Saturday, July 30, 2011

Out West....

July 29
A beautiful day surrounded by God's amazing creation!

Tonto National Forest

Coconino National Forest

Details of our trip

more pictures to come......

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Christmas in July?!

Christmas and crafting are on our minds :)

This past weekend our family did a bit of celebrating. We had a little Christmas in JULY! Last year was our first year to celebrate Christmas in July, you can go HERE
to see what we did. This year we changed things up, we got the whole family involved and we had a blast!

First there was lots of baking to be done.....

The aroma of warm cookies filled the house.........

There was gathering and creating.....

Pressing the material ....

And sewing........

Some computer work.....

Designing the cards......

Almost finished.....

Now it was time to fill the crafted bags with homemade cookies, peppermint candy, and tea.

After all the bags were filled and tagged, it was time to go and deliver them.

We had some sweet fellowship with family and friends we don't get to see often. Our family had a wonderful time, and we are looking forward to next year!

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Another Year, Another Anniversary....

To: My Love

On this day
July 27th

We became one!

When we entered into marriage we didn't take our
vows lightly.
And in the years that have followed I believe we have
touched on each vow taken, and with each one
we have grown.

To Have & To Hold
This vow was so easy,
who isn't "In Love" when they get married?

For Better or Worse

Better are days of laughter, jokes, quiet moments shared,
dreams, cuddling, vacations, prayers together, joy,
talking over coffee, children, and much love.
Worse thankfully are few and far between,
marring your best friend helps that:)
Worse are when "you" look at your spouses
flaws or quirks,
and picking them apart or trying to correct them.
All these years later, those things don't seem to now apply!
Oh we both still have some
flaws and quirks,
but with prayer and love for one another
they don't seem to be a big deal....
because we seek to die to flesh daily!

For Richer or Poorer
In our marriage we have seen our fair share of poorer.
With poorer came stress, and worn out knees from
prayer. The poorer we experienced was what the world
would view as poor.
Over time and listening to the Holy Spirit speak to us about
our being poor, we gained much wisdom.
Poorer began to fade away, financially speaking.
But what we realized was, all the time that we thought of ourselves
as poor...we were
Richer beyond our wildest dreams!
Our eyes became open to what Christ would call rich,
not what the world values as rich.
We are rich in love, faith, and family!!!

In Sickness & In Health

Health, oh we had many years of good health,
and we are thankful for that.
Then the dark cloud of sickness came!!!
With sickness, meaning cancer,
there were many days of uncertainty and sadness!
The road of cancer/sickness took us to depths
that one cannot explain.
So, we sought our Heavenly Father,
and prayed much!

For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. Matthew 19:5

To Have & To Hold

To have and to hold,
means more today than I ever knew it could.
Because of
Better & Worse,
Richer or Poorer,
Sickness and in Health

I'm now more in love with you than the day we married!
Thank you for loving me!

Your Bride

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A sweet surprise....

Tuesday morning, the door bell rang......

It was FedEx with this box in hand.....

Now to look in the box, flowers!! squeal!!! And a note from a very sweet friend.....

Not only is this bouquet beautiful, but their fragrance is marvelous ....

I was so excited......

The flowers truly brought a lasting smile to my face, Thank You friend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How we named her......

Mary Ann Faith

Mary....The name Mary comes from both sides of our family. Mary was Arthur's moms first name, she was Mary Elizabeth. Arthur's maternal grandmother was Mary Amanda. Mary is also after my paternal great-grandmother Mary Louise, but she goes by Louise. after my maternal great-grandmother Ann, who is now 91 and going strong!

"Mary Ann"...
also happens to be the name of one of Arthur's first cousins. We love you Mary Ann!
Faith....this is something that we choose to live by! And defined it's an unquestioning belief in God, complete trust, confidence, or reliance.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17

To read how our other children received their names you can go to our favorites page, the post is titled "What is in a name"? Or you can click HERE!

Favorites Page



Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer down time....

Over the past week or so Elizabeth has been reading "Where The Red Fern Grows" to the boys.

Afternoon reading is great in the summer time. For one here in Tennessee it can be so hot in the afternoon, it's nice to be inside cooling off listening or reading a good book. And secondly it gets a little more schooling in since we school year round. When there has been to much activity before reading this can happen.....

Heads begin to drop........

It was hard for Wesley keep his eyes open.....

And it didn't even matter what position he was in, Jonathan feel asleep!

(And for inquiring minds, Jonathan is very limber from low muscle tone, and this position didn't hurt him. You cannot imagine some of the positions he can get himself into, he's our little contortionist)

But 3 chapters later, Elizabeth did still have 2 very eager boys wanting to listen to where the story was going!!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My Little Cup of Tea

Miss Mary Ann

Fills my cup of tea with....

The aroma of sweet baby smell....

Crystal blue eyes that melt my heart.....

Warm cuddles....

Complete and utter joy.....

Pure love......

And cries that can break my heart!

Life has been full and busy (a good busy), I haven't shared much about Miss Mary Ann. Oh how I love each moment and phase with her, from the first days with little sleep and the bouts of crying... tough at the time but is passes quickly. These are the things I'm savoring and soaking in holding her for nap time cuddles, the fragrance of her skin, listening and watching her Daddy hold her and sing to her, gazing at her while she sleeps with fist clinched tight up near her face, her hair that brushes up under my chin as I rock her, when her eyes light up and glisten as she watches the ceiling fan turn, the sound of siblings giving her kisses, her wet face after Ruth Ella and Wesley kiss her, quite times for nursing, seeing her brothers hold her so tenderly, her precious open mouth smiles, and her coos that are like a sweet melody to my ears. Once again I am in are the other 12 people in this house:)

Mary Ann is 10 weeks old today, these pictures were taken at 8 weeks.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Blessings after loss...

Yesterday, I thought long and hard about the blessings in which the Lord has bestowed on me. In July of 2008, I had been on a journey. One that I spoke of in this blog post "I've been on a journey". I wrote about a journey I was having to the valley, the valley in which I was speaking of was a miscarriage. Our 10th child went to be with the Lord on July 7th, 2008.

When thinking of those valley days I thought of the deep pain and loss that I felt. And how I wondered if the Lord would ever see fit to bless us with another child. In the days/months that followed the Lord spoke peace and comfort to my soul, and carried me as the healing took place. I think of our baby often who is now in the arms of our Lord. One day we will see our baby face to face. I will be able to hold our baby in my arms just as I have my other children...what a glorious day that will be!

Now, today I sit with 2 precious girls on my lap, and my heart is filled with gratitude to our Lord for His wonderful gifts! For I am unworthy of such blessings....Praise the Lord for His love!

But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
Psalms 68:3

Last year Arthur and I attended the Baby Conference in San Antonio, TX put on by Vision Forum Ministries. Doug Phillips held a session on miscarriage and it was wonderful and very encouraging. If you would like to hear Doug speak on this topic he has a CD available, you can purchase it HERE.