Monday, December 20, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Our Class

Here is a small glimpse of the people we have been spending all our time with recently! We are so privileged to have such an awesome class! It is hard to believe that our first semester is almost over! Can you find Craig and I...and Hudson?!?

Saturday, November 13, 2010


what a BIG boy
Stella wanted to help get her little brother clean :)
almost a smile
loving bath time
what a cutie..this wasn't his first bath, just the first one we actually got pictures of

Friday, November 5, 2010

Sister and Brother..only 16 months apart!

June 24, 2009 here is Estella Mae on her way home...5 lbs and her first time in the car seat...she had to have a car seat test because she was so small!
Mr. Hudson October 24, 2010 big 7 lbs and ready to go home...first time in the car seat and looks like pro. I think he might be a "big-little brother"...what do you think?!?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Introducing Mr. Hudson Neal Gilley

weighing in at 7 lb 7oz...(a good 2 lbs heavier than his big sister)
21 inches long
Here is our blessed family of four :)
Stella was quite curious of how this baby got there...she is adjusting well to the changes!
Here is our handsome BIG GUY!!!
we truly are so in love and feel so blessed to have such a healthy little boy
Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers! The first week at home actually went quite well. We are so privileged to have my mom here for a few weeks to help us get adjusted. She has been a huge help allowing me to go back to some of my classes while she watches Hudson and also watching Stella and taking her for lots of walks so we can take naps or get homework done!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Getting so excited to meet our little boy!

A friend of Craig's (Justin Brammer) took these awesome family pictures for us.
He really captured the moment well of Stella Loving on her brother!
2 years of marriage and here comes baby #2
she is such a fun spirited little girl

I had my 36 week check up today. Dr said that baby Hudson looks good and healthy. I asked him if he was concerned at all about me going into labor early (like I did with Stella @ 37 weeks). He said he wasn't super concerned but also that if I did he would not stop me. He said that Hudson seems to be a very healthy boy! So...with that said...who knows when he will decide to show up! But we are getting ready and VERY excited to meet this little man!

I start going to the Dr every week now. That must mean it is getting close! :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Picnic at the Point

yummy watermelon :)
This is our E-LINC group. Basically it is a small group that consists of 6 married couples from our class and 2 staff couples. We meet together twice a week to talk about classes and also about life. We have really enjoyed getting to know all of these people. This weekend we had a little potluck picnic, gotta enjoy the outdoors while we still can :)
Craig and Estella enjoying some food

wanting soo bad to jump in the water...she would have to if Craig wasn't right there to stop her
what a cutie :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

A peek into the "minis"

is it time to go home yet...I'm tired!
ready to go for a drive
listening time
sitting with her friends
getting ready for snack time
quite the multi tasker :)
peek a boo
playing with some friends

A rough day for Estella is when she doesn't get to go and play with her friends in the "minis". This is a small glimpse of her morning routine while Craig and I are in class. She is in a class with 10 other one year olds, mostly girls...and she loves it! In the morning she can hardly wait to get out the door of our house. We are truly blessed to have such loving people to take care of her while we are in class. It is such an encouragement to know that she is being loved and well taken care of!

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Just wanted to let you all know that we did in fact make it to our new home in Roach, MO. WOW! It was a long 2 day trip but it went well. Estella did AMAZING in the car! Praise the Lord! Thank you so much for all your prayers! :) Pictures of our new home coming soon :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Picture is worth 1,000 words...

Its hard to believe this was a whole year ago...WOW! We are so in love with our beautiful little girl and have so enjoyed getting to know her over the last year. We feel truly blessed to have such an AMAZINGLY and WONDERFULLY MADE little girl! PRAISE GOD!!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

What is Summer without Idaho?!?

Estella will be one on the 22nd of this hard to believe!

It was so strange for me last Summer to not come out to Idaho(because Estella was born). Idaho has just always been the place that I have spent summers...and we are back again! It is so good to be "home" although I am feeling very ready to see the sunshine any day now! What is with all this rain! Guess we needed it! Anyways....we will be in Idaho until the second week in August (when we move to Missouri). We are so excited to be here to spend time with family and friends and really get plugged in at our different church families in the area. It seems like it has been too long since we got to spend some real quality time with people that we care so much about. Sometimes distance makes communication so hard...even though that is no excuse! For now we are living with Craig's parents and trying to get plugged into the church body at both the Paul Congregational Church and Burley Baptist. We are super excited to see what God has in store for us this summer and in the future. We are putting together our first newsletter (WAY OVERDUE) and if we do not have your contact info and you would like to receive it please email, call or facebook us so we can make sure you get on the list. Either your email address or mailing address will work! Thanks so much! Here are just a few pictures of us hanging out on a somewhat sunny day in Idaho :)
she loves to chase the cat and long as they don't get too close to her :)
18 1/2 weeks pregnant with Hudson Neal
so curious!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Our little monkey is almost one!!!

clapping her hands
learning to share
taking her first steps
our beautiful little girl is growing and changing so much everyday!
Some of her new favorite things include raising her arms above her head when we ask her "how big are you?"....she loves animals (especially cats)....not to mention her new found attitude when things do not go her way! Oh the joy of parenting! Estella Mae we love you SO VERY MUCH!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


This morning was our first ultrasound with Baby #2 and we found out it is A BOY!!!
Yea...everything looks good so far! PRAISE THE LORD!!! Looks like my due date is about November 4, 2010! That will put Stella and Hudson about 16 1/2 months apart! Pretty crazy!!!
Thanks for all your prayers and words of encouragement!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It's true It's come baby #2!!!

We still aren't sure of the due date yet. We hope to find out at our Dr. appt at the end of April but one thing we do know for sure...there is another baby on the way!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Estella's Dedication

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

just a normal day...

These pictures were taken a few days ago in the dining hall during lunch
(which is why Craig is wearing an apron)