Ramblings of a Redhead

Motherhood, Ministry, Marriage, and Messes along the way

8 months!

Okay, more like 8 1/2 months. I intended to do this sooner, but oh well!

Sweet T, you are so BIG, and grown-up I can hardly stand it! I love watching you learn and grow!

8 Month Profile

  • Your favorite food is banana yogurt, but you pretty much like everything else too!
  • You have two teeth on the bottom, and one coming in on the top. The one coming in is on the side, so you’re going to be looking adorable snaggle-toothed soon!
  • You’re scooting, and crawling and pulling up! You think you’re big stuff now, and LOVE to be in the middle of everything.
  • You love that daddy of yours. You even fuss for him in the evening now!
  • I’m pretty much scared to death of you getting a concussion. You bump your poor little noggin’ all the time! I try to prevent as much injury as possible, but you’re on the move CONSTANTLY!
  • You’re sleeping at night really well. You go to bed about 9pm, and wake up at 7am. When you wake up, you are full of energy and ready to tackle the day!
  • You love balls, and cups, and going on walks.
  • You’re a great shopping buddy, you love people watching and seeing everything in the mall or the grocery store.
  • You said your first word, and it was ‘Mama’

Sweet T, you’re pretty much the sweetest, smartest, most special little boy in the whole world! Mama loves you more than anything! Your Daddy and I are so blessed to have you in our lives.


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Doctor, Dinner Theatre, and Dreaming…

Wow…that’s all I have to say. Our family has been going 100mph for a week now; it’s been crazy fun and exhausting. T’s been just as exhausted as us, which has made for some GREAT nights sleep.

We started off with some great news on Monday. Jared found out he is accepted to the Ph.D. program in Psychology and Counseling at NOBTS. I’m so proud, and he has mixed feelings. He’s relieved to know he got in, but kind of dreading more school. He knows it’s something he wants to do, though. In several more years I’ll be married to Dr. Thomas. Oo-la-la

Thursday and Friday was our More than a Fan dinner theatre. The early part of the week was dedicated to preparation, so I was at work pretty much every day, sometimes Turner was with me. It went very well! I was quite pleased. On my scale of 1-10, I’d say it was about a 6.5, only because there was SOOOOOOO much more I wanted to do with it, but it just didn’t happen for a variety of reasons. It was our first time doing something like this, so naturally there were some bumps in the road. We’ll know better for next time.

Saturday was a fun-filled day. Turner and I started the day off by going to the mall with Tiffany and Braxton to see the bunnies. They have live bunnies there for Easter. Unfortunately they were all sleeping, so there wasn’t much to see. But, both boys love strolling around the mall, so that was good. When we got back to campus, we went to FunFest. It’s sort of an annual block party – think hot dogs, snow balls, blow up games, volleyball, dunking booth etc. Turner slept through most of it, but woke up in time to enjoy some of the people. That night, Jared and I went on a dinner/movie date with some friends, it was a nice break.

Yesterday (Sunday) some of us from our Sunday School class went to help a church-plant with their official launch. We helped provide childcare. I helped teach the older kids until Turner had a melt-down in the nursery and I had to go get him. I’m feeling so guilty; he’s been very clingy lately. He’s had to be in the nursery or with a baby sitter so much the past week and  a half because of everything going on. BUT, once I get through this week, the two of us (poor Jared has to stay) are going on a lovely vacation to NC/SC. I get to be with mister T everyday for a week and a half! Woohoo!

On a side not, I’ve been having weird dreams lately…really really strange stuff. But anyway….

what have YOU been up to?

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What a week!

This week has been crazy! We began Monday and Tuesday with fairly normal days. I worked on Monday, and when I got home in the afternoon, Ellen (babysitter) told me she thought T was really close to actually crawling. He’s been scooting for several weeks now, but doesn’t full-on crawl just yet. I kind of thought she was just commenting on his scooting, what I didn’t know until about a half hour later that he’d started to do this!


I’m in TROUBLE now!

I was home with little dude on Tuesday. Turner’s friend Braxton came over to hang out for awhile. I think they like each other, though they mostly beat up on each other. I felt like a referee the whole time “Turner, do NOT pull Braxton’s hair!” “Braxton, do not sit on Turner!” It was fun, but definitely exhausting. Makes me second guess wanting another baby (at least any time soon.) Below is a pic of them playing so nicely, both fascinated by the wipes container.


