Friday, December 05, 2014
Though we anticipated getting stuck in traffic on our way home, we did NOT expect to be in stand still traffic for an hour and a half! Turns out we were in the "Sit in your car and watch Bonfire line" not the "Head home with sleep kids" line.
Yes! We went to Kyle Field and tailgated for Thanksgiving! We join the RUF tailgate. Our RUF minister and his family were there and we greatly enjoyed our time with them.
Though we had a great time tailgating, it was rather eventful. Timothy ate too much, then played football. He got sick. Benjamin joined some college students in a game of Ultimate. He got a bloody nose. Micah dropped a huge rock on his toe. He'll be losing that toenail in the future. And I got smacked in jaw by Timothy's head. Curtis and Elizabeth made it through unscathed.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Favorite Color: pink
Favorite thing to eat for breakfast: blueberry bagels with strawberry cream cheese
Favorite thing to eat for lunch: pizza
Favorite thing to eat for dinner: Sloppy Joe
Favorite thing to eat for dessert: icecream and warm brownies
Favorite movie: American Girl Movies
Favorite TV show: Lab Rats, Dog with a Blog, Jesse
Favorite place to go: Florida and Kansas
Favorite book: American Girl books
Favorite thing to wear: dresses, skirts and cute shirts
Favorite sport: volleyball
Favorite shoes: sparkley flats, high heels and cute sporty shoes
Things that make me.....
happy: my birthday and holidays
laugh: Hannah Hayley and funny jokes
cry: when I get hurt or when someone dies
Favorite Color: orange and blue and red
Favorite thing to eat for breakfast: chocolate milk
Favorite thing to eat for lunch: chocolate milk
Favorite thing to eat for dinner: chocolate milk
Favorite thing to eat for dessert: cinnamon roll pie
Favorite movie: How to Train your Dragon 2
Favorite TV show: Slugterra
Favorite place to go: the movie theater Dollar Tree
Favorite book: The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear
Favorite thing to wear: something with a skull and a bone x under it
Favorite sport: soccer
Favorite shoes: my Batman ones
Things that make me.....
happy: chocolate milk and when people call me Thunder Blade
sad: getting punished and spanked
laugh: The Boss game when he gets slapped
cry: spankings and pinches
excited: getting to go to the movie theater
Favorite Color: green
Favorite thing to eat for breakfast: cinnamon roll cake
Favorite thing to eat for lunch: hot dogs
Favorite thing to eat for dinner:Sloppy Joes
Favorite thing to eat for dessert: double scooped, chocolate dipped, icecream cone
Favorite movie: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Favorite TV show: Tom and Jerry the movie
Favorite place to go: Six Flags
Favorite book: The Foot Book
Favorite thing to wear: shorts and a short sleeved shirt
Favorite sport: baseball
Favorite shoes: cleats
Things that make me.....
happy: swimming at Will's house, going to movies
laugh: getting tickled
cry: getting hurt
excited: getting to name a baby
Favorite Color: black
Favorite thing to eat for breakfast: fried eggs
Favorite thing to eat for lunch: McDonald's
Favorite thing to eat for dinner: pizza!!!
Favorite thing to eat for dessert: pies
Favorite movie: Captain America and the Winter Soldier
Favorite TV show: Tom and Jerry
Favorite place to go: Six Flags
Favorite book: Spy Academy
Favorite thing to wear: sleeveless shirts
Favorite sport: football
Favorite shoes: tennis shoes
Things that make me.....
happy: going to Six Flags, going to my granparents' house and fishing, going to the Nifty Nuthouse, watching movies, playing in the backyard and digging holes.
sad: People being mean and not getting to go to fun movies
laugh: getting tickled, jumping on a trampoline.
cry: getting hurt and almost losing my fingers
excited: Going to GA to see my cousins
Monday, August 18, 2014
I am definitely becoming a sports mom, who sees a high value and life lessons in having your children compete in sports. I love that they win and can learn how to do that in a gracious way. I love when they lose and learn how to move past that. I love when the have good practices and see how strong God's made them. I love when the have bad practices and need me to encourage them. I love seeing their eyes light up when they achieve a personal goal. I love when they still need me to hug them after a bad swim. I genuinely look forward to seeing how God uses sports in my children's lives.
We can't wait till next year when all four of the kiddos will be swimming for the Barracudas!
Thursday, August 14, 2014
One of the main things I've learned is that you have to have a central location for your daily school needs. We solved that problem with the cabinet in the corner, by the dry erase board. The kids have all their books there and that's where they can find the daily school supplies that they need. In the opposite corner is Timothy's little set up. He has his own table, a poster and I'll add a few things to it before the start of school.
A random, yet very motivating thing I discovered last year was the 100 days of school poster. My kids, especially the boys, were SO motivated to do school each day so that they could cross off a day on the chart. I'm hoping it will work as well this year and help us as we fight off the back to school blues.
We've loved having a school room in our home! Having a place for all the books, toys, and an extra couch has been nice. Each year we homeschool, I add more books to our stash. This week, I was able to spend some time organizing all the shelves, rearranging a little, and preparing my area.
As we start our 6th year of homeschooling, I am excited about the opportunity to learn with and love on my kiddos. Having a fun, organized environment really helps my motivation to start the year off strong!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The above song, Dancing In the Mine Fields, has quickly become a favorite song of mine. As Curtis and I continue on this adventure of marriage, I see more and more how the lyrics are very true.
