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September Blog Post – 16 Months of Sweet Judson!

Our sweet Judson is 16 months old today y’all…

and man,

this truly is such a sweet and precious age!!

It really is true what everyone says,

that “it just gets better and better,”

because it is just getting more and more fun watching Judson’s caring, fun, and joyful little personality come out every single day!

He has a very tender, compassionate, and loving spirit about him,

yet at the same time, is full of adventure, courage, and fun

as he truly just wants to be playing outside (in the sand, sticks, grass, and mud!!) at all hours of the day!

We joke that he wakes up and first thing he does is walk-on over to his closet to grab his shoes, walk to the door, and “point outside” with his puppy bestie Red,

because he is already ready to go outside as soon as he wakes up haha!

His love for the outdoors is one of our very favorite things about him,

and he truly is just such a “country boy” already – and it's so stinkin' adorable!

He is such a good little eater and loves to show off how good he is at eating with his fork (and ofcourse sharing with Red from the highchair, too haha).

He loves people and loves to be “out and about,”

and is especially loving going to all the parks and playgrounds these days!

And when he’s not playing outside, he loves to cuddle with mommy

and I am so thankful for his sweet and loving little personality

that is such a gift to me!!

There really is just “something special” about our little boy,

and there is no doubt in my mind that God has a beautiful and wonderful plan for his life!

What an immense GIFT and PRIVILEGE it is getting to be parents to our baby boy

and get a front-row seat to all that life has in store ahead of him!

Every day, week, and month is such a gift with him – and this past month sure has been a special one full of the sweetest memories!

We started off the month getting to watch “Dada” preach a wedding for some of our precious college ministry students,

spent the best Labor Day Weekend down at the beach (our “happy place!”) to round out a “summer to remember,”

came back home to decorate and prepare our home for the fall season,

went on a little trip to the mountains to an adorable pumpkin patch,

went on lots and lots of nature trail and park/playground trips,

had Judson’s big 15-month appointment

(praise the Lord for a healthy, brave, and growing baby boy!),

*officially* welcomed in the fall season this past week,

and got Judson his very first haircut while we spent this past weekend back in my hometown of Charlotte, NC, and so much more!

I am so beyond grateful for the sweetest end to our summer down at the beach earlier this month and am now filled with so much gratitude to be welcoming in the beautiful fall season with the people I love the most – my sweet boys!!

Thank you, Lord, for the most joy-filled and “abundantly more” past 16 months we have had with our sweet Judson and thank you for all the joy you have in store ahead for our little family, too!

We give you all the glory and forever praise you for your goodness and faithfulness in our lives!

“May the bounty of the season full your heart and home” – my very favorite fall quote (that just so happens to be on a decorative plate on display in our kitchen this time of year)!!

…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!!

To start off the month, it was such a joyous day of Wes getting to preach the wedding of two of our college/young adult ministry students, Krystal and Parker, who we have had the pleasure of pouring into over the past couple of years - while watching their love story begin, blossom, and grow! We are so excited for y’all, and all that God has in store ahead through your marriage - the greatest gift!!

Also, here’s another little picture of my preacher man hubby… being just the best guy I know. He can preach a wedding one minute, and then pull over to stop and help a stranger push his broken-down car (while in a suit !!!) out of the busy traffic the next… that’s just who Wes is! To know him is to love him, and I sure am thankful that sweet Judson gets to grow up seeing such a Christlike, godly, servant-hearted, and selfless example in his “Dada!” We love you and are so proud of the man you are, Wes!

And I'm learning to slow down and cherish all of the “little moments” I never want to forget... (click here to watch the sweetest little video clip!)

with my sweet, playful, bandaid wearing baby boy!

Being his mommy is truly a dream come true and my favorite thing in the world!!

It just doesn’t get any cuter than this -

our little summer baby sure does love his new turtle sandbox that daddy surprised us with right before we headed down to the beach for LDW to round out the summer!!

We made it back down to the beach for Labor Day Weekend!

Couldn’t be more thankful for a long weekend getaway in our “happy place” with our beach baby

(who loves the sand & sea more than anything in the world…

full of savoring the sweetest late summer memories -

nothing better than beach naps,

beach sunsets, and enjoying all of God’s beautiful Creation!!

These truly truly are the days, y’all!

Nothing sweeter than allll the end of summer lovin’,

fun in the sun,

pool time,

and beach walk naps with our happy happy beach baby!

Summer lovin’, had me a blast!!!

Thanking Jesus for the gift of my boys and the sweetest beach LDW getaway with our beach-lovin’ baby!!

Nothin’ better than baby beach naps and a

sweet, slow Sunday down at the beach!

(click here to watch a little "slow sunday at the beach" video clip!!)

This view and these boys have my whole heart!

(click here to see a stunning sunrise video!)

Felt extra grateful for quality time soaking up the last little bit of sweet summertime with my favorite people in my favorite place over Labor Day weekend!

