Sunday, November 29, 2009

Birthdays

I am in the middle of mistletoe, snowman, angels and lights....

But I need to take a brief break to get these very important pictures on here.


BIRTHDAY'S
are so important!
Here is Jalen's birthday celebration.
I remember so well the day you came into this world. What a sweet baby you were. So easy, you spoiled me! You are caring and witty. I love your smile and your sensitivity to the Spirit in your life! Your brain works in electrical and mechanical ways. I am looking forward to see what this next year brings you.


Birthday's looks different every year and this year Jalen wanted to take his friends bowling.
So we bowled and had pizza. They, in Middle School boy fashion were completely goofi-fide. We love to celebrate our children's life....sometimes it can feel like the birthday might fall on a busy day but we try to make sure they get celebrated.....
Here is the bunch....aren't they totally fun looking?




They are!




We are so thankful for the choices our boys are making in their friendships~

Micah also celebrated his birthday....
This weekend in fact.
He requested Fettuccine Alfredo.

He was explaining to his friends what it tastes like.

He said "It's basically grown up mac and cheese".

Oh, the boy replied. That's all the "splainin" he needed in order to dive right in:)!
This day was perfect! The sun was out and the football's were flying. They got quite muddy but had lots of smiles so I guess I can overlook the stained pants:)

Then we had them go on a little treasure hunt around the property.
Malaina did a great job making up the clues and hiding them around.
Here is the final spot....
In the garden. I told them I needed a hole cause I was wanting to plant a new bush in that corner. Ha!
X marked the spot.
Jason buried the treasure about 2 feet down.
They got pretty dirty but once again they didn't bother wiping their hands on their pants.
Once they saw the box they got down and started digging with bare hands:)
Gotta love those boys!
And finally...
A can of pop,
A bag full of treasure candy,
and lots of excitement produces this......
So fun! I love these kids too!


Micah is now double digits. I can't believe it!
What a great kid he is! I remember the year he was born. I was trying REALLY hard to have him. I went out shopping on black Friday trying to get him out into the world.
He is such a witty, loving guy. He has a bright mind with a strong bent towards acting.
I am looking forward to seeing what happens in Micah's life this year...
Just on a side note those glowing green eyes in the background of the picture are totally creeping me out!
And now back to my Christmas decorating.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Have I told you lately?

Have I told you lately how much you mean to me?

If it wasn't for you I would never have learned how to love.
If it wasn't for you I would have been more selfish then I already am.
If it wasn't for you I would have been afraid to express my opinion.
If it wasn't for you I would have no passion.
If it wasn't for you I would always feel like I've missed something.
If it wasn't for you I would never have learned how to resolve conflict... sometimes even with a shoe.
If it wasn't for you I would have never learned how to laugh at myself.
If it wasn't for you I would be lonely.
If it wasn't for you I would have never learned patience.
If it wasn't for you I would be lost.

Thank you my dearest family.....You truly are a gift!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Let me introduce you to my new love~


Pomegranits.....mmmmm....yummy!

You can eat the seeds by themselves or use them as a topping on yogurt or cereal.
These tasty little pieces of heaven will burst in your mouth!



Today I am overwhelmed with all I have to be thankful for!

~ I have 4 healthy children
~ I am in love with the man I married
~ I have amazing friends
~ My belly is full every night when I close my eyes
~ Our house is shelter and more
~ I have an amazing extended family who all loves Jesus
~ Living in this country
~ My sons whispering to each other in their beds at night
~ My parents giving me piano lessons
~ Running water
~ Chocolate chip cookies
~ Seasons
~ My husbands job
~ My job
~ The sounds of laughter
~ My future is secure

These are just a couple of my thankful ism's. I hope your day is filled with all the reminders of what you have been given!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Storms

Do you like storms?
Like a thunder clap that is so loud your insides seem to reverberate.
Or a lightning flash that is so bright night seems to turn to day.
What about snowstorms? When all that wet, cold precipitation is falling and accumulating into growing drifts and slick surfaces.

Me? I like storms! I do....I like them! (I feel like I should insert "Sam I am" in this phrase)

There's just one thing......


I like them on my terms.

If I can feel safe in my home snuggled under a blanket with a roof over my head and a wall around me, then I love to watch the snow fall or hear the booms of the storm.
If all is right and good then I like storms.

But when I think about being out in a boat tossed around in the middle of a storm it makes me quite panicky. I almost have to tell myself to breathe just thinking of that very scary thought.
The waves lapping the sides of my vessel or the wind whipping me back and forth. The rain pummeling my body and clouding my vision because of the force of the storm.

Or I think about how tense I get when I have to drive in snow and sleet. The beauty of the flake is lost quickly on me because of the fear that is rising in my chest. And the stiffness of my neck becomes increasingly painful as the stress of staying on the road even when I can't see the lines, becomes more difficult.

Its about feeling safe for me.
That even though this strong presence could overwhelm me I know it won't because I am secure inside.

It's the Faith in the crisis of the storm that's at the heart of this.

Because if I know the storm will not overwhelm me then I have no need for faith.

But if the storm is too great for me to handle alone I will need to call for a greater one to rescue me. A presence that is greater then the storm around me.

So really I need storms in order to understand my own need for a strong one to come and be my Rescuer. A tender one who would never cause me needless harm. A shepherd who watches over me with love. A merciful Savior who saved me from myself.

That's the reason he came after all.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mildred Faye

I have been absent lately as you can see. Life has never felt more overwhelming or full then it has been these past few months. Some days I feel like I may drown and other days I feel like I have.
I have a great life don't get me wrong but sometimes life just gets messy ~
Sometimes its because of choices we make and sometimes its what is thrust on us.
The combination of both can be simply too much.

One of the huge things we have dealt with this past month was the death of Jason's mother.
We had the opportunity to all gather together a couple weeks before she passed to give her our love and say goodbye. These first couple pictures are from that weekend.

One of Jason's last moments with his mother. She had spunk and was steadfast on the fact that she didn't think she was really dieing. She hated that other's had to wait on her! We never heard her complain about her own health.
And Jalen with grandma~a touching moment~
The thing about death is you never completely prepare for that call. You may think you know how you'll feel but when it really happens it become surreal. Like is this really happening....
And then without warning the whole drama is laid out before you and the realization dawns that it's over....the book has been written....So final!
This is Jason's entire family. He has 8 siblings so that makes for a large crowd.
Sophie was the youngest grandchild....grandma kept saying this to her when we visited her for the last time. She loved her grandchildren.
She was a gift giver. Always bringing something for them when she came to visit.
Here we are at the grave side. A very touching time for us. Each of the grandchildren had a rose they could throw on the casket~notice Sophie decided she wanted to keep hers. She later gave it to her cousin.....Not sure why she kept it ~whatever~Here is Jason's family 7 boys and 2 girls. My mother in a law was a busy, busy mom. She was a worker and had a hard life. I give her honor for the way she served her family without complaint. I will miss her belly laughs and her little words of advice she always liked to give.
We are blessed to have families that have a clear understanding of our destiny when we finish this life.
We are looking forward to seeing her again some day.