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16 Responses

  1. Tonya says:

    I enjoyed… 🙂

  2. michelle says:

    Keep up the stern voice; it eventually gets through! Pics are absolutely adorable. Well, maybe not the ones with guns; they are interesting, though.

  3. juliana says:

    Cora (15 months) still smiles broadly when I use a stern voice, but it seems like it’s an attempt to win me over with her cuteness… she usually complies after a moment, though, as long as I keep my face serious.

  4. Amy says:

    Hey—when (yes I said when) you make a field trip up to the DC area (a very fieldtripworthy destination if you ask me), we can just drive a little over an hour further and go visit Gettysburg. That should be another good Civil War fix. And speaking of visiting friends, we just found out last night that MGW’s mom took a job at East Carolina University. Looks to be only a little over an hour from you!

  5. Patty Morman says:

    Great shares! We went to Re enactments and traveled to many Living History things, to teach out kids History. Love love love that stuff!
    How exciting it’s in your own neighborhood!
    You’re starting nice and young with Valor.
    It’s fun to see him growing and doing all those new things via this site.
    Miss you guys!

  6. josh h says:

    LOL, the crawling backwards thing is hilarious!

  7. Beth says:

    Seeing the pictures from New Bern makes me want to visit there while we’re home this summer(home being Jacksonville. Have you been to Tryon Palace yet? It’s a wonderful place.

    I wonder if the cloth diapers are hindering his crawling attempts. The only reason I wonder that is because my first three children wore disposables(mostly) and they walked at ten months. My fourth was in cloth exclusively and wasn’t walking at 11.5 months. We went on vacation and put him in disposables for the two weeks and he walked three days into it and never looked back. Our fifth was in disposables around the nine month mark until about 13 months and he walked at 10 months too. I’ve always wondered if the cloth held Sterling back. I’ll never know, and it’s not enough to discourage me. ANYWAY, I cannot believe how BIG Valor is. He is so cute. His smile just melts my heart.

  8. Kathy H says:

    It’s wonderful to read (& see photos) about all the history around New Bern. Valor is still such a doll baby! I am the oldest of five kids, and my brother always used to tell us, “Don’t drink your bath water!” when we were kids. He’s 60 and still often includes the phrase on a greeting card to one of his four sisters! Thanks for the precious update.

  9. Ashley M. says:

    The last picture= me squealing so loud, I’m surprised y’all didn’t hear me from down here! LOL.

  10. Sachu says:

    So nice to hear from you guys again!
    I love all the Civil war story and it’s great finding out that you are living in such important place at the time.
    Seems that little by little you are getting used to Taberna, although the HOA letter about flowers beds and tree houses mught be a little bit scaring…little Orwell’s Big Brother. But besides that, everythings amazing!

    Thank for keeping up posted!
    Sabrina from Argentina

    P.S: Valor’s last two pics of the post really reminded me of James!!

  11. Cat says:

    Dear Abby and John,
    Sorry if this post is really random and I apologize if you think it is inappropriate, but I was linked to your blog by Cake Wrecks (to which I have developed something of an obsession) and have since then spent all night reading your story through both of your blogs, much to the detriment of my housecleaning. I cannot tell you how inspiring you and your children are. Your story, both heart-wrenching and heartwarming, is a feat of perseverance and love. Recently I have felt overwhelmed and defeated by the challenges in my life and the lives of my loved ones, but reading the incredible history of your two little angels and your little viking has helped me put the stresses in my life into perspective. I believe everything happens for a reason and I have no doubt that, like James, Valor is destined for amazing things!
    Best wishes always,

  12. Evie says:

    HOA = hilarious! I wonder how much you can get away with being renters and all. For example, what would happen should the neighbor’s treehouse happen to land in your yard?
    Reenactments = so neat! My sister’s FIL does them in SC a lot. So she’s been to a few. She says the dying and playing dead is by far the most amusing to watch. I want to see one.
    Valor = delicious!! He is so gorgeous and adorable that he makes me squee!

  13. Grace says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful boy. I found your websites through your Owlmanac announcement. Thank you so much for your courage to share your story, and thank you and John especially for the privelege to know about James, Dora, and now your sweet Valor. Blessings, Grace (Sabrina’s friend)

  14. bobsyeruncle says:

    Finally! A sign that officially differentiates percussion from loud noise. I really AM a musician!

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