Monday, November 10, 2008

Baby McNamee Update

Praise the Lord! We will be welcoming a sweet, baby GIRL this coming March. We are so humbled, excited and joyful for the life God is creating in Virginia's womb. We are being taught daily of God's goodness and sovereignty through this journey.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Beautiful Blacksburg Bound...

Watermill along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Autumn is here!

Southwest Virginia Countryside

A couple of weekends ago, Daniel and I headed up to our alma mater and breathed in some Hokie air. We were there for just the beginning of the autumn leaf beauty. Saturday, we also had a sweet time with our friend Meredith, strolled through the farmer's market and munched on the o so delicious pumpkin chocolate chip muffins from Bollos. Then Sunday and Monday, Daniel and I feasted at the Homeplace, stayed at a beautiful B&B near the Appalachian trail and drove part of the way home on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Now that is my kind of weekend! We were so grateful for the time away of rest and relaxation!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

And Two Became Three

For those of you who haven't heard, we are expecting a new addition this coming March. We are so grateful and praise the Giver of Life everyday. We are so excited to experience this little one face to face, but in the meantime, we are content resting in Christ. One of my favorite Psalms echos often in my ears, "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." Psalms 139:14-15

the mcnamee trio

baby mac

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Can you believe it? A McNamee posting!

Sorry for our long delay in posting a blog entry...we've been a mixture of busy, lazy and enjoying the beautiful fall weather. Despite our absence, we've had a fun and exciting last few months. Here are a few shots from whats been happening in the McNamee sphere. More pictures will be coming soon!

Ice cream with friends...little Sam's in heaven!

South Mountain State Park

What a great pose Tillman!

A yellow pepper from our garden....mmm!

Sweet Lilly in her favorite spot!

Monday, July 21, 2008

gigantic sunflower

last year i began a tradition that i think i will continue for many years to come. i planted quite a few sunflower seeds, and one of them began to grow and grow and topped out at 6-7 ft tall. well this year, i planted around 40 more seeds from last year's flower. i put them in the side yard, near the front path and in our front yard bed near the street. most of these plantings were done in secret due to their location. (virginia and i usually disagree on planting locations, i tend to overplant prominent areas) well, this year we have 6 sunflowers throughout the yard, but one has stood above them all. much to virginia's dismay, this was the one i planted secretly on the front edge of our yard! :) i have to agree with her, it did look like we had a larger than life weed growing for 2 months. but as our sunflower reached full height at about 10-11 ft, and began to bloom, i was once again inspired. so keep watching for next year, i'll be shooting for a 15 ft sunflower!

about to open up...

first day open...

opening up...i had to take this one from a ladder!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

1400 miles of colorado in seven days!!!

Daniel and I just can't enough of exploring other parts of the country/world. We love seeing unique landscapes, experiencing diversity and exploring the beauty of God's creation. We headed out to Colorado in early June for a family reunion, so we made a trip out of it exploring parts of Colorado and a glimpse of Utah. Other sweet highlights included spending some time with our close friends Andy and Lauren in Denver, hiking with Lauren B. up to a beautiful waterfall outside of Vail, celebrating our 4 year anniversary and experiencing the Telluride bluegrass festival. It couldn't have been a better trip...other than having more time!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Welcome Rachel Miriam Mayes!

Daniel and I visited our new niece this past weekend. What a beauty! She was born May 30th, weighing 8 pounds 2 oz. She passed her tests with flying colors...what a genius! We are rejoicing in what a precious blessing she already is in our lives! Here are a few pictures...

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Hike

Virginia and I decided last second to make our way to the mountains for Memorial day. We were pleasantly surprised with the beauty of South Mountain State Park, only 1.5 hr from Charlotte. After a short, but steep hike we were blessed with the view of High Shoals Falls.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Northwest Adventure

Megan and Virginia at the Seattle Market

California Redwoods

California Coast

Beautiful Sunset

The Golden Gate

Falls Creek Falls on the Oregan Scenic Byway

Victoria, British Columbia

Scene from the Butchart Gardens

Olympic National Park

Route 1 Bound

Early to rise, we're off to a land unconquered, beauty and mystery,

With maps in hand and packs on our back, we're ready for another adventure in McNamee history;

Seattle, a city of rain and cold, but aroma, diversity and culture intertwined,

On to Victoria, a ferry boat ride away; an undiscovered jewel, most will find;

Along the coast through Olympic National Park, first stop Mora to capture a heavenly view,

Snow falling, yet the golden Son beamed over the coast, reminded me of God's penetrating love anew;

The city of roses, Portland bound; a fun, vivacious, earthly feel, with overwhelming snowcapped mountain views,

A break from the hostels and tent was in order, a much needed night with a bed, shower and a long night snooze;

Down I-5, past Mt. St. Helens; then onto the scenic by-way, a mark of exquisite penmanship by the Creator,

Up to Crater Lake, with ten feet of snow enveloping the canvas, we decided not to camp and instead headed to the California shore;

The Oregon countryside was a beauty, with open seas of green and mountains surround,

We crossed the border and turned the page to another masterpiece which no comparison can be found;

The giant Redwoods stand alone in majesty and strength, the sun's fingertips brushing along the dense fern covered forest floor,

Hundreds of years these trees have stood; if they could sing, a symphony they would play, marking the crescendo and diminuendo of times they bore;

Down Route 1, winding along the Pacific coast, sheer cliffs to the right down to the sea, with our sights set on Mendocino,

Settling for the night at the picturesque John Daugherty House, we were pampered like a king and queen; a definte highlight and must go;

The Golden Gate blanketed in fog, we ventured into San Francisco as our last stop on our way,

The parks, the bay and people alike made it a favorite and oh, Ghiradelli Square...heavenly, I must say;

As our journey had come to an end; the punctuation made for the close of our chapter, we reflect with thankful hearts and humbly pray,

To the One enabling us; our breath, life and very being; Emmanuel, I am, Jehovah, Yahweh.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Congratulations Patrick and Lauren!

The same weekend of my sister's baby shower, we also had a wedding shower for our sweet friends, Patrick and Lauren. They will be getting married April 12th and we are so excited for them! Sadly, they will be living 4 hours away from Charlotte, but that just means a great excuse for a road trip! As Daniel and I love road trips, we're already thinking of when we can visit!

Soon to be Aunt and Uncle!

This was my contribution to the shower...a coconut-lemon cake...mmmm!

A few weekends ago, my mom and good friend, Faye, through a baby shower for my sister, Celeste. She is having a girl (name to be determined) and is due May 22nd. We are so excited for the new family addition! Congratulations Celeste and Paul. We are continuing to pray for you guys...what a sweet blessing this little one already has been!

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