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To honor my father . . .

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you all why I’ve been so absent from the blog lately . . .

This past Saturday, my dad unexpectedly and tragically passed away.

My father was one of my dearest friends and was just the greatest dad in the universe. Everyone who knew him loved and respected him so much. He was endlessly giving, loving, trustworthy, funny, faithful, and strong. This is a tremendous loss for our family, but also for the world – he had so much more left to give.

This picture is my favorite one of my dad. This was taken last year after we had just told them we were expecting.ย  I had never seen such a sweet smile on my dad’s face. ๐Ÿ™‚ He was so excited and so proud to become a Grandpa!

I wanted to share this with you because I want to be real about what’s going on with me. I’ll be in and out of the office over the next couple of weeks . . . taking time to grieve, help my mom take care of the millions of decisions and things that need to take place in my dad’s absence, and of course, taking care of our sweet little Quin, who still deserves all the love and attention in the world.

In a time like this I feel so lucky to have such a HAPPY job – one that takes me right into the middle of the most joyful day of my clients’ lives and reminds me that, though sometimes sad and tragic, life is also very sweet and to be celebrated.

Much love,

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What I’m looking at all day . . .

. . . is this sweet little man who’s stolen my heart. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some pictures I took of our adorable Quin (3 weeks old) after my heart broke at the thought of ever forgetting exactly what he looks like while he’s this tiny. We are SO blessed with each day that passes with our son. Words cannot express the joy we feel!

Thank you Lord for Quin’s gorgeous RED hair! What a knockout!

He just takes my breath away.

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Baby Quin is HERE! :)

Blog world – I am absolutely giddy to introduce you to the sweetest new baby in the world, Mr. Quin Cross!

Quin was born on Sunday, October 11th, 2009 and was 8 lbs, 12 oz (BIG boy!), 21 1/4 inches long. He has a head of long, gorgeous, mysteriously red (more like longhorn burnt orange, to his father’s delight) hair! He is wonderful, incredible, and more than we could have ever prayed for or imagined. Our hearts are full. ๐Ÿ™‚

Needless to say, I’ll be out of the office for a while, but will try to get back to returning emails as soon as I can muster the energy and find the time! ๐Ÿ™‚ This guy is keeping us busy with all the joys he brings!

Thanks for your excitement, prayers, and thoughts over the last many months!

Much love,
Stacy (and Stan)


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Still Preggies!

Just so you know. ๐Ÿ™‚

I had NO idea how many emails, facebook message, phone calls, and drop-bys I would receive by people just wanting to know if I’m still pregnant – hahaha! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s SO awesome to have so many people sharing this exciting time with us – THANK YOU! On that note, though – I PROMISE we’ll be sure to update the blog, facebook, the UNIVERSE when baby Quin finally gets here! You will NOT be able to miss it!

Lots of love,
Stacy, Stan, Buddy, and Quin (waitin’ in the wings!)

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Awaiting our Quin!

Stan and I have now entered the ever-exciting “any day now” phase of waiting for our sweet baby boy to make his arrival! I had NO idea how hard this wait would be, but I’m doing my best to remember that I need to cherish this time of rest and preparation. ๐Ÿ™‚ We could not be more excited to welcome Quin into our world and we cannot even imagine the love we’re going to feel for him, considering how much we already LOVE him!

I wanted to share a few pics from his nursery, which is finally *almost* done! All I have left to do is go grab his changing pad and decide what picture I want to put in that huge black frame you see there over his changing table. ๐Ÿ™‚ What do you think? I love it!

My dear friend Amy made this cute “Quin” decoration and I just adore it!

Here’s a more up-close picture of Quin’s crib blanket, which I just love! We’ve been calling him “Monkey” from the beginning, so it just fits! ๐Ÿ™‚

One of my favorite things to do is to go into Quin’s room and look at his sweet little clothes all laundered and ready for him to wear. I’ll just sit there and imagine his squishy little self filling them out and my heart is filled with excitement! Actually, Stan and I both spend a lot of time in Quin’s room these days. I caught Stan doing his school reading in my nursing chair the other day, which was just the sweetest thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

And here’s a family photo (Buddy’s too good to look at the camera, apparently!) taken by my friend Sarah Q the other day . . .

We’ll see you soon, Quin! We can’t wait!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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