Later that day, T and I got in a nice nap. Turner woke up all smiles!


I apologize for the sideways pic, I couldn’t get it to flip!

Tuesday night was HORRIBLE! T woke up about 11:30 screaming like he was in pain, it honestly scared me a little. He was inconsolable, none of my usual tricks were working. He’s only ever done this when he was sick, he’s been having a runny nose the past few days, but nothing else. I called the doc to ask about the possibility of an ear infection and see what she had to say. She suggested giving him some children’s benedryl before bed to see if that helped. It did! He slept all night, woohoo!

Meanwhile, we’re still getting things together at work for the dinner theatre. If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, hit me up! They’re going fast. My office is a mess, partially because I’ve moved to a new location, and had to order new shelves – they’ve taken FOREVER to get here, so my floor looks like this:


But the shelves arrived today, and once they’re assembled, I’ll have a place to put stuff. Yay!

So, it’s been a busy week. I’m looking forward to some relaxing this weekend. Of course, with a 7-month old, no guarantees.

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What the heck did you name that kid?!?!

Okay – for those that wish to know, I am going to explain where we got Turner’s name. It was a LONG and indecisive process for us, but we finally came to an agreement. I love his name, I hate that it’s a little confusing and a lot long, but it’s special.

Turner-Clint Nathaniel Thomas

Jared was very close with his grandfather T.C. Thomas. He passed away when Jared was young, but he’s a man that my husband admired and cherished very much. He always has wanted to name his son T.C. Wonderful idea, however T.C. stood for Thomas Cleveland Thomas. (Jr. I might add). There was no way we were naming our kid Thomas Thomas.


I hate initials (no offense to anyone who goes by their initials). I know I get this from my mom, she hates them too. I feel like two letters are not a name, and just don’t get it. So, we wanted to pay homage to Jared’s grandad, but to come up with a T.C. name we could love. (Ok, I could love. Jared would have been totally fine with just initials). My dad is also a T.C. – Thomas Clinton. Clinton is also my brother’s first name, and he mostly goes by Clint.

We just liked the name Turner, besides the T it didn’t actually come from anywhere. We took Clint from my dad & bro, put a hyphen and voila – his first name: Turner-Clint.

My other “brother” Nathan is marvelous, and Jared and I both loved the name Nathaniel and couldn’t part with it. (though Nathan is just Nathan, not Nathaniel – confused yet?) We plan to have more kids one day, but there’s no guarantees we’ll get another chance to use Nathaniel. We payed homage to my sweet “brother” with T’s middle name.

Bonus, with this addition his initials are T.N.T.

Baby dynamite!

And that’s the story. Complicated, yes. But we love it, and I make no apologies for it. If you hate it, good for you. Have your own kids and name them.

: )

P.S. if you’re interested in my brothers, I talk about them here.

P.S.S. (or is it P.P.S?) Turner is seven months old today! Slow down buddy.

7 months and full of personality! This is his initial reaction to yogurt the first time.



Best Part of the Day

The best part of my day, hands down – getting Turner to bed.

See, Turner wants NOTHING to do with Jared at night time. He loves his Daddy, and squeals with delight when he gets home from work in the afternoon. He loves to roughhouse and play with him, and giggles and grins at him all day long. But, when it comes to bedtime, Dad just doesn’t cut it.

And secretly, I kinda really like it. I love that he wants my snuggles at the end of the day. I cherish rocking and singing to that sweet boy. I hold him in my arms and say a prayer of thanks and protection for him; I don’t deserve such a precious blessing.

I know that this won’t last forever. So tonight, I’ll snuggle him extra long.

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25 Before 25

So before I really ‘begin’ this post, I’d like to apologize for my recent lack of posts. Things have been crazy! We’ve had lost of visitors staying with us, and work is super busy PLUS I mean, come on, there’s a certain 7-month old that takes up a lot of time. So…those are my excuses, they’re the best I’ve got.

I’ve been keeping a mental list of 25 things I’d like to accomplish before I’m 25. It recently occurred to me that 25 is quickly approaching so I’ve got to get on this!

