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July into August: 7.9.17-8.14.17

Yep. I’m guessing I’m once a month blogging now. To see all the pictures, my flickr is loaded. And I try and update my facebook and Instagram some still. I’m on my way out though. I’m seriously about to drop it all. I’m tired of being tied.

Anyway- what we’ve been doing….

School! Yes! In July! Why not man?? It’s hot. You either have to be in water, or inside. And so we figure when it’s October or November and bearable outside, we will play and play and play. And we’ll take our days off then. But while it’s 96 with a heat index of 109? We’ll get busy and knock some days off our list.

Both of my kiddos are doing exceptionally well. I’m amazed really. They learn SO differently. I feel for teacher who have a class of 19 Kindergarteners. It just doesn’t make sense teaching them all the same way. I’ve had to adjust how I’m teaching the most basic thing: reading. My two do not learn the same. And I couldn’t imagine how bad Judah would be doing if he were in school. And I can’t imagine how bad Lucy would be doing if she was in school and being forced to learn like Judah needs to. Only one could excel. Teachers just can’t- not that they don’t want to- I was there. I was in a classroom – I know. You want each child to learn. But when you’ve got to keep control… learning is last.

Anyway – off that soapbox…

And this.. My last picture with my four year old boy. He’s no longer 4.

He’s FIVE! My baby is five. Oh where did it go. I’m glad it’s behind us, don’t get me wrong. He’s so much fun. So nonstop. Excited, loves to do. Loves to go. He’s just my favorite.

And I do believe I’ve got a couple of swimmers on my hands now. Judah’s sorta figured it out. Lucy figured it out last year and had to refresh this year. She’s swimming like a fish. And Judah… like a fish with.. some ticks I guess? He’s getting there.

And my sweet Lucy. I was doing some music for a local retirement home and Lucy had to come with me. I asked her if she wanted to make cards like the last time we went to a place like this – and she said YES! So, She and Ms. Freida handed them out while I did some music with my team (Ms. Sam and  Hannah). We had a great time and Lucy was the star of the show for sure.

I think about the things I could be doing for her. Dance lessons, Karate, different classes… And I sorta feel bad because we don’t really offer those to her right now. Mostly because they are so expensive. I don’t want to pay over $1500 a year for a hobby she sorta likes. Her year of dance made a huge difference in her life, but, we can’t afford to do every-little-thing they want to do.

And then I see her willingly spend almost 2 hours each day over 2 days making cards for people she doesn’t know. I see her putting little details into each one. I see her saying she want’s them all to be fair and equal, because that’s right, that’s what you should do.

And I feel like maybe she doesn’t have to have all that extra. She doesn’t have to have a hobby like everyone else. Because, she’s definitely not like everyone else. She is so creative and generous. And She came with me to the home and handed out her cards and spoke to each person she gave one to. Not a whole lot, but she answered questions and she said you’re welcome. And I think… This seven year old I’m raising.. she’s not too bad.

And I want to encourage her to continue making and giving. I want to encourage her to see that giving to others is just as much fun as being given too. I want her to grow up in Christ like she is already and I want her to have a better foundation than even I had.

Man this girl… She’s my favorite.

We played in makeup. I’m not going to show you what she did to me, but trust me when I say, people would think Wes beat me. I got it all off later…

And my little boy. He comes home today and I’m gonna swoop him up in the biggest hug you ever did see.

He’s been gone with his Daddy and his Papa J to a car show in Ohio! He’s been too far away from me. He’ll call and we’ll talk on the phone and he says, “Mom, I like it here. You should have come too.” I love that he misses me.

And most of all… My husband.

I’m such a super blessed lady. Gah, I cannot stress that enough. This man loves his children so much. He sent me pictures all weekend of pink cars to show Lucy. He sent me probably 30 pictures of Judah beside cars with his goofy little grin. He wanted to take Judah. Judah’s not the easiest kid ever – he’s 5. And a five year old no matter how good is still a 5 year old.

Every time I talked to Wes, “He’s doing good. He’s hanging in there.” No matter what, he loves his children and he wants them to be whole.

And he loves me.

And yes, yes, yes… we fight. Pretty much all the time. We argue and we have spats, and we’ll go 3 hours without speaking to each other some days. And we are in a unique situation where we are both home, all day. So we are around each other, all day, every day, for the most part. When he studies at the church or when I have errands, that’s about it.

And we seriously look forward to drinking our coffee on the porch with each other each morning. We love to talk to each other. We would choose each other over anyone or anything else. (I’ll have to double check with Wes on that one, because he did just see most of his dream cars this past weekend so I may have bumped down a spot or two.) I’ll be back up in #1 slot when he sees me though.

He consistently pursues me and I’m forever grateful for him giving me compliments when I don’t feel like they are true. I love that he loves every part of me, even the parts of myself that I can’t stand to look at. Or the parts of me that aren’t where they should be as wife and mother – he loves me through them. I hope he knows that I love him through any of his.

I’ve missed my Judah, and I’ve loved spending time with Lucy, but most of all, I’m so so ready to have my husband back.

And that gets you caught up for July and part of August. Maybe I’ll update again at the end of August. (And maybe not… I might be busy living my life with my sweet family!)

