishing you the happiest happiest birthday… and know that year 29 ahead is going to be a special one!! So thankful to be down at the beach to celebrate both our anniversary and your birthday this weekend - what a blessing!! Love this life and family we are building together and am forever grateful for your leadership and love! It’s you, me, and Jesus forever and ever, amen!! #birthdayboy
Happy happy birthday, babe!!! Judson and I love you SO much and loved getting to celebrate you all day long!! There is no better place to spend a birthday than down at the beach - we went out for a yummy seafood dinner the night before,
woke up that morning to a beautiful sunrise view, spent the day hanging out by the sea,
and got in some pool time, too!!
My sweet boys truly are the BEST thing that ever happened to me!!
Our hearts are so beyond full after the sweetest little weekend getaway down at the coast to celebrate both our 4-year anniversary and Wes’s birthday (helloooo 29, oh so fine) - thank you Lord for such a sweet time celebrating alllll the happy things down in our happy place!!!
We are forever grateful for your beautiful Creation and our little family you have blessed us with!! Marriage and life with my very best friend (and now our baby boy now, too) is such a gift!! #anniversarybeachgetaway #birthdaybeachgetaway #allthecelebrations #heartsofull
Happy Palm Sunday from our little country cutie!!
It just doesn’t get any cuter than a baby in a seed spreader!
After we got home from the beach late Saturday night, we spent that GORGEOUS Sunday afternoon after church out at Wes’ parents’ farm -
He loves helping RaRa and Papa Jack get the eggs from the “chick chicks”
and sittin’ on all of the tractors!!
There’s nothin’ this country baby boy loves more than a “TRACTORRRRRR” these days!!!
And Happy Master’s Week from our bright blue eyed sweetie pie on this bright sunshine-y day!!
“Free and easy down the road I go!”
life lately has looked a lot like early morning mountain view sunrises,
watching alllll the tractors out the window,
hanging out on the big screened in front porch and rockin’ on the old porch swing,
running around all day every day in the green, green grass,
exploring the most beautiful rural country trails up here,
and just loving this small town life with my sweet boys!!
Love this sweet and simple life with my sweeeeetttttt sweet boys and my whole world!!
Some- “bunny” absolutely LOVED meeting the Easter Bunny again this year - and it was the sweetest thing ever! Our sweet Judson loves animals of all shapes and sizes, and it melts our heart!!
We had such a sweet little time at Hobo Hollar Farms -
just really grateful this Easter season for my little family and all of our many many blessings!!
We had the most “egg”-citing time on “Easter Eve” doing one of our favorite Easter traditions -
So much fun getting to let Judson be a part of it all this year and seeing the JOY such little things bring him!!
Happy Easter from our little family to yours!!
Some "bunny" was so excited to see what the Easter bunny brought him!!
Pure Easter morning JOY!
We woke up to the most stunning Easter morning sunrise coming up over the mountains here, and we are so thankful to love, serve, and follow our RISEN Savior - He is risen indeed!!
Hallelujah, praise the Lord! Our joy, hope, love, and peace are found in HIM alone, and we are so grateful for the ABUNDANT life we get to live in Him each and every day!! He is exactly who He says He is!! #heisrisen #heisrisenindeed
“… I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” // John 10:10
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” // 1 Corinthians 15:57
“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” // Romans 6:4-5
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” // 1 Peter 1:3
Happy Easter from our family to yours!! Hallelujah, He is risen indeed!
We had the very best Easter -
waking up to see what the Easter bunny brought, worshipping with our church family In the morning
and then heading out to spend the day in Charlotte with my family!!
We had the yummiest Easter lunch,
had some afternoon snuggles, watched the Master’s,
and did lots and lots of Easter Egg hunting!!
Such a beautiful Easter Day and we couldn’t be more grateful!!
Thank you, Jesus, for shining your love, light, and blessings upon us - today and every day!
Thank you, Jesus, for this sweet life with the sweetest boys
Got to spend the day with my college roomie and bestie, Abby,
while down in the Atlanta area for Wes’ pastor’s conference,
and what a gift that was!!
Love you, Abs, and love seeing Judson and Halle play so well together -
We had the very best time getting to take our all-American baby boy to the Braves game tonight (first time for both Judson AND mama)!!
Judson had a bigggg night and the time of his life -
This song in the video (suchhhh sweet lyrics) and these sweet memories of a lifetime with my boys will stay in my heart forever!! #babysfirstbravesgame #gobraves #memoriesforlife #bravesgame #boymama #lovemyboys #thesearethedays #futurebravesplayer
And then we had another slow and simple little country Saturday back home!!
Started the day with sweet Judson running around barefoot in a diaper in the yard,
went to visit Wes’ precious granny
(Judson’s great granny!),
worked on some house projects and yard work around the house,
and had the sweetest sunset ending to a beautiful day!!
Feeling so so beyond grateful to get to live in this sweet old family farmhouse for this season (that was built by my great grandpa!!) and soak up sunset views like this
on our evening walks by the house!!
God is so good!
And if this day couldn’t get ANY sweeter… sweet Wes hung up these little lights on our front porch while I was putting Judson down for the night!
