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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Lovin' the Summer

So far the summer is going way too fast!!!  Every day is just a blur!  Lots and lots is going on and i just want it to slow down a little.  Here are just a few shots from what we do....




We sip out of the water table....


We eat snacks in the garage while we color....


Uh...Savannah?  It isn't winter, baby.  I know Mimi but it could snow....it could!!



We put on our sunscream...I mean sunscreen

Or sunscream...and then scream some more


We cruise the yard....



We pick raspberries.....



We help Paw cut Piper's ginormous cabbage!!


Here it is!!!  All 16.2 pounds of it!



Don't forget me, Mimi!!



I could never forget you little Fin....you are so sweet!


We take Popsicle pool breaks....


Firecracker pops are the best!


Even Brooks loves them!!


Monday, June 20, 2016

Father's Day 2016

We had a big father's Day cookout last night.  We do this every year and it so fun to see our ever growing family.  This year my boyfriend and his parents and one of his daughters got to join us.  I forewarned them that we are a loud and busy bunch!  At any one time there is the possibility of at least 19 conversations going on and following them should be an Olympic sport.  The kids swam and we ate and just had a great time together.  Family life is hard but just hanging out is the best.


These two little cuties are learning to love the water!!!!



Aaron throwing his little Kyra high in the air!  


Blake tossing Piper for a flip!!

Savannah is just minding the ponies!!


Sweet Leah.  she is such a great playmate to this rowdy bunch!


Everybody just wants to kiss all over baby Finley!


What do you do when the legs are just too short to reach the pedals?!  You push and push and push!!


Smart move....a broom handle can do the pedal pushing!



Thad's first Father's Day.  Megan's family is so sweet!!

Erica's family photos....always interesting!


Christmas Card right here!


Brittany's family...just darling!


Kyra is never sure about all the photos I am forever taking!  But I caught a smile!!


Papa Bear and his baby bear....Thad is such a good daddy!!


I love my family....my sweet daddy and his bunch!!

I am so thankful and grateful to the Lord for my family.  We are so not perfect but we love one another like crazy and are so thankful for the blessings God continues to pour out to us.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Spiral

Over the past few days I have watched the news.  Like the rest of the world, or at least the world I like to reason with in my head....I am in shock and just raw.  But the "world" does not think like I think.  I am sure that there are some who could care less if a bunch of homosexuals were killed.  I am sure that some out there might even be cheering that a radical terrorist struck another blow to the land of the free and the home of the....not so brave anymore.  As a believer in Jesus and a follower of Him, I am watching before my eyes a spiral of ugliness unknown in my own lifetime.  Do I agree, support and encourage the lifestyle of homosexuals.  No.  The Bible speaks against this choice in behavior and as a follower of Christ...I do too.  Do I think they should have been shot to pieces??  No.  Cold hearted murder is just as wrong and sinful.  The morals of this country are slipping so fast I cannot keep up with the spin cycle of values and core beliefs that were a part of my growing up.  As a Christian, I know what I believe and hold too with a tight-fisted grip.  I just hold on to Jesus.  I do not understand this world we live in today.  But I do know that everything that happens....everything.  It all sifts through the hands of God.  The Bible tells me that not one sparrow falls that God does not know about.  He knows the very hairs on my head.  Yours too.  He knew that this world would spiral out of control and cling to anything that sticks its ugly fist out.  Satan is the great deceiver.  He is the adversary of all that is Godly and good and pure.  The dark to our light.  My heart breaks when I see these mamas crying on the news just looking for their sons in a midst of the nightmare that was in Orlando.  I have prayed for them and cried for them.  The pain.....I cannot imagine.  All I know is that instant 49 souls were ushered into eternity.  I did not know one of those peoples hearts....I make no assumptions.  I just know the spiral is spinning faster and faster.  Just like water in a tub.  God makes no bones about anything in His Word.  None whatsoever.  Do I obey Him all the time??  No, I do not.  Do I sin?  Yes, I do....each and every day.  But Praise Jesus...He convicts me of my sin.  The Holy Spirit reminds me of the divine words of The Lord and the loving kindness He extends to His children.  Do not fall into the spiral.....turn to Jesus
 
Romans Chapter 1: 18-22
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.


