It's Fall Y'all!

Yes it's fall, but it sure doesn't feel like it here!  We did fall activities today, but boy was it HOT!

This morning we went to our niece Sheaffer's soccer game.  

Aunt Heather finally got to hold D with no competition from Sheaffer, and I think she enjoyed every minute of it.  Derrick really enjoyed watching the kids run back and forth on the field.  He kept kicking his legs and making funny faces as he watched.  I'm pretty sure he wanted to go run with them.

The kids get a snack after the game, and guess who wanted Sheaffer's...

 We weren't able to go to Ivy, Zach, and Blaine's game because it was at the same time and different place, but we got to see Ivy and Zach afterward.  


Is it obvious that Zach didn't want his picture taken? 

Uncle Jason got some D time in too.

After the game, we headed to the pumpkin patch with Palmetto Hearts.  We had a great time!  It's always nice to spend time with other heart families and make some new friends.  

Derrick was not interested in looking at the camera.  What was way more intertaining than the big orange pumpkin beside him?

The hay, of course!

Poor guy.  This is the first time he's ever sat on the ground like a big boy.  He was simply amazed with what he could pick up, and very interested in how it tasted! 

This is one of D's girlfriends, Lo.   Does she look like she had heart surgery three weeks ago?!  I have quickly learned how impossible it is to take a picture of two children at the same time.  We never got a good picture with both of them looking, but boy did we try.

Our sweet little pumpkin....



We went through the corn maze, and I must brag...Justin, John, Jess, and I (and the kids of course) made it out first! :)  It was a lot of fun, but I'm glad we made it out pretty quickly.  The thought of being lost in there made me think about panicing.  

D tasted something other than hay for the first time today, and he LOVED it!  He kept staring at me opening his mouth, so I let him have a taste.

Let's face it. The kid has a sweet tooth, and he's not even six months old.

 We had a weenie roast and hung around and talked and watched the kids play.  It's an amazing feeling to watch all of these kids run and play.  No one would look at any of them and think they had any medical issues at all, much less have already heart surgery.  It's one of those times where you watch in awe and can't help but think that there is no way there's not a God.  No one on this earth could heal these babies without Him, and none of them would be here today, let alone running, playing, and squealing the way they were, without Him.  It is so amazing to be able to witness the miracles we've been given.

While D watched the other kids run and play wishing he could join them, he had fun hanging out.

But he had such a big day, he couldn't even make it to the car...

Count your blessings, hug your babies, and enjoy the fall y'all!  

Until next time,



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  1. It looks like ya'll had a great time and Derrick enjoyed himself. I'm glad to see he is doing so well and growing. My thoughts and prayers are still with you guys and I think of you often.


  2. Love the blog! I am so glad that I have a way to keep up with that sweet little boy!!!
    I have to say...he's one cute pumpkin! :)

    Love to y'all~ Rebecca

  3. Looks like you guys had a great time. I LOVE the picture of D trying to eat the hay. How funny is that?! Those boys...once they are able to hit the ground they find all sorts of things to get into. It is only just the beginning Shannon!

    Hope the rest of your weekend is great!

    Stefenie, Ryan, Wyatt and Logan Jacks

  4. We LOVE your blog! It's not only interesting to see what the Carters are up to, but it's pretty, too. You've got one adorable, growing, beginning-to-get-into-everything baby boy there! Let me just tell you that you have lots to look forward to...and try to keep up with. He'll be mobile before you know it and then...well, get your running shoes on!

    As always, the pictures makes us laugh and we have declared D the cutest pumpkin ever. Let's see, last time you inspired us about the zoo and now, the boys are wondering when we get to visit the corn maze. You are keeping me busy, Shannon! Keep enjoying every second of fall and that way, we will, too! :)

    Have a great week~
    Kati, Rocky, Evan, & Brycen Dunn

  5. We had such a wonderful time with you all yesterday! Derrick is getting so big and that sucker was hilarious! You're so right about God having His hands over our babies, they're all amazing!!

    ~Sara & Family

  6. Love your blog's new look! Stef is great, isn't she? :) Looks like you had a blast at the pumpkin patch! It's been too cold here to take Andrew yet. I hope to make it before Halloween!

    Happy Fall!

    Jen, Craig & Andrew

  7. We really enjoyed meeting you guys, especially your lil miracle. He is so precious. God is so Good!! I am going to be keeping up with him and you guys..Hope to see you again soon!
    Blessings!! :)