since i am just now starting to blog, i wanted to back up a little and bring you up to date. chad and i met in 2000 and were married in July of 2002. On December 31st 2003, we had our first child, Brian Duke. We always knew he would go by the name Duke. many of our family and friends told us from the beginning that they did not like the name. he would be made fun of. he would have to be a strong personality to carry that name. chad and i always just knew that Duke would be just fine wearing this name. we knew that if he was made fun of for having the name Duke, it would make him a stronger person and he would be able to wear it. boy, were we ever right! duke wears the name just as we thought he would. he has made me sweat from day one! i remember the first night in the hospital after delivery, duke just cried and cried. we thought we would never quiet him. i was about in tears, as a new mom, i wasn't sure what to do for him. chad looked at me and said, "what have we done?" we knew that night that duke was not going to be a quiet, nonchalant, go with the flow type personality. in fact, he was right the opposite. he wanted what he wanted when he wanted it! to this day, he's about to turn 6, he is still a very hard child. nothing has ever been easy with him. what is so wild about his personality though is as demanding as he is, he is the sweetest, most compassionate, loving, people pleasing little person. he loves attention and he loves to be told by us how proud we are of him. he has always done well in school and has never been one to get into trouble, outside of our house! although he has been our handful, duke is our little man. now he is 5, almost 6 and we are so proud of him and what we know he will accomplish one day! i am excited about what the future has in store for him! duke..... i love you to the moon and back as much as there is grass!
and then there's molly b. we found out we were pregnant with molly right after duke's first birthday. at first we were pretty nervous, but that didn't last long. molly was born on sept. 14 (her daddy's birthday) 2005. molly has been the milder tempered child from the beginning. in the hospital, she never cried, she was easy to passify, she loved to be held, and she does something to all who come across her, people just love her. molly is fun loving, laid back, she has always been a girly girl, she loves baby dolls, high heel shoes, dress up, and most of all LIPSTICK! molly is also very loving, compassionate, curious, and never meets a stranger. because of her big personality, people have always been drawn to her. she has the most beautiful smile i have ever seen on a little girl. she loves to dance and sing. i have always said that i need to find her an audition somewhere b/c she is something else. she is very inquisitive and has talked since we can remember. she didn't start with one word, she started with two-word sentences. i am so proud to be her mother. i can't imagine what her future holds for her. whatever it is, i know it will be fabulous, just as she is! molly.... i love you to the moon and back as much as there are leaves!