Monday, February 22, 2016
This month has been crazy. I feel like every part of my life has been non stop. Curtis's work, homeschooling, church activities, traveling, basketball... it's been mostly good things, but crazy non the less. A couple weeks ago, I crashed out of total exhaustion. This past weekend, I was just ready to have some fun. Lucky for me, friends came into town and we were all able to hang out and take a break from reality.
We tried an escape room for the first time. In an escape room, 8 people are locked into a room and you have to follow clues to figure out how to escape. We had an absolute blast!! And we escaped with 6 minutes to spare.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Before I left for GA, the boys told me that they were going to miss celebrating Valentine's Day together as a family. After our plane landed in Houston, we headed to dinner with our friend Morgan. On our way home, we stopped at Wal Mart so that I could stock up on a few supplies.
And Monday morning, just a day late, we celebrated Valentine's Day together.
While Elizabeth and I were in Atlanta, Micah and Benjamin had a Regional basketball tournament in the Dallas area. I was SO disappointed to be missing their games! But I had moms, Curtis, and Twitter keeping me updated on scores and big plays my boys made. I'm thankful that there were so many people willing to keep me updated, love on my family, congratulate my kids and make m time away not feel so hard.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
We are currently in Atlanta, visiting my sister and her family and celebrating the arrival of my new niece four weeks ago.
It's always fun to spend one on one time with the kids. But this is different. This time it's just me and Elizabeth, buying coffee and candy in the airport, flying across the country and loving on a baby. Though it's not as if we're simply hanging out together, we are really enjoying loving on my sister and her family together. I truly feel like you grow closer together when in service together.
We arrived in Atlanta last night, and fly home on Sunday. 3 more days of loving and serving and fun with this sweet girl!
Now that the boys are 9 (almost 10!), 8 and 6, I know my matching outfit days are numbered. So when they humor me, like in the picture above, I know it's because they love me. They know it's a fun thing for me. They know it makes my momma heart happy.
I really love the way these boys show their love for me.
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Monday, February 08, 2016
Between the three boys, I got 2 pairs of pajamas, 2 character hoodies, 3 short sleeved shirts and 9 long sleeved shirts for just under $75!
I also love that my kids were just as excited about my purchases as I was. Elizabeth exclaimed, "Wow!!! You didn't even hit $100! That's impressive for Target."
Indeed it is!
Sunday, February 07, 2016
I love these friends.
I love the memories that we have with them for the past 17 years.
I love that they've shared some of the best moments in life with us.
I love the way they've walked through fire with us.
I love that our kids have friendships with each other.
I love that we're all missing watching the Superbowl or chick flicks with each other right now.
I love that we get to see them next month!!!
Saturday, February 06, 2016
Friday, February 05, 2016
I love hearing the sound of my kids playing together. Goodness knows there are moments when laughter turns to frustration and anger. But more often than not, the kids are friends and not enemies. More often than not, there's laughter and not tears. More often than not, I'm enjoying what I hear.
These moments of pure joy are fleeting, I've been a parent long enough to realise that. And from my understanding, one of these days my home will be quiet. Though there are times when I b wish for some quiet, I'm deeply thankful for the sweet sounds in the backyard.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
I love waking up to the smell of coffee.
And on mornings when I wake up and haven't slept well, or wake up feeling overwhelmed by the day before me, I especially love waking up to the smell of coffee that I didn't have to make!
Today was extra special because Curtis had cold coffee to take to work and didn't need to make a fresh pot. But he did. Because he loves me. And he knew I had a busy day and hadn't slept well. I so appreciate and love those daily acts of service and love!
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Monday, February 01, 2016
But for me, it's also a birthday month, a busy basketball month, the month I get to travel to see my new niece and in theory, the month where I kill it homeschooling to make up for December and the first part of January.
As the month of love starts, I find myself feeling overwhelmed, insufficient, incapable and tired. I know that at times I'm being less than loving to my family. During some frantic "filly me up real quick, Jesus!!" prayer time, the verses from 1 Corinthians 13 came to mind.