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November Blog Post – 18 Months of Sweet Judson!

Updated: Dec 7, 2022

Our sweet Judson is 18 months old today,

and we are cherishing this precious little age so much!!

The past year and a half with our country and animal-lovin' baby boy has been nothing short of magical, and truly have been the best days of our lives!

I love being a mommy more than anything in the world, and never knew it was possible to love so deeply!

It is such a JOY getting to wake up to see my baby boy’s smiling face every single morning, and such a reminder of the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness!

I feel so blessed beyond words getting to love and be loved by my sweet boys, and there is nothing I love more than getting to raise the sweetest baby boy alongside my very best friend and love of my life…

who just so happens to be the best “dada” ever!!

I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.” // Psalm 9:1

Somehow, it truly does just keep on getting better and better

and it is such a gift getting to watch our baby boy explore the world and experience the magic and wonder of this time of year through his little eyes!!

Judson is still the sweetest little cuddly baby bear (forever a mama’s boy, hehe)

when it’s time for nursing,

naps, or bedtime,

and allllll boy when it’s time to play!

He truly has the best little personality

so fun, curious, playful (always wants to be running around outside with his puppy bestie, Red!!),

and yet so tender and sweet, too!

He is such a gift from the Lord,

and I absolutely cannot wait to see what God has in store ahead for his little life!!

It is a gift getting to steward this precious blessing for God’s glory (especially during these teeny tiny years!!),

and I pray that he grows up to love Jesus with his whole heart, mind, and soul!

Thank you, Lord, for blessing us with the most joy-filled year and a half with our sweet little Judson!

He radiates your light in the way that he simply loves life,

and it is so much fun getting to cherish this wonderful time of year with him in my arms!

This past month has been full of the sweetest memories –

from a trip to Hendersonville to visit the Carl Sandburgh Home (and let Judson see all of the goats!),

to carving our pumpkins,

dressing up as “Goldilocks and The Three Bears” for Halloween -

(Judson was the CUTEST baby bear ever!),

trick-or-treating with some of our very best friends,

a family wedding up in the NC mountains

(and Judson got to hang out with his “birthday twin cousin,” Henry,

decorating the house for Christmas,

going on a fun little fall weekend getaway to the beach -

our "happy place,"

getting to pick out our Christmas tree up in the mountains,

celebrating Thanksgiving with family,

decorating the Christmas tree,

and so much more!

…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!!

Got to start off Halloween weekend with a visit to the beautiful Carl Sandburg Home up in Hendersonville, NC -

with the gorgeous fall leaves in peak season

and lots of “goat goats” that Judson loved getting to meet!!

What a sweet fall friday up in the mountains with my favorite boys!!

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers…”

This time of year in the NC mountains and our happy baby boy bring me so much JOY!

Click here to watch a sweet little video reel I made from that day!!

Happy Halloweekend from our little pumpkin!!

We had so much fun the next afternoon carving pumpkins in the backyard with the gorgeous fall leaves -

our little family (& front porch) was all ready for Halloween come that Monday!!

#happyhalloweekend #pumpkincarvingfun

It just doesn’t get better than pumpkin carving,

“five little pumpkins” storytime,

rainy day snuggles, breathtaking fall leaves,

and costume fun for our little baby bear!!

These are the sweetest memories - we love October and all things fall tradition! #homesweethalloweekend

Click here to watch a little video clip of our pumpkin carving fun!!

Happy Halloween from Goldilocks & The Three Bears!!!

You are so very loved, our little baby bear Judson!! The sweetest, cutest, and cuddliest baby bear there ever was - so there couldn’t possibly be a more fitting costume for our little love (and his teddy bear bestie, “Buddy the Bear”) who got to join in on the custome, too hehe)!!

We had the very best time trick-or-treating in our little “Halloweentown” here in sparkle city with the sweetest friends!!

Baby Bear & Woody are the “best of friends” and were happy and content as can be,

literally “along for the ride” in their little wagon!!

Goldilocks & The Three Bears meets Toy Story -

so thankful to get to make sweet Halloween memories with these besties of ours!

Nothing sweeter than Halloween with our sweet real life teddy bear, Judson!!

Click here to see a video recap of our sweetest Halloween yet!!

Sweet Judson, you sure do have our whole heart!!

