The Macs

Friday, May 27, 2011

baby names & rain

Wow. Thanks for all of the name suggestions. If I would have known how helpful you all would be, I would have asked sooner!! We have added some new names to our list. Who knows, maybe one of you will end up helping us name Baby Brother...we like to refer to him as "Eugene" around here (after my dear brother-in-law Loren Eugene). Keep the names coming!

We ended up getting some rain and my farmer husband is oh-so happy. It will really help out his corn. The weather has been crazy though. Rain and tornado warnings one day, beautiful sunshine the next day, and today it is overcast and even a little cold. (Oh man, I am sounding like such a farm girl with all of this weather talk!!) Of course while we are thanking God for the much needed rain around here, we are devastated for the families who have had their lives turned upside down because of the storms. My heart aches as I think of the incredible losses so many are facing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

The rain hasn't kept us inside. We pulled out Levi's rubber boots and he has wanted to wear them everyday since then. Water and mud are so fun when you are a little boy.

Of course he always has time to stop for a snack. This child NEVER stops eating. And check out those finger nails. How is a mama supposed to keep a farm boy clean?? I think dirty finger nails might just be a part of being a boy in the summer at our house. Don't worry, I will still bathe him!

Yesterday when it was so nice, we visited Joel at the farm. Levi even got to give the cows a snack. It is so fun to watch Levi becoming such a little boy. He is definitely not a baby anymore. I think there will be lots of fun summer memories ahead. Now if only the "summer" weather could stick around!

Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Make sure to check back next week...
I have been planning a a little challenge for June and I would love for you to join me!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am still just a few years away from getting to be a mom (military wife for now but born and raised on a farm so I know all about the weather and my Dad's/brother's obsession with weather channel. We have had too much rain and only 7% of Ohio's corn has even been planted this year!) and I get SO excited whenever you have a new post. I always daydream while looking at your blog of being a Mommy and having the most adorable babies :) :)
My husband even knows all about you and I show him pictures and say, "I can't wait until we get to post pictures like this!" and often I get all teary eyed with anticipation. But not yet time for us. The husband deploys too often and for too long.
But keep those CUTE pictures coming! :) :)

May 27, 2011 at 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't feel bad about his dirty finger-nails! I have 2 boys and they are 3 and 6. And they live "outdoors" and you should see their nails! :) Yes, boys love dirt and mud! :)

May 27, 2011 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Regina said...

Ahh, as a fellow farm wife, I understand with the weather talk!

I am glad you got rain, I know what that feeling is like waiting for something to fall from the clouds. And also having 2 boys, it is near impossible to keep them clean- but they have so much fun growing up on a farm!

Little Levi is too cute- his pictures show what a little character he is!

May 27, 2011 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

As a farmwife myself, I definitely understand the weather talk. Around here though, it is the complete opposite. We are praying for dryer weather. It is almost the first of June and only a third of our corn crop is planted. There are several farmers around here who haven't even started planting.

May 27, 2011 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Maisie said...

Micah Jarrett is adorable with Levi!! What is Levi's middle name?

May 27, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

We actually have sunshine scheduled for the whole long weekend! Yeah!!

Ok, so I'll share with you my boy names that I'm probably never going to get to use anyways (how hard is it to find a great Christian man with a sense of humor and likes college football?) I have always like Silas. It was my great-grandfather's first name. I also like Grayson (Gray) & Hayes, both in honor of Ohio State. I have always liked Carter & Cooper, both which have already been taken by close friends/family. I also like Evan, Nathaniel, Asher, Logan, Cameron, Seth, Moses, Erza, Ezekiel and Elias. If my niece was a boy the name was going to be River.

May 27, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

he is one photogenic cute kiddo! I have two boys that are close in age and they are going to have so much fun together! just wait until you find out how much trouble two can get into.

May 27, 2011 at 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is just too stinking cute! I can hardly stand it!

I don't know what other people suggested, but here are some boy names we like.

