Monday, July 30, 2007


Since it has been a while I figured I would do a little update on what we have been up to.

This past Wednesday the kiddos turned 21 months old, or as Christopher says almost 2! They have really started to blossom into little people. I know that they are people, but now that they are actually speaking in English, and it sentences it really makes me feel like I am not talking to the wall all day.

Avery the little princess, the little girly girl. She loves her sparkles, her pink, her high heels, and her pretties(any jewelry) and she will let you know when she is missing something! She carries her two babies(just like mommy!) around all day, she even feeds them, burps, rocks and puts them to bed. Her favorite things to do right now are read books, play legos, and copy everything Cj does. Avery is quite the chatter box. She has started to really talk in sentences(like two or three word here, I am not saying she is giving lectures or anything). Some of Averys(and CJs) phrases are "That's Cute"(this is mostly to clothes), "Oh Daddy", " Avery peepee in potty", "Love you, (mommy, daddy, Aunt BB, etc..) .

Cj is close behind as he has a few phrases that he says as well , but he is more the man of a million faces. He will do anything for a laugh. And he is 100% boy, he is constantly going, climbing, jumping, and taking everything apart. But, just like Avery, he is a great cuddler. Cj loves his daddy and eagerly awaits his arrival from work, as soon as he hears the garage door open he is waiting by the door screaming(and this is no understatement) "Daddy home!". Other than Daddy he like to play with his truck, his little plastic animals, and pretty much anything he finds laying around the house(examples: screws, pens, levels).

We are in full fledged training mode in our house now(and have been for several months), We are defiantly seeing the differences of raising a boy and a girl, but I think that it is why It is so rewarding. There are days when it is hard when both children are in need of some serious character molding, but on most days they like to switch off that role. I have really been praying that I won't continue to compare my children's sin, for example "Why are they so disobedient and the other is so obedient". God has really been showing me that it is such a joy to have two children in need of a savior, and really how at such a young age I can already have such an impact on how I portray the gospel in their lives.

And now the house....We are in the last phase of putting the house on the market. Meaning the sign is eagerly awaiting its home in our front yard. We have a few more nail holes to fill, a lawn to be mowed, and some tools in the garage to be pack up and we are ready. My mom has blessed us by sending her cleaning lady up here on Friday morning to get our house spotless before the rush of eager buyers come this weekend! Please pray that our home sells quickly and smoothly. I am pretty anxious about keeping the house clean with the kids around, as I have seen how hard it is to just get the house ready for the market with them under my feet. I am hoping that next time we decided to sell a house, the kids will be older and can actually help to clean up after themselves!

Grace abounding, strong and true
That makes me long to be like You
That turns me from my selfish pride
To love the cross on which You died
Grace unending all my days
You’ll give me strength to run this race
And when my years on earth are through
The praise will all belong to You
-Grace Unmeasured, Bob Kauflin

Friday, July 27, 2007

Hey You!

bet you didn't know that I drove a Pimp Wagon.....according to this kid on Craigs List I do:, granted mine is newer and has less miles....but it is still a Volvo Wagon!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Our Little Mobster!

CJ is the ring bearer in Uncle Nick and Aunt Britts wedding. Yesterday when he tried on his new suit he kept posing(seriously as soon as the camera came out he was Mr GQ)....So here are a few picks of my handsome little man!

Best Buds!

The past few weeks the kids have really starting playing with each other. It is so awesome that they have built in playmates for life. Honestly there is nothing sweeter than seeing the love that they have for each other. The way that CJ is (a little) more gentler with her than anyone else, the way that they jack jaw with each other all day long, how they are the epitome of monkey see monkey do, the way they make each other laugh and laugh and laugh, nothing can really make a mothers heart smile more. The joy that we have experienced with these two little monkeys really has shown me Gods favor in our lives. So anyways here are a few pictures of the youngest part of our Blackburn Crew....

Playing with measuring spoons Haha I have more!

Giving some brotherly love!

Looking like the possessive boyfriend!

Chillin on the fourth with some corn! Nothing says southern like two babies gnawing on corn

Sipping YooHoo!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A look back in time!

Here are some pictures. No it is not CJ Jr. They are of the Mr. Gale Blackburn. Not only am I starting to act more like my dad (this is Christopher Sr. talking here) but I have a son that looks exactly like him.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Verse 31

Guess who's back, back again, Topher's back, tell a friend. Ok, to the serious stuff. As I was driving into work this morning I began to think about my life. Well more about how much I enjoy being home. Not just being home but, being home. I arrive home from work to kids that are amazingly well behaved, food that is cooking and soon ready to eat, a tidy house, and big hugs from everyone. Most notably, I return home from work to a beautiful woman that loves me more than anyone ever has before. So back to my thinking this morning, I was reminded of Proverbs 31. So I collected some verses below that were spoken thousands of years ago but are lived out even today in Eileen. I do believe that verse 31 is, in a small way, being lived out in this very insufficient note about the "noble things" (v.29) she has done. So consider yourselves, the ones reading this, as city gates. Here is my bride written out by scripture:

10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate