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!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tobias' Loves

Joy 13: When Tobias Loves, He Loves Hard

George is his first real loved "lovie," but now whenever he needs George, he also wants"baby" (Baby Oliver). These three are quite the trio these days.  When Tobias decides to love you, he loves you with all of your heart, whether you are stuffed or not!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bryce Kind Of Day

Joy 10: A clean bill of health

Tobias got just one shot today at his 18 month check up. He weighed and measured in the 90's (percentiles) and he is a big healthy boy!  He got nothing but gold stars, and of course he flashed that grin and melted a lot of nurses hearts.

Joy 11: Library fun & friends

Our library is so fun. Of course we love story times (and Mrs. Carolyn), but they are always filling summer with fun programs to help get us mamas out of the house and give the kids a little something different to do. Today was a kick off for summer reading for our elementary school and another local elementary school and they hosted and invited the kids school librarians. They had games and snacks and the kids loved a chance to see Mrs. Banton outside of school!

Joy 12: Bible School with Bryce

It's no secret that Bryce is Thomas' best-est friend. This marks the 5th summer that Thomas has attended Bible School at Bryce's church with him. Especially after the 2nd year without being in class with his best friend, this week with his buddy is just the ticket. (Grace and I are hoping we can get our boys in the same class this coming 3rd grade year!)