Asher (that's our son's name. We changed it from Travis when we adopted him because I'm not really a huge fan of Travis.) Gabriel, Isaac, Isaiah, Gideon, Elijah, Joel, and Nathaniel. Obviously, we like biblical names. lol I have a friend naming her baby Declan, which I think is cute, too. Will you tell us the name when you decide or make us wait?!

May 27, 2011 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Oh my!!! I love this! I have a 10-year-old who was born in Oklahoma, and adopting him meant bringing him to Southern California. I know he was meant for farm days! I love seeing your little Levi and his adventures! Those finger nails just mean more minerals, right? My Ethan can at least still gt dirty, but not quite so well, haha! Love it!

May 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger The Boccias said...

Levi's fingernails made me laugh! Talia is changing so much right now, just like Levi. All of a sudden she can understand so much of what we say and is saying things like "trash", "bath", and "help please."
I was a little bummed to see everyone keep suggesting Liam as a boy name...that's the one we love! Looks like it's really popular. Oh well. I'm excited to hear the name you and Joel choose--it will be perfect!

May 27, 2011 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Beth Ann said...

My fave boys name: Holden :)

May 27, 2011 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

I think Colton is a cute name!!

May 27, 2011 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

These photos are so cute! What an adorable little guy. Love the farm boy nails. :) I have to throw in my favorite boy name from my husband's... Heydon.

May 27, 2011 at 6:10 PM  
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May 27, 2011 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Kay said...

I have a four year old who just told me "Mom everybody has rain boots except me!?!?!?" He was so upset about it...I see why now, because they look like SO MUCH FUN!

May 27, 2011 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

Not sure if these names were mentioned yet but I have a Leyton Marc (who was born to Heaven at 39 weeks of pregnancy) and just had Jonah Leyton (named after his big brother) in November. Love the pictures of the rain boots!

May 27, 2011 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I love all those sweet pics of your family. And I must say, the dirty fingernails made me very happy. My youngest son, the one yr old, also has dirty fingernails pretty much all the time...Give these boys some dirt, sticks and rocks and they are oh so happy. :) Thanks for sharing!

May 27, 2011 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger The Dukes said...

I love these pictures and Levi's little cankles! ;)

I didn't read through all the name suggestions that were posted so I hope this isn't a repeat, but I have always loved Shepherd as a boy's name. I thought Levi & Shep might sound cute together!

May 27, 2011 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

I love my boy's name. I saw the cutest little guy on a local (Chicago) telethon for a cancer hosptital. A little blonde sweet little thing who had cancer. Both melted and broke my heart. His name was Miles. I knew right then if I had a boy I wanted to use that name. I think it is different but not weird and works well for a cute boy and then later as a strong man.

May 27, 2011 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger The Via Colony said...

Oh my goodness, I just found your blog...I love it! You look awesome in your preggo pictures:) Your house looks awesome and your blog is so sweet!

May 27, 2011 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger jbreeden said...

We are having another baby this summer and if it was going to be a boy we were going to name him McCormick and call him Mack. Feel free to put that name to good use because we are having another girl! We named her already (Hazel Grace) since I was in the hospital (Wesley Medical Center) for 30 days and so many people were praying for us. So we wanted them to be able to pray for her by name. And we didn't know what was going to happen next so... Anyhow, while I was in your neck of the woods, I was tempted several times to reach out to you! I thought of you as the ambulance drove me by Newton. ;) I was coming from Quinter.

May 27, 2011 at 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

I have 3 boys, so I understand dirty fingernails. My boys names are Zechariah Jacob, Andrew Patrick and Jonah Matthew. A few more of my fave. boys names are Josiah, Joshua and Caleb. I know with your pick for Levi, whatever you pick will be perfect.

May 28, 2011 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen said...

Love Love Love the Broncos shirt! Being from Colorado, he would fit right in with my little guy...we love our Broncos (even if they are not so good right now) and we love having such a good role model (Tim Tebow) on our team!