"I do" are the two most famous last words
The beginning of the end
But to lose your life for another I've heard
Is a good place to begin
'Cause the only way to find your life
Is to lay your own life down
And I believe it's an easy price
For the life that we have found
And we're dancing in the minefields
We're sailing in the storm
This is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that's what the promise is for
In the past several years, Curtis and I have been blessed to have several couples come into our home. These couples have encouraged us, helped us, made us smile and become a part of our children's lives. They've babysat, come to baseball games and soccer game, done crafts with us and have just been apart of the daily life of our family. Our desire and goal for these friendships is to encourage these young couples as they head toward marriage.
Friday, May 23, 2014
My, how much has changed since then.
Our family looked something like this 8 years ago...
And now we look something like this...
While doing lawn work earlier this week, I caught myself think back to how different life looks these days. I don't have a baby in the house. I'm not tied to the house with nap schedules and nursing schedules. I can say "get in the van!" and know that they all will and more than likely, they'll all have shoes on. We don't have potty accidents. I don't feel like I'm as anxious of a mommy as I used to be. I get to have interesting and entertaining conversations with my children.
And while a lot of these changes are good, there are some that aren't necessarily bad, but are challenging in their own way. My kids have opinions that they readily share with me. I'm responsible for the three older children's education. The hurts and sadness and fears that big kids face are real, not as imagined as the fears of my toddlers.
I'm so in love with this stage of motherhood!! I love seeing the people God is growing my toddlers and babies up to be. I love that even though they're becoming their own little people, they're still my kids. They still need me, want me around, sign "I love you!" from the outfield, get a little teary when I won't be around. I really do feel like I might be in one of the best stages of parenting.
And when the days are long because I don't have a napper and my kids don't go to bed till almost 9, I will remind myself of that. Because I know it's only by God's grace that we've made it this far!
Friday, May 09, 2014
Tonight, three very sweet, very handsome little boys took me on a date. Someday, a day that will probably come a lot sooner than I'm ready for, one of these handsome, sweet boys will take you on a date. Tonight on my date, I thought about you. As I watched the way my boys treated me, I saw glimmers of the young men they are becoming. Even though my boys will change a lot in the next decade before they get to go on a date with you, I hope there are some things that don't change.
I hope that they open your car door, just like they opened my car door.
I hope that they tell you look pretty, like they told me I looked pretty after they asked me to dress up for our date.
I hope they dress up for your dates, just like they picked out "handsome" clothes for our date.
I will confess something to you, daughter-in-law. I'm very nervous about the relationship that you and I will have. As you will find out, my mother-in-law passed away after Curtis and I had been married for only 15 months. So though I know a bit about navigating the waters of a mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship, I don't know much. Our relationship will be a lot of trial and error. Please know that if I mess up, if I'm over bearing, if I over step in areas, that I'm trying. Know that I love my son more than you can understand, at least till you have a son of your own. Know that I've been praying for you since I found out I was going to have a son.
The Lord has blessed me with many woman who've had sons and are successfully navigating great relationships with their daughter-in-laws. One piece of advice that I've repeatedly received is that I have to become the second most important woman in my sons' life. I want your marriage to my son to be successful! And for that to happen, I am fully aware that even though I've been the number one woman in their lives, that will change. I want it to change. But it's truly hard for me to imagine at this point. The deep love that I have for my sons (as well as for Elizabeth!) is a very precious, special, but kinda mysterious thing. Feel free to gently remind me of the position I meed to take if you see me struggling to hold on to that number one spot.
Also, though I think my boys are pretty awesome, and though I'm doing everything I can do raise them to be godly men, remember that they aren't perfect. They're sinners and will need your grace and forgiveness. Grace and forgiveness is an invaluable part of marriage. If you both keep that in mind, you will be well on your way to a successful marriage.
Your hopefully not wicked, Mother-in-Law
Friday, May 02, 2014
Those words are from a very sweet book, You Are Special, given to us as a baby gift when Timothy was born. When the book was given, the giver didn't realize that Timothy had a cleft lip. A couple weeks later, after she met him, she came up and apologized, afraid that she had overstepped a boundary. I told her I thought it was providential and that we loved the gift!
This month marks the 4th anniversary of Timothy's cleft surgery. I found myself choked up more than once while reading You Are Special, especially as I read the last sentence. I know my God is good. I know my God doesn't make mistakes. But as a parent of a child with a very obvious deformity, I did find myself questioning God's wisdom in giving Timothy a cleft lip, especially after the road we walked with Benjamin's deformity. But even as I handed my three month old over for surgery, I knew there was a reason. And I prayed this verse over my son, hoping that the Lord would be displayed in his life and in our walk.
Monday, April 14, 2014
12 years ago, Curtis and I said good bye to his mother. I watched my husband of just over a year do something no 23 year old should have to do as he leaned over her body that was riddled with cancer and said, "It's okay to stop fighting." We knew it was coming. She had been fighting for 10 months. We were praying for God's mercy to end the pain. But nothing could have prepared us for that moment.
Today, I reflect on her passing, the past months we had with her, and the memories Curtis and I have of her. I will talk with the kids about their Grammii and share those memories with them. I will tell them how much she wanted to meet them! I will tell Elizabeth about how much her Grammii longed for a granddaughter. I will tell the boys about how much their Grammii would have loved watching them play sports.
And more than anything, we will rejoice that we will see her again! How thankful I am for that hope, a hope that points me towards heaven.