Monday, July 29, 2013

Sickness...

Begin sick is never fun, but summertime sickness is the worst! We have 2 on the mend, and one little girl still with fever and an ear ache.

Right now I'm thankful for so many wonderful helpers and a cozy Mama rocking chair to cuddle my sick ones :)

Friday, July 26, 2013

38 Weeks Today!!!!

What will Baby "M" and I do now that my stash of Reese's pieces eggs is down to 10?!?!
I'm sure we'll think of something :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Courting Candles

From Drafts May 2013:
Have you ever seen or heard about these candles?
We saw them in a store and thought they were just to funny...
But at one time they were the real deal.
These candles sold for $29-$39



This sign hanging with the candles.

Here is a bit of history behind the courting candle:
In the 1600's to the 1800's, courting candles were used by the man of the home to set boundaries for his daughter. When the daughter's suitor came calling, the father lit the candle in a sitting room where the couple conversed. When the candles burnt to the metal at the top of the candle holder, it was time for the suitor to promptly leave. However, the father could change the height of the candle based on how comfortable he felt about the suitor. Also, the father could immediately snuff out the candle or add a second candle depending on what he deemed necessary. The courting candle served as a quiet, yet firm reminder to the suitor to end his date.

Rich or poor, the courting candle was used by fathers from all economic backgrounds. It taught daughters to respect their parents' judgment. The candle also taught the suitor to defer to the father's ability to judge a man. Although it may sound like a crazy notion by today's standards, the courting candle served as an important boundary line in the family and social fabrics.



Here are few different styles of courting candles.....

      

 
I really enjoyed learning about the courting candle, isn't history just fascinating? And for those enquiring minds, NO we didn't buy a courting candle :) We just found them very unique,
 we actually own a candle holder much like the one in the middle picture...
It's very old and was passed down to us from Arthur's aunt.
You never know it could have been a courting candle :)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The turbo twist....

There is something about being a girl,
that one "must" learn how to turbo twist their towel....
I'm pretty sure that it's an unwritten rule ;)
It takes practice, time, and a bit of skill to keep it twisted sitting atop of ones head.

OOPS, it seems we had a side slide......
Not to worry Mary Ann, in no time you'll have it down pat just like your sisters :)

Girls, aren't they fun?!?!

Monday, July 22, 2013

William's many sides....

William is 8 soon to be 9, I happen to think this is a very fun age. He has now left the little boy stage behind, and is now on a quest to figure out where his niche is....and I'm getting quite a kick watching him grow and explore.
 
Last week we were doing chores, one of William's chores that day was to pull the weeds by the pool fence. It was a very hot and humid day, I looked out several times to check on William and makes sure he was doing OK. Each time I looked out he was focused and very busy. After awhile William opened the door and called my name, he said he had something to show me. I went out by the pool, William quickly showed me his new "collection"....
SNAILS!
While pulling weeds William found lots of snails and figured he could do chores and a bit of snail collecting at the same time. He was very proud of his newest collection :)
 
This boy likes all things moving and creeping, there is definitely no fear in him!
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 William's new love is his bow....
 
  Arthur spent an afternoon teaching William how to hold the bow, aim, and shoot.....
 
It didn't take him long to catch on, he has gotten pretty good at hitting the target!
 
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William is also very fond of being...
the goof, the clown, the funny guy...
he is a face making, silly song singing, prankster!
He keeps things lively:)
 

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Then there is the serious side to William, he's very compassionate,
He is a wonderful brother, always willing to lend a helping hand to the bigs...
he likes to lead games and activities for his younger siblings.
He is a deep thinker and ask lots of questions about -everything-
he's eager to learn and teaching him is so easy.
William likes to keep busy, and enjoys being his Dad's sidekick.
 
This boy is a mix of many things, and we look forward to seeing where the Lord takes him:)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

What are your treasures?


I searched several dictionaries to see how it defines treasure, first it always speaks of money, jewels, valuables, something held in high regard, precious.

Treasures, oh treasures could refer to a host of different things.

 I have reflected lately about what the word treasures means in my life past and present. I have held many things over the years in high regard, not that they were all that valuable. I have had collections of nick-nacks and whatnots. Over the years we have had many cars, a motorcycle, a boat,  businesses, jewelry,.............well you get the picture.
All of these things at one time in my life I would have considered a treasure of some sort. You know one must keep up with the Joneses, so to speak:)


I started to think a bit deeper on the subject and what my heart held as treasures past and present. In the past as much as I enjoyed the treasures above I still had other treasures, yet, they weren't tangible items. These were self absorbed "ME TIME" things.

Years ago the Lord began to open my eyes to what my heart treasures were and where my time went. I started to see that as much as I loved my children, I didn't see they were my most valuable treasures. As the Lord slowly peeled away the layers of the old me, I began to see my children in a whole new light. The want for "Me Time" and  tangible items faded away, it was replaced with a great desire to spend time with my children talking with them, teaching them, and getting to know their interests and dreams, loving them fully, and soaking them in. The desire to hold my children as valuable treasures is now a great passion in my life.

