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Friday, August 11, 2017

Winding Down

Even though it is only mid August, summer is winding down.  Tomorrow our youngest, Leah, goes back to college as a sophomore.  She is excited but also her summer was super fast.  Only a week off because of a great internship she had the opportunity to take.  She got a contract for another one next summer.  We are super proud of her and all she has learned and is applying.  Such a smart girl.  Savannah is getting ready to start kindergarten and I could just cry my eyes out over that!  Piper will be in the second grade.....cue extreme wailing and fit pitching!  Time is just flying!  Brooks and Kyra are soon turning three years old and Finley is 17 months today.  And on a side note....I have been married six whole months today!!  School will start soon and I go back in less than two weeks.  In a couple of years I will be winding down myself.  I plan on retiring in 2 1/2 more school years and for that I wish time would fly right on by.  As I look around I see lots of things winding down.  Leaves are getting that super dark green, flowers are starting to dry up and fall away.  Gardens are not producing.  I have picked the last of the cucumbers and green beans and are down to just a few tomatoes.  Summer is my favorite time of the year for lots of reasons.  I love the heat, the pool, the time off, the kids around all the time, cookouts and all sorts of activities.  But with this season coming to a quick close there is the excitement of autumn.  Football, harvest festivals, pumpkin patches, cooler weather, crisp air and lots of family holidays to get ready for.  I should not look at time as a winding down process but as a series of corners to turn.  Sections of time that hold all kinds of things that God has laid out for us.  He has prepared all our days for us and nothing takes Him by surprise.  I love that.  With God, there is no winding down....only looking ahead.  There is always something that He has in store for His children.  So as I am watching this summer trickle away I can look forward to the school year ahead with the assurance that the Lord knows what is coming and that His plans are always good.  And before I know it......next summer will be here!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

I said No

Last night at church we were getting things ready for our annual "Community Day".  This is an event where we give away tons of clothes, filled book bags for students, free haircuts, snacks and just reaching out and loving on our local community.  Through this event we have gotten some wonderful families to come to our church and many have come to know the Lord.  Such a simple way to reach out to others.  Before I left church another lady and myself went on a tour of our new children's/youth rooms that we have been working on for months.  This was real an old storage area that we just revamped but it looks fantastic.  The guy at church who heads up all the electronics...sound/video/security systems...took us on the tour.  When we were done he asked if she and I were interested in learning the sound system.  He smiled and said he had been after me for a while to learn all this stuff.  And he has asked me several times if I would be interested.  I have always just kind of smiled and walked away.  Last night....I said no.  And I meant it.  I was kind about it but I just told him that my hands are in 100 pots at church and I really can't fit one more thing on my buffet size plate.  And you know what???  I went home and did not feel bad at all for saying no!  It is so true that 20% of the people at churches do 100% of the work.  This is true almost everywhere but I have been praying that others step up.  And that is exactly what needs to be.  They need to step up and just do it.  If everyone kept the nursery one Sunday....you would keep it once every three years!!!  If everyone cooked a meal for a family with a need you might cook one a year!  The list goes on and on.  The church body as a whole needs to step up.  Last week at VBS I headed up the snack time for the children.  To say I am on the "We don't like her very Much" list for the youth is a slight understatement.  I did not provide a separate snack and drink station for them.  I informed them they could partake with their crew of kids as they helped them with their snacks and that this was not their personal break time.  VBS is not a job.  It is 3 hours of the day for 5 days.  You do not need a break.  I had the full support of the children's and youth pastors on this topic.  They need to learn to serve....one way or another.  So do we as adults.  We need to learn to serve.  Jesus came here to serve.  If we are to be like Him......we need to serve.  Everyone does.  So when I said "No"...it was so you could say...Yes

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Backyard Update!!

We are almost there!!  Practically for the whole month of July we have worked everyday in our backyard on the the pool.  There are still a few things but for the most part it is ready!  I am so in love with how things have turned out.  Take a look......



Getting all the concrete poured was a major task.


I was fascinated at how great this all flowed


My super sweet hubby putting in the cabinets for the kitchen



He is very excited about this part.


The stone masons were hard at work!  Such great guys!


It is just looking so great.  I could not be happier!


Last night we set up the lounge chairs and potted some flowers.


The view from the back porch.  I just love it!!!!!