The last month: 6.15.17-7:8.17

Man. I am super lazy. Blogging is full on back burner. I’m recording life in my journal again, and so my need for the blog is less and less. I do like having an online record, so I’m not stopping it, but it’s obviously not as much of a priority as it once was. 

So to catch you up. 


Kids went to VBS at my dad’s church. My aunt Karla and uncle Jerry were so kind to come get them and let them ride the bus to Bible school. The kids were beside themselves wth excitement. 

We went to the beach with Wes’ family. The whole lot of us went. It was quite a crowd. But we had a ton of fun. 

The weather wasn’t perfect the first half of he week- actually so much so that the lifeguards were giving tickets if you got in the water. So, in the sand we played and in the pool. Then, the last couple of days we all got sunburned. 


Ugh my hair makes me mad. 

A big step happened. This was the last picture I had with my 6 year old!



Now she’s 7. She had a sleepover and we had a party at church with a bunch of her church friends. 


We had a nice visit from Mimi and Pop and celebrated both birthdays. So glad we could see them. 

My kids went to spend the night with Mawmaw… for one night. Think they packed enough?!


We had a crazy July 4th bash… on July 3. Wes was leaving and so the family was around and we did fireworks and laughed harder than I have in a long time. 


The kids either loved it, or hated it. Mine- loved it. 

This year. 

(Also- check out Judah’s attire 🙄)

And then we saw the guys off to India. 


The best picture I’ve ever seen was the one from Johnpaul.


They made it. Man am I missing my hubs. 

I’ve been able to talk to him way more regularly though, which has been good. The kids miss him too. Quite a bit. 

And in the spirit of not missing him, Judah’s definitely kept me on my toes. 

And Lucy’s worked hard at not biting her nails, so I rewarded her with A gel manicure. She was SO excited. 


And you are caught up! 

32nd Birthday 1.2.17

I awoke on my 32nd birthday to lots of little surprises. The first, from my husband. 

Still curious as to who is #1 in humor at or house…

And Lucy… my dear sweet child. She carried around a clipboard all day and would randomly ask me how to spell things, (like decorations) but wouldn’t let me see what was on her list. 

Then the kids and Wes went to Walmart for a super secret reason…

He called me and told me that she showed him her list, and on it at the bottom was customers. When he asked her what she meant- she said, “people to come to the party, Daddy!”

Once they got home I hopped in the shower to give them some time- and I came out to a big surprise party- put together almost entirely by my 6 year old. 

She’s so excited she’s blurry. 

And instead of bringing more sweets in my house- we used a gift from my sweet friend Ms.Sam- the best brownies ever made. 

The kids picked out gifts for me at Walmart. Judah got me a box of whoppers – then proceeded to ask if I’d share them. 

Lucy got me stickers for my guitar or “whatever” and I had to get a picture of her list. 

Her list reads:

  • 🎸 (guitar stickers)
  • Decorations
  • Party hats
  • Brownes (brownies)
  • Wallmart (she wrote it bc they were there)
  • Costoners (customers)
  • Boloons (balloons)
  • Candy
  • Card

It was the sweetest thing. And I make a lot of lists and notes and she did just like me. ☺️

And then, after a super yucky dreary day- the sun showed up long enough for a beautiful sunset. I used an old favorite app- which allows you to adjust everything in the camera (shutter speed, iso, etc)- and got this picture. 

Thank you Jesus for the gift 😊

And finally- my bullet journal spread for January 1st and 2nd. My sermon notes and my birthday recap. 

Loving my Polaroid camera, too!

Here’s to 2017 and 32!

053016 – 060116: Memorial Day and A Birthday

It’s June!

Lucy made sure I knew she was aware it was June- the month of her birth. She’s real excited. I’m not even doing a big party this year, but she’s excited anyway. 

Memorial Day was fun. We spent our day at the pool with family and had some good food. I’m so honored that our country takes a day to remember the men and women who paid an ultimate price for the freedoms we get to enjoy each and every day. I hope we don’t take that for granted. 

And the 31st was my nephews birthday. 


He turned 13! A teenager! I remember when he was a WEE tot. I stopped by for a visit and he was quite hospitable and made me school-lunch dinner. Pizza and Milk. I asked him if he was gonna make some corn on the cob to go with it. And I demanded my milk be in a tiny hard-to-open carton, but he couldn’t supply. Happy Birthday bud!

And then it’s June and it’s hot so we took the fam to get snocones. And Lucy got a RED one. Can you tell?


The kiddos, of course, loved that. 

We have a busy day today, laying to rest another friend. Ministry is hard when you have to be a part of the end of people’s lives, but if there is any way I can make that day more like they wish- of course I’m there in a heartbeat. Please be in prayer for the Daniels family today. 

010215 + 010315: My Birthday

Saturday was my birthday, so I got to choose what we did all day. I chose shopping in Hattiesburg with my family. 

We had fun and then met up with my sister (in-law) bff to shop and eat sleep lunch. 

It wasn’t anything huge, wasn’t even really planned out, but I had fun and really enjoyed my day.

That night we went to Mawmaws for birthday dinner and brownies (my favorite!)

On January 1st I posted my #2015bestnine picture. I realized my favorite parts of the last year had very little to do with what I did and much more with who was with me. 

  
My kiddos are awesome and so lively and fun. My husband is the best and so adventurous. I love my little family and I am so very blessed to get to dive into this new year with them.