Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
This was Madison's first Christmas. He was 10 months old and already walking everywhere. This was our first Christmas with a little boy, buying presents was a little different from years past. Madison received a Tonka truck, which the boys still play with. We were a family of 6 that Christmas, 11 years later we are now a family of 11! Wow, how things have changed from that first Christmas with "1" little boy to 2008 and "6" boys!
That year was the first year we had Christmas in our new addition. The girls each received a doll, and Madison is sitting with his Tonka truck. I love to look back at Christmas pictures and remember all the different things we have done over the years at Christmas. It's also fun to see how much the kids have grown and we ALL have changed.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
A few minutes ago I was doing some baking...YUM! This recipe is new if it's good I'll post it later :)
This may not seem like a big deal but it's GREAT! Jonathan can't write his name (even when shortened to Jon) and has a hard time coloring within the lines. So you would think I was happy when I first saw this, sadly I questioned if he drew it :( I ask the other kids who were sitting with him and Elizabeth said "yes Mom I saw he draw it". At this point I was sad I questioned him. I made up for it by doing a happy dance with him and being silly like he likes!
Can you see why this is the BEST gift ever? At 10 years old Jonathan can now draw a person, maybe he'll be able to do his name next.
I love Jonathan so much and this may seem like a small thing to most people, for him it was like moving a mountain. Even though I wish he did things faster, it's all in Gods timing. As I sit and wait for things to click with him I see how hard he works to move those mountains, and that's where the MANY blessing come from. Jonathan may never know what a wonderful GIFT he is to our family, or how proud his Momma really was when he first learned to draw a person.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Yum! Look at all that chocolate and peanut butter chips!
We were ask to bring 2 dozen to each party. 2 dozen would barely feed our family, so we are taking a few more. This recipe makes a lot so we'll have some left over.
As I was pulling out a batch from the oven James was telling Stephen "this is going to be a GREAT DAY we get to eat LOTS of sugar"....sigh* Really they don't need ANY sugar! It's been raining here for days and I guess you know what that means...kids that are cooped up and already have way to much energy!!!! Jonathan is the exception he always remains the same, calm and peaceful...his brothers need to take a few pointers from him! At this point the other 5 boys need to go outside and run it out...I need them to go outside and run it out!!! The parties today will be a great break for the US, oops...I mean the boys :)
Pictures still to come.....
Saturday, December 13, 2008
We like so many others are very much in the Christmas swing. I myself have found that I'm just in survival mode...not good when Mom is in survival mode at Christmas. In years past I would have a Christmas here or there that I didn't go all out on decorations (normally baby years or very pregnant times) in those times we seemed to be in survival mode. With Arthur and the children picking up my slack making Christmas still wonderful.
This year has been very different, I'm missing something or should I say someone?! The lady that each year very pregnant or new baby ALWAYS has her Christmas shopping finished by now. This year is the first time in 17 years that Christmas buying hasn't hardly even begun. I sat and pondered what this lady's mind set is, and again where is she?! This week I saw a glimpse of that lady, realizing she has been here all along. I again sat this time with her, seeking answers to my questions of where she had been and why she has fallen so behind. These are some of the reasons she gave......
You see for the past 17 years we have tried to instill in our children the true meaning of Christmas...the wonderful celebration of Christ birth. Along with that we have given presents just as the Wise men did, putting an emphasis on the fact that presents and Santa aren't what Christmas is all about. We have some years been given MUCH like the year Arthur had cancer and a special anonymous family GAVE us a unbelievable Christmas...one we will never forget and that our children still speak of. On others years we have given (not always gifts but our time), to bless others. So your question for me is where have I been and why am I not finished purchasing gifts?? I'm not sure why after 17 years you don't know, but it's because of all the things you have tried to teach your children for the past 17 years....what is Christmas about? I sat and drank in her words, and thought about what my children had ask for this Christmas. Nothing! This year it seems as though the true Christ centered meaning of Christmas is Arthur's and our children's focus...so where has mine been? It has been on getting gifts for our extended family (we exchange names) and making sure our children have a few things to open Christmas morning. I felt a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach, when I looked up to tell the lady about my revelation she was gone. I looked around wondering where she went, thankful to her setting me straight....for deep inside she is ME!