Your precious, happy, fun, and outdoors-loving little personality brings us so much joy upon JOY -

and man, there is nothing sweeter than fall with this little lovebug and his puppy bestie, Red!!

These are the days!! #happynovember #lifelately

November is always a month of giving thanks -

and boy oh boy, do I have a lot to be thankful for in this sweet life with my country boys!!

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” // Psalm 100:4-5

Grateful to be just about finished with my grad school degree so soon (Jesus has been SO faithful in and throughout this whole season and I will never stop giving Him ALL the glory!!),

for our sweet, happy, strong, healthy, outdoors and animal-loving baby boy (who always keeps us smiling and laughing), and my precious husband who is the most selfless, loving, supportive, and encouraging man I know!!

Being a wife to the man of my dreams and mommy to our sweet Judson is the greatest gift and such a testament to the goodness and faithfulness of God!

And thank you Jesus for the beautiful changing leaves outside and for all the sweet Judson snuggles, giggles, and lovin’ these days!! My heart is just so full!! #novembergratitude

We had the best time celebrating the wedding of Allie & Alfred up at the beautiful Kanuga Retreat - we love y’all so much and are SO happy for you!!

And loved getting to spend so much time with family that weekend

and getting the “birthday twin cousins” - Judson and Henry - together!

Also, Judson was the life of the party and tearing up the dance floor… we definitely have a little party animal on our hands, and he is just too much fun -

he lovessss some good bumpin’ music (swipe over on this post to see a blurry video hehe 🎶) and his little “praise hands!!” #fallweddingvibes

Feeling merry & bright in the Mabry household!

We spent the rainy, cozy fall weekend getting out the red and green boxes and decorating our house for Christmas

(all that was left was our *real* tree - which we went to go get in the mountains a couple weeks after - & our outside twinkly lights that Wes hangs every year)!!

We have decorated earlier and earlier since being married haha, and I think having a little one truly just makes it all even more magical!

I love getting to soak in and experience all the seasons with our baby boy!!

And we are alllll about extending and spreading the Christmas joy a little extra around here, and with this having been a particularly busy season for us these past few months with finishing grad school and all the things, I’m all about doing whatever brings JOY (which just so happens to have been my “word” for the year of 2022)!!!

PS. If you haven’t already, make sure to go check out Ellie Holcomb’s new Christmas song for children, called “Sounding Joy” (the background music in this little reel showing some of our Christmas decor up ) - Judson LOVES it and so do we! Perfect for littles this wonder-filled time of year!

And for those of you who have asked, I have linked lots of our favorite Christmas decor over on my LTKit page (@emilyjoannemabry - so make sure to go check it out and “shop with me,” there!! Do more of what brings you JOY!!!

Goodness GRACIOUS, I sure do love this little fall-loving boy!!!

Our pride and joy!!

It sure is fun soaking in allll the seasons with you, sweet Judson!!

The coast is definitely our “happy place” -

and we sure are thankful for the sweetest little fall getaway by the sand and sea we had this month!!

Thank you Lord for family,

what turned out to be a gorgeous weekend down at the beach,

and these precious memories with our joyful beach-loving baby!! #novemberbeachgetaway #fallbythesea

Sweetest little water baby I ever did see -

this sweet boy LOVES the water!!!

Making the best beach memories this little fall weekend by the sea!

Beyond thankful for the sweetest boys to love and be loved by, and for your beautiful Creation!

Nothing more special than a little fall getaway weekend by the sea with our little beach baby!!

These are the moments and memories of this season that I want to bottle up in my heart forever and ever,

with our sweet beach-lovin’ baby boy at the most PRECIOUS age!!

From doing a little Christmas shopping at the outlets,

to slow mornings overlooking the beautiful view in Christmas jammies,

indoor pool time,

all the Judson giggles

and snuggles,

seafood dinner on a dock overlooking the marsh,

a trip to meet Santa

and see the fishie fish at Bass Pro Shops,

and lots of sweet time playing out on the beach with sand between our toes… it truly was the most special little fall weekend getaway by the sea!!!

And we couldn’t be more thankful!!

Thank you Lord for a weekend of fun and refreshment as we head into the holiday season -

every moment is such a GIFT,

and I don’t want to miss a thing!!