May 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to jump in on the name suggestions. Haven't read all the previous suggestions, but I have always loved the boy name "Layne". I knew if I was blessed with a boy, he would have this name. God has blessed me with two girls!! I enjoy your blog and have prayed along with others for your family in the past.

May 28, 2011 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Susan Coish said...

H Jess....I'm not sure if you routinely do this or not...but I'm wondering if you can post this link on your blog.

This is the story of a little 3 week old boy (Bronson) diagnosed with neuroblastoma at just 4 days old. This boy needs as many prayers as he can get. I don't know this family personally but they have touched my heart. I know that with the followers of your blog, you have some heavy duty prayer warriors out this and I believe that this mom needs to be encouraged...and this boy needs healing...Thank so much!

May 29, 2011 at 7:06 AM  
Anonymous Katie B. said...

I love reading all your updates on your family and little Levi. My Mom found your blog awhile back when you had Cora, and faithfully updated me, and then I started following. We had a Gavin Patrick that passed away when he was almost 5 months. He was born with 2 brain conditions that eventually led to his death. We cherished the time with him--I'm now pregnant with baby #2, and we are naming him Levi Gavin. :) You could always go with Gavin for your baby boy ;)

May 29, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Sarah D said...

Levi is so cute! My little guy Adam (16 months born Jan 24) has those same shorts! Wore them yesterday in fact!
I enjoy reading your blog, so excited for you to have another little boy! Awesome for Levi to have a brother :)

May 29, 2011 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Val said...

Hi Jess! I have been reading your blog for quite a while but have never commented before. I figured I would introduce myself. I'm Val and I have two boys myself (Lane and Reid) and we live in Colorado. I'm originally from Newton,KS. You are such an incredible and strong woman of faith. I admire you a lot!! Congratulations on your second boy. Blessings to you and your family!

May 29, 2011 at 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We named our baby Alex and love it.
Thank you for sharing your life.

May 29, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I love the name Landin. It was our boy name for our third (we had a girl), but I love the name. I have also seen it spelled Landen.

May 29, 2011 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger ... said...

I started following your blog a few months ago and love the pictures you capture. What type of camera do you use?

May 29, 2011 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Kimberly Canada said...

Lots of interesting baby names in our family. Our cousins (there are many) have come up with some very interesting ones....

Kai, Haydn, Nash, Ryker, Colby, Brody, Braxton, Malachai, Joshua, Jacob, Garrett, Dylan, Connor, Stellan, Mason, Sawyer, Turner, Payton, Preston, Eli(jah), Isaac, Chancellor, Chandler, Chad (yes
there was a CH theme there!)

Girls: Nyla, Aria, Anabella, Mila, Analeigh, Kiera, Keely, Malory, Emma, Brooklynne, Keanna, Mya, Hazel, Eugenie (pronounced yew- jenn-ay)Charissa, Chantel, Marybeth, Laurajane, Rylan, Layla, Lena.

My husband's mom is the eldest of 11 children and there are a TON of cousins. Believe it or not, it is a very close family and we see this group of extended family every few months!!!!

Kimberly Canada!

May 29, 2011 at 11:24 PM  
Anonymous Carla said...

I just listened to a podcast yesterday on how dirt is very good for the immune system, so feel good about those fingernails momma :-)

Just to add my suggestions to the name game (love this game :-)...I love biblical names but I'm guessing you know your way around those so I'll stick to Irish ones, seeing as you may not hear them from many others :-) I love the four letter name thing you have going on so I'll stick with that too... Finn (means fair), Cian (means ancient) or Dara (means oak).
I'll come back to this as I think of more :-)

May 30, 2011 at 5:19 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

LOVE these pics. Such a sweet little farmer boy. How fun for him to get to grow up with such adventure.
I like the name Kamry.

May 30, 2011 at 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the name Logan. Then you would have a Levi and Logan. :)

May 31, 2011 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

I like the name Cody, it's nice and you don't hear it that often :)

May 31, 2011 at 8:46 PM  

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