Here’s my list (in no particular order)…

1. Have my first baby

2. Have some of my work published

3. Begin writing a novel with solid direction (in other words, have a plan)

4. Read the Bible all the way through

5. Bake a cake AND pie from scratch

6. Get a job that I love (while having to work)

7. THEN become a stay at home Mom

8. Go on a real vacation with my family (like, not to visit our parents) (no offense Mom & Dad!)

9. Form an actual cleaning routine, and keep our home clean (for the most part, no one’s perfect)

10. Own a car that was made after 1999

11. Read at least five books off my “biggie” list

12. Take sewing classes

13. Pay off student loans

14. Make a scrapbook

15. Catalog my favorite recipes

16. Take cake decorating classes

17. See the Grand Canyon

18. Shoot a gun

19. Ride in a hot air balloon

20. Go camping with my family

21. own a dishwasher

22. Make our own baby food  (though I don’t as much as a should)

23. Learn to use a curling iron (pathetic?)

24. Take voice lessons

25. Blog more often

I realize some of these are more ambitious than others, but we’ll see. So, how many days to I have to get these done?

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Sanctity of Life

Me & Sweet T

We’re beginning a series on the sanctity of life starting this Sunday. At work I was trying to find some images to use for upcoming power point presentations. Naturally, I went to my go-to resource – google. I typed in “sanctity of life” and was very disturbed by some of the images that flooded my screen – pictures of aborted babies and sick statements. In fact, I almost broke down right there in my office, but instead I exited out and decided to go back to my search later.

Let me preface this post by saying – I’m a mom now. I know what it’s like to have a precious baby growing inside me. I know what it’s like to see that little peanut wiggling around on the ultrasound screen at 8-weeks. I know what it’s like to feel him kicking and squirming at all hours of the night, and to have teeny toes crammed up in my rib cage making it impossible to get comfortable. I know what it’s like to go through hours of excruciating labor, and I know what it’s like to hear that baby cry when he takes his first breath.

And I do love my precious baby boy so very much. No, love doesn’t even begin to cover it because what I feel for him is so much deeper and more expansive than that. He’s everything to me. I’m so beyond blessed to be Turner-Clint Nathaniel’s mom. So blessed.

I’ve always been pro-life, but experiencing these things has only further solidified that point of view. You can’t convince me that the little peanut I saw at that 8-week ultrasound was not a life. He could move his little nubby arms and legs, I watched his heart beat, and blood flow. It was so amazing.

I saw a post from a friend of mine who is “pro-choice.” Part of it said “we’re not going anywhere” talking about himself & others who share that opinion.

Well, neither am I.

I don’t intend for this post to begin arguments or ugly comments. It does grieve me to see how selfish people have become, and I want to speak out for those who can’t.

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Wow! It has been too long since I’ve posted anything. The holidays were crazy – crazy fun, but crazy nonetheless. We had a wonderful Christmas in North Carolina with friends & family; it was hard to come back to New Orleans. Once FINALLY arrived, we were great with being back, but our hearts are in the Tarheel state.

What we’ve been up to & our goals for 2012…

Turner’s Adventures

Turner has been growing like a weed. We started some big boy food around Christmas, and he loves to chow down! So far he likes bananas, apples, pears, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash. Much to my disappointment, he does NOT like green beans – I mean screaming, crying, gagging and spitting. This broke my heart a little bit (okay, a lot) because green beans are my FAVORITE veggie. I’m not giving up though, we’ll try them again later.


Carrots are yummy!

We had to break sweet T of the swaddle blanket after I discovered him on his face during nap time. It’s been three nights so far. The first night was terrible; he literally woke up whining and crying every hour & a half (he had been sleeping straight through the night consistently). I felt so bad for the little guy; I mean I took his literal security blanket away. But, the last two nights have not been so bad he’s only gotten up once each time to nurse & go back to sleep. I’ll take it.


No more bundled little inch worm *sigh*

He is rolling over both ways now. He gets lazy with it and cries for help even though he can do it himself. Bless his heart.

All in all he is a very happy baby & such a joy to my life. He loves playing with toys, baby Einstein, chewing on things, and snuggling with Mama. My favorite days of the week are Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday because I don’t have to work and I get to love on him all day!


Man I love this boy!

