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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Family + Christmas in July

I love my family.  They are so special to me.  We are not perfect and we fuss and get on each others nerves.  But I do love them so.  My girls have been coming over every day and bring the kids to swim and we have a great time.  do I get anything done??  Not one thing.  No laundry, no vacuuming, no dusting no housework at all.  Is my house messy??  You betcha.  But I love it.  They have been having some friends over with their babies and that has been so sweet.  Most of these young mamas are from the old youth group and I tear up seeing them with their own families. just goes.  I have been taking pictures galore this summer.  I just love capturing all the little moments that you think you will remember but you don't.  You really don't.  One of the biggest things in my life is building a legacy.  We all have a day that we are leaving this earth.  If the Lord tarries it will be by death but the day is coming.  I so want my children and grandchildren to remember me as a mama or grandmama that laughed with them, cried with them, took time with them.  Listened.  Talked.  Hugged.  Kissed,  And loved them.  Really loved them.  Not just gave them stuff or took them on grand trips or paid for all kinds of things.  Those things are great but I want them all to know how much I love them.  And I want them to know how much the Lord loves them and how much He loves me and how much i love the Lord.  I want them to love Him too!  So we sing Bible songs and we do Sunday School papers and we talk to Jesus.  When I take photos I try to capture their personalities.  I want them to look back and see them and laugh til they cry.  Remembering.  That legacy.  Once again, I love my family.

Megan and her childhood friend/sister, Anna and their babies.  Born 2 weeks apart  Finley and sweet.

Two sweetie pies right here!

Family from out of town is so sweet and special.

I could eat this one right up.  Oh my goodness the sweetness!!!

Stop growing Savannah!!  Just stop!!!

Sneaky smiles are the best kind.  Savannah loves little Fin.

This one??  Best baby ever.  He is just one big lump of love.

Some of the old youth group.  Melanie on the pink float and Jennifer with her new baby, Stella, and Erica.

Megan her little love, Finley.

My sweet and precious babies.  For once I got them all to kinda sorta look.

And then this happened........

Brooks had a major photo shoot, super model meltdown.  I have no clue what the dog is doing but the caption from "Home Alone" seems to fit.  It's Christmas in July, people.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Four Months Already???

Yesterday little Mr. Finley was four months old.  Un-beeee-leeev-able!!!  Not only is the summer going by at warp speed but so is this little ones first year.  I can;t stand it!  Megan took him for his check-up today so i have all his official stats.  Finley you weigh in at 16.1 1/2 pounds and you are 26 3/4 inches long.  Very tall baby.  You are so cute I can't stand it.  You can roll over at lightning speed and you talk and talk and talk.  You adore your mommy and follow her wherever she goes.  You are sleeping through the night and take pretty good naps.  You eat like a little pig and seem very interested in watching others eat real food.  You laugh so cute and smile so sweet.  You love your cousins and especially Brooks.  Speaking of Brooks....he is crazy about you.  Y'all are going to be some kind of force in a few years.

Mimi??  Who is this with me again?  That's Mr. Beaver, sugar....he loves you!  He is your friend.

Yeah buddy....I am your friend to the end.  We are going to be great pals.  I will protect you and watch you grow and get strong and big!

Really??  Til I get big and strong?! As big as Brooks, maybe??

Yeah!  Until you get as big as me!!  Whoa...wait a sec there dude!  You are pretty big!  Am I gonna be as big as you?? day you will and then???  We are gonna wrassle!

Piper...can you help me out a little??  Your brother is a wittle skeery!  Don't worry Fin.  He won't hurt you little dude.  Nah!  I love ya bro!

That's what everyone says!  I must be just awesome!

You are....little are.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Gathering the scattered

It has been a tough week.  My former father in law passed away very suddenly and unexpectantly just a week ago.  He was a quiet, reserved man.  A strong believer in Jesus and I know he is in heaven with our Lord.  With his sudden passing it brought together family members from far away.  Two of his children live in different states.  Sisters, brothers and cousins came from far away.  Hundreds of friends.  What a testament the visitation was with over a thousand people coming to pay respects to the family.  I did not go to the visitation nor to the funeral.  I kept the little grandchildren.  Toddlers and funerals do not mix.  When families are grieving the last thing they want to hear is a crying baby or a talking toddler.  Our church always feeds the family either before or after the service.  It is a southern thing I suppose.  We gather together for a meal and reflect and fellowship and just be with one another.  Johnny had a very large extended family so it was nice.  I took the children for the dinner after the service.  It was so good to see people I had not seen in, for some, many years.  Many hugs and kisses and tears were exchanged.  One of the many casualties of divorce is the breaking up of more than one relationship. I got to spend time with my nephew and nieces.  They all came over to my house for a swim and some much needed catching up on their lives and happenings.  I got the chance to babysit my little nieces yesterday.  They are only 3 and 4 and cute does not even cover it!  My two girls brought their kids over and we had a great time.  All this made me think how much I treasure my own family and friends.  The ones that are close and the ones that are not so close.  I miss my dear friend Kelley so bad I can't stand it!!  I miss my friends that are right here that I don't spend enough time with!  But even when we are all so scattered ...either in location or circumstance...we can be as close as a phone call or text or a prayer.  I probably will not ever see most of those people again.  But I can pray for them.  It is sad in a way that funerals tend to be what gathers us the most.  Many will skip weddings, birthday parties and the like.  But few skip funerals.  It is the last good-bye for us on this earth.  Sad it is this way but is and I am so guilty of this myself.  I love to take pictures at family gatherings because often it is the last time we see someone.   I did take a few the other day when I watched my little nieces while their mommy did some errands.

So sweet and so cute.  Savannah is in front and then it's Brooks, Macy, Finley, Piper and Emmy.  Such a bunch of cuties!

I hope to spend more time with these sweet little girls.  I am already planning trips to both Virginia and Georgia to see my nephews and nieces more.  Don't wait to gather your scattered for sad times make the effort to get together for a big celebration of nothing!  You won't regret that.

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 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 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 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'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!!