Happy 5th Birthday Madison!

It’s hard for us to believe that little Maddie Boo is already 5 years old!  I (Will) remember getting a call from Beth right before I was going in to take my Church History mid-term that she thought she was in labor.  AFTER completing the exam, I took off and met Beth at the Davis house where she was kicked back watching 24.  From there to the hospital, an epideral, and 6 hours of sleep later, little Maddie Boo was born at 6:19am (we think; we’ve slept since then)!  Check out these pictures over the years….

Just a few days after birth, already cheering for the best team in sports!


Little Boo at her 1 year pictures

1 yr

2 year old birthday party


3 years old! First bday in FLL

3 yr

Growing older at 4

4 yr

Happy 5th Birthday Maddie!


Funny face and bubbles

Well, we’ve just been hanging out since I (Beth) have finished school…so, it’s been kind of slow. We’re still looking for ministry opp’s with Indians here in Louisville and getting ready for an already busy summer.   On day two of our summer together, Maddie and I have discovered how fun bubbles are.  She even said, “Bubble,” when I told her what we were going outside to play with…not sure if she’ll say it on command again, but she did say it at least 3 times.  haha…Here are some fun pictures from today…

Boo #2 is doing great also!  I felt him/her move the other night for the first time.  It’s just so crazy!  He/She is developing well and the heartbeat is really strong.  I hit a little speed bump after we came back from India.  After a month and a half of having major stomach discomfort (and it wasn’t morning sickness), my GI specialist figured out that I have celiac sprue disease.  It’s a life long allergy to gluten (wheat, barley, or rye) and gluten is in basically everything I eat!  haha…so, it’s been an adjustment, but since we’ve figured it out, I’ve felt much better and I’ve had more energy.  If you have a great gluten free recipe, please share!

Swimming pretty part #1

Well, the water was a little bit too cold, but we went outside and sat by the pool. haha…Maddie still is trying to get over her fear of grass and so she basically sat in my lap or stood on my towel the whole time, but she is getting good at throwing and rolling her favorite ball. She is just getting so big and she looks so cute in her swimsuit that Aunt Abbey gave her before she was even born! Check her out!

Who’s feeding who?


Originally uploaded by willandbeth

Maddie is learning how to feed herself…before Boo #2 comes, we want Maddie to be well informed on how to do as many things as possible 🙂 Is that lazy or smart? haha…either way! Maybe we’ll even potty train early…..but no videos/pics of that…sorry! hahaha…She’s getting so big and is talking up a storm. Check out the latest pics on the Flikr page!

And we’re back!

Whoa…we didn’t realize that it had almost been a month since we last posted…a lot has been happening!  Maddie turned one (you heard from the post below this one), we prepared for our trip to India (pictures below), March Madness ended up with Duke winning the championship (I’m sure there will be a post about this by WillJ soon), and Maddie got her first tooth (finally!).
During our visit to India, we got to visit with the family that we will possibly be working with…in case you didn’t know, we are in the application process to serve as “teachers” over in India, beginning in summer 2011…so, it was a wonderful trip full of insight to how life will look for the Jackson 4 (yup!  I said 4 – we’re due w/ boo#2 on Oct. 25).  Check out the Flikr page for more pics from Maddie’s bday and India.

Our baby girl is 1 year old!

One year ago today, our life changed forever.  At 6:19 am, Maddie made her appearance to this world with nary a cry.  Her little eyes were just wide open as she was taking it all in.  And here 1 year later, she is still just the same.  Everywhere we go, her eyes are just so big as she surveys the sights and sounds of a new place. 

She loves to walk around and follow us wherever we go.  While she still has no teeth, she is learning to eat some table foods.  Rice is the newest addition to the menu, and that’s a good thing considering our future destination!  She’s got “dada” down; we are working on getting her to say “mama” when she’s not crying.  We’ve also noticed that Maddie likes to dance now . . . music or none!  I think both Beth and I will take credit for this one.

As I think back over this past year, it’s been such a joy.  Learning to be a dad is something that’s had its challenges but has been worth it all.  Having Beth for a wife has made these challenges much easier as she has continually helped make our home an easy place to learn.  She has been great at keeping both Maddie and I fed with some good food at great prices thanks to her couponing skills! 

One year down, many more to go.  I can’t wait!  Happy Birthday Maddie!

Maddie’s 1st Christmas

 . . . 4 days w/ family, 3 christmas parties, 2 exhausted parents, and a trunk with no room to spare.

We had a great time with almost every family member this past weekend.  Maddie now has clothes and toys to last her at least through the summer if not longer!  We are very thankful for our families and how they take care of us when we are home. 

We’ve got most all of our pics posted over at Flickr.  Check out the Christmas album here!