Monday, August 30, 2010

Seriously.

Seriously, there are some days that I just wonder, why bother?




Then God uses His paint brush to remind me - He is in control.
He cares.
He created.
He guides.
He loves.
Thank You, Father.

And thanks to Beaver for letting us know what we were missing outside our door!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Nano's

Our girls have been saving their money from birthdays, lost teeth, Christmas and money they've earned over the last year helping with the new house. They have been saving it and they finally all saved enough to buy themselves an I-pod Nano.

Side note - Nano, I can't help but giggle and think about "Mork & Mindy" every time I hear that word.

Granted they all got refurbished Nano's, but they are great for the girls.

So, all three selected their colors and we ordered them. It was Christmas in August for them.

Morgan - Pink, Laney - Green, Madison - Blue



I think they are happy!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Snaggle tooth

Miss Morgan is losing teeth, left and right. Well, more like top and bottom.



The best part is, she likes to pull her own teeth.


I can't stand to mess with a wiggly tooth, unless it's my own.


So the fact that she can pull her own and not freak out makes me a very happy momma.


What can I say it's the simple things in life for me.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fun with Diet Coke & Mentos

School started Monday.

This is what we did Monday night to start the new school year out right....





Ah, barefoot living, indeed. It doesn't take much to entertain us!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

First Day of School 2010-2011 at BES

We officially have a 5th grader, a 4th grader and a 2nd grader. This is the last year they will all be at the same school until Madison is a Senior, Laney a Junior and Morgan a Freshman in high school.

Gulp....



Madison - 5th grade


Laney - 4th grade


Morgan - 2nd grade

It's so hard to believe this will be Madison's last year of elementary school.
Time really does seem to fly by....

Friday, August 6, 2010

Summer School

Summer.

That word evokes several different feelings when I hear it.

Sunburn.
Beach.
Vacation.
Sleeping late.
No school.
Hot.

This summer has changed the way I view a lot of things.
I have learned a lot about myself.
About my husband.
About my children.
About God. 

Lessons I've learned this summer -
* A child can get tired of eating ice cream (especially when that's really all they can eat).
* "Deadliest Catch" is by far the realist, reality show out there. I'm addicted.
* Netflix is the bomb.
* My kids need a routine & structure to happily function.
* Parents really do hurt when their kids hurt (physcially, spiritually & emotionally).
* My cholesterol levels suck.
* Letting what others say replace what the Holy Spirit is speaking into your life is a not a good thing.
* I can't be effective serving others, if I'm not serving those that God placed in my home effectively.
* I really do love photography.
* Perfect love casts out all fear.
* There a seasons to friendships. Not all will last. The ones based on authenticity will.
* I can go further in the Gulf than my knees. Especially when my kids are being carried out by riptide.
* There are young men who will do the right thing, even when it's not easy or necessary.
* Fireflies leave me with the feeling that some things are still magical.
* You really can look forward to what is to come after this life.
* When someone is going thru a trauma/tragedy, a simple hug and 'I care,' is enough. 
* I am thankful for every day. For my husband. For my children.
* Grace, I'm in desperate need of it.
* A home is a wonderful thing to have, but an even bigger blessing to share.
* Boys really are wired differently than girls.
* There is nothing quite like a Major League Baseball game.
* There really is such a thing as the Possum Festival.
* I'm judgmental of judgmental people.

This summer is one that I will not forget for many reasons. The main one will be that God has a plan, and I need to just trust. That is the most important lesson of all.