When I got married to this wonderful guy I never knew how much he would make even my smallest dreams come true.  God is just so good all the time.  All.  The.  Time.  Five short years ago I was alone, scared and my future (to me) looked really shaky.  Three three years ago I was finally leveling out that God had a plan and it might just be me.  Just me.  Me and the Lord.  And He was enough.  Just enough.  All I needed.  And then in His goodness He sent this man into my life.  What a blessing.  Even without a pool and all the stuff that he has built with it.....God provided a wonderful blessing in this husband of mine.  I just love him.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I See You

I started going back to the gym this week.  I went to a class Monday morning where my friend, Janet, and I were the two youngest ones there.  Those "old" ladies kicked my hind end.  Yesterday I went to another class....Cardio-Dance....where I clearly showed just how uncoordinated I really am.  Sad.  That's where I saw her.  Last row.  Back of the class.  In the corner.  Quiet.  Shy.  Didn't look at one person in the eye.  I saw her though.  She was young.  Pretty.  But.....very heavy.  I can honestly say I have fought my weight my entire life.  But I have not reached over 200 pounds.  This sweet girl was closer to 300.  But there she was.  Trying.  Working the whole weight thing out.  Literally.  Funny thing is....I know how she feels.  I often want to go unnoticed.  You often here people say things like....she would be so pretty if she wasn't so big...or...look at that big ole girl...or...wow, now that's fat.  Yes, people are that cruel.  People??  I, too, am guilty of saying things like that.  If not about someones weight then about something else.  Look, at their raggedy clothes, look at that filthy house, look at that dirty baby....blah, blah, blah.  I look at a lot but do I see?  That dirty baby?  Maybe mama was just wore out from no sleep and had to rush out to take care of something and just didn't wash her toddlers face and hands.  I have given many a spit bath in my day and gotten some too!  Ragged clothes?  Better than none.  I need to see more and look less.  I need to listen more and hear less.  I need to speak more and talk less.  So ....sweet girl in the back corner....I see you.  I see your struggle. I see your pain.  And I see you trying.  Good for you.

Monday, July 10, 2017

My Summer Project!!!

When my husband first started talking to me about maybe getting married he asked me if I would sell my house.  I had either lived with or beside my parents for most of my life and was very attached to my house and to them.  But....I loved this man and I love him even more each day so I looked at him and asked..."Would you build me a pool?"  He said, "I will build you a pool."  so I said I would sell my house.  Done deal!  Take a look......


He hates his picture made....but I don't care.  Such a sweetie!!



Tracy our brick mason has been super helpful


Here comes the track hoe!


The bucket holds these two just perfect!


The girls loved sitting in the big equipment


And this boy!  I could eat him up....ALL smiles at the twacters!!


That first hole!!!!



Digging away!


Layering the gravel for underneath

Delivering the pool


This thing looks huge!!  Like a ship in the sky


Setting it in the ground.  See how strong my man is??/  One handed!

Time to start back filling the sides.



Setting the tanning ledge.

I have a ton more pictures but I will post those later this week.  It is coming right along super quick though.  I even swam on Saturday....to get rocks off the bottom!  I am just so grateful for a man that keeps his word and has such conviction.  It really is more than I ever dreamt of for sure.  God is just so good to have brought such a treasure into my life.  So worth the wait!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Summer Stuff

This summer is going by way too fast.  Already July!!!  I'm super excited because this is the week the pool goes in and I can't wait!!  It is just going to be so nice.  My sweet husband is just the best and he will make sure everything is on the money.  He leaves no stone unturned and I so appreciate that.  A little grandbaby catching up.  I have not posted photos in a while of all my little sweeties so get ready for an overload!!!


Brooks from our recent trip to the Outer Banks


My sweet girls!!!!



Thad, Megan and Finley...such a handsome couple of guys and one pretty mommy


Brooks fishing with his daddy, Blake


My precious husband....fishing hard but no luck this trip


Stop growing!!!


Oh Savannah....I could just eat you up!!!


Beautiful Erica and her little tadpole....a toothless one that is!



Mr. Brooks....such a sweet boy


Finley is super serious about some goldfish crackers....still a little of his black eye remains


Go Piper Go!!  Placed 2nd in freestlye but won in the backstroke division!!!!


Lots going on and lots more summer to come with VBS, pool times, swim meets, cookouts and just lazy days.  Thank the Lord for such an awesome family!!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Getting Excited!

The one thing I knew I would miss greatly from my old house was my pool.  I love a pool.  To me it is like a vacation every single day.  I work that thing like a job.  When people say to me "They are so much work!"  I just tell them real quick....No it isn't.  A couple of minutes a day.  Literally 2.  You vacuum it once or twice a summer..if you don't have tons of trees that is...and you're done.  Easy peasy.  Well, my sweet husband promised he would build me a pool if I would sell my house and like the honorable guy he just is.....we started on it this week!!!


Getting ready to dig the footings for the pool house


Looking good!


Here comes the dump truck with gravel and sand!


Footings poured and set!


The brick came bright and early the next morning.



My man is so cool.  He does everything with such thought and does not leave one thing out!



I will post the progress as it comes.  the pool is due to arrive next Wednesday.  We are going with a fiberglass pool with a large tanning ledge.  I am just so excited!!  I'm trying not to act like a little kid...but it's hard!