Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Picture Day!

Today was picture day for Will and Ellie! Of course, Will was grumpy and Ellie was uncooperative, but Mindi West was great! She got some really cute shots of them. We will have to get together again when Billy can be there for a family photo session. 

We went to the park for the pictures, and it was gorgeous out, although a little warm. We found a shady area near the water and set up some blankets. Here are some of the resulting pictures...

I will post more as I get them...this is just a little sampling:)

I also tried my hand at making baby legs for the first time today...here they are!

I got the idea from my sister first (thanks Myndi!) and then used the tutorial from a blog called Little Birdie Secrets. http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2008/10/baby-legs-tutorial-make-your-own-leg.html

So easy, and they fit Ellie so well! She will be styling this winter:) I plan to make a few more pairs in different colors and styles.

Monday, August 27, 2012


Wow, it has been forever! I have thought about writing a new blog entry many times in the last (almost) year, but it has been crazy! So, where do I begin???

William Joel Levengood made his entrance into the world and changed our lives for the better on May 1, 2012! My sweet boy is almost 4 months old now! He smiles, laughs, coos, and fills our hearts with joy. Here's a picture of his cuteness...

And yes, the picture is supposed to be upside down!

Elliana Grace is now 2 years and 2 months old...such a big girl! She talks in full sentences, loves to sing, and she also fills our hearts with joy.  Toddlers are interesting creatures...so difficult and yet so much fun! There's nothing else like them. Here's a picture of my sweet girl...

I took a leave of absence for a year from teaching, so now I am a stay at home mom. I love spending time with my kids and getting to watch them learn new things and grow up. God has truly blessed our family! I also watch  two little girls from our church on Fridays, and we have so much fun! Life is never dull in the Levengood house...

Billy is now working at the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition, pastoring Encounter Life Church, and going to school full time this semester. He WILL finish his master's degree, and I will be SO proud of him when he does!

So, a couple of stories about my babies before I'm finished...

Ellie loves to sing (at least she got something from her mom), and she has been picking up songs that we are singing in church and at band practice. Last week I heard her singing "Behold Our God" and my heart melted into a gooey puddle! "Behold our God, seated on His throne. Come let us adore Him!" That ranks right up there with "I lofs you, Momma!" (Translation: I love you, Momma.) It is a beautiful thing to hear my daughter sing praises to the King. She also sang "Holy, holy is the Lamb," last night on the way home from the connect event. Can you guess which song that is? :) Love her!

On a not-as-cute note, we are working on potty training, and I think we may have hit the regression stage. Boy, I don't like this part! I will leave the details to the imagination, but let's just say that I have grown very accustomed to cleaning up messes. Ugh!

Will is my easy baby, and I praise God for that every day! Ellie is so busy and takes so much attention, and Will just sits back and watches! It's awesome:) He is a chunky little boy. And I seriously mean little...as in short! I am curious how Billy and I have a short, chunky baby with tiny ears, hands, and feet. I do believe he has just gone through a growth spurt, so the "short" part is not as bad as it was. He is wearing 3-6 and 6 months clothes right now, and he's not quite 4 months old yet. Such the opposite of Ellie as a baby! Each child is a completely unique, wonderful creation from God!

I hope to continue sharing all of the great stories of being a SAHM (stay-at-home mom). After nap today we are going to the grocery store, so I may have some good stories to tell tonight! ;)

Here are a couple more pictures...