I took a blogging hiatus for the past month or so. Apparently, this made my one blog reader upset at me (thanks for reading Laran). I wish I could over-spiritualize my absence by saying that I was on some sort of “cyber fast”, but that would be a lie. I guess I’ve just been really busy with “life”. Here are the high points from the start of a great year:
- Celebrated 4 wonderful years of marriage with my beautiful wife, Jaime. I thought we were going to have to celebrate apart from each other. But, thanks to the threat of snow in Atlanta, my seminary course ended a day early and I made it home in time to watch Alabama win the National Championship with Jaime and Avery. I know…how romantic, right? Avery has never witnessed an Alabama loss.
- As mentioned above, Alabama won their 13th National Championship by beating Texas in The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. What a great anniversary present! ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!
- Avery celebrated her 1st birthday on January 20th. I can’t begin to describe the joy that this child has brought to our lives. It’s so hard to believe that she is a year old now. We celebrated her first birthday party at New York Pizza in Homewood with family and friends. We love you Avery!
What a great month! I’ll try to update on a more regular basis.
The future is bright for my sister, Mary Bec. She’s hoping that this commercial will jumpstart her career in Hollywood! We are so proud of you Bec!
Avery has yet to see the Tide lose. She celebrated her first Alabama victory on Saturday with a win over Virginia Tech, 34-24. Roll Tide Roll!
Avery Wells Gambrell was dedicated on August 16, 2009 at Dawson Memorial Baptist church by Dr. Gary Fenton. It was a special day for our entire family.
We took a much needed vacation to Destin, Florida from August 10-15. This was Avery’s first trip to the coast. We had a great time! Vacationing with a child is much different from our previous vacations, pre-Avery. We learned that it’s not about us anymore. We wouldn’t have it any other way!
(a lot more pictures on my Facebook page)
Dad’s recliner is about to get a lot more action!
Our family cat, Larry, passed away today. His little kidneys failed him. He will be missed by all (except Mary Bec and Justin).
I adopted Larry when I was in college. At that time, I was working at Hat Shack in the Galleria Mall. While at work one night, two girls came in to the Hat Shack with a pet carrier. I asked to see their new kitten and they offered him to me. Turns out that Larry’s original owners tried to return him to the pet store because their dog was trying to eat him. The pet store did not take returns. I could not let this cat go home to a hungry dog. Without my roommates’ approval, I decided to adopt the kitten. I named him after my favorite baseball player, Chipper Jones (Larry Wayne Jones Jr.). I kept him in the stockroom for the rest of the evening and then surprised my roommates with the cat when I got off work. I don’t think that they were as thrilled as I was.
Because of their so called “allergies”, Larry ended up in Jasper living with my parents. He was a good cat but would turn on you in an instant. I kind of liked that about him. You never really knew if you could trust him.
I’ll miss you Larry!