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One Whole Year of Sweet Baby Judson!


Tomorrow marks 12 months and ONE WHOLE YEAR of sweet baby Judson…

and boy oh boy, have our lives been forever changed for the better!

You truly are our sunshine, sweet boy, and we simply can never get enough of your sweet, silly, cuddly, strong, fun, giggly, and joyful little self!

You have the most precious personality shining through and every single day is an adventure getting to “explore” the world in a whole new way through your curious and wonder-filled bright blue eyes!

You are crawling (fast!!) all over the place, pulling up and standing on everything, and love to practice “walking” holding mommy and daddy’s hands!

You are a summer baby through and through and want to be outside 24/7 – just like your mama!

We have been spending so much time out in the backyard swinging in your baby swing, splashing around in your baby pool, blowing bubbles, “walking” in the grass, and “driving” around in your new little blue car (your birthday gift that you are in love with)!

This past month was, by far, my favorite yet - but let’s be real…

every month is my favorite because it truly does just keep on getting better and better.

I am LOVING this age and watching your little personality develop more and more each day as you grow and figure out new things!

You love to giggle at the smallest things and are just such a JOY-bringer!

You keep us all smiling and shine the brightest light already.

You have loved getting to spend lots of extra time with your “Nana” (my mom) this past month, as I have been spending two days a week completing my internship hours to complete my Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling.

And we had the BEST time celebrating you (a week early) last weekend at your adorable “wild one” backyard birthday party we got to throw for you!

It was the absolute sweetest day with close family and friends and so fun getting to rejoice in the past very best year of our lives with you –

and so special getting to see all of my dreaming and planning for the party come together!

You loved your birthday cake – and even put up some “praise hands” while eating it…

“Thank you Lord for this goodddd birthday cake!!” haha. Other exciting memories from this month were getting to celebrate our very first Mother’s Day together (with you outside of my belly) as well as getting to meet your baby cousin, Ellie, for the first time!

We have been celebrating your birthday all week long for your “birthday week,” and now are headed down (as we speak!) to the beach –

where we will get to spend your actual birthday – such a gift!!

We are having the time of our lives being your parents, sweet baby J, and thank Jesus daily for the gift and blessing you are to us!

God has amazing plans for your life, Judson Carpenter Mabry, and we consider it the greatest gift getting to have a front-row seat as we watch you grow into all He has called and created you to be!

You are sweet, you are strong, you are cherished, and you are LOVED, my angel baby boy!!

Here’s to the very best year of our lives, and to all the adventures to come!

This past month, we have had so many happy little times with our happy springtime love – and I am truly soaking it all in!

“The dawning of each new day is a gift from Me, not to be taken for granted. The earth is vibrantly alive with My blessings, giving vivid testimony to My Presence…” – Jesus Calling

We loved getting to kick off Judson’s “birthday month” celebrations with Dionna Gemma Photography for his cake smash session!

Let the good times roll and all the birthday month celebrations begin!

Someone sure did love his birthday cake hehe!

I know I will cherish these adorable photos for all of the years to come!

More cake smash photos to make you smile:





Last Mother’s Day I was praying over you growing in my belly, and this Mother’s Day I get to hold you in my arms!

With Mother’s Day this weekend AND sweet baby Judson’s first birthday in the same month, it’s hard to believe that I have had the honor and privilege to nurse, rock, and snuggle my sweet angel baby boy in this well-loved and worn rocking chair this past very best year of my life!

Thank you, Jesus, for the gift of motherhood and the joy upon joy that this sweet boy has brought into my life!!

So many hours upon hours and nights spent with my sweet boy snuggling in this very chair, and I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world!

A couple weeks back, we had the very best afternoon getting to meet Judson’s newest baby cousin - sweet, sweet Ellie!!

Aunt Emily loves you so much, baby girl!!

It was so fun getting to watch the babies playing together and we loved having my big sister, Laura, and her husband, Luke, down to visit!

We can’t wait for these two cuties to grow up the sweetest cousins and best buddies!!

Nothing better in the whole wide world than being this sweet baby boy’s mama!!

My boys make me feel special every day, but especially on Mother’s Day weekend -

There is nothing sweeter than seeing Wes be the most precious daddy to baby Judson,

and I love this simple life with all of my boys more than words describe!

