Monday, December 14, 2009

2009 Christmas Letter

It is hard to believe that 2009 is almost gone! At the beginning of this year Scott was still deployed, but thankfully he came home in mid-January. We prayed for God to put him in a job position where he would not have to leave home and boy did He provide! A few months after Scott returned home an opportunity came up for him to move squadrons and so he did. Since then his work schedule is the best it has ever been! The hours he works during the week are great and he was only gone 14 days this year since moving squadrons!
This year we did a lot of traveling to see friends and family (as usual). We went to Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Colorado, North Carolina, Germany, and of course South Carolina! :) Lord Willing we will settle down there one day so we can be close to our family.
Oklahoma has been a very good place for us. Our church life here has been great, we have made many friends, and Memorial Road Church of Christ has provided us many opportunities to serve and be served.
Also, this year we found a Naturopathic doctor that I love and has brought all of us needed healing...especially Jackson...he has come so far in his health this year, I can hardly believe it! I am so thankful to God for that! We are trying for #2, but we are in no hurry. I'm sure if God thinks we need another child, He will give us one at the right time.
Scott is still working on his Masters of Ministry. He is getting it through Harding University and most of the classes are on-line so it is very convenient. This past semester he has been taking a class called Hermeneutics and Exegesis. This class has required alot of reading and writing so he is glad it's almost over, although he has learned alot!
Jackson is almost a year and a half old and is growing like a weed! He is over 30lbs now and is about 33 inches tall. It's so hard to believe my baby boy is walking, climbing, and talking (or at least trying to talk). He is a happy baby and brings us so much joy! Scott and I love that boy more than we can express and thank God for him everyday!!!
My days seem to fill rather fast with tending to Jackson, buying and preparing food for all of us, cleaning the house, doing laundry, Bible study, event planning, Church events, walking, talking on the phone, e-mailing, etc.. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be able to stay home and do the things I really enjoy and feel are valuable.
We are heading home to SC for the holidays. I'll be there about 20 days and look forward to seeing many of you during that time! For other details and pictures from this past year, you can just scroll down through our blog. We hope you have a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2010!!!

I think Jackson is excited about Christmas!!....he must get it from his Mom and Dad :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Jackson's Health Journey

I am happy to report that for the past few weeks Jackson has been free of any sick-like symptoms!!! This is huge for us since most of the time...and I mean MOST...he has struggled with something. For the first 8 months of his life it was coughing, runny nose, ear infections, fever, eczema, vomiting, etc... As you can imagine, this was all very stressful for me! I had already been to a few conventional pediatricians and a couple of naturopathic doctors, but Jackson still was not well. So in March this year I decided to see another Naturopathic doctor here in Oklahoma City. His methods of diagnosing and treating people were very different from anything I had experienced, but I thought "you can't knock it till ya try it". After the first couple weeks with Dr.Reed, Jackson's eczema cleared up and he has stopped having ear infections all together. Jackson has had the croup about 4 or 5 times in his life and after each bout of the croup his cough will last a LONG time and it is usually accompanied with vomiting. Dr.Reed has been the only one successful in getting his cough to stop after each episode. After this last time he got the croup, Dr.Reed figured out that the persistent coughing was due to allergies. After treating the allergy problem, Jackson has stopped coughing and his nose has cleared up! Yeahh!!!! I am super-pumped about this and pray his great health continues!!! We have prayed and prayed for Jackson's health issues to clear up, and I believe Dr.Reed has been an answer to our prayers. All of his medicines are herbal combinations and Dr.Reed will tell you that his knowledge and treatment methods come from God. He says he could not think of them on his own:) Well, after 9 months of working with Dr.Reed I do believe he has a gift from God.
And on a side reason I am so extreme about Jackson’s diet is because I know that what you eat effects your health and I want to be sure to do everything I can to ensure Jackson's good health.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

VitaMix and Juicer

2 kitchen appliances that I use daily are the VitaMix and the Breville Juicer. These products are great and I don't know what I'd do without them! The VitaMix I have used for months to puree' Jackson's food, but after one of my last visits home, my sister-in-law (Chelsea) got me into making smoothies. This has been great because you can make a super-healthy meal out of a smoothie. Most everyday my smoothie is:
1-2 cups coconut water
1 Tbs Berry Green
1 Tbs Hemp or Flaxseed
1/2 Tbs Fiber
1 Tbs Udo's Oil
1 pitted date
1/8 cup almonds
1/2 banana
5 oz frozen berry mix
All organic, of course

We started juicing this summer after buying the Champion Juicer, but after a while we quit for several of which was the difficulty of dealing with that particular juicer. So when I went home and Chelsea came over and showed me how to juice with this Breville juicer, I was hooked. As soon as I got back home, I went out to Bed Bath and Beyond and bought this Breville juicer and it is so easy to use and clean!!! So now, every morning before we eat anything, we drink a super healthy glass of juice. The main ingredients we juice are (all organic): carrots, apples, lemon, Romaine lettuce, spinach, kale, celery, cabbage, etc... The plan is to incorporate more and more vegetables and fruits in time. This has been a great way for me to consume vegetables since there are so few vegetables I will eat and then they are usually cooked which kills all the enzymes and many nutrients.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