Lots of fun in the sun,

Judson having a ball chasing the “birdies” down the beach, more snoozes on mama,

searching for seashells,

and chasing one last summer sunset over the dock!

“Everybody’s feeling warm and bright…”

(click here to watch a recap video of our entire LDW beach trip - the best memories!!)

Reflecting on the most wonderful Labor Day Weekend down at the beach (our “happy place”) with the people I love most,

and truly couldn’t have asked for a better way to end out the sweetest summer -

it sure has been a summer to remember with our happy and JOYFUL beach baby!!

Sweet Judson loves the sand, sea, and waves more than anything in the world - and is getting to make so many special memories by the coast (ever since his first trip when he was just 6 weeks old)!

Thank you, Lord, for the sweetest way to close out summertime as we are now excited and expectant for what this new season of Fall has in store ahead!

What a perfect Labor Day weekend to reflect on the summer before preparing for the new season of fall next!

God’s Creation will forever take my breath away and remind me of His goodness - in every season!

After ending out the most wonderful summer down at the beach for Labor Day Weekend, we were back home the following week and so excited for the beautiful season of fall (and officially got the fall décor boxes down from the attic hehe)!

“May the bounty of the season full your heart and home.”

The Mabry home is officially ready for FALL, y’all!! #welcomefall #fallvibes

(Click here to see a video of all of our fall decor!!)

The mid-September rainy “feels like fall” weekend really got us in the fall mood, and now our home is decorated and feels cozier than ever!

Thankful for Friday “famday” adventures out in nature (with the leaves starting to change !!!), slow Saturdays full of biscuits with pumpkin butter, fall decorating, football watching,

rainy day snuggles, and just soaking in sweet “feels like fall” memories with our little love!!

Oh so very grateful for my “pumpkins” in these sweet boys of mine this happy time of year!!

Came home to the most heavenly early fall evening light after a late day at my internship site… (click here to see a video clip I took of this gorgeous fall evening light!)

Thanking Jesus for my wonderful counseling internship site (can’t believe I’ll be graduating with my Master’s in December, y’all!!) and for the beautiful and precious children and clients He has put along my path during this season - and love seeing so much of His heart for His people through it all!!

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” // Psalm 46:10

These two sweet boys truly make my world go round!

I sure am one blessed blessed mama & wifey!!

The sweetest little fall Friday famday adventure to the mountains for a trip to the The Nix Pumpkin Patch - (click here to watch a video of our pumpkin patch trip - soo much fun!)

and Judson got to pick his very first pumpkin this year -

straight from the vine!!

We sure do love this harvest time of year and getting to make all the precious memories with our little pumpkin -

the cutest in the patch!!

#pumpkinpatch #ourlittlepumpkin #pumpkinpickin

“Let’s go to the pumpkin patch, the pumpkin patch is where it’s at!!”

The very sweetest memories down at the pumpkin patch with my boys that I want to bottle up in my heart forever!!

Goodness gracious, I am so thankful for our little pumpkin and this sweet, sweet life with my boys!! #fallfridayfun

We had SO much fun on the sweetest little dinner & playground play date in our cute downtown with our besties, Kristen & Brewer,

while our hubbies – Wes and Harry – were at a big men’s night at the church!

We are so blessed by this friendship

& love you guys so much!!

So fun watching these baby boys play & grow up together!!! #boymomlife #bestieboys

Our precious boy walked right into his 15-month-old appointment last week

and we couldn’t be more proud of the healthy, happy, strong, brave, and growing baby boy he is!!!

So so so very much to be thankful for -

today and everyday!!

Being his parents is the absolute greatest gift (& so are those post-doctors-visit snuggles I was soaking in later that afternoon -

the very best)!! #15monthappointment #thatsourboy

This past week we got to celebrate the *official* first day of fall!! #happyfallyall

And after going to visit the cutest little pumpkin patch the other weekend, our front porch is now all ready for fall!!

All of our fall decor throughout the house has been bringing me SUCH joy, y’all!

This truly is such a magical and joyous time of year, as the leaves are beginning to change color as we welcome in this beautiful harvest season!!

I love the significance of fall in that it is the “harvest” season of the year, as farmers reap in the fruit of their labor!

And gosh, I just think that is such beautiful imagery for us all -

to remember that our lives are an outpouring of the words we speak, the way we live, where we dedicate our time/energy, and the way we love others!!

I have currently been loving the new song by Carrie Underwood called “Garden,” and it talks so much about this same imagery!!

(click here to watch a little video clip I put together of these lyrics!)

“And if your words were seeds that were goin’ in the ground

And your love was rain farmers prayed about

If your life was sunlight we all needed

What kinda world would it be?

If you reap what you sow

What kind of garden would you grow?

If you reap what you sow

What kind of garden would you grow?

Would you plant patience?

Would you keep kindness?

Would there be peace

Ripe on the vine?”