Thursday, August 31, 2017

3rd Grade Ready

Oh, third grade. Time moves by so fast. I couldn't stop Gracie from growing, so I am not sure why I thought I could hang on any tighter to Thomas.

We are thrilled to announce that we got Mrs. Joyner for 3rd grade! We love Mrs. Joyner!! Gracie had her for her 3rd grade year, and since Kindergarten, Thomas has been excitedly awaiting his turn to have her.
He got his wish.

And it looks like at least half of the class he had for the past 2 years is in Mrs. Joyner's class this year too! Instant friends: bonus!

Now, everyone has asked, and no, he and Bryce are still not in the same class,  He is bummed, as I am sure Bryce is--but they have found ways to stay connected despite being separated since 1st grade.

We caught up with Bryce and Mrs. Naff (kindergarten teacher) in the cafeteria where we went to handle school fees.

Thomas is pretty excited about 3rd grade, and I am sure it will be a great year.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Finding Her Way

Open House for the last time in middle school for Gracie.

She was as she says "nervacitied."

With some wonderful and cheerful help from staff, we found her locker and all of her classrooms.

We unfortunately had to take both boys with us, but we made it work, despite brothers and an all day drizzle.

And an awesome surprise for us after we waited to pick up her schedule: our smart girl made Beta Junior Club! Her grades made eligible, and we are all elated!

So, she is ready for next week, at least on paper.

Keep our girl in your prayers as she faces a new school and tried to make new friends and find her way while being an 8th grader.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Joy 21: Dixie

Most of my joys have been a struggle to come up with lately. Not because I am not truly blessed--because I am--but because the heat clouds my joys!!

But today, I grabbed this picture of Dixie and her daughter for her, and I realized that not only is it a joy that I can share moments with others who aren't as obsessed with their camera as I am, but also to have this lady "in my life." Dixie is always the first to boost me when I feel like I can't do it, and to fuss at me when I get to serious about life and myself. She's good like that.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bible School, Day 1

 Joy 19: 11 Little Souls To Teach About Jesus

I only has 11 of my 14 registered show up for day 1, but they are all excited and full of energy and ready to learn what we are planning to teach them. Here's hoping for an amazing week!

Joy 20: Decently (not hot) Weather

Praise be to God!!!!

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Joy 18: Vintage Baby Clothes!

Huge Goodwill score last week! Three super sweet outfits. I can't wait to put them all on him!!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bible School

Joy 17: Creativity

So many people are always in awe of my "creativity" and I explain it like this: it is in fact a blessing, but it can also be a curse. My mind is always going thinking about all sorts of things and how to do them and make them better, so you can only imagine how fast the hamster is running for Bible School time.

Today I will find joy in my creative gift that He bestowed upon me, the gift  that my VBS room is not used for Sunday School and the gift that I have a key to the church. I shall find joy in the fact that I wanted to spend 10+ hours making Bible School week the best I can for my 14 kids!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Best Friends & Summer Traditions

Joy 16: Watching These Boys Grow

Bryce and Thomas found each other when they were 3, and now at age 8 they are the best of friends and love doing just about anything together.  Bryce invited Thomas to do Bible School with him 5 years ago, and it has become quite the tradition.  These boys have a great week at Bryce's church each year and love getting that extra time together.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Joy 14: Bananas

Ok, they aren't my joy as I do not like bananas, but this boy--they are equivalent to ice cream for other kids. He can't get enough bananas, but mama limits him to 2 a day.   One, because he would in fact eat them all day, and two, because they help certain things move along quickly!

Joy 15: Watching Gracie Bloom

I was in shock last year when my shy Gracie raised her hand in the Bible School meeting when they were asking for a volunteer to do the puppet for the week.  My Gracie, in front of an entire church of kids talking?!! Even hidden, that is a HUGE step for her!  Of course since then she continues to amaze us by spreading her wings and she started going to youth group, she joined the youth band regularly performing at youth meetings and now she is even excited to play a duo at 2 church services this summer on her violin!  These are massively huge strides for our painfully shy girl--and we are super proud!