Romans 1:28-32New International Version (NIV)

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.


This is the Word of the LORD, people....

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Finley...3 Months and 3 Days!!

You know, when Piper was born I would post her first year growth like clockwork.  Poor Finley....I'm always a day or two or three late.  I'm sorry little man....Mimi will try to do better!!  I went to his house after graduation on Saturday and he was in such a smiley mood.  Until I got out my camera.  He has been talking with Brooks and Savannah!!


Hey Mimi...whatcha doin??



Uh...who is this or what is this beside me???  It's touching me!!!



Hey little man....it's me...Mr Beaver.  Remember??  I'm your buddy!



Oh yeah!!  Give me a hug beaver man!!  


Let me think here now...Once a month Mimi props me up with Mr Beaver....what does this mean??  Why??  Mimi is so funny!


Yes I am sweet boy!  You are so cute!!  Just start smiling for me!!!  Please!!!


I love the pool....even if I don;t smile!


But I can yawn really big!!!  Naptime is calling my name!!



Finley you are so sweet!  You weigh a little over 15 pounds.  You sleep all night but are a catnapper in the day.  You hardly ever fuss and you are a super curious baby.  You really do laugh and smile a lot.  Just not on camera!!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Time Stand Still!!

Time is going to fast for this old gal.  Way tooooo fast.  Was this not just yesterday???



Piper's first day of kindergarten....



Her last day.  Mrs. Strupe and Mrs. Huff .  they were awesome for my sweet girl.  She is now a first grader!!!  Hold on.....I am sobbing!


And this???  Where did this sweet baby come from??  Finley is now 3 months old!!!  I will post his photo "shoot" tomorrow with good old Mr. Beaver.  But seriously, how in the world did he get this big already??  I am still sobbing my eyes out!


These two girls.  They are Cara and Leah.  My boyfriends' daughters.  I just love them.  We attended Leah's high school graduation Saturday morning.  Such a sweet and sad time.  Leah was a little sad too.  I watched so many of my former elementary students cross that platform.  Some of them just made me weep because they had made it.  When you see kids that have so many strikes against them accomplish something you know is going to be a constant uphill battle it just fills you with joy.  One of them was a pair of sisters.  Cheyenne and Destiny are their names.  They had a very hard life.  Very hard.  I was overjoyed to see both of them graduate.  I have prayed for them many times over the years.  What a blessing to see they made it through this stage.  I will keep on praying for them because now.  Adulthood is going to start settling in.  Hard choices that get harder as the years fly by.  And believe me....they fly.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Catching Up and a Birthday

There are 7 more days of school.  Seven!!!!  I am so glad.  the kids are so ready to be out too.  But I am really a little sad.  Piper will be a first grader?!  What??How can that be?  Last week Blakes' family came up for Savannah's fourth birthday party.  Blake's grandma wanted a nice family portrait made of them.  She had bought Blake a new sport coat and wanted him to wear it in the photo.  I should have known disaster was brewing when I got there and Blake was called in to work and was not going to even be in the picture!!  Erica put the girls in their Easter dresses....another bad sign.  And Brooks had no shoes to wear.  Hey, here in the south...we're classy like that.

Poor Brooks. He just wanted to run and play.


Savannah wanted to have armpit hair....ew!  She is so funny.  Piper is always camera ready though!


On Saturday we had Savannah a party.  the weather was great.  Hot and sunny!  I love that!


Brooks and Savannah love the water slide.  Brooks had the best time ever!



Sweet Savannah.  How can you be four??

Brooks also loved the fountain on the baby pool.  He is a water dog too!!


Piper was loving some cake!


Cake??  what's cake??  Don't worry Finley...you are going to love it!


Savannah got a little cold.  She is just so pretty.


Kyra and Brooks are true bffs.  so sweet!


All the kids had a blast.  Brooks cruising by on his four wheeler.  Pink??  Who cares!


Trampolines are fun too Mimi!!


Tyson was partied out!


Real men here people.  Pink jeep??  It;s got wheels man...I'm on it!


I'm so glad the kids had fun.  Parties are a blast around our family.  We don't know how to do much but we do know how to play!!!