Five Months of FUN!

Quick update: Ethan is five months today, and life is so much fun and very busy! Every little laugh, grunt, smile, and babble is cherished, and each cry or whine is doted on...oh living life with a baby! Just this past Wednesday, Ethan rolled over from his tummy to his back; he was extremely proud of himself! But I might have scared him with my squeals of delight! It was such a funny moment! He started eating cereal about a month ago, and he just tried bananas on Monday and peaches today. He is not a big fan of the bananas, but he just loved his peaches! Grabbing for the spoon and trying to shovel it back in his mouth is his new trick! He is just great at making a mess all over his handsome little face!
Flashback: Celebrating Ethan's first holiday season was so much fun this year! Our little family of three began reflecting on the nativity four weeks before the twenty-fifth. Since Josh has Mondays off, we read one Gospel account, sang, a nd opened one gift each. What a blessing it was to spread out the celebration throughout the month because we were going to be with Josh's side on Christmas Eve and my side on Christmas day! It was so good to see family that we haven't seen in a while! Ethan was so cute trying to tear the paper off his presents and of course he had to test (taste) each one!Rocking with Great Memaw (Stephanie's Memaw). She sure does love her first Great grandbaby! After rocking me and my cousins many miles in this same rocking chair, she is now rocking Ethan too! We praise the Lord for such a godly heritage in her and my Granddaddy!
Loving on Auntie Heather who surprised us by flying in from Houston several hours early. We were worried that we would only have a couple hours with her on Christmas, or that her flight might not arrive till after Christmas. But God worked everything out, and gave her another flight, which was even better than the original one.
Special time with Great Grandma Goff (Joshua's Grandma). I think it is so precious that she finds a different trait of her husband Raymond Eddie Goff in each of her great grandchildren (about twenty-five in all) . She says that Ethan has his nose. After looking at his picture, I think she is right!
A week later, we took the teens to Mid Atlantic Youth Conference in Raleigh, NC. It was so good to see college friends (like the Ragers) whom we haven't seen in a while! When we got back on New Year's Eve, we were so exhausted we basically crashed...watching the ball fall just at midnight. Sweet Ethan slept through his first New Year's Eve, waking at five on the first day of the New Year.Ethan & Miss Cadence Ann Rager


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