Jared’s Craziness

This is his last semester in the Master’s program – Lord willing he will complete his Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Counseling in May (fingers crossed) it may be July if he can’t quite squeeze in all of his counseling hours. If that’s the case, c’est la vie, it’ll be okay.

He is in the process of completing his PhD application. Yikes! We have many years of school ahead of us, but it’ll be worth it when I get to kiss Dr. Thomas…wowzers! Really, he needs the PhD to be able to do what he wants to do, and I totally support him in this adventure. This long long adventure. And hey, I’m hoping it’ll mean great things for me and Turner too – I’m thinking staying home full time and some brothers & sisters for T, or maybe brother or sister (singular). We’ll see.

And for me

I’m going to write a book one day, not tomorrow, but one day. I’ve been reading a lot (one of my favorite things to do). I have a specific goal of how many books I want to complete in 2012, but I’m keeping the number to myself in case I fail.


I’ve also been trying to be a better wife & mommy. Cooking, cleaning, laundry etc. Surprisingly, I’ve come to love these tasks. And pinterest has become my new recipe addiction. We’ve had some yummy stuff, and one disgusting butternut squash soup failure.

I’m also trying to eat better and exercise more to get this baby weight. I pretty much only gained weight in my belly area & that’s turned out to be both a blessing and a curse. It was totally worth it though.

Some exciting things are happening at my job – our church. We’re doing a dinner theatre in March that I’m WAY excited about, more on that later.

So really, it’s all good things folks! 2012 here comes the Thomas family!

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Turkey, Grumpiness, and Good Stuff

We survived Thanksgiving!

Don’t get me wrong, it was wonderful. It was also crazy – Turner has been Mr. Grumpypants and I think it’s because his schedule was so thrown off and so many people were in and out. I’m hoping he perks up again in the next few days. I miss my happy smiley boy.

We cooked a turkey in our oven and it turned out well! It wasn’t frozen in the middle, or dry as sandpaper, or anything. A big thank you to my amazing mother-in-law for all her help. NO WAY could I have gotten everything ready all by myself. I will admit, my deviled eggs were yum-o though! Jared pitched in a whole lot, he loves to cook and entertain so naturally he did a great job.

I got to see my parents in-law,  sister and bro-in-laws and our adorable nephews. I love those two cute cute boys! Sadly, with Turner demanding my attention I didn’t get to love them and play with them as much as I would’ve liked. Robbie did beat my socks off in a round of skip-bo. If I would’ve had a chance to play boom-o then Noah would’ve gotten me too.

Then, Saturday morning everyone left except for Eric & Aimee (Jared’s sis and bro-in-law). It was nice to get to hang out with them, because we don’t see them nearly enough.

Here’s some good stuff I learned over the holiday:

1. Cook your turkey in an oven bag. Seriously, just do it.

2. Crockpots are from the heavens above.

3. The Ruby Slipper has the most yummy breakfast ever!


It was a great few days, and I’m thankful to have experienced it.


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Folding Fitted Sheets and Other Things I’ll Never be able to do

I can’t fold fitted sheets; I don’t even believe it’s possible. Sure there’s a handful of Martha Stewarts and Suzy Homemakers that can, I’m sure their linen closets are also color coordinated and their bookshelves could pass the white glove test. That’s just not me – I attempt to fold that fitted sheet everytime. Each time I’m sure it’s going to be different, but eventually I relent, ball the thing up and throw it into the closet.

I also can’t whistle or snap. Don’t try to teach me, I’ve accepted the fact that I will never be able to do those things. I assure you, I will not have some sort of “breakthrough” and suddenly learn how  if you try to teach me.

I can’t draw a straight line – even with a ruler.

I can’t put mascara on without getting some on my eyelid, or blow dry my hair with a round brush. I’ve gotten the round brush stuck in my hair more than once, it’s actually pretty painful.

I can’t eat only one piece of chocolate. Why do they even wrap Hershey’s kisses individually? I’m going to eat the whole bag – it may not be on purpose, but it will happen.

I can’t watch only one episode of Friends I’ll watch discs at a time, much to my husband’s chagrin. He likes the show, but is good after an episode or two. I can’t help it, Chandler cracks me up and I’m pretty sure I was Phoebe in another life.

One day I’ll make a list of the things I can do, but for now these are the things I can’t.

And for the record, I’m okay with that.

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