Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I'm Happy to Report......

That the fun-filled first day of school went really well! Momma didn't cry while leaving her second baby girl and wonderful smiles and non-stop chatting greeted the mini-van upon pick-up! :) Awwww, makes me relieved to know the first day fun was a success. At dinner, we now have 2 girls telling us stories of the rules and in and outs of school, how they are helpers, and well of course what NOT to do! Cute stories and endless laughter at the dinner table.

I'm so proud of my Avery girl! She LOVED Kindergarten. She told me, "mom, I love Kindergarten more than Pre-K." Yea, she is embracing her new world.

Happy School Year to my sweet girls! I love you deeply and may you shine big for Jesus this year and continue to grow in confidence in who you are!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A Family that Serves Together...

Stays Together! :) I am so proud of my 3 girls. On 2 different occasions as a family, we have gotten out into our community and served and shared God's love to others. Through my spiritual growth and some personal reflection and growth, Ryan and I really have talked about getting out into the community, showing Christ's love, be helping hands and feet, and start with the outside in.

Our family lives in an area were it is predominately white, upper-class, by the waters of Galveston Bay where HUGE homes and boats sit. This area is known for NASA, engineers, EXXON Mobile, and many medical professionals; therefore, to look around around area it looks so nice and tidy, and well, everyone is doing really well. We wanted our family to look beyond ourselves and really see that people do need help, and there are families that need food and work, and that life, well, isn't so simple. That this is not the norm! I want my girls to learn compassion and serving, and giving. I want them to love others no matter the color or economic circumstance. I want them to love others because they are God's people, too. I want to model this for them so as they grow, they grow with caring hearts that look beyond themselves. I want them to believe in themselves and what they can contribute to society no matter their age.

So as my family moves from the outside in, may our hands and feet be ready and looking, and sharing, and loving, and spreading the love of Christ, the Gospel.

"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked" Luke 12:48

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Enjoying the Life Around Me

So just about every room is NOT off limits when it comes to the toys! I step over them in the kitchen to finding some in the bottom of my bathtub. I often laugh as our 3rd daughter, Annalise, finds the weirdest, and I mean weirdest places to string out her toys. Hint...(remember the apple in the Christmas tree i found???)

Anyway, I captured these pictures as I am stepping over them walking out my bedroom. Like I said, trying to enjoy these moments as they will continue to pass so fast!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Who Knew.....

Who Knew that my blogging experience would bring me to a place to share some of my greatest joys, my life, my husband and best friend, and my 3 precious girls.

Who Knew that blogging would allow me to clear my head on days I feel like I am only talking to children and seriously is anyone listening?!

Who Knew that blogging would allow me share my heart and dreams.

Who Knew that blogging would allow me to meet other Christian women who struggle, laugh, share motherhood experiences, and share their journey with loving their Savior Jesus Christ.

Who Knew that blogging would allow me to be challenged and encouraged to be a better mommy, wife, and follower of Jesus.

Who Knew that blogging would eagerly spark a curiosity to meet some of my blogger friends I visit daily and love to hear about their life.

Who Knew that blogging would bring tears, laughter, and spiritual growth to my soul.

Who Knew that blogging would keep me grounded in accountability.

Who Knew that blogging can produce friendships from across your table to across the U.S.A.

Who Knew that blogging is so much fun!

Who Knew that blogging can bring families close together with pictures and journeys.

Who Knew that blogging can be a shared life.

Who Knew...
Who Knew...

Who Knew that blogging for a little over a year, I enjoy every minute that I can sneak away and write, and share, and dream, and listen, and read other Christ followers.

Who Knew..

I know that blogging has been a true treasure to this gal's soul! :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Conversations with a 5 and 3 yr old....

Today had to be one of the funniest conversations we've had in awhile with our 2 youngest girls. So here's how it all took place at the lunch table today....

Ryan and I are sitting at the table talking about his morning at work when suddenly we heard a scream that could break a window and 2 girls come flying out of the master bedroom.
Annalise begins the conversation by saying.. "Avery pinched me in the eye." We ask Avery, "did you pinch Annalise?" Avery, "no, i didn't pinch!" Annalise chimes in, "yes, Avery pinched me on the cheek." So, Ryan proceeds to ask Annalise, "wait a minute Annalise, you said Avery pinched you on the eye and now you are saying the cheek. So which is it, the eye or the cheek?" And Avery replies from across the room, "it was the cheek!"

Ryan and I busted out laughing as Avery had confessed she really did pinch! How can you be mad when she was honest and told on herself?!
It was hysterical!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

School Shopping is.....

Twice the Fun!!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

I Know, I'm Late...

Yes, late being the much talked about, hyped about movie on marriage, Fireproof. Ryan and I finally sat down for a movie night and the movie of choice became Fireproof. I have to admit, it was really good and I was sorry for not seeing it sooner. In fact, I bawled like a baby. It was touching and very real. I enjoyed it greatly. So, if you haven't seen it, go rent it! Its a dollar at the Red Box or worth the $4 rental at Blockbuster.
Go, go now! Its that good. Its a must see on marriage, on communication, love, commitment, and a love we can only give one another because of The One who loved us first.