Thank you for making me a mama, sweet baby Judson!

Here’s to my very first Mother’s Day with you here in my arms - you truly are the best thing that ever happened to me!! #ourfirstmothersdaytogether

This time last year, I was just about 9 months pregnant with you and wondering what you would be like -

and this year, here you are, and you are even sweeter than I could’ve ever dreamed!!

I have been forever changed for the better by your sweet, silly, cuddly, joyful, happy, and loving spirit - and you make every day a good day!!!

I truly cannot imagine my life before you, my baby boy!!

Thank you, Wes, for making this mama feel so loved - on Mother’s Day with the sweet “mama bear” bracelet, flowers, and cards (from both you and Judson - cue the tears!) I woke up to on Mother’s Day morning, and every single day of the year!!

I am so blessed by my sweet boys and our precious baby bear cub hehe!!

I will never get over the GIFT that it is getting to be your mama, sweet baby J!

You are my sun, my moon, and all of my stars - and I will never stop thanking Jesus for entrusting me with you -

especially now getting to celebrate my very first Mother’s Day!!

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

We got some family photos done with my sweet friend, Hannah Obremskey, and got them back just in time for Mother’s Day and Judson’s first birthday – such a treat! I have shared many of them throughout this blog!

We love you, Hannah, and you are so so gifted at what you do! We are so thankful for how you always capture such precious memories for us!!

And for a little life update: midway through this past month I began my final internship to complete my Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, and I am excited and expectant for what God has in store ahead - and so thankful for my two biggest cheerleaders in my boys along my entire grad school journey!! To God be all the glory - forever and always!!

“…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 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 3:17-21

We took a trip to the local Piedmont Farm (to pick out flowers & see the baby chicks) and baby Judson loved getting to help plant them in our very own backyard the next afternoon!

I am so blessed by my sweet boys and the joy upon joy they bring!!

You are the sunshine of our lives, sweet baby J, and we couldn’t possibly love you more!

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

You bring us more JOY than words can describe,

We had the absolute BEST time this afternoon celebrating our little ✨wild one✨ (a week early!) for his very first birthday party!!

This picture shows how Judson felt about his birthday cake hehe – “Thank you Lord for CAKE!!”

But really, it was the sweetest day, and I couldn’t have dreamed up a better first birthday party for our happy angel baby boy!!

Oh, how we love you so - our sweet Judson!!

So thankful for our sweet friends and family who came out to celebrate our precious baby boy.

Judson sure is one loved baby boy (and one year old – as of tomorrow)!!

This mama bear had the best time dreaming and planning this sweet “wild one” birthday party for the longest time,

and it was so much fun seeing it all come together to celebrate our birthday boy!!!

We love you so much, Judson, and you sure are one fun, happy, and joyful baby to celebrate!!!

These are the moments we life for. Click here to see the sweetest moment (that a friend got on video!!) that I will look back on in years to come – the highlight of sweet baby Judson’s FIRST birthday party!

I had so much fun planning this little party (click here to see a video of it all!) for you, and it was so much fun seeing my dream and all of the decor come together for the most special celebration of your very first year of life!!

Below are some more pictures of all of the fun decor!!







***(PS… I linked all of our *wild ONE* party décor over on the LTKit app – so make sure to go follow me there if you haven’t already!!)***

Oh, how we love you, our little lion cub!

You are turning a “wild ONE” and we couldn’t be more blessed getting to be your parents!


You are strong, you are sweet, you are kind, and you are LOVED!!

Someone sure does love his new birthday gift!

Nothing like a Sunday drive in the “new whip!” Watch out world, there’s a new driver on the block… beep beep!

Thanking the Lord for His many many blessings tonight - these two being my very sweetest of all (& still can’t get over the fact that there was a rainbow behind us in all of these photos)!!

So thankful for Hannah Obremskey who sent us back our full gallery of family photos over the weekend - just in time for Judson’s birthday week!!

We have been having the time of our lives celebrating your very first year of life, sweet baby Judson,

and it is the greatest honor and joy getting to watch you grow into who God has created you to be!

