Category Archives: times with family

Outings with Lily

Louis and Lily had their first daddy / daughter date a few weeks ago. Lily is a daddy’s girl, so it didn’t take much to fuel her excitement about the evening. Tickets to Disney on Ice and a new dress were purchased, and a plan was made upon Lily’s request to eat at a restaurant where she could eat a quesadilla. Lily marked off days on her calendar in great anticipation. When the long awaited evening finally arrived I curled her hair, painted her finger nails, dressed her in a new dress and gold shoes. She was watching out the living room window waiting for Louis to arrive home from work – hoop skirt and all. It was precious! I wish I was better with words so I could describe the sheer delight of this little girl when Louis walked through the front door with flowers. There were squeals and giggles and kisses.




Louis’ act was a hard one to follow, but Lily and I braved the holiday madness and went Christmas shopping together. She wanted to get a Christmas present for her daddy and Sunshine. We had fun together. I think I told her “no” at least hundred times over the many princess items she insisted she needed for Christmas. We wrapped up the evening at the movies. This was her first theater experience, and I’m pretty sure she enjoyed it…



and I did too.

Good, sweet times with our little girl who fills our days with funny faces, silly rhymes and jokes, laughter and joy…well, most of our days.

The Three Thanksgivings

We enjoyed Thanksgiving for a week…literally. Our first Thanksgiving was at DiDi’s and Uncle Steve’s house. These two were amazing host. Everyone helped with food preparations, but Uncle Steve and DiDi cooked a feast before the arrival of any other dishes. Two words for my favorite Thanksgiving food this year – oyster dressing! Seriously delicious! There was food, food, and more food.



On Tuesday we traveled to Smithville, Tennessee to spend Thanksgiving with Louis’ side of the family. A trip to BeBe and Bubba’s house is always greatly anticipated by Lily. We enjoyed visiting with family and overeating a mixture of Arabic food along with the traditional Thanksgiving spread.

There was food preparation.



BeBe, GooGoo and Aunt Wanda


Time with family. Louis with Uncle George.


Buba and David relaxing.


Pa, GooGoo and David


David enjoyed his time with Pa.


Maria has been especially kind and thoughtful to us since David has been born. She has called, text, and there is no guessing about how much she loves our Sunshine. Louis’ father’s family is from Israel. In the picture below Maria is singing to David in Arabic, just in case you can’t tell from his huge grin – HE LOVED IT!



Maria, Arianna, and Aunt Lillian


If you know Aunt Lillian there is no question as to why we chose the name Lily for our daughter. The two Lilys…


Lily enjoyed playing with Mia. BeBe has a play room that is a kid’s dream come true.


We wrapped up Thanksgiving week at my parent’s house. We had Thanksgiving southern style with BBQ and ribs.

It was a week where the family reflected on God’s goodness to us this year. A year where we were brought closer by the unexpected events surrounded David’s birth. A year that brought us mercy and blessings. There were prayers and thanksgivings whispered that this little guy was able to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast with the family…