I still have some collections that I enjoy, but thankful I now see all of those things are just temporal. My true treasures can last for an eternity!

~MY TREASURES~

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6: 19-21
 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Our big girl....

Mary Ann is the baby of the family,
and has thoroughly enjoyed her title.
After Amanda's wedding in May,
Miss Mary Ann said good-bye to her crib....
And graduated into a 'Big Girl Bed',
leaving Mama and Daddy's room behind.
Once she was situated in the 'big girl' room
she quickly started to act like our...
"Little Big Girl"
~Mary Ann's Bed~
Mary Ann has had a true love for baby dolls since she could hold them, 
and can often be found tending to her babies needs .....
Or trying to take over Ruth Ella's doll Baby Angel, claiming it as her own.
~We are working on that~
I love to watch her play and interact with her babies,
she is very loving to them.
 
 

A week or two ago we came in to find Mary Ann hadn't gone right to sleep,
she had first played with her babies....
Then fallen fast asleep surrounded my her loves:)
 
I look forward to Mary Ann becoming a 'big sister',
it seems as of late she had had lots of hands on training.....
and the title will fit her well :)
 
 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Welcome.....


As the Mama, I have to remind myself of this...
I need to soak in my kiddos while making the mess....
for it too will be my memories!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

On the Baby countdown.....

When I announced I was pregnant months ago, I received a sweet gift in the mail just days later from my blog/pen pal friend. This was the gift.....

I posted about it HERE~

I can't wait to see these precious booties on Baby "M", and it won't be long!




 Last week to my great surprise I received another very special gift in the mail, from a blog friend who is now an "in real life friend"....I love that about blogging you meet new people and make new friends :) Here is what I was sent.....
 
A gift straight from Williamsburg, the most wonderful blend of American Heritage coffee which smells scrumptious and taste so smooth, along with a lovely patriotic tea towel....
so very fitting for this time of year!
The words of encouragement written on the note inside the gift touched my heart as it spoke to me in more ways my sweet friend could have known.
This was a Mama to be gift, while I sit and wait for baby....
I'm enjoying it very much!
 
With so many happenings this spring and summer our family hasn't really slowed down,
admittedly I haven't even slowed down enough to go do some baby shopping ....
Can you believe that?!?
I have purchased a sweet mint green blanket and that is it!
The baby has booties and a blanket :o
So, the gift inspired me to sit back sip some coffee and make my baby list....
I'm thinking I had better hurry and get my list made and then do some shopping,
I don't believe Baby "M" is going to wait until August 9 for his/her grand appearance!
  
36 Weeks

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A rainy 4th of July


We had the rainiest July 4th I can ever remember...humid, wet, and gloomy!
So, we altered our original plans and celebrated a bit differently this year.
Rain or shine our home was decorated for the holiday :)
 
What's the 4th without a flag?
 
 
Our 4th of July Tree

 
There wasn't any swimming on the 4th, but there were still goodies to be eaten
~Yum~

 
We went for an afternoon ride to the farm, shopping, and out to eat for lunch.
Back at home that afternoon...
It was to wet for games outdoors, so we had a few indoors and watched a video.


Our dinner menu was changed, but we still had barbecued chicken....
thanks to Arthur and Madison who didn't let the weather keep them from grilling.
 
Fireworks didn't happen this year either,
it was truly an odd 4th of July....
Yet, it didn't change the fact of what we were celebrating...
You know celebrating and memories can be made rain or shine;)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

And the rains came down....



Thankfully the floods have not come up!
 
Our area of Tennessee is right in the middle of the
line of torrential down pours of rain
that are coming up from the Gulf of Mexico
and the Caribbean Sea.




Thankful the Lord gave Noah this sign
 and a promise for the ages to come...

And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:  I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.  It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud;  and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”  And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.” Genesis 9:12-17
 
Rain or Shine, Life is Good, 
We are thankful and blessed beyond measure:)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Half of 2013, gone!



WOW....
It's July already....
The first half of 2013 has passed by.....
Loads of memories made and much accomplished....
Just pondering what the next half of 2013 will look like...
I know of a few things that we are very much looking forward to, like Baby M....
BUT, there are always the unknowns...
So, we pray and ask the Lord to guide us for life is a journey!

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This month we are looking forward to celebrating.....
Independence Day, we are so very thankful to live in America.


We'll eat yummy foods...



And of course shoot fireworks, what's a July 4th celebration without fireworks?!?

After Independence Day my mind always goes to this....

Our family loves Christmas, and we like to do something special each year in July to celebrate Christmas early. So, many possibilities of things to do...I better get planning :)

We'll finish off the month of July with a very special day....
On the 27th Arthur and I will celebrate our anniversary!


In the mix of these things daily life will be happening with school, dental appointments, visits to the midwife, a family birthday party, lots of swimming, and a host of other activities. Life is full never dull, and I'm thankful for every moment of it!

Do you have big plans for July?