Sunday, August 23, 2009

Goodbye to Gainesville ;(

It's hard to believe that we are saying goodbye to this chapter of our lives. This was our last full week in Gainesville and we have spent some good time with friends. We will miss G-ville very much and will forever be thankful for the friendships we have formed here. This morning our church family had a goodbye blessing/sendoff for us which was sad but very sweet.

Miss Ella Grace is now three weeks old and is keeping us very busy! We think she is having some stomach disturbances which is causing quite a bit of fussiness. It is definitely creating some sleeplessness and frustration on Mommy and Daddy's part. Despite this, our love for her grows each day! She is begining to focus her eyes more, loves being in her mommy's sling, still eats up daddy's pinky finger, makes lots of strange snorting and squawking noises at night, has an unbelievable amount of dirty diapers, and her cheeks are filling out and becoming more irresistable. At the doctor this week Ella Grace weighed in at 8 lbs. 4 oz. which means she is getting plenty of nutrition. Oddly, her newborn clothes are still a bit big. Her eyes are still big and blue and we are anxious to see if they will begin to change.

Here are some snapshots from this week.

Dinner in Ocala with The Jones and Millers

Matt, Nathan, and Dan enjoying their purses :)

UF Natural History Museum trip with Mel, Daisy, and Isaac
Isaac inspecting the large turtle shell
Auntie Mel with Ella Grace

Daisy gets to hold the baby! Daisy did a fabulous job and Ella was a super trooper at the museum!

Isaac wanted in on the action. He enjoyed tickling her little toes.

Sweet baby girl in her car seat

Visiting with Auntie Debbie
Our last Sunday here

I fly to Charlotte on Wednesday with Ella Grace to do the closing on our new home and Nathan arrives on Saturday with the moving truck. Thanks in advance to Uncle Josh, Aunt Melissa, and cousin Madison for coming to help us with the move! Uncle Dave, Aunt Donna, Jamison, Grandma & Grandpa Hollinger along with a group of very servant hearted members from Justin and Kelly's church in Charlotte will be there to help, too!!


  1. Hi Naph!
    Ella is so sweet. Congratulations! Matt and I laugh because at six weeks and ten pounds Ezekiel still fits in newborn too. Zeke has some stomach issues too. I wanted to tell you about colic calm. He has gas problems that wake him up all the time. My roommate from college used these drops with her daughter. They are all natural herbal drops. They have worked pretty well for us. Just wanted to pass a suggestion that has helped us along to you. :) I will be praying for your move and that sweet baby's stomach!
    Amanda Agresti (I know it says aunt Mandy. That is thanks to my sister in laws blog:).
    Love to you all! Amanda Agresti

  2. Thanks for the new photos! I LLOOVVEE the one of daisy, isaac and ella!!! I'm praying for you as you say all your goodbyes...