Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 01, 2011
Last night we took the kids on the walk-through of the new house. I wasn't sure how they'd do with the move - especially Calvin with his need for familiarity and routine. But they were so excited and didn't want to leave. Calvin had already packed his favorite cars in his backpack so he was sad when we told him we were leaving to come back to this house! He can't wait to go!
At one point after we came back home, we all sat down together for one last family devotion in this house. During that time we shared memories we all had of our time here together. It was all I could do to hold it together... Even now every time I do something today I think, "This is the last time I (we) will do ..." Each thought brings tears to my eyes...
We have brought 5 precious babies home to this house ... lots of hours spent feeding, rocking and loving on those babies... first steps, first words, many, many firsts... I remember holding Coleman in his room just crying thinking of the blessing of having a child. I had no idea then how hard parenting would be ... many prayers for grace have been offered up here...
Most of the kids have learned to ride bikes here...
We've had hurricanes take out trees, mailboxes and our bedroom ceiling...
Many hours have been spent playing in this back yard...
There have been good times and bad, laughter and joy, as well tears of all kinds. There also have been many moments that I wish I could do over again ... but all of these things have molded us and shaped us. It has been encouraging to look back and see the evidence of God's grace in our lives ...
As one chapter ends, another begins and we know that we will be making new memories and pray for God's grace to continue to sustain us through this next season...
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
|We were able to watch them build it from the ground up!|
Here it is today! We closed in the garage to make a playroom/bonus room. Several trees are gone (thanks to several hurricanes), the shrubs have grown and thousands of memories have been made.
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Thank you for my Mommy.
Thank you for my Daddy.
Thank you for my sister.
Thank you for my bruder...
And thank you for my bruder...
And ... thank you for my bruder..."
(She then looks up at Mimi at says, "I have 1 sister and 3 bruders...")
She's a mess!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
A few weeks ago, we were trying to decide whether or not the kids would play soccer this spring. They played in the fall so the cost was going to be much cheaper since they already had their uniforms (thumbs up). They enjoy playing and we enjoy watching them as a family (thumbs up). But ... it takes up almost all day every Saturday! (thumbs down)
If we want to run or exercise on Saturday morning, then we have to get up really early to get it in. Then we pack up snacks, drinks, chairs, blankets and head to the field for a good chunk of the day. After thinking about it, Brian said he thought it would be good for us to take a break from organized sports this spring. I was a little hesitant at first but then I agreed that it would be a good break for all of us before the big kids try swim team this summer.
School is keeping us busy as we look toward the end of the year so I am looking forward to spending these spring Saturdays together as a family without having to always be somewhere at a certain time. I see lots of yard work and outside projects in our future, while the kids can run around and play.
Today was the first Saturday in a while where we weren't on a specific schedule. Brian and I both got a run in this morning after sleeping until 8:00. He also made pancakes and watched a movie with the kids. This afternoon he weeded some in the yard while Calvin played in the dirt. I caught up on coupons and got some grocery shopping done with a few of the other kids. Laundry kept moving all day. Just normal, simple things but at a more relaxing pace.
It was so nice and refreshing to be able to be laid back about our day ...I am looking forward to these spring Saturdays!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I guess it’s time to make my ‘resolutions’ for the new year, especially since 1/12 of it has already passed. Some of them are the same every year: exercise more, eat less, save more, spend less …you know how it goes.
There are so many things I could write as my goals for the year, but the easy way to sum them all up is with one word: intentional. I want to be intentional.
I want to be intentional in seeking the Lord.
I want to be intentional in loving my husband.
I want to be intentional in teaching my children (in school and in the Word).
I want to be intentional in serving my home.
I want to be intentional in my relationships.
I want to be intentional in being healthy.
I want to be intentional …