I have now slowed my pace and am seeking to focus on the TRUE MEANING, practicing what I preach. I love Christmas and am so thankful for Christ birth, without His birth there would be NO resurrection/Easter, and NO salvation for you and me ! Like the Wise men's three gifts, these 3 are the BEST gifts of all....
MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
(we are still in our pajamas at this point)
James: Moma do you have on capris?
Me: Yes, James.
James: Have you grown?!
Me: What do you mean James?
James: Well look how short your pants are.
Me: James these pajamas were made to be capri.
James: Oh' I thought you were just calling them capris, because you have grown?! You know like that pair of pajamas I have that we call high waters!
You just got to love kids thoughts :)
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tuesday evening we attended an art show. It wasn't just any art show, Elizabeth had two pieces in this show. This is Elizabeth's second year with Agape Art Academy. The show was hosted by Raymond James & Associates, in downtown Chattanooga. This company host local artist each year called "Art In The Workplace", the pictures are on display for 6 months. Agape Art Academy is the only group of students ever featured in this show. It was an unbelievable event, one that we weren't prepared for. This event is by invitation only, they had a huge buffet of Hors d' oeuvers, Christmas music preformed live, and spirits...we passed on the spirits we don't drink. I know Elizabeth felt a tremendous honor to have her art displayed in this way.
Elizabeth is standing next to her angelfish, in the center. This was one of the first pieces she ever did...last year.
Elizabeth named this picture "Angel of Grace".
This is what Elizabeth's teacher placed on the card under the Angelfish. I don't think I mentioned that these pictures are for sale. They host this reception/showing in December in hopes people will purchase one for a Christmas gift.
This is Elizabeth with her art teacher Karen Barton. Ms. Barton is a wonderful teacher and so full of wisdom...not just with art but also in her love for the Lord. Elizabeth hopes to continue to be trained by Ms. Barton for a few more years.
This brings us to Elizabeth's other piece, her zebra. The name of this picture is "Here's Looking at You". When Elizabeth drew the zebra she continued to find fault in it...none that I could see.
It has amazed me how Elizabeth can visualize something and put it to paper.
Here Elizabeth is showing her zebra to Aunt Karen and Uncle Bill, Grandma Charlotte is walking up from behind. Elizabeth had invited Karen and Bill but knew that her show was on a Tuesday and she didn't think they could make it. They live in Murfreesboro 2 1/2 hours away. So when Arthur looked in the doorway and said "there's Bill" I said "Bill who"? Elizabeth was standing next to me and was in shock. All she could say was "mom I think I'm going to cry". Elizabeth was thrilled they came.
Nonnie (great-grandmother) was so excited to see Elizabeth's art work hanging in a show.
Elizabeth was ask many different questions from various people about her art, this was a great experience for her.
This is why I "try" to be organized. I wasn't always so organized, even though I've always been a perfectionist...along with being my biggest critic. From the time we had Elizabeth we always had her on a schedule and my house seemed to be in order. As we added each child I would see the need to add a little more organization with toys, shoes, and clothes. Over the years this has trickled down into all areas of our life with our home, schooling, and store. When things are out of place I don't function well...not to say everything is perfect. It's just to say everything has a place and when things get messed up we can regroup and as a team have it ship shape quickly. This is why I was so upset with myself on Wednesday...I had only myself to be upset with. I felt like one of my children who instead of putting something back where it goes just left it where it was. For me the consequence was missing a very important appointment for Jonathan.
A valuable lesson was learned, with Mom (me) being the example. This showed my children that I too make mistakes, and that often times our mistakes/laziness affects more than just the person who was lax. Lesson learned, sorry Jonathan!
Seeking to be like Christ, and the Proverbs 31 woman....
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tomorrow night will not hold fun for anyone, one of my best friends Amy's dad passed away yesterday. We'll be attending his funeral, he was a very kind man. Last year he came to Madison's football games...just to support Madison. Mr. Harry loved football. My heart is broken and I'm so sad for all his family. The best thing is Mr. Harry is now free from pain and sickness...and sitting with the LORD! Please, pray for my friend Amy and her family. If, you would like here is Mr. Harry's blog . You can go over and let them know you are praying for them.
