Saturday, August 30, 2008


Please join me in praying for the gulf coast. We have kept in contact
 with many friends over the last few days as preparations were being made. Dear friends went and boarded up our house that we still own in New Orleans (we are renting it since we were unable to sell it.)
The latest press conference has painted a grim picture for the city we have just recently left. As I spoke to a friend tonight she just broke down. This is all too familiar, 3 years ago we were looking at a too similar picture. Many that still live the nightmare of Katrina are leaving New Orleans not knowing what they will come back to. Please pray for the many people evacuating, their travel, their emotions and that we will all trust the One who is in control even in the storm.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Lots of brains.....

This is Logan doing one of his favorite things....watching his brother. This has brought us a lot of comfort over the last week or two. At Logan's 2 month check up the ped looked back at Logan's birth measurements, 1 month stats and 2 month stats. His head had grown too quickly and because of the percentage of growth he was in the category of rapid head growth or macrocephaly. He had a cranial ultrasound today. Seeing that he was completely appropriate like tracking and watching his brother from across the room has made me feel a lot better this past week as we waited for this test. He is also going to be able to keep up with his family and has started "talking" and is cooing up a storm! All of this is things he should be doing at this age. This test was just to make sure nothing was going on. I had really felt peaceful about the whole thing but that few minutes that they were doing the ultrasound was pretty intense! Seeing your kid's brain on a screen and knowing they are looking for terrible, horrible things that would change our lives was pretty stressful. Thankfully before we left, they were able to give us the "all clear." I am sure his large head has to do with being in the 95% for weight! I am sure it also means he is very smart! Thank you Jesus for a healthy baby!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Good morning

This is what I opened my blinds to a couple of mornings ago!

Look again, he is a pretty scary looking thing! Come to find out he is a black and yellow ariope and harmless to humans. I was not sticking around to find out. I was so glad he was on the other side of the window. His web was huge! Jacob got a kick out of it. I am really becoming quite the "boy" mom. I couldn't wait for him to wake up and check this thing out. We loved watching him eat a big japanese beetle that he caught in his web!

I also got to wake up to this. Logan is waking up in such a good mood these days. If this continues, my boys will be opposite. Jacob loves to wake up slowly and "ease into the morning." Logan wakes up smiling and ready to go! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

error 400

So does anyone who uses blogger know what error 400, bad request means? I have been trying to post pics for 2 days and I know other people have been able to so blogger is not down. Has anyone ever had this happen?????

Friday, August 22, 2008

10 weeks old

We totally let 2 months pass without having a post about it so here we are....Logan is 10 weeks old! We hurried and put him in the outfit Jacob wore for his baby dedication. There is no way it will fit Logan next month when he is dedicated at church. Jacob was 4 months old when he wore this outfit. A friend from church had him these shoes made "Logan, June 11, 2008." Note one has been kicked off.

I have had a lot of comments over the last week or two that Logan is starting to look like me. After seeing this picture, I saw a little bit too. I am curious what my mom says when she sees this picture. This picture is the closest I have ever seen.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

60th anniversary

So I have tried more than once, like 5 or 6 times to post pics from last weekend. After these 5 loaded I tried to post several more and only got these 5. Sometimes blogger acts up. Anyway, we had a great weekend last weekend celebrating Grandmomma & Granddaddy's 60th wedding anniversary!
Jacob shows  them the special card with handprints from Jacob and a footprint from Logan

Grandmomma & Granddaddy with their 3 kids

There was a group effort to make a slideshow with 60 years of pictures. It was just a glimpse of the legacy they have created. 

We are all very proud of them and thankful for their wonderful example. We had a great time celebrating and visiting with family.

Since I have had a little trouble with blogger, I am behind posting pics of the boys. We had a good week. Logan is smiling more and more and really watches from his swing or bouncey to see what everyone else is doing. He usually follows his brother very closely, sometimes I think he is already looking up to his big brother in amazement and sometimes I think he is scared to death of him:)
Jacob doesn't start school until after labor day. I know he will love preschool this year but we will enjoy a couple more weeks of summer. Early mornings and routines will be here soon enough!

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Blogger was acting up tonight so I tried but couldn't post pics from our weekend. We had a great one celebrating Grandmomma and Granddaddy's 60th wedding anniversary. I will try again later but thought I would post 2 jacobisms, for anyone reading and myself. Still catching up in his journal...

