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June Blog Post & 13 Months of Sweet Judson!


Blogging every month about family life and our sweet Judson has become one of my very favorite ways to reflect and bottle up precious memories and photos from such sweet milestones and days!!

“You have filled my heart with greater joy.” // Psalm 4:7

With that being said, today marks 13 months with our sweet Judson,

and it truly does just keep on getting sweeter and sweeter.

He is an absolute joy bomb and constantly keeps us smiling with his precious and fun personality – that is coming out more and more each day!

He truly just LOVES life and has this light and joy about him that is absolutely contagious…

we just can’t get enough of him!!

I am savoring these precious moments with our sweet little boy –

and this age is SUCH a sweet spot!!

He is so curious, silly,

loving, cuddly,

and loves to be outside. His favorite thing right now is riding in his little blue car (he knows the word “car” and points outside every time he is ready to go!),

waving at any and everyone with his “signature Judson wave,”

blow kisses now,

“throw” the ball to Red,

high-five,

love on his teddy bear,

(click here to watch the sweetest video of Judson with his "Buddy" bear)

snuggle mommy,

and just being outside!

Judson is a summer baby through and through – and always wants to go play out in the backyard or be exploring with mommy and daddy out in nature!

This past month, we got to celebrate Judson’s (actual) birthday down at the beach –

our happy place (and we just arrived back at the beach last night for vacation leading up to July 4th- woohoooo!!!) –

and had the best time soaking in the sun and celebrating the very best year of our lives… becoming parents to our angel baby boy!!

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” // James 1:17

I loved getting to reflect on all of the precious memories of Judson – with month-by-month photos,

sweet video memories (click here to watch!!) encapsulating precious moments, and some of my very favorite moments of Judson with his puppy bestie, Red (whose birthday was just 2 days after Judson’s – which is totally fitting because these two are inseparable and the best of friends) - click here to watch!!

When we got back from the beach, we took Judson to the Build-a-Bear Workshop to make his birthday bear (who he is obsessed with now – and it is the most precious thing ever!), attended a beautiful wedding, had Judson’s one-year-old check-up, went to visit my family up in Charlotte, celebrated my birthday both with sweet friends and with a precious family picnic at the park (my sweetest and most favorite birthday yet!), celebrated Father’s Day and the wonderful daddy that Wes is, and have been soaking in all kinds of sweet summer memories and summer nights!!

I could not be more grateful for this simple and sweet life with my boys and feel like the luckiest girl in the world! So excited to start this next month off down here at the beach – our happy place!

…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 forever!!

First off, we got to celebrate Judson’s (actual) birthday down at the beach

(after having his birthday party early -

the weekend before)!

Happy first birthday to our sweet baby Judson!!

You are ONE, and it has truly been the absolute best and most abundant year of our lives with you!

I have known you were special since the moment I found out I was pregnant with you,

and I will never ever forget listening to worship music in the hospital room and the lyrics to the songs of both “Jireh” by Maverick City and “The Blessing” by Kari Job speaking so powerfully to our hearts!!!

You truly are our greatest blessing of peace -

a gift straight from the Lord -

and being your parents has been sweeter than we could ever ask, think, or imagine!

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” // Ephesians 3:20-21

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” // Numbers 6:24-26

We are so excited to see the Lord’s plans for your life unfold and know that you will continue to shine such a bright light of love and JOY into this world -

like you have to us already in just one short year!!

You are strong, sweet, happy, gentle, curious, and kind - and we love you more than you will ever know and thank Jesus every single day that we get the privilege of getting to be your mommy and daddy!!

Here’s to one whole year of life, and all the wonderful adventures yet to come!! Since the moment they layed you on my chest, I have loved getting to snuggle, nurse, rock, and love on you every second of every day!! Being your mommy is the greatest thing that ever happened to me and the joy of my life!!

It truly does just keep on getting better and better, and we were so happy to be down at the beach to celebrate your very first birthday!! #babysfirstbirthday

PS. Go and check out Judson’s one-year-old blog post over at https://www.emilymabrycreative.com/post/one-whole-year-of-sweet-baby-judson

where I share all about his birthday month and getting to celebrate our sweet birthday boy!!

And no better place to celebrate our sweet baby boy’s first birthday than at our “happy place” down at the beach (where we are actually back now as we speak)!! The sweetest day full of birthday balloons, barefoot porch time in the rocking chairs, rainy day snuggles, cupcake eating, playing, and a little beach “date night” (thanks to “Nana and Papaw” Carpenter) for mommy and daddy to celebrate one whole year of being parents!! #babysfirstbirthday

It was such a sweet time celebrating both Judson’s first birthday and Memorial Day Weekend down at the beach – our happy place!

Judson is truly the happiest little water baby!

These truly are the DAYS, y’all!!

Beach days are the best days - naps on mommy, watermelon on the beach, ocean time,


sand playing, pool time by the marsh, too, and all the good things in life!!

The sweetest beach memories with the sweetest boy!!

You are the most fun beach baby, sweet J, and we are loving the beach with you at this age!!


And there is truly nothing better than snuggles at sunrise and sunset with our little love!!

It was most definitely a Memorial Day Weekend well spent with our little beach bum -


who was living his very best life napping on our beach walks and covered in sand - happy as a clam!!