It's so hard to focus on Christmas this year. It's not about the hustle and bustle....BUT about the KING! HE was and is the ultimate gift, you can't top that !!!
Monday, December 1, 2008
When I was taking pictures of the snow earlier, the trampoline reminded me of a post for Memories Monday. It's not what I had planned but the other can wait. So, here is our NEW trampoline with a "little" snow on it.
This is a picture of our OLD worn out trampoline. These are memories of not so long ago....July 2008. This trampoline had seen better days and had been jumped on so much that when the girls would jump high it would touch the ground. It was time for a new one.
Here Arthur is teaching James how to put on the springs. I believe Arthur was as excited about the new trampoline as the kids. He still likes to get out there with them and do front and back flips...he loves to play with the kids!
James was trying his hand at pulling a spring on. He did pretty good until they got closer which made it tighter.
I believe Rebekah put on the most springs.
This was towards the last of the springs and it was very tight, Arthur had to give Rebekah some assistance.
(side note: Since these pictures were taken Arthur has really changed a lot, well his appearance has. He has lost 27 pounds since July, looking at these pictures I can really see the change. He wanted to get off his blood pressure medication and to do that he needed to lose weight. Now he is off the medicine and his blood pressure is doing well...Praise the Lord!)
Here James and Arthur are finishing the final touches on the safety net. Our first trampoline didn't have a safety net...I highly recommend them!
BUT...as Jonathan's orthopedic doctor Dr. Brown would say "I highly recommend NO ONE own a trampoline, take it to the curb"!
Well, we still own one BUT, because of Jonathan having AAI we don't allow him to get on...I know sad :(
IT'S SNOWING!!!!!!! (can you see it?)
OK, for most of you this isn't a big deal, but for our kids it's a BIG deal! We love snow and rarely see any. Well we see it a few times a year, it just never lays....as is the case today. It's cold enough BUT the ground is still to warm. I was in the laundry room and the boys came running to tell me of their find as they looked out the window..YAY! Even if there isn't any to play in we sure do love to see it fall.
Lord willing we are planning a family trip in the next few months that will involve SNOW!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
These are the faces of THANKFUL!"BABIES", in an orphanage ran by Christians in Nicaragua open because of PRAYER,FAITH, and America donations.
The babies get their tummies filled 3 times a day with nutritious meals, clean clothes, and LOTS of people to come love on them. Each baby has the face of THANKFUL!
These are the faces of THANKFUL! "School children", in Nicaragua who are happy to have a uniform so they can attend school. Each child has the face of THANKFUL!
This a face of THANKFUL! " Our Wesley", a little boy who wouldn't have ever had the joy to slumber on his Daddy's shoulder, if his Daddy hadn't been cured of cancer. Not to mention Wesley wouldn't even exist. This little boy has the face of THANKFUL!
This is the face of THANKFUL! "Kennedy", this little girl is a trooper. She has gone through leukemia (free for 1 year) and has conquered spine surgery this past summer. This little PRINCESS has the face of THANKFUL!
These are the faces of THANKFUL! Yet, I focus on one "Nonnie", my grandmother I don't believe she could have ever imagined that she would have so many grandchildren. My mom is an only child and my mom had 4 children, Nonnie's grandchildren. From there came 14 great-grandchildren (9 of them being mine) and 2 great-great grandchildren. The picture above is just part of the crew. This grandmother is the face of THANKFUL!
These are the faces of THANKFUL! "Lonnie & Peggy", their only child Bart and his wife Kathrine are missionaries in Uruguay and expecting their first child in February...Lonnie and Peggy's first grandchild by blood, see we claimed them years ago as our children's grandparents! (they live next door and Peggy was my preschool teacher when I was 4, small world) Peggy and Lonnie have the faces of THANKFUL!
These are the faces of THANKFUL! "Mark, Rosalie, and children", (Megan is 15 and the family photographer, she's behind the camera) they had a good crop this year, and combining was done before bad weather set in(this is another family that works together as a team). The neatest thing is this family is soon going to grow by 2! In the next few weeks they are going to be welcoming baby blessing #11 to their home, and in February they are going to be adding a daughter in law(Rebecca girl in brown). This LARGE family ALL have the faces of THANKFUL!