Yesterday I asked Jacob to put his crocs on. After the second time Jacob said, "Momma be patient. Do you remember the patience song?" (wonder where he had heard that?)

For his good night prayer last night Jacob said, "God is great, God is good, Let us thank Him for our.........ummmm sleep."

Hoping we get to thank Him for good sleep tonight!:)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Platt time

I have needed some "Platt time." I needed to sit with my dear friend Heather and just chat. I needed to do what we, laugh, cry. Even though we are thankful to be 2-3 hours apart now, getting to each other with 4 boys involved & 2 church schedules takes some planning. I was so excited to get some time with Heather and the boys this week!

Apparently, Jacob is taking on the need of "Platt time." He is already planning our next outing! He remembers last year when we went to the pumpkin patch with Caleb. He told me yesterday when it is Easter time he wants to go back to the pumpkin patch with Caleb and pick out pumpkins and ride the tractor again. After a brief review of the holidays, I had to agree...a great idea!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Brotherly Love

This morning Jacob has been just full of what I refer to as "Jacobisms." I won't include what he told me when he saw me instead of Daddy come to get him out of bed (it wasn't nice!) But after we got over the first "treat others as you want to be treated" lecture of the day he was a hoot.

He has started handling most bathroom duties himself. This morning he told me he was going to do everything. As he left the room, I reminded him, "tag in the back." We call out this reminder any time he heads to the bathroom by himself. If I don't say it, he will ask, "tag in the back, Momma?" But this morning he was feeling extra independent and ready to take on the world. After my reminder he said, "Momma, you don't have to tell me. You already teached me that." Too bad every instruction can't end with just one time!

I usually get in about 2 minutes of the Today show before I am asked to turn it. This morning there was coverage of Beijing and the olympics. They were showing past opening ceremonies and there were fireworks. Jacob said we can hear those all the way at our house, they must be on speaker phone!

Nothing was as precious as walking over to see this.........

This is Jacob's blankie. Nothing comes in between him and his blankie. He said Logan could have it while he was eating his breakfast. I know he REALLY loves his brother if we would do this!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

8 years

Eight years! My grandparents will celebrate 60 years this weekend so 8 years seems like a minute but it has been an exciting 8 years!

5 moves (Ok some people move a lot more than that but all of ours had pretty chaotic circumstances!)
 moving away from our family and the only city we had ever lived in on the week of our 1 year anniversary

 seminary classes & a VERY small apt (some would call a dorm studio!)

making some of the best friends we will ever have

 living for a short time of one salary

getting adjusted to a city we would eventually fall in love with, learn to call home & feel a deep burden for

 we have kept the road (& air) hot: San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, New Orleans, Atlanta, New York City, Maine, Pensacola, Savannah, St Simons, Paris, LA, Salt Lake, Orange Beach, Nashville, Chattanooga, Logan WV and all the way back to N.O in a small honda, Sea Grove Beach, Houston, Arizona, Dayton (we brought home a little souvenir who we named Logan), Rock Hill, Columbia, Charlotte, Birmingham, Baton Rouge, Gulf Shores and probably a few more

welcoming Inman Jacob Houston

Hurricane Katrina

Evacuation & months of uncertainty

Inman returning to N.O before us,  while planning to return to N.O, Inman buys our house while I am in Atl and he is in N.O,  & I  furnish our new house without him even seeing some of our furniture before I bought it!

Returning to New Orleans the week of my 30th b-day

Summer '06: one we will never forget, a revolving door of visitors and many hours spent on the Baptist Crossroads site

Sticking together with people in a city with a whole new identity and passion

the loss of our 2nd baby

getting pregnant again and having complications the 11th week, restricted activity for Momma and decreasing my work load

Sensing God moving us and accepting the call to serve in Lawrenceville, GA

Moving from a city we have loved and called home for almost 7 years

Moving 25 weeks pregnant! 

Receiving a great welcome from our new congregation

Welcoming Logan Marshall Houston!

Learning to balance a wonderful new "normal" (trying to get them to sleep @ the same time while I type this right now:)

There is much more to our story. There are more memories than I could ever type. We have been blessed beyond what I could ever imagine. God knew exactly what I needed in a life partner. I know we all have our days that are stressful and moments of tension but there is no one I would rather walk along side of. I am not great at putting that all on paper. I could never have written for Hallmark! But I am so thankful for my husband today & every day! I am looking forward to the next 58 years......and the childless dinner we are going to have tonight to celebrate!