We have been celebrating your “birthday week” the best way we know how - bubbles, baby pool time, bathtime shenanigans, cruisin’ in his new blue car, an icecream run, and alllll the snuggles!

You are so easy to celebrate, sweet baby Judson, and are the sunshine of our lives!!

Holding and snuggling my angel baby extra extra tight tonight and not taking a single moment for granted!

And onto a little EMC sidenote – I will NEVER get over the gift and dream come true that this sweet business is – and love getting to share it all with sweet baby J (& mostly work/hustle while he naps hehe)!!

It has been such a special year navigating running this small business as a mom, and I truly love what I get to do, and love getting to create, pack, and share so much EMC happy art with so many of you!!

Thank YALL for your support, love, and orders – this time of year is always super busy with graduation season, and I am so grateful!!

Let me know if you still need to place some graduation orders, as well as Father’s Day and any other gifting needs! I’d love to send some happy art your way, too!

If you haven’t already, head on over to @emilymabrycreative over on Instagram to see all the fun things I’ve been up to! I’d love to have you following along, too!! And make sure to get your graduation season and Father’s Day orders in while you still can, 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 sharing all my favorite lifestyle products, baby 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 baby Judson… precious memories and moments that I hope and pray I will always remember

It has been so sweet experiencing late springtime through my little one's eyes!

The dynamic duo - Judson and Red!

Loves going on daily jogs with mama!

Always walking around the neighborhood!

Dinner out at one of our favorite local spots - Cribb's Kitchen!

My boys!

Sunday afternoon stroll!

And eating lots of meals outside in this beautiful weather!!

When you show up to a baby shower accidentally “twinning” with your bestie (who also just happens to be named Emily lol)!! We loved getting to shower Holly and sweet baby Hammett today!! We are so excited for them! (PS. As Emily Tisdale said, “we look like Holly’s baby’s bridesmaids” lol!!)

Cutest little running buddy!!

Loving the "auntie life!"

We love exploring on our jogs!

Went out for Mexican food to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Fun visit out to Strawberry Hill!

Already loves tractors - just like his daddy!

Had so much fun at sweet Harper's little 2nd birthday party!!

Can't wait to watch these babies grow up together!

Judson loved the little miracca party favor and the chickens at their house!!

Judson got to try icecream for the first time on Mother's Day afternoon after spending the day with Wes' family at his Nana's!

The sweetest Mother's Day cards from my boys!

We loved getting to celebrate one of our graduating college ministry students at her Converse senior showcase event!

So thankful for my mom (Judson's "Nana") who is watching Judson on the days I have my internship! We sure do love "Nana!'

The very BEST feeling coming home from my internship days to see my baby!!

A little morning snooze while out running errands

Loves riding in his little red wagon!!

Nothing better than Sunday naps on mommy!

Storytime with all three of my sweet boys!

Judson loves to pull up and "cruise" on everything while waving at us - and it's adorable!!

My cutie lunch date!

Afternoon walks with our sweetie pie!

Swinging with "dada!"

And bedtime snuggles with mama!!

Icecream date with the boys!!

The perfect summer afternoon - sonic slushies, water table fun, and sunshine!

We sure do love Emily and Tucker and having them at Judson's first birthday party!!

We love Kenz - who drove all the way from Raleigh to celebrate our birthday boy!!

So much fun with sweet friends like Kristen and Brewer at baby Judson's first birthday party!!

We sure do love summertime!!

Rainy day fun with these two!!

Judson is OBSESSED with his new blue car and it's adorable!!

And finally…Judson’s twelve-month-old photo!

Such a GIFT that we have been given the past 12 months (one whole YEAR) to love on you and watch you grow! It somehow keeps on getting better and better with you, and we are so in love with your tender, giggly, sweet, fun, silly, loving, curious, happy, playful, and JOYFUL self!

You bring an abundance of light, joy, and smiles everywhere you go, our sweet blue-eyed angel baby boy! And oh, how blessed we are to celebrate one whole year with you earth-side!

Thank you, Jesus, for blessing us with an entire year full of such an abundance of laughter, fun, and JOY with our sweet baby Judson!

I am forever grateful for these precious days, moments, and memories – and never taking a single one for granted!

These truly are the days of our lives… the very best days!

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