If you know our story… Wes hung up twinkly lights in our backyard for me at our old house for our very first anniversary, so this is kind of like a late anniversary present!!
Here’s to allllll the sunsets and twinkly light front porch hangin’ this spring and summer!!
Thankful for the ones I get to adventure and do this one precious life with -
savoring every moment!
First family Strawberry Hill USA trip of the season
and we are alllllllll smiles for icecream and sunshine around here!!!
Thank you, Lord!!
My handsome bright-baby-blue-eyed country boy -
you make every day so much fun!!
Oh, how we love you so!!
Anddddd we officially have our very own baby “chick chicks”
(as Judson likes to call them),
and we have had ourselves the sweetest little time!!!
Nothing sweeter than seeing our little animal-loving baby boy light up when he got to walk out onto the front porch and see his new “chick chick” besties!!
Here’s to a sweet country spring and summer ahead raising these little chickadees!!!
And what a sweet and special last weekend of the month it was for our little fam!!
Judson taking care of his “chick chicks,”
taking a birthday cake to our sweet Uncle Edgar, lots of front porch hangin’,
a firetruck sighting after church
(the kind firemen even let Judson get on the truck!!),
hanging out with all of his little friends at sweet Wyatt’s 2nd birthday party,
and much much more!!
What a gift it is getting to chase after our God-sized dreams with my best boys,
and all we can say is,
thank you Jesus -
you are just so GOOD!!
“The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him…” // Psalm 37:23
And onto an EMC note, I can’t believe that this month I got to celebrate FOUR whole years since I took the biggest leap of faith and started Emily Mabry Creative... and y’all, it is so incredibly humbling to have so many of y’all following along over on this special creative page where I get to share so much of my heart and passion!!
I love getting to share this story every year… but truly, starting this lettering art business the week after our honeymoon and watching it blossom right before my eyes has been humbling and amazing all at the same time, & God gets ALL the glory!
Never in my wildest dreams did I see it turning into what it is now. It is such a fun creative outlet for me to share my love of creativity & lettering art, while also a place for me to share the light, love, beauty, & joy of the Lord with so so many!
God gives us dreams for a reason, & it is so beautiful to watch them unfold as we trust Him and walk the path He has for us!
And I don’t take for granted the GIFT it is that I get to run this special business from home with my sweet baby boy!!
This business has continued to be such a blessing to our little family - as we follow God’s leading for us and all that He has called us to with ministry (for Wes), parenthood, and chasing the dreams He has so clearly placed on our hearts!
I am so thankful for my “happy, uplifting, and joyful little corner of the internet,” as I’ve had lots of friends and customers refer to EMC as.
But seriously, I so love getting to create happy and encouraging lettering art that sparks beauty and joy in the lives of others!
My hope and prayer, now and always, is that EMC will be a welcoming and encouraging space that points people closer to Jesus - because I am simply a creative inspired by the true Creator, God! He is the one behind, before, and ahead of all I do, and I am so grateful to get to steward this sweet business of mine for His glory alone!
And for those of y’all who may be new around here, make sure to head on over to @emilymabrycreative over on Instagram to see all the fun lettering art things I’ve been up to and my personal page @emilyjoannemabry to keep up with our little family! I’d love to have you following along there, too!!
And for those of you who are new around here to the EMC Blog, you can also find me and “shop with me” over on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app. So, if you haven’t already, make sure to download the app and “follow” me there (I put instructions over on my LIKEtoKNOW.it story highlight over on my personal Instagram page @emilyjoannemabry) - where I’m always sharing all my favorite lifestyle products, baby/kids’ items (and cute clothes, of course!), mommy items, and finds!!
You can download the app and follow me here:
I have also added “links” in the captions below (and throughout this blog post!) where you can click, and it will take you to be able to “shop” that specific photo & what you see!!
Now onto some more sweet photo memories over this past month with our sweet Judson… precious memories and moments that I hope and pray I will always remember!
Judson will forever be my little snuggle bug!!
The first strawberry hill batch of strawberries - the BEST!
Little cutie on his red truck!!
Having so much fun at the new local playground!
Such a beautiful place!
A little outlet shopping while we were down at the beach!
Being such a silly boy - eating his donut with his pants down haha!
Sweet sleepy boy on our way home from the beach!
Having so much fun out at RaRa & Papa Jack's farm!
One of our precious college ministry students gave us the SWEETEST housewarming gifts,
upon moving into this sweet family farmhouse!
Judson and Red's favorite spot in the house - by the window to watch all of the tractors!
Helping mama sweep the front porch!
Little chickfila breakfast date with my boys!
Had a lot of luck at the consignment clothing store - and Judson picked out his "Easter toy" haha!
We surprised Papa Jack at work - and Judson even got to ride on his tractor!
Judson loves helping mama in the kitchen!
Master's Week cuteness!!
Judson's nursery will forever be my favorite room in the house!
Slow front porch mornings are our favorite!
We love running on the trails here!
And allll the snuggles!
I had way too much fun putting together Judson's Easter basket hehe!