November Highlights

The hat Aunt Amie sent Jackson from Germany...Jackson's not sure about all the leaves... Jackson's first 4-wheel ride...
Santa Clause aint got nothin' on me!
Jackson is FINALLY eating more solid foods like mashed-up bananas (as pictured below), mashed potatoes, green beans, etc...
Kyle's groom's cake is probably the coolest we've ever seen...all of it is cake...including the pictures!
For Thanksgiving this year we went to Kyle's wedding in Denver...Kyle is one of Scott's good friends from college. Here is a picture of us from that wedding. We were able to get one good dance in while PK held Jackson, so that was great! :)
Kyle, Carrie, Rachael, and Scott
The 3 buds from The Air Force Academy: Ashley, Kyle, and Scott. I met them all at the same time in Daytona 2001.
At the wedding we talked mostly with PK, Courtney and Ashley...
Because Jackson is into EVERYTHING, we've been forced to put locks on most drawers and cabinets within Jackson's reach. That is what Scott is doing in this picture and I thought it was so cute how interested Jackson seemed to be in what his Daddy was doing.
And on a side note...Jackson now is able to light a match. Comforting. Very comforting.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

October Highlights

Here is Jackson ready for church Sunday morning. Thanks Mom and Dad for pretty much his entire wardrobe. My good friend Laura stopped in for a visit...I think Jackson likes her!

We had some cold days in October and so here is Jackson suited up to play outside. We try to let him play outside for a half hour to an hour everyday since he loves it so much. We think he'd stay outside all day if we'd let him.

Dressed up for the Fall Festival at church. Jackson was not his normal happy self this night because there was so much noise and so many people. He does not like loud noises.

A beautiful sunset taken from our backyard.

Me and Jackson wandering around outside while we were away at a retreat.

One of my very good friends got engaged! Lindsay and I have been friends since middle school....Congratulations!!!!

July Family Photos

These pictures were taken in July 2009 by Lucas Brown with Kickstand Studio.
This is one of Jackson's one-year old photos.Scott, Jackson, and Rachael

The 7 Kellis Kids (ages)
top left to right: Ross (24), Rhett (26), Raegen (18)
bottom left to right: Rom (29), Rachael (28), Rochelle (14), and Raleigh (16)

top, left to right: Keke', Ross, Heather, Scott with Jackson, Rachael, Rhett with Bella, Bethany with Maya, Rom, Chelsea with Sophia
bottom left to right: Rochelle, Raegen, Raleigh, Mom, Dad, Rom, and Ryder

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Scott's Trip Across the Pond

This is a blog about Scott's trip to Greece and England with the military. As you can tell he really had to rough it while on the road. Hope you enjoy some of the pictures he and his crew took while answering the call of their country ;)
Pictures from Greece
The harbor at Chania (the C is silent)
Market street
My Room
A beautiful view from the hotel in Crete
The water crashing on the rocks

Jolly Ole England

ParlamentBig Ben
The Tower Bridge
Westminister Abbey
Buckingham Palace
Harry Potter's Platform at King's Cross
A well known pub where we ate dinner
The Tower of London
Entrance to the Tower of London
The White Tower at the Tower of London
A well endowed knight
Conversing with some of the local folk

Sunday, October 4, 2009

September Pictures

Well Scott and I are back together in OK again. Below are some pictures from the past month. Scott plans on blogging some of the picturres he took while he was in Crete and England.
This one is a sweet note Scott left for me.
Jackson's Halloween costume...our little monkey!
This was when Scott and Jackson saw eachother after being apart for over 2 weeks...notice Scott's smile!
Jackson passed out on our plane ride home.
Havin fun with Grandaddy! (Rachael's Dad)
Our happy boy!
Ellison, Jackson, Sam, and Papa celebrating Papa's birthday (Scott's Dad)
Grandmomma Watson with Jackson in their new back yard (Scott's mother)Jackson with Grandmomma Sue
Great-Grandaddy Jameson reading to Jackson (Scott's grandfather)
Keke's going-away party. He's going to California and we are going to miss him!
Jackson playing outside at my parent's. My Mom vacuuming Raegen's apartment in Auburn...she is quite the perfectionist!
The whole gang tailgating at the Auburn game.
The Kellis girls: Me, Raegen, Raleigh, and Rochelle
My best buds from Auburn...Cortney and Jessa
Cortney, Rachael, and Jackson. War Eagle!
Being goofy...Raegen, Rachael, and Raleigh
Gettin loved on by Grandmomma Kellis (Rachael's Mom)
Keke and Jackson
Rochelle...the family cross country star!
Emma Cassady...we watched her one night while her parents went to an OU game...isn't she a beautiful little girl?!!
Me with Jackson and Emma.
Our two neighbor girls that come over to visit from time to time...Jaycee and Erin