Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Frist Meal In Our First House

Tonight was teacher delivery night at MES. It is an annual fundraiser where teachers and staff deliver pizzas ordered by students and their families through Papa Johns.  My kids love doing this every year, and how perfect that we had a new house to show which ever teachers delivered our dinner.

Now, since I have failed blogging for 2017--I probably should mention that the new house will keep Thomas at our beloved MES, and it will move Gracie to Chickahominy Middle School (better) for the 8th grade.

We ate on a fold out table and folding chairs, but the kids loved it.

Our first official meal in our first official house!

Monday, May 01, 2017

We Bought A House

17 years in the wanting, and dreaming, and hoping, and waiting...it is finally ours.

Our own 4 walls,
our own yard,
our own space to love and nurture,
paint and work,
grow and invest in.

We waited...

He answered us in His time as He always has.

***Thank you Grace for coming over and taking some family pictures on our big day for us--and for being our first official visitors!! **

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Love For Show And Tell

It was about this time last year that Thomas chose "Show & Tell" for his reward, and insisted that I bring in his new baby brother in to show all his classmates.

I guess he decided that his friend needed to see how much he had grown and wanted a chance to show his Tobias off again.

I know I have blogged about it before, but the love between these two is amazing to watch and is more precious beyond words. Thomas couldn't be a prouder big brother, and Tobias worships the ground his brother walks on!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Curly Love

I don't care what daddy says, those curls are too too precious and I LOVE them!!!

Thin Mint Love

 I think it is safe to say he loved his first Thin Mint!

Youth Love

Look at my girl!

She is standing in front of the entire church performing!

I remember when she was 3 or 4 and thinking that she would never be brave enough to do something like this.

Her father and I are so proud of her.

We are proud she finally got brave and joined the Youth Group.

We are proud that she got really brave and decided to join the youth band.

We are over the moon that she was excited to stand and play for not one, but all three worship services this Youth Sunday!!

She has come so far in her short life, and God has big things still in store for her!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Love In Bloom

This is the tree in our backyard. I have no idea what type of tree it is, but it isn't the prettiest in the world. In fact, most of the year it is pretty sad looking.  But, the one or two weeks it blooms it is breath taking!

Usually it will bloom in time for Easter pictures of the kids in front of it, but this year's unseasonably warm weather has forced it and all the other blooms to come much earlier than they planned.

That's okay. I will enjoy the fluffy pink for as long as it lasts.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Best Friend Love

These two boys have been best buds since they were 3, and they have celebrated each other years 4-8. Thomas already had his turn, and now it is time to celebrate Bryce.

Being the athletic friend, Bryce chose Peak Experiences, an indoor climbing place.

Bryce got to choose 3 friends to take with him, and I love that Thomas was one of them.

I also love that Grace knows how much I love pictures and sent them to me this afternoon and evening.

And, I love that I stayed at home--because if I had seen this in person I would have been the crazy mama yelling "you go up there and bring my baby back down!"

Now, Thomas isn't shy, but he isn't athletic at all, and moderately adventurous, so I am floored that he even attempted to do these things. a

And, now that my heart is back to making regular beats--I have to say I am super proud of him for trying.

He is already asking him when Daddy can take him again!

Happy Birthday Bryce! Thank you for bringing Thomas back in one piece!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Embriodery Love

Garren "got me" embroidery downloads for my birthday, and the first thing I wanted to try out was monogramming.

Turns out it is a little harder on the computer side, but my tech savvy husband figured that part out so I could focus on the sewing side.

Monogramming will open up a whole new world for me personally and in my "business."

And of course this means my poor kids will find almost everything they own in their closets with beautiful initials on them!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kids Class Love


This is as close as I come to being a "teacher," but let me tell you this was a proud teach moment!

In addition to our 8 week lesson on Fruits Of The Spirit, I also had my kids learn and memorize the Lord's Prayer. We also learned in sign language as the older kids had already mastered the memorization.

Tonight they led the dinner prayer and showed how awesome they are.

Weather Channel Love

This kid.

He has been obsessed with storms for most of his life. He is terrified of bad weather and will worry himself into a frenzy at the mere mention of "thunderstorm."

I think I have tried everything. We have prayed with him, we have talked about what we would do during an emergency, how we predict weather & storms, what we can do to stay safe.

Nothing really works.

You'll find him like this most mornings before school and then after. He uses his TV time to turn it to the Weather Channel.

If you want to know the forecast at a glance for the Richmond area, just ask Thomas!

I figure, I'll stop trying to fight the fear and just let him watch.  Seems like the more he knows ahead of time the less panicked he is. Although, it sure doesn't cure the obsession, and in fact feeds it.

On the bright side, maybe he will grow up to be a Meteorologist! I have been a news producer for many great ones :)