And one of my favorite memories was when our sweet beach baby fell asleep in “Dada’s” arms as soon as we started walking on the beach -

and this will forever be one of the sweetest moments of my entire life!!

And then spent the rest of Memorial Day playing his little heart out in the sand and water - his “happy place!” (Click here to see a recap video I put together)!! We have never seen a baby who loves the beach and ocean life as much as sweet Judson!! #beachbaby #waterbaby #happymemorialday

Judson had the very best time making his “birthday bear” best friend named “Buddy”

at the Build-a-Bear workshop after we got back home from the beach!

We got to attend a beautiful wedding for some friends from church

and it was such a sweet night with these handsome forever wedding dates of mine!!

Feeling all kinds of grateful for all the summertime fun with our little summer love!

From water table fun, to getting soaked in summer rainstorms,

to Judson’s very first trip to Build-A-Bear (& he now takes his little bear “Buddy” with him on our walks

& sleeps with him, too#bestillmyheart),

to all the walks in his little blue car, we sure are #soakingitup!!

Sweet boy had his one-year-old checkup earlier this month and we couldn’t be prouder of our strong and healthy little Judson -

who was so BRAVE for all of his shots!!

Praising Jesus for another healthy report and all of the blessings and JOY this little life has brought to us this past year!!

Sweet baby boy was worn out from the visit and fell asleep on mommy and daddy as soon as we left the doctor’s office,

and this mama bear was soaking in all the snuggles! We sure do love you, Judson Carpenter Mabry!! #oneyearoldcheckup

We then spent the sweetest little weekend back home in Charlotte visiting my family

with our summer baby -

thankful for some pool time,

a date night to see the new Top Gun Movie (early bday surprise from Wes) thanks to “Nana & Papaw,”

and restful time with family!!

Our neighbors have the yummiest blueberries that they let us pick every summer season -

And it's so fun getting to share this tradition with Judson now, too! He LOVES blueberries!!

Beep beep beep - two little best buddies coming through!!

The morning before my birthday was the SWEETEST little day date with my sweet friend, Kristen -

and even more precious that our two precious boys are becoming the best of friends (sharing their goldfish!!), too!

And “twinning” in their matching blue cars (and outfits lol - unintentionally!!), just like their mamas - we were quite the sight on the trail lol - and we got stopped a million times by people commenting on these two cuties!!

Kristen is such a sweet friend and so thoughtful planning a fun little day date to celebrate my birthday a day early! So thankful the Lord crossed our paths through becoming mommies to our angel baby boys (just 4.5 months apart)!! We love getting to do life with y’all and are so excited for all the precious memories to come!! #babyboybesties #earlybirthdaysurprise

And these sweet friends sure know how to make a girl feel loved on her “birthday eve,” too!! Loved getting to celebrate with a girl’s night for dinner with these three after getting some birthday eve snuggles from sweet Judson before I left!

Here’s to the very best year of my life yet… full of all of the joy and abundance in the gift of being a mommy to our sweet Judson! You’ll be in my heart, always, my sweet angel boy!!

Been working on this little video (click here to watch!!!) for quite a while - of all of the sweetest memories from sweet baby Judson’s very first year of life (since my birthday is just 2.5 weeks after his) - and decided to share it on my birthday… because being this precious boy’s parents has been the greatest birthday gift of all! And not to mention, this song “You’ll Be In My Heart” gives me all the feels - because it’s been “our song” since Judson was first born!! #youllbeinmyheart #babysfirstyear #firstyearofmotherhood

It was the sweetest birthday yet, thanks to the sweetest boys I get to call mine!

From breakfast in bed from the boys in the morning,

to walking the rail trail,

lunch at the Flock Shop,

sweet Judson snuggles, a surprise middays facial from Wes at the Spartanburg Salt Cave (heavenly!!)

and ending the day with a picnic in the park

(Judson loved seeing the real-life duckies hehe)

- I couldn’t possibly have dreamed up a sweeter day from start to finish!!

Thank you ALL for the birthday wishes, texts, iced coffees (my love language lol), and more! I am truly so humbled and blessed by the most wonderful family, friends, and community!!

This past year has been the very best one yet getting to be a mommy (my dream come true) to our sweet Judson, and I am just so excited to see what God has in store for the coming year ahead!!


Father’s Day weekend was full of lots of fun memories with my boys!!

Nothing better than making family memories and watching you be the best daddy to our sweet Judson, Wes!!

Happy Father’s Day to the best husband and daddy in the whole wide world!!

Judson is the luckiest baby boy getting to grow up watching and learning from you - the best husband, father, and pastor! (Click here to watch a sweet Father's Day video I put together for Wes!)

You are a godly servant leader in all that you say and do, and we sure are lucky to be loved and cared for by you!

You are the father to our sweet boy that I always dreamed and prayed for!! #happyfathersday

After spending Father's Day afternoon with Wes' parents and family, we had Father's Day dinner in the backyard - steak and potatoes, per request of "the boys," hehe!

And water table play fun after dinner, ofcourse!

And gosh, there is nothing like summer nights, y’all!!

Snowcones in the back of the pickup truck with the boys to ring in the first *official* day of summer, and life has never been sweeter!

Thankful for my “home” in these sweet boys

and all that these precious summer memories mean to me!